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STORIES Summer 2021-22


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    • Strategic partnerships take centre stage minus-thick plus-thick


      UniSA has announced several new industry partnerships as it joins forces with global companies to drive innovation in international education.

      The University is partnering with LinkedIn to offer pathways to gain officially recognised academic credit for UniSA degrees to people studying through LinkedIn Learning.

      One of only a select group of universities internationally to partner with LinkedIn Learning on the pilot program, UniSA is also the program’s launch partner for the Asia Pacific region.

      The University will also collaborate with global professional services company Accenture to develop the Innovation Academy in Digital Business, which kicks off in 2022.

      The Academy will combine the best of Accenture’s global practice and expertise with UniSA’s proven leadership in transformative, industry-informed business education and research.

      The Academy’s first offering – the Bachelor of Digital Business – was designed and custom built, leveraging real-world Accenture material and case studies.

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      The UniSA Law Building at City West campus has been renamed the Lewis O’Brien Building in honour of the highly respected Kaurna Elder and leader.

      Uncle Lewis Yarlupurka O’Brien AO is an educator, philosopher, historian, advisor, counsellor, writer, and speaker of the Kaurna language.

      An Adjunct Professor and Fellow of the University, Uncle Lewis is the recipient of numerous awards – including the 1977 Aboriginal Elder of the Year, the 2009 National Committee of Human Rights Citizen of Humanity award, and an Order of Australia Medal.

      The Lewis O’Brien Building will be the future home of UniSA’s Aboriginal Knowledges Centre, a community gathering space to foster cultural connections and knowledge sharing.

      UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says Uncle Lewis’ commitment and service to community have been unwavering.

      Read the full story in UniSA News.

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      Two prominent Aboriginal thought leaders will join UniSA as part of a new Visiting Research Fellowship scheme.

      Curator, artist and activist Djon Mundine OAM, and author, researcher and arts critic Dr Tyson Yunkaporta, were named the inaugural Pirku murititya UniSA Visiting Research Fellows.

      Mundine is a Bandjalung man from the Northern Rivers of New South Wales, and Dr Yunkaporta is from the Apalech clan from Western Cape York.

      Under the Visiting Research Fellowship scheme, which is being supported by private donors and corporate sponsors and matched by the University, 500 researchers from around the world will collaborate with UniSA researchers over the next five years – and First Nations-led research will be a key component.

      UniSA Deputy Vice Chancellor: Research and Enterprise Professor Marnie Hughes-Warrington says the scheme is about investing in global partnerships to drive change at both local and international levels.

      “When researchers work alone, they produce great outcomes. When researchers collaborate, they achieve remarkable outcomes,” she says.

      Read more in the related media release.

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      UniSA radiation therapist Dr Michala Short has been named South Australia’s Unsung Hero of Science for 2021, acknowledging her 20-year career helping to improve the lives of cancer patients, alongside her work to support the establishment of Australia’s first proton therapy centre.

      The UniSA lecturer and researcher was awarded the honour in the South Australian Science Awards in November.

      Dr Short is one of only three South Australian radiation therapists with a PhD, and her contribution to scientific research in South Australia has not only helped cancer patients but has trained and inspired a new generation of researchers.

      The young scientist will be pivotal in the operation of the Australian Bragg Centre for Proton Therapy and Research , the first of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere to treat paediatric, adolescent and young adult patients and those with rare cancers. It is due to open in 2025.

      UniSA researchers Dr Brenton Hordacre and Dr Vitomir Kovanovic were also recognised at the awards as two of South Australia’s 10 Young Tall Poppies of Science for 2021.

      Read more in the related media release.

    • UniSA lung health expert takes the Oscar for Australia’s emerging leader in science minus-thick plus-thick

      Associate Professor Kristin Carson-Chahhoud has won the 2021 Australian Museum AstraZeneca Prize for Emerging Leader in Science.

      Considered the ‘Oscars’ of Australian science, the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes are the country’s most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence across the areas of research & innovation, leadership, science engagement, and school science.

      Assoc Prof Carson-Chahhoud has established national standards for Quitline counselling, using the same innovative augmented reality technology behind Pokémon Go to effectively communicate health messages, replacing complex, paper-based information.

      In a world-first study published in 2020, Assoc Prof Carson-Chahhoud found that smokers were six times more likely to quit the habit by using Quitline counselling in combination with the medication varenicline tartrate.

      The acclaimed scientist is the first in her family to earn a university degree and was one of the youngest to attain Associate Professor status in Australia at the age of 32.

      Read more in the related media release.

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      South Australia Police Commissioner Grant Stevens is among this year’s recipients of UniSA Alumni Awards.

      Commissioner Stevens’ role at the helm of the South Australia’s COVID-19 emergency response was recognised in the annual awards, which are designed to showcase distinguished members of the University’s 220,000-strong global alumni community.

      Rising Sun Pictures co-founder Wayne Lewis, Dementia Alliance International co-founder Kate Swaffer, and culturally informed healing organisation We Al-li chief executive officer Dr Caroline Atkinson were also honoured at this year’s awards.

      UniSA Vice Chancellor Professor David Lloyd says the Alumni Awards pay tribute to the pioneers, innovators and changemakers who have been influenced by their time at UniSA.

      Read the full story in the related media release.