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UniSA graduate wins prestigious $35,000 art prize

From left, PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard, Zoe Kirkwood, Director of Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Hatched 2014 judge David Broker, Doctor Harold Schenberg Trustee Nic Dilorenzo.From left, PICA Director Amy Barrett-Lennard,
Zoe Kirkwood, Director of Canberra Contemporary Art Space and Hatched 2014 judge David Broker,
Doctor Harold Schenberg Trustee Nic Dilorenzo.

UniSA graduate Zoe Kirkwood (pictured right) has won a prestigious art prize worth $35,000 after being selected to exhibit at the Perth Institute of Contemporary Arts (PICA) Hatched 2014 National Graduate Show.

Zoe, who studied a Bachelor of Visual Arts (Honours) at the University, won the 2014 Doctor Harold Schenberg Art Prize, which is awarded annually to one outstanding Hatched artist to further invest in their career, for her large-scale installation The Neo-Baroque Spectacle.

“Winning the award was a complete surprise,” Zoe says. “It was an honour to be selected as one of the 34 graduates chosen from across the country to exhibit, so to win this award was amazing.

The Neo-Baroque Spectacle is based on ideas of contemporary excess and uses the baroque as a framework to explore these. The installation draws, in particular, on the notion of the bel composto from the 17th century baroque spectacle in which painting, sculpture and architecture were unified.

“This award will help me to invest in my practice. I have some exhibitions coming up, but after those I would like to travel to some baroque sites, in particular to see the work of baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini, and to extend some ideas of kinetic elements in painting.”

UniSA Program Director of Visual Arts (Honours), Olga Sankey, said the University was delighted for Zoe.

“On behalf of the University, I congratulate Zoe on this remarkable achievement,” she said. “Zoe has just graduated with first class Honours in Visual Arts and has already accumulated a swathe of awards.

“At the end of 2013, she received the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Societies Prize for her work in the visual arts graduate student exhibition at UniSA.

“In late February Zoe won three prizes at the Helpmann Academy Graduate Exhibition 2014, which featured work by selected students from the three visual arts degree providers in Adelaide.

“To win the Doctor Harold Schenberg Art Prize at Hatched is yet another remarkable accolade and Zoe should be proud of what she has achieved. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this talented artist.”

For more information, click here to read the media release.

Kids graded D-minus for physical activity

Children playing soccer.UniSA-led research came under the world media spotlight recently when Australia’s first ever physical activity report card was released, scoring Aussie kids with a D-minus.

The inaugural Active Healthy Kids Australia Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth found 80 per cent of five to 17-year-olds are not meeting the Australian physical activity guidelines of at least 60 minutes of exercise each day.

Supported by the National Heart Foundation of Australia and Exercise and Sports Science Australia, the report card’s lead investigators were UniSA’s Dr Natasha Schranz, Professor Timothy Olds and Dr Grant Tomkinson.

Dr Schranz says too many Australian parents believe playing sport is enough to keep their kids healthy.

“Australia is a sporting nation, and vast numbers of children are involved in some type of organised sport but this report clearly shows we need to be looking at further ways to keep kids active when they are not on the sports field,” she says.

“Things like walking to school, playing outside and turning off televisions and computers also contribute to overall health and physical activity levels – and these things are being forgotten.”

The report card assigned grades to 12 different indicators of physical activity to Australian children, which included:
• Overall physical activity levels: D-
• Organised sport and physical activity participation: B+
• Sedentary behaviours: D-
• Government strategies and investment: C+
• Community and built environment – infrastructure, policies, programs, safety: A-
• Family and peers – infrastructure, support and parental/peer behaviour: C
• School – infrastructure, policies and programming: B-

For more information about the report card, see the media release.

Nursing awards for UniSA lecturer and graduate

Dr Angela Kucia with her award.Dr Angela Kucia (pictured right), UniSA Senior Lecturer in Nursing, was recently awarded the Research award in the 2014 South Australian Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards, while graduate Tania Day was successful in the Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife category for her work at Southern Flinders Health.

The awards recognise nurses and midwives for their professional commitment and excellence in practice.

For Dr Kucia, the award has given her confidence in her work.

“For the past few years, I have continued to work as an academic, clinician and researcher,” she says.

“It may be that I could achieve more in any one of these fields by concentrating my efforts only on a single pursuit, but I enjoy all three aspects and would have difficulty choosing between them. This award says to me that my peers believe that I am achieving a good standard of work, which is reassuring!

