Canberra, Australia
Canberra, Australia

The University of Canberra is a public university that is located in Bruce, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory.UC offers undergraduate and postgraduate courses covering six main learning areas: Applied Science; Health; Art and Design; Business, Government and law; Education and Information science and Engineering. As of 2014, the university also offers its degrees at the Holmesglen Institute of TAFE, Metropolitan South Institute of TAFE, Northern Sydney Institute of TAFE and South Western Sydney Institute of TAFE.UC is partnered with two local ACT schools UC Senior Secondary College Lake Ginninderra and University of Canberra High School . The University of Canberra College also provides pathways into university for domestic and international students.The campus is within walking distance of the Westfield shopping and entertainment complex of Belconnen, and 12 minutes by regular bus service or car from Canberra’s Civic Centre. Wikipedia.


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News Article | April 27, 2017
Site: www.cnet.com

If you have a smart meter to monitor your electricity usage, you could be opening yourself up to a security risk. Hackers could get into your meter, monitor your power usage and determine when your home is vacant for extended periods of time, according to an April report (PDF) from cybercrime analyst Nigel Phair of the University of Canberra's Centre for Internet Safety. "Most of the devices are being built without any inbuilt security around them -- and by that I mean password protection and no ability to update what we call the firmware as time goes on so they become safe devices," Phair, who formerly headed the Australian High Tech Crime Centre, told the ABC this week. Water and gas meters are usually one-way, which means they only send data back to the provider. But most electricity meters have two-way radios, the report says, and this opens them up to hackers. In Puerto Rico, hackers have already exploited smart meters, reprogramming them for a fee to cut up to 75 percent of the user's electricity cost. Phair also highlighted the risk to consumers. By cracking smart electricity meters, hackers can monitor real-time activity, such as when the television set is on, and even what program is being shown on the TV by monitoring the power required for each scene. This information could be sold to advertisers. Electricity usage could also be used to highlight when the occupants of a home are absent. "When a home has a number of internet-connected devices such as alarms or garage doors, the risk is heightened," Phair said. Tech Culture: From film and television to social media and games, here's your place for the lighter side of tech. Batteries Not Included: The CNET team shares experiences that remind us why tech stuff is cool.


News Article | April 24, 2017
Site: news.yahoo.com

Aerobic exercise, resistance training (such as weight lifting), and tai chi can all boost brain function in people older than 50, concludes a review published today in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. Those mind-strengthening benefits even provided a boost to those who were already suffering from mild cognitive impairment, which is often a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. The researchers also found that “multicomponent” programs--which combine aerobic exercise and resistance training as recommended by the U.S. Physical Activity Guidelines—were particularly effective in boosting brain health. Resistance training and aerobic exercise each release different types of compounds that “help support the growth of neurons in the brain,” says study author Joe Northey, a Ph.D. candidate in exercise physiology at the University of Canberra Research Institute for Sport and Exercise in Australia. “Doing both may be providing a ‘sweet spot’ for brain health.” “What’s good for the body is good for the brain,” says exercise physiologist and neuroscientist Dianna Purvis Jaffin, Ph.D., director of strategy and programs at the Brain Performance Institute at the University of Texas at Dallas. “We know that people who have higher levels of cardiovascular fitness tend to have larger brain volume, but both aerobic exercise and strength training are important.” If you’re thinking about starting a workout regimen (or amending your current routine), you can often find supervised programs through a hospital, community recreation center, or gym. But while the new study only included such supervised programs—where elements like frequency, intensity, and duration were monitored and controlled—you can reap these cognitive benefits by exercising on your own, too, says Northey. “Just discuss your plans to exercise with your doctor first to make sure it’s safe,” he says. To maximize the brain benefits of working out, keep these key takeaways from the study in mind: Include resistance training along with aerobic exercise. Current U.S. exercise guidelines recommend getting at least 150 minutes of moderate intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous intensity aerobic exercise a week and doing strength training two or three times weekly. (At a moderate level, you can maintain a conversation while you work out. During vigorous exercise, it will be difficult to talk.) Work out for 45 to 60 minutes per session. Researchers found the biggest benefit came from at least 45 minutes of exercise, although shorter sessions are certainly helpful as well. If you’re working out more intensely, you may be able to do it for less time. (Northey is currently studying how high-intensity interval training—alternating between hard and easy bouts of exercise—can impact brain power.) Exercise on most days. While the review found beneficial brain effects with any level of frequency of exercise, a regular, consistent routine will improve your fitness level and muscle mass, two things that are protective as you age. Consider starting with tai chi. Although there were fewer studies with tai chi, researchers found it does enhance cognitive abilities and it can be good for people who are new to working out or aren’t as mobile. (The study also looked at yoga, but researchers weren’t able to accurately gauge its impact on the brain due to a lack of good quality studies.) More from Consumer Reports: Top pick tires for 2016 Best used cars for $25,000 and less 7 best mattresses for couples Consumer Reports has no relationship with any advertisers on this website. Copyright © 2006-2017 Consumer Reports, Inc.


