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New writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers’ Centre

Monday 9 Jul 2018

* Award winning author for Booranga Writers’ Centre residency

* Will present a free public lecture, and a writing workshop in Wagga Wagga

Award-winning author Ms Ellen van Neerven (pictured) has been announced as the third writer-in-residence at Booranga Writers’ Centre in Wagga Wagga in 2018.

Vice President of Booranga Writers’ Centre and senior lecturer in English in the CSU School of Humanities and Social Sciences in Wagga Wagga Dr Lachlan Brown said Ms van Neerven will be in-residence from Sunday 8 until Saturday 14 July.

“During her residency Ms van Neerven will deliver the ASAL Patrons Lecture at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery on Friday 13 July, as well as conduct a writing workshop at Booranga on Saturday 14 July,” Dr Brown said.

“Ellen is a writer of Mununjali Yugambeh and Dutch heritage whose first book, Heat and Light (UQP, 2014), was the recipient of the David Unaipon Award, the Dobbie Literary Award and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers Prize.

Heat and Light was also shortlisted for The Stella Prize, the Queensland Literary Award for State Significance, and the Readings Prize. Ellen was named as a Sydney Morning Herald‘s Best Young Australian Novelist in 2015.

“Ellen’s second book, a collection of poetry, Comfort Food (UQP, 2016) was shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Kenneth Slessor Prize and Highly Commended for the 2016 Wesley Michel Wright Prize.”

Dr Brown said that until 2016 Ellen was the managing editor of black&write! Indigenous Writing and Editing Project at State Library of Queensland. She received the 2017 Queensland Writers Centre Johnno Award and the 2015 Express Media Award for Outstanding Contribution by a Young Person in Literary Arts. She currently lives and works in Melbourne.

The ASAL Patrons Lectures are hosted by ASAL with funding from the Copyright Agency,” Dr Brown said. “These lectures support emerging and distinguished Australian writers to travel to locations around Australia to present a public talk or lecture on a topic of his or her choosing for a broader public.

“By bringing Australian writers into a wide range of communities, Patrons Lectures aim to stimulate broad interest in Australian writing and facilitate deeper understanding between writers, the academy, secondary teachers and the reading public.”

Find more information about Ms van Neerven here: https://ellenvanneervencurrie.wordpress.com/

The ASAL Patrons Lecture is from 6pm to 8pm on Friday 13 July at the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery, Fitzmaurice Street, Wagga Wagga. While the public lecture is free, bookings are essential as seating is limited: RSVP

The Writing Workshop by Ms van Neerven is from 2pm to 4pm on Saturday 14 July at the Booranga Writers’ Centre, Mambarra Drive, Wagga Wagga. The workshop is free for members, a $10 donation is requested from non-members: RSVP

For more information contact Booranga Writers’ Centre Vice President, Dr Lachlan Brown, labrown@csu.edu.au or Booranga Creative Director, Kathryn Halliwell, director@booranga.com

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Lachlan Brown.

MyDay in Wagga Wagga showcases CSU courses to future students

Wednesday 4 Jul 2018

  • * 320 high school students expected for MyDay at CSU in Wagga Wagga on Friday 6 July
  • * Free MyDay event is a great start to preparation for university

Senior high school students from across NSW and Victoria will attend a MyDay at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga on Friday 6 July to explore a range of courses and future study options.

CSU prospective student adviser Mr Andrew Connell said, “With around 350 students currently registered, we can expect about 320 students plus their parents to attend the MyDay.

“Students who have registered come from NSW and Victorian high schools, from as far as Melbourne and Sydney, as well as local schools across Wagga Wagga.

“The students who attend MyDay can learn about the courses we offer at Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga as well as general information about university and study. This free event is a great start to university preparation.

“Parents are also welcome to attend most sessions to learn more about courses and study at Charles Sturt University.”

Courses to be explored by the students include accounting and business, agriculture, teaching and education, animal and veterinary sciences,  oral health, medical imaging, medical science, nursing, agricultural and wine sciences, communication and creative industries, psychology and social work.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with CSU prospective student adviser Mr Andrew Connell.

Registrations commence at 9.30am at The Hub, Building 20, at CSU in Wagga Wagga. The event runs across the campus from 10am to 2.30pm.

