Achievements and Announcements


CCB researcher joins Australia’s science luminaries

UniSA staff member receives emerging artist award

UniSA student signed to European soccer club

ICC resident start-up wins Pank Prize

Research to reduce CO2 emissions earns PhD student Ian Wark medal

UniSA research fellow’s clinical guidelines recognised internationally

UniSA staff feature in Queen’s Birthday honours list

UniSA graduate wins life changing award


UniSA researchers help regional students transition to university

Can you capture UniSA research in a photograph?

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CCB researcher joins Australia’s science luminaries

Professor Greg Goodall talks about his work in cancer research.

UniSA molecular biologist Professor Greg Goodall has been recognised for his outstanding work to understand cancer by the Australian Academy of Science – one of Australia’s most prestigious scientific organisations.

The Australian Academy of Science has awarded Professor Greg Goodall, from the Centre for Cancer Biology, its highest honour, electing him as a fellow.

Prof Goodall is a world leader in the biology of RNA and cancer progression, focusing on the molecular control of cellular processes. He has made discoveries that open new areas in RNA biology for development and exploitation. These breakthroughs have widespread implications for understanding gene regulation in biology, particularly in immunity and cancer.

“Cancer affects the lives of many people – we all know someone who’s had cancer, so to work in that area is important and gives one satisfaction that the work we do can ultimately be of value to many people,” Prof Goodall says.

“It’s a great honour to be elected a member of the academy but I think that honour belongs as much to all the people I’ve worked with over the years as it does to me –  it’s that teamwork that leads to the discoveries.”

Prof Goodall was among 21 scientists from across Australia who were elected to the Australian Academy of Science in May for their outstanding contributions to science.

Academy president Professor Andrew Holmes congratulated the new fellows for making significant and lasting impacts in their scientific disciplines.

“These scientists were elected by their academy peers, following a rigorous evaluation process,” Prof Holmes says.

“They join a prestigious group – six Nobel Prize winners and luminaries including Sir Mark Oliphant, Professor Nancy Millis, Sir Douglas Mawson, Professor Frank Fenner and Sir David Attenborough.”


UniSA staff member receives emerging artist award

Naire Orthu by Ursula Halpin. Photo courtesy Grant Hancock.Naire Orthu by Ursula Halpin. Photo courtesy Grant Hancock.

An upcoming glass artist who’s also a member of staff in UniSA’s School of Art, Architecture and Design has won JamFactory’s FUSE 2018 Emerging Artist award.

Ursula Halpin, a UniSA Visual Art Honours graduate, won the award for her work Naire Orthu (“shame on you all” in Gaelic) that recalls traditional Irish handcrafts such as Kenmare lace.

The prize is awarded to an emerging glass artist and acknowledges new talent. The prize includes $2500 cash and a professional development residency at JamFactory’s Glass Studio.

Halpin says the award means a lot to her.

“As well as being recognised nationally in Australia and across the water in New Zealand, the reputation of the FUSE Glass prize represents global recognition as an emerging artist,” she says.

“The installation is hung in the shape of a womb and is especially relevant as my mum and sisters vote in the Irish Referendum (which was held in late May) to change the constitution and allow Irish women the same health care rights as her European and Australian counterparts.”

Halpin beat five other finalists, including two from interstate, to win the category. She plans to give a talk to the Glass Society of Ireland in July.

The judges were impressed with the formal and conceptual ambition of her work, which is on exhibition at JamFactory Adelaide until 8 July.


UniSA student signed to European soccer club

UniSA student Paris Duffield has been signed to play for Spanish top-flight club CD Leganes.UniSA student Paris Duffield has been signed to play for Spanish top-flight club CD Leganes.

A UniSA student has been signed to a European club and hopes to become the first South Australian since Socceroos great John Aloisi to play in Spain’s premier soccer league.

Paris Duffield, 18, who’s studying a Human Movement degree at UniSA, has signed a one-year youth team contract with Madrid-based La Liga club CD Leganes.

