January 2011 News on Campus @ Bond University


Bond University has received a significant grant of $3 million over five years from the Estate of Dr Clem Jones AO. The grant will fund Bond University’s macular degeneration research project to help find a cure for the leading cause of blindness in Australia.

Led by Bond University’s Professor of Surgery Dr Patrick Warnke, the research project is a collaboration on a global scale between the University, other institutions, and leading Gold Coast ophthalmologists including Dr Darryl Gregor and Dr Peter Heiner. The team plans to develop a procedure, which utilises the patient’s own adult stem cells and latest nanotechnology. Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said the research grant was an outstanding achievement for the University, which reflected the considerable growth in its research portfolio.

"This significant research grant will contribute immensely to the innovative and cutting-edge research that Dr Warnke and his team are conducting here on the Gold Coast." said Professor Stable “Dr Warnke is an internationally recognised stem cell researcher known for growing a new jawbone in the back of a cancer sufferer using the patient’s own stem cells. He joined Bond University from Germany’s University of Kiel almost a year ago and has continued his revolutionary MyJoint program here.

“Additionally, internationally acclaimed Evidence-Based-Medicine researcher Professor Paul Glasziou joined Bond from Oxford University earlier this month. Joining Pro Vice-Chancellor- Research, Professor Chris Del Mar, he will greatly enhance the University’s interest in this field.

“In the past two years our research and consultancy income increased by more than 40 per cent from 2007 to 2008 and by a further 23 per cent in 2009. This latest grant, coupled with a $4 million grant from the Australian Government for a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Australia Fellowship awarded to Professor Paul Glasziou, truly does indicate we are building considerable momentum within our research capabilities. “I commend Dr Warnke and the collaborative team on their innovative and important work to progress the cure of macular degeneration and I thank the trustees of the Estate of Dr Clem Jones AO for their support,” said Professor Stable.

Associate Professor of Multimedia and Computer Games, Dr Penny De Byl is joining this new revolution of gaming ensuring Bond’s students are well equipped for their future careers.

Penny submitted a curriculum proposal as part of the Unity Technologies Great Education Giveaway, which outlines her plan for a subject to be offered under the School of Communication and Media giving students an opportunity to learn about materials centred on mobile and tablet PC development.

On 17th October, Penny’s proposal was announced as one of 20 finalists from around the world, who received a licence to Unity Pro, Unity Android and a Google Nexus One phone to develop, refine and test their curriculum proposals. “This competition will give our students the opportunity to be involved in cutting edge technology, in one of the fastest growing industries,” said Dr De Byl.

“The casual games industry is said to be worth more than $4 billion worldwide.” By 18th December, finalists will be required to submit a proposal for a one semester mobile games curriculum and two 20 minute video example lectures from their proposed course. From the top ranked submissions, Unity Technologies will select 3 schools to advance to round 2. Schools selected to participate in round 2 will each be awarded 20 licenses to Unity Pro, Unity Android Pro and 20 Google Nexus One phones to use for up to 18 months. Round 2 results will be released on 1st February 2011.

Faculty Academic and Assistant Professor of Anatomy, Dr Allan Stirling, was the recent recipient of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council’s “Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning”. Assistant Professor Stirling has been an advocate of innovative and interactive learning methods since coming to Bond University in 2007, and this prestigious award is reflective of his work.

“ I previously worked in a clinical profession as a surgical registrar and now teach clinical anatomy, biomedical science and anatomy subjects, and the Faculty’s Exercise Science program,” said Assistant Professor Stirling. The citation comes with a $10,000 grant which will allow Assistant Professor Stirling to further develop his teaching methods.
He currently utilises academic tools like podcasts, vodcasts, crosswords, flash quizzes, and other teaching aids. With the help of the grant he plans to further investigate new and innovative methods to motivate students.

In the future Professor Stirling hopes to incorporate new technology and medical teaching research into a doctorate, perhaps forming a research unit of his own. “New developments in higher-education schooling techniques such as virtual reality, haptics and augmented reality are a unique and effective way to prepare medical students for their chosen career paths,” said Assistant Professor Stirling.

On Friday 17th September, Bond University hosted the English Australia Conference dinner on campus where over 300 English language professionals from around the country met to close their successful 2010 conference. The English Australia Awards Program seeks to recognise and celebrate the outstanding contribution of individuals and organisations have made to the professionalism and reputation of the ELICOS industry in Australia.

During the dinner, Paulo Vieira, Director of Studies from the Bond University English Language Institute was awarded the inaugural English Australia award for Academic Leadership. This award recognises Paulo’s contribution to BUELI through the implementation and management of student support, the management, development and support of staff, and his contribution to the industry through the development and enhancement of links with other institutions and organisations. Paulo’s years of experience and contribution to the industry have been justly rewarded and we congratulate his achievement.

