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CSU Graduation: PhD examines gluten-free choices

Monday 10 Dec 2018

* PhD uncovers new information on non-prescribed gluten avoidance

* The research shows a complex relationship between bodily symptoms and psychology

* It’s hoped the research will provide infromation for medical professionals

A Charles Sturt University (CSU) PhD graduate hopes her research will provide doctors with insight on why people without a diagnosed condition choose to avoid gluten in their diets.

Dr Kyah Hester (pictured) from the Australian Research Council (ARC) Industrial Transformation Training Centre for Functional Grains will be awarded her PhD during a ceremony at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Monday 10 December 2018.

Dr Hester’s PhD titled ‘Gluten avoidance – trendy food fad, or insight into complex psycho-physiological interactions?’ helps to identify the drivers of non-prescribed gluten avoidance.

“Up to 20 per cent of the population is estimated to take part in gluten avoidance behaviours, far exceeding the number of people with gluten-related disorders such as coeliac disease,” Dr Hester said.

“My research involved an in-depth study of non-prescribed gluten avoiders to measure participants’ perceptions, determinants of food choice, interpersonal experiences relating to their diets and a wide range of psychological variables, including personality traits.”

“This research is the first to establish clear and distinct symptomology relating to non-gluten foods, indicating that this population is more accurately characterised by their response to all foods, not just gluten alone.

”Gluten avoiders also exhibited distinct personality features that are likely to manipulate their attention to and interpretation of internal sensations. These findings are particularly important for health practitioners to consider both in the diagnosis and treatment phase of these individuals.”

Research supervisor, Professor Anthony Saliba from the CSU School of Psychology said the research points to an underlying mechanism that is an interaction between food consumption and psychology.

“This is further evidence that different people need to consume different foods, there is no ‘one size fits all’ advice you can give people on what to eat.

“Avoiding gluten does not reduce symptoms, suggesting that further research is needed on the causes of these uncomfortable symptoms that some people experience. We will be continuing this work by looking into whether Psychological treatment might assist.

“This work has been vital to show that people who avoid gluten are not currently being supported and given the seriousness of the symptoms and prevalence, continuing work in this area is a priority,” Professor Saliba said.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

Media Note:

Dr Kyah Hester and Professor Anthony Saliba will be available for interview at 10 am on Tuesday 11 December at CSU in Wagga Wagga, contact Graham Centre communications officer Ms Emily Malone on 0439 552 385 or email emalone@csu.edu.au

Dr Hester  will graduate in a ceremony at 6pm on Monday 10 December at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Dr Hester was awarded a scholarship by the Functional Grains Centre. Funded by the Australian Government through the ARCIndustrial Transformation Training Centres scheme, the FGC is administered by CSU and is an initiative of the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

The Graham Centre is a research alliance between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

CSU Graduation: Championing Australian Ag

Monday 10 Dec 2018

* Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) graduate Matt Champness to be presented with Agricultural Science Medal

* Mr Champness is co-founder of a initiaitive to share stories of food and fibre production with consumers

* Mr Champness has built strong links with industry to add to his study at CSU

Promoting Australian food and fibre production is close to the heart of the 2018 Charles Sturt University (CSU) Agricultural Science medalist Mr Matt Champness.

From Hamilton in western Victoria, Mr Champness (pictured) is the co-founder of ‘This is Aus Ag’, a grassroots initiaitive that aims to build trust between consumers and farmers by sharing stories through podcasts and social media.

He said the project came from his participation in the National Farmers’ Federation (NFF) 2030 Leadership Program.

“Agriculture is quite vulnerable to social licence issues and I think if we can build trust people will understand that their food is safe and why we undertake certain practices to ensure we can continue to feed Australians and meet overseas markets,” said Mr Champness.

“It’s a great time to be in agriculture, there’s a big focus on young people in agriculture, there is a lot of new technologies which is exciting, and although we are going through a tough season in the eastern states commodity prices are pretty good.”

“The NFF has a target of growing Australian Farm gate output to $100 billion by 2030 and it makes you think what can I do to help our industry get there.”

Mr Champness’ enthusiasm for primary production is evident in the impressive list of scholarship, training and leaderhsip programs he’s undertaken during his four years of study at CSU.

Mr Champness attended the 2018 Crawford Fund Conference , took part in an exchange program to Texas Tech University in the United States, Syngenta connections Vietnam program, participated in the Agrihack and AWI tech eChallenge,  was awarded an AgriFutres Australia Horizon Scholarship and is an Australian Rural Leadership Foundation graduate.

