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   Issue 10 - 5 November 2012 www.cdu.edu.au         

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Academic takes out NT research prize
A Charles Darwin University researcher has been recognised as one of the Territory's top innovators in conservation research during the Northern Territory Research and Innovation and Young Tall Poppy Awards.

Council elects Chancellor for second term
The Chancellor of Charles Darwin University, Her Honour the Honourable Sally Thomas AM, has been re-elected to the position for a second three-year term.

CDU again ranks in world's top universities
The Northern Territory's Charles Darwin University has maintained its position among the world's top 400 universities, for the second year.
New research scholarship honours former Chancellor
Charles Darwin University's new doctoral scholarship has been named in honour of former Chancellor, the late Nancy Giese AO OBE MBE Doctor of Education, honoris causa.
Chief Ministers reflect on power and politics
A book that explores power, politics and the sparks of conflict in the Northern Territory's sometimes-fractious relationship with Canberra was launched in Darwin recently.
CDU honours actor and NT friend
Award-winning actor John (Jack) Thompson AM received a Doctor of Letters Honoris Causa at Charles Darwin University's October graduation ceremonies.
Kidney specialist takes over Menzies School of Health Research
A leading Australian kidney specialist has taken the helm at the Northern Territory's Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies), following a six-month global search for a world-class director and health researcher.
Student improves maternal health care in Indonesia
A scholarship to study English at Charles Darwin University has led an Indonesian man to make a lasting contribution to maternal health care in rural West Timor.
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RESEARCH

PhD research connects culturally divided neighbours
The residents of a Darwin suburb have worked together to break down cultural barriers after research by a Charles Darwin University PhD candidate brought together neighbours from all walks of life and ethnicities.
Researcher to analyse buffel grass effect on desert ants
Ants in Central Australia are coming under the microscope as part of a scientific research project that began at Charles Darwin University recently.
'Science' article puts $78billion price tag on conservation
A study co-authored by a Charles Darwin University academic reveals that substantially increasing investment in conservation is urgently required to save threatened species and protect key sites for conservation.
Academic to discuss issues faced by Canadian Aboriginals
A Charles Darwin University Adjunct Professor will discuss the housing situations faced by Canada's Aboriginal communities in an address this month.
Researcher warns of increasing global bird extinctions
The rate of bird extinctions is accelerating at an alarming rate, according to a Charles Darwin University researcher and lead - author of a report.
Lecture to examine major threats to biodiversity
A leading ecologist and conservation biologist will examine the challenges facing the preservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecosystem functioning during a public lecture in Darwin this month.
Researchers awarded for Australia-wide bird conservation plan
Three Charles Darwin University researchers have been awarded the esteemed Whitley Award for a publication that describes how Australia's threatened birds can be saved.
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COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Darwin symphony orchestra claims top prize
The Darwin Symphony Orchestra based at Charles Darwin University has won the prestigious Australia Business Arts Foundation (ABAF) Partnership of the Year award..
The door to Asia opens for students
The door to Asia was opened for hundreds of secondary high school students from the Northern Territory at Charles Darwin University recently.
Young NT students work with CDU scientists
Students from around the Northern Territory, including remote schools, and from neighbouring East Timor, recently converged on CDU's Casuarina campus to discover science and its real life applications at as part of the 2012 Science Experience.
Territory's Confucius Institute holds first Chinese Cultural Day
A day of Chinese art and culture has signaled that the Northern Territory's Confucius Institute is open for business at Charles Darwin University.
Historians set for annual NT gathering
The Northern Territory's annual gathering of historians will be held this month with a rich program of topics planned.
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STAFF

Expert economist works to reduce disadvantage in NT
A world-renowned employment and equity expert has joined Charles Darwin University and hopes to assist with capacity building in remote Indigenous communities and in Timor Leste.
CDU wins top marketing award
Charles Darwin University's student recruitment campaign has won a national award for marketing excellence.
New digital resource for music virtuosos and beginners
A new digital resource is breaking down the language barrier for professional string-players and students around the world thanks to a Charles Darwin University music expert.
Academic shortlisted in health book prize
A Charles Darwin University academic has co-authored a book that will prepare undergraduate nursing students throughout Australia for careers in mental health care.
Alice-based Head of School scoops legends award
A long-serving Charles Darwin University academic has been acknowledged for her outstanding contribution to vocational education and training.
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STUDENTS

Trades student wins national award
A student from CDU's School of Trades has won a national competition for apprentice spray painters.
Artist challenges Indigenous stereotype
A Territory visual artist interested in challenging the view that all Indigenous arts are the same has returned to Darwin after attending the 2012 Wesfarmers Arts Indigenous Leadership program in Canberra.
International student makes impression in NT
Charles Darwin University international student Cristina Yuri Dos Santos Costa has won the International Business Student of the Year Award as part of the Northern Territory Chief Minister's Export and Industry Awards.
Student exhibition a journey into experimental art
An exhibition that showcased the talents of art students and celebrates the evolution of new technologies that inspire innovative art forms was recently on show at Charles Darwin University.
Student's film wins Lens Flair prize
A Charles Darwin University VET in Schools student has won an award for a short film that explores teenage suicide.
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REGIONAL CAMPUSES

Tip top Melbourne Cup lunch at Desert Lantern
Staff in the Desert Lantern Restaurant at Alice Springs campus are preparing for one of their most celebrated and hallowed days of the year tomorrow.
Researchers focus on improving writing skills
Visiting Australian National University Professor Kathryn Robinson facilitated a writing workshop for 16 early career academics at Alice Springs campus recently.
Masters Games bring out strong sense of community spirit
A leading ecologist and conservation biologist will examine the challenges facing the preservation of biodiversity and maintenance of ecosystem functioning during a public lecture in Darwin next month.
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