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$6 million grant for CCB to lead fight against leukaemia

Stephen Rodda (UniSA), Warwick Anderson (NHMRC), Prof Angel Lopez (CCB), Minister Peter Dutton and Prof Robert Vink (UniSA).Stephen Rodda (UniSA), Warwick Anderson (NHMRC), Prof Angel Lopez (CCB), Minister Peter Dutton
and Prof Robert Vink (UniSA).

The Centre for Cancer Biology – an alliance between UniSA and SA Pathology – has secured a $6.67 million grant from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) this month to lead vital new research into leukaemia.

Led by Professor Angel Lopez, the research is designed to track down the mechanisms that control blood cell formation and how cell abnormalities play a part in the progression of the disease, and its return post remission.

Securing the prestigious NHMRC Program grant for the next five years – one of only 11 awarded nationally – Prof Lopez and a team of scientists will work not only on finding how blood cell abnormalities influence the progress of leukaemia, but also on the development and application of new life-saving therapies.

Prof Lopez says the size and duration of the grant makes a big difference to what scientists can achieve.

“To have support for this research collaboration for the next five years is really vital because it provides stability that allows us to take risks and think outside the square, while giving us time to translate our fundamental research right through to better clinical practices,” Prof Lopez says.

“This research is part of the vanguard work in cancer treatment which seeks to identify how to better target the cancer to prevent disease progression – so we work to understand what is particularly going wrong in the cancer cells.”

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says he is delighted with news of the $6 million-plus grant for the CCB. He says the CCB has grown to become a flagship research centre that is highly regarded internationally.

“This grant will further expand the CCB’s world-class research into blood and other cancers,” Prof Lloyd says.

For more information, please read the media release.

Australia Day honours for UniSA

(L-R) Paula Nagel, Professor David Round and Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert.(L-R) Paula Nagel, Professor David Round and Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert.

University of South Australia academics and a council member have been appointed as members (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia in this year’s Australia Day honours.

Vice Chancellor and President of UniSA, Professor David Lloyd, says he is delighted that the University has been so well represented in the Australia Day honours listing.

“The honours awarded to these individuals are a testimony to both their commitment to contribute to Australian society and to their ability to use their talents to benefit the wider community,” Prof Lloyd says. “I congratulate them on behalf of the University community.”

UniSA Council member Paula Nagel (pictured above left), was awarded ‘for significant service to higher education in South Australia, to the arts, and to the community’, while Professor David Round, Professor of Economics and Director of the Centre for Regulation and Market Analysis (pictured above middle), was awarded for ‘significant service to business and commerce, particularly in the areas of competition policy and market regulation’.

Emeritus Professor Andrew Gilbert (pictured above right), was also recognised for his significant service to pharmacy as an educator, researcher and administrator, and to professional organisations.

Also honoured this year were several alumni including Peter Muller AO, Michael Hewitson AM, Carolyn Palmer AM, Virginia Hall OAM, Nicholas Dean OAM and Kieran Modra AM.

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New campus clothing now available

One of the new hoodies and t-shirts available.

Following a new range of campus wear being voted by the UniSA community as one of the ‘quick five wins’ to be implemented following Unijam, the clothing is now available to purchase.

A new range of t-shirts and hoodies is available at Unibooks or University of South Australia Student Association (USASA) counters across all metropolitan campuses. They are also available from Whyalla Campus Operations Unit and Mt Gambier Campus Reception area or online.

Winaya Kamaputri (left) examines her t-shirt design on student model Christie (Pei Yee) Chin.Winaya Kamaputri (left) examines her t-shirt design on student model Christie (Pei Yee) Chin.

There is a 10 per cent discount until the end of O-Week on 28 February 2014.

As part of the collection, there is a limited edition t-shirt that was designed by UniSA Visual Art and Design student Winaya Kamaputri. Her t-shirt design was chosen from a range of creative options created by matchstudio design students who were challenged with producing a limited edition t-shirt.

Winaya says her design was inspired by her diverse cultural heritage and love for contemporary and artistically sleek designs. Winaya’s t-shirt will be available in late March.

Worlds in Collision: Adelaide International 2014

aul LAFFOLEY, The Zodiac Wheel, 1967, oil, acrylic and vinyl lettering on canvas, 126 x 126 cm, courtesy the artist and Kent Fine Art, NY.Paul LAFFOLEY, The Zodiac Wheel, 1967, oil, acrylic and vinyl lettering on canvas, 126 x 126 cm
courtesy the artist and Kent Fine Art, NY.

The University of South Australia is proud to be Presenting Partner of Adelaide Festival’s Visual Arts Program, including the Adelaide International 2014 and Artists’ Week.

As the principal venue for this third biennial Adelaide International exhibition, the Samstag Museum of Art is delighted to present the art of Susan Hiller (UK), Paul Laffoley (USA), Rä di Martino (ITA) and Katie Paterson (UK).

Worlds in Collision: Adelaide International 2014, features the work of nine international artists, across four city sites.

“Developed by highly experienced UK-based curator, Richard Grayson, this inventive exhibition suggests new ways of modelling and imagining the world, through an extraordinary selection of artworks that employ abandoned Star Wars sets and second moons, and which invoke near-death experiences, time travel, and chart new digital frontiers,” says Samstag Museum of Art Director, Erica Green.

Worlds in Collision, in fact, maps the edges of what is known and investigates the potential of what might lie beyond.”

