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Campus News : March 2010
1300 367 869 www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News April 2010 11 Former Chancellor recognised with Honorary Doctorate During his 12-year tenure as Chancellor of the University of Wollongong, Dr Michael Codd, AC, personally awarded 50,000 degrees to graduating students. At the December graduation it was his turn to receive an Honorary Doctor of Letters degree. The honorary degree for his outstanding contribution to the University was presented by the newly- appointed Chancellor, Ms Jillian Broadbent, AO, at the final 2009 summer graduation ceremony. Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton said Dr Codd was held in great affection by the University. He highlighted four major developments that Dr Codd influenced and helped guide during his tenure from 1997 to 2009. Professor Sutton referred to the growth in student numbers domestically (doubling from 13,000 to 26,000) and internationally (Dubai leaping from 300 to 3000); recognition in international ranking schemes which placed UOW in the top two per cent of universities worldwide; development of the Graduate School of Medicine and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute; and the development of the Innovation Campus. The Vice-Chancellor said Dr Codd had also helped re- shape the University Council into the most focused and best operating Council that the University has ever had. Dr Codd presided at his final graduation ceremonies in July and officially retired on 30 September 2009. At the conferring of his honorary doctorate, Professor Sutton highlighted how as Chancellor Dr Codd had always made a point of shaking hands and talking with graduates about their future plans. Dr Codd worked for 30 years for the Australian Government including as Secretary of the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet and Secretary to Cabinet from 1986-1992. He was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1991. BG Our Young Citizen of the Year UOW graduate and employee Victoria DiMise (pictured) was named Wollongong Young Citizen of the Year in January. Victoria, who recently finished her Bachelor of Commerce degree at UOW majoring in Management and Marketing, is employed with the UniCentre Marketing Department. In 2009 Victoria was heavily involved with the Southern Region Cancer Council's Relay for Life as well as the Young Stars of Kidzwish Committee which meets regularly to organise events and activities for sick and disadvantaged children and children with disabilities in the Illawarra Region. Within her workplace, Victoria has been instrumental in being a volunteer event organiser for the 2009 LOUD Shirt Day, 2009 Daffodil Day and 2009 Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. She follows in the footsteps of another UOW graduate Emily Davis (formerly from UOW's Office of Community and Partnerships and now a teacher) who received the honour last year. BG Community donations boost research UOW's Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) Professor Don Iverson recently hosted a morning tea to highlight a successful research partnership in cancer drug research in recognition of the Robert East Memorial Fund. Family of the late Robert East, a prominent and respected member of the Kiama community, set up the memorial fund to raise money for cancer research. Robert's family and friends, and a number of community organisations including Kiama Council and Kiama Rotary Club, continue to raise money for the fund in his memory. Over $100,000 has been raised since 2006. "The fund means that there is hope that other people won't have to go through what we saw Robert go through," Robert's wife Judith said. At the morning tea, Professor Iverson explained to community members how the money from community donations is being spent. UOW researcher Associate Professor Marie Ranson and Robert East's oncologist Professor Phil Clingan also spoke about their research partnership. Professor Ranson and Professor Clingan lead the large multidisciplinary team of chemists and biologists at UOW's Cancer Drug Research Group. The team has been working together for the last five years to reduce the debilitating side-effects of drugs used in chemotherapy, to reduce the pain involved with treatment and improve survival rates. Professor Clingan said that cancer survival rates have gone up 30% in his lifetime, and this is due to new research and clinical trials, which is made possible through funding and donations towards research. Professor Ranson said the funding from the Robert East Memorial has been instrumental in helping the research to progress to a stage where it can now be tested. "Essentially, after only five or six years of research, we are now ready to trial this drug in humans," she said. "Funding from the community has helped the research move so quickly; this philanthropy has really kept us going." Professor Iverson said he hopes the success of this research partnership will encourage more doctors in the Illawarra to engage with the University. KM Dr Michael Codd is flanked by Vice-Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton and Chancellor Jillian Broadbent after receiving his honorary doctorate. AWARDS