CSU Faculty of Science research symposium in Wagga Wagga

Wednesday 27 Jun 2018

* Annual CSU Faculty of Science symposium in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June showcases variety and breadth of its research

* More than 50 research presentations at symposium

* Faculty’s new post-doctoral Fellows to present their research findings

Charles Sturt University (CSU) higher degree by research (HDR) and Honours students will deliver more than 50 presentations on their research topics at the annual Faculty of Science Symposium and Dinner in Wagga Wagga on Thursday 28 and Friday 29 June.

Sub Dean (Graduate Studies) in the CSU Faculty of Science Associate Professor Sandra Savocchia said the packed schedule will also include special presentations by three of the new Faculty post-doctoral Fellows who will report on the latest outcomes from their research.

“The annual symposium gives HDR and Honours students in the Faculty of Science the opportunity to present their research to fellow students and staff at the University and to share their research ideas,” said Professor Savocchia who is based at the National Wine and Grape Industry Centre at CSU.

“This annual event showcases the extraordinary variety and breadth of research in the Faculty and is a great way to support students through their research and for students to network, especially those who study remotely.

“The students also have the opportunity to attend a professional development workshop on ‘building emotional resilience’ presented by Ms Kylie Bell.”

The guest speaker at the symposium dinner on Thursday night is Faculty of Science post-doctoral Fellow Dr Adam Frew who is building his research portfolio by investigating the ecology of silicon in soil-plant-insect interactions in order to answer questions about the natural world. Dr Frew will speak to the audience about his journey from Scotland to gaining his current position at CSU.

Post-doctoral Fellow Dr Sarah Verdon will speak to the students about the two foci of her research, Supporting the speech, language and communication development of culturally and linguistically diverse children, and Developing a culturally responsive health workforce.

Another Fellow to speak, Dr James Turner, studies how animals must balance energy intake with energy expenditure to survive, reproduce, and maintain healthy populations. To better understand the mechanisms enabling these responses, he studied the thermal biology of cryptic Australian marsupials, North American bat disease ecology, and urban wildlife adaptation in Europe using a combination of field and laboratory techniques.

Post-doctoral Fellow Dr Joanna Gambetta will describe how geographical origin affects the berry chemical composition and quality grade of Chardonnay grapes.

Some of the more than 50 research topics explored by the students include:

* An exploration of a tailored cardiovascular exercise and education program for Aboriginal men in a regional centre (Brett Biles)

* An examination of women in leadership positions in sport: A case study of Australian Rules Football (Kelsey Richards)

* Verification of the production system of origin of grass and grain fed beef (Bridgette Logan)

* Phenolic extracts of Mentha and their role in controlling Alzheimers disease (Doaa Hanafy)

* What is the effect of scale in hydraulic modelling for the in-stream river flow? (Inam Ahmed)

* An exploration of Greek migrant experiences and later life emotional wellbeing: A qualitative study (Georgia Tziros)

* Digesting and understanding Australian rice after heat processing (Michelle Toutounji)

* The storied self in tourism spaces: Using a qualitative narrative methodology as a framework for understanding self-identity in Niseko, Japan (Kim Nelson)

* Factors influencing maternal health outcomes: A mixed method study in rural northern Ghana (Joshua Sumankuuro)

* Effect of continuous or sprint interval exercise training on prognostic cardiovascular health measures in sedentary obese middle-aged men (Blake Collins)

* Environmental water recovery in the Murray-Darling Basin (Michael Vanderzee)

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Associate Professor Sandra Savocchia, and post-doctoral Fellows and research students.

The 2018 CSU Faculty of Science HDR and Honours Symposium and Dinner will be held on Thursday 28 (8.30am to 9pm) and Friday 29 June (9am to 1.30pm) at the Convention Centre (building 230) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Special graduation for International students who can’t stay for graduation

Monday 25 Jun 2018

* Due to immigration and visa rules four CSU International students are not permitted to attend their official Graduation.

* To celebrate their hard work and achievements, CSU is holding a special graduation.

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is committed to giving its students the best experience possible, even when they can’t stay for their graduation.

Four Australia Award Students will complete their studies at the end of session one, this year. However, due to immigration and visa rules the students are not permitted to attend the official graduation at the end of the year.

