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									                                                      Celebrating Faculty Research
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                                                                  Michael Eburn (School of Law)
                                                                                              Michael Eburn is a Senior
                                                                                              Lecturer in the School. His
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                                                                                              areas of research interest
                                                                                              are
                                                                                              (1) the law relating to the
                                                                                              emergency services; and
                                                                                              (2) emergency
                                                                                              management, and
                                                                                              criminal law.

                                                                                             Michael’s current research
                                                                                             is looking at Australia’s
                                                                                             legal preparedness to
                                                                                             cope with a catastrophic
                                                                                             disaster that would
                                                                                             require Australia to receive
                                                                                             international disaster
                                                                                             assistance. This builds on
                                                  his work on emergency management generally and will focus on the
                                                  role of the Commonwealth government in emergency management.
                                                  This research has taken him to Geneva to meet with representatives
                                                  from the UN, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red
                                                  Crescent Socieites and the Inter-Agency Standing Committee of NGOs
                                                  involved in disaster response.

                                                  His research is attracting interest from around the emergency
                                                  services community. He was recently invited to attend the workshop
                                                  to develop National Research Priorities on Climate Change and
                                                  Emergency Management and has been invited to give presentations
                                                  to Emergency Management Australia, the Office of the Victorian
                              In ThIs Issue       Emergency Services Commissioner, the NSW State Emergency Service
                             1 Celebrating        and the Bureau of Meteorology.
                               Faculty Research
                             2 Celebrating        A key outcome of his current research will be to develop law reform
                               Postgraduate
                               Research
                                                  proposals to facilitate a national disaster response in the event of
                             3-4 ISFIRE
                                                  a catastrophic disaster such as the 2004 Boxing Day Tsunami or
                               Symposium          Hurricane Katrina. The proposals will ensure Australia adopts an
                             5 Leximancer         ‘all hazards’ approach to disasters and bring the national response
                               Affair             to natural disasters into line with the response to terrorist related
                             6-10 Research        incidents.
                               Funding
                               opportunities
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                                          Celebrating the success of our
                                             Postgraduate Students

                             Our current Postgraduate Students and those who have graduated often recieve
                             awards, research funding and present their research at national and intenational
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                             Awards
                             events - below are a few recent examples:




                             JulIe Kennelly (Phd candIdaTe - school of educaTIon):
                             Julie was recently a recipient of the Inaugural Beth Southwell Award for ‘Oustanding
                             Educational Thesis’. Julie won this award following her nomination by UNE for
                             her Masters thesis (conferred 2006) entitled: She was nominated by one of her
                             supervisors, Dr Neil Taylor, and her nomination was endorsed by Professor Len
                             Unsworth (HOS - Education). UNE was allowed to nominate only one graduate, so the
                             nomination itself was worth commendation.


                             Funding success
                             nayano Taylor-neumann (Phd candIdaTe - school of
                             educaTIon /BusIness economIcs and PuBlIc PolIcy):
                             Successful in securing funding from the Department of Immigration and Citizenship
                             for a research project on retention of humanitarian entrants in Murray Bridge.

                             ellen GallaGher (masTers (hons) candIdaTe - school of
                             educaTIon):
                             Successful application to the Don Chipp Foundation small grants program for
                             a project entitled “Lessons from international development for Aboriginal poverty
                             reduction in Australia”.


                             Dissemination of results

                             cynThIa BrIGGs (masTers (hons) GraduaTe - school of
                             educaTIon):
                             Presenting a paper based on the findings of her research at the World Indigenous
                             Peoples Education Conference at Melbourne in December – topic: ‘Aboriginal Voice
                             and the Retention of Senior Aboriginal Students studying the Higher School
                             Certificate”.
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                             The National Centre of Science, ICT and                          Teacher Education Innovation Centre
                             Mathematics Education for Rural and                                       Kongju National University
                             R egional Australia                                                                            Korea
                             University of New England
                             Australia
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                                                              First Announcement
                                                                   ISFIRE 2009


                                              Innovation for Equity in Rural Education

                                First International Symposium for Innovation in Rural Education
                                                                    11-14 February 2009

                                                                University of New England
                                                                    Armidale, Australia

                                ISFIRE will be an international forum for sharing research findings, innovative ideas and evaluated
                                approaches linked to positive, practical action.

                                The symposium will have a particular focus on using research to influence policy aimed at
                                delivering socially just outcomes for rural students and communities.

                                ISFIRE is organised around eight themes. Papers are encouraged that address issues, and
                                present innovative solutions, within these themes. More details are available online.


