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Contents From the Vice Chancellor, his first issue of Uniken for 2006 profiles the work of our top researchers in the field of brain. T sciences, The Brain Sciences neuroscience psychiatry psychology and neurology are major. strengths of UNSW and our affiliated institutes Our leadership in this area is evidenced by. international recognition for our breakthrough research into disorders such as schizophrenia. depression bipolar disorder and Alzheimer s disease The fact that UNSW and the Prince of Wales. Medical Research Institute POWMRI have jointly secured the right to establish Australia s first. Professorial Chair of Schizophrenia Research is an indication of our standing in this area. Brain Sciences UNSW launched in March last year aims to capitalise on this extraordinary depth. of research talent by providing opportunities for intellectual engagement and collaboration It involves. 4 Financial model earns, researchers from the Faculties of Medicine and Science POWMRI the Black Dog Institute and the. higher returns Garvan Institute of Medical Research As Vice Chancellor I was very pleased to support the creation. 5 Blue sky thinking NSi of this network It offers an alternative to a formal research centre as a model for facilitating collabo. rative research, 6 Teaching awards How to measure the quality and impact of an institution s research is of course one of the most. Carmen Cabot contentious issues facing the higher education sector in 2006 Finalising the RQF or Research. Quality Framework is no doubt high on the agenda for Julie Bishop the new Minister for Science. 7 Glenn Murcutt appointed Education and Training The Go8 universities recognise the need for such a framework and are keen. Adjunct Professor to see the RQF focused as tightly as possible on research excellence. Meanwhile UNSW is opening a second front in terms of research excellence UNSW Asia in. 8 Crash testing carnivores Singapore will be the first comprehensive research and teaching campus to be established overseas. Stephen Wroe by an Australian university We are now working hard to establish the foundation research programs. for UNSW Asia and to ensure that it is a truly research intensive institution I am particularly pleased. 10 Cover Brain sciences by the support UNSW has received from the Government of Singapore for the campus s proposed. research activities This high level engagement has been exemplified by the appointment of the. 13 Spotlight on early President of UNSW Asia to Singapore s National Research Foundation NRF along with the. intervention SPRC Presidents of the other Singapore universities. I take this opportunity to wish staff a happy and successful 2006 and in particular to welcome new. 14 North Pole Challenge staff to the UNSW community. Rosemary Rayfuse Mark Wainwright, 16 The future of the.
US alliance, 17 The great escape UNSW Asia, 18 Perfect match for design winners. 19 PhD profile, artist Vanila Netto, 20 Last word Adrian Lee. Uniken is produced by the UNSW media office, T 02 9385 3192. E uniken unsw edu au, www unsw edu au news pad uniken html Sydney architects Johnson Pilton. Editor Denise Knight Walker JPW have won the second. round design competition for UNSW, Editorial team Judy Brookman Alex Clark.
Dan Gaffney Susi Hamilton Mary O Malley Asia s Changi campus JPW will work. Erin Rutherford Sarah Wilson in partnership with Singapore based. Design and production Gadfly Media firm Team 3 to design the Science. and Engineering Laboratory building, Proofreading Pam Dunne. which will provide high quality, Cover image APL Corbis undergraduate teaching facilities. Australia Post print approved PP224709 00021 research labs and office. UNSW Sydney NSW 2052 accommodation JPW were the Artist illustrations JPW. CRICOS Provider No 00098G unanimous choice of the selection. committee for the way their design complements the campus master plan JPW have won numerous. national and international architecture awards for major projects such as Governor Philip and. Macquarie Towers in Sydney the Museum of Sydney and the Asian wing of the Art Gallery of NSW. They also designed the Rupert Myers Building at UNSW s main campus. 2 U N I K E N, NEWS BRIEFS, It s an honour, Intelligent design meets string theory Two UNSW academics received awards in the Australia. Violinist and industrial designer Tricia Ho is Day honours list Associate Professor Malcolm Mackerras. drawing a good audience for her of the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at. ergonomically designed pain free violin UNSW ADFA s was made an Officer AO in the General. Ms Ho who has just completed a Bachelor Division of the Order of Australia Associate Professor. of Industrial Design in the Faculty of the Kay Wilhelm of the School of Psychiatry who is based. Built Environment designed her idea of the at St Vincent s Hospital was made a Member AM in. perfect electric violin using high tech the General Division. materials for her final year design, project Dubbed EV for ergonomic. violin the prototype has won a, The John Niland, German design award and is Scientia Building.
short listed for this year s The Scientia has been officially renamed The John Niland. Australian Design Awards Scientia Building The naming honour recognises the. to be announced in May former Vice Chancellor s critical role in transforming. Made from a the University through the implementation of the UNSW. combination of Campus Development Strategy Emeritus Professor. carbon fibre and Niland was Vice Chancellor from 1992 2002. a shape memory The Scienta was opened in 1999 and is regarded as. polymer the EV can the iconic heart of the campus, be moulded to suit a. player s personality and, New appointments to, UNSW Council. There have been two high profile appointments to the. University Council Lawyer and alumnus Jillian Segal is an. Surprise result in HIV trial experienced board director and currently holds positions. An international study of antiretroviral drugs which involves researchers from UNSW s with the NAB the Australian Stock Exchange and is a. National Centre for HIV Epidemiology and Clinical Research has been modified after a former Deputy Chair of ASIC Ms Segal replaces Cathy. surprise early result Funded by the US based National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Harris Terry Davis is Managing Director of Coca Cola. Diseases the study compares continuous antiretroviral therapy with episodic drug Amatil He is a member of the Business Council of Australia. treatment Enrolment in the 33 country study was stopped because patients receiving the board of the St George Bank and the Advisory Board of. episodic therapy had twice the risk of disease progression either the development of the Faculty of Commerce and Economics. clinical AIDS or death than those who were on continuous treatment. Growing consensus in the, High Court, Unanimous judgements in the High Court account for a. large number of its decisions according to a report by. UNSW s Gilbert Tobin Centre of Public Law An analysis. of the High Court s decisions in 2005 was presented at. the Centre s annual Constitutional Law Conference, Dr Andrew Lynch and Professor George Williams found. that more than 20 percent of cases were decided with. a single judgment This returns the frequency of such. opinions to the levels seen over 10 years ago under. Chief Justices Gibbs and Mason said Dr Lynch, Good chemistry.
