University of Tasmania
Alumni eNews February 2017
General news
STEM announcement

Infrastructure Australia stamps its confidence on STEM vision

The Infrastructure Australia (IA) approval of the business case for Hobart's $400 million Science and Technology Precinct is a ringing endorsement of its capacity to fundamentally and positively shift the State's economy and community.

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Curtains rise on name for $96 million cultural and performance complex

The Hedberg will become a name at the heart of Hobart's growing role as a city of national artistic and cultural standing.

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Opportunities to nominate exceptional alumni

Distinguished Alumni and Foundation Graduate award nominations remain open until 1 March. Nominations have also opened for the 2017 Advance Global Australian Awards in the search for international Australians who exhibit remarkable talent, exceptional vision and ambition.

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Australia Day Honours

The Governor of Tasmania, an Emeritus Professor and a former Supreme Court of Tasmania Justice were among this year's Australia Day Honours recipients with links to the University of Tasmania.

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Research news
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Greener greenhouses to feed the future

As populations increase, we are going to need to use greenhouse production more and more to feed everyone. PhD candidate Dianfan Zhou is working with local farmers to assess the environmental and economic impacts of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Future wildfire warning for Australia

Increasingly dangerous fire weather is forecast for Australia and the Mediterranean as the global footprint of extreme fires expands, according to the latest research.

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In the future, boats might fly

PhD candidate Sam Smith (BE NavArch 2015) is using hydrofoil innovation research to figure out if it's possible to make boats soar.

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Alumni in high places

Madeleine Way (BAgrScHons 2016) has received a prestigious $120,000 Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship to continue her research into Tasmania's cider industry.

IMAS PhD student and alumnus Pearse Buchanan (BMarSc 2012) has been awarded a Fulbright Postgraduate Scholarship and will spend 2017 working alongside world-leading researchers at the prestigious Princeton University in the US State of New Jersey.

Foundation news

Thank you to all our donors and friends

Sincere thanks to all our donors and friends who supported the University in 2016. Your generosity and commitment provides support for scholarships, cutting-edge research and world-class facilities, that offer lasting benefits for the University, its students and the community.

Domain Society

Launch of the Domain Society

The University of Tasmania Foundation has launched the Domain Society as part of its donor recognition program.

The society recognises donors who have supported the University for five consecutive years or more. The Domain Society is named in honour of Domain House, constructed in 1892, and the inaugural home for the University of Tasmania. Today, the Domain Precinct continues to serve as a centre of teaching and research at the University.

For more information on the Domain Society
T: +61 3 6226 1920

Alumni events
9 March: Webinar

9 March: Webinar

Transforming Lives, Transforming Cities

Join us online for our first alumni lunchtime webinar for 2017 presented by Angela Castles, Associate Director, Community, Partnerships and Regional Development and James McKee, Northern Expansion Project Director, Transformation Program.

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23 February: Singapore Networking event

Join other Australian alumni in Singapore to meet the new Australian High Comissioner, Mr Bruce Gosper and hear a range of guest speakers.

Bistro 1855, 3 Temasek Blvd, Suntec City
7.30pm - 9.30pm

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27 February: Forum

UTAS Graduates as Agents of Change: Reducing the Gender Pay Gap

Join this forum to discuss findings of the University of Tasmania Graduates as Agents of Change: Reducing the Gender Pay Gap project and photographic exhibition, and to hear the experiences of political and community leaders on being agents of change.

Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus
4.00pm - 5.30pm

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7 March: International Women's Day Address

Presented by Rosalie Martin 2017 Tasmanian Australian of the Year

Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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Professor Henry Reynolds

15 March: Distinguished Professor Lecture

Andrew Inglis Clark: The Tasmanian prophet of the coming republic presented by Professor Henry Reynolds

Stanley Burbury Theatre, University Centre, Sandy Bay campus
6.00pm - 7.30pm

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Visit the University of Tasmania events calendar for more events

Courses and careers

Career Mentor Program 2017

The Career Mentor Program is seeking alumni to share their practical experience and wisdom with a current student. Become a mentor and play a pivotal role in shaping a student's professional future.

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Your services and benefits
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Career support

The University offers a range of free career support services to our Alumni globally. Whether it be professional development seminars, career mentoring, further study or one on one consultations with our experienced careers consultants, we can assist with your career development needs throughout your working life.

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