Algae in Wagga’s Lake Albert
Dr Julia Howitt explains why there is blue-green algae in Wagga’s Lake Albert and that there is no short-term solution to the problem in a story in the Daily Advertiser, Jan 6 and also in an interview for WIN TV Wagga, Jan 12; WIN TV Canberra, Jan 13 and and WIN Canberra All Australian News Jan 15.
Bathurst U3A talks
There was an article in the Western Advocate promoting the Bathurst University of the Third Age Monday Morning Show for Term One for which Dr Travis Holland will present the first in the series of eight talks. His talk, on Feb 5, is on the Politics and Promises of NBN. Story ran Jan 8. http://www.westernadvocate.com.au/story/5155541/u3a-matters-from-the-nbn-strife-to-the-pms-home-life/
Interviews with PhD graduate Dr Zsofia (Sofie) Palfi on her research on the working habits of ants in the Riverina were on Prime TV Albury, Jan 10; ABC Riverina Breakfast with Anne Delaney, Jan 11 and News; ABC Riverina’s Rural Report, Jan 12 and ABC Central Victoria breakfast, Jan 15. The story was then picked up by the print media with an article in the Tumut & Adelong Times, Feb 2.
Effects of growth on urban streams
A story on recent PhD graduate Dr Buyani Thomy on the effects of changes in urban stream quality on property prices appeared in Dubbo Photo News, Jan 11
Frogs on the move
Recent PhD graduate Dr Carmen Amos talks about frogs using cracks in the soil to shelter from heat in an interview on Prime TV, Jan 12 with a story on her research in the Border Mail, Jan 13 and another interview on ABC Riverina breakfast, and News Jan 15 and ABC Online Goulburn Murray, http://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-01-19/frogs-show-resilience-in-hot-dry-environments/9343586 and Weather Zone http://www.weatherzone.com.au/news/maniacal-cackles-show-frogs-adapting-to-hot-dry-environments/527398 and ABC Online, Jan 19; and FM radio hit104.9 Albury, News, Triple M The Border, Albury, Jan 22 and on Prime TV, Jan 26
Indigenous recognition matters
Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan says that the Australian Constitution does not mention Indigenous people and that while Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten appointed a Referendum Council to consider options for constitutional recognition of Australia's First People in 2015, this is a symbolic, though politically inconsequential, amendment. Opinion Piece in The Conversation, Jan 18, 2018.Indigenous recognition in our Constitution matters - and will need greater political will to achieve This opinion piece was republished in the Letters section of Dubbo Photo News, Feb 8.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan spoke about Indigenous recognition and that having a voice for Indigenous people in Parliament will improve policymaking on ABC Mid North Coast, NSW Statewide Drive, Jan 23
First symposium on hydropower and fish
A story about the fish passage conference coming up in December in Albury (International Conference on River Connectivity) which will include the First International Symposium on Hydropower and Fish Management, appeared in Space Daily, Jan 25 http://www.spacedaily.com/reports/Global_fish_passage_forum_to_include_first_symposium_on_hydropower_and_fish_999.html
Youth diversionary programs
Dr Kath McFarlane, commenting on a NSW Upper House inquiry into youth diversionary programs, says she is hopeful that it will investigate the connection between the out-of-home care child protection system and other forms of institutional care and juvenile justice, on ABC Central West, ABC Broken Hill, ABC Upper Hunter, ABC Broken Hill, ABC New England North West, ABC Riverina, on Jan 29 and on ABC South East NSW, Bega, Jan 30
Citizenship, democracy and the political determinants of indigenous health
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan says that while Indigenous health receives significant public expenditure, it remains a matter of public policy failure. Solutions require a philosophical reconsideration of the meaning of Indigenous citizenship and opportunities for Indigenous policy deliberation. Published in The Policy Space, Jan 30. http://www.thepolicyspace.com.au/2017/31/160-citizenship-democracy-and-the-political-determinants-of-indigenous-health#.Wm_qiE9SWhU.twitter
New Zealand vote on euthanasia
Associate Professor Dominic O'Sullivan's 50th published opinion piece was in The Conversation, January 31. It was about New Zealand's conscience vote on euthanasia which Dominic says exposes the democratic weakness of New Zealand's voting system. https://theconversation.com/conscience-vote-on-euthanasia-bill-exposes-democratic-weakness-of-new-zealands-voting-system-90838 The piece was picked up by the Online news service, Australian Business http://www.businesses.com.au/general-business/425925-conscience-vote-on-euthanasia-bill-exposes-democratic-weakness-of-new-zealand-s-voting-system, Jan 31.
