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Alumni on the move


Nicole Krzys [MBBS 2006, BA (Hons) 2006], a Medicine and Arts student who studied schizophrenia, became the University of Adelaide's 100th Rhodes Scholar. Nicole has completed a Bachelor of Medicine/Bachelor of Surgery at the University of Adelaide and also an Honours degree in Philosophy, specialising in cognitive science.

Clinton Seekamp [B Nat Res Mgmt 2005] relocated to Hamilton, Victoria in January 2005 to take up a position with Glenelg Hopkins CMA as an Environmental Water Reserve Officer. He had previously been working for Clare & Gilbert Valleys Council as a Natural Resource Officer for 12 months, and has also been providing a private consultancy service in the area of Environmental Impact Assessment for the past two years. Clinton became engaged in September 2006 and will marry in November 2007.

Gemma Sharp [BSc (Mol Biol) 2004, Dip Lang 2004, BSc (Hons) 2005] has been awarded a General Sir John Monash Award, which provides the winners with financial support up to the value of $150,000 over three years. The recipients are awarded for academic excellence, leadership and community service. Gemma will use her Monash Award to study for a PhD at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom.

Dr Catherine Gibson [BSc (Biomed Sc) 2000, BSc (Hons) 2001, PhD (Med) 2005], a PhD graduate from the University of Adelaide's Discipline of Obstetrics & Gynaecology, based at the Women's & Children's Hospital, was named South Australia's 2006 Young Investigator of the Year. Her research focuses on the causes of cerebral palsy (CP) in children in the hope of taking a step towards prevention or a cure.

Zhipeng Ou [MBA 2004, Grad Dip Wine Bus 2004] is currently working for an EPCM firm Maison Worley Parsons in Beijing in a strategic planning role. He is planning to start his own imported wine business in the near future.

Alex Coates [B Int St 2004] has recently started a new job as Office Manager and Personal Assistant to Michael O'Brien MP, Parliamentary Secretary to the South Australian Premier. In November 2006, Alex was elected a Council Member of the City of Salisbury.

Tim Bodley [BSc 2004, Dip Lang 2004] has enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy as an Electronics Technician.

Lauren McWhirter [BSc 2004] has recently returned from overseas, after living in London and travelling through South America for the past few years. She is currently working as a Graduate Mine Geologist at the Cloud Break operation in Western Australia for Fortescue Metals Group.

Abbey Keown [BSc 2004] is currently working as a Mine Geologist for Fortescue Metals Group in Western Australia. Abbey is marrying her partner Craig Barker [BSc 1995] in August 2007 in the Cook Islands.

Debra-Jayne Kimlin [B Wine Mkt 2004] has recently accepted a role in Shanghai, China, with a small Chinese company aiming at educating consumers about wine. Debra-Jayne is excited about this new, challenging role in what she describes as "an emerging market".

Lachlan Coleman [BA 2003, BA (Hons) 2004] has been awarded the 2007 Australian War Memorial Research Scholarship. The five week scholarship will entail working with staff in the Memorial's Military History Section in Canberra on an allocated project relevant to the Memorial's research interests. Lachlan is the first scholar from the University of Adelaide to receive the award. His project will examine the 'Fall of Damascus' in 1918 and whether it was TE Lawrence's Arabs or Chauvel's Australian Light Horsemen that captured the city.

Owen Siggs [BSc (Mol Biol) 2004, Dip Lang 2004] has been awarded a General Sir John Monash Award, which provides the winners with financial support up to the value of $150,000 over three years. The recipients are awarded for academic excellence, leadership and community service. Owen will use his Monash Award to pursue a joint PhD/DPhil at The Scripps Research Institute in the United States and the University of Oxford in the United Kingdom.

Emma Scammell [B Com (Mkt) 2002] moved to Sydney in September 2004 after working at Bridgestone Australia Ltd. After a few other appointments, Emma is now Communications Manager at a financial planning organisation called Matrix Planning Solutions. She is also studying for a Diploma in Financial Planning. Emma also runs a marketing consulting business and is active with AIMNSW and AMI.