“It’s really important to get out there and meet with people in the industry to stay up-to-date and have a good understanding of what’s happening now and where we are headed in the future,” Mr Champness said.

Mr Champness Honours research was supported by a scholarship from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation and investigated the use of salt supplementation to increase live weight gain of lambs grazing lucerne.

He will be awarded a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) and the Agricultural Science Medal in a graducation ceremony at CSU in Wagga Wagga at 2pm on Monday 10 December.

After graduation Mr Champness plans to volunteer in Lao PDR as a weeds agronomist in rice, part of a project to improve weed management in rice production to boost agricultural capacity in the developing country. This project is supported by the Crawford Fund and Australian Volunteers Program.

Listen to the 'This is Aus Ag' podcast here: https://www.thisisausag.com/podcast.html

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

Media Note:

To arrange interviews contact Graham Centre communications officer Ms Emily Malone 0439 552 385 or emalone@csu.edu.au

High resolution images will be available after the ceremony on Monday.

The Graham Centre is a research alliance between Charles Sturt University (CSU) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Six graduation ceremonies at CSU in Wagga Wagga next week

Wednesday 5 Dec 2018

* Thousands to visit Wagga Wagga for six CSU 2018 graduation ceremonies on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December

* Nearly 800 graduates from 15 Schools in three CSU Faculties to be celebrated

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host six graduation ceremonies in Wagga Wagga on Monday 10 and Tuesday 11 December.

These are part of the wider graduation season during December across all main campuses as well as in Parramatta (for School of Theology) and the two CSU Study Centres in Sydney and Melbourne.

The season starts on Monday 10 December in Wagga Wagga, and concludes in Albury-Wodonga on Wednesday 19 December.

Approximately 795 students will graduate across all ceremonies at CSU in Wagga Wagga, and thousands of family members and friends will celebrate the achievements of the students.

Acting Head of Campus at CSU in Wagga Wagga Mr Aaron McDonnell said, “Nearly 800 graduates will receive their testamurs from the University in Wagga Wagga this year, and we congratulate our graduating professionals on the successful completion of their studies.

“Sometimes we can get caught up with the busy-ness of the end of the year, so it’s wonderful to be able to stop and take the time to reflect and congratulate the many students who are graduating, and celebrate their achievements.

“Anyone who has completed a long-term project or achieved a long-awaited goal will understand the sheer joy and excitement of a graduates at the moment they shake the hand of the Vice-Chancellor and receive their hard earned testamur.

“The testamur our graduates will receive at the graduation ceremonies is their key to future success. Not only is it an important marker in their lives, an achievement they should be proud of, but it will unlock new opportunities for them. For some it will mean a new career, others it will mean they are one of many CSU graduates who will earn the highest paying salary of any graduate in the nation.”

The schedule of graduations at CSU in Wagga Wagga is:

Monday 10 December:

Wagga Wagga at Joyes Hall at CSU

9.30am - 207 graduates in the Faculty of Science; School of Nursing, Midwifery and Indigenous Health, School of Dentistry and Health Sciences, School of Community Health, School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health.

2pm - 126 graduates in the Faculty of Science; School of Biomedical Sciences, and School of Exercise Science, Sport and Health, School of Environmental Sciences, School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, General Science.

6pm - 114 graduates in the Faculty of Business, Justice and Behavioural Sciences; School of Computing and Mathematics, School of Accounting and Finance, School of Management and Marketing, School of Psychology, School of Policing Studies, the Centre for Customs and Excise Studies, the Centre for Law and Justice, and the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security.

Tuesday 11 December:

Wagga Wagga at Joyes Hall at CSU

9.30am - 137 graduates in the Faculty of Arts and Education; School of Indigenous Australian Studies, School of Information Studies, School of Teacher Education, and School of Education.

2pm - 90 graduates in the Faculty of Science; School of Animal and Veterinary Science.

6pm - 121 graduates in the Faculty of Arts and Education; School of Communication and Creative Industries, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, the Division of Student Learning, and the Academic Success Unit.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU tour and book launch reflects on Village Way

Tuesday 27 Nov 2018

* CSU tour and book launch commence 3.20pm Tuesday 27 November

* History of Village Way cottages recognised

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will reflect on the history of 18 accommodation cottages (pictured) for staff and students on Village Way on campus at an event on Tuesday 27 November.

The event includes a self-guided tour and the launch of Clothesline Full of Nappies, a book by Mrs Sherry Morris of photos and stories from past students and staff that reflect on life in the cottages along Village Way.

CSU Division of Facilities Management (DFM) Executive Director Mr Stephen Butt said the event and book acknowledged the significance of the cottages.