                                                     http://www.une.edu.au/simerr/ISFIRE/
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          2008                July 8th
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                             Teaching Leximancer a few tricks
                             Welcome to Article 11 of UNE Leximancer Affair – a regular column of this
                             Bulletin dedicated to keeping the UNE community abreast with the functionality
                             and development of Leximancer software. Following a discussion of Concept
                             Editing in Article 10, the present Article highlights how Leximancer learns the
                             thesaurus of words that she uses to finally define a Concept.
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                                                            The Concepts that Leximancer finally produces in the primary Concept
                                                            Map, are learnt by Leximancer through thousands of iterations as she
                                                            observes clusters of words which move with key terms in the data. As
                                                            Leximancer observes some words appearing frequently with certain
                                                            terms and less frequently with others, Leximancer learns that the words
                                                            that travel together with a term frame the profile of that term and define
                                                            that term to be a key concept in the data.
                                                            In this process, Leximancer engages in content analysis and searches for
                                                            contextual evidence. The evidence is weighted and when the weighted
                                                            accumulation of evidence reaches a learning threshold (e.g. 10 words
                                                            moving together in textual space), then Leximancer learns the set
                                                            of words that she uses to define each concept. These words are then
                                                            included in the Concept Thesaurus in the software.
                                                            You can influence Leximancer’s learning of the Concept Thesaurus by
                                                            decreasing or increasing the number of words that should be used to
                                                            define a concept. Increasing the learning threshold, lowers the relevancy
                                                            threshold. Lowering the former, increases the latter.




                             Article 12 of Leximancer Affair will explore the benefits of concept coding, the Leximancer way.


                             CDKivunja
                             Dr. Charles Kivunja
                             Lecturer in School Pedagogy
                             School of Education
                             Email: ckivunja@une.edu.au
                             Ext: 2005
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                             Research Opportunities
                                  ausaId – 2008 ausTralIan develoPmenT research
                                                      awards.
                             External closing date is 29 Aug 2008; UNE internal closing date is 25 Aug 2008.
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                             http://www.ausaid.gov.au/research/awards.cfm
                             The Awards are a pillar of the recently launched AusAID Development Research Strategy which
                             significantly scales up AusAID’s development research program. The Funding Round process introduces
                             greater transparency, consistency and quality assurance in AusAID’s research program.
                             The Australian Development Research Awards are designed to attract quality research that informs
                             policy development and increases the general stock of knowledge around development issues.
                             The 2008 Funding Round will award funding for research in the following nine priority theme areas:
                             1. Development Effectiveness
                             2. Disability
                             3. Economics
                             4. Education
                             5. Environment
                             6. Food Security
                             7. Gender
                             8. Governance and State Building and
                             9. Health
                             This round is open for proposals submitted by Australian and international research organisations and
                             institutions.
                             The Funding Round will accept proposals of up to three years in duration. Successful projects are
                             eligible to receive funding between $50,000 and $250,000 per year.
                             The original Application must be submitted online via this website. If you experience any technical
                             difficulties please contact research@ausaid.gov.au
                             Note: The online submission facility will open on 8 July.


                                             ausTralIa IndonesIa InsTITuTe GranTs
                             The Australia Indonesia Institute in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade invites applicants to
                             submit project proposals designed to contribute to a more broadly based and enduring relationship
                             between Australia and Indonesia and to project a positive image of Australia in Indonesia.
                             The Institute supports programs to enhance relations between our two countries in the following
                             areas: arts and culture; Australian studies; civil society; education; interfaith; media; and youth.
                             Prospective applicants should note that the annual level of grant funding in the various areas will vary,
                             depending on the priorities of the Institute and the quality of applications.
                             Proposals for project funding must be submitted using the Application for Grant Funding form
                             available on the website. Further information about the Institute’s objectives, programs and guidelines
                             for funding can be viewed online or obtained from the Director on (02) 6261 3827.
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                              cerTIfIed PracTIsInG accounTanTs ausTralIa (cPa) – noT-
                                           for-ProfIT research GranTs.
                             External closing date is 31 Aug 2008; UNE internal closing date is 25 Aug 2008.
                             http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/SID-3F57FEDF-6427D78B/cpa/hs.xsl/1038_14828_ENA_HTML.htm
                             CPA Australia is offering a grant of up to $10,000 to researchers based in Australian universities for a
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                             research project on not-for-profit issues. The project may be on any aspect of the not-for-profit sector.
                             However, applications will be assessed according to their relevance to CPA Australia members who are
                             in the not-for-profit sector or work with this sector.
                             Applications may be submitted on any topic that the researcher believes to be of importance and
                             will be a hot issue for the not-for-profit sector in the next 12 months. The research should be of an
                             innovative, ‘over the horizon’ nature. Research with broad application across the Australian not-for-
                             profit sector will be regarded more favourably.
                             Proposals for research should be provided as being ready to implement. Consequently, each
                             application must contain clearly outlined objectives of the research and all information required
                             to consider the application without further reference to other documentation or written or oral
                             explanations. It is the responsibility of the chief researcher to ensure that all details of the application
                             have been completed and the signatures of any co-researchers or administrators of the institution
                             have been obtained.


