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Campus News : October 2011
10 Campus News October 2011 University of Wollongong www.uow.edu.au Awards, achievements and accolades McKeon wins gold at World Uni Games Nineteen-year-old student David McKeon won a gold medal in the 400m freestyle event at the World University Games held at Shenzhen, China in August. David, in his first year of a Public Health degree at UOW, narrowly beat his US rival Michael Klueh by six one-hundredths of a second, winning UOW's second ever Universiade gold. University Recreation Aquatic Centre (URAC) Director Paul Manning said David swam a great race and achieved a fantastic result. "He was in lane seven, went out hard to be in the lead straight up and held on in the last five metres to out touch the second place-getter," he said. Professor Iverson is also Executive Director of the Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute, based at UOW, a member of the NSW Cancer Council's research committee and a board member of the National Breast Cancer Centre. "NSW is home to many organisations undertaking high-quality research, clinical trials and population health research,'' Ms Skinner said. "These highly talented people are quietly working on projects with the potential to save thousands of lives. Their work makes a real difference to all of us which is why I am committed to ensuring the future is bright for medical research in NSW." The review, expected to be completed later this year, will streamline projects to reduce duplication and competition among researchers for funding. It will also link researchers with clinicians to ensure laboratory discoveries make it to patients more quickly. BG: . Lecturer snaps up photography prize UOW Faculty of Creative Arts Lecturer Jacky Redgate has won what is regarded as Australia's most prestigious prize for photography, the $25,000 William and Winifred Bowness Photography Prize. Human rights lawyer Julian Burnside QC announced the prize at Melbourne's Monash Gallery of Art in September. Ms Redgate's winning photograph Light throw (mirrors) #4 2011 from the series Light Jacky Redgate's winning photograph -- courtesy of the artist, William Wright/Artists, Sydney and Arc One Gallery, Melbourne. David McKeon won gold in the 400m freestyle at the World University Games in China. Pro Vice-Chancellor (Health) Professor Don Iverson has been appointed to the NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review Committee. Chancellor's Awards celebrate volunteers The efforts of volunteers whose contributions improve both the University of Wollongong and the wider community were recognised as part of the annual Celebrating Volunteers function held at the Innovation Campus in August. A highlight of the event was the 2011 Chancellor's Awards for Voluntary Contribution, presented by Chancellor Jillian Broadbent to recognise the personal contributions made by individuals and groups to the enrichment of the university and their community. Ms Broadbent said the awards provided an opportunity to celebrate the University's successes, and to say thank you to people including volunteers who have contributed to these achievements. "This year's nominees have significantly contributed to the University and to the broader community. The selection panel commented on the high standards of the nominees received this year," Ms Broadbent said. The Chancellor's Awards for Voluntary Contribution to the University went to Gail Grant from UOW's Science Centre and Planetarium and the Illawarra Committee for International Students (ICIS). Mrs Grant has been involved with the Science Centre for more than 13 years, making her the centre's longest-serving volunteer. She has managed the centre's Membership Program since its inception, contributing over 4000 hours over the past 13 years. Illawarra Committee for International Students (ICIS) also received an award in recognition of its assistance to international students. The non-profit organisation aims to provide international students with Australian cultural and social experiences. Awards for Voluntary Contribution to the Community were presented to Gordon Streek and Kay Dalmain in recognition of their dedication to improving the region and the lives of its residents. Mr Streek was honoured for his unwavering commitment to the growth and development of the performing arts in the Illawarra and beyond over 30 years, Mr Streek has established several theatre companies and created opportunities for members of the local community to experience and participate in the performing arts. He also founded Shellharbour's Roo Theatre Company in 1987 and was involved in lobbying for the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, which opened in 1988. Mrs Dalmain received her award for improving the lives of people living with disabilities and their families. She is a regular volunteer for Interchange Shoalhaven - a non-profit organisation that provides respite care and social support for young people with disabilities and their carers by recruiting and training volunteers. In recognition of their significant contributions, UOW will donate $2000 to a registered charity or non-profit group of each award recipient's choice. JB Chancellor Jillian Broadbent (centre) with award-winning volunteers (from left) Kay Dalmain from Interchange ShoalHaven, ICIS President Pat Farrar, Gail Grant from the Science Centre and Planetarium and Ray Clegg, representing Gordon Streek. Team coach John Wallace described David's performance as "gutsy". "His performance brings him back to the top. He was told to hang on and he did," Wallace said. Success at the international event runs in the McKeon family, with David's father Ron and mother Susie both former Universiade swimmers. David's achievements emulate those of his mother, who won gold at the 1983 event while his father is David's coach and was poolside when his son won gold. David was UOW's only representative at the competition and part of Australia's biggest ever university team. He was also a member of the Australian Uniroos men's 4x200m freestyle relay team who won bronze with a time of 7.17.58. David, an NAB Sports Scholarship holder, was pumping out 10 training sessions per week at URAC in the lead-up to the event. JB Iverson appointed to State research body NSW Health and Medical Research Minister Jillian Skinner has appointed UOW Pro Vice- Chancellor (Health) Professor Don Iverson to a committee developing a long-term plan for medical research and technology. The NSW Health and Medical Research Strategic Review Committee, headed by respected research advocate Peter Wills, has started work on a comprehensive 10-year plan to ensure NSW remains a world leader in medical research and technology.