Highlights from the Media Centre

The past month has seen the release of new research, partnerships and innovations; as well as a number of achievements for UniSA. Here are some of the top news stories from our Media Centre:

LaserBond collaboration to bring long-life mining industry components to the world

Laserbond drillIn a climate where all too often South Australian industry is talked down, one future-focused manufacturer is working with UniSA in a bid to take on the world with innovative surface cladding systems that extend the life of mining industry machinery components by up to five times.

LaserBond has developed a laser cladding system that can metallurgically bond a wide range of metals to heavy machinery components, extending their life, often by two to five times and particularly, improving the performance of drill systems in the mining industry. The company recently signed an MOU with UniSA and the partnership will now benefit from an Innovation Connections grant, under the Government’s National Innovation and Science Agenda.

Kain Lawyers legal expertise enhances business growth programs at UniSA’s Centre for Business Growth

Managing Director of Kain Lawyers, John KainLeading law firm, Kain Lawyers, has signed up to become a Sponsor of UniSA’s Centre for Business Growth (CBG), to provide executives in the Centre’s programs with the legal insight and knowledge essential to successful business growth.

UniSA’s ANZ Chair in Business Growth and Director of the CBG, Dr Jana Matthews, says the sponsorship is extremely important because “it means we can expand the comprehensive framework of knowledge we provide in our business growth programs, and better prepare CEOs/MDs and executives for business success”.


Virtual behaviour modelling to advance defence combat simulations

Combat simulation modelResearchers at UniSA’s Mawson Lakes campus are putting the finishing touches to research that will help speed the military’s response to ever changing combat situations.

By enhancing virtual behaviour modelling, military personnel will be able to watch combat simulations play out with reduced lead time, that will more closely resemble real-world scenarios.

Director of UniSA’s Advanced Computing Research Centre, Professor Markus Stumptner said the work will allow Australia’s military personnel to prepare and execute advanced combat simulations across multiple environments much more quickly and efficiently.

Students weave web magic for 22 community organisations

Life Be In It website demonstrationTwenty-two South Australian community organisations that couldn’t afford a web designer and coder have just flicked the switch on their latest pride and joy – their very own exceptionally designed and built website.

As part of the Sustainable Online Community Engagement (SOCE) Project – a joint initiative between UniSA’s School of Communication, International Studies and Languages, and the State Government’s Office for Volunteers – 28 web design students were matched with organisations that had neither the skills nor the resources to produce the digital tools necessary to support their communities.

The successful program has been running since 2001 with more than 400 South Australian community groups and 650 UniSA students benefiting from being exposed to a real-life client/developer project relationship.

Research unpacking reasons women miss out on inheriting the family farm

Farmer daughterGender equality may have come a long way, but new UniSA research is delving into the impact of the disparity between sons and daughters in relation to farming family inheritances.

PhD student Leonnie Blumson is throwing up new perspectives by investigating how the decisions around inheritance play out, with the aim of providing a deeper, contextualised understanding of farming family inheritances that will advance our currently 'thin' knowledge on this topic.

UniSA’s research star rises in the Asia Pacific

Picture of the sun rising over the earthUniSA has rocketed to fourth place in Australia in the Nature Index 2016 Rising Stars listings for the Asia Pacific region and is the youngest Australian university to make the list.

The Nature Index Rising Stars assessment examines the increase by a university’s researchers in research published in a selection of the world’s top scientific journals – including titles such as Nature, Nature Genetics, Cell, Advanced Materials, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America.

The assessment was made for the years 2012 and 2015 and the contributions from UniSA researchers had improved enormously.

Read more media releases from UniSA at unisa.edu.au/Media-Centre.