                             cerTIfIed PracTIsInG accounTanTs ausTralIa (cPa) – PuBlIc
                                             secTor research GranTs.
                             External closing date is 31 Aug 2008; UNE internal closing date is 25 Aug 2008.
                             http://www.cpaaustralia.com.au/cps/rde/xchg/SID-3F57FEDF-78D15518/cpa/hs.xsl/1038_14826_ENA_HTML.htm
                             CPA Australia is offering a grant of up to $10,000 to researchers based in Australian universities for
                             a research project on public sector issues. The project may be on any aspect of the public sector.
                             However, applications will be assessed according to their relevance to CPA Australia members who are
                             in the public sector or work with the public sector.
                             Applications may be submitted on any topic that the researcher believes to be of importance and will
                             be a hot issue for the public sector in the next 12 months. The research should be of an innovative,
                             ‘over the horizon’ nature. Research with broad application across the Australian public sector will be
                             regarded more favourably.
                             Proposals for research should be provided as being ready to implement. Consequently, each
                             application must contain clearly outlined objectives of the research and all information required
                             to consider the application without further reference to other documentation or written or oral
                             explanations. It is the responsibility of the chief researcher to ensure that all details of the application
                             have been completed and the signatures of any co-researchers or administrators of the institution
                             have been obtained.
                             Points to remember in developing an application:
                             1. GST (whether or not included in total)       2. salary on-costs;        3. administration overheads
                             for the research institution;   4. ethics approval by the research institution;    5. health and safety
                             requirements of the research institution;
                             Funding will not be released until approval for these elements has been obtained as required by the
                             institution or company.
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                               dePT of healTh and aGeInG – naTIonal BInGe drInKInG
                             sTraTeGy communITy level InITIaTIve, 1sT fundInG round.
                             External closing date is 11 Aug 2008; UNE internal closing date is 4 Aug 2008.
                             http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/Grant2008013136
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                             Under the National Binge Drinking Strategy, the Department of Health and Ageing is seeking
                             applications from incorporated community groups or local government organisations who can
                             demonstrate the ability to develop a prevention or early intervention project with the support of
                             other groups in your community. Funding is available for organisations to undertake time-limited
                             prevention and early intervention projects in city, urban, regional, rural and remote Australia.
                             The focus of the projects will be on the prevention and reduction of binge drinking by young people,
                             specifically in the age group 12-24 years. Selection will be merit based. Innovative projects and those
                             representing partnerships between Community Organisations are encouraged.
                             An upper limit of $150,000 plus GST (per grant) for up to two years has been set for individual project
                             proposals.
                             For organisations wishing to collaborate and submit a combined proposal, an upper limit of
                             $250,000 plus GST (per grant) for up to two years has been set for each combined project proposal.
                             Organisations interested in applying must address the selection criteria in the format outlined in the
                             application form.


