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Dr Linda Ford & Environmental researchers Researchers probe mystery of dying turtles

07 August 2018

Environmental researchers are investigating an increase in malnourished and perished long neck turtles at Finniss River, two hours south-west of Darwin.

Research Fellow Dr Carla Eisemberg said CDU was working with Territory Natural Resource Management on the project.

Dr Linda Ford is also involved in the project as she is a Rak Mak Mak Marranunggu a traditional landowner of Twin Hill Station located on the Wagait Aboriginal Land Trust. Read more....


Dr Tom WilsonAussie cities on track for 8 million people

07 August 2018

Australia’s population is on track to reach “somewhere in the high 30 millions” by the middle of the century with Sydney and Melbourne to top over eight million people each, a leading demographer reported to a national conference in Darwin recently. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson said Sydney and Melbourne would be similar in population by mid-century, and about the size that London is today.

“We expect to see some growth in regional Australia but stronger growth in the capital cities. The percentage of people living in metropolitan areas will increase from about 67 per cent today to about 73 per cent by mid-century,” Dr Wilson said. Full story


Demographers Anita Maertens and Fiona Shalley Alice counts on migrants to boost population

07 August 2018

One of the keys to increasing Alice Springs’ population could rest with the town’s burgeoning migrant community, Charles Darwin University researchers said at a forum in the Red Centre recently.

CDU Northern Institute Research Fellow Fiona Shalley said that while the town’s population dropped by two per cent in the five years to the 2016 Census, there was a “strong growth potential”, particularly among the Sri Lankan, Taiwanese, Indian and Filipina populations, all of which experienced substantial increases.

“Alice Springs has always had a strong multicultural mix, but this is now more-so than ever with several new migrant communities growing strongly and an increase in the diversity of the overseas-born population,” Ms Shalley said. Read more...


Dr Kerstin ZanderAir-con not the cool option in high density cities

19 July 2018

A new Charles Darwin University study has found that air-conditioners are starting to lose their effectiveness in combatting heat stress in high density population areas.

The study, led by CDU Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow Dr Kerstin Zander, focussed on urban Philippines and investigated perceptions that heat stress increased with population density.

Published online recently in Environmental Research Letters the study found that more than 90 per cent of those surveyed had experienced heat stress and the level of heat stress correlated with population density. Dr Zander said heat stress could harm people’s health, impair well-being and reduce productivity. Read more.....


Dr Tom WilsonAussie cities on track for 8 million people

17 July 2018

Australia’s population is on track to reach “somewhere in the high 30 millions” by the middle of the century with Sydney and Melbourne to top 8 million people each, a leading demographer will report to a national conference in Darwin this week. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Principal Research Fellow Dr Tom Wilson said Sydney and Melbourne would be similar in population by mid-century, and about the size that London is today.

“We expect to see some growth in regional Australia but stronger growth in the capital cities. The percentage of people living in metropolitan areas will increase from about 67 per cent today to about 73 per cent by mid-century,” Dr Wilson said. Read full story here

 


 

Professorial lecture - Prof. Ruth WallaceTerritorians urged to cause disruption

02 July 2018

The people of Northern Australia can take the lead in the future development and change of the region and cause the next major disruption in their lives, according to a Charles Darwin University academic.

College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Dean Professor Ruth Wallace will present the first Professorial Lecture for 2018 titled “Indigenous Advantage: can Northern Australia lead through innovation?” on Wednesday, 11 July.

The lecture will be held from 5:00pm to 7:00pm on Wednesday 11 July 2018 at the CDU Theatre, Casuarina campus. All welcome, but bookings are essential: RSVP to E: cduevents@cdu.edu.au or T: 08 8946 6554. Read more...


Dr Andrew TaylorPopulation forum coincides with 25-million milestone

02 July 2018

The number of people living in Australia will conveniently reach the 25-million mark this month, about the same time that leading demographers, statisticians and researchers gather in Darwin for a national population conference. Charles Darwin University Northern Institute Senior Research Fellow and conference organiser Dr Andrew Taylor said a broad range of trends and issues would be examined during the three-day event, starting 18 July.

“One of the topics we’ll look at is the Australian population, which is on the cusp of a noteworthy milestone and growing at a particularly fast rate for a developed nation,” Dr Taylor said. Read full story here


NAIDOC 2018CDU gears up for NAIDOC Week

02 July 2018

The university will celebrate NAIDOC week with a series of events on the theme “Because of Her, We Can” from 9 July to13 July. During the celebrations CDU will recognise the achievements of the many Indigenous women who have made significant contributions to the university. The events being organised by the Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership, Northern Institute and CDU Library include the launch of the Djambarrpuynu Dictionary, an exhibition, the Indigenous Language and Research Forum, and lectures.

Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous Leadership Professor Barry Judd said Indigenous women had inspired and driven change for staff and students.

“This is an opportunity to acknowledge the Indigenous women in our university community – their achievements, their voice, and passion to empower past generations and pave the way for generations to come,” Professor Judd said.


STEM Grant

Grant to support women in STEM

02 July 2018

Charles Darwin University is one of 22 organisations sharing in more than $4 million worth of Federal Government grants as part of the second round of the Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship (WISE) programme.

CDU Dean of the College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society Professor Ruth Wallace said the programme engaged entrepreneurship.

“The programme will be a catalyst in enabling women to drive evidence based approaches, innovation and unique solutions to the challenges and opportunities of northern Australia,” Professor Wallace said. Read more...

For a list of grant recipients, visit W: business.gov.au/WISE-grant-recipients


Yolngu Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy

Language classes a must before Garma Festival

02 July 2018

People attending the Garma Festival in Gulkula, north-east Arnhem Land this year have the opportunity to undertake workshops in language and culture to enhance their experience and learning. College of Indigenous Futures, Arts and Society, with the Australian Indigenous Language Institute, will hold two short intensive Yolngu language and culture courses in July in advance of the festival.

Yolngu Studies Lecturer Brenda Muthamuluwuy said it was important to have an understanding of language and culture when visiting Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory.

Linguist Cathy Bow said the workshops, to be held in Darwin, were available to anyone who wanted to become more familiar with Yolngu language and culture.

The four-day intensive language learning workshop “Yolngu Mala Wangany: Yolngu are One” will run from 23-26 July from 9am to 1pm. Click here for more details