Office for Students, Liaison Officer (International) Mrs Jacquie Blomfield, said “We want to celebrate their achievements by holding the special graduation photos.”

The Wagga Wagga community is invited to come along and help celebrate the achievements of the International students at the Wagga Wagga campus.

‘We are pleased to be able to support and celebrate the success of our international students.’

“Charles Sturt University is dedicated to supporting its International students from pre-departure right through to graduation. This supports and assists the students to successfully achieve their academic success.” Mrs Blomfield concluded.

* Event details

Date: Wednesday 27 June  

Time: 10:30am to 12pm

Location: Joyes Hall CSU Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Kate Fotheringham, 63386251

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Mrs Jacquie Blomfield at CSU Wagga Wagga.

Refurbished CSU Riverina Playhouse set to reopen

Tuesday 19 Jun 2018

* CSU Riverina Playhouse refurbishment nears completion and will reopen soon

* $3 million upgrade to seating, lighting, access, and amenities

* Environmental sustainability features include energy efficient lighting and water-saving fittings

Much needed refurbishments to the Riverina Playhouse at Charles Sturt University (CSU) will soon be completed and the well-known Wagga Wagga cultural facility will be reopened in July.

Director of the CSU Division of Facilities Management, Mr Stephen Butt, said the temporary closure of the Playhouse in October 2017 was a necessary inconvenience but the end results are worth it.

Mr Butt said, “While the closure caused some disruption for staff, students and those community groups who make use of the facility, the work that was carried out to the Playhouse has ensured the facility is state-of-the art and even better able to serve the needs of the creative arts into the future.”

The refurbishment cost an estimated $3 million and delivers upgraded amenities to ensure the Riverina Playhouse includes disabled access and facilities, upgrades to the theatre seating, new lighting grid systems, wall and floor furnishings, new auditorium layout with new theatre chairs providing generous leg room, new emergency and exit lighting, and a re-organised foyer area.

Head of the School of Communication and Creative Industries Ms Sue Wood said, “Staff and students in the School of Communication and Creative Industries are delighted with the upgrade and look forward to working in the newly improved theatre”.

The refurbishment project officer Mr Neal Molineaux said the enhancements to the Playhouse will benefit performers and audiences.

“The environment will also benefit from some of the upgrades, with a key focus on sustainability features,” Mr Molineaux said. “The newly-installed mechanical systems and lighting are energy efficient, and water saving fittings have been added to the hydraulic systems.”

The Riverina Playhouse was established in 1986 and has had limited improvements since then.  CSU students have been using alternative venues at CSU in Wagga Wagga and other community facilities during the refurbishment.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Director of the CSU Division of Facilities Management, Mr Stephen Butt, and refurbishment project officer Mr Neal Molineaux.

Photo courtesy of Mr Neal Molineaux shows the newly installed seating in the refurbished CSU Riverina Playhouse in Wagga Wagga.

Calling stroke clients for BEST study

Thursday 31 May 2018

* Call for stroke patients living in southern NSW to take part in an ‘at home’ rehabilitation project.

* Geographical distance from health services can make it difficult for patients in regional NSW to access outpatient services once they have been discharged from hospital.

* Project participants and carers will have access to extensive support materials and phone support for 12 weeks.

* Participating clinicians will also receive support as part of the project.

Have you had a stroke in the last six months and live in or near Albury-Wodonga or Wagga Wagga? Do you experience cognitive or upper limb difficulties?

A research team supported by Charles Sturt University (CSU), Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Albury-Wodonga Health are looking for participants to test a program over 12 weeks that assists patients in their recovery from the debilitating effects of stroke.

Participants and their carers will have access to the Best Evidence for Stroke Therapies (BEST) website that can help stroke patients to regain some or all of their capabilities before the stroke occurred.

Project leader Dr Melissa Nott (pictured left), an occupational therapy lecturer with the CSU School of Community Health, is part of the team that developed the BEST website.

“The website is a one-stop shop for helpful resources including 'step-by-step' guides, information and instruction sheets and videos, home activity records and goal setting worksheets.

“On the same site, clinicians such as occupational therapists and speech pathologists can access 'how-to' videos, implementation checklists and evidence summaries to help them implement and evaluate their stroke-related care of patients, working as a team with the stoke patient.

