Loose joints; safe water; the limits of executive power – 2013 Menzies scholars

Sir Robert Menzies’ legacy continues
Scholarships announced today to young leaders in physiotherapy, engineering, and the law in Sydney and Melbourne.

The treatment of “loose joints”, or hypermobility, a painful inherited condition particularly of adolescent girls; the provision of safe and adequate water resources to communities in Australia and the developing world; and examining the possibilities and limits of executive power—these are just some of the issues being tackled by this year’s crop of Menzies scholars. [continue reading…]

Writing to a single atom; when did shyness and PMT become mental illnesses; and more‏

Today Australian engineers reveal in Nature how they have written information to a single electron opening the way to a quantum computer based on silicon.

Quantum computers promise to solve complex problems that are currently impossible on even the world’s largest supercomputers if only we could make one. Many esoteric approaches have been tried.

Researchers at UNSW said, “We can do this using silicon – and computer makers already know how to use that.

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Shocking psychological experiments, the art of selling Australian science to the world, Fresh Science and more

I’m reintroducing my occasional bulletins about science-related events in Victoria.

Tomorrow, there are three talks:

And this Friday science filmmaker Sonya Pemberton will be talking about the business and art of getting Australian science to global TV audiences.

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Robert Menzies legacy continues to shape the nation

Menzies Foundation

Young leaders from Melbourne, Sydney, Perth and Adelaide awarded Menzies scholarships to study in US, UK, and Australia

The effect of diet on brain function; whether virtual reality can be used for rehabilitation of arm movements following traumatic brain injury; how chemotherapy damages nerves; and the role of engineering in sustainable development—these are just some of the issues being tackled by this year’s crop of Menzies scholars.

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Bionic pioneer, Menzies scholars and Australian research of note

Here’s a rundown on some stories this week, plus our weekly overview on what we saw last week that you may have missed.

Tonight, Graeme Clark, inventor of Australia’s bionic ear will be announced as the winner of the $50,000 CSL Florey Medal (note: announcement embargoed until 5pm Melbourne time).

On Tuesday, the National Press Excellence in Health Journalism awards will be held at the National Press Club – Melbourne film-maker Sonya Pemberton has been short-listed.

On Wednesday, Blamey & Saunders Hearing (formerly Australia Hears) officially launches its new office and new name.

For 30 years the Menzies Foundation has been awarding scholarships to graduates in the health sciences, engineering, law and the humanities.

The 2011 Menzies Memorial Scholars will be announced on Thursday – more information closer to the date.

And in case you missed any Australian research of note, read here.

Science in Public this week (21- 25 Nov 2011)

Monday: Niall’s in Canberra for the $50,000 CSL Florey Medal announcement.  Release and images here.

Tuesday: Niall’s at the Excellence in Health Journalism awards at the National Press Club. Update: Niall accepted the Health Journalist of the Year 2011 award on behalf of Melbourne film-maker Sonya Pemberton.  More here.

Wednesday: Blamey & Saunders Hearing’s new name and office are being launched by Michelle Gallaher, CEO of the BioMelbourne Network

Thursday: For 30 years the Menzies Foundation has been awarding scholarships to researchers in health sciences and the humanities.
Tim’s off to the 2011 Menzies Memorial Scholars announcement tonight – more information here.