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Never Stand Still The Magazine for Alumni and Friends June 2013 Issue 18 Long-life secrets uncovered p10 UNSW leaders honoured p14 Disadvantaged students benefit p16 GATES WAY OF GIVING The world s richest man and the biggest philanthropist of our age shares his insights into global issues at UNSW p02_Contents 3 Highlights The latest on campus and beyond. Message Journey to success_ Jennie Lang UNSW s VicePresident Advancement highlights the university s achievements. Rewind Keith Bowling_ A university pioneer. Stephanie Pow_ Not scared to think big. Research Long life secrets_ Professor David Sinclair s ten year battle to create a new class of anti-ageing super drugs. Cover story Gates way of giving_ The biggest philanthropist of our age shares his insight into global issues. Alumni Awards UNSW leaders honoured_ Outstanding alumni recognised at the annual awards dinner. Alumni appeal Chance of a life time_ A growing number of disadvantaged students receive scholarships from the UNSW Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Appeal. Global connection Solar power couple win innovation award. Message from Director of Alumni and Community Engagement 22 Then and now On with the revolution_ John M. Green from student activist lawyer and banker to successful novelist and philanthropist. Pageturners Childhood dreaming_ A staggering 400 rejections from publishers didn t deter author Aleesah Darlison from her passion. _Welcome 7 Frederick G Hilmer AO 8 10 12 14 16 20 23 ELCOME TO THE JUNE 2013 ISSUE of UNSWorld the magazine that helps us keep alumni and friends around the world updated with news and events. Earlier this year UNSW was ranked by the Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings as one of the world s top 100 universities. It is the first time we have been included in this listing. We also shot up the QS World University Rankings to have five subjects among the world s top 20. These achievements reflect the quality of our students and the excellence of our research and teaching. However we also owe this growing international reputation to the support of a much wider community. Many of our alumni and friends including our many partners in industry contribute funds or time or both to help our students and academics. This magazine helps us show the benefits of your support. One initiative particularly close to my heart is the ViceChancellor s Alumni Appeal assisting students from disadvantaged backgrounds. In four years we have been able to offer close to 70 scholarships. In 2013 we are delighted that ten scholarship students will be graduating and I hope we can continue to increase that number each year. We were fortunate last month to host a visit by Bill Gates whose foundation has helped fund international research led by UNSW scientists. In a special edition of ABC Television s Q&A program Mr Gates shared insights into his philanthropic mission an inspiring story of commitment to scientific research and global action. Improvements to the campus are an important part of our efforts to be a world class institution. Many of the projects in place and in the pipeline depend upon the continued goodwill and philanthropy of our alumni and friends. We plan to report on progress in this area in the next issue of UNSWorld. In the meantime best wishes for the rest of the year and we look forward to staying connected. W President and Vice-Chancellor Alumni and Community Engagement Office UNSW AUSTRALIA Sydney NSW 2052 Phone 61 2 9385 3279 Fax 61 2 9385 3278 Email alumni Director UNSW Alumni and Community Engagement Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Editors Melinda Ham & Mike Hall Design MagnesiumMedia Cover photography Nick Cubbin On the cover Bill Gates on location at UNSW. Australia Post Print Post Approved PP 255003 07978 UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 CRICOS Provider No. 00098G Highlights_p03 UNSW scientists produce cloned embryos of extinct frog A team of Australian scientists have revived and reactivated the genome of an extinct Australian frog using sophisticated cloning technology to implant a dead cell nucleus into a fresh egg from another frog species. The bizarre gastric-brooding frog Rheobatrachus silus which uniquely swallowed its eggs incubated its young in its stomach and gave birth through its mouth became extinct in 1983. The Lazarus Project team headed by UNSW academic Professor Mike Archer has recovered cell nuclei from tissues collected in the 1970s and kept for 40 years in a conventional deep freezer. The de-extinction project aims to bring the frog back to life. In repeated experiments over five years the researchers used a laboratory technique known as somatic cell nuclear transfer. They took fresh donor eggs from the distantly related Great Barred Frog Mixophyes fasciolatus inactivated the egg nuclei and replaced BOB BEALE them with dead nuclei from the extinct frog. Some of the eggs spontaneously began to divide and grow to early embryo stage a tiny ball of many living cells. Although none of the embryos survived beyond a few days genetic tests confirmed that the dividing cells contain the genetic material from the extinct frog. The results are yet to be published. Professor Mike Archer says it was like witnessing Lazarus rise from the dead. We ve reactivated dead cells into living ones and revived the extinct frog s genome in the process. Now we have fresh cryo-preserved cells of the extinct frog to use in future cloning experiments he says. We re increasingly confident Above One of the egg donors a Great Barred Frog. Above right A whole gastric-brooding frog after 40 years in a conventional freezer. that the hurdles ahead are technological and not biological and that we will succeed. Importantly we ve demonstrated already the great promise this technology has as a conservation tool when hundreds of the world s amphibian species are in catastrophic decline. Dr Andrew French and Dr Jitong Guo formerly of Monash University carried out the technical work in a University of Newcastle laboratory led by frog expert Professor Michael Mahony along with Mr Simon Clulow and Dr John Clulow. The frozen specimens were preserved and provided by Professor Mike Tyler of the University of Adelaide who studied the species extensively. Community living room wows the City esidents of Sydney s Green Square can look forward to an innovative underground library and outdoor community plaza designed by Felicity Stewart and Matthias Hollenstein both UNSW architecture graduates from 2009. Ms Stewart and Mr Hollenstein beat a field of well-established Australian and international firms to win the City of Sydney 2013 Design Excellence competition for the 40 million project at Australia s largest urban development. Their unusual concept redefines traditional perceptions of a library with a combination of belowground buildings and outdoor R bookshelves in the plaza. The design includes garden storytelling rolling hills and a sunken garden for reading and relaxing as well as an amphitheatre music rooms a water play zone and open spaces for festivals. The library will form the centrepiece of the Green Square town centre serving the suburbs of Rosebery Zetland Beaconsfield Waterloo and Alexandria and is part of the 8 billion Green Square scheme to transform the southern parts of the area into a vibrant and sustainable urban environment. The architects will work with the City of Sydney to refine the design and plan for construction in 2017. p04_Highlights Law professor named as Young Global Leader U NSW law professor Jane McAdam has been chosen as part of an elite international group of young leaders recognised for their professional achievements commitment to society and their potential to contribute to shaping the global future. The World Economic Forum s Young Global Leaders (YGL) class of 2013 was announced at a ceremony in Geneva. Leaders were drawn from a pool of several thousand candidates and chosen by a committee chaired by Jordan s Queen Rania Al Abdullah. The 200 young leaders represent 70 countries and all sectors of society arts and culture academia business civil society media politics and social entrepreneurship. Scientia Professor McAdam is one of only seven candidates chosen from within Australia and the only one from an Australian university. She publishes widely in the area of international SCIENTIA P ROFESSOR JANE MCAD AM refugee law and is recognised around the world as an expert on complementary protection and climate change-related displacement and migration. What s struck me in my research on the impacts of climate change on forced migration is the importance of building understanding from across different disciplines and policy actors before any meaningful collaboration can take place says Professor McAdam. It is a great honour to be selected as a Young Global Leader and to have the opportunity to interact with a global network of peers from such a diverse range of countries and backgrounds. The 2013 group become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community consisting of 756 individuals who are members for a five-year term. The YGLs met at an annual summit in Myanmar held on 2 5 June. Cambodian development project unites UNSW engineers F loating communities in Cambodia can look forward to having access to clean water thanks to sustainable sanitation systems developed by two UNSW engineering alumni Gabrielle McGill and Rob Hughes. The pair are part of a team of volunteers from Engineers Without Borders (Australia) helping to design and trial low-cost floating toilets and waste decomposition systems for Khmer fishing communities near Tonle Sap Lake in