Archived News for Education Sector Professionals - July, 2015
The first female and first Australian principal investigator on a mission to Mars says Australia should embrace the opportunity to inspire - and retain - the next generation of home-grown scientists, engineers and technologists by joining the space exploration game.
Deep depression mechanism found
New research has shed light on the mechanisms in the brain that can lead depressed people to dwell on negative thoughts.
Donations counted in life-saving study
A new report card for global aid reveals Australians are an altruistic bunch, saving the lives of 230,000 children since the year 2000.
Eating displayed and discussed in new production
Health experts are staging a unique theatrical collaboration aimed at dispelling myths about eating disorders and fad dieting in teenagers.
Schools say new deal keeping kids away
Western Australia’s Opposition is taking shots at the state’s new education funding model.
Warning that WA child checks could slip
The Community and Public Sector Union (CPSU) has warned children could be at risk due to understaffing and a lack of resources at the WA Department for Child Protection and Family Support’s Working With Children Unit.
Choice circuits spotted in fly brains
New research suggests that just like humans, fruit flies show self-awareness of their actions.
Pot stats show blunt opposition
Despite Australia’s relatively high rate of cannabis use, new figures show most are strongly opposed to it.
Rich countries care less about climate risks
A global survey has found that the world’s wealthiest people understand climate change, but only half see it as a threat.
Anti-swearing may not make sense
There is a lot of sensitivity around swearing and other language conventions in modern culture, but some academics wonder if it is really warranted.
Huawei's tech training gets new home
Chinese tech firm Huawei has come a long way in the last few years – moving from a ban in Australia on national security grounds to become an educator and benefactor of Government contracts.
Music tunes young minds
A new study suggests music training for kids and teens helps improve their brains’ responses to sound and sharpen learning skills.
New home on horizon but holidays still far off
An international team of astronomers have announced the discovery of a near-Earth-sized planet in the habitable zone of a Sun-like star – the most appropriate replacement for Earth ever spotted.
Senator sees nothing to fear in China FTA
The Assistant Education Minister, Senator Simon Birmingham, has taken to the radiowaves to warn people not to pay attention to Australian union claims over the threat of new free-trade deals.
Sprigs of agricultural careers sprouted in school
Students at a WA high school have stepped way beyond the normal science class veggie patch.
Big help could be hidden in data
One expert says there is a goldmine of data at many major that could be used to enhance a range of outcomes.
Language revival for Aboriginal health boost
An Australian researcher says the revival of an Aboriginal language in South Australia could bring mental health benefits.
Data caps decried as distant disadvantage
A forum in Darwin has heard of an idea that could greatly boost education outcomes for kids in the bush.
Effectiveness checked at new centre
A new centre will be set up specifically to find ways of demonstrating teacher effectiveness.
Fat characters influence eating
A study from the US suggests children can be prompted to consume more unhealthy foods by seeing plump cartoon characters.