Jane Cohen [Grad Dip Ed 1999] After completing her Dip Ed, Jane taught at the Jewish Day School, Massada College, in Adelaide for three years. In 2002, she moved to Melbourne and taught at Bialik College for the next five years. Recently, Jane and her family relocated back to Israel where her husband Erez Cohen [PhD (Arts) 2001], accepted a lecturing position. Jane hopes to find work teaching English as a Second Language. Currently, Jane cares for her two-year-old son at home, whilst her two older sons attend school.

Associate Professor Holger Maier [BE (Hons) 1990, PhD (E) 1996 and current staff member] has been presented with a $25,000 Australian University Award for Teaching Excellence by the Carrick Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education at a ceremony in Parliament House, Canberra. Described as "an exemplary practitioner of student-centred teaching", Associate Professor Maier from the School of Civil & Environmental Engineering teaches in water resources and environmental engineering and is internationally renowned for his research into sustainable water resources and infrastructure management.

Natalie Williams [B Mus 1998, B Mus (Hons) 1999] Natalie's degrees were listed incorrectly in the last edition of Lumen. They are stated correctly above. We apologise for any confusion this may have caused. Natalie has been accepted into the Doctor of Music course at Indiana University in Bloomington, USA. Natalie has been awarded a School of Music Graduate Fellowship, only one of four awarded annually by the school. The Fellowship includes full tuition, a stipend and medical benefits as well as a three-year teaching post at the University as an Associate Instructor in Composition. Natalie has also been awarded the APRA PDA Award in the Classical Category.


Dr Melissa Robbiani (nee Pope) [BSc 1986, BSc (Hons) 1987, PhD 1992] has been appointed the Director of Biomedical HIV Research at the international nonprofit research organisation, the Population Council, based in New York. In her new post Dr Robbiani will be responsible for the scientific direction of biomedical research within the HIV and AIDS program. This role is in addition to her current position as senior scientist in the Council's HIV and AIDS program.

Robert Pedlow [BSc 1984] spent 10 years working as a Senior Researcher at Telstra Research Laboratory. In 2005, he applied for, and was awarded an Ed Roberts Fellowship in disability studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In late 2006, Robert and his wife returned to Australia and Robert has now accepted a position as Research Fellow in Ageing and Health at the University of Sydney.

Hieu Van Le [BEcon 1989 and MBA 2001] has been appointed the new Lieutenant Governor of South Australia, deputy to the incoming SA Governor, Rear Admiral Kevin Scarce. Mr Le was one of the first Vietnamese boat people to arrive in Australia in 1977. He is the current Chairman of the SA Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission and will take over from current deputy SA Governor, Bruno Krumins, in August.


Cornelis Reiman [BEc 1978] has been appointed Executive Director and President of CIPAEN (Certified International Professional Accountant Examination Network Inc). Based in the Ukraine, the organisation examines and certifies accountants in several countries of the former Soviet Union.


Dr Robert "Reg" Strickland [MBBS 1961, MD 1971] served as Senior Medical Registrar at the QEH from 1961-65 before moving to the US. In 1972 he became Chief of Gastroenterology at the University of New Mexico. From 1988-2000 he served as Chair of the Department of Internal Medicine. He is currently Emeritus Professor in the Division of Gastroenterology and is Governor of the American College of Physicians New Mexico Chapter.


Martin Simons [BSc (Hons) 1959 - University of London, MEd 1966 - University of Durham, MA 1974 - University of London, former senior lecturer - University of Adelaide] has written a novel titled Little Rat<i/a> which was published in the USA. The novel has been described as "an unusual story of life, love and its complexities". He is a glider pilot, has worked as a school teacher, writer and university lecturer. He has published numerous non-fiction articles and books.

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