Cambodia. One of the major issues facing these people is contamination of water for drinking bathing and fishing due to the direct disposal of human animal and other waste Above Tonie Sap Lake Cambodia. into the lake says Ms McGill who completed a Bachelor of Engineering (Industrial Chemistry) at UNSW. The Tonle Sap is the largest freshwater lake in South East Asia but its size alters dramatically depending on the season. During the wet season significant flooding means residents have to live on floating villages with no toilets and limited access to land. The flooding limits fruit and vegetable supplies destroys crops and results in increased transport costs. It also creates a SHUTTERSTOCK Highlights_p05 Centenary score for Canberra P BRIEFS UNSW in top 100 rofessor Andrew Schultz s big and bold symphony celebrating Canberra s architecture and landscape was the anthem for the capital s centenary celebrations in March. Symphony No. 3 Century took Professor Schultz head of UNSW s School of Arts and Media two years to compose. It was performed by the Canberra Symphony Orchestra in front of Old Parliament House during the One Very Big Day celebrations. One of Australia s foremost contemporary classical composers Professor Schultz spent 12 months frequently visiting Canberra and researching its history before he started composing the work. The symphony includes three large orchestral movements preceded by short choral movements performed by the Centenary Choir. The choir sang quotes from Daniel Burnham and Louis Sullivan pioneering Chicago architects who reportedly inspired U Professor Andrew Schultz. Walter Burley Griffin Canberra s main architect. I wanted it to be a reflection of Canberra s landscape and its broad and dramatic vistas Professor Schultz says. Griffin s original plans show a preoccupation with powerful artistic and social ideas that are still compelling and inspiring 100 years on. ABC Classic FM broadcast the symphony nationally on March 13. NSW is one of the world s top 100 universities in the 2013 Times Higher Education World University Rankings featuring in the 81-90 band for the first time. The rankings measure academic prestige based on the results of a survey of close to 17 000 experienced academics from around the world. They were asked to name a small number of the best institutions in their field for both teaching and research. Six Australian universities made the list positioning Australia as one of the highest-ranked countries in the world along with the US UK Germany Japan and The Netherlands. significant public health burden as the contaminated water spreads waterborne diseases. To tackle the problem the volunteer engineers have adapted existing Urine Diversion Dry Toilet processes to create low-cost and durable toilets suitable for floating communities. These can be locally produced. These adapted toilets use a special pan which separates urine and faeces. The urine can harmlessly enter the water supply while faecal matter is dried and treated with wood ash a simple alkaline substance that kills pathogens and allows it to be composted. To cope with excess animal waste from floating pig farms the team also developed floating biodigesters. These are oxygen-free tanks that breakdown waste on site. Decomposition produces methane which can be used as biogas for cooking and slurry that can be used as fertiliser. The process reduces the pathogens considerably improving sanitation and water quality in the community while producing energy and a valuable agricultural resource says Ms McGill. Colleague Rob Hughes who completed a combined UNSW environmental engineering and arts degree says these solutions are relatively basic but to be successful they need to be developed with a nuanced understanding of interdependent systems. An integrated approach can benefit water quality nutrition livelihoods gender equality and reduce deforestation he says. The engineers found it very challenging to create an affordable and appropriate structure which is constantly submerged in water and subjected to wave action currents the sun and adjustments by owners. Plans for small-scale floating gardens are also in the pipeline says Ms McGill. These will provide people with farming opportunities during the wet season enabling a more varied and nutritional diet and will help offset financial losses from the destruction of crops. Mr David Gonski AC. rominent business leader and philanthropist Mr David Gonski AC has been re-appointed Chancellor of the University of New South Wales for a third term until 31 July 2017. Mr Gonski is the first UNSW alumnus to hold the post of Chancellor. Presenting the annual alumni awards in March Mr Gonski said his father had worked at UNSW and he was proud that another 12 members of his family were UNSW graduates. Mr Gonski has been Chancellor since 2005. He is also Chairman of the UNSW Foundation which he first joined in 1999 as a director. David Gonski re-appointed P p06_Highlights BRIEFS New Deans announced D r Geoffrey Garrett has been appointed to lead the Australian School of Business. He replaces Professor Alec Cameron who has taken a senior post at the University of Western Australia. Named one of the Top 50 Most Influential People in Education 2012 by The Australian Dr Garrett has held continuing academic appointments at Oxford Stanford and Yale universities and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. rofessor Ross Harley has been appointed Dean College of Fine Arts after the retirement of UNSW s longestserving Dean Professor Ian Howard. Professor Harley is an artist writer and educator whose work in the field of new media and popular culture has been shown at the Pompidou Centre in Paris and New York s MoMA. P Genetic mystery of rare haemophilia solved P Del Kathryn Barton s hugo Second Archibald for Barton D el Kathryn Barton a graduate of UNSW s College of Fine Arts (1993) has won the Archibald Prize for a second time. Her portrait of actor Hugo Weaving combines vibrant figurative imagery contemporary design and traditional painting techniques. She describes her subject as an Australian cultural treasure an artist in every sense of the word . Ms Barton first won Australia s most prestigious portraiture award in 2008 with You are what is most beautiful about me a self-portrait with Kell and Arella. rofessor Merlin Crossley UNSW s Dean of Science has found the third and final missing piece in the genetic puzzle of a rare form of haemophilia more than two decades after he discovered the first two pieces. The discovery could help improve understanding of other blood-clotting conditions such as thrombosis. Professor Crossley and his international team including UNSW s Dr Alister Funnell studied haemophilia B Leyden a blood clotting disorder which is unusual because symptoms improve after puberty. The results published in March in The American Journal of Human Genetics explain how more than half of the cases of this rare hereditary bleeding disorder occur. The find also demonstrates the importance of curiosity-driven research Professor Crossley says. Science is advanced by people who get caught up in puzzles that are important to them and they never forget them. Curious investigators never give up he says. Professor Crossley spotted the final genetic clue two years ago when he was travelling on a plane and marking a young researcher s PhD project. Data in the thesis reminded him of his own PhD project on haemophilia B Leyden carried out at the University of Oxford in the late 1980s. People with the disorder have three different categories of mutations in the gene that produces clotting factor IX which prevents excessive bleeding. When he was at Oxford Professor Crossley was able to work out how two of these categories operate. He found the two sets of mutations prevent two key proteins from attaching to the DNA which turns the gene off as a result. Symptoms improve in young men after puberty because a different protein that responds to the hormone testosterone is able to bind to the DNA and boost the gene s production of clotting factor IX. Professor Crossley and many other researchers after him tried to find the key protein associated with the third group of mutations which accounts for more than half the cases of the disease but it remained elusive. Things moved on but I never forgot he says. Two decades later on the plane he realised the young researcher was describing a DNA-binding site for a newly discovered protein that had a very familiar ring to it. I remembered it. It was the same sequence as for the binding site for the third group of mutations Professor Crossley says. He joined forces with other researchers at UNSW in the UK New Zealand and Belgium to show the newly identified protein ONECUT was the missing piece in the puzzle of haemophilia B Leyden. Message_p07 Jennie Lang UNSW s Vice President Advancement highlights the university s notable achievements over the last six months. Journey to success I t is such a pleasure to write my second column for UNSWorld. Our vast network of alumni has reached over 250 000 and increasingly we hear of many great success stories of graduates who are following their dreams and passions in a diversity of sectors and industries or building their own businesses. Through our alumni we are able to build our reputation and increase our influence in Australia and around the world. Our alumni give back to UNSW by serving on Faculty Advisory Councils UNSW Boards our Council or by offering scholarships internships or mentoring programs to students. I am delighted to acknowledge that ten scholarship recipients who were supported by alumni will be graduating in June this year. This is a wonderful outcome for our