January 2009 Newsworthy & Interesting Things

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Bond University students took out a first place and two highly commended awards at the Ossie Awards for Student Journalism – the prestigious Australia-NZ-Pacific prizes which this year drew 137 entries from 17 universities throughout the region.

Annabelle Cottee won the hotly contested Best Print News Story by an Undergraduate or Graduate student for her page one bylined story in the Sunday Telegraph newspaper in Sydney, written while she was on work experience there.

It was titled ‘Paralympians hung out to dry by swimsuit snub’ and was sourced by her personal contacts. It generated substantial debate in the national media over whether disabled athletes should be entitled to the Speedo LZR Racer swimsuits worn by their able-bodied counterparts in Beijing. It prompted a reverse in the policy, allowing the paralympians to wear the racer swimsuit.

Annabelle was also Highly Commended (second place) in the overall Best Story (Any Medium) category.

Another Bond student, Anna Rosendahl, also achieved highly at the awards, obtaining a Highly Commended in the Best Print Story by an Undergraduate Student for her story ‘Care Scam Plan’, exposing a rort by general practitioners of a government rebate on health care.

Professor Mark Pearson, Head of Journalism and Director of Bond's Centre for New Media Research and Education, said: "Congratulations to both students for their work of a truly professional standard."


As part of its review of university Psychology programs throughout Australia, the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) has finalised its report on the Psychology programs at Bond.

"Following this review, all of Bond's undergraduate, fourth year and specialist postgraduate masters programs have been awarded the status of full accreditation, on the basis that they meet all of the standards for accreditation," Chair of Psychology Dr Mark Edwards has announced.

"As part of this review, the Australian Psychological Society (APS) awarded our Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Psychology (Forensic) the status of full approval for the purpose of Associate Membership of the APS Colleges of Clinical Psychologists and Forensic Psychologists, respectively," Dr Edwards said. "I'm delighted with the outcome of this review."

Successful Research Grant Funding
The Vice-Chancellor announced that the following Bond University academic staff have been successful in obtaining research grant funding. Dr Mark Pearson has been awarded funding by the Australian Research Council (ARC) for a linkage grant for the project ‘Vulnerability and the new media: Investigating print media coverage of groups deemed to be vulnerable in Australian society and the media’s understanding of their status’. This project has funding for two years and the lead institution is the University of South Australia.

Dr William van Caenegem has been awarded funding for three years to research ‘Nothing can be created out of nothing’: workers, their know-how and the employment relationships that support them. This funding has also been awarded by the Australian Research Council (ARC) and the lead institution for this project is the University of Melbourne.

A successful project application was also approved for Professor Russell Chess-Williams who was awarded funding for three years from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC). Bond University is the lead institution for this project. Professor Chess-Williams project is ‘How does ATP signal bladder fullness and how does this go wrong?’

We congratulate all the recipients of these research grants and wish them all the best for their respective projects.

The current economic climate, both globally and domestically, is the source of some concern.
This is especially the case in terms of graduates in the coming 12 months, as the volume of vacant positions has severely decreased. The Sustainable Development Students Association would like to introduce the first PROPERTY 'PEARL OF WISDOM' EVENING

We have three guest speakers from varying national and global companies coming to give students their take on the credit crunch and advice for both the short and long term future. The guests include:

Ken Warriner Managing Director and Board Chairman of Consolidated Pastoral Company, Chairman of Gunn Rural Management (GRM), Chairman of Australian Rural Exports (Austrex), Past Chairman of Consolidated Meat Group (CMG) and Northern Territory Cattlemans Association

Gordon Douglas, Co-Founding Director of PRD Nationwide, Director of Investment Management Australia (IMA), Founder of Quality Apartments, Member and Past President of Gold Coast Development Association

Christopher Kogler, Co-Owner of Preston Rowe Paterson (PRP Valuers and Consultants), Associate of the Australian Property Institute. Has also been single practitioner as well as involvement in a smaller, two man practice locally

The Centre for Forensic Excellence has scored a major coup; announcing that one of the world’s leading experts in forensic science and criminal justice will join their research team in September 2009.

