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Lost for words

Friday, 03 June 2016 News > News > 2016 > 06

The average adult has more than 35,000 words in their vocabulary. But for the more than 100,000 Australians with the communication disorder aphasia, even the simple act of ordering a coffee can be a daily struggle.

There must be smarter security than a ban on 'dumb passwords'

Thursday, 02 June 2016 News > News > 2016 > 06

In cyberspace we are facing password fatigue, caused by having to recall (seemingly) endless streams of (apparently) unrelated numbers and letters at odd times.

ECU Media Newsletter - 2 June 2016

Thursday, 02 June 2016 News > News > 2016 > 06

This edition of the fortnightly media newsletter includes experts on Melanoma and the vaccination debate

Re-introducing the trautonium to a new audience

Wednesday, 01 June 2016 News > News > 2016 > 06

With only a handful of examples of this antique synthesiser left in the world, a WAAPA research student decided to build her own.

WA on show in a new TV program

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

A unique friendship between four WA girls adopted from Chinese orphanages is just one of the stories featuring in a new program by ECU Broadcasting students on Channel 7.

The sound of silence: Why aren't Australia's female composers being heard?

Tuesday, 31 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05


Associate Dean Cat Hope explains the disparity between male and female composers represented in concert programs and offers solutions for the future.

Prehistoric diet for modern weight loss

Friday, 27 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 06

New ECU research has found the paleo diet is an effective way to lose weight, but concerns remain about cutting out entire food groups.

First Fleet piano's new home in WA

Thursday, 26 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

Australia’s first piano, which arrived on board the Sirius as part of the First Fleet in 1788, has found a new home at WAAPA.

Threatened possums have just two choices for survival

Tuesday, 24 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

The double whammy of climate change and habitat loss is threatening the survival of possums in Western Australia’s South West.

Questioning the assumptions underlying the Pre-Election Economic and Fiscal Outlook

Monday, 23 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 06

ECU economics expert Dr Margaret Giles takes a look at the Nation's finances just a few weeks out from the Federal Election.

Support for small courses with big impact

Thursday, 19 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

Students seeking a career in youth work, disability services and other social professions will be the ultimate winners of a $90,000 Fellowship awarded to Associate Professor Trudi Cooper.

It actually is rocket science

Thursday, 19 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

Samantha Ridgway is a rocket scientist. Literally. The ECU School of Science PhD candidate is the first Australian woman to be certified as a Level 3 Rocketeer and now she’s hoping to launch a five metre tall home-made rocket.

ECU Media Newsletter - 19 May 2017

Thursday, 19 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

Education – transgender bathrooms  Schools should have gender neutral bathrooms for students according to education expert Dr David Rhodes. The debate about toilet access may only be a small part of the issue, he says, but gender neutral toilets are one of the important ways that schools can become more inclusive of sexual orientation and gender diversity. 

Science – It is rocket science 
PhD candidate Samantha Ridgway is the first Australian woman to be certified as a Level 3 Rocketeer and now she’s hoping to launch a five metre tall home-made rocket. The N Class rocket will be one of the most powerful amateur rockets in Australia and is expected to reach speeds of more than 1200kph and an altitude above 4500m when launched in Williams next month. 

Media – journalism research 
According to a national study which interviewed 50 news editors across Australia, two of the main concerns when employing journalism graduates are the lack of basic news writing skills and the ability to write and file news stories under pressure.   Associate Professor Trevor Cullen’s research is addressing concerns that journalism courses vary considerably in structure and content. He is developing new guidelines for the design and implementation of a final year ‘capstone’ unit for all 29 Australian universities currently offering journalism courses. 

History - University of Perth?
The University of Perth and C.Y. O’Connor University were among the names proposed for Perth’s newest university, before the State Government eventually decided on Edith Cowan University. ECU celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. 

Indigenous – New study on health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population
The latest annual snapshot from HealthInfoNet shows slight decreases in infant mortality rates and increases in average life expectancy. But there is still more to be done. Released this week, the Overviewof Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health status 2015, provides a comprehensive summary of the most recent indicators of the health of this group. 

Health – cancer ‘killer cells’
Professor Rob Newton is available to talk about how exercise causes muscles in the body to produce ‘killer cells’ that will attack and supress cancerous tumours. 

Health – end-of-life care
A workshop to help health profession students work with patients who are dying will be held at ECU Joondalup on 1 June. The workshop, which will include live acted simulations, will prepare students to support and care for patients at the end of their life. ECU Health Simulation Centre Director Professor Claire Langdon is available to talk about preparing students for end-of-life-care. 

Politics – ECU journalism students hit campaign trail
ECU’s journalism students have become part of Australia’s largest newsroom, reporting on the 2016 federal election campaign through the UniPollWatch project. With students from 28 universities, the project aims to cover every lower house seat in the country with electorate and candidate profiles and reporting on key policy issues. It will also feature key Senate candidates and explainer articles to make politics more accessible to readers and especially first-time voters.

The two skills every journalism graduate needs

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

ECU journalism students are holding real press conferences on campus to give them the hands-on experience industry wants.

What is killing Australia's smallest owls?

Monday, 16 May 2016 News > News > 2016 > 05

PhD Candidate Michael Lohr wants to know why Australian boobook owls are disappearing. Watch the video to find out how he’s trying to stop their decline.

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