Inside Lumen Summer 2010 Issue
The University of Adelaide is recognised as one of Australia's most research-intensive institutions. When the impact of our research literally helps to save lives - or vastly improves them - it reinforces the value of a first-class education.
This month's cover story provides no better example. Millions of people will benefit from the University's cutting-edge research into stem cells, which have the potential to repair stroke-damaged brains. As strokes are Australia's second greatest killer, and the leading cause of disability, this research will be watched closely around the world.
But the impact of our alumni is spread far wider than health, as this summer edition of Lumen demonstrates. Dr Mara Warwick is using her engineering knowledge to help rebuild provinces in China shattered by the 2008 earthquake; robotics expert Zoz Brooks is drawing on his computer science degree to close the gap between humans and machines; and anthropology graduate Christie Lam is using her education to transform the lives of a small Nepalese village community.
The message coming through from each of these graduates is consistent: your degree can be used to make a significant, positive and lasting impact, regardless of the field of study you pursue.
This fact is recognised by the Federal Government, which has endorsed a new program to recruit the country's best university graduates to teach in Australia's most disadvantaged schools. One of our own alumni, Matthew White, has been headhunted to help drive this initiative, which has two goals: to improve the quality and status of teaching in Australia and to provide children from low socioeconomic backgrounds with the best opportunities to reach their potential. Graduates interested in finding out more details about this program are urged to visit www.teachforaustralia.org
Also featured in this issue are profiles of this year's Distinguished Alumni Award recipients and a pictorial spread of our inaugural Alumni Forum held in September, which gave our staff, students and graduates an opportunity to network and learn more about the strategic direction we are following as a world-class university. We hope to build on this relationship at the next forum, scheduled for 2011.
My best wishes to our alumni for the coming festive season and I hope that 2010 is a prosperous year for all.
PROFESSOR JAMES A. McWHA
Vice-Chancellor and President