Research Success

Collated on this page is an archive of the University's Research Directions fact sheets. The fact sheets give an overview of research at the University.

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Small Things
Small things make a big difference (PDF File 66.8 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Ian Anderson from the Centre for Plant and Food Science is investigating how the diversity and activity of forest soil microbes is affected by climate change, through a Life Sciences Research Award from the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.

Really Hyperactive
Really Hyperactive? (PDF File 59.4 KB) (opens in a new window)
Anthony Dillon, with Professor Rhonda Craven and Dr Gawaian Bodkin-Andrews from the Centre for Educational Research, Professor Ian Wilson from the School of Medicine, and Dr Helen Correia from the School of Psychology, are critically analysing the issues and decisions of parents with children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyper-Activity Disorder through a three year ARC Discovery Indigenous Researchers Development Grant.

Staying On At School
Staying on at school (PDF File 80.7 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Margaret Helen Vickers and Dr Katrina Barker from School of Education together with the NSW Department of Education & Training have been awarded a UWS Research Partnership Program grant to examine what schools can do to encourage young people to stay on, rather than leave school early.

Advanced scientific collaboration (PDF File 81.5 KB) (opens in a new window)
Professor Bill Price from the Nanoscale Organisation and Dynamics Group is taking a leading role in a multidisciplinary and multi-institutional consortium to integrate access and use of magnetic resonance facilities to enhance research collaborations through a Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy grant.

Needle in a haystack (PDF File 82.8 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Shelley Burgin from the Ecology and Environment Research Group is collaborating with Geoffrey Ross from the NSW Department of Environment and Climate Change to provide an indicator for a worldwide pest species.

Oily end to termites (PDF File 98.2 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Robert Spooner-Hart and Dr Albert Basta from the Centre for Plant and Food Sciences are collaborating with research partner BioProspect to investigate a new oil-based product to repel termites.

Religion and Networking (PDF File 104.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Rosemary Leonard from the Social Justice Social Change Research Centre and Associate Professor Richard Ollerton from the School of Computing and Mathematics are collaborating with partner investigator Dr John Bellamy from NCLS Research to explore differences in social networking patterns amongst different religious denominations through an ARC Linkage Grant.

Pest-Free Trading (PDF File 102.9 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Samsul Huda from the Centre for Plant and Food Science, and Dr Liwan Liyanage from the School of Computing and Mathematics, have collaborated with partner investigator Dr Tony Martin from the WA Department of Agriculture and Food to adapt existing methodologies for evaluating pest- or disease-free status through a Australian Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry funded Australian Centre of Excellence for Risk Analysis grant.

Failure to Communicate (PDF File 91.4 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Elaine Lally, Professor David Rowe and Professor Ien Ang from the Centre for Cultural Research are collaborating with Communications Alliance Ltd., to explore cultural shifts and changing community attitudes to the provision of telecommunications services.

Health Promotion On the Move
Health promotion on the move (PDF File 89.3 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Janette Perz, Professor Jane Ussher, Dr Danuta Chessor and Dr Yasmin Hawkins from Gender, Culture & Health Research: PsyHealth within the School of Psychology are exploring the impact of a health and lifestyle promotion program with a grant from Penrith Panthers community development foundation Panthers on the Prowl.

Sound Remediation of Contaminated Soil
Sound remediation of contaminated soil (PDF File 268.0 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Chin Leo from the School of Engineering is exploring the potential for using high powered ultrasound (HPU) to clean dioxin contaminated soils and sediments, through a NSW Government Environmental Trust Environmental Research Program Seeding Grant project.

Play Hard - Save Water
Play Hard - Save Water (PDF File 101.1 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Basant Maheshwari, Mr Bruce Simmons and Mr Gavin Beveridge from the School of Natural Sciences and the UWS CRC for Irrigation Futures node are collaborating with three Western Sydney Councils (Penrith, Auburn and Camden) to explore the use of alternative water sources to irrigate and maintain the condition of sporting fields in the area.

Saving Soil from Sodium Salts
Saving soil from sodium salts (PDF File 239.0 KB) (opens in a new window)
Dr Loo-Teck Ng from the School of Natural Sciences is exploring new technologies for reducing sodium ion concentrations in soil through an Environmental Trust Environmental Research Program Seeding Grant Project.

Mushrooms - Ultimate Super food?
Mushrooms - Ultimate super food? (PDF File 96.6 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professors Yip Cho and Gerald Pang, Dr Sundar R Koyyalamudi and Dr Sang-Chul Jeong of the School of Natural Sciences, and the Centre for Plant and Food Science are collaborating with the Australian Mushroom Growers Association to explore the health benefits of eating mushrooms. This project is funded by Horticulture Australia Limited, AMGA and UWS with matching funding from the Australian Government.

Super Foods for Alzheimer’s
Super foods for Alzheimer's (PDF File 85.5 KB) (opens in a new window)
Associate Professor Gerald Muench from the School of Medicine is collaborating with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) to explore potential Alzheimer's treatments through a CSIRO Flagship Collaboration Research Fund Grant.


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