Former Young Queenslander of the Year for 2009 and Bachelor of International Relations and Law and Master of Journalism graduate, Mr Chiu-Hing Chan was recently appointed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (DFAT) the Australian Youth Representative to the Shanghai World Expo.

Originally nominated by the Queensland government for the position, Chiu-Hing is the Vice Chairman of the Australian Chinese General Chamber of Business and was recently reappointed as an executive member for the 2012 London Olympic subcommittee of the Queensland Olympic Council.

“While I didn't expect to be appointed above all the other potential candidates put forward by the other state and territory governments, I am delighted to be representing Australia and the Australian people on the world stage” said Mr Chan.

Chiu-Hing, made an address on behalf of Australia at the expo's Youth Summit on the issue of “Cities, Youth and Future”, on the 29th of October. Mr Chan also presented a one minute DVD at the expo that showcased Australia's vision of future cities around the world.All content and information from this DVD was compiled with the assistance of Bond University's School of Sustainable Development.

Chiu-Hing has a rich history of representing both Australia and Queensland and was the youngest executive committee member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors, as well as the youngest President / Chair of the Queensland Police Chinese Crime Prevention Committee.

“Being that China is westernizing, expanding and globalizing the opportunities that exist for everyone are very substantial. “I wanted to test what I have learned at University and an internship has helped me apply the theory I have learned in the classroom to the real world,” he said. “Working for a social gaming company is a lot of fun, but a lot of hard work. Economics, sociology, market research and business models all play a major part in social gaming. “Unlimited and unexpected possibilities have made my internship such a valuable experience,” Charles said.

Upon completion of his internship Charles plans to return to Australia to graduate from the Master of International Relations in May 2011. “Currently a few opportunities have been presented to me, here in China and also in the United States. Once I graduate I plan to take a month long vacation and will decide which avenue to take.”


Australia's next generation of filmmakers have been recognised at the 14th Annual Bond University Film and Television Awards (BUFTA). The short film competition for high school students attracted a record number of almost 100 entries nationally this year with finalists coming from all over Australia to attend the Gala Award Ceremony on November 26. Director of Film and Television at Bond University Associate Professor Michael Sergi said, “As a University film school, we think it is very important we offer encouragement and acknowledge the efforts of these budding filmmakers while they're at high school. “The external recognition motivates them, gives them a goal to aim for and helps them to feel as though achieving their dreams is possible,” said Associate Professor Sergi.


Students were required to enter an original short-film in one of six categories: Animation; Drama; Documentary; Experimental; Comedy; and Music Video. They could also be nominated for a Craft Award recognising technical skills such as directing, cinematography, editing and sound. Many of the Hollywood hopefuls had their sights set on the fiercely contested Best Overall Filmmaker Award, which comes with one of Australia's richest prizes for secondary students – a full tuition scholarship to study a Bachelor of Film and Television at Bond University (valued at $86,520).


The 2010 winner of the coveted award was Joshua Beattie from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, for his moving drama To Claire; From Sonny. The film centres on a young man writing what appears to be a love letter to a girlfriend that has left him, with a twist that sees the audience later learn that the girlfriend died tragically and he feels responsible for her death. Associate Professor Sergi said the panel of five judges (including three external judges from the industry) found deciding on an overall winner was incredibly difficult due to the high calibre of entries received. “The judging panel felt Joshua's film was of a remarkable technical standard and displayed a level of emotional maturity beyond his years. He also impressed us with the work he'd done on other entries, having composed an outstanding original musical score for another film. “It was by far the most difficult category to judge, with three finalists in very close contention.


Congratulations also go to Brandon Lee, also from the Queensland Academy for Creative Industries and Dickson College's Josie Baynes who were very deserving Runners-Up,” he said. Associate Professor Sergi congratulated all of the finalists, along with their media teachers, who he praised for their great work and support and for inspiring the students to pursue their ambitions. “The winners of all the categories should be celebrated. These are young people with exceptional ability and talent who deserve acknowledgment and we hope in some way this competition was able to give them the recognition they deserve. “The film industry celebrates young talent and if these students keep working diligently and are committed and passionate about continuing to educate themselves in the industry, they will go far,” said Associate Professor Sergi.

