ARC funding success for six Murdoch projects

November 6, 2014

Murdoch University has secured funds for six projects in the latest round of the Australian Research Council (ARC) funding, totalling more than $1.73 million.

"Murdoch University has a long tradition of research expertise in multi and trans-disciplinary areas, with a commitment to fostering ongoing research partnerships and collaborations," said Acting Vice Chancellor, Professor Andrew Taggart.

“It is fantastic to see Murdoch’s strengths in the areas of history, policy and education validated in this round of funding.

“This is confirmation that Murdoch is achieving its vision to be recognised as a research-intensive university.”

The role of primary schools in addressing Australia’s challenges in scientific literacy and student enrolment in science will be tackled through a new $300,900 grant for Murdoch’s School of Education.

Professor Simone Volet, Professor Stephen Ritchie and Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak will work with colleagues over the next three years to examine ways to engage future primary school teachers in inquiry-based science activities.

Professor Jim Warren is leading an interdisciplinary team investigating pearling in the Indian Ocean.

The four year project is worth $438,058 over four years, and will span from the Red Sea, the Persian Gulf, India and Sri Lanka, the Sulu Sea and northern Australia.

Professor Mark Beeson, Dr Jeffrey Wilson and colleagues have been awarded $154,418 over three years to analyse the bilateral relationship between Australia and China.

The project aims to explain the challenges facing Australia-China economic ties, particularly over the minerals industry, foreign investment and free trade agreement negotiations.

Professor Sandra Wilson and her colleague at ANU will be investigating Japanese wartime brutality, identifying specific circumstances in which it occurred within the wartime context.

The three year project, worth $140,600, aims to challenge the prevalent explanation of Japanese wartime violence that brutality is deeply rooted in Japanese national culture.

Two ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards were also secured by Dr Adrian Gleiss and Dr Deborah Pino-Pasternak.

In his three year ecology project worth $335,000, Dr Gleiss will investigate how to predict ways to reduce the vulnerability of fish populations to climate change.

Dr Pino-Pasternak was awarded $361,744 to analyse the importance of self-regulated learning in young children during their first two years of schooling.

Murdoch University researchers will also collaborate on four ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants awarded to other organisations in the fields of biochemistry, nanotechnology and biomedical engineering.

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