alumni the students and for UNSW. We are gearing up for our appeal for Alumni Park and I would like to thank those generous alums from Australia North America and Asia who have opted to support this special appeal as foundation donors. It is exciting to update you on the many rewarding initiatives taking place across UNSW. From our researchers working on nano or macro projects or staff doing all they can to make a difference in this world through their teaching research and engagement with industry and our key communities UNSW continues on its journey to become one of the great universities. Our resources are directed strategically to make a positive contribution to global knowledge Here are some of the 2013 subject World rankings Psychology (10) Accounting & Finance (12) Law (12) innovation and entrepreneurial skills and to prepare society for a future of rapid change. I have been continuing my engagement with alumni leaders in Australia and Asia and am constantly humbled by your great affection for UNSW - especially given that many of you studied here before the incredible transformation of the Kensington campus from the mid-90s which has been stepped up over the past decade. Our alumni will be interested to learn that we have just received the 2013 QS Subject Rankings. Once again the outcomes are amazing with a number of our subjects ranked in the top 50 in the world and many in the top 100. and the following programs in the 51-100 band Biological Sciences Earth and Marine Sciences Environmental Sciences Philosophy History Modern Languages Sociology Politics and International Studies and Sociology. In my new role I am working with colleagues to position UNSW as a hub for global leaders intellectuals and innovation. It was so inspirational to hear Mr Bill Gates speak in a special UNSW ABC Q&A on 28 May. The following speakers will deliver lectures and orations at the University in coming months Ms Gail Kelly for a Wallace Wurth lecture and Mandela bust unveiling on 28 August and Dr David Suzuki will deliver the 2013 Jack Beale lecture on 21 September. We look forward to welcoming alumni to these special events. Engineering Civil & Structural (15) Education (19) Pharmacology (22) Materials Science (25) Economics (27) Computer Science & Information Systems (29) Engineering Chemical (31) Engineering Mechanical (37) Medicine (37) Statistics(38) Mathematics (39) Communication & Media Studies (39) Engineering Electrical (44) English Language & Literature (47) Geography (47) Chemistry (50) p08_Rewind After making fireworks in his garden shed as a boy Keith Bowling trained as an engineer at UNSW and went on to have a notable career as a CSIRO scientist. nly four years short of his 90th birthday and Dr Keith Bowling is chair of the UNSW Pioneers Group an organisation of alumni who graduated more than 30 years ago. They meet on the UNSW campus three times a year in March June and September. Growing up in Hurstville between the World Wars the young Bowling signed up for a part-time Chemical Engineering Diploma at the Sydney Technical College when he left school. He worked in laboratories workshops or factories by day and attended classes in the evening. He completed the degree in six years. When UNSW opened its doors Dr Bowling jumped at the chance to do a one-year conversion course to get a Bachelor of Engineering degree which he completed in 1952 - and then spent another four years working on his PhD. After two years at a chemicals company Dr Bowling spent three decades as a CSIRO researcher working on carbonisation and gasification of coal and later pelletising and direct reduction of iron ore. One of his last projects was producing ultra clean coal as a possible fuel for gas turbines. A university pioneer O KEITH BOWLING ble and disciplined in a family that didn t have much money or many conveniences. My parents always said ... value education as a way to improve our lives and develop a strong character. At school I ... enjoyed learning practical subjects most craftwork in primary school and science and maths in high school. I also enjoyed history geography and languages. I had a chemistry lab in the back shed mostly relying on household and garden chemicals where I could do interesting experiments like making pretty fireworks for Empire Night. I also made a couple of crystal sets radio sets made out of scraps. My most valuable lesson at UNSW was ... learning there are My childhood was ...happy sta- What I know now.. very few waste products or useless ideas they are all potential resources or possible new ways forward. offered a place at the University of Sydney to study science but because I d been attracted to practical things all my life chose to go into chemical engineering at Sydney Technical College the respected forerunner of UNSW. If I had known then what I know now I would have ... done the I made my career choice by ... default. I had actually been same things they worked well for me. just got on with the job. Now I worry about... I don t really worry about much now either. I do sometimes wonder whether the world has improved and whether young people are any happier now than I was. The greatest lesson in my career has been ... don t com- At UNSW I used to worry about ... I didn t really worry much. I living long enough to see so many positive changes. I ve seen an embryonic new university grow into what UNSW has become today a world class education and research centre. Others say I ... am lucky to have educational advantages and good health. Probably others say things that are not so complimentary as well. I most admire ... people who have integrity honesty and courage to act fairly and also compassion to help others who are not as fortunate as themselves. reliant and independent. Don t expect others to do what you should do yourself. Don t let setbacks defeat you. Press on and don t give up trying. When I m not at home I ... like to travel and see new places and meet new people. I enjoy visiting relatives and friends and I try to contribute time effort and some money to the groups I am involved in such as the UNSW Pioneers church educational and scientific associations. I am happiest when ... I am not too busy to enjoy life. happy. The best piece of advice I have ever been given is ... be self- If I could do it again I... would. My greatest achievement ... is plain about problems just seize opportunities when they come and never stop learning. the unexpected opportunities and achievements I have had in my life and the happy personal relationships. I am very satisfied with what life has brought me. My most exhilarating experience so far ... has been all My greatest unrealised wish is to ... I don t have one. I am very Rewind_p09 After becoming university medallist at UNSW then moving into a stellar financial career Stephanie Pow is now off to Harvard University for her next life chapter. Not scared to think big What I know now.. My childhood was ... conventional STEPHANIE POW but then became unconventional when I lost my mother to cancer at the age of eleven. It taught me to make the most of every day. My parents always said ... do not compromise your values. My most significant memory of university is ... building Capital W been ... to be open-minded. I never thought I d end up on the trading floor but I thoroughly enjoyed my six weeks on the derivatives trading desk during my first Co-op placement at UBS. tephanie Pow is really part of an alumni family. In fact seventeen members of her family have graduated from UNSW with a total of 22 degrees. Ms Pow was one of the inaugural scholars in the UNSW Finance Co-op Program and graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce degree with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Finance in 2009. Whilst at UNSW Ms Pow established Capital W Australia s first student-run organisation for undergraduate women interested in business which now has 1 500 members. After graduation she joined the investment bank UBS and spent the last four years in the derivatives sales and trading team. Ms Pow recently won the 2013 NSW Premier s General Sir John Monash Scholarship to pursue a career in impact investing a field which combines traditional investment principles with social objectives. Starting in August this year she will undertake a Masters of Public Administration at the Kennedy School at Harvard University and an MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. S My greatest experience while at UNSW... was forming friendships from scratch with the best team ever. In fact many of my closest friends were part of the Capital W team. with other students and faculty members that have endured well after graduation. was sleeping under my desk in the honours room. My worst experience while at UNSW... do not be intimidated by the numbers. I remember feeling overwhelmed when I first arrived on campus there were more than 1 200 students alone in my B.Com year. But then I realised that somebody had to get that scholarship exchange placement or internship so I might as well give it a shot. If I had known then what I know now I would have ... reminded myself to At UNSW I used to worry about ... My most valuable lesson at UNSW... of faith and leave a career in traditional finance to pursue impact investing. If I could do it again I ... would. All of it the adventures the trials and tribulations the mistakes because it has set me on the path that I am on now. My greatest achievement ... is when I find out that the work of Capital W influenced someone positively. Others say I ... should relax a bit I most admire ... my parents and for different reasons my mother for her compassion and her generous nature my father for his integrity and