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Never Stand Still The Magazine for Alumni and Friends SUMMER 2017 Issue 25 EXPANDING POPULATION RESEARCH Page 10 HIS PARENTS HONOUR Page 16 FAMILY TREE THE HICKIE FAMILY Page 20 DYSTOPIAN REFLECTIONS Page 22 UNSW AT THE FOREFRONT OF REFUGEE RESEARCH AND DEBATE Grand Challenge Page 12 COVER STORY 12 CONTENTS We need to better understand how to involve older people in the workforce how to create incentives design jobs and change workplace culture. S C I E N T I A P R O F E S S O R J O H N P I G G O T T DIRECTOR OF THE ARC CENTRE O F EXC E L L E NC E I N P O P U L AT I O N A G E I N G R E S E A R C H ( C E PA R ) 16 THIS ISSUE 4 6 8 9 10 HIGHLIGHTS The latest on campus and beyond SUMMIT West Coast Summit Connects Innovators MESSAGE Jon Paparsenos Vice-President Philanthropy RESEARCH Quest for 30-minute Commute RESEARCH Population Ageing Centre Expands Critical Research 12 COVER STORY Grand Challenge Highlights Research on Refugees and Migrants 10 16 18 19 20 22 23 IMPACT His Parents Honour REWIND Finn Kelly REWIND Barbara Whitten FAMILY TREE The Hickie Family PAGETURNERS Dystopian Reflections MESSAGE Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Director Alumni and External Engagement MESSAGE PROFESSOR IAN JACOBS President and Vice-Chancellor elcome to the Summer 2017 issue of UNSWorld the biannual magazine that keeps alumni and other friends of UNSW around the world updated on campus news and events. I am pleased to report that this has been an excellent year for the university on many fronts so forgive me if I proudly recap some of the achievements we listed in our Winter edition six months ago. Our PLuS Alliance with Arizona State University and King s College London is now well underway as is our partnership with Gulu University in northern Uganda where UNSW is working closely with the community on projects aimed at developing Gulu as a sustainable city. In June we held our inaugural UNSW Alumni Entrepreneurs and Innovation Summit in San Francisco and our overseas links were strengthened further when UNSW was selected to host the first Torch Innovation Precinct outside of China with an initial 30 million investment from eight Chinese companies in UNSW research. The past six months have been equally dynamic. We ve done well in the international rankings this year remaining in the top 50 in the QS World University Rankings at 49th place and improving four W places to 78th in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings. Our international student enrolments remain strong and I recently led a team to India to launch the UNSW Diya Initiative to substantially increase the number of Indian students at UNSW in the coming decade. ( Diya means light in Hindi and symbolises the illumination that higher education can bring to developing nations.) funding for three Centres of Excellence more than any other Australian university. Focussed on critical issues climate extremes population ageing and quantum computing this acknowledges real-world research of the highest order aimed squarely at the key challenges facing the planet. I m sure you will agree these are outstanding achievements reflecting the progress UNSW is making in academic excellence social We ve continued to accrue major successes including more than 90 million in ARC funding for three Centres of Excellence more than any other Australian university. Focussed on critical issues climate extremes population ageing and quantum computing this acknowledges real-world research of the highest order aimed squarely at the key challenges facing the planet. Our World Changers stellar recruiting program is underway along with our Scientia Fellowships and PhD Scholarships initiatives all of which will help us achieve our aim of making UNSW Australia s Global University and a world leader in key research areas. On that score we ve continued to accrue major successes including more than 90 million in ARC engagement and global impact the three core strands of our 2025 Strategy. Thank you again for being a vital part of the UNSW story for accompanying us on this journey and for your continuing support. I wish you and your families the very best for the holiday season and 2017. Sincerely Ian Jacobs Alumni and External Engagement Office UNSW AUSTRALIA Sydney NSW 2052 Phone 61 2 9385 3279 Fax 61 2 9385 0099 Email alumni unsw.edu.au alumni.unsw.edu.au Director Alumni and External Engagement Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Editors Melinda Ham & Mike Hall Design Magnesium Media On the cover Scientia Professor Jane McAdam Photos by Ben Saul and Tamara Voninski Australia Post Print Post Approved PP 255003 07978 UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 CRICOS Provider No. 00098G UNSWorld Page 3 HIGHLIGHTS REALITY SCULPTURE room-sized metal sculpture referencing reality TV scooped a major UNSW prize at this year s Sculpture by the Sea the annual outdoor sculpture competition that runs along the 2km coastal path between Bondi and Tamarama Beach. Alumna Anne Levitch won the 5 000 UNSW Alumni Award for Reality TV which she made out of decorative laser-cut portrait frames that reference 18th-century drawing rooms. Levitch says she wanted to create a work that encouraged public interaction and engagement. The portrait frames allow people to take photos of themselves their friends and family members. Centuries ago we used to hang pictures of our ancestors in our drawing rooms and look at them but now we hang massive TVs on our lounge-room walls and look at ourselves says Levitch who was a postgraduate student at UNSW Art & Design and a former lecturer in UNSW Built Environment. The sculpture references reality TV because it is literally a box that allows passers-by to enter or walk around peek inside and further engage with if they so desire. There is also the ambiguity of who is the observer and who is the observed that comes into play just like reality TV. Levitch says the sculpture quite literally frames the present in its prime position at Tamarama Beach while the decorative laser-cut details are a nod to the past. The winning design was selected by Professor Ross Harley Dean of UNSW Art & Design who says Sculpture by the Sea is the perfect exhibition environment for Levitch s work because it explores the relationship between art space and A natural and constructed environments. Congratulations to Anne for her attention to detail and for her continuing exploration of the possibilities for contemporary sculpture Harley says. Visitors have the opportunity to encounter move around and interact with Anne s intriguing work individually as part of social gathering and within a spectacular environment and setting. Her work stimulates curiosity and encourages exploration and close examination. Twelve other works by UNSW graduates make up the more than 100 sculptures featured in the 2016 Sculpture by the Sea. They include Alice McAuliffe Harrie Fasher Kate Fennell Louis Pratt Margarita Sampson Mitchell Thomas Paul Selwood Claire Healy and Sean Cordeiro Simon Hodgson and Sophie Clague. UNSW is a significant sponsor of Sculpture by the Sea and provides an annual Alumni Award. Above from top Reality TV by alumna Anne Levitch Concrete Carpet by alumna Alice McAuliffe Left Transition by alumna Harrie Fasher Page 4 UNSWorld HIGHLIGHTS TAMARA DEAN MINING E-WASTE ow can the valuable elements in your old mobile phones TVs and computers be extracted and reused About a tonne of mobile phones (about 6 000 handsets) contains 130 kilograms of copper 3.5 kilograms of silver 340 grams of gold and 140 grams of palladium. ARC