The University of Newcastle, Australia
Dr Thava Palanisami

News • 12 Jun 2019

Plastic ingestion by people could be equating to a credit card a week

A new study finds on average people could be ingesting approximately 5 grams of plastic every week, which is the equivalent weight of a credit card.

News • 20 May 2019

“Ready-Set-Grow” Pollinations and fertilization Activate genes for nutrient delivery for fruit set

Flower plants rely on pollination and fertilization to set seed and fruit, key products of most crops. It remains mysterious as how the molecular machinery is switched on upon pollination to deliver a massive amount of nutrients required for the impending seed and fruit formation. To address this question, an international visiting PhD student, now Dr Shen Si, from China Agricultural University spent two years in ACRCCI to research this topic under the supervision of Prof Yong-Ling Ruan

News • 1 May 2019

How do seeds sense warm weather?

Through international collaboration with partner groups of ACRCCI, Zhejinag University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, Professor Yong-Ling Ruan and colleagues have identified a mitochondrial heat shock protein that activates seed germination via thermal sensing.

News • 14 May 2019

BRAIN @ WATT SPACE 5 - 30 June 2019

Come and see an interactive and dynamic exhibition exploring the amazing brain. This exhibit will showcase some of the University of Newcastle’s research, giving the public a sneak preview of how we look at the brain, why we look at the brain, and what we find when we look at the brain.

News • 10 May 2019

Religious diversity key to social cohesion despite short-term challenges

While changes to religious diversity may lead to a short-term friction within communities, long term benefits are clear as society adjusts to multiculturalism, new research has shown.

News • 6 May 2019

Linkage Projects connect researchers to achieve real-world solutions

The University of Newcastle has been successful in securing more than $700,000 in the latest round of funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

News • 3 May 2019

The Aussie slug that can superglue its predators for days

Research scientists at the University of Newcastle have shown that the red triangle slug (Triboniophorus graeffei) produces a sticky defence mucus when disturbed that is strong enough to glue down predators for days. John Gould, a PhD candidate at the University, made the chance discovery when he came across an adult red-eyed tree frog (Litoria chloris) stuck to a fallen branch behind a red triangle slug in the Watagan Mountains in New South Wales. Their findings have been presented in a behavioural note published in Ethology.

News • 18 Apr 2019

Researchers to remediate PFAS contamination with hemp seed proteins

University of Newcastle researchers are on track to create a solution to per-and poly- fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination, in a project that could benefit the Williamtown community and countless other sites across the world.

Professor Penny Jane Burke

News • 15 Apr 2019

Research team to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education

A research team from University of Newcastle and University of Melbourne have been awarded a grant from the Australian Department of Education and Training, under the HEPPP National Priority Pool scheme, to develop an International Literature Review on Equity in Higher Education. This work will be a significant asset for the Australian field of Equity in Higher Education.

News • 12 Apr 2019

Callaghan graduates cross the stage toward a new chapter

More than 4000 students will celebrate the culmination of their studies over the next week, with the annual graduation ceremonies set to commence at the University of Newcastle’s Callaghan campus.

Hunterwise team

News • 4 Apr 2019

Partnership sets year 8 girls on STEM path

Girls from two Hunter-based high schools seeking a higher education and career in STEM-related disciplines are closer to achieving their goals thanks to a partnership announced between HunterWiSE, Newcastle High School, Callaghan College and Newcastle Coal Infrastructure Group.

Professor Brett Neilan

News • 2 Apr 2019

Award of ARC Linkage Project - Mitigating the risk of cyanobacterial blooms in wastewater ponds.

Congratulations to Professor Brett Neilan on being awarded an ARC Linkage Project Grant entitled Mitigating the risk of cyanobacterial blooms in wastewater ponds for $456,527 for the period 2019-2021.