resilience. I wish I d never ... stopped practising my Mandarin Chinese. dream is so big that it scares you. When I m not at home I am ... travelling. My goal is to travel to more countries than I am years old. I am happiest when ... I am with my friends and family. My greatest unrealised wish is ... to start my own impact investing fund and raise capital to invest in businesses that operate in under-privileged communities in Australia and abroad. The best piece of advice I have ever been given is ... make sure your My most exhilarating experience so far ... has been deciding to take a leap take a step back every so often and re-evaluate. doing well. Now I worry about ... how I am going The greatest lesson in my career has to make a contribution. p10_Research of today they would prevent 20 others. In effect they would slow ageing. While people could benefit from a glass or two of red wine every day over a 10-year period for instance he claims what is really needed to maximise health benefits is a synthetic compound up to 1 000 times more potent. A ten-year battle to prove that a molecule in red wine slows ageing is giving rise to a new class of anti-ageing super drugs reports Susi Hamilton. hen geneticist david Sinclair told a UNSW audience that one day people could live to 150 with the help of a pill the pronouncement was greeted with a mixture of surprise and scepticism. Almost 18 months later that vision is dramatically closer to reality. Drugs to slow the ageing process are in human trials and predicted to be on the market within five years. Professor Sinclair who runs a lab at UNSW Medicine and at Harvard Medical School Boston has spearheaded the work that proves a single anti-ageing enzyme in the body can be targeted with the potential to prevent 20 agerelated diseases and extend life spans. Published in the prestigious journal Science his research has caused a stir in the scientific and broader community. The work finally silences the controversy surrounding Long life secrets W Above Professor David Sinclair resveratrol a naturally occurring molecule found in small quantities in something long associated with health red wine. A decade ago Professor Sinclair demonstrated that this magic ingredient in many people s favourite tipple made an anti-ageing enzyme in the body run faster extending the life span of simple organisms. But others questioned the science. Now Professor Sinclair who heads the Laboratory for Ageing Research in UNSW s Lowy Cancer Research Centre and his colleagues have been vindicated. Their tests on resveratrol and 116 synthetic activators have shown they all work on the key enzyme through a common mechanism. Drugs that combat ageing may now come to fruition says Professor Sinclair who completed his Bachelor of Science (Hons) and PhD at UNSW. These drugs would treat one disease but unlike drugs compound together with red wine s resveratrol mimics these positive effects. Back in 2003 when Professor Sinclair made the initial link between resveratrol and SIRT1 he knew immediately he was on to something big. He started a company Sirtris to find better activators for treating disease. His team developed drugs and showed that mice given this boost lived longer and were resistant to diseases of ageing especially when given a Western diet. There was no precedent for such an amazing drug says Professor Sinclair. Fortune magazine estimated it would be worth US 40 billion on the market. Red wine was seen as a natural way to turn on your anti-ageing genes. In 2008 GlaxoSmithKline bought the technology for US 720 million. But in 2010 another group of scientists claimed resveratrol and the drugs Sirtris was making didn t activate SIRT1. Bloggers scientists top journals and the media claimed it was the end of this technology and of Sirtris he recalls. Three years later Professor Sinclair s team is triumphant having proved the original paper was accurate and having taken the research a step further by showing how the drugs actually work. Already 4 000 powerful synthetic activators have been developed. Three have been tested in humans. The first target is likely to be type-2 diabetes which is increasing as obesity levels rocket in developed countries. There have also been promising results in mouse models of other diseases such as cancer cardiovascular disease and cardiac failure Alzheimer s Parkinson s diseases and fatty liver disease. The key is speeding up the anti-ageing enzyme SIRT1 a molecule naturally activated through calorie restriction and exercise. The synthetic Research_p11 New study shows current system is failing foster children and birth parents. ew research shows that early intervention and support for families is critical if foster children are to be reunited quickly and safely with their birth parents. The UNSW study Accomplishing Permanency Reunification Pathways and Outcomes for Foster Children followed 168 children from 96 Attachment falters NSW families over four years. The study explored the perspectives of caseworkers carers and parents in the NSW Barnardos temporary care program. Provision of intervention and support is currently sparse and infrequent says the study s chief investigator Professor Elizabeth Fernandez. Policies of family N Current national data shows the number of children in out of home care in Australia has increased by a third since 2007 with NSW recording one of the highest rates equal to the Northern Territory. preservation emphasise reunification of children with their birth families wherever possible but this can only happen if the proper support is provided to parents. Reunification needs to be planned and purposeful to avert children experiencing multiple placement changes and disrupted attachments says Professor Fernandez. Children with parental substance abuse issues had an 86 per cent lower rate of reunification children in care for abuse neglect had an 83 per cent lower rate and those in care for reasons relating to domestic violence had a 73 per cent lower rate of reunification. From the cohort of 168 children just over half were reunified during the study however almost a quarter of the cohort took 12 months to be reunified with their families and 13 per cent of children had already experienced five foster care placements prior to their current placement. Professor Fernandez launched her research at a UNSW symposium A Systemic Approach to Admission to Care a review of 20 years of temporary family care. Guest speaker Professor Harriet Ward Director of the Centre for Child and Family Research at Loughborough University discussed the impact of child abuse in the UK. Brennan report leads to preschool funding boost T he NSW government has thrown its support behind a landmark report by UNSW s Professor Deborah Brennan by announcing a 20 million injection of funds into NSW preschools. Premier Barry O Farrell released the Brennan Report with Education Minister Adrian Piccoli who stated the NSW Government will be supporting all of Professor Brennan s major recommendations . The report found that approximately one in seven of the state s children are missing out on early childhood education. Thousands of NSW children currently missing out on early education will now have the chance to attend preschool said Professor Brennan who is based at UNSW s Social Policy Research Centre. NSW lags behind the rest of Australia in both participation rates and affordability with only eight in ten children accessing early childhood education compared with more than 95 per cent in some other states and territories. The report also found that just under a third of NSW Government preschool funding doesn t focus on the target group of four to five-yearold children. Many four and five-year-old children are not receiving an early childhood education program with a qualified teacher. The recommended reforms will increase affordability for families of 4-5 year-olds and help ensure that every child in NSW has access to a high quality preschool program. p12_Cover story Gates way of giving PHOTOGRAPHY NICK CUBBIN B The world s richest man was the star attraction of a special edition of ABC Television s Q&A filmed at UNSW. Melinda Ham joined the audience to hear the biggest philanthropist of our age share his insights into global issues. included university and high school students UNSW graduates business and community leaders scientists and politicians. Mr Gates visit underscores UNSW s efforts to position itself as a hub for global leaders. You exemplify business success and innovation said ViceChancellor Professor Fred Hilmer introducing Mr Gates. And you do have a real heart and social conscience. Professor Hilmer highlighted the success of UNSW s Kirby Institute which received US 12.5 million in 2009 from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation for their ENCORE ILL GATES fielded two dozen questions that touched on topics as diverse as foreign aid eradicating polio and malaria corporate tax avoidance ethical investment global warming artificial intelligence and how his own children use technology. So great was the enthusiasm among UNSW students and alumni to see the co-founder of Microsoft that nearly 3 500 had entered a competition to win tickets to the event. The 950 people who filled the Sir John Clancy Auditorium Above L-R Chancellor David Gonski Bill Gates NSW Premier Barry O Farrell and Vice-Chancellor Fred Hilmer. project which is examining the safety and efficacy of lower doses of Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) in a trial across 13 countries. The Institute led by its director Professor David Cooper had been involved in every major breakthrough in worldwide HIV treatment and management since its inception in 1986 he said. During