Paris represented Australia in January as a member of the Under 19s Australian Schoolboys Soccer Team, was scouted for trials in January by the Spain-based Genova International School of Soccer and was invited to return to train full-time with the Madrid-based football program.

He is the first South Australian and 50th Australian to graduate from the Australian Genova International School of Soccer and go on to sign with a European club.

Paris told The Advertiser he hoped to use the opportunity as a springboard to emulate Socceroos great John Aloisi, who shone for Spanish sides Osasuna and Alaves from 2001-07.

“It’s a dream come true for me,” Duffield told The Advertiser.

“It’s been a huge opportunity being over here (Europe) for the past couple of months compared to playing football in Australia.

“It’s a lot quicker, it’s a lot more precise and there’s a lot more patterns of play you have to remember.

“It’s definitely some big boots to try to fill (Aloisi’s).

“But I’m hoping to keep working and eventually see if one day I can get to that La Liga standard.”


ICC resident start-up wins Pank Prize

Kelly Carpenter and Jeff Broad of Culture Team.Kelly Carpenter and Jeff Broad of Culture Team.

A UniSA-based start-up company which offers interpersonal game sessions to ignite corporate culture has won the 2018 Pank Prize for Social Innovation and Enterprise.

Culture Team, from UniSA’S Innovation & Collaboration Centre (ICC), won the prize, which is designed to help the recipient establish an innovative social enterprise in South Australia and is open to current UniSA students and alumni.

Culture Team was founded by Product Design students Kelly Carpenter and Jeff Broad to take a human-centred approach to design and facilitate corporate team-building games.

“We were totally overwhelmed with news of the win,” Kelly says. “It was a huge vote of confidence from the panel, which was so thrilling.

“$10,000 is going to go a long way in accelerating what we’re capable of.”

Without a large budget to build, test and deliver their games, Culture Team plans to spend their prize money wisely.

“This prize money will allow us to transition our DIY games into premium products which are worthy of our market,” Kelly says.

“We’ve had huge support from the University in terms of space and the community at the ICC, testing and feedback with students and staff, as well as the Pank Prize, and for all of this, we are extremely grateful.”

Early customers of Culture Team include UniSA Ventures and the UniSA student careers and leadership team.

The Pank Prize is sponsored by the Pank Family and UniSA’s School of Management.

Research to reduce CO2 emissions earns PhD student Ian Wark medal

Dr Kripal Lakhi receiving the Ian Wark Medal.Dr Kripal Lakhi (left) receiving the Ian Wark Medal.

Research to solve real-world problems associated with CO2 emissions has earned PhD student Dr Kripal Lakhi the 2017 Ian Wark Research Institute Medal.

Each year the medal is awarded to the Future Industries Institute PhD candidate with the most outstanding thesis.

The winning 2017 thesis was titled 'Design of novel functionalized carbon nitride nanostructures for carbon capture and photocatalytic applications’. The project was supervised by Professor Ajayan Vinu and Dr Daehwan Park.

Dr Kripal Lakhi says the award will have a significant impact on his research career and has provided an enormous boost to his self-confidence in solving challenging real life scientific problems.

“My PhD research addresses the key environmental issue of global warming attributed to the emission of carbon dioxide coming chiefly from the combustion of fossil fuels and power generation plants,” Dr Lakhi says.

There are two ways to solve the problems associated with CO2 emissions – one option is to completely shun the use of fossil fuels and the other is to trap the emitted CO2 before it is released into the environment.

“I adopted the latter approach and developed a series of porous carbon nitride based adsorbent materials that can capture large quantities of CO2 from point sources such as a power plant flue gas stack,” Dr Lakhi says.

“In the last few years, major energy and utility companies including petrochemicals, refineries and fast-moving consumer goods companies are making serious efforts to cut down their carbon footprint by reducing the emissions of CO2 by making their processes more energy efficient using clean and alternate renewal energy sources.