Laureate Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla has developed a solution to this problem one of the world s fastest-growing waste burdens. In the Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) located in the new Hilmer Building Sahajwalla has created a micro-factory that safely transforms toxic electronic waste (e-waste) into high-value metal alloys. Developed countries such as Australia currently export large volumes of e-waste to developing nations where people in poor communities recover the metals by hand and are exposed to dangerous toxins. Safe e-waste processing is restricted to high-cost industrial-scale facilities with very large furnaces. The world urgently needs a safe low-cost recycling solution for e-waste says H Sahajwalla. Our approach is to enable every local community to transform their own e-waste into valuable metal alloys instead of leaving old devices in drawers or sheds or sending them to landfill. Clean Up Australia estimates almost 90 per cent of the four million televisions and three million computers Australians buy each year will end up in landfill. In her micro-factory Sahajwalla uses precisely controlled high-temperature reactions to produce copper and tin-based alloys from waste printed circuit boards (PCBs) while simultaneously destroying toxins. A programmed drone hovers over the PCBs and identifies the metals then a simple robot extracts them overcoming the risks of contamination before feeding them into a furnace. She says her micro-factory could be set up in containers and transported to waste sites avoiding shipping e-waste over long distances. The solution also offers a safe new way for poor communities to generate an income from the production of metal alloys. Above ARC Laureate Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla at work LEADING INNOVATION spaces) the building was constructed by Brookfield Multiplex at a cost of 143 million. Collaboration and adaptability are at the heart of the design which provides seamless links between the physical and chemical science laboratories. The reconfigurable lab system is framed by write-up spaces offices and meeting rooms that encourage collaboration among teams. David Gonski UNSW Chancellor said the new building is a tribute to Professor Fred Hilmer former President and Vice-Chancellor (2006-2015). Left David Gonski UNSW Chancellor and the Hon. Mike Baird NSW Premier with Professor Fred Hilmer former UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor he Hon. Mike Baird NSW Premier has opened the Hilmer Building the new home of Australia s leading materials science and engineering research hub. NSW is a world leader in innovation science and engineering and this new state-of-the-art building will be alumni.unsw.edu.au T an important training ground for future leaders in these fields he said at the opening ceremony. Earlier this year the building s research laboratories won the Educational Architecture Award from the Australian Institute of Architects (NSW). Designed by Grimshaw with input from HDR (who worked on the laboratory Fred Hilmer was instrumental in the transformation of our campus and this naming honour recognises his outstanding service and dedication to UNSW. The Hilmer Building is home to the Michael Crouch Innovation Centre and also a range of worldclass research teams including The Mark Wainwright Analytical Centre where staff and students study the structure of chemical and physical materials Professor Sean Li and his team who research advanced multifunctional materials that have the potential to improve the efficiency of power grids Dr Rakesh Joshi who is researching graphene oxide membranes UNSWorld Page 5 West Coast Summit Connects Innovators UNSW leveraged its broad alumni base to host its first ever Entrepreneurs and Innovation Summit in San Francisco in June writes Glenda Korporaal (BCom 78). an Francisco and nearby Silicon Valley take in some of the most innovative and entrepreneurial minds in the world. The one-day seminar was a practical step forward to fulfil the vision of Professor Ian Jacobs UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor for the University to become the Stanford of Australia . The summit highlighted some of the UNSW alumni talent now living in California or with connections to the US West Coast. A highlight was the cocktail party for attendees hosted by Westfield at its state-of-the-art shopping mall in San Francisco which includes its own retail ideas and innovation lab . Peter Lowy (BCom 80) Westfield Corporation Co-Chief Executive a UNSW Commerce graduate who has been living Page 6 UNSWorld S in Los Angeles for many years gave a frank speech about his recent experience in business. Lowy described how he almost quit the family shopping-mall business a few years ago as it became larger. But once the Australian assets were split off from the international assets in two different companies from June 2014 (the company s Australian assets are in a company called Scentre and its offshore assets mainly in the US and London are in Westfield Corporation) he had a new lease of life in his enthusiasm for running a smaller company. Peter Lowy heads Westfield Corporation in tandem with his Sydney-based brother Steven (BCom 85). It s an arrangement that wouldn t suit many people but one which the two Lowy brothers make work. Lowy s speech about his own experiences provided several business lessons. He argued that bigger is not necessarily better that for him running a smaller business (Westfield Corporation) was much more invigorating than a larger business. He outlined Westfield s strategy in the US to cut back on the total number of its malls (which once reached more than 60) and deliberately move to a smaller number of state-of-the-art shopping centres including the ones in Los Angeles and San Francisco. He also outlined his push for constant innovation in the business using data smart phones and social media to better link up with Westfield customers and to generate an asset in terms of customer connection which could set up-market companies such as Westfield apart from its competitors. SUMMIT Former Microsoft executive Daniel Petre (BSc 81 HonDBus 13) who left the company that Bill Gates built to come back to Australia for family reasons also spoke. Petre is now a partner in venture capital firm AirTree and has been an active player in Australia in new ventures and ideas. He predicted that big data and artificial intelligence would be two of the most important forces shaping business of the future. The session was hosted by another UNSW alumni Olivia Humphrey (BSc 98) entrepreneur and founder of video-based educational company Kanopy who now lives in San Francisco. Humphrey is a part of the new generation of young entrepreneurs who are creating innovative new companies. Another highlight was a question and answer session with one of Australia s most successful entrepreneurs Scott Farquhar (BSc 03) whose software company Atlassian had recently completed a 5 billion listing on the US over-thecounter market NASDAQ and has offices in the US. Farquhar and Atlassian co-founder Mike Cannon-Brookes (BSc 02) met when they were studying for a Bachelor of Information Systems at UNSW. He said he and Cannon-Brookes set up Atlassian after leaving university as they didn t want to get a real job and then learned to ignore a lot of people saying we couldn t do it . alumni.unsw.edu.au Far from being daunted at the challenge of now running a major US-listed company a down-to-earth Farquhar made it clear he felt he was only just beginning. But he also urged