Summer 2011- News on Campus @ Bond University


The Council of Bond University has great pleasure in announcing that Professor Tim Brailsford has been appointed as Vice-Chancellor and President of Bond University, effective from 2012. Professor Brailsford is a highly experienced leader in the university sector. He is currently the Frank Finn Professor of Finance and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Business, Economics and Law at the University of Queensland, in which capacity he has responsibility for around 500 staff and over 9000 students. He has held that role since 2009. Prior to that, from 2002, he was Professor and Foundation Head and Dean of the University of Queensland Business School. Professor Brailsford is a highly distinguished academic scholar. He has also held senior appointments at the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne. From 1996 to 2002, he held the roles of Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Commerce at ANU, as well as being Professor and Head of the Department of Commerce.

Prior to that appointment, he held positions at the University of Melbourne where he was Associate Professor and Deputy Head of the Department of Accounting and Finance between 1993 until 1995. This position followed an initial academic appointment at Monash University after various roles in the accounting industry. In addition to his role at the University of Queensland, Professor Brailsford has made
significant contributions in other academic leadership roles, both in Australia and overseas. He is currently the President of the Australian Business Deans Council, which role he has held since 2006; President of the Association of Asia-Pacific Business Schools; as well as playing a significant leadership role since 2005 with the international body, the Association to Advance the Collegiate Schools of Business International (AACSB), where he currently serves as a Director of the Board. He also serves on the Global Board of Trustees of the European Foundation for Management Development.

Locally, Tim has served on various committees and task forces for CPA Australia as well as having chaired the Business Education Advisory Group for the Australian Learning and Teaching Council. Professor Brailsford has a distinguished research background in the area of investments and financial management. He has published or co-authored over sixty research papers as well as numerous books and research monographs. He is also the recipient of numerous awards for his research contribution. He holds a Doctorate of Philosophy, Master of Economics and Bachelor of Economics (Honours) from Monash University.
In addition, Professor Brailsford has an active external involvement in sport, being a Director of Queensland Rugby Union and the Queensland Reds. He is also a level 1 cricket coach and a QRRA qualified rugby referee. Professor Brailsford is a strong advocate of community involvement and external engagement, a view to which Bond is equally committed.

While Professor Brailsford has spent his professional life in public sector universities, he is a strong advocate of private not-for-profit university education. He has spent time abroad and has chaired review panels of some of the world’s leading private universities and has gained considerable insight into the particular challenges of private institutions. Professor Brailsford was attracted to the role because of Bond’s commitment to the quality of the student experience and he is impressed by Bond’s significant achievements in its relatively short 22 year history. Council and the Selection Advisory Committee that assisted Council in its search went through an extremely rigorous process in identifying Professor Brailsford as the next ViceChancellor and President. This included a global search, assisted by Mr David Pumphrey from Heidrick & Struggles. The Chancellor acknowledges and thanks members of Council for their extensive participation in this process, as well as acknowledging the contribution of Professor Gerard Carney and Professor Ken Moores for their participation on the Selection Advisory Committee. Council is confident that Professor Brailsford has the leadership, strategic vision and communication skills that will help Bond realise its future aspirations, building on the legacy of previous Vice-Chancellors and Presidents, including most recently, Professor Robert Stable, who will have held that role for eight years at the time of his retirement at the end of this year.

Council is delighted that Professor Brailsford has accepted this position and knows that the entire Bond community—staff, students, alumni and other supporters—will, in the usual supportive and encouraging Bond way, reach out and welcome Tim, his wife Kerrie, and their three children, Holly, Jack and Sam.

Milestone Achievement for the Doctor of Physiotherapy (Physical Therapy)
The Doctor of Physiotherapy Program at the Faculty of Health Sciences and Medicine has now received the status of full accreditation by the Australian Physiotherapy Council (APC). This achievement means that Bond University is the first university in Australia to successfully deliver an accredited entry level Doctor of Physiotherapy Program - a model that is now starting to emerge in other universities around Australia.

“This is an exciting time for the physiotherapy team and not even the thought of the required annual reports cannot dampen our excitement and pride in this achievement! “ said Dr Nancy Low Choy, Physiotherapy Program Coordinator at Bond University. Since her appointment in July 2008, Dr Nancy Low Choy has taken the program from its Provisional Approval status (required by the APC for a physiotherapy program to commence) through the 12 month stage of accreditation to the current status of an Accredited Program.

