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Campus News : March 2012
KEY DEFENCE ROLE UOW University Council member and alumnus Dr Alex Zelinsky has been appointed Chief Defence Scientist of Australia and Head of the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO). The DSTO is Australia's lead agency charged with applying science and technology to protect and defend Australia and its national interests. It is a unique organisation in the Asia-Pacific region and Australia's second largest research and development organisation with an annual budget of $460 million. It has more than 2600 staff, predominantly scientists, engineers, IT specialists and technicians. Dr Zelinsky said he was greatly honoured with the appointment UOW's Australian National Centre for Ocean Resources and Security (ANCORS) Director Professor Martin Tsamenyi has been awarded an AM in the Australia Day Honours list. Professor Tsamenyi was made a Member (AM) in the General Division for his work in maritime and fisheries law in the Asia- Pacific region through ANCORS. Professor Tsamenyi's areas of specialisation include fisheries law, fisheries monitoring, control and surveillance, shipping law, marine environmental law and ocean policy. He has written extensively on these subjects and undertaken consultancy and advisory work for a number of nations and international organisations. "I am very honoured to have received this award," he said. "I have to stress that it could not have happened without the strong institutional and was looking forward to the challenges associated with the position. Dr Zelinsky graduated with his Bachelor of Mathematics in 1983 and added a PhD in 1991. He lectured at UOW from 1984-1996, before joining the Australian National University where he became a Professor of Systems Engineering. He then joined the CSIRO in 2004 where he was appointed Group Executive for Information Sciences, and was also responsible for the provision of IT services across the organisation. Dr Zelinsky is a member of the federal government's IT Industry Innovation Council. In December 2010, UOW awarded Dr Zelinsky an Honorary Doctor of Science in recognition of his contributions to the Australian IT industry. In January this year he began a four-year term as a graduate representative on the University Council. BG support I have received in general from UOW. The University has given me the flexibility to undertake what I have to do to make ANCORS what it is today." Meanwhile, UOW alumna Professor Tracey McDonald was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the General Division (AM) "for services to nursing, particularly in the area of aged care, through advisory roles with the United Nations Expert Groups on Social Policy and the development of public health and social welfare policy". Professor McDonald, who has a Master of Science degree and a PhD from UOW, was employed in the Faculty of Health Sciences at UOW for 15 years, with some time also spent as Head of School at Monash University. She currently holds the Australian Catholic University Research Chair in Ageing. BG UOW has honoured one of its pioneering researchers with the naming of the Leon Kane- Maguire Theatre in a new building at the Innovation Campus. The late Emeritus Professor Kane- Maguire was one of Australia's leading chemistry research scientists with his work leading to many international awards and the development of several new fields of science. He joined UOW in 1983 and played a pivotal role in the establishment of the Intelligent Polymer Research Institute (IPRI). He was made an Emeritus Professor of the University when he retired in 2010, celebrating a lifelong commitment to science and education. Sadly Leon died in January 2011. More than 120 guests attended the inaugural Leon Kane-Maguire Address in February, when the theatre in the new Australian Institute for Innovation Materials (AIIM) Processing and Devices Facility was named in his honour. The inaugural address was fittingly given by Leon's twin brother, Professor Noel Kane-Maguire, who is a professor at Furman University in North Carolina. He also unveiled a bronze plaque featuring an image of Leon. IPRI Director Professor Gordon Wallace highlighted how Leon had an infectious attitude to science and education. "He instilled a spirit of adventure in scientific discovery, the excitement of sharing new knowledge with other people. He had unbelievable enthusiasm for communicating to a wide variety of people about science," he said. During the event the Leon Kane-Maguire Student Prize was awarded to the highest-achieving student completing an honours degree in the School of Chemistry. Donated by Leon's wife Barbara and her family, the prize was awarded to Geoffrey Pidcock who completed a Bachelor of Nanotechnology Honours Degree in 2011. - Natalie Foxon UNIVERSITY HONOURS The University Council honoured retiring Vice- Chancellor Professor Gerard Sutton's contribution to UOW over more than two decades by bestowing an Emeritus Professorship and an Honorary Doctor of Science on him at the December Graduation ceremonies. Professor Sutton joined UOW as Deputy Vice-Chancellor in 1990, and took over as Vice-Chancellor in early 1995. He retired at the end of 2011 AUSTRALIA DAY HONOURS as UOW's longest-serving Vice- Chancellor, having presided over a period of dramatic growth that saw the University win a string of national and international awards, develop the Innovation Campus and establish the Graduate School of Medicine, SMART Infrastructure Facility and Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute. Former long-serving Faculty of Engineering lecturer Dr Bob Wheway and pioneering Indigenous educator Vic Chapman were made Fellows of the University at the December graduations, while former Dean of Engineering Professor Brendon Parker and Professor John Bern from Woolyungah Indigenous Centre were made Emeritus Professors. NH THEATRE NAMED AFTER LEON MARCH 2012 CONNECT :UOW 11 CONNECT: RECOGNITION Dr Alex Zelinsky Professor Martin Tsamenyi Professor Tracey McDonald Barbara Kane-Maguire and Professor Noel Kane-Maguire at the theatre opening.
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