“The event and book Clothesline Full of Nappies reflect the history of the cottages and that they hold sensitive and significant memories for many members of the University community,” Mr Butt said.

Mr Butt also said the University recognised the history of the cottages and the preservation of the memories attached to them was important to the future of CSU.

The event will commence from 3.20pm with people invited to walk through the cottages and will be followed by the unveiling of an interactive sign, book launch and speeches.

The Cottages will be opened for 30 minutes, with the formal proceedings to commence at 4pm at building 230 (The Deck Bar). Guests are invited to drive from Village Way and park in car park 75.

Media are welcome to attend the event and interview staff and guests at 4.35pm. The event ends at 5pm.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies , 0439 068 752

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU Indigenous Access Program open for applicants

Wednesday 14 Nov 2018

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Indigenous Access Program is assisting more Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders into tertiary education.

The five-day program that will be held at CSU in Wagga Wagga from 19 to 23 November includes a range of activities aimed at building confidence and providing students with practical steps they can take to get into their chosen course.

CSU Indigenous Programs Officer Leslie Lyons said the Indigenous Access Program provided a successful transition to university.

“Students who complete the Indigenous Access Program achieve a 75 percent progress rate compared to 68 percent for those who don’t,” Ms Lyons said.

Ms Lyons added the majority of students who complete the program were more confident they would succeed at university.

In describing the program, Ms Lyons said the students are given assessments against their preferred course to understand their strengths and what needed to be improved.

“Students are either offered a placement or are given an alternative pathway into their chosen program,” Ms Lyons said.

CSU Manager of Indigenous Student Centres Blake Dunn said the program provided Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students the support and access to the University’s Indigenous study resources to help them succeed.

“The Indigenous Access Program provides an entry pathway for our students into university studies. It demonstrates the support that is accessible throughout their university life and connects them with the full range of services we offer Indigenous students,” said Mr Dunn.

The Indigenous Access Program is open to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school-leavers or mature-aged wanting to gain access to CSU.

CSU is currently taking further bookings for our February program being held from the 4th to the 8th of February 2019. Applications can be completed online via the Indigenous Access Program website.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439068752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

CSU Three Rivers UDRH hosts Critical Conversations Series in Wagga Wagga

Friday 9 Nov 2018

* CSU free event will examine social and environmental challenges facing rural Australia

* Opportunity to meet new book Rusted Off author Ms Gabrielle Chan in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 22 November

* Event hosted by leading researcher at CSU Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health

Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health (UDRH) at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will host a free event on Thursday 22 November to examine the momentous social and environmental challenges that rural Australia is weathering.

Senior Principal Research Fellow at Three Rivers UDRH Professor Deborah Warr (pictured), a sociologist, will host the public conversation with journalist and author Ms Gabrielle Chan about her new book, Rusted Off – Why country Australia is fed up (Vintage 2018).

The public is invited to Cache – Store of Food, at 220 Baylis St, Wagga Wagga (5.30pm for a 6pm start) to hear Ms Chan explore the issues implied in the book’s subtitle, Why country Australia is fed up, with the examination expertly guided by Professor Warr.

The conversation will continue with drinks and canapes, and copies of Rusted Off – Why country Australia is fed up will be available for purchase.

While the event is free, please register online at Eventbrite for catering purposes:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-critical-conversations-series-meet-the-author-gabrielle-chan-tickets-51950968746

Professor Warr is a sociologist who has recently resettled in Wagga Wagga from Melbourne where she worked at the University of Melbourne and was awarded a series of prestigious research fellowships.

These included an ARC Future Fellowship (2013-17) which supports researchers to conduct research addressing areas of critical national importance. Her research focused on understanding the kinds of social infrastructure that promoted health and wellbeing in settings of locational disadvantage.

Professor Warr has collaborated with epidemiologists to explore relationships between place and health and the social determinants of health, and with artists to explore the potential of art in promoting social and cultural exclusion. She has published widely on issues related to health, place-based stigma, arts practice, research ethics, and the potential of collaborative and engaged research. She relishes the new challenges presented in her role as the Senior Principal Research Fellow at Three Rivers UDRH at CSU.

To find out more about Three Rivers UDRH go to https://science.csu.edu.au/UDRH

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

To arrange interviews with Professor Deborah Warr contact Three Rivers UDRH on (02) 6051 9177.

The free CSU Three Rivers UDRH event at Cache – Store of Food at 220 Baylis St Wagga Wagga on Thursday 22 November, from 5.30pm for a 6pm start, to hear journalist and author Ms Gabrielle Chan explore issues in her new book, Rusted Off – Why country Australia is fed up.

