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Campus News : December 2012
DECEMBER 2012 CONNECT :UOW 15 CONNECT: RESEARCH Dr Bronwyn Carlson from the Faculty of Arts has been awarded the University of Wollongong’s first Discovery Indigenous Grant in the 2013 Australian Research Council (ARC) grants announced by Federal Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research Senator Chris Evans in November. Dr Carlson has been awarded $205,000 in funding over three years for her project: Aboriginal identity and community online: a sociological exploration of Aboriginal peoples’ use of online social media. It is one of only 10 Discovery Indigenous Grants awarded nationally. The ARC also announced that UOW would be involved in a major initiative: the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Researchers’ Network. The Queensland University of Technology (QUT) together with partner universities and organisations, including the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (AIATSIS), was awarded $3.2 million in funding over four years for the National Indigenous Research and Knowledge (NIRAK) Network. UOW will be involved as a key node of NIRAK, with Professor Kathleen Clapham from UOW’s Australian Health Services Research Institute as one of three node leaders for Indigenous Health. Senator Evans said the new network would help develop much-needed connections between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander researchers across the country, and at all career stages, to • Professor Buddhima Indraratna, Dr Cholachat Rujikiatkamjorn, Professor Matthew Coop: $342,000. • Professor Gerald Nanson, Dr David Fink, Dr Toshiyuki Fujioka, Professor He Q Huang: $380,000. • Professor Wenche Ommundsen, Dr Michael Jacklin, Dr Tuan Nguyen, Dr Nijmeh Hajjar, Professor Sneja Gunew: $155,000. • Professor Stephen Pyne: $360,000. • Professor Jacqui Ramagge, Professor Iain Raeburn: $390,000. • Associate Professor Rajeev Sharma, Professor Don Iverson, Professor Timothy Coltman: $392,068. • Professor Willy Susilo, Associate Professor Yi Mu: $315,000. • Professor Kiet Tieu, Dr Hongtao Zhu, Dr Cheng Lu, Dr Hailiang Yu: $310,000. • Dr Adam Trevitt, Dr Gabriel da Silva, Dr Craig Taatjes: $300,000. • Professor Xiaolin Wang, Professor Chao Zhang, Professor Roger Lewis, Professor Dr Qi-Kun Xue, Dr Axel Hoffmann, Dr Frank Klose: $410,000. Recipients of ARC Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grants were: Professor Hua Liu, Professor Shi Xue Dou, Professor Zaiping Guo, Professor Huijun Zhao, Dr Kondo-Francois Aguey-Zinsou, Professor Guoxiu Wang, Professor Yinong Liu, Dr Konstantin Konstantinov, Associate Professor Hong Yang, Dr Vanessa Peterson, Dr Jiazhao Wang and Dr Steven Pas. UOW was also involved in seven successful Discovery Projects and eight successful LIEF Projects led by other universities. BG build Australia’s research capacity, expertise and experience. UOW was also awarded seven Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA) totalling $2.5 million in funding, ranking ninth nationally on total funding awarded. Successful DECRA recipients were: • Dr Sima Aminorroaya-Yamini: $373,850. • Dr Christopher Brennan-Horley: $297,010. • Dr Adam Brumm: $372,600. • Dr Tracey Clarke: $370,600. • Dr Javad Foroughi: $375,000. • Dr Md. Shahriar Al Hossain: $375,000. • Dr Alexander Mackay: $344,120. A total of 12 Discovery Projects have been awarded to UOW researchers and research teams, with total funding of $4 million, representing a 30 per cent increase over funding awarded from the last round. Successful recipients in this category were: • Associate Professor Andrzej Calka, Dr David Wexler: $230,000. • Dr Nicholas Gill, Dr Laurie Chisholm: $416,179. Highly respected amateur botanist Janet Cosh’s contribution to understanding of the native species and biodiversity of the NSW Southern Highlands has been celebrated in a new book and two exhibitions. The book, Flowering Wonderfully - The Botanical Legacy of Janet Cosh, by UOW Fellow Jean Clarke and Alison Haynes, traces the life of a woman with a deep interest in local botany and nature. The book has been produced with the funding and support of the UOW Office of Community and Partnerships and the South Coast Writers Centre, as well as the Faculty of Science and the School of Biological Sciences. Ms Cosh (1901-1989) was a Southern Highlands woman who left her collection of pressed plant specimens and drawings, along with funds and other resources, to the University of Wollongong to establish a regional herbarium. The Janet Cosh Herbarium is now an integral part of UOW’s School of Biological Sciences, with its collection of plant specimens from the Illawarra and Southern Highlands providing important historical and conservation information on the distribution of plant species. A selection of the Janet Cosh Herbarium collection has been on show at UOW and at the Fitzroy Falls Visitors Centre to honour her botanical achievements and to highlight the impact a well-managed bequest can have as a resource available to the University and the wider public. To purchase the book, contact Jean Clarke on email@example.com t impact a wellmanaged bequest can have as UOW SCORES A FIRST IN ARC ROUND Dr Bronwyn Carlson, who has been awarded UOW’s first Discovery Indigenous Grant to study the use of social media in Aboriginal communities. BOOK MARKS BOTANICAL LEGACY INDIGENOUS GRANT TO PROBE SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 15 UOW 597 ConnectUOW.indd 15 3/12/12 11:32 AM 3/12/12 11:32 AM