29 March 2012

RMIT news in brief

Honour for Alan Pears

The Australian Alliance to Save Energy (A2SE) has presented RMIT University’s Adjunct Professor Alan Pears the Energy All-Star Award for Energy Efficiency.

The award recognises his work advocating for improved energy efficiency in Australia for more than 30 years.

“Dr Pears has been instrumental in bringing to life some of Australia’s most important energy efficiency initiatives such as the Home Energy Advisory Service, public information and education, appliance energy labelling and mandatory building insulation regulations,” the A2SE said.

The awards were presented at the inaugural Summer Study for Energy Efficiency and Decentralised Energy, a three-day international conference in Sydney.

IR leaders go for a SWIRL

More than 30 of the world's leading information retrieval (IR) researchers attend a three-day Strategic Workshop on Information Retrieval in Lorne.

SWIRL was organised by the IR research group in the School of Computer Science and Information Technology and supported by the US Government's National Science Foundation, the European Science Foundation, and the University of Melbourne.

IR research informs search tools such as Google and Bing, as well as playing a major role in systems such as IBM's Watson and Apple's SIRI.

One of the RMIT organisers, Professor Mark Sanderson, said: " There are IR researchers working at Monash and Melbourne, along with the large IR group at RMIT. Melbourne is one of the best cities in the world to study and research IR.”

Thai midwife welcomed

Assistant Professor Piyanun Limruangrong from the Faculty of Nursing at Mahidol University, Bangkok, is in Melbourne for six weeks, hosted by Nursing and Midwifery at RMIT.

She is the recipient of an Endeavour Executive Award from the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations and is based at Sunshine Hospital.

Her visit will build capacity in Thailand undergraduate and master clinical midwifery education using contemporary midwifery practice and knowledge gained from an Australian hospital.

Sophie is a rising star

Sophie Jordan, a Bachelor of Social Science (Planning) honours student, has won the 2012 Women’s Planning Network Rising Star Scholarship.

She was awarded the $5,500 fees scholarship by the Minister of Planning, Matthew Guy, at Parliament House.

Ms Jordan won for her essay “Woman and Home: An investigation into equitable forms of housing”. She is undertaking her work placement with Michael Collie and Associates.

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Adjunct Professor Alan Pears

Adjunct Professor Alan Pears.