“However, I believe that the award does not reflect solely my own efforts. I acknowledge that without the fantastic mentoring in research by Professor John Horowitz and the support I have received from colleagues over the years, I could not have completed the work that I have undertaken.”

Dr Kucia’s research has been based on recognition of problems in the clinical setting, where there is potential for improvement through identification of causes and trials of interventions.

“Working in the clinical setting at Lyell McEwin Hospital as Clinical Practice Consultant in Chest Pain Assessment gives me interaction with patients and health colleagues, and also yields a number of clinical issues or problems ripe for research,” she says.

“As I write and teach the postgraduate cardiovascular courses and coordinate some of the undergraduate clinical placement courses, my clinical practice and research informs my teaching and I stay current with clinical issues. Altogether, for me, it is a good mix.”

Graduate Tania Day was unavailable at the time of publishing.

UniSA congratulates her on the Aboriginal Nurse/Midwife award.

New director at Centre for Peace and Security

Adam Simpson.Lecturer of International Studies, Dr Adam Simpson (pictured right), has been appointed as the inaugural Director of the Centre for Peace and Security at UniSA’s Hawke Research Institute.

The Centre evolved from the previous Centre for Peace, Conflict and Mediation.

Dr Simpson plans to build multidisciplinary links across the University, which will be assisted by his roles as a member of the Leadership Committee of the multidisciplinary Human Rights and Security Research and Innovation Cluster and an Associate of the Barbara Hardy Institute.

As director he will endeavour to expand international research links between the Centre and esteemed universities and centres, and increase quality publications and grant income.

Earlier this year Dr Simpson undertook this sort of international collaboration during his time as a Visiting Research Fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, a member of the prestigious Russell Group of UK universities, under an Early Career Researcher International Travel Award. While there, he collaborated with a range of academics on projects relating to natural resource governance in Myanmar, which built on his recent book Energy, Governance and Security in Thailand and Myanmar (Burma). He also presented a paper at a workshop of the European Consortium of Political Research Joint Sessions at the University of Salamanca in Spain.

The Centre for Peace and Security develops ethical, inclusive, just and culturally sensitive theories and practices of conflict resolution and peace-building. For more information about the Centre for Peace and Security see their website.

New Professor of Art

Simon Biggs.A new media artist, writer and curator has joined UniSA as a Professor of Art in the School of Art, Architecture and Design.

Professor Simon Biggs (pictured right) has interests in digital poetics, affective systems, interactive and performative environments, interdisciplinary research and co-creation.

His work has been widely presented, including at Tate Modern (London), the Institute of Contemporary Arts (London), Glasgow Centre for Contemporary Arts (Glasgow), the Akademie der Künste (Berlin) and the Pompidou Centre (Paris).

Australian born, Prof Biggs joins UniSA after almost 30 years of living and working in the UK and Europe. He was most recently Professor of Interdisciplinary Arts at Edinburgh College of Art, University of Edinburgh, where he retains an Honorary Professorship.

“I am excited to return to Adelaide to join the team in the School of Art, Architecture and Design at UniSA,” Prof Biggs says.

“This is an exciting period of change in the School, the University, Adelaide and Australia. The creative arts have much to contribute as we address diverse societal challenges, often in a global context.

“I will draw on my experience working internationally in the creative arts and in research to engage with and contribute to the culture of research and teaching here at UniSA.”

Reconciliation Week creates new campus art

Human Movement student Joel Dixon and artist Narisha Cash at work at Tandanya.Human Movement student Joel Dixon and artist Narisha Cash
at work at Tandanya.

A small group of students from the Indigenous Support Services Unit (ISSU) at City East campus have created some big artworks with Indigenous artist Narisha Cash (pictured right) at the Tandanya National Aboriginal Cultural Institute.

The eight undergraduate students worked on the creation of five large canvas paintings, which work in a sequence to tell a story and will be hung in the corridors leading to the unit in the Playford building.

Dean of Health and Clinical Education Professor Esther May says the artworks will help to build an environment that feels culturally familiar.

Creation of the artworks was one of the highlights in a full calendar of Reconciliation Week activities across the University in May.

Other activities included an ‘inspiring leadership lunch – reconciliation’ at City West, a screening of Satellite Boy at the Jeffrey Smart Building, library displays, information stalls, contemporary bush tucker, an interactive photo booth, live music and a traditional instrument and music workshop.


