Wednesday, 28 October 2009

$4m in research grants announced

Hobart Mercury
Tuesday 27/10/2009 Page: 10

A WAY to protect Tasmania's electricity supply from climate change is one of 16 projects to benefit from $4 million in Australian Research Council grants to the University of Tasmania. Chief investigator Jane Sargison, of the School of Engineering and Centre for Renewable Energy and Power Systems, is leading the research. It alms to improve canals and pipelines by studying the effect of algae and bacterial growth, tipped to rise with changing rainfall patterns.

Hydro Tasmania is providing $150,000 and the research council $160,000 over three years. Journalism lecturer Libby Lester was granted $182,000 for her work on online media and politics in an age of environmental conflict and plant scientist Gregory Jordan won $355,000 for forest harvesting for biodiversity. Others include Rob White's environmental law enforcement project on hazardous waste disposal, Jeff Summer's age related changes in brain activation and Dirk Tomsa's development of government recommendations for eastern Indonesian conflict.