Achievements and Announcements

Good, good, good…good citations

Australia’s research broadband switched on

Wine scholarships for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

New scholarships to boost UniSA’s international standing

Amanda Vanstone to head Samstag Museum Board

Engineering students at the cutting edge of internet innovation

Sandra sets the stage for learning

UniSA student delivers winning Christmas card design

Voices in local government

Good, good, good…good citations

Professor Jordan Louviere It is not every academic who can boast more than 25,000 citations.

With his career citations climbing to 25,198 this year, Professor Jordan Louviere’s h-index – a measure of both the productivity and citation impact of the published body of work of a scientist or scholar – stands at 73 according to Google Scholar, which is practically unheard of in marketing science.

To put that achievement into context, Professor Jorge Hirsch – who developed the h-index – estimates that after 20 years a “successful scientist” will have an h-index of 20, an “outstanding scientist” will have an h-index of 40, and a “truly unique” individual will have an h-index of 60.

Prof Louviere’s most cited published work is the book Stated Choice Methods: Analysis and Applications, written with colleagues Professor David Hensher and Professor Joffre Swait.

But the renowned marketing research professor at UniSA’s Institute for Choice is not really one to boast about the achievement.

As he points out, it is more than likely his ability to apply his extensive marketing expertise to other spheres that has earned him widespread relevance across business and economics.

With an innovative research career dating back to the 1970s, Prof Louviere pioneered the design and analysis of choice experiments and first described Maximum difference scaling (MaxDiff), a discrete choice model used to help predict why people make one decision over another.

“What I quickly discovered was that although being a professor of marketing, the application of my work was far wider than that. It had significance for business from banking to employment, from decisions about what influences people to get health checks to buying property in one suburb or another,” Prof Louviere says.

“The work I was doing could be applied to areas far beyond what is traditionally defined as marketing – so in following the research I have always ignored tradition.

“In some ways the work I do could be described as applied economics or management science and that is certainly reflected in where I have published and why I have been widely cited.”

Among a vast array of research journal articles, Prof Louviere has had research papers and articles published in the American Journal of Agricultural Economics, Pharmacoeconomics, the Journal of Mathematical Psychology, Leisure Sciences, the Journal of Retailing, the Cornell Hotel and Restaurant Administration Quarterly and the Transportation Research Record.

An international leader in his field, Prof Louviere continues to make an impact through his research every day.

Australia’s research broadband switched on

Map of the National Research Network.Researchers right around the country now have access to a dedicated broadband network – one which caters for ever-expanding datasets, allows collaboration with interstate and international peers and enables instant access to computing resources.

Launched in November by South Australian Shadow Minister for Education, David Pisoni, the National Research Network (NRN) project was funded by the Federal Department of Education and led by UniSA’s Chief Information Officer Paul Sherlock.

Sherlock says almost every researcher in Australia will benefit from this network.

“As researchers grapple with ever more complex research questions, the technology they use must be able to keep up,” he says.

“The $37 million investment by the Federal Government has significantly enhanced Australia’s advanced research and education telecommunication network (AREN) which now provides critical, very high-speed connections between Australian universities and research institutions.”

The construction of the National Research Network.Implemented by SABREnet in South Australia, VERNet in Victoria, and in other states, nationally and internationally by AARNet, AREN connects institutions in all capital cities and many regional centres, as well as isolated research facilities such as radio telescopes and offshore to the USA, Singapore, Asia and Europe.

“This network opens the world for Australian researchers,” Sherlock says.

“It means they can manage, move, and share data volumes well beyond current capacities, use and manipulate significant collections of data that have been previously unavailable or difficult to access, and improve the availability of quality research data for sharing and re-use.

“Everything from finding the means to protect Australia’s unique biodiversity, the cataloguing of cultural treasures and everything right through to top level medical and agricultural research will benefit from this superfast high capacity network.”