There is no substitute for physical exercise when it comes to boosting the functioning of body and mind, according to a study by Australian researchers. The study conducted by researchers at the University of Canberra analyzed 39 previous studies for establishing the effect of exercise on thinking skills in people above the age of 50 as a booster effect to the functions of the brain. The analysis looked at the results of structured physical exercise lasting for four weeks in terms of its effects on the functioning of adult brains. Memory, alertness, and information processing capability showed an increase from moderate exercises done for several days by middle aged people. Exercise improves thinking power and memory with an extra impetus to the heart and muscles. This was most true for those with explicit cognitive decline. The study also gave a specific recommendation of T'ai Chi for people of middle age as they have difficulty in managing hard exercises. The paper has been published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine. The previous studies analyzed by Australian researchers were published from 1989 to 2016 and discussed different types of exercise, sessions of moderately intense workouts that last for 45 to 60 minutes, offering a number of benefits for memory and cognitive function. The reason for the boost for brain power is protective powers coming from exercise. It is a fact that brainpower declines with advancing age and exercise reduce cell damage and inflammation. Exercise enhances the supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the brain. Evidence from brain scans also shows exercise can increase the density of brain cells and blood vessels in some parts of the brain. However, the analysis does not see brain function being boosted by yoga exercises and suggests combining favorite exercise forms will sharpen the power of cognition. The metric of healthy exercise, according to the guidelines of NHS is 150 minutes of moderate aerobic activity in a week. This must be backed by exercises for major muscles at least two days in a week. Physical exercises also cut down the risk of other diseases, including type-2 diabetes and cancers. The study gave clear evidence of aerobic exercise improving cognitive abilities in terms of better thinking, learning, reading, and reasoning. Muscle training in terms of lifting weights also had a significant effect on memory and revved up brain's ability to organize and execute functions. "Even if you are doing moderate exercise only once or twice a week, there are still improvements in cognitive function, but the improvements were better the more exercise was done," said Joe Northey from the Research Institute of Sport and Exercise at Canberra. He said the findings were useful for improving brain health in people above the 50s and urged people to hold conversations while doing moderate exercise. For the best results, there must be moderate to vigorous exercises per session for an average 45 to 60 minutes "on as many days of the week as feasible." Yet another study, published in Journal of the American College of Cardiology found exercise was beneficial for obese people in guarding against heart damage. More than 9,000 people were studied. Those who were obese and had no exercise possessed high levels of a heart damage markers compared to obese people who were active. Dr. Roberta Florido, a co-author said staying active will cope the heart in dealing with certain stressors. © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


Kinnell P.I.A.,University of Canberra
Journal of Hydrology | Year: 2010

The Universal Soil Loss Equation (USLE) is the most widely used and misused prediction equation in the world. Although it was designed to predict long-term average annual soil loss, it has the capacity to predict event soil losses reasonably well at some geographic locations and not well at others. Its lack of capacity to predict event erosion is highly influenced by the fact the event rainfall-runoff factor used in the USLE and its revisions (RUSLE, RUSLE2) does not consider runoff explicitly. While including direct consideration of runoff in the event rainfall-runoff factor improves the capacity to predict event erosion when runoff is measured, that capacity is reduced by inaccurate runoff prediction methods. Even so, the predictions may be better than when the traditional event rainfall-runoff factor is used if the rainfall-runoff model used to predict runoff works reasonably well. Direct consideration of runoff in the rainfall-runoff factor may improve the ability of the model to account for seasonal effects. It also enhances the ability of the model to account for the spatial variations in soil loss on hillslopes which result from spatial variations in soil and vegetation. However, the USLE model will not provide a capacity to account for deposition taking place on concave hillslopes unless it is coupled with an appropriate sediment transport model, as in done in RUSLE2. Changing the basis of the event rainfall-runoff factor has consequences on a number of the other factors used in the model, in particular new values of the soil erodibility factor need to be determined. Using runoff values from cropped areas is necessary to account for differences in infiltration capacities between vegetated and tilled bare fallow areas, but requires re-evaluation of the crop factors. © 2010 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.


