Welcome to our first HSS Newsletter for 2010 heralding what we hope will be another stellar year for the Faculty.
At this stage of the first semester, I know many of our new students may still be struggling to settle into their classes and study schedules. We hope that reading some of the success stories featured in this newsletter will inspire you by offering a glimpse into where your Humanities and Social Sciences degree might take you.
Yasmin Al Mahdy, for instance, has been attending press conferences and interviews with world leaders as part of her Austrade internship in Singapore.
Recent computer games graduate, Wictor Hattenbach, is now living and working in Paris, having secured a position with one of the world’s largest video games production houses.
Our award-winning Film and Television alumnus, Cameron Edser, was recently in Sydney to receive his second place prize from actress Toni Collette at the 2010 Tropfest Short Film Festival.
Our academics have also been doing their fair share of travelling with Assistant Professor Dr Beata Webb and Senior Teaching Fellow Deb Smith invited to present the findings of their most recent study on Indonesian Students and their Australian Experience at an educational conference in Indonesia.
For more details on these achievements and much more, read on … and we look forward to bringing you even more success stories as the year progresses.
Raoul Mortley, AO
Dean – Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
COMPUTER GAMES: THE FUTURE STARTS NOW
|As part of the Faculty’s continuing Professional Forum series, Professor Jeff Brand will present a forum on the future of the computer games industry at Customs House in Brisbane on Friday April 23. |
Entitled ‘Smarter Than You Think: Video Games and the Future of the Knowledge Economy’, the forum has been specifically designed for people working in the computer game industry, as well as secondary school teachers, academics, textbook publishers, Bond Alumni and media.
DEANS AWARDS 093
|Humanities and Social Sciences Dean Prof. Raoul Mortley AO, welcomed the Faculties high achieving students and their families to the tri annual Dean's Awards Night on Friday 12th February. |
The Deans Awards celebrates the achievements of our top students across all disciplines in the faculty, as well as those who made the Dean's and Vice-Chancellor's Lists of Academic Excellence. The Faculty would like to extend a sincere thank you to our valued sponsors
WHO KILLED LEANNE? NOW WE MAY NEVER KNOW
|In what may be the final postscript to Paul Wilson’s nine year involvement with the murder of Ipswich schoolgirl, Leanne Holland, the Director of Public Prosecutions announced on March 26 that there would be no new trial set for Graham Stafford whose conviction was quashed late last year after he spent almost 15 years in jail for the crime.|
Criminology Chair, Professor Wilson and Bond Law teaching fellow, Joe Crowley were both featured on the ABC’s Australian Story on March 29, speaking about their lengthy involvement with what became one of the most highly contested miscarriages of justice in Australia’s history.
JAPAN STUDY GRANT GIVES RESEARCHER A HEAD-START
|Associate Professor Masako Gavin has been given the very best possible head-start on her latest research program, thanks to a Japan Study Grant from the National Library of Australia.|
These grants fund travel and living costs in Canberra for four weeks, allowing researchers extended access to the library’s Japanese collections.
Masako used her time to set up a framework for her study into ‘The Life and Thoughts of Ienaga Toyokichi: Bridging over the Pacific”.
“The grant period and extended access allowed me to go into ‘lock down’ and concentrate on my mission, which would have been impossible at home,” said Masako.
“I was given access to the Asian Reading Room, the Petherick Reading Room and the Newspaper & Microforms Reading Room, unfettered by normal library hours. I could browse or copy during opening times and read or write out of hours and on weekends.
“My goal was to target the references on a wish list I’d prepared and note the names of others I might need to borrow through inter-library loans as the research progresses.”
Masako’s work will focus on Ienaga Toyokichi, a Japanese intellectual living in the USA at the outbreak of World War II.
“I’m looking at how Ienaga and other Japanese intellectuals living overseas at the time tried to stop Japan from going to war,” she said.
“Not all Japanese people supported their country’s decision and I hope this research will provide a clearer picture of what was going on within the Japanese ex-patriate communities abroad by highlighting what people like Ienaga did to help bridge relations between Japan and the USA, Australia and other countries.
“The research opportunity at the National Library certainly deepened my understanding of Ienaga’s thinking and helped provide an historical and social context for his time in the USA and Japan.
“I was also able to start writing on Ienaga’s important contribution to the bridging of the cultural divide between the U.S.A. and Japan in the early twentieth century.”
The National Library was so impressed with Masako’s work that they have asked her to return and apply for the prestigious Harold White Fellowship. She will also undertake a fellowship at Waseda University in Tokyo this year and plans to re-apply for the next round of the National Library’s Japan Study Grants later this year.
HSS ACADEMICS EDUCATE INDONESIANS |
ABOUT INDONESIAN STUDENTS
|Applied Linguistics Assistant Professor Dr Beata Webb and Senior Teaching Fellow Debborah Smith were invited to present a paper on ‘Indonesian Students and their Australian Experience’ at a conference hosted by TEFLIn in East Jakarta late last year.|
The Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Indonesia (TEFLIn) provides opportunities for English teachers to share and discuss trends and development in teaching, learning and research. The theme of their 2009 conference was Responding to Global Challenges through Quality English Language Teaching.
SMART FUTURES SCHOLARSHIP PUTS PhD RESEARCHER ON THE FAST TRACK
|Humanities Teaching Fellow Elizabeth Scott has been awarded a Smart Futures PhD Scholarship to help fund her on-going research into childhood anxiety disorders.|
Elizabeth was presented with her award, along with three fellow scholarship recipients from the Health Science and Medicine Faculty, by Queensland Treasurer, the Hon. Andrew Fraser MP at an official ceremony held at BondUniversity.
MONKEY BUSINESS AT TROPFEST
|Bond University Film and Television alumnus Cameron Edser admits being presented second prize by Toni Collette at the Movie Extra Tropfest Final is “all a bit of a blur”.|
“All I know, from watching the replay, is that I had the biggest grin I’ve ever seen on my face. I guess I was pretty happy!” said Cameron.
|WHERE A HSS DEGREE TAKES YOU |
INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS STUDENT RUBS SHOULDERS WITH THE PM AT APEC|
|Bachelor of International Relations/ Laws graduate Yasmin Al Mahdy had the opportunity to see Australia’s top politicians in action at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Leaders’ Summit in November.|
As part of her 12-week internship with the Australian Trade Commission (Austrade)’s Singapore offices, Yasmin also spent time in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s media centre at the APEC summit.
COMPUTER GAMES DEGREE TAKES WICTOR TO THE INDUSTRY LEADERS
|Fresh from graduating with his Bachelor of Computer Games in October last year, Wictor Hattenbach has landed a job with one of the world’s leading independent video game publishers.|
Relocating to Paris to take on his new role, Wictor has been appointed Assistant Lead Test Designer for Ubisoft whose world-wide best-selling franchises include Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six®, Rayman®, Petz® and Assassin’s Creed®.
A NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
See the award-winning short films produced by
Bond Film & Television alumnus, Cameron Edser, including Tropfest runner-up
My Neighbourhood Has Been Overrun by Baboons
DATE: Thursday, April 15
TIME: 6.00pm to 7.00pm
PLACE: Cerum Theatre
For more information, contact Faculty Events Co-ordinator Linda Parkes on 55952638
Join us afterward for a sneak peak of some of our current film and television student’s work at the END OF SEMESTER SCREENING from 7.00pm to 8.30pm in the Cerum Theatre.
DR BITSIKA APPOINTED ASSOCIATE DEAN FOR T & L
Congratulations to Dr Vicki Bitsika who has been appointed Associate Dean for Teaching and Learning.
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