At the University of Newcastle we have conducted studies of the impact of the plain cigarette packs on smokers’ ratings of appeal and perceptions of the product. We have found that plain packs are rated by long-term smokers as less appealing and attractive. The participants of our research also said that they had noticed deterioration in the quality of tobacco. They also reported that they now struggled to tell the difference between the tastes of different cigarette brands now that packs all looked the same.
Professional communicators strive to get people to think in particular ways. Whether it’s a health agency promoting immunisation or a local company flogging surfboards, the underlying techniques are quite similar.
The techniques aim to engage audiences and get them to build in their minds the meanings intended for them. Those working in the business would rarely, if ever, stop to consider the impacts of their work from a feminist view.
Sport, whether football or any other, does not give a player the right to deliberately assault or inflict harm on somebody else. So why is it that the same incident occurring on a football field is unlikely to lead to criminal charges?
Unemployment and under-employment is impeding young people’s efforts to earn, establish savings, develop professional experience and secure jobs with long-term prospects – all of which were fairly normal situations for previous generations.
But changing employment patterns and slow economic growth leave young people susceptible to the risk of becoming entangled in long-term unemployment or under-employment, or being unable to find stable work that is either only seasonal or part-time.
There are various laws aimed at indecency, offensive behaviour, filming for sexual gratification, defamation and commercial use. Yet, for the most part, taking a picture of someone without consent in a public place is more of an ethical and moral issue than a legal one.
No Treasurer can please all the people all the time in a tough economic climate, but each federal budget manages to have a funding centrepiece that shines like a beacon among the inevitable winners and losers.
Opinion article* published in Australasian Science written by Professor Clare Collins at the University of Newcastle. New diet fads and furphies seem to appear every day. While some of these have a scientific basis, for others the science has changed in response to new discoveries or the science is just not there yet. “I took […]
In front of a live audience broadcast from the Powerhouse Museum, Professor Prasuna Reddy, Director of the Centre for Rural and Remote Mental Health at the University of Newcastle, took part in The Health Report’s ‘The Lifestyle Challenge’ Forum, as part of the Ultimo Science Festival. The human mind exists in a biological body, and the […]
A mobile antibiotic device co-invented by a University of Newcastle researcher is set to revolutionise patient home healthcare and free up hospital beds, thanks to a Medical Device Fund (MDF) grant worth $215,000 from the NSW Government.
The Hunter Innovation Scorecard, an RDA Hunter initiative launched today, measures the region’s innovation footprint and promotes its innovative capability in research and development, education and various industry sectors. Read University of Newcastle Chancellor Paul Jeans’ address to the launch on why the Hunter is Australia’s most innovative region.
FIVE Bachelor of Communication students from the University of Newcastle have been selected for an international media internship to film a documentary in France from July 19-29 on the ‘Festival Les Cultures du Monde’.
Working alongside media production lecturer Dr Vikrant Kishore, the students will travel to Gannat, a small village five hours from Paris, to capture the Festival of World Cultures.
Opinion article published in the Newcastle Herald by Professor John Wiggers, Dr Luke Wolfenden and Melanie Kingsland, of the School of Medicine and Public Health at the University of Newcastle.
IN Australia, one in four people are members of, or participate in, community sport. Community sports clubs make an important contribution to our way of life, providing an opportunity for physical activity, recreation, social interaction, volunteering, and social cohesion for young and old alike.
10,000 hours, 30 researchers, 10 art sites, 5 disciplines, 1 city street and a FREE STREET PARTY this Friday from 5pm. Hear the story behind the University’s involvement in the contemporary art project that has Newcastle buzzing.
University of Newcastle research doctorate student, Namira Williams, has won the prestigious Australian College of Midwives 2013 NSW Midwife of the Year. Beginning her PhD thesis with UoN last August, Namira is focusing on improving care for women with an intellectual disability during and after pregnancy.
Would you like to see your short film screened on to Watt Street’s buildings?
In celebration of the launch of City Evolutions, budding filmmakers are invited to create a 90 second short film around the theme of the ‘The Evolution of Newcastle’. City Evolutions is a landmark contemporary art project featuring a series of interactive light installations developed by UoN researchers.
Up and coming artist Skye Jacobson, from Balcolyn, has been named the 2013 winner of the Jennie Thomas Travelling Art Scholarship, one of the most hotly contested scholarships at the University of Newcastle.
University of Newcastle researchers will provide expertise in planning and co-optimising electricity and gas networks for the Future Grid Cluster – a $13 million dollar research collaboration with CSIRO and three other leading universities.