Benefits and costs
Former ILWS PhD student Dr Rebecca Peisley was interviewed on Prime7 News, Albury on the benefits & costs of birds for agriculture, Jan 31.She also did radio interviews on the subject for 104.9 Albury, Triple M, The Border, ABC Riverina, Feb 1, ABC Goulburn Murray, Feb 2 with an ABC Online story, Feb 5. http://www.abc.net.au/news/rural/2018-02-05/native-birds-create-bigger-yield-for-farmers-research-finds/9396974 There was also a feature story “A bird in hand might be worth more than fruit growers thought” in the Bendigo Advertiser, Feb 7 http://www.bendigoadvertiser.com.au/story/5211154/a-bird-in-hand-might-be-worth-more-than-fruit-growers-thought/, a print version, Feb 10 and a report in the Border Mail, Feb 10. Another hits in online news, mcivortimes.com.au. http://www.mcivortimes.com.au/rural/2018/02/13/131457/new-twist-on-bird-threat-to-orchards, Feb 13
A story appeared in the Express Tribune, Pakistan on the groundwater project led by the Institute on Feb 1. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1623246/1-experts-stress-improving-groundwater-quality/
A story on the work of Institute Adjunct Professor David Mitchell with respect to how grey water is treated at CSU’s Thurgoona campus with quotes from Professor Max Finlayson featured in the Border Mail, Feb 3. http://www.bordermail.com.au/story/5205055/twenty-years-on-professors-lasting-wetland-legacy-remains/ David was also featured in an article in the Department of Environment and Energy’s Wetlands Australia 2018 magazine story written by Max, http://www.environment.gov.au/system/files/resources/b0f30409-2d92-4ec6-a57d-35e59b765be0/files/wa30-full.pdf
Science in Australia Gender Equity
Dr John Rafferty says it is about time that Australians give women in science the attention they deserve and an organisation Science in Australia Gender Equity specifically formed to ensure there is gender equity on ABC Goulburn Murray, Breakfast, Feb 7
CenWest Innovate is encouraging business owner, employers and staff to take part in the upcoming Next Stage Growth Program via a report on Triple M Central West, Orange, Feb 7 and in the Western Advocate, Feb 8
Small Farm Success Australia
In an interview with the author of a new book Small Farm Success Australia author Anna Featherstone mentions that she interviewed ILWS member Dr Angela Ragusa whose research has found that a lot of people fail to transition because of a lack of research about the community they are moving into, on ABC Radio Sydney, Drive, Feb 8.
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan during his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings discusses government plans to install cameras on streets to capture people texting or talking on the phone while driving, the decentralisation program for teen terrorists, and the government’s deal with the Rail, Tram and Bus Union, Feb 9.
Using aged care facilities
In response to claims that just $6 a day is being spent to feed residents in nursing homes across, Associate Professor Maree Bernoth spoke about the need for people to do research before placing a person in an aged care facility as there is evidence that there is malnutrition happening in some of these facilities, in an interview on 6PR, Perth, Mornings, Feb 12. The story was also on 3AW, Melbourne; 2GB, Sydney; 4BC, Brisbane; 2EC, Bega; 2CC, Canberra; Curtin FM, Perth; Bay FM, Geelong; 7LA, Launceston; Feb 12.
Story on 2MCE Orange about the visit by the Governor-General Peter Cosgrove attendance at a church service in Bathurst, which is co-hosted by CSU (Professor Linda Shields), Feb 12.
Effects of fire and dingoes
Research in semi-arid parts of Victoria on how fire and dingo numbers effect fox numbers shows the benefits for smaller mammals preyed upon by foxes according to Associate Professor Dale Nimmo in interviews on hit 104.9 Albury, Triple M The Border, Feb 13; Geelong Advertiser, Feb 16, ABC Ballarat, Ballarat, Vic Country Hour, Feb 19. There was also a story on the research project “Dingo solution: Foxes on the Run” in the Weekly Times, Feb 21.
CSU students win silver in global IoT Spartans challenge
Led by Dr Lihong Zheng (ILWS) and Dr Sabih Rehman from the School of Computing and Mathematics, the 12 students were the only team representing an Australian University, and they placed second among more than 250 universities worldwide that competed in the 2017 challenge. Appeared online at techworld from IDG, Feb 15 https://www.techworld.com.au/mediareleases/31089/csu-students-win-silver-in-global-iot-spartans/
Interview on National Carp Control
In an interview on the Carp Virus Matt Berwick mentioned the CSU research into a global scan on ways of managing fish kills around the world to Dan Bourchier, ABC Radio Canberra, Feb 16. http://www.abc.net.au/radio/canberra/programs/breakfast/what-will-the-carp-virus-introduction-mean-for-act-waterways/9453626
No record of some threatened species in protected area
Dr Geoff Heard, along with other ecologists, has cast doubt on government claims the coalition is funding a conservation project in Victoria’s Endeavour Fern Gully to benefit threatened species – because the listed species are unlikely to occur in the area. The Guardian, Feb 17 https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2018/feb/17/no-record-of-some-threatened-species-in-area-government-says-its-protecting-them
Associate Professor Dominic O’Sullivan during his regular segment on ABC Goulburn Murray mornings talked about the looming rift between the Prime Minister and the Deputy Prime Minister, and the Nationals and Liberals. Though Joyce is hanging in there, he feels the Prime Minister is putting pressure on the Nationals to oust him as their leader. Feb 16.
Stories of Service
Governor General Sir Peter Cosgrove was the special guest for Sunday's civic reception and commemorative service to honour military and civilian nurses who have been killed in service. Professor Linda Shields was among those at the service, and says that “the contribution of civilian nurses is just as great as the contribution of military nurses”. Western Advocate, Bathurst NSW, Feb 19. Linda was also interviewed for reports on WIN TV Orange, Feb 19 and WIN TV Canberra, Feb 20.
From books to Britain: courses for all interests at Bathurst U3A
Dr Travis Holland delivered the first Monday Morning show lecture on February 5 “Explaining NBN: then and now”. A lively and somewhat lengthy question time concluded Dr Holland’s talk, and the audience learnt a lot about the NBN. Online Bathurst Western Advocate, Feb 19
Basin Plan collapse: would we really be better off without it?
In response to recent criticism by a group of pro-environment scientists of the Basin Plan for being ineffective e and the senate vote last week, Professor Max Finlayson has said he “would be horrified if it fell over, and both irrigators and the environment could lose out.” In an online article, The Area News, Feb 19 http://www.areanews.com.au/story/5237710/basin-plan-collapse-would-we-really-be-better-off-without-it/
A model for self-determination in health policy proposed by A/Prof Dominic O'Sullivan in Open Forum Feb 21. http://www.openforum.com.au/indigenous-health