the 60 minute-long Q&A program Mr Gates spoke passionately about ridding the world of polio by 2018. We have less than 300 cases in only three countries so I d rate our odds as pretty good he said. Earlier in the day during breakfast with Prime Minister Julia Gillard he Cover story_p13 secured a pledge of 80 million from the Australian government over four years to help finish the job . Mr Gate s foundation was given more than US 26 billion in grants for more than 100 countries since its inception in 2000. It funds research into other diseases such as tuberculosis and malaria and supports global development projects in areas such as family planning water and sanitation agriculture and nutrition. In response to a question on philanthropy the 61-year-old billionaire who tops the Forbes Rich List and is believed to be worth more than US 70 billion revealed his motivation. If you feel like you re a citizen of the world and you want to help all of humanity then you think Where is the greatest injustice he said. A mother having to bury a child or having that child have so much sickness that their brain never develops so they can t learn they can t contribute in any way - that was a tragedy that Melinda and I decided to learn about. Mr Gates spoke about the incredibly positive impact of development aid and said he was disappointed Australia had delayed aid funding because of revenue shortfalls. If we look at how we re saving children s lives getting reproductive health tools out to women where they choose to have less children voluntarily improving seeds so that farmers can grow enough for their kids to eat to have the nutrition to succeed at school it s phenomenal he said. So Australia is to be thanked for the fact that its aid budget has gone up and in a sense the sooner you get to 0.5% (of GDP) the bigger the impact you are going to have. Allina Yang a UNSW Commerce and Law student described how the technology entrepreneur has inspired the next generation of young people. The extraordinary rush of interest among my friends in what Mr Gates has to say about global health shows that my generation is in fact deeper than the stereotype of self-indulgence suggests she wrote in opinion piece in The Sydney Morning Herald. Many of today s students had been humbled by the billionaire s strong belief that every life has equal value Ms Yang said. If you feel like you re a citizen of the world and you want to help all of humanity then you think Where is the greatest injustice We may be preoccupied about getting good grades and good jobs. But ...we should all be asking ourselves. How well have we treated people a world away who have nothing in common with us but their humanity When he was asked about Australian philanthropists Mr Gates said he was encouraged that philanthropy was on the rise worldwide. We have a global group called the Giving Pledge that is now international he said. Andrew Forrest is a member of that. I think it will encourage more people but they should do it because they are passionate about something because they want to be philanthropic and I don t think you can take it with you so what the alternative For more information or to give to the Kirby Institute see p14_Alumni Awards UNSW leaders honoured Outstanding alumni achievements recognised at annual awards dinner. technology engineering business commerce and community service. This year included young alumni and international achievement categories. Professor Richard Johnson director of architecture firm Johnson Pilton Walker said he couldn t imagine a better formative grounding than his time at UNSW. My mind interests and perspectives were dramatically widened he said. Other recipients spoke fondly of their time as students. Some had received scholarships to study and thanked supportive families. As Mr Peter Mattick who helped nder a tent on the site of the new Alumni Park on a beautiful late summer s evening in March the Chancellor Mr David Gonski hosted a dinner to present awards to a group of ten alumni both in Australia and from overseas. The UNSW Alumni Awards for Achievement an annual event since 1981 are given to alumni who have made an outstanding contribution to the community stimulated new ideas and services and who have exhibited exceptional dedication creativity or leadership. The awards highlight contributions in the arts science Above L to R Peter Mattick Professor Richard Johnson MBE General David Hurley AD DSC Scott Farquhar Dr Robert Care AM Professor Terry Campbell AM UNSW Chancellor David Gonski AC. Absent Michael Cannon-Brookes Rachel Davis Fong Fui Wong U build the billion-dollar marketing business Salmat said simply Thanks mum. Chancellor Gonksi presented a special posthumous award to Dr Robert Maple-Brown for his outstanding achievements in business and contribution to the University. He was always true to his principles humble and gracious and spoke a lot about UNSW in his later years referring to it affectionately as Kenso tech . The Alumni Award itself was designed by the distinguished Australian sculptor Bert Flugelman who died in February aged 90. Software entrepreneurs receive Young Alumni Award M ike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar recipients of the Young Alumni Award have spent the past decade building Atlassian a Sydney-based business they founded in 2002. Last year their company sold more than 100 million of software to more than 25 000 companies in 130 countries. The pair met while studying at the Australian School of Business and quickly ditched their initial idea of a tech support business to create software that helps teams collaborate. They bootstrapped the business for eight years before venture capital firm Accel Partners invested 60 million in 2010. Atlassian counts some of the world s largest organisations as clients including almost every major American investment bank and some of the biggest names in media manufacturing and technology such as Microsoft Apple Cisco Oracle BMW and NASA. The net worth of the two founders is estimated at 480 million by BRW. Both Cannon-Brookes and Farquhar have fostered a culture of giving back to the community with the Atlassian Foundation. They also sponsor the UNSW Co-Op program which supports career development scholarships for Business Information Technology students. The Atlassian Foundation has donated more than US 2.2 million to charity supporting a range of initiatives such as Movember Habitat for Humanity and Conservation Volunteers Australia. Alumni Awards_p15 Alumni Awards Honour Roll Professor Richard Johnson MBE Bachelor of Architecture 69 (Arts and Design). Mr Johnson is founding director of Johnson Pilton Walker Pty Ltd a multidiscipline design practice. His interests and practice span urban and interior design architecture planning landscape and education. In 2008 he was awarded the Royal Australian Institute of Architects Gold Medal for his exceptional body of work and contribution to the profession. This includes the Museum of Sydney National Portrait Gallery and other public buildings. graduated from the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1975 he joined the Royal Australian Infantry Corps serving in his early career as an exchange officer with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards (British Army). As a Lieutenant Colonel he commanded 1 RAR which he led during operation SOLACE in Somalia and was awarded a Distinguished Service Cross. He was appointed Chief of the Defence Force in July 2011. Australia deputy chair of the Australian Construction Industry Forum and was recently appointed to the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainable Leadership Advisory Board. journal articles. He has been elected to the Fellowship of the American Heart Association the American College of Cardiology and the European Society of Cardiology. Mr Peter Mattick Bachelor of Commerce 75 (Business). Peter Mattick co-founded Salmat Limited in 1979 and since then has served as CEO and joint managing director. Currently he is a director and non-executive director as well as being a director of Mastal Property Developments. Previously Mr Mattick served as chairman of the Australian Direct Marketing Association and is a member of the National Aboriginal Sports Corporation. In addition he is a board member of the Shepherd Centre and a trustee for the Fresh Tracks Foundation. General David Hurley AC DSC and UNSW Chancellor David Gonski AC Mr Fong Fui Wong Bachelor of Engineering 69 (International Alumni). Fong Fui Wong is chair and group CEO of Boustead Singapore Limited. In the mid-1970s he founded a number of engineering and construction companies. From 1983 he diversified into other business endeavours such as food manufacturing retailing airlines education and information technology. He played an instrumental role in the start-up and privatisation of Myanmar Airways International in 1993. He is also involved in China founding Boustead College an independent vocational college at Tianjin University of Commerce. Ms Rachel Davis Bachelor of Arts LLB 03 (Young Alumni). After graduating from UNSW Rachel Davis served for five years as legal advisor to the Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General on Business and Human Rights. She is now managing director of Shift a new nonprofit centre on business and human rights practice. She has a particular interest and expertise in indigenous legal issues and has advised the Australian Federal Attorney-General s Department in this area. General David Hurley AC DSC Bachelor of Arts (Mil) 75 (Community at Large). After David Hurley Dr Robert Care AM Bachelor of Engineering (Civil) 73 PhD (Civil) 78 (International Alumni). Robert Care is director