entrepreneurs to build some contribution to charity or social entrepreneurships into their business from an early stage. The lunch address was given by Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons who heads up the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation & Communication Technology. UK-born Simmons outlined her ground-breaking role based at UNSW where she is leading research for the development of a silicon-based quantum computer. Simmons who is a world leader in her field outlined the sophisticated research processes being undertaken by her and her team that could one day revolutionise business and industry. The value of the University s Asian links was highlighted by an address by Singapore-based Fong Fui Wong (BE 69 HonDBus 14) who is Chairman Group CEO of Boustead Singapore Jimmy Koh PBM (BE 64 HonDUniv 07) who is Managing Director of Antara Koh Singapore and Karl Chong (BCom LLB 05) a former CEO of Groupon and now an angel investor with the Chong Family Trust. ResMed founder Peter Farrell (DSc 81) outlined his career history in setting up one of Australia s most successful health technology companies. His son Simmons who is a world leader in her field outlined the sophisticated research processes being undertaken by her and her team which could one day revolutionise business and industry. Above from left Dr Dror BenNaim Olivia Humphrey and Barbara Raffellini Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons Opposite page Peter Lowy Co-CEO Westfield Michael (BE 94) who runs the company from its headquarters in San Diego was also there. The summit which was attended by many UNSW alumni keen to plug into the ideas of San Francisco and Silicon Valley highlighted some of the talent that has been trained at the Kensington campus and its practical success in founding new businesses. It was an important connection point for those in the broader UNSW community and also an inspiration for attendees in showing the importance of global thinking practical business skills and a can-do approach to life and business. UNSWorld Page 7 MESSAGE W JON PAPARSENOS Vice-President Philanthropy hat a year it has been Since joining UNSW in February I ve been blown away by the energy and enthusiasm that exists among our alumni friends and the wider community. I ve been lucky enough to meet many of you at various UNSW events at home and abroad and I d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the warm welcome that you have extended to me. One of the things that I have been most pleased to see is the number of partnerships that exist between UNSW and our external stakeholders. Partnerships play a vital role in any university reaching its full potential making a difference in the community and to society as a whole. These are the things that we aspire to at UNSW. We are currently involved in some great relationships including our Quantum computing partnership with the Commonwealth government Telstra and the Commonwealth Bank the Torch Innovation Precinct and the PLuS Alliance with King s College London and Arizona State University. UNSW students are also able to broaden their horizons by choosing from a range of overseas study experiences at one of our 200 partner institutions in 39 countries around the world. We have researchers working collaboratively to These partnerships present great opportunities for our researchers and students to get access to expertise funding and new perspectives on the challenges we face now and in the future. They also offer our external partners the opportunity to collaborate with our researchers get access to our first-class facilities and see the next generation of talent in action. Most importantly they allow us to achieve excellence together. address the global challenges of climate change and migration. We also have an invaluable relationship with the Australian Defence Force at our UNSW Canberra campus. This partnership is one of the University s oldest stretching back to 1967. The list is too long to include in full here but these partnerships present great opportunities for our researchers and students to get access to expertise funding and new perspectives on the challenges we face now and in the future. They also offer our external partners the opportunity to collaborate with our researchers get access to our first-class facilities and see the next generation of talent in action. Most importantly they allow us to achieve excellence together. Our relationship with alumni friends and the community is a partnership that has proved fruitful for all. We are hoping to make it even more rewarding in the future. We are currently working on a plan aligning with the uni-wide 2025 Strategy which will broaden the scope of involvement for our alumni and friends. Our community is full of people with talent expertise and enterprise it is our goal to find an opportunity for each and every one of you to reconnect with UNSW in the coming years. Please keep an eye out for upcoming communications and events and get in touch with us at alumni unsw.edu.au if you have any questions about current programs or opportunities. I wish you and your families all the best for the holiday season and I hope to see you back at UNSW in the New Year. Best regards Jon Paparsenos 2017 Gandhi Oration Monday 30 January Never Stand Still To be delivered by Dr Hugh Mackay AO The Gandhi Oration will be preceded by a Remembrance Ceremony Social researcher and author sponsored by UNSW Kensington Campus Bookings essential alumni.unsw.edu.au Page 8 UNSWorld alumni.unsw.edu.au RESE ARCH QUEST FOR 30-MINUTE COMMUTE UNSW Professor Chris Pettit is leading a team across PLuS Alliance universities studying commuting patterns to make cities more liveable. I n 2008 the world reached a tipping point when more people were living in cities globally than in regional and rural areas. The United Nations forecasts that by 2030 more than 60 per cent of the world s population will be urban dwellers. This rapid global urbanisation has major implications says Professor Chris Pettit. It s affecting housing affordability traffic congestion and general population health. Informed urbanisation means we are looking at these factors to come up with a solution for a planned built environment. Pettit is leading a team of five colleagues across the PLuS Alliance universities a collaboration between UNSW King s College London (KCL) and Arizona State University (ASU). They have just received seed funding for their project 30 minute City Understanding the Land Use-Transport Nexus to help tackle this issue. The researchers are using big data (large volumes of data) to analyse how people commute by cycling walking public transport and car in their respective cities (London Phoenix and Sydney) and how this data can inform the design of more accessible liveable and sustainable cities in future. To chart people s current daily commutes they are working with data gathered from Smart transport apps and GPS as well as Opal card use in Sydney and Oyster card use in London (cards used on public transport). Each of the PLuS Alliance universities has experts in a relevant complementary area Pettit says KCL leads in air-quality monitoring ASU is skilled in advanced geographic modelling while UNSW excels in housing dynamics. Probably our goal of 30 minutes is aspirational but the idea is to build cities where the goal of future land use and multi-modal people movement is to get as many people as possible to have a 30-minute (or less) commute to work every day Pettit says. So far in 2016 the six academics from UNSW KCL and ASU have had three meetings. Until