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Curtin appoints director for energy research centre

Curtin University has appointed Professor Chun-Zhu Li as the director of its new Curtin Centre for Advanced Energy Science and Engineering. He obtained his PhD in chemical engineering in 1993 from Imperial College London. After postdoctoral research in Imperial College ...

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Tzannes appointed UNSW dean

Award-winning architect Alec Tzannes has been appointed as the new dean of the Faculty of the Built Environment at the University of New South Wales. Founder of the high profile Sydney architectural practice Tzannes Associates, Tzannes has won numerous national ...

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VTEC director for Curtin in Kalgoorlie

Curtin University of Technology has appointed Lynette Farrell as the new director of the Curtin Vocational Training and Education Centre (VTEC) in Kalgoorlie. Prior to joining Curtin, Farrell was general manager of organisational services at Swan TAFE and has also ...

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Woodland receives 2008 distinguished fellow award

Professor Alan Woodland, an ARC professorial fellow at the Australian School of Business, has received the 2008 Distinguished Fellow Award from the Economic Society of Australia. The award recognises exceptional Australian economists for their contribution to the development of economics ...

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Australia’s education globally competitive

Australia’s education system ranks ninth in the world according to the Global Competitiveness Report 2008-2009, released earlier this month by the World Economic Forum. The report found Australia’s education system was well suited to meet the needs of a competitive ...

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Noshing down at the Nobels

On 10 December each year, Stockholm City Hall transforms into the venue of a lavish dinner in honour of that year’s Nobel Prize laureates. With military precision, 1300 guests are waited on by 200 waiters, with five people employed just ...

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The sound of a crispy chip being eaten

If Nobel Prizes are the most solemn and esteemed of honours for the greatest of great research, then the Ig Nobels tip their cap to its opposite, saluting research which “first makes people laugh, and then makes them think”. This ...

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The shark and the virgin birth

Scientists have confirmed the second case of a virgin birth in a shark. In a study reported today in the Journal of Fish Biology, scientists said DNA testing proved that a pup carried by a female blacktip shark in a ...

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Boss behaviour belongs in animal kingdom

The average male corporate boss might not beat his chest, but a new report claims the evolutionary signs of managers marking out their territory are everywhere. Researchers revealed how everything from the pink shirt under their power suit to the ...

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