Crocodiles sleep with one eye open

Scientists from La Trobe University have found evidence to support a great Australian legend: crocodiles do indeed sleep with one eye open. The research, which was published in The Journal of Experimental Biology, has found that crocodiles, like some birds and aquatic mammals, may well sleep with half of their brain at a time (known…

La Trobe researchers in top 1% in the world

Three La Trobe University researchers have been recognised among the world’s top one per cent of researchers in Biology and Biochemistry and Agricultural Sciences. La Trobe’s researchers have been featured in the new Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researcher list, released in 2015. Professor Richard Simpson, Associate Professor Ben Hayes and Associate Professor Phil Bowman are…

La Trobe’s new Juris Doctor program

La Trobe University’s new Juris Doctor offers a global perspective on the law. Offered by an established, experienced and successful law school with a strong commitment to social justice, you can learn from elite legal minds in a friendly and supportive environment, and benefit from a range of unique offerings. Based at the City Campus…

Plants may have short-term memory

A new international study has found plants may ‘remember’ periods of environmental stress by using a biochemical process that switches genes on and off. Known as ‘epigenetic change’ – modifications caused by an organisms’ environment rather than by its DNA – this may help farmers maintain crop yields as the global use of phosphate fertiliser…

La Trobe maths scholars among world’s top 100

Two La Trobe University researchers have been chosen to take part in the world’s most prestigious event for young mathematicians, the Heidelberg Laureate Forum, to be held in Germany this month. John Tsartsaflis, a third-year doctoral student, and Philipp Bader, a post-doctoral researcher will be attending. ‘This is a great achievement for the two scholars,’…

The art and science of lasers

What does the renowned UK artist’s Chris Levine’s art and La Trobe University researchers have in common? Lasers! Chris Levine’s Molecule of Light is part of The Light in Winter festival at Melbourne’s Federation Square. An accompanying mini-documentary titled This is Laser features La Trobe PhD students and molecular imaging researchers Hannah Coughlan and Nicholas…

La Trobe among the world elite in new rankings

La Trobe University has achieved an extremely pleasing result in the latest QS World University Rankings by Subject. The latest survey results have been released in the UK and they place La Trobe among the world’s elite institutions in more than a third of subjects assessed. We feature in the top 100 universities globally in…

New international partnership puts Maths for Industry on the map

In a historic international collaboration, the La Trobe University Branch of the Kyushu University Institute of Mathematics for Industry has been launched by the Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade Adem Somyurek. Funded under the Japanese government’s Joint Use Institute program, the IMI trains the world’s best mathematical minds and adapts their technical skills to provide a competitive…

Bendigo academic receives global award

In recognition of his tireless work promoting oral health among children in Nepal, La Trobe Rural Health School’s Ron Knevel won the Social Responsibility Award from the Global Child Dental Fund (GCDF) and the International Federation of Dental Hygienists, (IFDH). For a decade, Ron Knevel has funded his own travel to Nepal twice yearly to…

Student Learning – making your learning easier

Student Learning lecturers (previously Academic Language and Learning Lecturers) on the Melbourne Campus are now located in the respective College hubs. Contact details are on Student Learning website. A new drop-in centre will be opening in the Student Hub at the Melbourne Campus in Semester 1. You can drop-in at the Hub for assistance with…