Director of the International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding

Professor AbdouMaliq Simone.Urban researcher Professor AbdouMaliq Simone (pictured right) took up the role of Director of UniSA’s International Centre for Muslim and Non-Muslim Understanding earlier this year.

For the past three decades, Prof Simone has worked with practices of social interchange, cognition, local economy and the constitution of power relations that affect heterogeneous African cities.

“I joined the International Centre for Muslim and non-Muslim Understanding as a vehicle to demonstrate the near uselessness of considerations about identity in a context that would seem to amplify their importance,” Prof Simone says.

“The most important word in the title of the centre is ‘and’ – it is about the complexion and politics of relationships, for identity only emerges from the dynamics of relation.

“This is most demonstrable in cities, which clearly give the impression of specific and unyielding social and spatial divides. But these divides are possible only because of the forces applied and generated through the relations of things, people, times, materials, designs, signs, and thought, all of whose characteristics continuously shift and become something else than they are at any given time.”

Prof Simone has an honorary visiting professorship at Goldsmiths College, University of London as a Professor of Sociology. He is also a visiting professor at the African Centre for Cities at the University of Cape Town, research associate with the Rujak Centre for Urban Studies in Jakarta, and research fellow at the University of Tarumanagara.

New head of sleep research

Professor Mary Carskadon.Professor Mary Carskadon (pictured right) is UniSA’s new Director of the Centre for Sleep Research.

Prof Carskadon joins UniSA part-time while also serving as director of the Chronobiology and Sleep Research Centre, which is part of Brown University in the USA.

A major research focus for Prof Carskadon is the sleep patterns of young people. Her findings have raised public health issues regarding the consequences of insufficient sleep in adolescents and concerns about early school starting times.

Prof Carskadon began her role at UniSA in early 2014.

“I am delighted to join UniSA and the Centre for Sleep Research,” Prof Carskadon says.

“I look forward to leading our scientific and education efforts within the School of Psychology, Social Work and Social Policy and energising our engagement with students, the University, the city, and the global sleep research community.”

New Professor of Education

Professor Stephen Dobson.Professor Stephen Dobson (pictured right) has joined UniSA as Professor of Education in the School of Education, coming from a professorship at Hedmark University College in Norway.
Previous to this he held a chair at Lillehammer University College in Norway, where he is a guest professor specialising in lifelong learning.

Prof Dobson, who was born in Zambia and grew up in England before moving to Norway, began at UniSA in March 2014. He is currently the interim Dean and Head of School of Education following the retirement of Geraldine Castleton in late May.

“After 30 years in Scandinavia I was attracted by the opportunity of a professorship with a primary weighting towards assessment and evaluation,” Prof Dobson says on the move to UniSA.

“Australia, and not the least South Australia, is a country where many exciting things are happening in this field.

“I am also interested in refugee work. The first of my two PhDs was in refugee work, where I looked at cultures of exile and what I have called “refugeeness”. I believe that research in this field is of the upmost importance given the national and international climate on refugees.

“My second PhD was on the viva in tertiary education and I would like to see a wider use of the viva in our sector in general and at UniSA.

“On a personal level, my wife and I want our three children to have an English language education.”

Prof Dobson has published on student assessment, youth studies, ethnicity, research methods and the educational philosophy of bildung. He published a book entitled Feedback in the School (2012, in Norwegian). Most recently he co-edited an anthology, Education under the tree of life (2013), also in Norwegian.

He teaches courses on student assessment to undergraduates and postgraduates, and has held many workshops for in-service teachers.

Bike safety for UniSA staff

Gift pack.

UniSA’s health and safety area is encouraging staff who ride to work to take part in a free Bike SA cycling safety program.

A number of UniSA staff from city offices took part in the program earlier in the year, and it was well attended according to UniSA Work Health and Safety Consultant Jim Townsend.

“Given the fact that some staff cycle to work, and that there are hazards attached to this, the University is being proactive in facilitating these type of safety awareness sessions,” Townsend said.

“The University has a genuine desire to help make cycling as safe as it can be so that our people arrive at work and return home safely.

“The feedback from our initial Bike SA sessions has been very positive with staff highly supportive of them.”

The Bike SA safety initiative is run in partnership with the Motor Accident Commission and is available to organisations in the Adelaide CBD free of charge.

The initiative is a 30-minute presentation based on new SA research that pinpoints the types of crashes cyclists are most often involved in, and offers strategies on avoiding them.

