12 September 2011
RMIT news in brief
Snow sports team shows spirit
RMIT University students have won the Spirit of the Mountain trophy at this year's Australian University Snow Sport Championships at Thredbo, NSW.
Snow sports team members celebrate their trophy.
The trophy is given to the team that shows great sportsmanship and outstanding team spirit.
RMIT's team of just nine finished seventh out of 22 universities, competing against teams with as many as 50 members.
Angus Whittle came fifth in the men's Alpine division, even though he crashed in the slalom event.
Dr Teresa De Fazio, Assistant Director Study and Learning, Student Services Group, in the Academic Portfolio, has been appointed a Commissioner for the Victorian Multicultural Arts Commission.
She has more than 10 years' experience in the area of international projects and English and Italian language studies. Dr De Fazio is widely published and is currently the associate editor of the Higher Education and Development (HERD) Journal.
Automotive Engineering students Vignesh Rajan, Vipil Varghese, Brendan Visser and Sam Brock won the Best Poster Award at the AutoCRC Technical Conference.
Their poster, Acoustic Modelling of Interiors for EV Applications, was commended by the AutoCRC for its "clear research aims, interesting content and attractive presentation".
Automotive Engineering program director, Dr Mohammad Fard, said: "Prizes like this show how active RMIT is in the automotive-related advanced computer simulation field."
Hosting Lindsay Tanner
The School of Global Studies, Social Science and Planning participated in the Melbourne Writers Festival for the fifth year running, sponsoring two events with former Finance Minister Lindsay Tanner.
In Conversation: Lindsay Tanner and Don Watson discussed Mr Tanner's new book, Sideshow, Dumbing Down Democracy. In Lindsay Tanner's Policy Sideshow, Kate Driscoll chaired a session with Mr Tanner discussing the crafting of policy and the difficulties of negotiating policy reform.
These events and the School's work with the Melbourne Writers Festival form part of Writing Policy, a postgraduate elective in the Master of Social Science (Policy and Human Services) program.
Public art on show
Public art works by Alison McDonald, who recently completed her Master of Arts (Art in Public Space), and current student Chris Bold went on show at the Townsville Festival, Queensland. The works formed part of Strand Ephemera VI, a 2km-long outdoor public space exhibition along the waterfront.
School of Engineering (TAFE) computer systems engineering teacher, Sanket Kakkad, has won a prestigious Cisco Networking Academy award.
He designed an activity in the Cisco Packet Tracer networking simulation program that allows students to visualise the movement of data through the network under the control of network protocols.
Frank Feltham, who lectures in Industrial Design, is behind an exhibition that urges visitors to slow down.
The Aesthetics of Slow is an interactive environment that encourages visitors to slow down and become aware of the space and time around them. It is being held at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Tahlia heads SYN
Bachelor of Communications graduate Tahlia Azaria has taken over as General Manager at SYN Media.
She started there as a volunteer while studying journalism. "Part of the university course involved reading news bulletins live on SYN radio, which I really loved," she said.
"When our stint on air finished, I stayed at SYN because I saw it as an opportunity to gain extra 'real life' skills in broadcasting and thought it would really complement my degree."