Wine scholarships for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs

Internationally renowned wine maker, Wolf Blass, is hoping to nurture the next generation of Australian wine entrepreneurs with the launch of a new 10-year program of Masters research scholarships at UniSA’s Ehrenberg Bass Institute for Marketing Science worth $350,000.

The first of five two-year scholarships will be available from 2015.

Speaking at the launch of the scholarship, Blass said the Australian industry needed enthusiastic young people to take the reins of the industry in order to maintain and improve its position as the fifth largest wine exporter in the world.

“The Wolf Blass Foundation has worked for two years to develop the scholarship and we are delighted to have made this partnership with UniSA to bring it into being,” he said.

“It is a new world, so much has shifted and innovation today cannot happen without the benefit of education and up to the minute research.

“New models of marketing and purchasing, including online sales and social media marketing, completely new markets in Asia and in particular China, new competitors in the marketplace, new techniques for wine production and distribution – the whole face of the industry is changing.

“I want to do all I can to ensure some of the top minds in the wine sector are being supported here in South Australia so that our wine industry continues to grow and thrive.”

Each scholarship includes a $30,000 annual stipend plus $5000 a year to support the students’ research investigations.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said the generosity of the scholarship was a wonderful example of business philanthropy and confidence in the future of the South Australian wine industry.

“Wolf has always been a trailblazer and innovator, a man with an enterprising spirit deep in his heart and this gift offers important opportunities for new generations of wine business professionals to continue to make South Australia the home of innovation in the industry,” he said.

“We are very grateful and proud to receive this gift from the Foundation, which represents a significant investment in the wine industry locally and internationally.”

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from UniSA earlier this year for his contribution to wine making and marketing, Blass said he hoped the scholarships would encourage innovative research.

“We are looking to support creative, cluey entrepreneurs, people who want to find ways to do the things others say can’t be done – it is that spirit that will drive the industry into the future,” he said.

More information about the Wolf Blass Foundation Scholarships for Masters by Research in wine marketing and innovation is available online and Professor of Wine Marketing at UniSA Larry Lockshin is available to talk to students considering applying for the research scholarship.

New scholarships to boost UniSA’s international standing

Students sitting on steps at City East campusMore than 100 international students will benefit from a new scholarship announced last month, with $500,000 of funding to be allocated across a four year period to 2018.

Provided by the International Student Entrepreneurship Capital company, established by businessman Raymond Wang, it is the largest privately funded scholarship for international students ever afforded to UniSA.

Funding amounts will be divided into 100 undergraduate scholarships, 10 Masters scholarships and five entrepreneurial prizes valued at $10,000 each, to be distributed by UniSA’s Foundation and Advancement Services.

The international Masters and international undergraduate scholarships are designed to attract international students from Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia and China to study at UniSA, while the entrepreneurial prizes – to be made available to UniSA international students and alumni – will assist recipients to set up new, innovative businesses in South Australia, with links to the Chinese market.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said that the scholarship funding will strengthen UniSA’s growing international profile.

Applications will open in early 2015. Any enquiries about applying for a scholarship should be emailed to or phone (08) 8302 7634.

For more information, see the related media release.

Amanda Vanstone to head Samstag Museum Board

The Honourable Amanda VanstoneThe Honourable Amanda Vanstone (pictured right) has been appointed Chair of the Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art Board at UniSA.

Currently a director on the Port Adelaide Football Club Board and a public broadcaster with ABC Radio National’s ‘Counterpoint’ program, Vanstone was a long-serving Liberal Senator for South Australia from 1984, and held senior ministerial portfolios in the Howard Government. She retired from the Senate in 2007.

She will bring considerable experience to her new role, following her 23-year career in politics and her subsequent three-year posting to Rome as Australian Ambassador to Italy. She said she was delighted to be associated with UniSA in such an interesting way.

“The Samstag Museum is clearly one of Australia's leading university art museums and is South Australia’s second largest public gallery devoted to the visual arts,” she said.

“During my time in Rome as the Australian Ambassador to Italy, it was impossible to escape the powerful presence and influence of culture and the visual arts in the life of the city.