Bike SA are still offering CBD sessions until June 30, and then potentially from October sessions will be offered at Magill and Mawson Lakes. Any staff who are interested in attending the Bike SA safety initiative should contact Jim Townsend.

Attendees receive a gift pack (pictured above) that includes a saddle bag, backpack cover, snap band and a free three-month membership voucher to Bike SA (which includes comprehensive personal accident and public liability insurance). As well as the presentation, the program includes a free follow-up practical session.

Smoke-free university

UniSA is launching a two-pronged attack on smoking, making all campuses smoke-free from World No Tobacco Day on May 31, and providing support to help students and staff kick the habit.

More than 70 hectares of University-owned grounds will become smoke-free, and staff and students will be offered free Quit SA information sessions, presented by BUPA. Staff will also be subsidised to access nicotine replacement therapy.

UniSA’s Vice Chancellor, Professor David Lloyd, says the health and well-being of students and staff is central to the move to become a smoke-free university.

The smoke-free initiative was voted a ‘quick win’ in unijam, an online brainstorming and crowdsourcing event for all UniSA staff and students in May 2013, and is now part of the University’s long-term strategic plan, Crossing the Horizon.

See the website for information about on-campus QuitSA sessions presented by BUPA.

UK alumni get the inside running on international football venture

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd with High Commissioner to London Alexander Downer at the alumni event.UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd
with High Commissioner to London Alexander Downer at the alumni event.

UniSA has forged a relationship with one of the world’s oldest football clubs – Arsenal Football Club – to develop a program that is focused squarely on helping young people find opportunities and encouragement to learn through sport.

Prof Lloyd announced the affiliation at a special event at Australia House in London, hosted by former Foreign Affairs Minister Alexander Downer, in his new capacity as High Commissioner to London and attended by more than 90 high profile alumni from UniSA.

“Arsenal in the Community is a program which puts football coaching together with a range of subjects like history, numeracy, literacy and languages, so that young people have fun, and engage with their academic studies and football at the same time,” Prof Lloyd said.

“On other side of the world, UniSA runs a very successful Football United®-UniSA program in South Australia where university students and community members coach and coordinate free football programs in disadvantaged communities.

“As a first step in a potential partnership with Arsenal we want to pilot its Double Club program, building on the experience of our existing activities that use sport as a vehicle of engagement to offer new and innovative education opportunities to disadvantaged kids through sport.”

Prof Lloyd thanked the UniSA Alumni Europe Chapter for its continued enthusiasm in maintaining invaluable South Australia networks in the UK and Europe, and for the many hours dedicated to the chapter.

UniSA journalism graduate is SA Journalist of the Year

Several UniSA alumni and students were among the journalists recognised at the recent SA Media Awards with Sarah Martin named South Australian Journalist of the Year.

Martin works for The Australian newspaper and as well as taking out the South Australian Journalist of the Year Award she won four categories - a Silver award for Best Print /Online/Wire Journalist and three Bronze awards for Best Coverage of Social Equity Affairs, Best News Report, and Best Commentary, Analysis, Opinion & Critique. Martin completed a Graduate Diploma in Journalism in 2007.

The judges described Martin as astute, determined and fearless in pursuit of a story and often, the story behind the story.

UniSA journalism graduates won a number of award categories, including Mark Mooney (Seven News) who won the silver award for Best Television Broadcaster; Verity Edwards (The Weekend Australian Magazine) - Best News or Lifestyle Feature; and Amelia Broadstock (City North Messenger) - Best Community Journalist.

The Julie Duncan Memorial Award for Student Journalism went to final-year double degree Bachelor of Journalism (Writing and Creative Communication) student Isabella Pittaway while the runner-up was Masters (Journalism) student Nick Twinch.

Postgraduate Journalism Program Director, Professor Ian Richards, said Sarah Martin’s success followed the awarding of the 2013 SA Journalist of the Year to another UniSA journalism graduate (Michael McGuire).

“The continuing success of our graduates is a sign of the continuing strength of the UniSA journalism program,” he said. “This success continues when our graduates enter the workforce, and today many occupy significant positions in Australian journalism.”

He said current examples of high-flying UniSA journalism graduates include Clive Mathieson (editor of The Australian newspaper); Sabra Lane (political editor of the ABC’s flagship current affairs program 7.30); Jeremy Pudney (news director, Channel Ten); David Bevan (ABC Radio 891 breakfast broadcaster); and ABC foreign correspondents Michael Vincent (USA) and Hayden Cooper (Middle East).