“I appreciate the trust shown by the inaugural and current students who enrolled in the Doctor of Physiotherapy and who have contributed to the stages of accreditation and success of the Program.” “I’ve had immense pleasure in advising the current physiotherapy students of the status now achieved and will communicate this to the graduates who are already working as registered physiotherapists” said Dr Low Choy.

The two year fast-tracked physiotherapy program combines extensive theoretical training and clinical experience, featuring small group problem based learning and practical teaching sessions in Bond University’s state-of-the-art Physiotherapy Laboratory and Clinical Skills rooms. The Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine has formed an educational alliance with McMaster University in Canada, which is internationally renowned for its focus on problem based learning.

Dr Low Choy also acknowledges the foresight and vision of the initial leader of the program Dr Elizabeth Gass, the ongoing support of Jenny Dimento – the physiotherapy administration officer – and the academic team that includes the PBL tutors, Assistant Professors Michael Pahoff – committed to this program since 2006 - Pam Teys, Kathy Doiron, Nikki Milne, Penny Thurnwald and Associate Professor Joanne Bullock-Saxton.

Student applications open in November 2011 with successful applicants starting in the May 2012 semester.

A group of Bond current film and television students and alumni have taken out the 2011 Optus 180 prize for best student production.
Each year the large telecommunications company, runs a short film competition in conjunction with MTV and Event Cinemas. Entries to the competition have to be one hour long with a 180 second pilot. A series of finalists are then selected by some of Australia’s leading Film and Television Industry figures. In the most recent competition, the judges included David Wenham, Joel Edgerton and Kat Stewart.
Neon a film about a brilliant 21 year old criminology student who leads a double life as one of the Gold Coast’s most prolific drug traffickers, was created by the group of Bond film and television students and alumni. From a pool of hundreds of entered films, Neon won the student prize for best production. Directed by Milan Gandhi, Neon took out the overall student prize of $5,000 which was shared by Milan with his team – Cameron Suardana, Shane Kang, Kelly Chen, Mason Hoffman, Shanan Hound Withers, Jas Gill, Lawrence Cercone, Dipesh Parmar, the cast and rest of the crew. Other prizes awarded to the team included a Samsung Galaxy Tab and a Samsung Galaxy S Handset with a $30 Optus SIM Card pack.

Trade and Investment in the Mining and Energy Industries: Domestic and International Perspectives
The Tim Fischer Centre for Global Trade & Finance and Faculty of Law, Bond University held a conference on Trade and Investment in the Mining and Energy Industries: Domestic and International Perspectives

Mineral resources and energy security are of paramount importance to all economies. Export restrictions and investment measures have been left largely to individual or regional regulatory regimes. This interdisciplinary conference is designed to provide a forum for academics, lawyers, policymakers, business executives, government officials, trade representatives, consultants, NGOs, and students to exchange views on issues relating to the export of mineral resources and energy products and foreign direct investment in the mining and energy industries.

A number of Film and Television students recently entered short films in a competition to market one of Australia’s fastest growing franchises, “Espresso Essential – Coffee for Life”. From the four that entered, the final winner was determined by the amount of Youtube votes their film received.

The short film Coffee Breakdown, created by Andrea Cordova, Vanessa Kellett, Jamie Parfitt and Michael Porter, was the final winner of the competition. The production team included Milan Gandhi, Caitlin Willcox and a raft of other students.
Winners were announced at the Gala Awards Dinner hosted by the Essential Brands Group

Ever wondered what happens when students graduate and try to crack the big time in the City of Angels? Bond University graduates Sall Grover and Emma Jensen have recently had their highly popular blog, describing their various exploits in Los Angeles adapted for television. In numerous hilarious encounters Em and Sall describe their day to day lives as they explore love, sex and relationships in the city that gave birth to Hollywood.
In addition to developing the TV series, Sall and Emma are currently working on the sequel to the THE LA TEAM, while writing their daily blog and are also developing a number of feature films.

The Psychology Clinic is newly located on the ground level of Building 4 and staff now have the use of new consultation rooms, a teaching classroom, observation rooms and an updated learning library. Work will soon commence on the reconfiguration of the old Psychology Clinic to house both the Centre for Autism Spectrum Disorder (CASD) and the Bond University Graduate School of Research (BUGSR).

Dr Penny De Byl recently won almost $75,000 in android mobile phones and Unity Software for the Faculty through the Unity Technologies Great Education Giveaway. Participants were asked to submit example curriculum and record two short video lectures demonstrating Unity on an Android device. Dr De Byl received the award for her clean and concise content which focussed on android specific development. Judges from the competition included prominent industry figures and electronic education specialists from Europe and USA.
The announcement of Dr De Byl’s win, made to over 255,000 members of the gaming community, has elevated the profile of Bond’s games development courses and has exposed our capability to a broader, international community.

