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Edition 21:

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Last year the University of Tasmania secured more than $14 million of Australian Research Council and industrial partnership funding to train Higher Degree by Research students.

This is allowing us to attract some of the best early career researchers in the country and ensures innovation priorities are fostered in Tasmania.

More than $3 million supports a further four Future Fellows. As a result of these successes in 2014, the University will contribute 48 research students and 50 jobs to the Tasmanian community.

You will get a sense of the calibre of the researchers at the University of Tasmania in this issue. They include ARC Future Fellow Professor Matt King, who has been awarded the Kavli Medal for his contributions to the first globally agreed estimate of melting ice sheets to rising sea levels.

We are also delighted with the recognition accorded Professor Emily Hilder and ARC Future Fellow Professor Michael Breadmore, two of just three Australian academics to be recognised in the Analytical Scientist magazine's inaugural Top 40 Under 40 list.

You can also read about the work of Research Fellows Associate Professor Gretta Pecl, the leader of a team which has a tool to determine the sensitivity of different commercial fish species to climate change, and Dr Jason Scott, who is responsible for the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture's rapid response to a mystery fungal disease threatening Tasmania's $100 million commercial poppy crop.

For a change of tempo, Early Career Development Fellow Dr Carolyn Philpott's research comes with its own soundtrack – or at least, a suite of musical compositions. Her interest in the connections between music and place (specifically Antarctica) is taking her places – South America, the UK and in January the US, where she guest-lectured at four major universities.

Cover image: Climate change is affecting the distribution and abundance of marine species around the world, including the overgrazing Centrostephanus sea urchin, which recently established in Tasmanian waters. Photo: Antonia Cooper

Professor Paddy Nixon,
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research)

Research News

by Marketing and Communications team

The Southern Ocean has a predominant role in the movement of heat and carbon …

Australia's new ocean research vessel, the RV Investigator, has returned to port in Hobart after making its maiden science voyage to the Southern Ocean to deploy moored observatories generating high-frequency measurements that will help researchers in their climate studies.

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Yoga helps ease pain of cancer survivors

by Lana Best

While I don’t believe yoga is a cure, it is wonderful to know … yoga can certainly help people cope better

Research conducted by yoga therapist Annette Loudon while obtaining her Masters of Medical Sciences at the University of Tasmania is having ongoing benefits for cancer survivors around the country.

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Quick action unmasks poppy threat

by Kathy Grube

Whole plants were being killed and it was wiping out large crop areas – something we had never seen before

A rapid response by the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) is helping the Tasmanian agricultural industry combat a new disease threatening the state's $100-million-a-year commercial poppy crop.

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'Weighing up' a key climate change question

by Stuart Gillies

Our children’s lives will be different because of rising sea levels. The beach will be different to the beach you and I visited (as kids)

High above Earth, flying about 200km apart, are two satellites Professor Matt King likes to call a "wonderful set of scales".

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Growing up online

by Lana Best

It’s not unusual for young people to go back and start deleting things that might potentially be negative

It's an amazing reality that men and women in their 20s can look back through their Facebook posts and see a big chunk of their life recorded in words and pictures like never before.

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Your smartphone transformed into a mobile lab

by Anna Osborne

What if you could carry out a full suite of tests on a pin-prick droplet of blood … What if you could carry out tests on your smartphone?

A new University of Tasmania collaboration is aiming to bring the complexities of in-house laboratory testing to the fingertips of those in the field.

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Making waves in renewable energy

by Nicole Mayne

There hasn’t been anyone yet who has cracked the nut in terms of making a commercial product - we hope to be the first

Ocean waves are an abundant and untapped source of renewable energy with less variability than wind or solar power. Research into this growing sector is gathering momentum at the Australian Maritime College thanks to national funding of two key projects.

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A vision splendid: new gene research

by Miranda Harman

If we can say these patients are at high risk … we can treat their eye pressure early and aggressively and prevent their blindness

Through a painstaking teasing-apart of complex relationships, Associate Professor Kathryn Burdon and colleagues are aiming to build a comprehensive picture of the connections between genetics and eye disease.

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Why Antarctica is cool for composers

by Cherie Cooper

Soon after I began researching the topic I had amassed a long list of works dating from the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration in the early 20th century to the present …

The frozen continent's allure was particularly potent in the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration, when intrepid travellers would return with stories of its beauty and mystery, which in turn inspired works of art, literature and music.

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