“In that respect, my PhD research work has a significant impact on every industry where CO2 is generated and eventually dumped into the environment.

“In fact, my PhD research work was part of a multi-million-dollar project sponsored by SABIC, Saudi Arabia.

“The real-world impact of the research is that it would help companies reduce their carbon footprint and provide a viable low-cost solution to reduce the amount of CO2 released into the environment thus reducing global warming. During my PhD, I applied for seven US provisional patents which shows the real-world impact of the research.”


UniSA research fellow’s clinical guidelines recognised internationally

A UniSA research fellow’s work developing clinical guidelines to improve the effectiveness of healthcare services has been internationally recognised.

Dr Janine Dizon, a research fellow in the International Centre for Allied Health Evidence (iCAHE), has been teaching and developing strategies to support students, clinicians, care providers and patients for about 15 years. She uses evidence-based research and practice to identify the action plans to streamline and deliver a wide range of services relating to lower back pain, stroke, cancer and vaccines.

Her work has been recognised in the Philippines, South Africa, Hong Kong and Australia, and she is in the planning stages of adapting vaccine guidelines into the local context in South Africa and stroke rehabilitation guidelines for physiotherapists in India.

Dr Dizon says that for health and medical treatments to be effective in communities, intense research is needed using a methodology that understands local context issues, leading to the development of relevant and appropriate guidelines.

Although the focus has tended to be on tailoring guides to the needs of healthcare professionals, Dr Dizon says considering the “real-life issues and needs” of the population in the context of their healthcare system makes all the difference.

“Understanding the local context and addressing the local context needs is critical in ensuring research is relevant and applicable in the real-world practice,” Dr Dizon says.

She says local context considerations such as the barriers, the setting, available resources, patients’ culture and beliefs are fundamental to how research will be conducted, how research findings will be utilised, and the ultimate success of healthcare guidelines.

“To do this, hearing the voices of key people involved in the healthcare system – clinicians, policy-makers, patients and other consumers and academics – is a critical part of the process.

“For example, for research and guidelines to be implemented, we need to know the type of setting (is it a hospital or a clinic, metropolitan or remote area), the healthcare professionals in the setting (doctors, nurses, allied health professionals), the available resources (machines, testing equipment), types of patients and their culture (what patients’ value in order to direct goals of treatment), policies in place and funding available and other local context issues that would facilitate (or not) the application of research into practice.”

Dr Dizon has applied this work in the training that iCAHE provides to its clients such as the Hong Kong Hospital Authority and iCAHE journal clubs in South Australia.

With her teaching and implementing, Evidence Based Practice (EBP) and Clinical Practice Guidelines (CPG) experience, Dr Dizon was awarded a post-doctoral research fellowship in 2015 for the South African Guidelines Evaluation (SAGE) Project, a partnership between Cochrane South Africa, Stellenbosch University and UniSA’s iCAHE.

“Our iCAHE collaborators from India have heard of our CPG work and have been very interested in us doing the same work for physiotherapy in India,” she says.

UniSA staff feature in Queen’s Birthday honours list

A number of UniSA staff, alumni and people closely associated with the University have been recognised for their services to research, education and the community in the 2018 Queen's Birthday honours.

Adjunct Research Fellow Andrew Marshall from the School of Natural and Built Environments was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the building and construction industry through professional organisations, to academia, and to the Anglican Church of Australia.

The chair of UniSA Ventures, John Grace, was made an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AO). The award was for distinguished service to science in the field of biotechnology research and commercialisation, through advisory roles, and to professional scientific associations.

Catherine Branson QC, a former member of UniSA’s University Council, was made a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the judiciary as a judge of the Federal Court of Australia, to the law as an advocate for human rights and civil liberties, to judicial administration and professional development, and to governance roles in tertiary education.

Graduate and Honorary Doctor of the University, the late Alice Rigney, was posthumously made an AO for distinguished service to education, particularly through providing opportunities for youth, and to the promotion and protection of Indigenous language, culture and heritage.