of ARUP Group and chair for UK Middle East and Africa. Previously he served as chief engineer of the National Capital Development Commission and deputy chairman of a task force to reform Australian building regulations. He has also been director of Halo IPT director and chair of RedR Professor Terence Campbell AM Bachelor of Science (Medicine) 72 MBBS 75 MD 91 (Science). Except for a three-year stint at Oxford University under a Nuffield Fellowship to complete a DPhil in cardiac pharmacology in 1983 Terry Campbell has had a continuous affiliation with UNSW since 1968. He has enjoyed 30 years of support from the National Health and Medical Research Council for his research and published over 100 peer-reviewed Dr Robert MapleBrown Bachelor of Commerce 65 Honorary Business Degree 08 (Posthumous Award for outstanding achievements in Business). Robert MapleBrown was co-founder of Maple Brown Abbott in 1984. He was one of Australia s most successful and well-respected boutique fund managers. Mr MapleBrown established an endowed scholarship for indigenous students and another for rural students to study business. Through his Maple-Brown Family Charitable Foundation his legacy lives on supporting more than 100 charities. p16_Alumni Appeal Chance of a lifetime A growing number of disadvantaged students receive scholarships as a result of the Vice-Chancellor s Annual Alumni Appeal. The funding makes all the difference to these students university experience reports Melinda Ham. I n April this year dozens of students joined a campaign to raise funds from alumni to help disadvantaged students pay for essential expenses. The six-week telephone appeal has become an annual event contacting more than 5 000 alumni. Since 2009 the campaign has provided 70 students with 5 000 a year for the duration of their time at university to pay for accommodation text books travel computer and other living expenses. More than 700 applications are made every year. Recipients include students who have experienced financial or health set-backs come from a regional or rural area or have an indigenous background. I strongly believe studying at UNSW is a chance of a lifetime says Trang Vy who hardly spoke any English when she migrated from Vietnam six years ago. Life was tough she said but UNSW helped me discover my strengths and teaches me to conquer life challenges solve problems and gain self-confidence. Zabrina Khan who graduated this year with a Bachelor of Science degree said the funds helped her cover critical expenses and focus on studying. It has done so much in relieving the stress for me and my mum of having to fund my time at UNSW she said. The 70 students who have so far received funding represent only a small proportion of the further assistance needed to help other disadvantaged students says Stergitsa Zamagias-Hill Director Alumni & Community Engagement. We re incredibly grateful to alumni who help fund these scholarships because without that assistance these students may be unable to attend UNSW and may not fulfil their highest academic potential. The appeal gives current students an opportunity to talk to alumni about developments on campus but also about life after university. I absolutely loved being involved in the campaign said David Bui one of the student callers. It was a great opportunity to interact with alumni and learn from them - the amount of career advice I got was invaluable. I wasn t expecting to be exposed to such a wide array of professions and perspectives but this was one of my favourite parts of the telephone appeal. The first students who received assistance for part of their study graduated in 2012 while the first group to be funded for their entire degree graduate this year. TRANG VY y emigrated from Vietnam to Australia as a teenager with hardly any English but a firmly held dream to become a businesswoman. Living in Bonnyrigg near Cabramatta she studied ten times harder than her peers and received a high enough ATAR to get into the unique Bachelor of Commerce International at the Australian School of Business at UNSW. It s the only course at a NSW university that combines a commerce degree with a year of overseas study which Vy has just spent in the US at the American University in Washington DC to improve her spoken English. Being a UNSW student was a dream come true for me she says. For three of the four years of her degree Vy received the Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Appeal Scholarship. It helped me cover my travel expenses as I used public transport to go to uni four days a week then to my part time job the rest of the week. In addition it covered most of my book expenses she says. Not only that I was able to save a small proportion of this allowance to use while I was on exchange. When Vy was on exchange to the US she took full advantage of living in another country and travelled as much as she could even venturing to Brazil Argentina Paraguay Uruguay and Mexico. My life has changed completely ever since I arrived V Above Trang Vy and left Zabrina Khan in Australia she says. It makes me realise that dreams are possible to achieve if we work hard for it. Six years ago I would not dare to dream of study Commerce at UNSW a top university in Australia and study abroad. ZABRINA KHAN fter graduating with a Bachelor of Science this year Zabrina Khan hopes to be heading to Vienna in September to begin a one-year Master of Science through coursework focusing on molecular A microbiology and immunology. I am so excited. Vienna is the centre of everything in Europe 21-year-old Khan says. I m open to wherever it leads me. Born in Sydney she spent a year in Darwin before settling in Gosford on the Central Coast with her mum and two younger sisters. Zabrina always had a passion for science particularly chemistry and biology. She also played basketball at representative level throughout high school. While she thought about being a physiotherapist and considered the close-by Ourimbah campus of the University of Newcastle UNSW had a great science reputation and her school career s counsellor encouraged her to apply for the Vice Chancellor s Alumni Appeal Scholarship. She was delighted when she won it. Throughout her degree she continued playing basketball for the Central Coast Power. It got hard some days with all the travel but in the end it was worth it and the scholarship gave me enough time not to have to worry about a part time job and gave me time to study and play basketball. p18_Alumni Appeal ANTHONY BELLANTO nthony Bellanto grew up on a rural property on the midnorth coast of NSW near Taree on a half-forested 35-acre block with fruit trees chickens and a veggie patch. When I was at high school I was definitely thinking that I wanted to do something with animals he says. He applied to do a double Bachelor of Commerce and Science degree at UNSW choosing commerce because he said he wanted to learn some life skills . But midway through first year was very happy to receive a ViceChancellor s Alumni Appeal Scholarship to assist him with the high cost of living away from home in Sydney. It seemed like I fit the profile of the applicants and it has really helped me out. Instead of having to work during his semester breaks in second third and fourth year having an extra 5 000 a year from the scholarship has enabled Anthony to travel twice to Smith s Lake near Foster and to the Blue Mountains to work at research stations and immerse himself in his subject. At Smith s Lake we were looking at trophic levels of phytoplankton and in the Blue Mountains we were studying National Park management and conservation which is something I m really interested in he says. We looked at how they protect small threatened species like sugar gliders and a couple of species of wallabies. A Left Anthony Bellanto and above Olive Toldi. This field work has spurred him on to start an additional honour s year in August when he ll be looking at the genetics of threatened native species to determine their rate of survival and selection. I hope to get a job with National Parks or the Department of Sustainability. I might also end up doing research too he says. OLIVE TOLDI O live spent her childhood growing up in Ulladulla on the south coast of NSW. She d been a fit healthy athlete the sports captain of her high school competing at state level in soccer touch football and x-country as well as an A-student. But in her HSC year she fell gravely ill. Through a series of misadventures Olive suffered glandular fever chronic fatigue pneumonia and was hospitalised for pleural effusion when excess fluid built up around her lungs. She struggled through her HSC exams and although her ATAR was not as good as she hoped with some special consideration she got into a science degree at UNSW. After the first year I realised it wasn t working for me Olive says. I was really struggling to work and study full time and I really had very little money. I applied for about nine scholarships including the Vice-Chancellor s which I was very grateful to get. Having an extra 5 000 a year made a world of difference to her. I was able to play sports again. I had money to pay for the registration for the UNSW soccer club where I played full-back and goal. I also did surf lifesaving and had time to do patrols she says. The scholarship money helped her lead a balanced life combining sport and all the training and competition involved with her studies. After graduating last year 23-year-old Olive is now living on the Gold Coast and is immersed in a two-year Masters of Nutrition and Dietetics at Griffith University in Brisbane. When I finish I ll be a qualified nutritionist and hope to specialise in assisting athletes and sports teams