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Campus News : October 2010
Awards and Accolades 10 Campus News October 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Smart transport research awarded Researchers at UOW's Centre for Digital Ecosystems have won the inaugural National Smart Infrastructure Award in recognition of their innovative approach to investigating the use of new technologies to measure public transport usage, and the community's views on the use of this technology. Federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese presented the award at a ceremony in Melbourne in August. The Australian Smart Infrastructure Research award recognises innovative proposals in infrastructure research that contribute to economic and environmental sustainability. The award- winning proposal is part of a $1 million Smart Mobility Project at UOW with partners Andrew Corporation and CSIRO's ICT Centre. The key question addressed by this award-winning research is how willing travellers are to share information about their location in exchange for transport and service-related information, as well as to access services like free wireless internet and social networking. Project leader and Director of Centre for Digital Ecosystems Professor Peter Eklund said the research had important implications for improving access to transport and services. NH Law student on national executive UOW student Melissa Coade has been elected to the four-person executive of the Australian Law Students' Association (ALSA) as Vice President Education. Her responsibilities include the development and research of policy issues, lobbying on these policy issues and advocating on behalf of member associations at universities around Australia. She will be dealing with a number of formal bodies such as the Law Council of Australia, the Attorney- General's Department and the Council of Australian Law Deans. Melissa, who is in the fourth year of a double degree in Law and Journalism at UOW, took up her one-year role with ALSA in August. She was immediately involved in the preparation of an election priority document targeting the major parties in the lead-up to the federal election. It focused on ALSA's ongoing campaigns in the areas of mental health, legal pro bono opportunities for law students and the legal skills shortages in regional, rural and remote areas of Australia. The Violin Player broadcast this year on ABC radio while Donna was nominated in the Radio: Adaptation Category for her work Mrs Macquarie's Cello. AWGIE awards are judged by writers for writers and awarded for excellence. They recognise and reward the best of Australia's performance writers for their contribution to the screen and theatre industries. Accepting her award, Dr Fargher expressed her excitement for the "double win" for UOW. The Golden AWGIE on the night went to David Michod's film Animal Kingdom. Dr Fargher has also received good news from the Australia Council, which has announced a grant for the tour of the production Dr Egg and the Man with No Ear to Vancouver, the Yukon, and Montreal in October. Written by Dr Fargher, it explores the ethical dilemmas society faces as new developments are made in genetics and cloning. BG Commerce staffer's work recognised Faculty of Commerce staff member Bonnie Cord took out the Award for Outstanding Achievement in Education for her contribution to the Faculty of Commerce Internship Program at the recent Australian College of Educators Illawarra branch awards. The awards recognise organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to improving the quality of education in their field of influence. Originally developed by Dr Mike Clements and Bonnie in 2008, the Internship program has provided an opportunity for over 150 students to gain employment and work experience with businesses. Students have been placed with businesses in Wollongong, South Coast, Southern Highlands, Sydney and Canberra and many of the interns have gained employment as a result. The program also allows students to complete their commerce studies off campus through an innovative e-learning format. Bonnie's role has involved nurturing and supporting students through the transition into industry. "I am so excited to receive this award, especially given the high quality of my fellow nominees who are some of the region's leading educators," said Bonnie. "I would like to thank my colleagues Dr Mike Clements, Dr Chris Sykes and Graham Bowrey for their nomination and the Faculty of Commerce for their support." Bonnie also won the Commerce and Business Alumni Award in 2010 and has been recognised for building strong community business links in areas such as finance, accounting, human resources, sales and marketing. NH Global award for rail research Civil (Geotechnical) Engineering PhD student Ms Ni Jing has been awarded a prestigious global award from the Philadelphia-based Geosynthetic Institute. Ni Jing's thesis work is on Cyclic Behaviour of Prefabricated Vertical Drains in Soft Soils Under High Speed Train Loads. The submission of her current research outcomes and the comprehensive PhD research plan ranked among the world's top PhD projects, as assessed by the International Geosynthetic Institute in the innovative use of synthetic products in civil infrastructure. Ni Jing's research has been awarded US$20,000 (US$10,000 a year up to two years maximum), and she will be honoured as a Fellow of the Geosynthetic Institution. One of her co-supervisors, Professor Buddhima Indraratna, said the award was available for PhD students worldwide. Faculty of Engineering Dean Professor Chris Cook said that it was a timely acknowledgement of the high speed rail research that has been initiated by Professor Indraratna over the past several years in the School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering. A substantial amount of effort has been spent on the use of synthetic materials on tracks including prefabricated synthetic vertical drains. Ni Jing is also an in-kind PhD student working under the Cooperative Research Centre for Rail Innovation (CRC-Rail). Her other co-supervisor is Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn. BG Professor Peter Eklund (centre) pictured at the Smart Infrastucture Award ceremony in Melbourne with federal Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Anthony Albanese (right) and Infrastructure Partnerships Australia chairman Mark Birrell. UOW Law Students Society president Melissa Coade, who has been elected to the national executive of the Australian Law Students' Association. Melissa, who also is the current president of the UOW Law Students Society, represented ALSA at the New Zealand Law Students Association conference in Dunedin in September. "For me these positions are about creative collaboration. It is a wonderful feeling being involved in shaping legal education policy -- firstly the challenge of the process, gaining consensus about what the issues are and then identifying the best way to affect real change. Secondly I am enjoying the collegiality -- working with the best, brightest and most passionate colleagues with the same end. "Collegiality is one of the most important attributes that characterises the legal profession but without engaging, without sticking your nose out of the books once in a while, you risk missing out." NH Creative Arts double at AWGIE awards Faculty of Creative Arts Stage and Screenwriting lecturer Dr Catherine Fargher and Doctor of Creative Arts scholarship student Donna Abela won their award categories at the 43rd Annual Australian Writers' Guild (AWGIE) awards. The award winners were announced at a gala dinner held in Melbourne in August. Dr Fargher was nominated in the Radio: Original Category for her radio play Faculty of Commerce staff member Bonnie Cord with her award from the Australian College of Educators