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Alumni on the move

Smithsonian scientist discovers new mammal

Internationally renowned mammalogist Kristofer Helgen (PhD 2007) has discovered the newest rare mammal species, the Olinguito.

Kris is a research scientist and head of mammals at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, the largest collection of mammals in the world.

His discovery of the Olinguito—a small carnivorous mammal in the raccoon family—marks the first time in 35 years that a new mammal species has been discovered in the Americas.

Studying the evolution of mammals on the island of New Guinea for his PhD at the University of Adelaide and graduating in 2007, Kris has gone on to work as a zoologist in 50 countries and discovered 100 species of living mammals.

"My work focuses especially on biological expeditions to the tropics and historical research in museum collections to document mammalian biodiversity and to study environmental change," says Kris.

"The Olinguito is a great indicator of how much more life on our planet remains to be documented, and how discoveries often arise from just looking a little more closely at what we think we know."

Originally from Minnesota, Kris now lives in Virginia with his wife Lauren Helgen, also a zoologist and graduate of the University of Adelaide (BSC (Hons) 2002).

story by Genevieve Sanchez

 

 

Kristofer Helgen


2010

Ashley Chadwick (BE (Mech & Aero) 2012) led a global team of accomplished international students to victory at the 2013 Caltech Space Challenge in Pasadena, California.

Sarah Hibbard (B Jur, B HSc (Hons) 2011) has been awarded the prestigious Crown Princess Mary Scholarship for 2013 to assist with her exchange studies at the University of Copenhagen.


2000

Nicole Graham (MBA 2009) won the Telstra Young Business Women's Award and the Community and Government Award at the 2013 Telstra Business Women's Awards. As Chief Executive of the Spastic Centres of South Australia (scosa), Nicole oversees 200 highly trained staff delivering 10,000 hours of support and respite care to 350 people with a disability across SA.

Ben McGee (BSc (Hons) 2008) became the first cotutelle student of the University of Adelaide and the University of S�o Paulo to have his doctorate conferred. While studying geology abroad, McGee was inspired to develop his photography culminating in several photographic exhibitions in Adelaide between 2010 and 2012.

Jakub Gaudasinski (B Mus (Comp) 2007) has achieved international success with the global release of his electronic music record Entanglement.

Aimee Butler (B Music Studies, 2005) received seven medals at the Tasmanian National Dancing Association, Traditional Irish Dancing Competition on 4 August 2013.

Christopher Wainwright (B Mus (Hons) 2001) General Manager of The Adelaide Youth Orchestras, was awarded a prestigious Churchill Fellowship by The Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Romesh Nalliah (BDS 2000) received a Harold Amos Faculty Diversity Award at Harvard University for his service to minority and under-served communities through his public dental health outreach projects.


1990

Professor Dorothy Keefe PSM (M D 1999) was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service in the areas of public health, medical research and oncology.

Nicole Williams (BSc 1998, MBA 2009), co-founder and director of management advisory firm, BRS accepted the 2013 Telstra Small Business of the Year (SA) award for her business, BRS.

Associate Professor Meera Agar (MBBS 1997) was awarded the European Association for Palliative Care Early Researcher Award 2013.

David Beaumont OAM (B Arch St 1996, B A 1997, B Arch St (Hons) 1998, B Arch 2000) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community, particularly through heritage organisations.

Dr Fiona McAlister (B Ag Sc (Hons) 1993) was named 2012 Teacher of the Year by the Oklahoma Association for Career and Technical Education.

Gregory Parker PSM (LL B (Hons) 1990) was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service in the provision of legal and industrial advice.


1980

Moya Dodd (LLB (Hons) 1988) has become Australia's first representative on football's world governing body, FIFA.

Justice Melissa Perry QC (LLB 1985) has been sworn in as the newest judge of the Federal Court of Australia.

Jane Sloane (BA 1985) has published her first book entitled Transformative Citizenship in a Globalized World about her journey as a global advocate for women's and girls' human rights.

Dr Suzi Hutchings (BA (Hons) 1984), PhD (Arts) 1995, Academic Coordinator, Wilto Yerlo, received an Endeavour Award for Indigenous Australians from the Australian Government.

Dr Judith Lean (PhD 1982), Solar Physicist and Senior Scientist for Sun-Earth System Research in the Space Science Division, Naval Research Laboratory was elected as a member of the American Philosophical Society.

Claudia Cream OAM (LL B 1981, B A 1982, Dip Ed 1982) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Chinese community of South Australia.

Dr Patrick O'Neill OAM (M B B S 1980) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to medicine in far north�Queensland.

Associate Professor Carl Crossin OAM (B Mus (Hons) 1980), Director, Elder Conservatorium led the Adelaide Chamber Singers in a highly successful tour across Europe, including taking out the Choir of the World award at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales on 13 July.


1970

Prof Philip Thompson AM (M B B S 1977) has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to neurology, particularly in the field of Parkinson's disease and movement disorders.

Albert Saychuan Cheok (B Ec (Hons) 1976) has been appointed as chairman, independent non-executive director of New Smart Energy Group (Hong Kong).

Rosa Colanero OAM (B A 1974 Dip Ed, 1975) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the community as an advocate for women and multiculturalism.

Dr Martin Dooland AM (B D S 1974) has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to public dental health.

Professor James Crawford SC AC (B A 1972, LL B (Hons) 1972) has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AC) for eminent service to the law through significant contributions to international and constitutional legal practice, reform and arbitration, and as a leading jurist, academic and author.

Robert Croser OAM (LL B 1971) was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the arts through contributions to amateur theatre as a director and mentor.

Dr David Caudrey PSM (B A (Hons) 1970) was awarded a Public Service Medal (PSM) for outstanding public service to the disability sector.


1960

Judge Geoffrey Muecke (LLB 1969), one of the state's most senior and respected jurists, was named head of the District Court.

Colin Dunsford AM (B Ec 1969) has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the community of South Australia, and to the accounting profession.

The Honourable Justice Dean Mildren AM RFD QC (B A 1966, LL B 1966) has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the judiciary and to the law in the Northern Territory.

The Hon Robert Lunn AM (LL B 1965) has been appointed a member of the Order of Australia (AM) for significant service to the judiciary of South Australia, particularly as the author of texts relating to civil procedure and criminal law, and to the community.

Associate Professor Peter Brinkworth (BA (Hons) 1964) was awarded, by the South Australian Genealogy and Heraldry Society Inc., the T T Reed Award 2012 for a family history book published in 2012.

Dr Alan Brissenden AM (Ph D 1963) was inducted into the Australian Dance Awards Hall of Fame for his distinguished career as a dance scholar and critic spanning some 60 years.

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