ARC Linkage Grant to Support Biodiversity in Naracoorte Caves

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Congratulations to IPAS members, Dr Lee Arnold and Adjunct Professor Nigel Spooner for their successful $669k ARC Linkage Project to establish an unprecedented record of biodiversity and environmental change during the Quaternary in the Naracoorte Caves.

The caves of Naracoorte provide a rare opportunity to investigate multiple biological and environmental records spanning a key period in earth history. The study will integrate investigations on all aspects of the preserved deposits, employing new approaches in geochronology, palaeontology and geochemistry to develop a truly comprehensive reconstruction of regional-scale palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmental histories.  Comprehensive understanding of long term patterns is key to our understanding of future impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

A full list of successfully funded ARC Linkage programs can be found here.

IPAS Seminar: Dr Kerry Mudge

KerryMudgeThis week’s IPAS seminar will feature Dr Kerry Mudge, who will be presenting  an “Overview of Free Space Optical Communications (FSOC) Research at DST Group“.

Kerry is currently a researcher within the Department of Defence, Science and Technology.

Event details:
Thursday, 22nd June, 3:30-4:30 pm
Level 2, The Braggs Meeting Room

Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS)

Screen Shot 2017-06-21 at 10.18.28 amThe University of Adelaide has partnered with IMNIS to offer 20 PhDs the chance to receive one year of mentoring from an industry leader in the areas of MedTech-Pharma and Energy Resources.

What is IMNIS?

The Industry Mentoring Network in STEM (IMNIS) is a prestigious, award-winning initiative of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). IMNIS connects motivated PhD students with outstanding industry leaders in a one year mentoring program. Officially launched in 2015, IMNIS has successfully piloted in multiple universities in three states and was recognised in 2016 with a prestigious B/HERT Best Higher Education and Training Collaboration Award.

Mentors (industry leaders) and mentees (PhD students) meet face-to-face for 1 hour each month. Guidelines are provided to both mentors and the mentees, and five state-level networking events are hosted by IMNIS to allow mentors and mentees to network and connect more broadly.

IMNIS is not a job placement program. IMNIS is an opportunity to increase your understanding of industry, extend your professional skills and expand your network!

The Program

IMNIS is a 12 month program of mentoring, networking, education and training. IMNIS provides mentees real-world experience, pragmatic advice and a broad professional network that enhances their capacity to engage with industry and understand commercialisation and regulatory processes related to innovating their research. Importantly, IMNIS also extends the mentees’ professional network in different parts of the STEM sector across their State, and educates mentees about the career opportunities beyond academia.

Mentees are matched with an industry leader who will be their individual mentor for the year. Each month, there will be a 1 hour mentor-mentee meeting to review mentee progress, career aspirations, challenges, skills development, answer questions, and to share knowledge and experiences. Mentors may offer guidance, but ultimately it is the mentee’s decision whether to act on that advice. This is an outstanding opportunity to have access to a mentor who has “been there, done that” with years of experience and expertise in industry. Mentors are volunteering their time, so make the most of it!

In addition to the individual mentoring, IMNIS hosts five (5) events/activities to facilitate industry-based education, training and State-level networking during the year.

Participation

Participation is available in the following two IMNIS programs and 10 students will be selected for each:

  • MedTech-Pharma Program
  • Energy Resources Program

Students in relevant disciplines are encouraged to apply and should select the program, either MedTech-Pharma or Energy Resources, that is more closely aligned to their research interests.

Eligibility

The candidate must be:

  • enrolled as a PhD candidate at the University of Adelaide in the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences (ECMS), Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, or Faculty of Sciences
  • in the 2nd year of their PhD
  • able to commit the necessary time to meet your mentor (1 hour per month for 12 months) and attend IMNIS events as a participant in this program

IMNIS Application 2017

Materials to be submitted:

  1. Mentee Application Form (attached)
  2. Curriculum vitae
  3. Letter of support

Deadline – COB Monday 10 July 2017

Completed applications including supporting documentation must be submitted electronically (preferably in PDF format) to carst@adelaide.edu.au.

A diverse range of the most suitable candidates will be short-listed for enrolment. Successful students will be notified via email and invited to enrol in the IMNIS program.