“It's a wonderful thing, and I'm really looking forward to playing a role in the culture and art of a city closer to home."

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd said that the Samstag Museum of Art was entering a new phase of its life, and the appointment of a largely new Samstag Board with a distinguished external Chair refelcted that.

Vanstone, who is an alumna of UniSA’s antecedent institution – the South Australian Institute of Technology, will commence her position on the Samstag Board in January 2015.

Other new external appointments to the Samstag Board include writer and visual arts curator Julie Ewington, artist and designer Khai Liew, and philanthropists and art collectors Stephanie Grose and David McKee.

For more information, please see the related media release.

Engineering students at the cutting edge of internet innovation

The wireless sensor node platform designed by Mathew Potaczek and Denni Mackrill designed to transmit high volume data, such as images, over wireless sensor networks.The wireless sensor node platform designed by Mathew Potaczek and Denni Mackrill designed to transmit high volume data, such
as images, over wireless sensor networks.

An information technology innovation called the internet of things (IoT) could transform the way we interact with our environment through the collection of data by billions of small devices. And it is the IoT that UniSA student Mathew Potaczek based his final year engineering project on.

“The aim of our project was to develop our own Wireless Sensor Network (WSN), a building block of the IoT, and Wireless Sensor Nodes that provide a level of flexibility no other platform offers,” Matthew said.

“These nodes can be distributed in the environment where they autonomously interact with the physical world and relay this information back to the WSN.”

Using his project as a presentation piece, the Bachelor of Engineering (Computer Systems) student recently secured first prize in this year’s South Australian final of the prestigious Present Around the World competition.

Known as the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) Rex Johns Student Presentation Prize, the prize is organised by the IET South Australia and Northern Territory Local Network to recognise excellence in presentation skills of final year engineering students. Focusing on presentation skills rather than the project presented, the prize acknowledges the importance of communication in engineering.

Fellow engineering student Hugh Considine secured second prize, the only other award offered in the competition.

(L-R): Associate Professor Mahfuz Aziz, Mathew Potaczek, Hugh Considine and IET SA-NT Local Network Vice President, Mohamed Awadalla. (L-R): Associate Professor Mahfuz Aziz, Mathew Potaczek, Hugh Considine and IET SA-NT Local Network Vice President, Mohamed Awadalla.

Mathew’s project supervisor, Associate Professor Mahfuz Aziz, said he was pleased with the results and noted that Matthew was working on an important project in the emerging field of IoT.

“Two students from each South Australian university presented at the competition. The presentations made by the UniSA winners clearly stood out,” Assoc Prof Aziz said.

“The IoT is expected to generate tens of trillions of dollars in economic benefits within the next decade and help create millions of new jobs worldwide.”

Mathew will now represent South Australia in the national final in April 2015. The winner of the national final will then compete at the Asia-Pacific finals, leading up to the international finals in the UK.

Highest honour awarded to UniSA Professor

UniSA’s Professor Bill Runciman has been honoured by the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists as the recipient of the Robert Orton Medal.

Recognised as the highest honour bestowed on one of its Fellows, Prof Runciman has been acknowledged for his outstanding achievements in anaesthesia and his significant contributions in developing and promoting patient safety and, more broadly, the cause of healthcare both nationally and internationally.

Having been involved in the publication of more than 200 scientific papers and chapters, the Professor of Patient Safety and Healthcare Human Factors has made fundamental contributions to patient safety and quality research in Australia and internationally.

Prof Runciman was the foundation professor of anaesthesia and intensive care at the University of Adelaide and head of department at the Royal Adelaide Hospital from 1988 to 2007, and his work has been defining in the creation and implementation of patient safety concepts and classifications. He has been based at UniSA’s School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy since 2007.

Sandra sets the stage for learning

Sandra Walsh receiving her commendation from Jim Pollock, Mayor of the City of Whyalla. Sandra Walsh receiving her commendation from Jim Pollock, Mayor of the City of Whyalla.

