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Campus News : December 2010
14 Campus News December 2010 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au FOCUS ON RESEARCH Australian Research Council (ARC) funding of more than $10.6 million will allow University of Wollongong researchers to tackle projects ranging from mapping climate change in Antarctica to investigating the next generation of solar cells and developing antibacterial agents. Innovation, Industry, Science and Research Minister Senator Kim Carr announced the ARC National Competitive Grants Program in Canberra in October. UOW was awarded 25 Discovery Projects and three Linkage Project Scheme grants. Linkage grants involve universities working with external partners. UOW's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper said Wollongong had achieved an excellent result with the grants spread across most of the University's faculties and areas of research strength. The Faculty of Science did particularly well, having been awarded almost $4.8 million for eight Discovery grants and two of the three Linkage grants. This includes researchers from the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI) winning more than $2.1 million in funding for three Discovery grants, including two Australian Research Fellowships, an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship and one Linkage grant. Engineering was awarded $2.3 million for five Discovery grants and one Linkage grant, Informatics was awarded $1.38 million for five Discovery grants and Arts was awarded $222,000 for two Discovery grants. In the Discovery grants Professor Geoff Spinks (Engineering) was awarded an Australian Professorial Fellowship; Professor Sara Dolnicar (Commerce) was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship; Dr Michael Higgins (Science) and Dr Attila Mozer (Science) were awarded Australian Research Fellowships; and Mr Shulei Chou (Engineering) and Dr Tracey ARC success across the disciplines Clarke (Science) were awarded Australian Postdoctoral Fellowships. In the Linkage grants Dr Mark Ooi (Science) was awarded an Australian Postdoctoral Fellowship. Professor Spinks (Engineering) received $800,000 for an Australian Professorial Fellowship to develop artificial muscles for micro-machines (e.g. digital cameras), as well as medical prosthetics and robots. Professor Sharon Robinson (Science) was awarded $690,000 for a Discovery grant to determine the extent to which climate change is affecting Antarctica by studying polar mosses. BG Professor Sara Dolnicar from UOW's Faculty of Commerce gained the single highest amount awarded in the 2010 Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Scheme Grants. A total of 922 grants were awarded to researchers across Australia, with UOW's Institute for Innovation in Business and Social Research (IIBSoR) director awarded the biggest grant - $1.46 million for a project to investigate improving market segmentation methodology. Businesses embrace market segmentation to identify and target clients. However, poor segmentation analysis leads to poor segment choice. "Our project develops tools to improve segmentation analysis," Professor Dolnicar said. "We will test the resulting toolbox in tourism, foster care and climate change mitigating behaviours, and produce usable, transferable recommendations." As part of the grant, Professor Dolnicar was also awarded a Queen Elizabeth II (QEII) Fellowship that provides Commerce professor top grant recipient opportunities for established researchers to undertake research of national and international significance. "I am very excited to be awarded this grant. It gives me and my research colleagues the opportunity to investigate many of the unresolved problems with market segmentation analysis which seriously threaten the validity of segmentation analysis conducted for businesses and used by businesses to make long-term strategic decisions," Professor Dolnicar said. BG The University of Wollongong's contribution to the safety of future space missions received strong praise from visiting US astronaut and researcher Dr Leroy Chiao. The astronaut, who has logged 229 days in space on US and Russian missions, visited UOW in September to present a public lecture, The Spaceflight Experience and Biomedical Issues for Long Duration Missions. Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP) director Professor Anatoly Rosenfeld hosted the visit. Dr Chiao was in Wollongong as part of the project which involves CMRP's development of radiation dosimeter instrumentation for manned space missions. He outlined to a captivated audience in the Central Lecture Block how human spaceflights were a grand adventure -- but not without their risks, including dealing with space biomedicine. Dr Chiao said biomedical issues would become more important in the future, as humans venture on longer missions, beyond Low Earth Orbit. He said CMRP's work would go a long way to help combating one of the biggest threats faced by astronauts and cosmonauts -- cosmic radiation. The CMRP is part of a team that has previously won a research grant from the US National Space Biomedical Research Institute -- NASA for the development of space qualified instrumentation for assessment of radiobiological effects on humans during long-term space missions. "Space radiations have significantly affected NASA flight missions," Professor Rosenfeld said. "Radiations adversely influence the design, reliability, payload mass, mission duration and planned operations of robotic and human missions. Damage has included reduced power generation, failure of microelectronic devices and increased background noise in sensors." Professor Rosenfeld said that the effects of space radiations on humans can also be extremely harmful, with possible long-term complications including carcinogenesis, central nervous system damage and other diseases. The future well-being of NASA space missions may well rest with an innovative instrument using microdosimetry technology devised in Wollongong that has already been launched into space for testing. The Micro Dosimeter Instrument devised by Professor Rosenfeld can measure a range of radiobiological effects -- including effects on humans during long-term space missions. BG Astronaut praises cosmic radiation research ARC Fellowship winners (from left): Professor Geoff Spinks, Dr Michael Higgins, Dr Attila Mozer, Dr Tracey Clarke, Professor Sara Dolnicar and Shulei Chou [Absent: Dr Mark Ooi]. Dr Leroy Chiao