Please register online at Eventbrite for catering purposes:
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-critical-conversations-series-meet-the-author-gabrielle-chan-tickets-51950968746

Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health is a department of Charles Sturt University and is part of a consortium partnership with The University of New South Wales, Western Sydney University and Notre Dame University. Charles Sturt University and its consortium partners acknowledge the financial support provided by the Australian Government Department of Health through its Rural Health Multidisciplinary Training Program in the establishment of the Three Rivers University Department of Rural Health.

For further information about this event or Three Rivers UDRH, please contact:

Three Rivers UDRH on (02) 6051 9177 or email: ThreeRiversUDRH@csu.edu.au
Website: http://science.csu.edu.au/UDRH Social Media: @ThreeRiversUDRH

CSU helping feed members of the community in need

Thursday 8 Nov 2018

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga is turning unused food left behind by students into meals for the vulnerable with its annual Move Out Cook Up event held on 13 November 2018.

Toby Perry, CSU Healthy Eating, Entertainment and Retail Services (CHEERS) coordinator, said when students move out of the University accommodation at the end of the year unused food is often left behind, creating an opportunity that they were putting to good use.

“The Charles Sturt University Department of Residence Life in Wagga Wagga was collecting dry goods and sending them to charity for several years, but in 2016 the CHEERS catering team expanded on the idea by using the frozen or perishable foods left behind to create a variety of frozen TV style dinners to be given to a food bank,” Mr Perry said.

Mr Perry said the food bank selected was OzHarvest, an organisation that distributes quality excess food to over 1300 charities nationally.

“In the first year the event was held the CHEERS team supplied 222 meals, this grew to 348 the following year.

“This year we’ve already exceeded our target by preparing 503 meals,” Mr Perry said.

With the departure of students the catering kitchen falls quiet and Mr Perry said the Move Out Cook Up is a way to use their time to do something good for the community.

“We also like to use it as a fun challenge between the chefs, to see who can make up the most varieties of meals from the many boxes of ingredients,” Mr Perry said.

Mr Perry said the Move Out Cook Up brings together various areas of CSU and is a positive experience for everyone who gets involved.

“The University reduces food waste going to landfill, we get people across departments collaborating with a common purpose,  our students are pleased to know that what they don’t want to take home is being used for people who need it and a lot of the work is already done for Oz Harvest, who only have to pick up all those finished meals from one spot and distribute them,” Mr Perry said.

Mr Perry added it was satisfying way to work with and engage with the local community.

“The event shows Charles Sturt University is living out its values and is having a positive impact on the lives of local and regional people, beyond just being a venue for higher education,” Mr Perry said.

Photo credit: CSU CHEERS working with OzHarvest Riverina volunteers.

Media Contact: Chris Gillies, 0439 068 752

Media Note:
Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Toby Perry.

Tickets available for public lecture by celebrity fish expert

Wednesday 31 Oct 2018

Fish expert and celebrity television host Dr Zeb Hogan (pictured left) will deliver a public lecture on Wednesday 12 December during the international Fish Passage 2018 conference to be held in Albury between 10 and 14 December 2018.

The lecture is part of the week-long Fish Passage 2018 conference, which will be hosted by the Charles Sturt University (CSU).Institute for Land, Water and Society, and NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI).

The meeting gathers experts from around the world to discuss the latest technologies to help migrating fish such as the iconic Murray cod to negotiate dam walls and barrages and reach important breeding grounds.

The conference co-chair, Dr Lee Baumgartner, is recognised throughout Australia and South East Asia for his work in adapting fish passages to the needs of native fish and the local people who depend on these fisheries for food and recreation.

“A number of significant issues are affecting native fish populations in rivers in the Riverina, including the blocking of migration routes by dams and weirs,” Dr Baumgartner said.

“This conference will focus on how we can help our native species avoid or overcome some of these issues using smart technologies such as fishways, also known as or fish ladders.

The conference will also showcase innovative technologies used to monitor fish migrations like radio tags, acoustic tags, microchips and the “Salmon Cannon” from Whoosh Innovation. All will be on display during the conference and at the public lecture by Dr Hogan.

“Dr Hogan has long advocated for maintaining fish migration routes, which are essential for spawning and feeding. He is supporting our cause by showing off some of Australia’s megafish such as the Murray cod which have previously featured on his National Geographic show, Monster Fish,” Dr Baumgartner said, pictured left.

“Dr Hogan has caught megafish across the globe. He will take the audience on a journey on the importance of big fish and how migrations are essential for their long term survival.

