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Curtin awarded $6.5 million in research funds

Media release

C297/08

11 November 2008

Curtin University of Technology has been awarded nearly $6.5 million in Federal Government grants to fund 20 research projects that will deliver a range of economic, social and environmental benefits.

The project grants have been awarded through the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).

Curtin Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development, Professor Linda Kristjanson, said this was a great result for the University.

“Curtin is committed to advancing research and innovation nationally and internationally, and these grants provided support for research that will lead to the discovery of new ideas and the advancement of knowledge,” she said.

The research projects range from examining the effect of electronic games on the fitness of children and treating wastewater for potable reuse, to the link between corporate governance and sustainability, and the most effective anti-smoking messages.

Applications for ARC and NHMRC funding are subject to a rigorous, independent peer review process that considers factors such as the researcher’s track record and capacity to undertake the work, the significance and innovation of the proposed research, the approach to be taken, training opportunities to be made available, and the national benefit.

“The fact that so many of Curtin’s research projects have secured funding is a great reflection on the quality and capability of our researchers and academic program,” Professor Kristjanson said.

Note to COS/Editor: A summary of Curtin’s research projects that have received grants through the ARC and NHMRC are listed below.

ARC Discovery & Linkage Projects

• Do perceptions of morality of alcohol, tobacco and cannabis use influence uptake in high school?
Prof RJ Donovan; Prof SR Zubrick; Prof DS Cross; Prof PA Howat; A/Prof R Midford; Mr G Jalleh; Ms DL Sullivan; Mr GJ Kirby
• The link between corporate governance and sustainability: A contingency approach
Dr J Galbreath; Mr GJ Nicholson
• Calibration free coulometric sensors based on polymeric thin layer films
Prof E Bakker; Prof R De Marco; Prof E Pretsch
• What works best for youth smoking prevention messages?
Prof RJ Donovan; Prof DS Cross; Mr G Jalleh; Dr SF Pettigrew; Ms DL Sullivan
• Using co-teaching and co-generative dialogue to improve teacher-student interactions and students’ awareness of their place in the environment
Prof DL Fisher; Dr RB Koul
• Learning to predict polymorphism through simulation of nucleation and nanoparticle evolution
Prof JD Gale; Dr P Raiteri; Prof M Parrinello; Dr SL Price; Prof JH Harding; Prof PM Rodger
• Nonlinear spatial and spatiotemporal econometrics: theory with applications
Dr Z Lu; Prof M Hallin
• Cataract and crash risk for older drivers: evidence from a population based study
Dr L Meuleners; Prof J Semmens; Dr J Ng; Ms DV Hendrie
• Drivers and barriers to sustainability in residential and commercial buildings
Prof PW Newman; Dr SG Bond
• Biogeochemical characterisation of Archaean microfossils, biomarkers and organic matter: Probing the nature and diversity of early life on Earth
Prof B Rasmussen; Dr IR Fletcher; Prof A Bekker
• Sustainable’ sustainability: Preparing Australia’s future citizens for informed decision-making through socially responsible science education
A/Prof PC Taylor; Prof DL Fisher; Dr E Settelmaier
• Using multiple representations for systematic assessment to improve learning in secondary school science
Prof DF Treagust; Prof BG Waldrip; Prof VR Prain; A/Prof MG Zadnik
• Validation of Synthetic Regional Gravity Field Models
Prof Dr WE Featherstone; Em/Prof P Vanicek
• Treating wastewater for potable reuse: removal of chemicals of concern using advanced oxidation processes
A/Prof A Heitz; A/Prof CA Joll; Prof U von Gunten; Dr KL Linge

NHMRC Projects

• A nutrition and physical activity intervention for mothers with young children
Prof PA Howat; A/Prof A McManus; Prof AS Anderson; Ms JM Jancey; A/Prof SS Dhaliwal; Dr SK Burns
• Physical activity and nutrition for seniors (PANS)
Prof PA Howat; Prof AH Lee; Ms JM Jancey; Prof AS Anderson; A/Prof DA Kerr; Mr TR Shilton
• Trends, treatments and outcomes of burns patients
Prof JB Semmens; Prof FM Wood; Ms DV Hendrie; Ms S Rea; Dr K Spilsbury; Mr DW Edgar
• Does Traumatic Brain Injury lead to offending behaviour
A/Prof TG Butler; A/Prof PW Schofield; Dr DB Preen; A/Prof RL Tate
• Does access to electronic games decrease physical activity in children?
Prof LM Straker; Dr RA Abbott; Prof CM Pollock; A/Prof PS Davies;
• An investigation into the mechanisms of how dietary fats influence Alzheimer’s Disease risk
Prof JC Mamo; Dr CL Wellington; A/Prof SS Dhaliwal

Modified: 11 November 2008