From devising radical systems that improve rice farming to conducting dramatic underwater cave rescue missions, the impact made by Flinders University graduates in communities across the world is recognised by the list of 2018 Alumni Award recipients.
The 10 award recipients will be presented with their awards in a special ceremony at Flinders University today (Thursday 7 March).
Leading this year’s awards are two recipients of Convocation Medals which recognise outstanding community contributions through their leadership, knowledge advancement, professional practice and community service.
Dr Garry Karner, from ExxonMobil Exploration Company in Houston, US, has been awarded the Convocation Medal for leadership and the advancement of fundamental geological research – especially the advancement of professional practice through developing the Quantitative Basin Analysis software and for mentoring young research scientists.
Professor Karen Reynolds – Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor, Director of the Medical Device Research Institute, and Dean (Research) at the College of Science and Engineering at Flinders University – has been awarded the Convocation Medal for outstanding contributions through the Medical Device Partnering Program, as a leader in biomedical engineering, and for championing women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Maths and Medicine (STEMM).
The series of Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise contributions that have benefited Flinders University and the wider community through humanitarian services, professional achievement and significant roles in meritorious activity.
Dr Richard Harris SC OAM receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for outstanding service to the international community through his specialist response role during the 2018 Tham Luang cave rescue in Thailand.
Mr Jose Apollo Pacamalan receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for his significant contribution to the rice farming industry in the Philippines. He has pioneered Integrated Rice-Duck Farming System, a climate-smart agriculture system which makes rice production safer for farmers, increases productivity and ensures healthier rice grains for consumption.
Dr Jennifer Baker receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for her significant public health contributions, especially through advancing Indigenous health in Australia and internationally, as an advisor, researcher and Board Member.
Associate Professor Anne Johnson AM receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for her significant contribution to community health, particularly Kidsafe SA, through leadership, advocacy and collaboration in health promotion and child safety projects.
Ms Tina Karanastasis receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for her extensive community contributions in helping those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds in South Australia.
Air Vice-Marshal (Dr) Tracy Smart AM receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for her outstanding medical services and leadership within the Australian Defence Force.
Dr Duncan Taylor receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for his significant contribution to the field of forensic evidence, especially developing DNA interpretation software that has greatly improved evidence interpretation and justice outcomes.
Professor Brett Bowden receives a Distinguished Alumni Award for his significant academic international contribution to the fields of history, politics and international relations.
The annual celebration of Alumni Awards serves to underline the diverse impact that Flinders University graduates are making across many endeavours, improving all quarters of society.
The 2019 Alumni Award nominations will open on 1 May and close 31 July, with the aim of presenting these awards in November 2019.