Notification of outcome – 21 July 2017

For further information contact: carst@adelaide.edu.au or visit: http://imnis.org.au

IMNIS Application 2017

Building the Photonics Industry in SA

Last week, the Department for State Development (DSD) and IPAS co-hosted the Photonics Industry Development workshop, a follow up of the “Lighting the Way” report, released in February this year. While the report explored the opportunities for expanding the  photonics industry, allowing SA to be a major player in the international photonics stage, the workshop presented the leading proposed activities that will facilitate this.

Given that photonics is the underpinning technology for numerous industries, including manufacturing, medical, agriculture, aerospace, mining and defence, there is the potential for the development of a $1B industry in the next 5 years with further investment.

Featured speakers:
Adam Reid (DSD)
Professor Tanya Monro (DVCRI, UniSA)

Proposed Activities Champions
Peter Shute (Norseld): Collaboration and Clustering
Professor Andre Luiten (University of Adelaide and Cryoclocks): Prototyping
Professor John Arkwright (Flinders University  and Arkwright): Global Market Engagement
Peter Foster (VentureNext): Investment Ready

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Queen’s Birthday Honours for Leader in Solar-Terrestrial Physics

Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Bob Vincent, who’s contribution to atmospheric physics, gravity waves and radar hardware, was recognised with a Member in the General Division (AM) award in the Queen’s Birthday honours.

Professor Vincent’s academic and research career spans 50 years, having published more than 300 articles, that have been cited more than 9500 times.  Specifically, his work is in the top 0.5% by citations in Geoscience (Institute for Scientific Information, ISI, ranking).

More information of other University of Adelaide staff and members that were recipients of Queen’s Birthday honours can be found here.

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Excellence in Research Award for Dr Jiawen Li

jiawen-li Congratulations Dr Jiawen Li, who recently won a Women’s Research Excellence award.

She will be using the award to assist with travel to RMIT and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, where she hopes to build on exisiting collaborations.

Hon Craig Laundy Visits IPAS

Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science, Hon Craig Laundy, visited IPAS on Friday, hosted by Dr Hannah Brown, IPAS manager Piers Lincoln, Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem and Prof Rob McLaughlin.

The Minister was particularly interested in the strong links IPAS has with industry and innovative research, including the recent co-localisation of Trajan within the institute, industry projects with SJ Cheesman, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries and pre-clinical trial of the Mini probes OCT technology in neurosurgery.

Third Gravitational Wave Discovered

Published on 1st June, a new paper in Physical Review Letters describes the third gravitational wave (GW170104) to be observed by The Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) and a a team of scientists from around the world, including A/Prof David Ottaway, a chief investigator in the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav).
Gravitation waves generated when two black holes merge to form a single, larger hole.  The most recent gravitational wave was detected on January 4th and occurred about 3 billion light years away.
Media releases can be found here (University of Adelaide, ABC New, OzGrav).

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IPAS Seminar: Dr Andrew Pollard

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This Thursday IPAS will be hosting Dr Andrew Pollard, from National Physical Laboratory (UK). He will be giving a seminar titled Measurement and Standardisation: Enabling an Emerging Graphene Industry”
Event details:
Thursday 8th June, 3:30-4:30 pm,
Level 2, The Braggs Meeting Room

ARC Future Fellowship for Dr Jonathan George

jonathan georgeCongratulations to Dr Jonathan George on receiving an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowship.

Jonathan will be using marine microorganisms to study the biosynthesis of usual antibiotic products, hopefully resulting in the creation of new antibiotics. Currently a senior lecturer in the School of Chemistry,  Jonathan will receive $820 000 for salary and research support over a four year period.

 

Project details: 

“Using natural products to inspire discoveries in synthesis and biosynthesis. This project aims to understand the organic chemistry that occurs in the biosynthesis of unusual antibiotic natural products by marine microorganisms. In an interdisciplinary approach, proposed biosynthetic intermediates will be synthesized and screened against newly isolated enzymes from the microorganisms of interest. This will allow the elucidation of biosynthetic pathways, and aid the discovery of new chemoenzymatic reactivity that may be broadly useful in organic synthesis. Non-enzymatic, predisposed organic reactions will also be uncovered during the project. The benefit of this project will be an improvement in our ability to synthesise potential antibiotics using a combined synthetic organic and chemoenzymatic approach. This could lead to useful new antibiotics in the future.”

ARC Future Fellowships are aimed at allowing outstanding mid-career researchers to stay in Australia and encourage research in areas of national priority.

A comprehensive list of other successful Future Fellowships can be found here.