Dr Carole McCartney from Leeds University in the UK has been awarded a Marie Curie Fellowship for a two-year posting at Bond University.

A specialist in the areas of Australian justice, innocence projects, DNA and criminal justice, Dr McCartney will collaborate with Associate Professor of Law, David Field; Criminology Chair, Professor Paul Wilson; Professor of Forensic Science, Angela van Daal; and Assistant Professor of Criminology, Robyn Lincoln on a research project entitled ‘Forensic Identification Fronteirs’.

It will be something of a homecoming and reunion for Dr McCartney who completed her Masters of Criminology at Bond under Professor Wilson and Assistant Professor Lincoln almost a decade ago and co-authored Justice in the Deep North: A History of Crime and Justice in Queensland with them.

“We are delighted that Dr McCartney will be bringing her expertise back to Bond University, returning as a leading expert in forensic science and criminal justice,” said Professor Wilson.

“Her research on issues relating to the effectiveness and governance of Forensic Science is highly respected and we will be delighted to work on this important inter-disciplinary and international project with her.”

The Centre for Forensic Excellence was established earlier this year at Bond University to focus cross-disciplinary research in all aspects of forensic studies and their application to science, law and criminal psychology.

Dr McCartney has published extensively on issues relating to community justice and DNA, and established an Innocence Project at the University of Leeds in 2005.

During her previous tenure at bond, she managed a major Centenary of Federation project examining one hundreds years of crime and justice issues in Queensland.

Two Health Sciences and Medicine students were recently recognised at the University’s Research Student of the Year Awards. Sandra Ramos received the Bond University Research Candidate of the Year Award, providing Sandra with $2,500 to be spent on research related expenses. Sandra’s research is investigating the effect of short-term administration of growth hormones (GH) on the immune function in moderately trained male subjects. “No equivalent studies of this type have been conducted elsewhere nationally or internationally,” Sandra said.

“The results may be able to assist the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) in relation to the adverse side effects associated with GH administration and to assist in developing their policies and guidelines on banned performance enhancing agents.”

Sandra’s research may provide further evidence for the adverse health effect of growth hormone administration on immune cells and their function.

Ekua Brenu was the recipient of the IPRS (Endeavour International Postgraduate Research Scholarship), receiving $10,000, which covers her fees and health insurance. Ekua’s research topic is “Immunology And Genetics: Investigating Causes Of Chronic Fatigue Syndrome”. “I will be looking at the state of the immune system in these individuals and a variety of genes,” Ekua explained.

“It is a three year project that is a continuation of my honours.” Both students are supervised by Assistant Professor Sonya Marshall-Gradisnik, Assistant Professor of Biochemistry. Professor Mieke van Driel, Associate Dean of Research, said she was extremely proud of the students. “They are both very diligent students and Sonya has done an excellent job in supervising them,” said Professor van Driel.

The Law Faculty will be offering a study tour to China during the semester break in April.

LAWS 449 – Law in the People’s Republic of China is a fully accredited elective subject for both undergraduate and postgraduate students in any Bond faculty. Presented by Associate Professor Terry Gygar, it comprises an 18 day tour of China during the 091/092 semester break, from April 28 to May 16. The itinerary is drawn up so the program combines academic studies at the prestigious South West China University of Politics and Law with visits to Chinese law firms, businesses, farms and villages, plus visits to historic sites in China.

As such, it is an invaluable study experience for students in any discipline and a unique opportunity to develop future contacts and gain an understanding of the nation that is rapidly emerging as Australia’s leading trading partner.

Their winning entry, Animal Instincts, is a five-minute comedy about a cow and a sheep battling for farmyard supremacy. Showcasing their signature stop-motion animation style, the Festival judges deemed that it was “guaranteed to get any audience on the edge of their seats laughing”.

