Teenage cricketers who are prone to back injuries may one day thank Helen Crewe for their preventive training techniques.
Helen, who is part way through her PhD in biomechanics at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, has just won the field’s wealthiest and most prestigious Young Investigators Award for her work in the area of back injuries among young fast bowlers.
What do liver cells have in common with wheat seedlings? PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells has found that both cope with oxygen starvation better when fed three amino acids: glycine, serine and alanine.
When Professor David Day flew in from Adelaide earlier this year for a retreat involving scientists from The University of Western Australia, it was almost like a family reunion, with him as the ‘great-grandfather’.
David is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) and, in effect, is responsible for cultivating a crop of eminent plant researchers who now all work with PEB.
Astrophysicist Dr Bi-Qing For has been appointed a John Stocker Postdoctoral Fellow which will allow her to further her research in support of Australia’s bid for the proposed Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescope project.