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Campus News : December 2011
www.uow.edu.au University of Wollongong Campus News December 2011 15 Professor Indraratna is head of UOW's School of Civil, Mining and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Centre for Geomechanics and Railway Engineering. He is also a Program Leader of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence in Geotechnical Science and Engineering. BG PhD student 'Best of the Best' A PhD student from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory in the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences has been awarded the premier prize at the prestigious Australian Conference of Science and Medicine in Sport in Western Australia. Catherine Wild was awarded the ASICS Award for Best New Investigator -- Lower Limb, for her paper titled: Does higher anterior knee joint laxity alter landing biomechanics in pubescent girls? The top papers from the five categories within the conference (Clinical Sports Medicine, Exercise and Sports Science, Injury Prevention, Physical Activity, and Lower Limb) were then re-presented in a plenary Battle of the Best session. A judging panel of the keynote speakers then awarded Catherine the ASICS Medal for the best conference paper overall. Catherine was presented with the medal and her $3000 prize by ASICS Oceania General Manager of Product Mark Doherty at the conference dinner. As the best new investigator, Catherine was also awarded a presentation package including travel expenses to attend the American College of Sports Medicine Meeting in 2012. Catherine's winning paper was co-authored by her supervisors from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory, Professor Julie Steele and Dr Bridget Munro. BG Chemistry students shine Postgraduate students from UOW's Centre for Medicinal Chemistry continue to shine on the international stage. Dr Steven Wales has gained an Australian-American Postdoctoral Award to work with Professor Jeffery Hill in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill on anti- microbial therapeutics. This follows on the success of Dr Allan Gamble who was awarded a Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship also through the Australian-American Association. The fellowship will provide Dr Gamble with the opportunity to perform postdoctoral research at Stanford University under the guidance of Professor Paul Wender. Dr Wales completed his Bachelor of Science Advanced (Honours) degree at UOW in 2010. Dr Gamble graduated with a Bachelor of Medicinal Chemistry Advanced (Honours) in 2003. He received his PhD in the Centre for Medicinal Chemistry at UOW in 2008 investigating the design and synthesis of new anti-viral agents. In 2010, Dr Gamble was awarded a Post-PhD Teaching Fellowship at the Australian National University where he lectured in first and second year chemistry. His current research is investigating a new approach to overcome efflux-based multidrug resistance in cancer -- one of the major causes of chemotherapy failure. BG Engineer now a Tall Poppy UOW graduate Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen's achievements in the fields of rail, civil and structural engineering were recognised recently at the Australian Institute of Policy and Sciences' Young Tall Poppy Awards. Tall Poppy winners are required to become role models and inspire school teachers, students and the wider community about the possibilities of science. Dr Kaewunruen said he was honoured by the role and looked forward to promoting science and engineering as an exciting, cool and enjoyable career. "I'm very grateful to Associate Professor Alex Remennikov, who nominated me for the award. He has shown me continuous support and kindness even after graduation and given me the opportunity to make a difference as a young scientist." Dr Kaewunruen is currently employed by RailCorp Track Engineering. JB Spanish book's 4th printing The first English language generalised reference work on the Spanish lyric theatre from 1832 to the present has just released its fourth printing through the University of Wollongong Press. Dr Vincent Cincotta's Zarzuela -- the Spanish Lyric Theatre: A Complete Reference had its first edition in 2002 with New York's Metropolitan Opera. The genre became popular in the United States in the 1950s and 1960s, after Spanish ballet and flamenco dance companies visited New York, and its popularity has endured. Dr Cincotta was exposed to Zarzuela in New York, where he was born, lived, studied and taught until he came to Australia in 1977 to lecture in Italian and Spanish at UOW's Department of European Languages. He retired from the University in 1995 to concentrate on research projects, and was made a Fellow of the University in recognition for his enormous contribution over 18 years. In 2003 a revised edition of Zarzuela was launched with a re-print in 2005. The 766-page book can be ordered from the UOW Unishop at firstname.lastname@example.org and the Australian Online Bookshop at email@example.com BG Dr Sakdirat Kaewunruen (right) with Associate Professor Alex Remennikov at the Tall Poppy Awards. Cricket club celebrates half-century The oldest sporting club on campus, the University of Wollongong Cricket Club, celebrated its 50th birthday over the October long weekend with a reunion at the University. More than 200 past and present players and their partners attended a dinner in the University Hall and several came to watch the first- and second-graders in action against the club's first-ever opponents, Dapto, on the No 1 and No 3 Ovals during the Saturday afternoon. Guests were welcomed to the dinner by club life member Geoff Mettam, who chaired the committee that organised the weekend, club president Bruce Tosswill and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper. Dick Hardy, the inaugural president, spoke on behalf of the 'Originals'. Eight of the nine surviving members of the initial first-grade side that played Dapto on October 7, 1961 attended. The ninth, 88-year-old Courtney Williams, is now living in Perth and was a late withdrawal on doctor's orders. One former member made the trip from Canada to attend. The evening featured the announcement of the club's 'all-time team'. Chosen (in batting order) were Geoff Boxsell (who played in the firsts from the1970s to the 1990s), Andrew Walsh (1980s) , Steve Bray (1970s-80s), Peter Brailey (1980s-90s), Dene Herbert (1970s-80s), Adam Johnson (1980s-90s), Dick Hardy (1960s), Peter Ferguson (1980s), Grahame Stinson (2000s), Barry Reid (c) (1970s-90s), Craig Jones (1990s) and Michael Knight (12th man) (1990s-2000s). Margaret Pemberton was named scorer. A special presentation was made during the evening to John Pemberton, who was acclaimed as the Clubperson of the Half-Century. A commemorative book, From Stone Motherless Last: a Half Century of University Cricket at Wollongong, written by former member Chas Keys, was launched by Professor Raper. Its title reflects the original members' summary of the position the club's teams often occupied on competition ladders in the early days. Nowadays the UWCC is a real force in Illawarra cricket, having won more than 60 titles since the early 1970s including six major premierships in the firsts. In addition the club has won the Illawarra club championship on seven occasions. The first of these was in the 1980-81 season and most recently in 2009-10. A DVD of club activities and personalities was also provided to guests. The club is setting up a 1961 club through which former members can support today's UWCC as it embarks on its second half-century. CN