“Entry is free and open to the public, and families are especially welcome. It will be a wonderful opportunity for people of all ages to connect with all things fish.”

Tickets to hear about Dr Zeb’s amazing adventures with big fish are now available from the Albury Entertainment Centre, which will host the free lecture between 7 and 9 pm. A ticket will be required to gain entry and the event will open to the public from 6pm.

In addition to Dr Hogan, attendees will be able to view the scientific poster display and chat with exhibitors on a range of innovations related to fish.

Book here to attend the free Zeb Hogan lecture.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Lee Baumgartner, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

For details on the upcoming Fish Passage 2018 conference in Albury, go to the conference website.

International chef-entrepreneur Mark Brand to visit Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 24 Oct 2018

* CSU in Wagga Wagga in collaboration with the City of Sydney and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship will co-host international chef-entrepreneur Mark Brand

* Event on Tuesday 30 October is part of the City of Sydney’s Visiting Entrepreneur Program and Spark Festival

* The program focus will be on social impact, entrepreneurship, inclusive design and building better communities

Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga together with The City of Sydney and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship will next week co-host international entrepreneur Mark Brand (pictured).

Mr Brand will deliver a keynote address focusing on social impact and entrepreneurship, inclusive design, diversity and inclusivity within business startups, and building better communities through inclusive economic growth.

The sold-out event, to be held at Food I Am on the Nu-Lemeah property just outside Wagga Wagga, is part of the City of Sydney’s Visiting Entrepreneur Program and part of Spark Festival.

It will see Mr Brand reflect on his journey as a chef-entrepreneur to a Professor of Innovation and how discovering his guiding principles led him from helping one man to creating businesses built around those who struggle.

CSU’s Research Partnerships Manager Ms Annette Davies said that the event is an opportunity for local entrepreneurs, producers and members of the community to network and listen to one of the world’s most recognised entrepreneurs.

“Mark Brand is one of North America’s foremost social entrepreneurs,” Ms Davies said. “He is internationally recognised for his eleven businesses and his unique form of leadership which encompasses good in every step.

“Attendees will gain insight into his innovative efforts and systems design, which deliver a unique balance between business and purpose.”

Guests will also hear stories from Mr Brand about his projects such as Save On Meats and The Token Program, a cashless system which has fed over 100,000 people in need.

To learn more about Mark Brand, watch the NowThis video here.

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

Media Note:

There will be a media call at 11.30am at Food I Am (29 Kunzea Pl, Springvale NSW) where all media are welcome to interview Mr Brand. Please contact CSU media to arrange this prior to Tuesday 30 October.

CSU to host distinguished professor in Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 23 Oct 2018

* CSU in Wagga Wagga to host Distinguished Professor of Biology

* The free event on Tuesday 30 October will provide early career researchers, staff and students with
insight on how science can impact global policy

* Visit comes at a topical time with the recently released IPCC report from the United Nations

The Charles Sturt University (CSU) Postdoctoral Society (PdCSU) will next week host Distinguished Professor of Biology Lesley Hughes (pictured) in Wagga Wagga to speak with young and early career researchers (ECRs) and students about how to make their mark in research and science.

PdCSU’s central aim is to support ECRs at CSU and to enhance research culture with the University. As part of this aim, the Society identifies influential people in science, politics and society and invites them to speak to staff and students.

The PdCSU committee invited Professor Hughes to address the Postdoctoral Society and University staff and students due to her notoriety as an advocate for diversity and gender equity in science, for supporting ECRs, and for her impact as an influential scientist.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow Dr Adam Frew said that Professor Hughes will highlight some valuable lessons she has learnt from her career path, and attendees will gain a unique insight into how science can impact global policy.

“Professor Hughes was a former lead author on the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) recently released report.  She is also a councillor with the Climate Council of Australia and a director for the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF),” Dr Frew said.

“Attendees will hear about Professor Hughes’s own research as an ecologist, how she became involved in climate change and environmental advocacy, and in policy development.”

The upcoming visit from Professor Hughes not only demonstrates her support for students and researchers at CSU, but more broadly looks to enhance the quality of life in the long-term for people in Australia.

All CSU staff and postgraduate students are encouraged to attend.

Event details:

PdCSU presents Distinguished Professor Lesley Hughes
Time and date:
2pm on Tuesday 30 October
Location:
Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga, building 229, room 182.
Video conference rooms have also been booked across some of CSU’s other campuses
Cost: FREE

Media Contact: Hilary Longhurst, 0498 578 541

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews.

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