Achievements and Announcements

AWARDS

Professor Debra Rowett presented Society of Hospital Pharmacists top award

UniSA researcher wins national award to further work in prostate cancer

Innovative research by UniSA students rewarded through 11 scholarships

Urban planning commendation for honours project

Architecture graduate wins fellowship to travel the world

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last chance to enter research photography competition


AWARDS

Professor Debra Rowett presented Society of Hospital Pharmacists top award

Professor Debra RowettUniSA’s Professor Debra Rowett has been awarded the Society of Hospital Pharmacists of Australia’s most prestigious award, which recognises individuals who make outstanding contributions to hospital pharmacy in Australia.

Prof Rowett, who is Discipline Leader: Pharmacy External Relations in UniSA’s School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, was presented with the Fred J Boyd Award in recognition of her achievements and leadership in the development of national practice standards, education and research excellence in Australian hospital pharmacy.

Established in 1978, the award is in memory of the society’s founding president Fred J Boyd.

SHPA president Professor Michael Dooley says Prof  Rowett has been a powerful leader in Australian pharmacy for more than 30 years and has had her work published in almost 100 peer reviewed journals.

“She is a hospital pharmacist who has interacted with an extremely wide range of health practitioners and services, across a wide range of domains, and has continuously shown leadership, including research excellence,” Prof Dooley says.

“Throughout her career, Prof Rowett has been a powerful champion for improving the pharmacy profession through both the development and improvement of practice standards and through improvements in the standards of education.”

You can read Prof Rowett’s oration in the Journal of Pharmacy Practice and Research.

UniSA researcher wins national award to further work in prostate cancer

A UniSA postdoctoral research scientist, Dr Ian Johnson, has been awarded the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia’s prestigious John Mills Young Investigator Award.

Funding provided through the award will allow Dr Johnson, a research associate in UniSA’s School of Pharmacy and Medical Sciences, to further his research with the aim of improving diagnostic and prognostic testing in prostate cancer.

The John Mills Young Investigator Award provides funding for early, post-doctoral researchers to help further their research and attract ongoing funding.

Dr Johnson’s research focuses on endosomes, which are membrane-bound vesicles found in all animal cells. He aims to identify which cellular machinery drives altered endosome production or function and how this may contribute to prostate cancer.

The John Mills Young Investigator Award was established in 2013, in recognition of the outstanding contribution of Professor John Mills AO to the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia (2007-2013).

More details on the award are available on the Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia website.

Innovative research by UniSA students rewarded through 11 scholarships

Eleven UniSA students were among the high-achieving South Australians to receive a prestigious Playford Memorial Trust Scholarship, awarded at a ceremony last month.

The scholarships, named after South Australia’s longest-serving Premier – Sir Thomas Playford – are provided to students whose studies are in areas of strategic importance for South Australia including agriculture, energy, advance manufacturing and mining.

Joel Moore with Education Minister Susan Close.Joel Moore with Education Minister Susan Close.

Receiving a Playford Trust Regional Science and Engineering Scholarships were:

  • Harrison Hood, who is in his first year of a Bachelor of Geospatial Science and plans to go on to complete a Master of Surveying; and

  • Joel Moore who is studying his first year of a Bachelor of Pharmacy (Honours) after completing his schooling at Penola High School during which he received a STEM Award from UniSA.

Five UniSA students were awarded Playford Trust Honours Scholarships including:

  • Innocent Baya, who comes from Zimbabwe and is completing a Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours). His Honours project will focus on developing a wing actuation mechanism for a dragonfly-inspired micro-air vehicle.

  • Thomas Gilmore, a fourth year Bachelor of Civil and Structural Engineering (Honours) who recently undertook an exchange program to Germany, during which he gained experience in industrial engineering.

  • Ryan Holder who is in his Honours year of his Bachelor of Mechanical Engineering (Honours). His Honours project is focusing on designing and integrating a system that measures the performance of haul trucks on a mine site.

  • Soliman Soliman who is also in his Honours year of his Bachelor of Electrical and Mechatronics Engineering (Honours) degree. He has embarked on a challenging final-year research project in optimal flight control of a finless rocket with ‘thrust vectoring control’ that supersedes tail fins.

  • Victoria Zawko who is undertaking a Bachelor of Sustainable Environments (Honours), and has proven herself as a leader. A recent summer research scholarship saw her focus on pollination during which she developed her interest in agroecosystems.

