Polycom National Career Development Week Video Conference Program

National Career Development Week
16th - 22nd May, 2011

Polycom Video Conference Program
16th - 20th May, 2011


We all hope to have a career that we are passionate about and that is rewarding....but how do we find our dream job and how do we make sure we have all the skills we need? Many people help us on this journey including careers advisors, teachers, parents, our peers and roll models. National Career Development Week (16 - 22 May 2011) is an opportunity for students to explore the wide range of career opportunities available to them and ask a range of professionals about their career and study paths.

Polycom has assembled ten professionals from diverse fields who will discuss their careers with students via video conference. Please contact Lynette Whitfield Lynnette.Whitfield@polycom.com for more information. To register for a session visit CAPspace http://projects.twice.cc/

Monday 16th May  

10:00 - 10:30Senator Kate Lundy
Senator Kate Lundy was first elected to the Senate for the Australian Capital Territory in 1996. Following the 2010 Federal Election, she was appointed Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Citizenship.In February 2011, Kate’s title was updated to Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister and Parliamentary Secretary for Immigration and Multicultural affairs. This change followed the launch of The People of Australia policyand the announcement that she would have a renewed focus on multicultural affairs in her role as Parliamentary Secretary assisting the Minister for Immigration and Citizenship. Prior to the 2010 election, Kate was Chair of the Joint Standing Committee for the National Capital and External Territories, a long-standing member of the Senate Environment, Communications and the Arts Committee and one of the Federal Parliament’s representatives on the Advisory Council of the National Archive of Australia. Kate held many portfolios in Opposition including Information Technology, Sport and Recreation, Manufacturing, Consumer Affairs, Local Government and Health Promotion.

Thursday 19th May

9:00 - 9:30Prof Adrian Walter AM
Head of School, School of Music,College of Arts and Social Sciences, The Australian National University
Professor Adrian Walter, AM was awarded the A.M. (Member of the Order of Australia) in the 2009 Queen's New Years Honours List for his services to the arts, particularly in the area of classical guitar performance and musical composition through the Darwin International Guitar Festival, to music education and as a supporter of emerging performers.
10:00 - 10:30
Dr Michael Kearny
Melbourne University / Melbourne Zoo – animal reproduction
I completed my undergraduate studies in Botany and Zoology at Monash University where I obtained a BSc(Honours) in 1998. I then obtained his PhD. in Zoology at the University of Sydney under the guidance of Prof. Richard Shine in 2004. This included a one year Fulbright fellowship the USA where I collaborated with Prof. Kellar Autumn at Lewis and Clark College in Portland Oregon, and Prof. Warren Porter at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin. I then took up an Australian Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow at the Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptation Research (CESAR) from 2004-2006. I joined the Zoology Department as a lecturer in 2007.
10:30 - 11:00
Dr Erinna Lee
Biochemistry: Programmed Cell Death /Apoptosis, The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
For each of us to remain healthy, unwanted or damaged cells must be removed by a process known as ‘apoptosis’. When this process goes awry, damaged cells persist, sometimes growing uncontrollably, and diseases such as cancer can arise. A new class of anti-cancer drugs (BH3-mimetics) that works by activating apoptosis in cancerous cells, hence eliminating them, has been developed. However, the details of how these drugs work are not completely understood and Dr Lee is investigating the mechanisms underlying this process. Her results will enable us to understand why some cancers respond differently to such drugs. In turn, this should enable us to develop new anti-cancer therapeutics effective against those cancers that are resistant to current treatments. Recently Erinna has discovered a number of BcI-2 (family of proteins) relatives in schistosomes, the parasites that cause schistosomiasis, the second biggest parasitic disease after malaria. Her preliminary studies show that ABT-737 (small molecule) binds the schistosome pro-survival protein. The next step is to establish the BcI-2 family members essential for parasite survival, and provide proof–of–principle that targeting this pathway is a feasible anti-infective strategy. This work will also provide fundamental insights into schistosome biology. Erinna has a successful publication record with 17 journals, a book chapter and two patents, and she has been invited to participate in seven conferences around Australia.Erinna has displayed excellent communication skills in numerous oral presentations and poster awards. She is heavily involved with committee duties, which include organising symposia for students and post-doctoral scientists. She has also been an invited speaker at the Science Talent Search through the Science Teachers Association of Victoria, and conveyed an entertaining and informative presentation of her career path and research to middle and secondary school students.
11:00 - 11:30Michael Quince