this year we d never met before so this coming together for the first Above UNSW Professor and PLuS Alliance Fellow Chris Petitt Below Analysing CityViz data time really super-charged all our research Pettit says. For the next stage of their project the academics are working on joint research grants to undertake comparative analyses between their three cities write journal papers and start an international data store. The beginnings of this data store can be found at CityViz (https cityfutures. be.unsw.edu.au cityviz ). At the same time UNSW is already collating case studies from Sydney Phoenix and London to use in its new Master of City Analytics (MCA) launching in 2018 with an MPhil and PhD starting next year (2017). The longer-term vision is to offer online courses on the subject across all three universities in the near future. In his spare time Pettit is a cycling enthusiast so making cities more cyclable is an issue close to his heart. He practices what he preaches and cycles to work at UNSW every day. For more information about the PLuS Alliance contact Vinita Chanan Director PLuS Alliance v.chanan unsw.edu.au or visit www.plusalliance.org alumni.unsw.edu.au UNSWorld Page 9 RESE ARCH POPULATION AGEING CENTRE EXPANDS CRITICAL RESEARCH Mike Hall reports on vital research that s helping us better understand the dynamics of population ageing and its consequences worldwide. B ack in the early 1990s soon after he joined UNSW as a Professor of Economics John Piggott began researching retirement not his own but that of millions of Australians. Government and industry were figuring out how to respond to a burgeoning ageing population and its economic consequences and Piggott realised this was a problem facing many other countries. He also discovered that economics alone couldn t provide all the answers. I very quickly realised a single academic discipline wasn t adequate to address the research that had to be done he says. We needed people in economics actuarial science sociology psychology demography and epidemiology to understand what was happening to help governments and firms respond effectively. Piggott connected with researchers in other fields and eventually helped establish the ARC Centre of Excellence in Population Ageing Research (CEPAR) in 2011 one of 13 such centres funded by the Australian Research Council that year. Scientia Professor Piggott is now Director of what has become a global alliance of academics with partners in government and industry. Based in UNSW s Business School with nodes at the Australian National University (ANU) and the University of Sydney CEPAR recently won an additional 27.25 million in ARC funding for an expanded research program over the next seven years reflecting the importance government and industry attach to its work. Here s why CEPAR is seeking solutions to one of the major social challenges of the 21st century says Piggott. Its goal is to produce high quality research that changes the way we think about ageing informs how we respond as a society and equips a generation of academics to better understand the challenges into the future. Below left (L-R) John Fraser Secretary to the Treasury Ian Yates CEO of COTA Australia Professor Hazel Bateman Head of School of Risk & Actuarial Studies UNSW and CEPAR Associate Investigator Craig Dunn former CEO of AMP and Marc de Cure Chair of CEPAR Advisory Board at the 2015 event Interpreting the Intergenerational Report in Canberra PHOTO MARK GRAHAM By 2050 the number of people in Australia aged over 65 will more than double to a quarter of the population. Those aged 84 and over will more than quadruple. The percentage of people of working age is expected to drop about 9 percentage points to 55 per cent over the same period. All of this could significantly reduce the size and growth of Australia s economy blow out health costs and place an unprecedented burden on a new generation. Major government departments including Treasury and the Department of Social Services are involved with CEPAR. Its research is informing government policy and providing the knowledge that underpins new business practice. Its work includes Asia too. In 2015 the centre set up the AustraliaChina Population Ageing Research Hub to study the economic and health implications of population ageing in China where the drop in the percentage of people of working age is predicted to be even steeper than Australia s declining from 73 per cent now to about 57 per cent in 2050. In terms of its Australian focus two significant areas of CEPAR s research centre around the country s fast-growing superannuation assets and the participation of older people in the workforce. Increasing rates of mandatory employer contributions to a worker s pension fund are Page 10 UNSWorld RESE ARCH THE TIMING IS CRITICAL We need to better understand how to involve older people in the workforce how to create incentives design jobs and change workplace culture. Far left top Scientia Professor John Piggott at Qingdao Chengyang District Social Welfare Centre (Saint Age Care Institution) in Qingdao China Left A map showing countries where over 20 per cent of the population will be aged over 65 by the year 2050 Bottom left Professor Michael Keane CEPAR Chief Investigator with Research Fellow Dr Elena Capatina and Associate Investigator Dr Fedor Iskhakov working on research in the CEPAR office 2050 Countries with over 20% of population aged 65 continuing to fuel the rapid growth of the superannuation industry which now manages more than 2 trillion in funds significantly bigger than annual GDP. By 2040 those assets may top 13 trillion. It s important to understand the links between decisions people make at a personal level about retirement funding and what happens at a macroeconomic level says Piggott pointing out that this is the first generation facing dramatically improved life expectancy who may face funding up to 30 years living in retirement. How people make choices and how best governments and companies can provide guidance to maximise welfare is an important area of research he says. This has implications for the development and marketing of new financial instruments such as annuities how regulators respond and the provision of new government services. The other significant area of focus is what economists call mature labour force participation encouraging older workers to stay in or re-join the workforce. Piggott says there are many reasons why we should enable older people to continue to work for their own wellbeing and for the benefit of the economy overall. Government figures show this group of potential workers (aged 55 67) may increase to 5.6 million in 2050 up from 3.1 million people aged 55 65 today taking into alumni.unsw.edu.au account increase in the age people can draw on the age pension. Government figures suggest even a five percentage point increase in the number of older people working could boost GDP by 2.4 per cent by 2050. We need to better understand how to involve older people in the workforce how to create incentives design jobs and change workplace culture says Piggott. There s still a lot of learning left to do. To learn more about CEPAR or to find out how you can help support their work please contact Annabella McHugh Communications and Marketing Officer annabella.mchugh unsw. edu.au or 61 2 9931 9202 UNSWorld Page 11 BEN SAUL Grand Challenge Highlights Research on Refugees and Migrants The global displacement crisis has prompted UNSW to bring researchers together to inform Australian and international debates and policies writes Melinda Ham. Page 12 UNSWorld I M A G E T O