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September 2008

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Bond University has appointed Professor Geraldine Mackenzie as Pro Vice-Chancellor and Dean of Law, effective January 5, 2009. Professor Mackenzie will join Bond from the University of Southern Queensland (USQ), where she is presently Professor and Foundation Head of the School of Law. The appointment follows the departure of Bond’s previous Dean of Law, Professor Duncan Bentley, to Curtin University of Technology earlier this year. Professor Mackenzie said she was "very much looking forward to working with some of Australia’s most eminent law professors at Bond University". "I feel very privileged to be appointed Dean of one of the nation’s leading Faculties of Law," she said. "I have had a 20-year career in academia, and therefore it seems fitting that I join Bond in their 20th Anniversary year. "I have particularly enjoyed my time as Head of School at USQ and it will be very hard to leave my wonderful colleagues there, but the opportunity to lead such an exceptional Faculty of Law as Bond’s is one that I just couldn’t pass up," Professor Mackenzie said.

Chancellor Mr Trevor C Rowe AM, said the University looks forward to welcoming Professor Mackenzie in the New Year. "Professor Mackenzie has a strong track record as a research leader, a strong commitment to high quality teaching and learning and strong links to the profession – all of which will be needed as we move towards realising our ambition of becoming the best law faculty in Australia," he said. As Dean, Professor Mackenzie said she will look to build on Bond’s many existing strengths in teaching and research, with the objective of maintaining the Faculty of Law’s position at the cutting edge of the discipline. "I will also look to continue to expand the strong ties that Bond Law enjoys with the legal profession," she said. "Bond University is able to offer students a unique and very special learning experience of the highest possible quality, and I look forward to continuing this into the future," Professor Mackenzie said.

A specialist in criminal law, Professor Mackenzie's research encompasses both the practical aspects of criminal law and the courts, and also theoretical and policy aspects, particularly in relation to sentencing. Since 1995 she has been author, and now consulting author of the looseleaf service for practitioners, Summary Offences Law and Practice Queensland, LawBook Co. She is the author or co-author of four books in relation to criminal law and sentencing and has published numerous journal articles and conference papers.

Professor Mackenzie is a Professional Member of the Council of Australian Law Deans, Queensland Bar Association (Barrister at Law), Australian Institute of Management, Australian and New Zealand Society of Criminology, Australasian Law Teachers Association, Criminal Law Specialist Accreditation Committee, (Queensland Law Society) and the Downs and South West Queensland Law Association.



Leading family business researchers from around the nation and the world gathered at Bond University on Monday, August 4, for the First Annual Australian Family Business Researchers’ Summit. Hosted by The Australian Centre for Family Business (ACFB) at Bond University, the aim of the forum was to address the most pressing issues affecting families in business.

Director of the ACFB, Professor Ken Moores, said the forum had attracted research-active delegates from some of Australia’s foremost universities. "Australian family business researchers have established an enviable reputation globally for their innovative scholarship," Professor Moores said. "This inaugural forum enabled attendees to share their thoughts about how Australia’s international standing in this area can continue to be enhanced. "As well as exploring potential research questions and matching these with robust methodologies and theoretical frames, there were also discussions about how this dynamic community of scholars can work towards collaborative research projects across disciplines and between institutions," Professor Moores said.

Professor Pramodita Sharma, incoming Editor of Family Business Review – the only scientific journal devoted exclusively to exploring the dynamics of the family business – was a keynote speaker at the forum. A Professor of Entrepreneurship and Family Business Studies at Concordia University, in Montreal, Canada, Professor Sharma's research has been honoured with several international awards.

The Perry Cross Foundation has partnered with Bond University to provide funding for a three-year spinal injury research project. The Foundation will provide $90,000 over three years to sponsor PhD student Rita Juneji, who will conduct the research into spinal and nervous system damage under the supervision of Bond University Professor of Anatomy and Histology Kuldip Bedi.

An Alumnus of Bond University, quadriplegic Perry Cross first established a relationship with Bond University’s Research Unit in November 2007, when he became aware of the research being conducted by Professor Bedi. Professor Bedi has been studying the factors behind the regeneration and repair of injured nervous systems on-and-off for the previous 15 years. "The nervous system is made up of an intricate network of axons, or ‘wires’, which can get cut or damaged in serious brain or spinal cord injuries," Professor Bedi explained. "What we’re trying to do is to get those wires to grow back and make the right connections so function is restored. "Some fish and amphibian species have the ability to regenerate their axons, or wires, even when they’ve been cut right through. But in the evolution from amphibians to mammals, something changed that stopped that from happening.

Bond University’s claim to have students from all over the world is no idle boast: Abebech Moussouamy moved all the way from the remote West African republic of Gabon to study here on the Gold Coast. "When I was looking at my options for tertiary study, I could see that Bond’s program structure and the teaching methodology provided a lot of opportunities to directly apply learned theories to a practical situation," she said. "Other universities generally don’t provide this at an undergraduate level."

Of course, moving half a world away to a new country presented its own particular challenges but Abebech has found that the experience of studying with fellow international students equally far away from their homes and adapting to the cultural differences of life in Australia has really helped her in her career.

"After I graduated from Bond in 2005, I secured a marketing internship with freight forwarding company, Younger Niche Logistics (China) Ltd, which involved moving to Shanghai. "The experience of studying at Bond and facing the various cultural challenges that you encounter as an international student really helped me when I first started working in China," she said.

"Of course, the reality of moving to China was much harder than what I faced on campus but the foundations were there and I found that I adapted very quickly to yet another new environment." As so often happens, Abebech’s internship led to a formal position with Younger Niche Logistics and she has progressed through the ranks from Marketing Assistant to her most recent appointment as Marketing and Project Manager where her responsibilities include tendering for world cargo project bids.