"We wanted to provide all the information that would be needed by both patients and clinicians so that clinicians feel more confident to implement the National Stroke Guidelines and that patients receive the best quality care," said Dr Nott said, who is based at CSU in Albury-Wodonga.

"Geographical distance from health services can make it difficult for patients in regional NSW to access outpatient services once they have been discharged from hospital. This website offers an alternative way to ensure all patients can access the highest quality rehabilitation."

See 'Cheryl' from Wagga Wagga as she tells her story on the importance of a team approach to her rehabilitation after a stroke.

The program incorporates use of the BEST website (pictured right) with phone coaching and training for clinicians to help stroke patients drive their own recovery from home over 12 weeks, supported by the research team.

The BEST website has been trialled and refined since 2017, and we are now ready to expand its use across areas covered by the Murrumbidgee Local Health District and Albury-Wodonga Health.

“Positive results for this expanded trial will have application for rehabilitation services across regional Australia and for patients living in isolated circumstances.”

To apply to join the BEST project or for further information, contact Ms Tana Cuming on 02 6051 9266 or email bestresearch@csu.edu.au.

Media Contact: Wes Ward, 0417 125 795

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews in Albury-Wodonga with Dr Melissa Nott.

Research partner Dr Shannon Pike with the Murrumbidgee Local Health District is available for interviews in Wagga Wagga. Contact Ms Sally Druitt on (02) 6933 91781 or email Sally.Druitt@health.nsw.gov.au to arrange interviews with Dr Pike.

See the BEST website here.

CSU hosts coding competition for school students to boost IT careers

Wednesday 23 May 2018

* CSU coding comp aims to improve school students’ coding skills

* Students to solve several coding challenges in various programming languages

* Coding comp supports students to aspire to a career in IT and computing

Charles Sturt University (CSU) is hosting a coding competition on Friday 25 May for 16 students in Years 11 and 12 from high schools in the Wagga Wagga region.

Dr Arif Khan (pictured), course director in the CSU School of Computing and Mathematics said, The aim of the event is to bring together high school students interested in IT and coding, and provide a fun activity for them to improve their skills.

“The University has organised the event and has designed the program because we are keen to support these students and provide them with the opportunity to learn about computing and improve their coding skills.

“The program will involve solving a number of coding challenges in various programming languages.

“Lecturers will be teaching and guiding the students throughout the program, to support and encourage high school students to study on-campus and go into a career in IT and computing.”

The winner of the competition will receive a $100 gift voucher and a certificate of achievement. All attendees will get a certificate of participation.

The coding competition is from 9.15am to 1.15pm in the Library (room 1012, building 13) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Arif Khan who is based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

CSU hosts ‘Star Parties’ for ABC Stargazing world record attempt

Tuesday 22 May 2018

* CSU to boost ABC stargazing world record attempt on Wednesday 23 May

* CSU will host ‘Star Parties’ in Port Macquarie, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga

* Aiming to beat previous 2015 world record of 7,960 stargazers in 37 locations

Charles Sturt University (CSU) will host three ‘Star Parties’ as part of the ABC’s Stargazing Live Guinness World Record Attempt for ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’ on Wednesday evening 23 May.

CSU will host events in Wagga Wagga, Port Macquarie, and Bathurst.

Head of Campus of CSU in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew said, “Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga is delighted to host a Star Party as part of the ABC’s Live National Guinness World Record Attempt, for the ‘Most People Stargazing Across Multiple Venues’.

“This will be a family-friendly fun event and is a great way to show off our facilities in Wagga Wagga. Everybody is welcome to come along and take part in this world record attempt.

“This event is open to the community and free to attend, but you must register.”

In Wagga Wagga: 7pm to 10pm at CSU the event will be hosted by the CSU Science Club in the Physics Lab courtyard, in front of the Radiography Lab (building 10). Participants are advised to dress warmly.

To register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/charles-sturt-university-science-club-star-party-tickets-45847937415

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Head of Campus in Wagga Wagga Ms Miriam Dayhew.