Cameron and Michael produced their latest award winner using the $15,000 they won in the Nescafe Big Break Awards while studying at Bond. “Working with a limited budget, we made all the sets and props by hand – including a miniature farmyard – setting up a temporary studio in our garage where we virtually lived and worked for six months straight,” said Michael.

“In such a specialised area like stop-motion animation, equipment can be very expensive so we had to come up with creative, yet economical ways to get professional results. “We also found that this approach creates a more organic style which complements the charm of stop-motion animation.”

The sports awards recognised the most outstanding achievements by Bond students including both sporting performance and service and dedication to sport at Bond University. The following awards were presented;

University Colour Award
Nathanael Winter – Gold Medal, Mens Golf Individual – Australian University Games

Daniele Wilton – Gold Medal, Womens Snowboard – Snow Sports Championships

Liam Auer – Silver Medal, Mens 400m Freestyle – Australian University Games

University Blue Award - Lara Davenport – Gold Medal, Womens 4 x 200m Freestlye relay – Bejing Olympic Games

Annabelle Williams – Bronze Medal, Womens 100m Butterfly – Bejing Paralympic Games

Dave Upton – National Team Selection – Ice Hockey, Green & Gold Selection – Australian University Games (Rugby)

Outstanding Service to Sport Award - Tom Clarke

Sporting Silk Award - Tim Lee

Club of the Year Award - Bond Tennis Club

Sports Star of the Year - Lara Davenport


Congratulations to the Bond University team of Justin Vianello and Keith Roberts who took out third place at this year’s John Heine Enterpreneurial Challenge (formerly Moot Corp). Our boys put in an outstanding performance with a smooth and convincing pitch. Unfortunately they were pipped at the post by the University of Adelaide team (yes, Noel Lindsay has done it again!)

Bond University Students excel in the 39th Australian National Final Japanese Language Speech Contest. The Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences is delighted to announce that Bond University students, Gene Godwin and Sam McDonald are recent award recipients in the 39th Australian National Final Japanese Language Speech Contest held at the State Library of NSW on Saturday, 18th October 2008.

Sam McDonald won first place in the Open Beginners division for his speech titled Japanese Whaling. Gene Godwin succeeded in third place in the Open Beginners division for his speech titled International Marriage. Congratulations to both Sam and Gene on this great achievement.

Associate Prof. Masako Gavin has won a 2008 Japan Foundation fellowship. This trimester she is representing Bond and completing her book on eminent Japanese intellectual Abe Isoo (1865-1949) at Waseda University, a Japanese "Oxbridge".

STUART MURRAY wins learning & teaching council citation - Dr Stuart Murray, Assistant Professor in International Relations, has been awarded a $10,000 Australian Learning and Teaching Council citation.


Bond Business Leaders Forum

Delegates to the 7th Australian Conference on Personality and Individual Differences

STUDENT PROFILE - medical student, Stephen Kyranis
Third year medical student, Stephen Kyranis, believes in leading a balanced life: The newly-elected President of the Medical Students Society of Bond University (MSSBU) has also been appointed Secretary for Sponsorships and Marketing for the Asian Medical Students Association and made the Dean’s List for academic achievement during Phase II of his degree program.

“It seems clear to me that students who involved themselves in all aspects of life at Bond University not only have a balanced approach to their studies but also achieve better academic results,” he said.

Stephen enrolled in Bond’s Bachelor of Medicine Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) in 2006 after completing one year of pharmacy at the University of Queensland.

“After the first year, I realized that pharmacy was only going to be a stepping stone to my future career as a doctor so I decided to switch to an undergraduate medical degree.

“Bond University’s was by far the shortest in terms of years and also offered a comprehensive approach modeled on the University of Sydney’s MBBS program.”

Stephen hasn’t looked back since making the switch and has his sights set on a career in general practice, orthopaedics or urology.
In the meantime, he is preparing for a busy year representing his fellow students as MSSBU President.

“I see my primary role as ensuring that each student has the opportunity to be heard,” he said.