The Deakin Times - April 2013

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Welcome to the April 2013 issue of The Deakin Times – your monthly Deakin Alumni Community e-news bulletin.

In this issue find out about all of the recent Deakin research news, including;

The wheel re-invented

Peptides in sport

Minister officially opens $12.2million Institute of Koorie Education building

Morbid obesity in women on the rise, study finds

And catch up on all the Deakin Alumni Community news including;

New 2013 Service Partner – Hotel Club

Work for Deakin University and join the Alumni Relations Team

Enter the Competition to name our Deakin Alumni Magazine

Lastly, congratulations to our next wave of new Alumni as they graduate in our upcoming April ceremonies in Geelong. We wish you well in your future endeavours.

If you have any feedback in relation to The Deakin Times please email us at

Kind regards,

Dorianne Lyons
Acting Alumni Relations Manager
Deakin University

Deakin Alumni Community News
Deakin alumnus becomes Victorian Premier
Deakin Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jane den Hollander congratulates Deakin alumnus, Dr Denis Napthine, on becoming leader of the Victorian Parliamentary Liberal Party and Victoria’s new Premier. Find our more.

Help us name our Deakin Alumni Magazine competition
We are seeking your suggestions not only to name and also to hear your ideas on content and format. To that end we are asking you to take a few minutes, to respond to a brief survey we have developed. Your responses will inform how to bring to life your new magazine.

By completing our survey you will enter into the draw to win the new Apple iPad.
To complete the survey and enter the prize draw click here – it is that easy!

Alumnus receives awards in architecture
Marc Dixon
, graduate of the Bachelor of Architecture in 1990, founder of Marc Dixon Architect’s and current academic with Deakin University, wins City of Whitehorse Built Environment Awards 2013. Find out more.

Alumni authors
Damian Balassone (1995)
– whose ‘poems have appeared in a variety of Australian and international publications and have been praised for their ability to merge traditional forms with modern content.  Of the 26 poems included here, all have previously been published, with the exception of the title piece 'Daniel Yammacoona', a sweeping narrative poem with a desert setting, fused with themes of family, country, football and other contemporary issues that touch the human spirit.’ Find out more.

Michele Tocci (1991) – releases a new book, Time to Create a Better Life - How to become effective, efficient and focused. ‘Rushing around. Can’t get it all done. Juggling twenty balls and it never seems to stop. You slam up against deadlines, everything’s last minute, pay extra for next-day delivery, apologise again, and then spend half an hour hunting through drawers and piles, exhausted. That’s not how you want life to be. What’s the secret?’ To purchase visit

Fiona McCallum (1999), recently released her fourth novel. Saving Grace is another heart-warming journey of self-discovery story set in rural Australia. For more information visit   

Conference - Stepping out, breaking through: choices and challenges in education
Deakin University and the Geelong Cats proudly present this conference on 27–28 August 2013 at Simonds Stadium, Kardinia Park, Geelong, Victoria. Find out more.

The Commerce Chapter wants you to connect with them on Facebook
Join the Alumni Commerce Chapter online community at

Deakin Alumni of the Year Awards 2013
Nominations are open for the Deakin Alumni of the Year Awards 2013. The Awards recognise, acknowledge and promote Alumni around the world who have achieved outstanding success. Nominations close 1 June 2013. To make a nomination visit Deakin Alumni Awards 2013.

Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Subsidy
Deakin Alumni members, their spouse and children can receive 5 per cent off the cost per unit on postgraduate studies on all new course enrolments for Trimesters 1 and 2 in 2013. Find out more.

Events – what’s coming up?
Art exhibition opening
6PM – 8PM 17 April 2013 @ Deakin University Art Gallery BLD FA 221 Burwood Highway, Burwood Victoria. Entitled – Beyond the city: Art from the suburban studio. This surprising exhibition which displays the work of Philip Davey, Peter Lyssiotis, Theo Strasser, Kari Henriksen and Cresside Collette and includes ceramics, prints, artist books, paintings and textiles. To be opened by Cr Helen Harris OAM, Councillor for Elgar Ward, City of Whitehorse. To RSVP and for more information please call
03 9244 5344.

Deakin London Dinner
6PM 14 June 2013 @ Quaglino’s 16 Bury Street, St James London SW1Y 6AJ
Professor Gael McDonald, Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Business and Law will be hosting a dinner in London and would be delighted if you could join her.  

Take this opportunity to meet with Gael and network with other likeminded business professionals in your Country.

Please RSVP by Thursday 30 May to
*Please note this event is free of charge.

Find an interstate event in your Capital City – here.

Visit Deakin Alumni events for details about other upcoming events.

Deakin University research news
This month our research stories include:

Making soldiers safer

Prior opportunity

Pioneering role goes global

For more news stories visit Deakin Research.

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Alumni services and benefits
A tailored Bupa corporate health plan for Deakin Alumni. Find out more.

Receive free Deakin Library membership for 12 months
The Deakin Library offers discount memberships to Alumni members globally. First time Alumni Library members receive the first 12-months membership free. Become a member today by visiting Deakin Alumni Library membership.

Hotel Club offer for Alumni members offer Deakin University Alumni members a 10% discount on hotel reservations right around the world. Find out more.

Deakin Alumni have access to a large range of services and benefits so find out more visit Deakin Alumni Services and Benefits.

Alumni in profile
This month we catch up with a practising artist and writer.

Dr Gillian Turner Bachelor of Arts (Hons) 1992 and Doctor of Philosophy 1996.

Tell us your story
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26th April 2013