P R I G H T S A D I K G U L E C S H U T T E R S T O C K .C O M COVER STORY sra Gholami was born stateless living in limbo in Iran. When she was 10 years old her father left the family to travel overland and by boat eventually arriving in Australia in 2000. Once he received permanent residence he sponsored Asra her older brothers and mother to join him. The family was reunited in Sydney just before Christmas 2005. We didn t see our father for nearly six years she says. Asra learnt English for a year finished the last two years of high school and then enrolled in a Bachelor of Social Work at UNSW. A From far left Scientia Professor Jane McAdam in Bangladesh a Somalian refugee camp RCDP Afghan Refugee Women s Group New Delhi I ve seen a lot of people suffering in my life and felt powerless to do anything she says. Once I had the power of education this really motivated me to do something to work with disadvantaged communities and make change. Some 65 million people are displaced globally the highest number since World War II and many like Asra s family flee their homeland. As a result UNSW has created the Grand Challenges program led by Scientia Professor Rob Brooks to put the University s research on these issues at the forefront of national and international debate and policy responses. Scientia Professor Matthew England oversees the Climate Change Grand Challenge and Scientia Professor Jane McAdam heads the Refugees and Migrants Grand Challenge. This is about showcasing UNSW s research to the world says McAdam. It also connects up our own researchers in fields as diverse as engineering medicine law the social sciences psychology Some 65 million people are displaced globally the highest number since World War II. and art stimulating new interdisciplinary projects. McAdam says the Grand Challenges real-world impact is front of mind We don t just exist in an ivory tower but want to show how our research can effect positive change be it through UN organisations non-government organisations (NGOs) or private partnerships. UNSW has strong links with the civil society organisations it hosts on campus such as the Refugee Advice & Casework Service and the Diplomacy Training Program. Several student-led initiatives include The Bean Community which provides hands-on training and work placements for refugees and asylum seekers. The Refugees and Migrants Grand Challenge includes fortnightly cross-faculty meet-ups to discuss innovative research ideas and high-profile public events. It will also run a flagship conference in February 2017 in partnership with the Refugee Council of Australia attracting international researchers policy makers NGOs and refugees to discuss alternatives to Australia s current approach to asylum. UNSWorld Page 13 alumni.unsw.edu.au Here are just some of the many academics involved in the Refugees and Migrants Grand Challenge. LAW McAdam heads the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law established in October 2013 through a philanthropic donation. It is the world s first and only research centre dedicated to international refugee law. The Centre engages in research to support the development of legal sustainable and humane solutions for displaced people. One current project is the Transfer Tracker which documents the number of asylum seekers sent by Australia to Nauru and Manus Island and the number returned to their countries of origin. We hope our research will inform more evidence-based protection-oriented policies consistent with international law McAdam says. Part of this requires building more collaborative cooperative regional approaches over the longer term always keeping people s protection needs front and centre. It s usually not one factor but many that force people to leave. They have no jobs or services in rural areas often because of insecurity. DR SUSANNE SCHMEIDL BIG DATA case in building an early warning model for displacement globally. It s usually not one factor but many that force people to leave Schmeidl says. They have no jobs or services in rural areas often because of insecurity. They move to the cities in search of safety and livelihoods but often end up finding neither as Kabul is now subject to generalised violence. What they do find is migrant smugglers who help them flee from Afghanistan. Wobcke says their aim is to help Western analysts understand this information. I collect the raw data then I rely on Susanne s background knowledge to make sense of it and together we ll develop algorithms to assess the drivers of migration and predict where people will move to next he says. Dr Susanne Schmeidl a lecturer in Development Studies has joined forces with Associate Professor Wayne Wobcke from the School of Computer Science and Engineering to predict future migration patterns using big data techniques. The pair are analysing information from open data sources available online including social media and news reports for mentions of conflict intensification in Afghanistan which frequently drives migration. They see their project as a test Page 14 UNSWorld SOCIAL WORK The premise of refugees teaching other refugees is at the core of Dr Linda Bartolomei s research. As Director of the Centre for Refugee Research she s involved in projects in Australia and internationally mostly focussing on refugee women and girls at heightened risk of sexual and gender-based violence. One notable project is the Refugee Community Development Project (RCDP) in New Delhi India. Beginning in 2012 Bartolomei and her UNSW colleagues in particular Dr Kristy Ward worked with Afghan and Somali refugee communities living there supported by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and BOSCO (a local NGO). The refugees themselves led the design implementation and evaluation of the project it was by refugees for refugees Bartolomei says. During its four years of operation the project employed more than 30 people as teachers community social-support and livelihoods workers. The main focus was empowering refugee women at risk and improving their psychosocial and economic well-being by involving them in education and social-support classes. The women met monthly to exercise and participate in literacy classes yoga beauty therapy cooking tailoring as well as social picnics and excursions. ART & DESIGN Dr Ver nica Tello a researcher at the National Institute for Experimental Arts UNSW Art & Design immigrated to Australia in 1987. Towards the end of the Pinochet regime in Chile my family faced hard everyday realities she says. I am proud to say we were economic migrants we came to Australia seeking a better life. COVER STORY In her new book Counter-Memorial Aesthetics Refugee Histories and the Politics of Contemporary Art (Bloomsbury 2016) Tello looks at the relationships between economic migrants citizens and refugees. The book focuses on how a range of artists from Vietnam Australia Cuba Germany and the Caribbean create records of contested refugee histories. The book shows how art plays a critical role in manifesting and maintaining unauthorized or unofficial counter-memories of ignored forgotten or repressed refugee histories Tello says. amongst refugee men. This project allows refugees to learn from other refugees about coping strategies that worked for them Nickerson says. Another project is now recruiting 1 000 refugee volunteers across Australia. This world-first online longitudinal study will track refugees mental health over three years looking at what affects refugees outlook what makes them feel better or worse and how they cope. For refugees like Asra and her family now settled in