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Campus News : October 2012
OCTOBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 11 CONNECT: COMMUNITY IN BRIEF ANSTO APPOINTMENT UOW Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Judy Raper has been appointed to the board of the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO). Announcing the appointment, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Senator Chris Evans said Professor Raper would make an invaluable addition to the ANSTO board. "She is eminently qualified, with expertise in the fields of chemistry and engineering and has considerable experience across a range of boards and executive committees," he said. He congratulated Professor Raper on her four-year appointment and said he looked forward to her contribution as ANSTO continues its vital work as a centre of excellence in nuclear science and technology. ANSTO is located at Lucas Heights in southern Sydney. It is home to Australia's only nuclear reactor, and each year provides more than 500,000 patient doses of nuclear medicines to Australians. JONES AT SUMMIT The Director of UOW's Centre for Health Initiatives Professor Sandra Jones spoke at the Australian Medical Association National Summit on Alcohol Marketing to Young People in Canberra in September. Hosted in association with the National Alliance for Action on Alcohol (NAAA), the Summit discussed concerns around contemporary alcohol marketing to young people, including digital marketing and new media, sponsorship of sporting and cultural events, and marketing tricks and tactics. Professor Jones said alcohol producers have bypassed advertising restrictions by targeting young people through social media and the internet. Professor Jones' research into the influence of mass media on health behaviours and the marketing of alcohol specifically targeting young people has garnered international attention. She is part of a research team that has recently secured $931,000 in funding to tackle under-age drinking. During the conference the Australian Medical Association launched a new publication -- Alcohol Marketing and Young People: Time for a new policy agenda -- which exposes the failure of self-regulation in the alcohol industry, and makes recommendations for change. FROM LITTLE CEGS BIG THINGS GROW University of Wollongong Senior Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor John Patterson said 'From little things big things grow' was an appropriate theme for the presentation of the 2012 Community Engagement Grants Scheme (CEGS) funding. The University established CEGS in 2005 to fund collaborative projects between UOW researchers and community organisations, and in September six projects were announced for 2012 funding. Speaking at a breakfast presentation for this year's recipients, Professor Patterson said CEGS reflected the fact that the University's roots were firmly in the community. Master of Ceremonies, UOW Director, Development and Engagement Monique Harper- Richardson, whose unit oversees the scheme, said over the years many community-based projects that began with CEGS funding had gone on to "bigger and brighter futures". For example, Dr Deirdre McGhee and the team from the Biomechanics Research Laboratory (BRL) last year used CEGS funding to develop an instructional booklet for local female high school students to help them choose better-fitting bras for sport and physical exercise. It has subsequently been converted into a bra-fitting brochure for Sports Medicine Australia and BRL has worked with a documentary maker to produce an instructional DVD on correct bra fitting that it hopes to distribute to high schools across Australia. At the breakfast, UOW dieticians Associate Professor Karen Charlton and Dr Karen Walton spoke about the success of their 2010 project working with Meals on Wheels to improve nutrition and eating habits among elderly and disabled people in the community, which had generated widespread interest across NSW. Professors Charlton and Walton have received a further CEGS grant for 2012, working with Flagstaff Fine Foods to improve the nutritional value of meals it produces for services like Meals on Wheels. Other CEGS grants for 2012 went to: • Dr Sarah O'Shea from the Faculty of Education, working with Kiama Community Colleges to establish an outreach program to encourage older students to participate in further study; • John Littrich from the Faculty of Law, working with the South Coast Family Law Pathways Network and the Department of Education and Communities to develop web-based information to assist school teachers dealing with children experiencing family breakdown; • Dr Ross Gordon and Lance Barrie from the Centre for Health Initiatives, working with Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre and the Youth Drug and Alcohol Service to develop and distribute materials designed to discourage young teenagers from smoking; • Angela Douglas from the Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences, working with the Mental Health Rehabilitation Unit at Shellharbour Hospital to develop a structured lifestyle program to assist people with mental illness to address other physical health issues; • Dr Holly Tootell (Faculty of Informatics), Grant Ellmers (Creative Arts) and Tara Stevermuer (Australian Health Services Research Institute, working with Mt Terry Public School and the South Coast Workers Child Care Centre to develop an interactive whiteboard resource for preschool and kindergarten children. NH Recipients of the 2012 Community Engagement Grants Scheme funding.
CONNECT:UOW July 2012