With more than 10 international and national mooting opportunities available throughout the year, Bond University prepares students for the real life court room. Dean of the Faculty of Law, Professor Geraldine Mackenzie, says the benefits for students taking part in mooting competitions during their university studies stretch beyond the trophies and accolades on offer.

"Put simply, mooting gives students the opportunity to argue a specific fictitious case in front of a Judge or Judges against opposing Counsel," said Professor Mackenzie. "Generally speaking, each mooting competition focuses on a specific area of law, so students have to come to grips with a specialised area of the law such as family law, international law, criminal law, intellectual property law and so on, to a level of detail that they would not necessarily attain in their normal classes."

Bond University Vice-Chancellor Professor Robert Stable congratulated the students on their outstanding performances in both competitions. "Mooting is a wonderful opportunity for students with an interest in certain areas of law to work with like-minded peers and network with global contacts in the legal industry."

"For Bond University to take out two top international legal competitions in one week is an incredible feat. Arguably, Bond University is now the best advocacy-teaching university in the world with such an outstanding record," said Professor Stable. Bond University has won four international (including a win at the ICC Trial Competition in 2009) and three Australian mooting competitions in the past three years. For more information on Bond's mooting accolades click here.

Forensic Science Students Get their Hands Dirty

The Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine is providing unique learning opportunities to students.

Dr Walter Wood, Associate Professor of Anatomy and Forensic Osteology expert, recently took his undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Forensic Anthropology on a field trip to develop their practical skills.


”The major objective of this field trip was to provide the student with some hands on practical experience in the burial recovery techniques which encompasses forensic archaeology” said Dr Walter Wood. The students are taken by bus to the Abbey Museum at Caboolture where a number of educational sandpits are available for archaeological experiences. The Director of the Museum provides access to the pits to Bond students as well as all the necessary equipment and recording sheets. Whilst only a replica human skeleton are used, real animal bones and cultural artefacts were also buried in the site for recovery and recording purposes.


“Our students have the potential to gain a tremendous amount of practical knowledge during these full-day trips as the excavation is based on a real forensic case scenario” said Dr Wood. The students are involved in each facet of the process, all of which they will encounter in a real-life situation. From pre-reading forensic archaeology literature, discussing the preliminary evaluation of the crime scene, determining the team membership and allocating individual tasks, defining the limits of the crime scene, setting up the grid and excavating and recording., the Bond students will experience it all.


“The Faculty of Health Sciences & Medicine has conducted similar field trips for the past four years, with the experience unique to the Faculty– no experience is available in any other Queensland university” said Dr Wood.

Whilst studying their Forensic Anthropology subjects, the students will also be involved with two other field trips including a half-day visit and lecture at the State Health Forensic Institute at Acacia Ridge and a half day visit to the Newhaven Crematorium at Staplyton.

This trip has received extremely positive feedback from all of the students involved and also proves to be a very important feature of their degree.


“It is necessary to stimulate student interest and motivation to learn, hence the significance of these field trips.

“I have found that the trip helps to build student cooperation and teamwork, clarifies forensic archaeological procedures and provides critical experience in the excavation, recording & reporting of forensic burial recovery” said Dr Wood.

Shintaro Koido on "Liberal Institutionalism: Using Institutions to move to Climate Action" -
Confirmation of candidature presentation
Since 1648, the nation-state has been the primary actor in the international system; however, the rise of institutions since the Second World War means there is competition for its powers and responsibilities, especially in responding to Climate Change. This research seeks to explain the era of independent nation-stations must come to a close in order to combat the growing threat posed by Climate Change. Promoters of the current order assert that meaningful action on Climate Change can be made through the current system, but the 2009 Copenhagen talks, as well as previous agreements, including the Kyoto Protocol have shown that national interests and developmental questions were put before international interests. Liberal Institutions, given the resources and the power, and the subsequent denuding of the power of nation-states have the ability to provide effective guidance to national and sub-national powers on such issues as climate change mitigation and adaptation strategies. This will create a new world order incorporating ideas of cooperation between powers and sustainable growth for the future.