Presented in association with Worlds in Collision, Artists’ Week 2014 is a three-day forum that Green says considers visions of enlightenment, ways of imagining alternatives, art politics and subcultures, and considerations of technological and psychedelic thinking.

Artists’ Week 2014 is convened by Lars Bang Larsen and Richard Grayson. More details can be found at adelaidefestival.com.au.

The Samstag Museum will extend its opening hours during Worlds in Collision, opening daily 10am – 5pm, and until 7pm on Thursdays from February 28 to March 28, 2014.

Worlds in Collision is presented by Adelaide Festival in collaboration with Anne & Gordon Samstag Museum of Art, Australian Experimental Art Foundation, Contemporary Art Centre of South Australia and SASA Gallery.

Honorary Doctorate in India for Ravi Naidu

Professor Ravi Naidu.
A leading agricultural university in India awarded UniSA’s Professor Ravi Naidu with an Honorary Doctorate at the end of last year.

Tamil Nadu Agricultural University (TNAU) is a leading agro-technology education provider in India and its graduates are recognised throughout the world.

Prof Naidu, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Contamination Assessment and Remediation of the Environment and Founding Director of the Centre for Environmental Risk Assessment and Remediation at UniSA, was bestowed the honorary degree of Doctor of Science for his outstanding contributions in agriculture and allied areas.

While Prof Naidu has a long association with TNAU, it is very rare for the university to award such a degree to people who are not from TNAU.

“It is an association that makes me very proud,” Prof Naidu says. “I worked with many other dedicated professionals to establish the university’s environmental science facilities, which are now truly world class.

“I am happy to say that my relationship with TNAU has also yielded some excellent research outcomes. These include solving the problem of tannery waste contamination – work that also allowed us to convince regulatory authorities of the need for a tough policy on tannery waste disposal – and strategies to manage and remediate large areas of contaminated agricultural soils.”

In accepting the Honorary Doctorate Prof Naidu also thanked the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research whose support founded the collaboration between the two UniSA centres and TNAU.

New ambassador for Football United®-UniSA

Anne Gale.

South Australia’s Commissioner for Equal Opportunity Anne Gale (pictured right), has become an official ambassador for Football United®-UniSA.

Research Fellow Dr Edoardo Rosso says he is delighted to announce Gale as an ambassador, as the Equal Opportunity Commission already has strong links with the Football United®-UniSA program.

“The Equal Opportunity Commission supports Football United®-UniSA in numerous ways, through attendance at our events, delivering racism and equality workshops, general advice, letters of support, and donating the EOC Cup for our Refugee Community Football Challenge,” Dr Rosso says.

Commissioner Gale says she is delighted to be made an ambassador for a program which allows young people from different backgrounds to learn about each other and different cultures.

“Football is an international language and for young people in this program, they learn about diversity and equality, gain social skills, grow in self-esteem and as individuals,” she says.

“The Commission has valued the opportunity to collaborate with Football United®-UniSA on this project and has found sport a fantastic medium for getting the message across about the importance of equal opportunity and fair treatment.

“I’m delighted to be an ambassador for Football United®-UniSA and to continue to support young people in the community.”

Meanwhile, Football United®-UniSA has worked with the City of West Torrens to kick off West Torrens FUn, which is running at the Western Youth Centre at Cowandilla. The Adelaide Titans Football Club is also involved in the program, which will provide more opportunities for children and youth from all backgrounds to participate in community sport.

West Torrens FUn is the latest of many Football United®-UniSA programs in Adelaide’s northern and western suburbs and Mount Gambier.

The Football United®-UniSA program engages university students and community members to coach and coordinate free football programs in disadvantaged communities, which typically include high proportions of culturally and linguistically diverse people, refugees, Indigenous people and low socio-economic status families. The program promotes health, physical activity, community engagement and aspirations.

Water grabbing paper earns social impact award

Joanne Tingey-Holyoak with the award that she won with John Pisaniello.Joanne Tingey-Holyoak with the award that she won with John Pisaniello.

Two UniSA researchers from the Centre for Accounting, Governance and Sustainability have been awarded the 2013 Social Impact Award by global publisher Emerald.

Research Associate Dr Joanne Tingey-Holyoak (pictured right) and Senior Research Fellow Dr John Pisaniello were honoured with the award for their paper titled Implications of biomass production and accountability for “water grabbing” which was published in the Sustainability Accounting, Management and Policy Journal.

Emerald launched the Social Impact Award in 2010 to recognise a paper that made a big impact on society from one of its 290 journals.

Dr Tingey-Holyoak says the award was a surprise but very meaningful.

“It was meaningful to receive the award as the journal was unranked in terms of ERA but it is read widely by sustainability accounting practitioners and policymakers,” Dr Tingey-Holyoak says.

“We always strive to undertake and communicate research which has real-world applications and which influences public thinking and policy-making and, along these lines, this paper arose from a desire to investigate the implications of increases in demand for biomass production on water storage behaviours.

“Our prior work in climates of high variability in rainfall, where there is pressures on farmers to build up on-farm surface water supplies to the detriment of communities and businesses, led to a need to explore the added water storage pressures that will arise from future demands for biomass.

“We did find that this rising demand in biomass production could place communities at increased threat from drought and flood and recommended the rapid development of appropriate policy, and so the recognition of the social impact of the paper from the prestigious experts from the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative is extremely valued.”

The Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative is the largest community of businesses and business schools/learning institutions that are uniquely focused on developing a new generation of globally responsible leaders.