Australia the focus is on rebuilding their lives. After graduating from UNSW and spending her free time debating intellectual issues at UNSW s Socratic Society Asra got a job at The Sydney Children s Hospitals Network as the Executive Officer for Research Ethics. Her brother Yasser also attends UNSW and is completing a PhD in nuclear medicine. If we had stayed in Iran we would have never had these opportunities Asra says. From top Burmese Refugee Community Centre Delhi Somali refugee women leaders training New Delhi with Dr Linda Bartolomei and Dr Kristy Ward Somali refugee women leaders New Delhi Opposite page from left Dr Schmeidl in Afghanistan Afghan refugee children New Delhi PSYCHOLOGY While large-scale refugee movements have implications for receiving countries refugees themselves face significant psychological effects. More than a third suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder or depression a rate five times higher than the general Australian population. Dr Angela Nickerson Director of UNSW s Refugee Trauma and Recovery Program is running a project called Tell Your Story which tests an online intervention to reduce mental-health stigma and promote help-seeking IMAGES THIS PAGE THE UNSW CENTRE FOR REFUGEE RESEARCH IN ARTS AND SOCIAL SCIENCES ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR EILEEN PITTAWAY AND MARY TRAN UNSW is seeking all graduates with a refugee background to join the new UNSW Alumni Refugee Network. Please contact alumni unsw.edu.au. For more information on the Grand Challenge please email grand.challenges unsw.edu.au alumni.unsw.edu.au UNSWorld Page 15 IMPACT His Parents Honour uy Boncardo remembers vividly in 1971 when he received a Commonwealth Scholarship to study engineering at UNSW. The son of Sicilian migrants who arrived in Australia after World War II the scholarship enabled young Guy to become the first member of his family to attend university. Otherwise my parents would have really struggled he says. Now 45 years later Guy is returning the favour. He has established two scholarships in his parents honour one at the University of Sydney where his wife and two sons are alumni and one at UNSW his own alma mater. The UNSW scholarship named the Adamo and Francesca Boncardo Equity Scholarship will provide 5 000 a year to selected G Alumnus Gaetano Guy Boncardo (BE 76 MEngSc 79) has established a generous scholarship in his parents memory to assist students facing financial difficulties to attend UNSW. students facing financial hardship throughout the duration of their degree. Although they were very proud of Guy s academic endeavours Adamo and Francesca never had the opportunity to finish primary school themselves because of the Great Depression and WWII. When they came to Australia in 1952 the couple worked very hard to build a new life harvesting and selling vegetables from their market garden in Kellyville in north-western Sydney by day and then at night Adamo worked in an iron foundry in Silverwater. As a uni student Guy commuted about two hours by public transport to UNSW to and from his home in Schofields an opportunity he used to study and finish assignments. I was really challenged in the first year Guy admits. It was a sense of adjustment to the big environment of a university. I had come from a little high school with about 10 to 12 students in my classes and now I was in lectures with 500 students. Above right Francesca and Adamo on their family farm Left Adamo and Francesca with grandsons Philip and Robert (Guy s sons) Right Three generations Guy Adamo and Philip Page 16 UNSWorld alumni.unsw.edu.au But as the years progressed he adjusted to the University environment. As he made more friends he began to enjoy himself. I was in my element. The course was great but challenging and I was inspired to learn by world-class lecturers. After graduating from his first engineering degree he came back to complete a Master of Engineering Science in Public Health Engineering specialising in the design and management of water and sewerage systems. Guy then had a fourdecade career with NSW Public Works investigating designing and supervising engineering projects across the state. During his degree he undertook an internship with Albury City Council and this instilled in him a strong desire to work in regional areas. At the same time Guy made many trips overseas for engineering projects travelling to Malaysia Japan Thailand Vietnam Korea Taiwan and the Philippines. Since retiring he has been a guest lecturer at UNSW Engineering for the last five years working with and mentoring civil engineering students. I talk about the importance of appropriate technology how the design has to be relevant to the community it is to serve operable and appropriate economically. It s my way of giving back to the University he says. If you would like more information about including a gift to UNSW in your Will please contact Janet Hall on 61 2 9385 0532 or j.e.hall unsw.edu.au GLOBAL CONNECTIONS HONG KONG O n 22 September UNSW Hong Kongbased alumni joined us at the offices of Bank of America Merril Lynch for the UNSW BrainFood lecture on leadership. Ivan Chu Cathay Pacific s Chief Executive and proud UNSW alumnus (MCom 94) delivered the lecture. We were delighted to be joined by the outgoing Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau Paul Tighe (BSc 79) who held this post since October 2011. Following Chu s inspirational address the Consul-General delivered the vote of thanks. We look forward to sharing plans for our international alumni program early in 2017. O INDIA will be offered through UNSW Medicine one of the world s top 50 medical schools. At the launch of the new course UNSW awarded Dr Prathap C Reddy Founder Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group an honorary Doctorate of Medicine in recognition of his eminent service to medicine in India and worldwide. Professor Ian Jacobs UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor presented the honorary degree and said both organisations share common values and a commitment to creating a better world through improving healthcare. n 15 November UNSW launched a public health degree aimed at strengthening the capacity of India s medical workforce to respond to its major health challenges. Through a partnership between UNSW Australia and Medvarsity Apollo Hospitals Group s e-learning venture a new Master of Public Health (International) program will be offered in a fully online mode in India for the first time. The Apollo Hospitals Group includes 64 hospitals and 1 500 pharmacies as well as several hundred primary care and diagnostic clinics. The degree Top from left Ivan Chu Cathay Pacific Chief Executive with Paul Tighe Australian Consul-General to Hong Kong and Macau Above Ivan Chu with Wanbil Lee Left UNSW s BrainFood lecture in Hong Kong alumni.unsw.edu.au Top from left Professor Ian Jacobs UNSW President and Vice-Chancellor Dr Prathap C Reddy Founder Chairman Apollo Hospitals Group Dr Preetha Reddy Vice Chairperson Apollo Hospitals Group and Ms Sangita Reddy Joint Managing Director Apollo Hospitals Group Left Professor Ian Jacobs congratulates Dr Prathap C Reddy UNSWorld Page 17 REWIND The Life of the Party Months after retiring as an army officer in 2008 Finn Kelly (BSc Mil 05) became a serial entrepreneur. He founded his first company with his girlfriend now wife Sarah Riegelhuth six weeks after they met. Since then the couple has founded acquired and exited a number of businesses mainly in the financial space. inn is currently the CIO for Wealth Enhancers Australia s leading gen Y financial