12 May 2011
RMIT news in brief
Bank scholarships for regional students
Two RMIT University students have received Bendigo and Adelaide Bank scholarships.
Regional scholarship students Madeleine Goodman and Joshua Chittick with Deborah Radford, Director, Bendigo and Adelaide Bank.
Sr Bodhi, RMIT chaplain.
The scholarships are aimed at helping academically outstanding, but disadvantaged, rural and regional students to undertake tertiary study.
The funds help cover some of the accommodation costs that regional students face, alleviating some of the financial stress associated with living away from home.
Joshua Chittick from Bendigo, who is studying computer science, and Madeleine Goodman from Maffra, who is studying osteopathy, are among 28 students from universities around the country who have received the scholarships this year.
Examining modern evil
Modern evil is the subject of an essay by Dr Juliette Peers from the School of Architecture and Design, published in the catalogue for a groundbreaking show at Heide Museum of Modern Art.
The exhibition celebrates an iconic series of images of modern evil by Albert Tucker, and the catalytic moment of the coming of modernist aesthetics to Australia, and is the first time that the works have been seen together in public for six decades. It is open until Sunday, 26 June.
Researcher to Slovakia
PhD researcher Joanne Hall, from the School of Mathematical and Geospatial Sciences, has been awarded a scholarship to study in Slovakia.
She will spend six weeks at the Astronomical Institute of the Slovak Academy of Science next month, investigating a mathematical structure (mutually unbiased bases) which has applications in quantum cryptography and solar physics.
iPad business app wins backing
An iPad business app developed by a company run almost entirely by School of Computer Science and Information Technology graduates is being championed by Apple and Optus as a benchmark for mobile business technology solutions.
The app is now used extensively by home services franchise Jim's Antennas, with employees able to make bookings, sign contracts, generate invoices and analyse productivity via their iPads while out on the job.
RMIT graduate Dr Abhijit Chattaraj, of app designers Philology, believes that his company has created a "new paradigm" in mobile business application software.
"While there are millions of apps out there for ordinary consumers, this is among the first that demonstrates the value of the iPad to streamline business processes, especially for those not familiar with using technology," he said.
Honour for chaplain
RMIT chaplain Sr Bodhi has received the higher ordination of Upasampada. She is now entitled to have the title Bhikkhuni or fully ordained female Buddhist monk. This is the highest level in the Buddhist Order.