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Education stories

The following stories relate to Tasmania’s Education sector:

Kids join archaeological dig

Edition 194_KerrieLodge

Young archaeologists-in-training have joined the dig at an important excavation as part of an innovative education initiative.

8 May 2018, Edition 194

Naval partners for Maritime College

The Launceston based Australian Maritime College has been named as the strategic partner of the new $25m Naval Shipbuilding College in Adelaide. The Naval College will be the key provider of manpower and expertise needed for the Federal Government’s $195m defence build, which includes submarines and naval vessels. However, the partnership will also deliver opportunities for students at the Maritime College. University of Tasmania Vice-Chancellor, Professor Rufus Black, welcomed the announcement by Federal Defence Minister, Christopher Pyne, seeing it as a major opportunity for Tasmania. Professor Black said: “There will soon be unprecedented career development opportunities in the maritime sector, particularly in the fields of maritime engineering and logistics, as a result of the Government’s multi-billion dollar naval shipbuilding program.” It is estimated that by 2026 more than 5,200 workers will be needed to fulfil the Government’s defence build.

11 April 2018, Edition 193

PM signs on for Hobart deal

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UTAS's proposed STEM project in the CBD and an Antarctic research precinct at Macquarie Point looked more likely after a Federal Government City Deal was signed in Hobart in January.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

30 Tasmanians share honours

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Expatriate Tasmanian scientist, Graham Farquhar, AO, was named Senior Australian of the Year, while 29 other local people were honoured in the 2018 Australia Day Awards.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Devil of a show at TMAG

The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG) is using three galleries for an exhibition exploring the ecology and biology of the beleaguered Tasmanian devil, along with changes over time in the public perception of the largest surviving marsupial carnivore. The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil exhibition took two years to assemble and will continue until 6 May. Senior Curator, Kathryn Medlock, said "The history of the animal is quite interesting because it really was perceived as being a pest, a threat to livelihoods and agriculture, fierce and nasty. Over time that's changed. I'm really hoping the public will gain a new respect of this animal and broaden their perspective on why it is such a remarkable species that has overcome the odds." Wildlife biologist and TMAG Honorary Curator, Nick Mooney, said it was important that a new attitude towards devils was consolidated in light of their survival struggle against Devil Facial Tumour Disease. "Now that they've had a brush with extinction and they're very rare, people are more interested," he said. An educational program has been created alongside the exhibition and school programs are planned.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Quolls are on a mission

Twenty captive-bred Tasmanian eastern quolls are set to become the first of their species to live in the wild in continental Australia for more than 50 years. Raised at Trowunna Wildlife Park and Devils@Cradle in Tasmania, they will be released into Booderee National Park in southern NSW in April. Once found across much of south-eastern Australia, the animals have become extinct outside Tasmania, with blame allocated to foxes, cats, poisoning and habitat destruction. Adult quolls are about 37cm long (excluding the tail) and weigh about a kilogram. They feed on insects, small mammals, birds and reptiles. WWF-Australia’s Head of Living Ecosystems, Darren Grover, said: “The loss of native species like eastern quolls has disturbed nature’s balance. The goal is to see some eastern quoll populations permanently re-established in the wild on mainland Australia and it all starts at Booderee National Park ... We hope they settle in quickly, stay healthy and start to breed immediately." The park has been the scene of extensive fox-control programs. If the release is successful, a further 40 quolls will be released in 2019 and another 40 in 2020. The released quolls will be GPS collared and monitored by Parks Australia staff and Australian National University ecologists.

8 February 2018, Edition 191

$14.7m boosts UTAS research

UTAS researchers will map the Milky Way, use our convict history to explore the impact of solitary confinement, analyse how best to influence corporate tax strategies and complete other projects, thanks to 27 grants totalling $14.7 million in recent Australian Research Council allocations. The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), Professor Brigid Heywood, said: “This is an outstanding result for the university, and for Tasmania, in what is a highly competitive process. Our research delivers significant social and economic benefits to the State, but more importantly it creates new knowledge which drives creativity and innovation. The projects funded today highlight the breadth of the University of Tasmania’s expertise and confirm our place as a research-led institution boldly exploring new frontiers.”

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Academy honours two locals

Two University of Tasmania scientists have received prestigious career honorific awards from the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of their lifelong achievements. UTAS Professor David Cooke (ARC Centre of Excellence in Ore Deposits) won the 2018 Haddon Forrester King Medal and Lecture, while his colleague, Professor Matt King (School of Land and Food), was awarded the 2018 Mawson Medal and Lecture. Professor Cooke's investigations into the geological processes that produce copper-gold deposits, as a result of fluids released from magma deep within the Earth's crust, have transformed geochemical exploration techniques around the world. Professor King's work has helped reveal the dynamic nature of ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica and how they contribute to sea-level change. Nationally, 18 academics were honoured and most of them will be presented with their awards at the academy’s annual signature science event, Science at the Shine Dome, on 24 May in Canberra. In a further tribute to UTAS, three senior staff have been named in this year's Clarivate Analytics' Highly Cited Researchers list, ranking them in the top 1 per cent in their subject fields globally. They are Professor Reg Watson (Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies); Associate Professor Tim Brodribb (Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology) and Professor Sergey Shabala (Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture).

8 February 2018, Edition 191

Ancient ash inspires fire plan

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A core sample taken from a secluded lake on lungtalanana/Clarke Island in Bass Strait suggests Aboriginal people were using fire management there at least 41,000 years ago.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

Highest honour for Rathjen

Academic Peter Rathjen left Tasmania in December with the highest honour the University of Tasmania could bestow: Doctor of Letters honoris causa. Professor Rathjen had been the university's Vice-Chancellor since March 2011, making a significant impact on its operations and its place in the community. Chancellor Michael Field, AC, said the period had been marked by:

  • Significant growth in domestic student numbers;
  • A sustained climb in global rankings driven by strengthening research excellence;
  • Heightened global engagement and an associated increase in international student numbers, now a key economic sector for the State;
  • Significant capital investment in each of the university’s communities; and
  • The emergence of a new model of higher education aimed at lifting productivity and prosperity by addressing the State's poor educational outcomes.

Professor Rathjen is returning to his alma mater, the University of Adelaide, as Vice-Chancellor.

5 December 2017, Edition 190

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