advice and coaching company. He has been recognised three times as a top 30under30 entrepreneur and was recently one of nine people globally that participated in the National Geographic series Undercover Angel. My childhood was ... extremely challenging at times due to a bad relationship with my father but at the same time very enjoyable as it was a constant adventure. I had great friends and got to play a lot of sport. My parents said ... that I was too courageous and adventurous for my own good and I was always going to be living a different life to most people. F Right Finn Kelly with my full class schedule (because I was doing a double major and had lots of long labs) and of course my love for partying. I most admire ... people who are If I had known then what I know now I would have ... looked after my many University Games for both hockey and Aussie Rules and being awarded Spirit of the Games one year. My greatest experience while at UNSW was ... participating in My worst experience while at UNSW was ... trying to juggle too many things my military commitments focus. You can have everything in life but you can t have it all at once. Others say I ... am a driven self-motivated goal-orientated passionate leader and person speak my mind and am also the life of the party. The greatest lesson in my career has been ... the importance of body a lot better learnt how to meditate earlier and taken a year off after school or uni to explore the world. sit on two toilet seats at once. (Focus ) When I m not at home I ... am usually doing something adventurous outdoors such as skiing hiking cycling or trail running. I am happiest when ... I am skiing waist-deep in powder with my wife and or buddies or travelling to a new country and doing an adventure activity with my wife. My greatest unrealised wish is ... The best piece of advice I have ever been given is ... you can t so passionate about a particular cause that they dedicate their life to it. to be content with my life. Page 18 UNSWorld REWIND Pioneer Reflects on Life s Voyage Barbara Whitten (BA 69 DipEd 70) is Managing Director of Anywhere Travel a contracted travel manager for UNSW for many years which is proud of its association with many staff and students both past and present. She is a UNSW Pioneer. My childhood was ... happy being the child of Austrian refugees. My parents escaped from the Holocaust fleeing to Australia during WWII. My parents said ... very little because my father was always working but set a great example because he was cultured and well-educated. My mother was not a typical housewife but I was encouraged to have ballet tennis and piano lessons. also the weddings of my two sons plus their graduations one of which was at UNSW. Others say I ... am tough but fair. I most admire ... Richard Branson. The best piece of advice I have ever been given is ... have When I m not at home I ... My most exhilarating experience so far... was my wedding and Above Barbara Whitten s UNSW Graduation Below Barbara Whitten and her family by the travel industry. I love to check out new cruise ships hotels and destinations. I am happiest when ... I am at home with the family especially with the grandchildren and also when I can plan great trips for people. My greatest unrealised wish is ... My greatest experience while at UNSW was ... playing Bridge inter-varsity a strategy and prioritise its implementation by delegation. My worst experience while at UNSW was ... failing first year because I table tennis and being part of the sport association. The social life was very good with the Roundhouse at the epicentre and later the library steps (not the inside of the library). love to travel using all the opportunities afforded to me that I did not continue at university and do an MBA. The children were young I had a growing business and felt I did not have the time for the degree. If I had known then what I know now I would have ... worked harder and attended Sydney Uni for German because UNSW didn t offer the course. I had to attend lectures at two campuses in one day. I usually missed one or other of them. completed an honours degree and not done the Diploma of Education. I would have tried to enter the diplomatic service but it was hard for the child of a refugee and being a woman. adapt to new market conditions diversify in my industry and always look for opportunities. alumni.unsw.edu.au The greatest lesson in my career has been ... the need to constantly UNSWorld Page 19 UNSW FAMILY TREE The Hickie Family JOHN B HICKIE 1926 2016 Emeritus Professor NOELENE HICKIE DAVID J HICKIE BCom 75 LLB 77 CHRISTOPHER J HICKIE BA 82 THOMAS V HICKIE BA 80 LLB 83 PhD 92 IAN B HICKIE MB BS 82 MD 90 CATHERINE HICKIE MB BS 82 JULIA HICKIE Ian and Catherine at their first UNSW Graduation BSc BA 08 JOHN S STORY magine the heated debates around the dinner table in the Hickie household at Dover Heights for a few years in the late 1970s and early 1980s five of the seven Hickie siblings were attending UNSW where their father Emeritus Professor John Hickie was also teaching medicine. We were variously overlapping just lots of kids in a big Catholic family says John Hickie s fourth son Ian (MB BS 82 MD 90) now a world-renowned clinical psychiatry professor at the University of Sydney and a mental-health campaigner. We attended UNSW not because of Dad although he did have a very positive Page 20 UNSWorld I relationship with the university. We were there because it was the most progressive university in law and medicine the areas we all studied Ian says. UNSW was also very open very multicultural and less white-sliced bread and that really attracted us in that post-Whitlam era. More than half a century ago their father John was a foundation professor of UNSW s Faculty of Medicine. He also established St Vincent s Hospital s cardiology unit served as President of the Royal Australasian College of Physicians (1984-86) and was the second Australian to be admitted to the American College of Cardiology. He also received Far left John and Noelene Hickie with their adult children Left David with Noelene and Kathleen at his UNSW Graduation Below left A typical Hickie Sunday paddle-pops after a Bondi swim Below right John and Noelene Hickie ROBYN E HICKIE BA 84 LLB 87 MAREA A HICKIE LLM 97 KATHLEEN P HICKIE the Order of Australia for his services to medicine and teaching. In September John died aged 90 leaving behind his wife of 64 years Noelene six of their children (Christopher predeceased him) their spouses and 19 grandchildren. John s third son Tom (BA 80 LLB 83 PhD 92) a barrister (NSW and English Bars) and former judge in Fiji remembers his father s commitment to social justice in medicine law and education which had a profound effect on all his children. I recall my parents returning from a trip to the Northern Territory in the mid-1960s and showing us slides of indigenous alumni.unsw.edu.au Australians with leprosy and explaining it as a national disgrace Tom says. John s other two sons were David (LLB 77) who studied law and was a contemporary of David Gonski now UNSW Chancellor and Christopher (BA 82) who studied psychology. Among his daughters Robyn (BA 84 LLB 87) worked in the UNSW Law Library during her student days Marea (LLM 97) completed her Masters while Kathleen studied at Sydney University before working as a UNSW media officer then at The Sydney Morning Herald. Robyn and Marea became commercial lawyers. David had a long career in journalism and corporate communications including roles as editor-in-chief of both The Sun-Herald and The Sydney Morning Herald. Ian returned to UNSW as an Associate Professor of psychiatry in the mid-1990s after completing his MD. Above all Tom recalls his dad s optimism and enthusiasm. 