Highly sensitive nanosensors to prevent potential catastrophes

Engineering, IT and aviation
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Griffith University researchers are creating tiny high-tech chips that will detect problems in ageing gas and oil pipelines, preventing potential catastrophic events. A team from Griffith’s Queensland Micro- and Nanotechnology Centre is developing the novel, low-cost and highly sensitive compact sensors that will detect and monitor changes in harsh environments, such as strain, pressure, flow rate, […]

Smart windows for a more energy efficient future

Architecture, construction and planning
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A Griffith University researcher will lead a $1 million research project into a new kind of low-cost, energy-saving ‘smart window’. Professor Huijun Zhao, director of Griffith’s Centre for Clean Environment and Energy, has been awarded $513,210 from the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Projects scheme to develop the window that contains a glass that is able to […]

Five minutes with…Keith Townsend

Business and government
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An undergraduate degree focusing on industrial relations (IR), public policy and politics, coupled with previous management and [IR] practitioner experience combined to reveal for Associate Professor Keith Townsend, just how complicated working life can be. Spending his life talking to others about their workplace complications has set him on a path; and the destination is […]

Overloaded and underloaded: How Australian academics spend their week

Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing
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A 2011 survey of 8737 Australian academic staff and the alignment and differences between their expected and actual workloads, was the subject of a Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing seminar delivered by Professor David Peetz on Tuesday (5 April). The duties of academics are traditionally made up of teaching, research, and service to their […]

Is enterprise bargaining still a better way of working?

Centre for Work Organisation and Wellbeing
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In 1989, the Business Council of Australia produced a blueprint for change entitled ‘Enterprise Based Bargaining Units: a Better Way of Working’. To a great extent, this document and the corresponding shifts in business, government and union approaches to wage and conditions determination meant Australia shifted from a centralised to a workplace system of bargaining. […]