According to UniSA College lecturer Sandra Walsh, she is the one on the stage applauding her students the loudest when they receive their parchment.

The feeling must be mutual as Walsh’s current and former students and staff members nominated her for the Flinders University Education Prize at this year’s South Australian Regional Awards, citing her dedication and willingness to always go ‘above and beyond’ for her students.

Coordinator of the Regional Strand of Foundation Studies at UniSA, Walsh was one of only three finalists in the hotly contested education category.

Walsh has been teaching the Foundation Studies program at UniSA’s Whyalla Campus and the Mount Gambier Regional Centre for the past five years. She is now a lecturer at UniSA College in Whyalla.

She says a highlight of her role is seeing students persist through all of the challenges they face.

“I tell them that they are reason for their success, even though I am the little voice in their head that will always remind them that they can do it,” Walsh says.

“My door is always open if students need help and that support continues after they finish the program.

“It can sometimes feel like it is all taken for granted, but to know the students recognise and appreciate that extra effort that you make – it makes it all worthwhile.”

UniSA student delivers winning Christmas card design

Chloe Gehrke’s Christmas card design A little bit of festive cheer will be delivered to Adelaide law firm Fisher Jeffries’ clients around the world, courtesy of a UniSA Visual Communications student.

Chloe Gehrke’s Christmas card design (pictured right) was the winner of the 2014 Fisher Jeffries Christmas Card Commission, which saw 67 UniSA students submit design proposals for the law firm’s corporate greeting card.

This is the 20th year Fisher Jeffries has commissioned up-and-coming UniSA designers to create their Christmas card.

Chloe’s design was chosen by a panel of judges and has now been printed and sent out to more 1500 people.

School of Art, Architecture and Design lecturer, Jennifer Williams, says the annual Christmas Card Commission is a fantastic opportunity for third year students to gain valuable real-world experience.

“The students are not only given the chance to work to a set brief and create a new design but they are also part of a competitive selection process which is very much the reality in the design world,” Williams says.

“From 67 entrants, 10 designs were selected and the students behind those designs then had to make a case to a boardroom full of people at Fisher Jeffries. They had to explain the rationale behind the design as well as the budget it would take to produce it.

“While the students found the process daunting, they also found it very valuable to have a tangible project to work on.

“In Chloe’s case, she then had to see the Christmas card project through to fruition and was involved every step of the way – from creating the design, to overseeing the production, and delivering the finished product.

“We are thrilled that for 20 years now Fisher Jeffries have tapped into the creative talent we foster here at UniSA to create their annual corporate greeting card.”

Voices in local government

Steven RyppUniSA staff member and graduate Steven Rypp (pictured right) has been elected to West Torrens Council as a councillor for Lockleys ward.

Rypp graduated with a Bachelor of Management (Honours) in 2013 and now works in the Business School as a Student Experience Support Officer.

He says being a local councillor will enable him to pursue his passion for community engagement in a deeper and more meaningful way.

“I gathered a few close friends and developed a local campaign plan to run for Council,” he says.

“I am really proud that in seven to eight weeks I was able to door knock the entire Lockleys ward, which is around 3500 houses, and door knock all businesses and community groups in the Lockleys ward.

“I also attended a lot of community events and spoke at four key events, attended council meetings, developed letterbox flyers, put up 100 corflutes and ran a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

“I’m grateful to my amazing support crew of family and friends that helped me achieve this and I’m really looking forward to my four-year council term.”

UniSA Education, Marketing and International Studies alumna Priscilla Corbell was elected as a councillor for the South ward of Adelaide City Council.

Corbell says she possesses a genuine desire to make the southern ‘patch’ of Adelaide city a better place for businesses, residents and visitors.

She has worked as a teacher of Mandarin Chinese and Humanities at public and independent schools in Adelaide, served as a commissioned officer in the RAAF Reserves 24 Squadron, and is on the Board of YWCA Adelaide.