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UNSWW12 16 PAGETURNERS DYSTOPIAN REFLECTIONS Melinda Ham speaks to alumna Charlotte Wood (PhD 14) about her journey to write an award-winning novel that holds up a disturbing mirror to society s treatment of women involved in sex scandals. fter two hours of marching the girls snivelling softly and their feet bleeding into their socks ... The cicadas are deafening now warning. The girls struggle up the ridge and soon are walking among slender trees sweating with effort. Then a straight line distinguishes itself between the rippling trunks a soaring metal fence and beyond a dirty sea of scrub. This is an excerpt from The Natural Way of Things (Allen & Unwin 2015) UNSW alumna Charlotte Wood s futuristic dystopian novel about Yolanda Verla and eight other girls kidnapped and imprisoned in the Outback. Encircled by a seven-kilometrelong six-metre-high electric fence the girls are controlled by three sadistic jailers. As the story unfolds the reader discovers that each girl was the centre of a public sex scandal. Now drugged head shaved chained together wearing stiff vision-impairing bonnets and bizarre 19th-century clothes they face more verbal and physical abuse in this satirical fable about society s treatment of women. Wood started the novel at the end of 2012 as the major work of her PhD at UNSW she simultaneously completed a dissertation about cognitive processes in creativity based on conversations with other writers about their work in progress. Wood commends her supervisors Professors Dorottya Fabian and Anne Brewster They gave me my privacy so I didn t feel too interfered with. They watched Page 22 UNSWorld A WENDY MCDOUGALL my creative process and were incredibly respectful and intelligent readers. So far The Natural Way of Things has won the Stella Prize that celebrates women s contributions to Australian literature the Australian Book Industry s Readers Choice Award and many panels have short-listed and long-listed it. Wood says the book s first spark came from a radio documentary about the Hay Institution for Girls (a branch of the Parramatta Girls Home) where the state s 10 worst female offenders were imprisoned in a decommissioned men s jail in south-western NSW in the 1960s and 1970s. The teenage girls were sent to the Hay Institute because they were dangerous they had been sexually assaulted or raped and by seeking help they were then criminally charged with being exposed to moral danger Wood says. It seemed so insane to me and yet the perpetrators were left free and the courts approved it and the government approved it. From then on Wood pricked up her ears for every current political sex scandal scapegoating women. I saw very quickly that the attitude remains intact today if some woman speaks out about her sexual mistreatment then we blame her. We don t blame the perpetrator they are exonerated she says pointing to a list of contemporary examples. A young female army cadet s boyfriend broadcasts their sexual encounters to his mates she is labelled the Skype slut although the man is eventually disciplined. A David Jones CEO is accused of sexually harassing a young female employee. He resigns but gets another executive position soon afterwards while the woman s colleagues describe her as a gold digger . On a cruise ship another woman is drugged and sexually assaulted multiple times before she dies of an overdose. It just doesn t stop. It is part of a pattern of behaviour Wood says. People might describe my book as weird strange and fantastical but it is not fantastical it is happening right now. There are many slaps of reality in my book. Her novel may be situated in the future or a contemporary parallel world she says I think it is visceral plausible that it could be now. We already have detention centres in the middle of the desert. Apart from the human protagonists Wood personifies the Australian bush as a stand-alone character. She acknowledges a deep respect for the bush having grown up in Cooma in regional NSW and spent a lot of time camping bushwalking and on friends farms. I feel that nature is a very restorative and redemptive force Wood says. And without giving away the ending through their intense desire to survive nature empowers Yolanda and Verla who become friends and victors. The Natural Way Of Things author Charlotte Wood MESSAGE Kensington campus on 5 September on the pretence of attending the graduation ceremony of a dear friend s daughter. Ready with an academic gown in hand and our mascot Clancy we surprised Petrus as he entered the Chancellery foyer. Petrus was genuinely blown away by the surprise organised by his family and so were we. These photos taken on the day (at right) tell the story. UNSWORLD 36 UNSWORLD Director Alumni and External Engagement T T his Summer 2017 issue is my final issue of UNSWorld as I step down as Director Alumni and External Engagement after 10 amazing and enriching years at UNSW. One of the most rewarding aspects of this role has been the privilege to meet and get to know so many talented alumni in Australia New Zealand Hong Kong Singapore the USA UK Indonesia China Malaysia Taiwan and South Korea. I will certainly be following the careers of many graduates. 35 UNSWORLD here is a memorable encounter I wish to share with you. In May 2016 I received an email out of the blue from Indonesia seeking my assistance with a matter relating to an alumnus. Petrus Karyanto Hadrun who graduated in 1979 with an Engineering (Electrical) degree was unaware of this request. Petrus was unable to attend his graduation ceremony in 1979 and had not returned to UNSW since. His family arranged a visit to Sydney to celebrate his birthday and brought him to the UNSW 34 UNSWORLD Thank you and best wishes for the holiday season Stegs 33 RIght Alumnus Petrus Karyanto Hadrun and his family at UNSW Kensington campus alumni.unsw.edu.au UNSWorld Page 23 33 UNSWORLD 34 UNSWORLD 35 UNSWORLD STERGITS A Z AMAGIA S-HILL T his is also the time of year that we start to assess the number of new scholarships we will be able to offer at the commencement of the 2017 academic year and I wish to sincerely thank you for supporting the President and Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Scholarship Appeal. With the help of over 6 800 alumni donors contributing over 3 million in gifts we have been able to offer more than 90 scholarships to students from disadvantaged backgrounds since 2009. And the wonderful news is that 32 scholarship recipients have already graduated. Thank you to all our alumni who have taken the time to chat to our student callers. There is always such a buzz in the call centres we set up on campus during our calling period. I m pleased to be able to share with you a brief video we produced that captures the gratitude of a few of the scholarship recipients. You can view the video on the About UNSW YouTube channel. 36 UNSWORLD WORLD CHANGERS WANTED Unprecedented investment is being made to recruit up to 290 world-leading researchers and rising stars into the UNSW Scientia Fellowship Program as well as 700 new scholars into the UNSW Scientia PhD Scholarship Scheme over the coming years. UNSW s research drives discoveries inventions and innovations from all faculties to transform and improve lives worldwide. Help Australia s Global University make a difference to people s lives. unsw.edu.au apply We are seeking 1000 of the world s best research minds to join us. CRICOS Provider Code 00098G