Parramatta Eels and UNE’s partnership continues to grow
he University of New England has recently re-signed as a Parramatta Eels sponsor for a further two years. The Chancellor of UNE, Richard Torbay, said “The Eels sponsorship is part of the University’s strategy to expand its brand awareness and create partnerships to explore new business opportunities.” UNE’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Jim Barber, said that the partnership with one of the country’s bestknown National Rugby League teams complemented the University’s stateof-the-art facilities and new specialities in sports management and physical education. “The team will have access to all of UNE’s and SportUNE’s outstanding facilities, including the Sports and Exercise Science Precinct where they will work closely with UNE staff on fitness testing and analysis.” “We hope to further enhance our reputation for sporting excellence in the coming years, and the Eels are part of that strategy,” Professor Barber added. Parramatta Eels’ Chief Executive, Bob Bentley said, “Our partnership with UNE not only offers players an important pathway to furthering their education, but also gives us access to some of the best sports science facilities in the country.”
PHOTO: Professor Jim Barber, Vice Chancellor, and Ricky Stuart, Parramatta Eels Coach celebrating the re-signing of the sponsorship.
As part of the continued sponsorship arrangement, the Parramatta Eels will again hold their 2013 pre-season training camp in Armidale from 29 January to 3 February 2013. The highlight of the week-long camp will be the pre-season trial match between the Parramatta Eels and the Newcastle Knights at UNE’s Bellevue Field on Saturday, 2 February. An official Eels dinner will be held on Thursday, 31 January, where guests will be able to mingle with their favourite players.
For the young fans there will be an opportunity to watch the team train during the week as well as a free junior training session on Saturday morning, 2 February, for all school age children. Alumni are invited to join in with the week’s activities. For full details of the week, or to secure tickets to events, go to: www.une.edu.au/common/ eelsweek.php
Putting a value on research
tudy for my BSc(Hons) and PhD at UNE under Prof R Cumming in Biochemistry and Nutrition and Dr AB Lloyd in Microbiology and Genetics taught me well about research. As a graduate, I competed well with many graduate students from larger universities including Harvard and so I strongly recommend undergraduate and post graduate studies at UNE. I had more than 100 publications accepted and successfully headed research and development for several major animal health vaccine companies before forming the company, ImmTech. According to the World Health Organization, infectious diseases collectively represent the most common cause of death worldwide. In the past twenty years, however, very few new
treatments have been developed for infectious diseases. Immtech Pharmaceuticals is dedicated to the discovery and development of safe and effective cures for infectious diseases that affect the global community. The company has had over 60 vaccines licensed around the world and 5 worldwide patents. Though now retired from ImmTech, I am engaged in some consultant work for a company in Kansas City based on the work I did at UNE and the University of Massachusetts. Based on his achievements and publications, Adrian Liem became a member of the National Academy of Science and a diplomate of Microbiology.
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