Medical careers run thick and fast in Charlie Hsu’s family. The son of a dentist, Charlie is a physiotherapy graduate who is now in his fourth year of medical studies at Bond University. Charlie’s older brother is studying pharmacy while his younger brother will graduate from dentistry at the end of this year. Born in Taiwan, Charlie lived in the US and New Zealand before moving to Australia to complete his high school years at Nudgee College in Brisbane. During the final year of his physiotherapy degree at UQ, Charlie decided that medicine was his real calling.

"I wanted to continue on with my learning and Bond had an intake where the timing was right," Charlie explained. "Also, Bond has a smaller medical cohort compared with other universities, where the ratio between clinicians and students is lower." Charlie’s favourite clinical rotation so far has been general medicine. "It puts a lot of specialties together - such as neurology and geriatric - and I think it has given me the best experience to prepare for my internship in the coming years," he said.

Charlie was recently named as the inaugural recipient of Bond’s David Weedon Pathology Medal - awarded to the highest achieving student in Pathology. "The pathology subject was well-taught by the passionate trio of Professors Wright, McGuire and Weedon. I love learning pathology and I believe understanding it is fundamental to the understanding of medicine, all of which makes learning delightful," he enthused. Later this year Charlie will travel overseas on a self-funded trip to gain experience in his radiology elective. He will travel with a colleague, Gigi Kwan, and spend four weeks at the University of California San Francisco (UCSF), Centre for Advanced Imaging Education. He’ll then attend another four weeks at St Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, working in its radiology department.

"My ultimate goal is to go into radiology. I feel radiology is a unique profession that encompasses an interesting mixture of clinical and academic medicine," Charlie said. It’s the combination of intellectual curiosity and having a motivated study partner - Gigi - that keeps Charlie in focus. "Hopefully in four year’s time, both Gigi and myself will be applying for the radiology training program," he said.

Living with his two brothers also means it’s a challenging household, where they all quiz each other on medical trivia. The Hsu brothers travel back to Taiwan once a year to visit their parents. "I’d like to stay in Queensland in the near future. It’s the place where I’ve spent the greatest portion of my life so far and it has the nicest weather!" Sport provides Charlie with his vital escape from the books, usually in the form of cycling or indoor rock climbing.

Five Bond University scholars have represented Australia with distinction at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Bachelor of Commerce/Law graduate Grant Hackett led the charge as Captain of the Australian Swimming Team, aiming for his third consecutive Olympic gold medal in the 1500m freestyle event. While he narrowly missed out on gold by just 0.69sec to Tunisian Oussama Mellouli, his silver medal and the Olympic Record time he set in his heat, along with his sixth place in the 400m freestyle event, cemented his place as one of our country’s greatest Olympic champions.

Bond student Lara Davenport also made waves at the 'Water Cube', as part of the 4 x 200m freestyle relay team. Her heat swim helped secure a place in the final for eventual gold medal winners, Kylie Palmer, Bronte Barratt, Linda Mackenzie and Stephanie Rice, who won in world record time. The Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) student swam a personal best to clinch Australia a place in the finals.

And still in swimming, but in the tougher conditions of the 10km open-water marathon swim, Bond sporting scholar and four-time Australian ironman champion Ky Hurst also put in a gutsy performance to finish 11th. Having deferred his Bachelor of Property and Sustainable Development studies to achieve his dream of competing for Australia in the Olympics, Hurst said of his Olympic debut that it was a "privilege to be a part of the Australian swim team".

Bond Alumnus and Triathlete Champion Courtney Atkinson also battled tough conditions and stifling heat to finish 11th in what was a very competitive Men’s Triathlon field. After describing the conditions as "unbelievably hard", Atkinson is already aiming to compete in the London Games in 2012.

Bond was also proudly represented at the Paralympic Games, which commenced on September 6, by Law and International Relations student Annabelle Williams.
Born with a congenital lower left limb deficiency (otherwise referred to as an ‘arm amputee’), Williams competed in the 100m Butterfly, 50m Freestyle and 100m Freestyle. She put in an outstanding performance, reaching the final of each of her events and taking out bronze in the 100m butterfly.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said the University was extremely proud of the outstanding achievements of each of its Olympic athletes.




Guest Speaker Bond Investment group: Michael Knox - ABN AMRO Morgans Chief Economist & Director of Strategy at ABN AMRO Morgans. ABN AMRO Morgans is Australia’s largest financial planning and retail stockbroking firm. Originally created as a merger between Morgans, a privately owned retail stockbroking firm, and ABN AMROS, Europe’s fifth largest banking group and currently owned by a consortium of Royal Bank of Scotland, Fortis and Banco Santander, it is now one of Australia’s premier financial services firms.

Michael Knox has previously served as an Australian Trade Commissioner and served on the Ministerial Advisory Committee on Economic Development for the Queensland Government. With such credentials behind him, Michael Knox is sure to provide insight into such turbulent times.

Madam Le Aimei - discussing - Women in China and China’s Reform and Opening Up
This seminar will begin with a survey of the role of women in China’s history; their role after the founding of the People’s Republic of China in 1949; and then on to the reform era after 1978. Topics will include: protection of women’s rights and interests; their participation in China’s economic development; participation in public and political affairs; education and health; marriage and family; and problems and challenges. The seminar will conclude with changes in China after it reform and opening up to the world, from the perspective of ‘women in China’.

Madam Le Aimei is Counsellor of the Bureau for Chinese Diplomatic Missions Abroad, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, PRC. She will be accompanied in her visit to Bond University by the Chinese Ambassador to Australia, H. E. Mr Zhang Junsai and his wife, Madam Yin Guomei.

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