WINNERS LIST Category Awards  ·  BEST ANIMATION Ashley Faloon, Benowa State High School, Qld ·  BEST COMEDY Tim Whybrow, Launceston College, Tas ·  BEST DOCUMENTARY Ashley Davies, Huntingtower School, Vic ·  BEST DRAMA Joshua Beattie, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Qld ·  BEST EXPERIMENTAL Olivia Love, Ascham School, NSW ·  BEST MUSIC VIDEO Natasha Murray, St Francis Xavier College, ACT Craft Awards   ·  BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY Brandon Lee, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Qld ·  BEST DIRECTING Josie Baynes, Dickson College, ACT ·  BEST EDITING Josie Baynes, Dickson College, ACT ·  BEST SCREENPLAY Stephanie McDonald, Methodist Ladies College, Vic ·  BEST SOUND Josie Baynes, Dickson College, ACT
Other Awards   ·  ENCOURAGEMENT AWARD Tyrone Tamly-Rajah, Shenton College, WA ·  GOLD COAST CITY COUNCIL FILMMAKER AWARD Josh Hourigan, Varsity College, Qld ·  DEAN'S CHOICE AWARD Stephanie McDonald, Methodist Ladies College, Vic ·  BEST SCHOOL AWARD Huntingtower School, Vic  ·  BEST OVERALL FILMMAKER Joshua Beattie, Queensland Academy for Creative Industries, Qld

The PMPA Awards target leaders and future leaders in the Pacific and offer practical work placements to high-achieving recipients of development scholarships. The placements give recipients experience and insight into the daily management of an Australian business organisation and complement their postgraduate academic experience with on-the-job training.

Commencing in the January 2011 semester, Rejinal will undertake his practical work placement as a Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences. Rejinal said that he is very proud and excited to be given this opportunity to teach Journalism students.

“The PMPA award and work placement at Bond University will provide me with a very valuable experience,” he said. Following his work placement, Rejinal plans to head back home to Fiji to commence employment as a tertiary journalism teacher.

“The knowledge I will gain from experiencing the work culture in Australia will definitely help me in my future career as a journalism academic,” he said. “I am looking forward to going back home to contribute towards the development of journalism in Fiji and the Pacific."

Bond University will this year offer more than 200 remarkable students Australia wide tuition assistance as part of our scholarship program, designed to attract Australia’s best and brightest students.

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable said, “Both the number and quality of scholarship applications we receive is growing exponentially year-on-year, which is a reflection of Bond’s strong reputation nationally for providing quality, personalised education.

"Our scholarship program is designed to assist us to identify students who demonstrate not only outstanding academic performance, but also a great deal of leadership potential – a quality we aspire to instil in all our graduates."

"We are incredibly excited to be welcoming such an extraordinary, promising group of students to the Bond community," said Professor Stable.

December was the end of semester and exams, check next months newsletter for 2011 events.


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Bondies featured this month include Nick Jonsson (Class of '99) and Megan Pagliuca (Class of '04) -

Class of '99
Bachelor of Communication and Master of Public Relations alumnus, Nick Jonsson, last month launched a French Fashion Company in Vietnam, Sophie Paris. In a gala ceremony held at the company’s in-house fashion center in Ho Chi Minh City's District 3, Sophie Paris unveiled a catalogue of over 250 products to members and potential customers. With a track record of establishing the company in the Philippines and Morocco as well as Indonesia, the $100 million firm has come to be Asia's leading fashion company selling direct, with over 100,000 active members worldwide. Its Vietnam foundation team, of which Nick is General Director, brings more than 40 years of experience in direct selling to the fast developing South East Asian Nation.

Class of '04
Merkle, North America's largest and fastest growing independent customer relationship marketing agency has announced the hiring of Bond Master of Electronic Commerce alumnus, Megan Pagliuca, as a Vice President in the display media division, a new position focused on establishing and executing targeted display advertising for Merkle’s growing client base. As a thought leader in the targeted display advertising marketplace, Megan will help grow Merkle’s display business by leveraging Merkle’s deep analytic expertise and access to audience data to drive superior ad targeting, analysis and attribution.



Coming up
Bond Business School, Bond University presents a BUSINESS LINKS Event
“Giving Voice to Values” Professor Mary C. Gentile - Babson College
Thursday, 3 February 2011 5:30pm – 7:00pm
The seminar will be followed by drinks and light refreshments.
Theatre 4, Building 6, University Centre (BLD06_4_14) Bond University

Mary C. Gentile, Ph.D., is Senior Research Scholar at Babson College; Senior Advisor, The Aspen Institute Business & Society Program; and an independent consultant based in Arlington, MA. Previously Mary was a faculty member and manager of case research at the Harvard Business School.

Dr. Gentile works with corporate, non-profit and academic institutions on curriculum development, executive coaching, issue definition and strategy related to leadership development, social impact management, ethics, business education and diversity. Her clients include: Harvard Business School, Pfizer Corporation, The United Nations Global Compact Learning Forum, Harvard University Kennedy School of Government, Duke University Fuqua School of Management, Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley, among others.

Dr Gentile has developed the program “Giving Voice to Values” while associated with the Aspen Institute Business & Society Program. This program has now been adopted by more than 100 universities worldwide. Her book, Giving Voice To Values: How To Speak Your Mind When You Know What's Right (2010) is now available from Yale University Press.