she says. Host Program_p19 Who can take part Any alumni living within a 60km radius of the campus are invited to take part. They will get to enhance an international student s experience and help them settle into their new life at UNSW. How does the Host Program work Hosts and overseas students meet at Council Chambers. UNSW Alumni register their interest in hosting a minimum of two international students for a social gathering. The environment needs to be relaxed and friendly to allow students to draw inspiration from the professional and personal achievements of their hosts. The setting may be the family home restaurant picnic BBQ. Alumni volunteers participate in the Host Program at their own cost. UNSW does not provide any financial assistance. International students will have an opportunity to register their interest in participating in the Alumni Host Program when they receive their Welcome Letter from UNSW in December. How will students be selected UNSW launches new Alumni Host Program International students receive a warm Aussie welcome from local alumni U nsw s new alumni host Program kicked off in March this year when 55 newlyarrived international students from 20 countries met with 25 members of the Alumni community at the Council Chambers. The Program initiated by the UNSW Alumni and Community Engagement Office (Division of Advancement) and supported by Student Development International offers these students a warm welcome to Australia when they spend time with an alumni volunteer. Swiss law student Shamali Mayer was delighted to meet her alumni hosts Bruce and Graziella Bland. This is such wonderful chance to see how people in Australia really live and also learn from someone else s experience Ms Mayer said. I hope other students and hosts enjoy it as much as I already have. A few weeks later Ms Mayer was one of six international students hosted by the Blands at their waterfront home in Rose Bay. We sat out on our balcony and talked and relaxed. It went terrifically well says Bruce Bland a Bachelor of Commerce graduate from 1964. Mr Bland knows first-hand what it s like to be a stranger in a new country as he spent 25 years of his career working in Paris Singapore Malaysia Saudi Arabia and The Philippines. At the dinner we asked everyone why they d picked their courses and how they were going finding flats or jobs how they were settling in he says. The main message we gave to them is - we re here to help if you need someone who has local values and knows the lie of the land. Both the Alumni Host and the international student provide brief biographical information when they register their interest to participate on-line. While there is no guarantee that an alumnus will be able to host a student from a particular faculty or country UNSW will make every endeavour to match those with shared interests. What happens next Volunteers for the Semester 2 Host Program can call Jackie Peterson 61 2 9385 3279 or email alumni to participate A program launch and information session will take place at UNSW Kensington Campus for both Alumni Hosts and international students participating in the Host Program. Both groups will then come together for a brief meet-and-greet with light refreshments. The Alumni Host and students then discuss a mutually convenient date for their next social gathering which is expected to take place within the next month. p20_Global connections Professor Martin Green Director of the ARC Photovoltaics Centre of Excellence. They took us to the position where we can now make the most efficient cells in the world and nobody yet has been able to catch up says Professor Green. They are both well-respected internationally and have played an influential role in establishing China as a major producer of solar power and PV technology. Dr Zhao who completed his PhD in electrical engineering at UNSW under Professor Green in 1989 was affiliated with UNSW as a lecturer researcher and associate professor until 2006. Two years earlier he d cofounded the Chinese solar cell manufacturing company China Sunergy where he is now Chief Technology Officer and Director. Wang who also completed her PhD and worked at UNSW for more than a decade is the company s Vice-President of research and development. In 1999 the pair developed the high efficiency crystallised Silicon PERL cell and set a new record demonstrating 25 per cent energy conversion efficiency one of several records they set while at UNSW. Over the last six years their research has contributed to a Left Dr Jianhua Zhao and his partner Dr Aihua Wang Solar power couple win innovation award A solar power couple who trained at UNSW were honoured with an award recognising visionary Australian citizens living and working abroad. Dr Jianhua Zhao and his partner Dr Aihua Wang jointly won an Advance Global Australian Award for their contributions to the field of clean technology. These annual awards the only ones to recognise the important contributions of the one million Australians living overseas celebrate remarkable talent exceptional vision future leaders and innovators. The couple also won a special Australia in the Asian Century honour. Jianhua and Aihua were excellent students and staff members here at UNSW and prolific researchers says Scientia H Stergitsa ZamagiasHill Director Alumni & Community Engagement ave you ever wanted to go to Antarctica Well now you can. Later this year Professor Chris Turney from UNSW and a team of researchers will retrace the steps of Sir Douglas Mawson to mark the centenary of the Australasian Antarctic Expedition. Research programs to be addressed on this private expedition will include oceanography climate and ornithology as well as marine and terrestrial biology. You may remember Professor Chris Turney from the December issue of UNSWorld where we featured his latest book 1912 The Year the World Discovered Antarctica. Google is providing the opportunity for a teacher at an Australian or New Zealand school to win a spot on this expedition. For details on how to enter please visit If you are not eligible to enter the competition all is not lost. You can purchase a berth on the ship the Shokalskiy. This will be a truly unique voyage and we look forward to providing you updates through the year. As the end of financial year approaches for alumni and friends in Australia I d like to say thank you to all those who have given to the 2013 Vice-Chancellor s Annual Appeal supporting scholarships for students in need. More than 1 100 alumni have made gifts and pledges totalling 404 000 so far and more than 760 alumni who participated in the Appeal made their first gift to UNSW. This is a terrific result. We are also reaching out to graduates living in the USA during this appeal and we look forward to speaking to as many USA graduates as time permits. If we didn t get a chance to talk with you and you wish to learn more about the Vice-Chancellor s Alumni Appeal we invite you to go to for more significant drop in prices in solar technologies which has made it more affordable and accessible to millions of people around the world. In 2011 alone Sunergy produced and sold more than 35 megawatts of power enough to offset the production of around 70 coal fire power stations. The couple have received a number of awards in China for their contribution to science innovation environment and social change. They have also published over 65 papers including in the wellrespected journal Nature. Andrew Birch who completed his Master s in solar energy at UNSW was also nominated for an Advance Global Australian Award. In 2007 Birch co-founded the San Francisco-based solar company Sungevity the first American solar start-up to design residential solar electricity systems remotely over the Internet using satellite imagery. The strong showing of our solar energy alumni at these awards demonstrates UNSW s record and its potential as a worldleading institution for developing renewable energy solutions says Dr Richard Corkish Head of the School of Photovoltaics and Renewable Energy Engineering at UNSW. Australia as a whole has the potential to become a thriving hub for solar energy. Social Innovation award for global freedom campaigner rett Solomon a UNSW Master of International Law graduate and co-founder and executive director of Access a new global movement for digital freedom with offices in New York Brussels Santiago and Tunis also won an Advance Global Australian Award for social access. Described as the most important site on the internet by Esquire magazine over the last three years Access has used crowd-sourcing tools and techniques to mobilise international support on the web for more than 20 B international campaigns to protect the digital freedoms of marginalized people. Access was nominated and shortlisted for the prestigious Sakharov Prize at the European Parliament. Initially working at Oxfam Australia and then Amnesty International Australia as campaign coordinator Solomon founded the International Youth Parliament an international network of young social change leaders from 140 countries tackling issues such as globalization poverty and conflict. Above Brett Solomon circled at the Advance Global Australian Awards He was also the inaugural executive director of GetUp an Australian grassroots online organisation with over 600 000 members. Solomon has also been campaign director at the world s largest online activist group with over 19 million subscribers covering all of the world s 193 countries. Last year he was appointed to the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council on the Future of the Internet. information and consider making an online gift to this worthy cause. You can also reach me on 61-2 9385 