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Australia’s Chief Scientist on getting our research priorities right

The Conversation Ian Chubb 6 July 2015

Starting in late 2014, I convened a series of roundtables with representatives across the disciplines, with a view to learning from success. The Prime Minister announced the outcomes of that process in May: nine science and research priorities, each with three to four corresponding practical research challenges.  It is a significant step forward, and it is important that the implications are properly understood.

This is the first in our series on the Science and Research Priorities recently announced by the Federal Government. Stay tuned for expert roundups on each of the nine priorities in coming days.

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Respecting teachers key to reversing Australia’s dwindling science interest, Ian Chubb says

ABC News Stephanie Anderson 3 July 2015

Year 12 participation rates in science subjects as well as top level mathematics are at a 20-year low, according to Australia’s chief scientist Ian Chubb.  Professor Chubb said Australia’s future would rely heavily on STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and teachers need more support to encourage students to get involved.

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Superbugs, antibiotic resistance and the Queensland team fighting back

Brisbane Times 2 July 2015

South-east Queensland is leading the fight to protect our final defense against deadly superbugs.

The Australian government launched the country’s first strategy to address antimicrobial resistance (AMR) last month, labelling it an “urgent global health priority”.

The strategy set out plans to raise awareness of AMR, co-ordinate research to attack the problem and cut down on the overuse of antibiotics in both humans and animals, where the drugs are commonly used as a preventative measure or to stimulate growth.

Researchers from the University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology and Bond University were tasked with finding a way to cut down on GP prescriptions and educate the public.

http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/queensland/superbugs-antibiotic-resistance-and-the-queensland-team-fighting-back-20150702-gi3zy3.html

Research matters

EurekAlert 25 June 2015

A new PLOS Pathogens forum explains how basic research is necessary, exciting, and makes a difference.

“We seek this new Research Matters format for individual scientists to tell the public how diverse fundamental research into pathogens assures real and compelling impact on public health, human knowledge and life”, state Kasturi Haldar and Grant McFadden, the journal’s Editors-in-Chief in their introductory editorial, which, alongside the first two first contributions to the new series, will be published on June 25th in PLOS Pathogens.

Editorial: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1005014
Haldar: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1005002
McFadden: http://dx.plos.org/10.1371/journal. ppat.1004997

Lyme disease: Tick researcher finds bacteria with similar symptoms to controversial disease

ABC News 30 June 2015

Bacteria found in Australian ticks can cause similar symptoms to Lyme disease, but research is no closer to proving tick bites cause the controversial illness domestically, a researcher says.

Perth-based Murdoch University Professor Peter Irwin is heading up a national research team that has collected up to 20,000 ticks from across the country to study the bacteria they carry and their potential to cause disease.

The study is being conducted by researchers from both Murdoch and Curtin universities as well as the University of Sydney.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-06-30/lyme-disease-murdoch-tick-research-bacteria-discovery/6582288

QWater’15 Conference – Conference Alert

Hotel Grand Chancellor, Brisbane – 11 – 12 November 2015

QWater is the biggest professional development, technical knowledge sharing and networking event on the Queensland water industry’s calendar. The conference provides a forum for discussing and sharing water related stories that are unique and relevant to Queensland.

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Group calls for more transparency in science research, announces guidelines

(Rice University 25 June 2015) An international group of academic leaders, journal editors and funding-agency representatives and disciplinary leaders, including Rick Wilson, the Herbert S. Autrey Chair of Political Science and professor of statistics and psychology at Rice University, has announced guidelines to further strengthen transparency and reproducibility practices in science research reporting.

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