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ECU researchers inspiring future generations

Thursday, 11 August 2011

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Researchers at Edith Cowan University (ECU) are committed to finding ethical, relevant solutions to real world problems and this week they will have the chance to showcase their work to inspire the next generation of researchers.

ECU’s Research Week, from 15 to 19 August, will bring together staff, students, current and future researchers to share their knowledge and ideas.

More than 50 events will be held across ECU’s Joondalup and Mount Lawley Campuses ranging from informative seminars on the University’s latest findings, to hands-on showcases including beer tasting.

ECU Graduate Research School Dean, Professor Joe Luca, said:

“The research we conduct at ECU supports the University’s wider goal to contribute to our communities and make them more prosperous, inclusive and sustainable. Research Week is our chance to show the public what we do.”

“It’s also an opportunity to encourage the next generation to consider a research career. The work they do here at ECU could solve a real-world problem and make a positive impact on the community.”

Research to be showcased during the week includes:

· Technology and mental health: Effective ways to protect children

Are our children affected by technology? What are the risks? Does technology impact on our mental health? These questions and more will be answered at this presentation. Strategies for keeping children safe online will also be discussed.

· Creating credible and persuasive messages to prevent alcohol use during pregnancy.

Alcohol use during pregnancy is a sensitive topic. This presentation focuses on the carefully planned marketing messages used to promote healthy behaviours and minimise the unintended effects of alcohol.

· Exercise as Medicine for Cancer

It’s not just radiation therapy or drugs that can treat cancer. Recent ECU research has strongly indicated that exercise can play a part in treating cancer and speeding up the recovery process. This seminar will talk about the common toxicities arising from cancer treatment and the role of physical activity during the treatment period.

· Research at the School of Engineering

We need to focus on innovative ways of looking at our environment and finding solutions that can improve our quality of life. This seminar explores the design principles of naturally occurring materials, energy saving glass for smart buildings, a wireless networking device for bush fire detection.

· Science at the Pub

Explore the science behind naturally brewed beer at ECU’s Degrees Brewery; enjoy a tour of the ECU brewery as well as sampling our award winning brews.

ECU research students will also be competing for cash prizes up to $1500 in the 3 Minute Thesis competition (3MT). Students will have just three minutes to explain their life’s work in an engaging and exciting way.

The final will be held on Thursday, 18 August, with the winner will represent ECU at an Australasian 3MT competition at the University of Western Australia in September 2011.

For more information, and to register for Research Week events, please visit www.ecu.edu.au/research/week

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