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Research and teaching shine

UniSA staff have been successful at recent national funding and awardsFive new UniSA research projects from researchers in three of the Divisions have been successful in attracting funding from the Australian Research Council (ARC) and industry.

The round two Linkage project funding announcement from the ARC in July, represents almost $900,000 in research investment.

Projects include an examination of factors influencing teacher shortages and the impact of those shortages in rural and regional communities; an assessment and exploration of effective treatments for drug dependent offenders and the impact of different types of treatment programs on criminal recidivism; a study to assess the health benefits of nutritionally superior varieties of peanuts; extended work into developing methodologies to improve mining industry efficiency through bubble flotation technology; and an investigation of the interplay between work, household and community life and the environment and how that affects environmental behaviours and outcomes.

Vice Chancellor Prof Peter Høj said the announcement capped off 2010 Linkage Grant funding and placed UniSA 13th nationally for total round one and two funding.

“I want to congratulate everyone who has received funding this year and those who have supported their applications,” Prof Høj said.

“The University relies on your efforts to achieve its aspirations in what is a very competitive national environment. The outcomes reflect the expertise of UniSA staff and their commitment to vibrant and relevant research.”

Prof Høj also congratulated the seven individuals and teams from the University who were recently awarded 2010 Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.

  • Dr Denise Wood from the School of Communication, International Studies and Languages has been recognised for engaging undergraduate students through service learning and research activities that promote social and ethical action.
  • School of Management senior lecturer Mr Peter Balan won attention for his innovation in approaches that develop students’ ability to relate classroom teaching to industry and community application.
  • Mr David Blaiklock from the School of Art, Architecture and Design was honoured for excellence in the approach to Illustration Design teaching which supports, motivates and engages student learning through the recognition of individual priorities and professional focus.
  • Dr Malgorzata Korolkiewicz from the School of Mathematics and Statistics was awarded for enhancing the overall experience for first year mathematics students.
  • Associate Professor Rosie Le Cornu from the School of Education was honoured for her work in professional experience in teacher education.
  • Dr Sharon Russo and the Early Childhood Education Transnational Teaching Team were recognised for a sustained team approach that meets the challenges of teaching Early Childhood Education in a transnational context through empathetic approaches supporting students as individuals.
  • Dr Jackie O’Flaherty from the School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences was acknowledged for innovative learning initiatives that engage Nursing and Midwifery undergraduates and which significantly contribute to a supportive learning environment and positive learning experience.