                                 ausTralIa-JaPan foundaTIon – GranTs for maJor
                               ProJecTs To sTrenGThen ausTralIa’s relaTIonshIP wITh
                                                     JaPan.
                             External closing date is 25 July 2008; UNE internal closing date is 22 July 2008.
                             http://www.ajf.australia.or.jp/english/awards/ajfgrants/
                             The Australia-Japan Foundation (AJF) invites funding applications for major and community-based
                             project proposals in support of its objectives, which are to:
                             • increase understanding in Japan of shared interests with Australia;
                             • increase understanding in Australia of the importance of Japan to Australia as an economic and
                             strategic partner; and
                             • increase recognition in Japan of Australian excellence and expertise.
                             Australia-Japan Foundation grants are intended to provide seeding funds for innovative proposals
                             relevant to the aims and objectives of the Foundation. This includes proposals which demonstrate the
                             potential for the development of long-term links between individuals and institutions in Australia and
                             their counterparts in Japan.
                             While grants amount will be considered on a proposal basis for major grants, for smaller community
                             type grants, it will generally be limited to a maximum of AUD$10,000.
                             Where a project is of high quality, but financially beyond the Foundation’s resources, it may decide to
                             award the applicant a grant conditional on funds being raised from other sources.
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                             The hearT foundaTIon and BeyondBlue – cardIovascular
                               dIsease and dePressIon sTraTeGIc research ProGram.
                             External closing date is 15 Aug 2008; UNE internal closing date is 1 Aug 2008.
                             http://www.beyondblue.org.au/index.aspx?link_id=6.876
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                             The aim of this Strategic Research Program focusing on cardiovascular disease and depression is to
                             improve health outcomes for people with depression and cardiovascular disease or risk through the
                             developing and testing of effective treatments and/or health practices. The program will support
                             quality research that is practical, with specific endpoints and clearly defined pathways to care.
                             Grants of 1 - 5 years duration with a total funding value of $10,000 - $3,500,000 (exclusive of GST) are
                             invited. Funding will be awarded based on relevance, project potential, merit/feasibility and track
                             record. The Heart Foundation and beyondblue may fund a combination of large and small projects
                             using the criteria of relevance and quality as crucial elements of the final funding decision(s).
                             The call for applications document containing detailed information about the grants, the instructions
                             to applicants, the conditions of award and full application form are available at www.heartfoundation.
                             org.au and www.beyondblue.org.au.


                             afac & BushfIre crc – new crc BId: crc fIre – envIronmenT
                                                    and socIeTy.
                             External closing date is 18 July 2008; UNE internal closing date is 14 July 2008.
                             http://www.bushfirecrc.com/rebid_section/call-for-proposals.html
                             The Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) along with the Bushfire CRC
                             have been working with the fire, land management and emergency services sector to develop an
                             ongoing research capability, building upon the work of the Bushfire CRC. This will be a new from
                             existing CRC bid to be submitted as part of the next round of applications for CRC funding expected to
                             be later this year.
                             The underlying focus for the future CRC work program is based upon a number of significant drivers
                             for change including climate change and demographic movements.
                             Principles
                             • The new CRC will be addressing issues of national significance.
                             • The new CRC is national centre.
                             • The new CRC will be end-user focussed
                             • The new CRC will fund research at a strategic level.
                             • The new CRC will be looking for cross-over opportunities to all hazards
                             • The new CRC will be looking for Synergies with other related fields
                             • The new CRC will have a strong focus on good quality internationally significant research
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                             dePT of healTh and aGeInG – encouraGInG BesT PracTIce In
                                     resIdenTIal aGed care ProGram (eBPrac).
                             External closing date is 30 July 2008; UNE internal closing date is 24 July 2008.
                             http://www.health.gov.au/internet/main/publishing.nsf/Content/grantEBPRAC2008
                             Reference No.: Grant EBPRAC2008
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                             The Department of Health and Ageing is seeking applications from health related organisations to
                             improve evidence-based clinical care for residents¸ provide additional skills for clinical care staff and
                             promote a sustainable best practice care culture in Australian Government funded aged care homes.
                             Under this funding round of EBPRAC¸ organisations will be required to establish a consortium that
                             includes residential aged care homes¸ researchers and educators to implement the most up to date
                             evidence-based care practices for residents of aged care homes.
                             Applications must address one of the following target areas:
                             • Wound management
                             • Behaviour management
                             • Incontinence management
                             • Infection control
                             • Palliative care
                             Applications may be submitted by post or courier. Information about this and how to apply is available
                             on the Department’s Internet site at www.health.gov.au/tenders or by emailing
                             bestpracticeagedcare@health.gov.au.
                             Organisations interested in applying for funding must address the selection criteria in the format
                             outlined in the Application Form.


                                          The commonwealTh fund – research GranTs.
                             External closing date is ongoing.
                             http://www.commonwealthfund.org/programsgrants/
                             The Fund supports independent research on health and social issues and makes grants to improve
                             health care practice and policy. We are dedicated to helping people become more informed about their
                             health care and improving care for vulnerable populations such as children, the elderly, low-income
                             families, minorities, and the uninsured.
                             Program Areas
                             Commission on a High Performance Health System; Health Care Quality Improvement and Efficiency;•
                             Program on the Future of Health Insurance; Program on Medicare’s Future; Patient-Centered Primary
                             Care Initiative; State Innovations; Special Populations; Quality of Care for Underserved Populations;
                             Child Development and Preventive Care; Quality of Care for Frail Elders; Fellowship in Minority Health
                             Policy
                             International Health Policy & Practice
                             International Program in Health Policy and Practice

								
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