See the Alumni network website for details on other alumni who received honours.


UniSA graduate wins life changing award

Ziesing’s ‘Senses of Place’ jewellery pieces are crafted from fine silver, sterling silver, oxidised copper, gold plated sterling silver and silk cord.Ziesing’s ‘Senses of Place’ jewellery pieces are crafted from fine silver, sterling silver, oxidised copper, gold plated sterling silver and silk cord.

UniSA graduate Marissa Ziesing has been awarded a Helpmann Fellowship valued at up to $20,000 and aims to enable early career artists to pursue professional development opportunities overseas or interstate.

Ziesing will undertake a six-month residency at Bishopsland Educational Trust in the United Kingdom thanks to the fellowship. The program will help Ziesing hone her silversmithing skills and equip her with skills to operate as a self-employed jewellery maker.

“It also allows me to meet renowned British silversmiths and travel to schools in Europe that celebrate and support the industry of silversmithing,” Ziesing says.

Ziesing is the first Australian artist to be accepted into the residency.

Ziesing’s silversmithing portfolio formed part of her successful application to Bishopsland Educational Trust.Ziesing’s silversmithing portfolio formed part of her successful application to Bishopsland Educational Trust.

A UniSA Bachelor of Visual Arts graduate, Ziesing specialised in Jewellery and Metal and attributes her success to perseverance and hard work.

“I view my practice as a job so I have dedicated working hours in my studio, the same as a regular work day. This is very important to staying focused and completing the goals I set.”

UniSA is ranked number one in South Australia for graduate careers in creative arts, according to the QILT Graduate Destinations Survey 2015 and Graduate Outcomes Survey 2016-17.

Ziesing plans to travel to North Wales for a mentorship with established silversmith, Junko Mori, before beginning her residency in Reading, England.


UniSA researchers help regional students transition to university

A new resource to help regional students adjust to university life has been developed by UniSA researchers.

Dr Helen Stallman and Associate Professor Sharron King have developed the Regional Student Success and Wellbeing resource as part of their involvement with the International Association for University Health and Wellbeing. Dr Stallman is director and Assoc Prof King is deputy director of the association.

“Isolation and distance can mean many regional and remote students miss out on the support their urban counterparts take for granted,” Dr Stallman says.

Assoc Prof King says the resource aims to bridge this gap with “accessible, meaningful, useful, sustainable and timely information.”

The resource was piloted at UniSA’s Whyalla and Mount Gambier campuses. Students and staff provided anonymous feedback, with staff reporting increased awareness of health and wellbeing resources.

“I am more confident now in knowing how to help a student who is struggling and where to direct them to get the help they need,” one staff member responded in the survey.

Students reported increased skills to manage stress, self-doubt, study habits and attitudes.

“I think my biggest shift has been changing the way I think of study from a negative to a positive point of view,” one student wrote.

Dr Stallman says the resource is available to universities across the world through the International Association for University Health and Wellbeing.

“UniSA is leading the way in developing and implementing these resources that help students with healthy learning habits and healthy personal habits that contribute to learning and success,” Dr Stallman says.

The resource will be launched at the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, with the theme (Re)Valuing Higher Education. The conference will take place in Adelaide 2-5 July.

Can you capture UniSA research in a photograph?

Bonder insulin producing pancreatic islet.Bonder insulin producing pancreatic islet.

The University is challenging its staff and students to use photographs to create a window into the world of research with the launch of this year’s annual research photography competition.

Now in its fourth year, the 2018 Images of Research: Engaged Research, Enterprising Researchers Photography Competition opened in May. The competition, which aims to visually showcase the breadth and diversity of research at the University, is open to all staff and students.

Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Innovation, Professor Tanya Monro says the image doesn’t need to explain the research being conducted, but rather entice and captivate one’s attention to raise awareness about our research.

First prize is $5000 with a runner-up prize of $2000 and an additional $2000 prize for the People’s Choice winner. The competition closes on 27 June. For more information, go to the Images of Research competition website.


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