8845. All gifts of 2 or more are tax deductible in Australia. For alumni living overseas check our events calendar because we will be visiting a number of countries in the second half of the year including England the United States Singapore Indonesia Hong Kong and Malaysia. We look forward to catching up with you. Please remember to send us your email address so you can receive our event invitations. Thank you and best wishes for the rest of the year. Alumni Appeal 2013 PROG E S S R EPORT Current Goal 100K 200K 300K 400K 760 Donors who gave for the first time 500k p22_Then & now On with the revolution John M. Green then a student activist lawyer and banker now turned novelist publisher and philanthropist. lmost forty years after he left UNSW with a law degree John M. Green is still thinking about global revolution just not in quite the same way as the mid-1970s. Then as President of the UNSW Student Union Mr Green was at the forefront of political activity on campus. Now he s promoting his book The Trusted a thriller about how a nuclear professor and group of students who plot to bring down global capitalism and save the planet. The son of Polish immigrants who fled war-torn Europe Mr Green grew up in Kings Cross and south-western Sydney and won a Commonwealth scholarship to attend UNSW in 1971. A increasing interest in students as voters. Late one evening Mr Green fielded a surprise phone call from former Liberal Prime Minister Bill McMahon. He came on line and with his characteristic shaky voice said Hello Mr Green - I had a What excited me was that the UNSW law program was just starting up he says. To be in the vanguard. Lectures were in demountable classrooms. Some classes were held sitting outside on the lawn. From the outset Mr Green became involved in student politics first in the faculty law society and then as the law representative on the student council. In 1974 he was elected Student Union President and took a year off from his degree to concentrate on this role. Above Chancellor David Gonski allows John M. Green his seat Below During the occupation A memorable incident that year was leading a student demonstration against some of the practices by Catholic sect Opus Dei in their running of Warrane College. Waving banners and chanting Opus Dei Out more than 500 students stormed through the open doors of the Chancellery and occupied the Council Chambers. It was dramatic Mr Green says. We marched right in and I took the Chancellor s chair. I could see when the acting ViceChancellor Rex Vowels finally came into the room that he wasn t very comfortable negotiating with us. To end the occupation the university agreed to hold an inquiry into Opus Dei s management practices. As a student leader Mr Green dealt with some of the senior-most political figures of the time. The voting age had been lowered to 18 in 1971 so politicians were taking an note on my pillow to call you laughs Mr Green. So Mr McMahon duly came to UNSW and as he addressed the Library Lawn one boisterous student pelted a milk carton at him and missed. Mr McMahon retorted with characteristic self-effacing humour Surely with ears like mine you should have had better aim. On another occasion Bob Hawke then president of the Australian Council of Trade Unions spoke to a packed crowd in the Roundhouse. He was an outstanding speaker and really knew how to get a crowd going Mr Green says. After graduating with a law degree in 1977 Mr Green joined the firm Dawson Waldron (now Ashurst) and eventually became partner. The young lawyer also enjoyed his pro bono work for Redfern Legal Centre and Long Bay Jail inmates. He moved as a partner to Freehills in 1986 and then into investment banking as an executive director at Macquarie Bank. In 2006 Mr Green launched a new career as a novelist. Later with his wife Jenny (whom he married while at UNSW) and daughter Alison (another UNSW graduate) he set up Pantera Press. So far it has published 20 books including three of Mr Green s. Mr Green is also a philanthropist initiating a 500 000 scholarship fund for the UNSW Law Faculty. Jenny Green a professional sculptor donated one of her works to the university which now overlooks the famous Library Lawn. Pageturners_p23 gained afterwards has really been invaluable. I d do it all again but maybe study a double marketing and creative writing degree - if there is such a thing Both are so important to the modern author s career. While Ms Darlison says she doesn t like to pick favourites among her 16 books just the same as she doesn t love one of her three children more than the other the one book closest to her heart is her most recently published Bearly There (Windy Hollow Books 2013). It s about my eldest son s teddy bear which he loved almost to pieces she says. I love it because it relates to my own children and immortalises a love for a teddy. Her Unicorn Riders series (2011 Walker Books) six mini novels for 8-12 year olds is also a stand-out. These books are about strong empowered girls who rescue people from danger she says. Being a feminist and having a daughter makes these books very important to me. The inspiration for her books comes from a variety of sources. I see things or hear things and write them down in my notebook. I hear a particular voice or want to remember a character I meet or dialogue I ve overheard she says. A staggering 400 rejections from publishers over the years hasn t deterred Aleesah Darlison from pursuing her passion reports Melinda Ham. Childhood dreaming the farm and in the bush. Her first big writing break came when she was 16 years old in 1988 when she won 10 000 in a Bicentenary writing competition. Having always had a clear goal to study at university the next year Ms Darlison headed to Sydney and UNSW aged 17. I d had absolutely no exposure to the city before and the first six months were very interesting almost overwhelming she recalls. But Ms Darlison survived and went straight into a corporate marketing job. She stayed in the industry for a decade before resigning to become a full-time mum and focus on her writing again. s Darlison a UNSW graduate is now an accomplished children s author with 16 picture books and short novels for young people published in only the past three years. Maybe at times I got a little disappointed but I just kept on going because I knew I would get a book accepted one day if I kept on practicing and developing my skills she says. Two decades ago Ms Darlison graduated from UNSW with a Commerce Degree majoring in Marketing. She d grown up on the mid-north coast of New South Wales in a tiny farming community called Tinonee with a population of about 700 people. From the age of four she started reading and then writing stories in every spare moment inspired by Australian history and the animals she saw on M With three kids of my own (under the age of 9) I know how kids think how they talk and how they experience things. Above Left Aleesah Darlison and her three children. Bearly There a book inspired by her oldest son s teddy bear. My marketing experience has given me huge confidence to market my own books and run my own business she says. What I learned in my degree and the practical experience I Ms Darlison also visits schools across Australia and overseas presents at writers festivals and delivers workshops about writing while always enthusiastically interacting with children. I love being able to talk to children who read my books she says. I still get slightly tense before I do public speaking but the nerves don t last long and it s always worth the effort. Before she got her books published Ms Darlison spent years writing while her children had naps then later when they were away at kindy and pre-school and late into the night on many occasions. It takes a lot of guts and hard work to be a writer she says. People ask me how I find the time with three kids and I just say well I don t watch a lot of TV that s for sure . DIARY 2013 UPCOMING EVENTS Registrations essential JULY 10 SO WHAT LECTURE SERIES Animals in the Urban Mix Professor Steve Connor University of Cambridge. Tyree Room The John NiIland Scientia Building UNSW Kensington Campus. 6 00pm Reception 6 30pm 7 30pm Lecture. Registrations essential E so.what AUGUST 6 JUSTICE TALKS with the Hon. Margaret Stone former Judge of the Federal Court of Australia. 6 00pm Refreshments 6 30pm 7 30pm Lecture. Tyree Room The John Niland Scientia Building UNSW Kensington Campus. Registrations essential E s.phe AUGUST 8 UNSW WOMEN IN ENGINEERING AWARDS Recognises sustained and significant contribution through demonstrated leadership within the discipline profession. Nominate an Alumni closes 5 00pm 5 July. E wie_awards AUGUST 28 MANDELA BUST UNVEILING & WALLACE WURTH LECTURE presented by Gail Kelly Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director Westpac Group 5 30pm 7 00pm The Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW Kensington Campus. Registrations essential E alumni SEPTEMBER 7 AUGUST 31 UNSW CANBERRA ADFA OPEN DAY See an exciting range of displays by the Army Navy and Air Force. 9 00am 4 00pm Northcott Drive Campbell ACT. Registrations essential E student.recruitment VISIT UNSW OPEN DAY UNSW 9 00am 4 00pm Kensington Campus. Your chance to see UNSW up-close and personal. Program openday OCTOBER 6 SEPTEMBER 21 JACK BEALE LECTURE ON THE GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT delivered by Dr David Suzuki Co-founder of the David Suzuki Foundation. Sir John Clancy Auditorium UNSW Kensington Campus. Registrations essential E alumni ASIA GRADUATION REGIONAL GRADUATION CELEBRATION HONG KONG Hosted by Professor Fred Hilmer AO President and Vice-Chancellor. 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