Lupton D.,University of Canberra
Culture, Health and Sexuality | Year: 2015

Digital health technologies are playing an increasingly important role in healthcare, health education and voluntary self-surveillance, self-quantification and self-care practices. This paper presents a critical analysis of one digital health device: computer apps used to self-track features of users’ sexual and reproductive activities and functions. After a review of the content of such apps available in the Apple App Store and Google play™ store, some of their sociocultural, ethical and political implications are discussed. These include the role played by these apps in participatory surveillance, their configuration of sexuality and reproduction, the valorising of the quantification of the body in the context of neoliberalism and self-responsibility, and issues concerning privacy, data security and the use of the data collected by these apps. It is suggested that such apps represent sexuality and reproduction in certain defined and limited ways that work to perpetuate normative stereotypes and assumptions about women and men as sexual and reproductive subjects. Furthermore there are significant ethical and privacy implications emerging from the use of these apps and the data they produce. The paper ends with suggestions concerning the ‘queering’ of such technologies in response to these issues. © 2014, © 2014 Taylor & Francis.


Lupton D.,University of Canberra
Health Promotion International | Year: 2015

A range of digitized health promotion practices have emerged in the digital era. Some of these practices are voluntarily undertaken by people who are interested in improving their health and fitness, but many others are employed in the interests of organizations and agencies. This article provides a critical commentary on digitized health promotion. I begin with an overview of the types of digital technologies that are used for health promotion, and follow this with a discussion of the socio-political implications of such use. It is contended that many digitized health promotion strategies focus on individual responsibility for health and fail to recognize the social, cultural and political dimensions of digital technology use. The increasing blurring between voluntary health promotion practices, professional health promotion, government and corporate strategies requires acknowledgement, as does the increasing power wielded by digital media corporations over digital technologies and the data they generate. These issues provoke questions for health promotion as a practice and field of research that hitherto have been little addressed. © The Author 2014.


O'Kane G.,University of Canberra
Public Health Nutrition | Year: 2012

The current, globalised food system supplies 'cheap' food to a large proportion of the world's population, but with significant social, environmental and health costs that are poorly understood. The present paper examines the nature and extent of these costs for both rural and urban communities, by illustrating the financial pressures on food producers and manufacturers to produce cheap food, the disconnection people experience with how and where their food is produced, and the rise in obesity levels that plague the globe. The paper then proposes that community food systems may play an important role in mitigating the adverse environmental, economic and social effects of the dominant food system, by the use of more sustainable food production methods, the development of local economies and enabling closer connections between farmers and consumers. There are many opportunities for public health nutritionists to contribute to the local food system literature to ascertain whether these systems improve inequities, provide better access to healthy food and help stem the tide of rising global obesity levels. Public health nutritionists can play a key role in supporting people to become food citizens and to advocate for democratic and sustainable food systems. © 2011 The Authors.


Drawing on the 2011 United Kingdom riots, this article explores contestation over the meaning of riots. Is rioting criminality and looting, or are there political aspects to the act For those advocating a political element, there is difficulty in reconciling how an apparently spontaneous act can have political motivations. This article argues that rioting is a distinctly political action, and in order to understand it we must theorize the characteristics of agency that underpin the act. Drawing on Bourdieu's habitus, but developing it to include a preconscious component, the article develops a novel theoretical framework for understanding the rioter. Habitus is presented as a mechanism that can help better understand how experiences in the past affect the rioter's present, thereby leading to a coming to the surface of underlying political grievances. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the Centre for Crime and Justice Studies (ISTD). All rights reserved.


Patent
University of Canberra | Date: 2014-09-18

Disclosed are methods and compositions for modulating cancer stem cells. More particularly, the present invention discloses the use of protein kinase C theta inhibitors (PKC-) for inhibiting the growth of PKC--overexpressing cells including cancer stem cells, for enhancing the biological effects of chemotherapeutic drugs or irradiation on cancer cells, for treating cancer, including metastatic cancer and/or for preventing cancer recurrence.


Patent
University of Canberra | Date: 2014-06-17

Disclosed are compositions and methods that use lysine demethylase inhibitors for inhibiting the growth of cancer stem cells or tumor initiating cells, for enhancing the biological effects of chemotherapeutic drugs or irradiation on cancer cells and/or for preventing cancer recurrence.

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