Achievements and Announcements


New dean for division of IT, engineering and environment


UniSA honours champion of experiential science communication

Research grant to support people with ‘broken heart’ syndrome


UniSA supporting Adelaide Fringe opening night party

Channel 44 and UniSA join forces to train media students

New program to drive industry-research collaboration


New dean for division of IT, engineering and environment

Associate Professor Abelardo PardoAssociate Professor Abelardo Pardo has been appointed to the position of Dean: Academic for the division of Information Technology Engineering and the Environment (ITEE).

Currently the Associate Head in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at the University of Sydney, Assoc Prof Abelardo has a PhD in Computing Science (from the University of Colorado Boulder) and his areas of research include leadership, and management of innovation in educational technology for IT and engineering education.

Pro Vice Chancellor Professor Simon Beecham says Assoc Prof Abelardo brings much experience and enthusiasm to the role.

“Professor Abelardo brings with him a wealth of experience having been engaged in initiatives to broaden the outreach of IT and engineering education,” Prof Beecham says. “This includes the design, deployment and analysis of measures to promote student engagement, academic uptake of innovative teaching and engagement with industry partners.”

Assoc Prof will commence in the role in March 2018.



UniSA honours champion of experiential science communication

Honorary Doctor Curtis Wong (centre) with UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd and Chancellor Jim McDowell.Honorary Doctor Curtis Wong (centre) with UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd and Chancellor Jim McDowell.

The man whose research helped to bring the open source WorldWide Telescope and who has championed science communication throughout his long career in technology development, Curtis Wong, received an honorary doctorate from UniSA during the December graduations.

A principal researcher at the Microsoft Redmond Research Laboratory, Wong is passionate about science communication and is keenly focused on innovation in data visualisation, interactive media, and natural user interaction.

He completed a BA in Ecosystems and an MBA at the University of California in the 1970s, before embarking on a career in technology consulting, first with KPMG, where he created SPANS, a software-based knowledge system for organisation management structure modelling for long term strategy, mergers and acquisitions.

Wong worked for key technology development businesses on strategic organisational modelling systems for major companies such as GM and the divestiture of Pacific Bell from ATT before joining Microsoft.

UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says Wong has been dedicated to the development of new technologies as platforms for more tangible, accessible knowledge.

“Curtis has focused his skills and creativity in software innovation and development on projects that help us to understand science, to picture data, and to give anyone with a computer access to some of man’s greatest cultural and scientific endeavours,” Prof Lloyd says.

“Keen to ensure the widest possible access to knowledge, he has worked with public broadcasters across his career, serving on advisory boards for PBS Online, PBS KIDS, WGBH and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

“Curtis was a pioneer at the Voyager Company in the interactive media technology that created the first eBooks, interactive laserdiscs for education, and produced the first multimedia CD-ROM's for Windows such as Multimedia Beethoven and the first children's CD-ROM: Amanda Stories.

“Later he worked to bring the paintings of Van Gough and other masters into the homes of millions with the development of which was the first broadband 3D virtual museum on the Web – a gallery at our desktops.

“All of his work is linked to creating better ways to learn and through that learning, to bringing the world closer together in understanding.

“It is a very great pleasure to welcome Curtis to the University of South Australia community.”


Research grant to support people with ‘broken heart’ syndrome

A UniSA nursing lecturer will use grant funding to gather and share data about a rare condition, commonly known as broken heart syndrome.

Dr Angela KuciaSenior nursing lecturer Dr Angela Kucia has been awarded one of two inaugural seeding grants from the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre based at UniSA.

Dr Kucia will use the funds to promote patient-centred care for people with Takotsubo Syndrome (TTS).

TTS is a temporary condition where the heart muscle becomes suddenly weakened or ‘stunned’. It is usually triggered by a life changing event – severe emotional or physical stress.

Takotsubo Syndrome was first reported in Japan in 1990. The word ’Takotsubo’ means ‘octopus pot’ in Japanese, as the left ventricle of the heart changes into a similar shape as the pot - developing a narrow neck and a round bottom. Other forms of Takotsubo have since been identified, but the condition has retained the name ‘Takotsubo’.

With no known treatment for TTS and little awareness in the community, Dr Kucia will develop a dedicated website to provide information on TTS for people with the syndrome as well as for health professionals, researchers and the general public.

“This grant will give us an opportunity to collect data from people with TTS about their experience, management, ongoing issues, potentially associated medical conditions, and complications,” she says.

“We are all grateful to the Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre for giving us this opportunity and we will do our best to make a difference to the wellbeing of people with TTS.”

The seeding grants are designed to support early and mid-career research academics to undertake research that supports the nursing and midwifery workforce through evidence-based healthcare. The grants also support innovative research that may attract larger funding grants and have translational potential; and help non-professorial researchers to build successful research careers.

From a total of seven applications, two were successful, one awarded to UniSA and the other to Flinders University.

The Rosemary Bryant AO Research Centre is a partnership between UniSA and the Australian Nursing and Midwifery Federation (SA Branch) to address the challenges that nurses and midwives face nationally and internationally, as a modern and continually evolving profession.