UNSW is the clear leader in chemistry among Australian. universities by publishing the highest impact research. papers over the past five years according to the, influential INCITES citation index rankings The survey. measured universities by average citations per paper. Indigenous summer school published between 2000 and 2004. Engineering is not a career path for many Aboriginal students Indeed Australia has. only 10 qualified Indigenous engineers But the 9th Indigenous Australian Engineering Science scoop. Summer School hosted by UNSW did its best to redress this imbalance The UNSW research into how female dolphins teach their. program included visits to the University s engineering schools as well as scaling the female offspring to use marine sponges as hunting tools. Sydney Harbour Bridge a visit to the RTA Crash Lab and exploring the Lane Cove was rated as one of the world s top 10 science stories of. Tunnel construction site But the highlight for many of the 20 students was morning. 2005 by US science magazine Discover The research, tea with the Governor General at his harbourside residence The annual event is. was published in the Proceedings of the National, sponsored by non profit organisation Engineering Aid. Academy of Sciences, U N I K E N 3, NEWS RESEARCH, A bathroom that Financial model earns higher returns. cleans itself Scientia Professor Peter Swan has solved one of the most. We may yet be saved from the enduring mysteries of the world s financial markets a result that. weekly bathroom blitz could change the way we invest By Susi Hamilton. rofessor Swan of the Faculty of People think that the higher returns. anotechnology researchers in the Faculty of Commerce and Economics has we ve seen on the stock market are due to. Engineering are developing surface coatings uncovered why equity investments such risk but that only explains about half a. that could be used for self cleaning as shares and units in managed funds percentage point of the higher returns. bathrooms outperform the bond market on average by enjoyed by equity as shown by previous. Led by Professor Rose Amal and Professor between six and eight percent per annum research he explains. Michael Brungs of the ARC Centre for Functional, This is known as the equity premium puzzle In my theory the remaining 5 5 percent.
Nanomaterials a research team is studying tiny, He has presented his research to the to 7 5 percent represents compensation for. particles of titanium dioxide currently used on, leading business schools in the United lack of liquidity. outdoor surfaces such as self cleaning windows, States including the University of Chicago Professor Swan s work helps to account. Exposure to light below a certain wavelength, Northwestern Carnegie Mellon Vanderbilt for the theory of irrational exuberance a. gives the particles an oxidising quality stronger than. UC Santa Barbara as well as Singapore term coined by the US Federal Reserve. any commercial bleach These nanoparticles then, Management University and Nanyang chairman Alan Greenspan It refers to large.
kill microbes and break down organic compounds, Technological University price fluctuations for stocks. And because surfaces coated with titanium dioxide, Until now no one had provided a theory. have another property called superhydrophilicity, meaning droplets do not form water runs straight. What my model did for for why stock prices are so volatile when. the Australian Stock dividends are stable and earnings are. off the surface effectively cleaning it, relatively stable The biggest benefit of all is. Exchange could also be from trading that security That benefit can. applied to real estate vary dramatically on a day to day basis We. no longer need the new field of behavioural, And as part of this work Professor Swan finance to explain excess volatility.
who is an ARC Australian Professorial Fellow Professor Swan says his work also has. has developed a mathematical model that relevance to real estate transactions. could be used to earn higher returns What my model did for the Australian. My model can help identify illiquid Stock Exchange could also be applied to. equities that is those that do not trade real estate he says. very often that have the right trading The asset pricing research indicates that. characteristics he says This is important state governments perhaps in conjunction. because those stocks that investors want with the Commonwealth should scrap. to trade but choose not to because of stamp duty on property Taxing transactions. trading frictions such as high transaction is an inherently exceedingly inefficient way. Iain Murray, costs are likely to command higher of raising revenue. returns The Queensland government halved its, He says if investors don t want to trade stamp duty on stock transactions in 1995. Professor Amal says the coatings would be much then they may be better off with such on the basis of Professor Swan s research. most useful on surfaces in hospitals and homes a portfolio In fact the Australian Stock with Professor Michael Aitken The market. If you ve got this coating on tiles or shower Exchange ASX ought to offer indexes value on the top 96 stocks alone rose by. screens you don t need so many chemical agents based entirely on liquidity illiquidity 4 6 billion within two hours of that. she says Professor Swan s model incorporates announcement and other states were forced. Presently titanium dioxide can only be activated the benefits and costs of trading equity to follow suit he says. by the UVA present in sunlight The UNSW team is investments and bonds in determining Stamp duty on houses today is about six. working on ways to do this with indoor light They returns It simulates how equity and bond times what it was on shares prior to the. are modifying the nanoparticles with other elements markets have operated in the past 50 to Queensland announcement and thus the. such as iron and nitrogen so they can absorb light 100 years impacts are likely to be far more beneficial. secrets ISSUE 31 MARCH 2006 Our leadership in this area is evidenced by international recognition for our breakthrough research into disorders such as schizophrenia depression bipolar disorder and Alzheimer s disease The fact that UNSW and the Prince of Wales Medical Research Institute POWMRI have jointly secured the right to establish Australia s first Professorial Chair of

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