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By using x-ray computerised tomography, a CT scanner, these are non-invasive experiments that can track changes in the brains of bees over time. Mark recently received a $120,000 grant from the Eva Crane Trust, which supports researchers who have an interest in developing new technologies to save the bees of the world.
"Across the world bees are in decline and it's important for us to understand more about how they are affected by the changes to our environment, both the natural changes and those brought about by human influence.”
Paramedic skills tested in emergency
In an early test of commitment to their chosen career, a group of CSU paramedicine students provided medical care when confronted with a recent emergency.
Scanning a bee’s brain to see how it works
Combining his profession in medical imaging with a passion for apiary, CSU scientist Dr Mark Greco is examining bees' brains to understand how they respond to environmental change. "Approximately one third of our human diet comes from food that relies on pollination by bees. "Across the world bees are in decline and it's important for us to understand more about how they are affected by the changes to our environment, both the natural changes and those brought about by human influence.” Mark said adding pollutants (chemicals) to the bees' food source can affect their memory and so it influences the time it takes them to get back to the hive because they forget the landmarks they have memorised on the way to the food source.
The four final-year paramedicine students from CSU in Bathurst were on a bus with their rugby teammates when they came across a single vehicle accident on the Mitchell Highway near Molong. Students Mathew Schofield, Sam Ruttley, Blayne Duncan and Tom Pegler immediately went to help the four injured members of the Dubbo Demons Australian Football Club. "We pulled over at the accident site, and, along with a registered nurse who was also driving past, we were able to help and comfort the injured driver and passengers until the paramedics arrived at the scene," Mathew Schofield said. “When we came across the overturned car, the training and skills we'd learnt during the Bachelor of Clinical Practice (Paramedic) just kicked in. It seemed natural to provide medical help at the crash site. After three years of study, it was good to be able to help and know exactly what to do and when to do it."