UniSA supporting Adelaide Fringe opening night party

Tindo Utpurndee Sunset Ceremony - photo by Claude RaschellaTindo Utpurndee Sunset Ceremony
Photo by Claude Raschella.

UniSA is teaming up with the Adelaide Fringe for the first time and will host a free live music stage at City East on the Fringe’s opening night.

North Terrace will come alive on Friday 16 February with roaming street performers, night markets and a sunset ceremony, as well as a free live music stage (Frusic) on UniSA’s City East campus.

UniSA is officially supporting Frusic, which will be held outside UniSA’s Brookman Building from 5pm to 10pm. The music will be programmed by Music SA. UniSA is also supporting the sunset ceremony, Tindo Utpurndee, which will be held on the South Australian Museum lawns at 8pm.

The partnership with the Adelaide Fringe reflects a shared goal to support new and upcoming talent.

The opening night street party begins at 5pm on Friday 16 February on North Terrace.

For more information visit the UniSA Adelaide Fringe website.

(L-R) Reuben Kaye in The Garden - photo by Trentino Priori. Cirque Africa in the Mall - photo by Trentino Priori. Anya Anastasia - photo by Trentino Priori(L-R) Reuben Kaye in The Garden. Cirque Africa in the Mall - photos by Trentino Priori. Anya Anastasia - photo by Trentino Priori


Channel 44 and UniSA join forces to train media students

UniSA media student operating a camera.Adelaide’s only community TV station, Channel 44 and UniSA’s new School of Creative Industries have announced a new collaborative agreement.

The strategic partnership will deliver more hands-on training opportunities to budding media professionals in South Australia and bring more locally made content to screens across the State.

The collaboration will see increased placement opportunities both on set and in the office for UniSA students studying communication,  journalism,  media, web development, marketing, film and TV.

Students will have the opportunity to work on C44 TV and digital content productions, including the shows FringeWatch and Adelaide Community Diary, as well as UniSA-produced shows such as SA Sports Show and Our Time.

Recognising the important role that community broadcasters play in supporting the creative industries and artists of tomorrow, UniSA has signed on as a Channel 44 sponsor as part of the agreement.

Head of UniSA’s School of Creative Industries Professor Jason Bainbridge says that with so much media content available, it’s more important than ever “to see South Australian stories and events represented on our screens”.

“This partnership with Channel 44 reflects UniSA’s commitment to our students across the fields of communication, journalism, media, film and television and the performing arts to give them hands-on experience producing, performing and developing content throughout their studies.

“It also confirms our commitment to local content and developing the workforce of this state, while exploring the role of community television - now and into the future.”

Channel 44 general manager Alex Sizer says the station is passionate about supporting the next generation of media creatives and providing a platform to promote homegrown talent.

“C44 aims to be the home of locally created content in SA and to provide a platform for SA voices, so this helps us work together to achieve that. We also aim to provide valuable, real-world training opportunities for the next generation of TV and media professionals,” she says.

“It’s exciting to partner with an educational institution whose values and goals align with C44s. We’re looking forward to see what this partnership can achieve.”


New program to drive industry-research collaboration

Trajan Scientific and Medical Business Unit General Manager Dr Anne Collins, UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation Professor Tanya Monro, Science and Information Minister Kyam Maher and Future Industries Institute Director Professor Emily Hilder at the launch.Trajan Scientific and Medical Business Unit General Manager Dr Anne Collins, UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation Professor Tanya Monro, Science and Information Minister Kyam Maher and Future Industries Institute Director Professor Emily Hilder at the launch.

A new program has been launched that will fund placements of up to 12 months for researchers to work within a business, or for industry representatives to work within UniSA, to transfer and exchange expertise, training and skills.
The Future Industries Accelerator Mobility Grants Scheme will drive industry-research collaboration, encourage innovation and help drive economic growth in South Australia.

The first placements involve IPACS, an Australian technology company headquartered in Adelaide, and Bionomics, a biopharmaceutical company in Thebarton making better treatments for cancer.

Funded by the State Government, the program is being delivered through UniSA’s Future Industries Institute but placement opportunities are available across UniSA.

Future Industries Institute Director, Professor Emily Hilder, says the Mobility Grants Scheme provides a strong incentive for the University and local industries to collaborate.

“In an Australian context, this is hugely valuable because industry R&D budgets are generally very tight,” Prof Hilder says.

“Through this scheme, the State Government is providing vital support for industry to advance technologies and product refinement, at the same time as ensuring University researchers can apply their expertise and insights in real world commercial contexts.”

Science and Information Minister Kyam Maher says the scheme is the first of its kind in South Australia.

“South Australia is home to some exceptional researchers and through this scheme, we can help industry tap into these great minds to help solve industry specific problems, introduce new products and services and provide opportunities to develop and up skill staff,” he says.

Applications for the next round of the Mobility Grant Scheme close Thursday 25 January 2018. For information and to apply, visit the website.