Medical scientists’ regional conference in Wagga Wagga

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Medical science conference in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 May

* Presentations by three CSU medical science academics

Three Charles Sturt University (CSU) medical science academics will present papers at the annual 2018 NSW South-West Division of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists (AIMS) conference in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 May

Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam (pictured left), senior lecturer in immunology in the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences in Wagga Wagga said, “Organisers expect up to 70 people to attend the AIMS conference from across the NSW South-West region, including from Griffith, Dubbo, Bathurst, Orange, Wagga Wagga, and smaller places in between.

“We also expect participants from the Sydney region, and this year we hope to have a few from Victoria since Wagga Wagga is relatively close to the border,” Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam said.

There will be 13 scientific presentations, with three by medical scientists from the CSU School of Biomedical Sciences:

* Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam, senior lecturer in immunology, ‘Antibiotic resistance in Camylobacter jejuni in NSW’

* Dr Philip Bwititi, senior lecturer in biochemistry, ‘Oxidative stress’

* Dr Wouter Kalle, lecturer in biomedical sciences, ‘DNA Diagnostic – from karyotype to NGS’

The conference organisers have offered discounted student registrations for the conference day to engage with students enrolled in the medical science degree at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

“Conferences like this are valuable to the region, as they provide Continuing Professional Development (CPD) within the pathology industry as our scientific program caters to the interests of scientists who are multi-disciplined,” Dr Vanniasinkam said.

“Being proficient in a number disciplines is often required of scientists working in the smaller regional and peripheral laboratories, while those working in the bigger central laboratories are more likely to specialise,” Dr Vanniasinkam concluded.

For more information see the conference flyer: https://www.aims.org.au/documents/item/982

Or visit the website: https://www.aims.org.au/events/event/nsw-south-west-div-conference-2018-f

The annual 2018 NSW South-West Division of the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists conference will be held at the Rules Club, 188 Fernleigh Street, in Wagga Wagga on Saturday 19 May.

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Contact CSU Media to arrange interviews with Dr Thiru Vanniasinkam, Dr Phil Bwititi and Dr Wouter Kalle who are based at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

For further information contact NSW South-West Division of AIMS conference organiser Ms Christie Gordon on 0428 102 797.

Teachers and students to learn coding at AgriTech Incubator in Wagga

Tuesday 15 May 2018

* Computer coding training for Riverina teachers and female high school students

* AgriTech Incubator supports women and girls into tech and entrepreneurial activities

The AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga will host computer coding training for teachers and students from Riverina schools on Wednesday 16 and Thursday 17 May.

Following the success of the 2017 event, the 2018 sessions will again be delivered by Code Club Australia which teaches students how to program by showing them how to make computer games, animations and websites. Code Club also delivers training to equip teachers with the confidence and ability to teach their students to code.

Professor of Food Engineering in the CSU School of Agricultural and Wine Sciences, John Mawson (pictured), said, “The AgriTech Incubator teacher training day on Wednesday 16 May is fully booked, and over 90 students are expected to attend the coding event on Thursday17 May, to learn how to create a rainbow predictor using Python and Raspberry Pi programs.

“Students and teachers are travelling from towns across the Riverina − Cootamundra, Griffith, Junee, Leeton, Tullibigeal, Wagga Wagga, and Young − to attend the events.

“Offering specialised programs supporting women and girls into tech and entrepreneurial activities is just one of the goals of the AgriTech Incubator.

“The 2018 event follows the successful AgriTech Incubator at Charles Sturt University which delivered its first coding event specifically for Years 9 and 10 female high school students in the Wagga Wagga region in November 2017. Then, students created computer generated modern art, using Python, and the event was very well received by both students and teachers.

“The teachers at that event also noted they would greatly value a training day to improve their ability to support STEM related initiatives in their schools,” Professor Mawson said.

The coding events will be held at the AgriTech Incubator, building 6, CSU in Wagga Wagga (car park 11) from 10am Wednesday 16 (for teachers) and Thursday 17 May (for students).

The AgriTech Incubator is funded by the NSW Department of Industry with significant additional funding from CSU, with the coding events being in partnership with Code Club Australia (https://codeclubau.org/).

Media Contact: Bruce Andrews, 0418 669 362

Media Note:

Professor John Mawson will be available for interview at 10am on Wednesday 16 May at the AgriTech Incubator (building 6) at CSU in Wagga Wagga.

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