The Honourable Justice John Doyle, Chief Justice of South Australia delivered the Eighth Gerard Brennan Lecture on ‘Imagining the Past, Remembering the Future – The Demise of Civil Litigation’

ROSS GITTINS (AM)Economics Editor - Sydney Morning Herald
Mr Gittins is one of Australia's most respected and well-known journalists being the Economics Editor of the Sydney Morning Herald and an economic columnist for The Age. He is also the author of popular books on matters of economic importance . You will know of his books their titles such as "Gittinomics” and his guides to economics, including a students' guide. His most recent book goes by an issue that entices us and too often manages to escape our eager grasp---happiness. DOES UNSUSTAINABLE GROWTH MAKE US HAPPY?
Mr Gittins will argue that economics is too narrow to be allowed to dominate public policy advice the way it does. Politicians and economists pursue endless economic growth in the belief it makes us happier. But does it? If it doesn't that's good news because the scientists tell us continuing economic growth is physically impossible and we are close to the 'limits to growth'. But what do we do for an encore?

Dr Trevor Rowe AO DUniv - (Former Chancellor of Bond University)
Mr Rowe is Executive Chairman of Rothschild Australia Limited. Previous to joining Rothschild Mr Rowe was at Citigroup Global Markets and held numerous senior positions with Salomon Smith Barney over a period of some 23 years living and working in New York, Asia and Australia. He established Salomon Brothers offices in Australia in 1983.

Mr Steve Sargent, President & Chief Executive Officer of GE Capital Asia Pacific, leads GE’s financial services businesses across 11 markets in the region to serve more than 15 million businesses and consumers.

Ms Kathryn Greiner AO, has been Chairman and Non-Executive Director of Australian Hearing since October 2006. Kathryn’s professional career has involved administering early childhood services and mental health programs, both in Australia and the United States. She has held many corporate and not-for-profit directorships, including the Salvation Army Sydney Shield Appeal, Save the Children Fund, LEK Consulting, International Council of the Asia Society and the Sydney Peace Prize Foundation.


It gives me great pleasure to announce the appointment of Andrew Calder to the position of Director of Research. Dr Suzanne Bedford has also been appointed as the Research Data and Reporting Officer and Dr Latha Kancherla as the new Grants Coordinator. Our new team members are profiled below.

Andrew Calder MSc (Hons) – Environmental Science BSc - Soil Science & Microbiology
Andrew is currently the Director of Research Performance and Analysis for the Australian Research Council (ARC). Andrew comes to us with an extensive knowledge of state, national and international funding schemes. He has considerable expertise regarding Australian competitive grants, in particular a range of ARC funding schemes, Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) funding and a range of other public sector and industry funding programs. His expertise is not confined to the national stage as he is highly conversant with a number of international funding schemes such as the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, National Science Foundation (NSF) and the European Union funding through their Framework program. Of particular advantage to Bond, will be his thorough working knowledge of state funding and consultancy schemes. This encompasses the various Queensland government health grants and Smart Futures Fund including the various fellowship and scholarship schemes, including DEEDI, Tourism, the Queensland Water Commission and the Department of Communities.

Having played a key role in the ERA 2010 assessment process, Andrew will be instrumental in providing strategic advice as we prepare for the next round. He also has comprehensive working knowledge of the Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC), block funding and Mission-based Compacts. Altogether Andrew’s wide-ranging expertise will inform Bond efforts in expanding its research capability and he will be an invaluable addition to the Bond community as a whole.

Dr Latha Kancherla
Latha joined the Office of Research Services as Grants Coordinator in April. Latha has worked in a number of universities including University of Melbourne, University of Queensland and Griffith University in both academic and administrative roles for the past ten years. She was awarded a PhD in Plant Biotechnology and Molecular Biology from the University of Melbourne and worked as a Research Fellow at the University of Queensland. Latha has published four papers in international refereed journals. Her administrative expertise includes laboratory management, research management and office management. Latha enjoys working with people, and says that she feels privileged to be part of the Bond community. She is a welcome addition to the Office of Research Services team.

Dr Suzanne Bedford
Suzanne rejoined the Office of Research Services in May after working on the Research Master project in the Project Management Office at Bond. Suzanne was awarded her PhD in Neuroscience from The Australian National University after which she was employed as an ARC and NH&MRC Postdoctoral Fellow in Research School of Biological Sciences at ANU. She has maintained Visiting Fellow status at ANU, works in collaboration with PHCRED at Bond and has published in a number of international journals. Suzanne also has experience in clinical trials, ethics and government reporting requirements and is looking forward to working with members of the Bond community to develop the university’s research capacity. ORS is very pleased to welcome her back to the team.