The UniSA recipient for the CRC for Cell Therapy Manufacturing/ Playford Trust PhD Scholarship was:

  • Jake Treloar, who completed his Honours degree last year and is now embarking on a PhD project investigating novel functions of cell-adhesion molecules in diabetes and pancreatic cancer.

UniSA’s recipient of the Chartwells/St Ann’s College/Playford Trust Residential Scholarship was:

  • Brianna Schaefer, a first year Bachelor of Environmental Science student who spent her gap year working on her family’s farm for two-grain harvests as well as an almond harvest.

The single recipient of the Hillgrove Resources/Playford Trust Geospatial Science Scholarship was:

  • Sophie-Min Thomson who is studying a Bachelor of Geospatial Science and plans to use the scholarship to develop a resource management plan for the closure of the Kanmantoo Copper Mine to optimise benefits for the local community.

Receiving the SA Power Networks/Playford Trust Scholarship – Honours or Final Year of Electrical Engineering was:

  • Rahulkumar Patel, an ambitious Bachelor of Engineering (Honours) (Electrical and Mechatronics) student who aspires to become a power engineer. Rahul's final year project is to provide a low-cost, easy-to-use renewable, standalone power solution to remote communities in developing countries.

This year the Trust provided 39 scholarships to the value of close to $500,000.

Chairman of the Playford Trust, the Honorable Dean Brown AO, said the standards achieved by this year’s applicants surpassed the achievements of previous years, making for a difficult selection process.

Urban planning commendation for honours project

A UniSA Bachelor of Urban and Regional Planning (Honours) graduate has been recognised at the prestigious Planning Excellence 2017 National Awards for work undertaken during his Honours year.

Ben Wollinski received a commendation in the Outstanding Student Project category for his thesis project ‘Mismatch of housing: adequacy of housing for the population’.

“The commendation is a nice recognition of the effort, work and relevance to planning,” Wollinski says.

“It is recognition not only for myself but everyone along the way including peers, lecturers, and past and present faculty members.

“The award is also recognition of the standards of UniSA and the quality of planners produced from this degree.”

The project looked at the types of housing choices compared to a person’s housing life cycle in Adelaide. His thesis examined whether current housing policies are achieving the desired results for the changing population demographic or if there are housing market failures.

The Planning Institute of Australia’s National Awards for Planning Excellence showcase best practice across a range of planning disciplines and sectors and provide the opportunity to celebrate, recognise and reward outstanding planning and planners who make valuable contributions to the future of communities across Australia.

Architecture graduate wins fellowship to travel the world

Matiya MarovicUniSA architecture graduate, South Australian design icon and owner of Sans-Arc studio, Matiya Marovic, has picked up the coveted annual Jack Hobbs McConnell Travelling Fellowship.

A frequent visitor to Asia seeking design inspiration, Marovic will use his $15,000 fellowship to visit China, Canada and Nepal to research how timber is used in modern and ancient construction, and how the techniques can be applied to the future of sustainable architecture in Australia.

“I believe timber construction has a large part to play in the future of sustainable architecture. It has stood the test of time,” Marovic says.

His research will be divided into two core themes: high-tech, multi-storey timber construction, which he will research in Vancouver, Canada; and low-tech, a look at traditional and ancient timber construction methods in regional China and Nepal. He intends using the knowledge to push for more use of renewable and sustainably farmed timber in urban and regional Australia.

Marovic’s designs are well known around Adelaide. He won the 2016 City of Adelaide Prize; 2016 Eat Drink Design Awards Winner for Best Bar Design; and the 2016 Restaurant and Bar Design Awards — Bar Australia/Pacific.

Find out more about Marovic’s fellowship here.


ANNOUNCEMENTS

Last chance to enter research photography competition

2016 1st prize. Ms Gertrude Hatvani-Kovacs, PhD Candidate, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences. Image title : House in the urban heat island.2016 1st prize. Ms Gertrude Hatvani-Kovacs, PhD Candidate, School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences. Image title : House in the urban heat island.

There's only a few weeks left to enter UniSA’s Images of Research: Photography Competition.

The competition is open to UniSA staff and students, with a top prize of $5,000, second prize of $2,000 and People’s Choice Prize of $2,000 to be won.

The annual competition provides an opportunity for staff and students to showcase the breadth and diversity of research at UniSA where the images tell a story about the research the University does and the people who make it happen.

Entries close Wednesday 7 June 2017.

For more details visit the competition website.

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