Audio and Video Engineer
During the late 80’s and early 90’s Michael worked as a Systems Engineer and Lighting Designer in the entertainment industry, involved in live concerts and television events for bands such as Jimmy Barnes, INXS, Genesis, David Bowie and Madonna.  During the late 90’s and into 2000, Michael worked as a Production Manager and Technical Director in the corporate events market providing audio, video and lighting design for conferences, corporate events and business theatre.  At present he is working as a Video Engineer, designing video conference solutions for a systems integration company in Canberra.

2:00 - 2:30Dr Ed Rhode
Chief Information Officer, Ph.D Information Technology Management, MEng, BSCP (Computer Sciences), BS (Mathematics)
Ed has worked in the IT industry for 30 plus years, beginning in the mid 70s as an Embedded code/Chip engineer, working on industrial robotics, progressing to the role of CEO of NWAT Inc, a highly successful software engineering and consulting company based in Seattle, Washington. After migrating to Australia in 2001, Ed was employed in similar roles in and around Victoria, joining Goulburn Valley Health in February 2006 as the Chief Information Officer.Ed also serves as Chief Executive Officer of the Hume Rural Health Alliance, which provides information technology services, strategic planning, representation and advocacy for IT issues for the 21 member agencies representing Acute, Community Health and Aged Care in the Hume Region. Dr Rhode has held positions on several corporate boards and currently represents Goulburn Valley Health and the Hume Rural Health Alliance on the State CIO Committee and various Statewide IT-related forums.

Friday 20th May

10:00 - 10:30Dr Naomi Mathers
Program Developer, Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC).
Naomi has a degree and a PhD in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT and is now using her technical knowledge and network to develop effective hands-on education programs for students and teachers. Naomi is a member of the Australian Government Space Industry Innovation Council, the Engineers Australia National Committee for Space Engineering, the International Astronautical Federation (IAF) Space Education and Outreach Committee, the Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF) Space Education and Awareness Working Group, and she represents VSSEC on the International Space Education Board.
10:30 - 11:00Danielle Shean

Lead Educator, Research Scientist, Victorian Space Science Education Centre (VSSEC)
Danielle is the Lead Educator at the Victorian Space Science Education Centre. She has a Bachelor of Science degree in geosciences from Monash University, concentrating on deformation and metamorphic geology and structural and sedimentary geologic processes.  She also has Master of Science degree in vertebrate palaeontology focusing on functional morphology of extinct marsupial skull anatomy and the environmental conditions contributing to distribution of these extinct marsupials.  Her special interests at VSSEC are astrobiology and Mars planetary geomorphology. When not at VSSEC, Danielle enjoys karate, camping, volunteering at a dinosaur dig, downhill skiing, trying to ride horses, venturing down very deep and muddy caves and generally going out and about taking photos of everything she can.

11:00 - 11:30Craig Middleton

Group Manager, Media Relations - Telstra  
Craig Middleton is Telstra's Group manager of Media Relations.  His role involves not only being the radio, television and online spokesman for the company, but also assisting other Telstra executives and business units with advice and assistance in dealing with the media. Craig has been with Telstra for just over 7 years and his previous roles there included being the Corporate Affairs manager for Telstra's internet service BigPond and working in Canberra as a Federal Government Relations adviser. Before joining Telstra Craig had worked as media adviser to three NSW Police Commissioners, the Lord Mayor of Sydney and NSW largest electricity retailer. Prior to moving into media relations (in 1994) Craig was a two-times national award winning radio journalist and editor.

2:00 - 2:30Joanne van Slageren

Manager Town Planning - Greater City of Geelong
How do you plan a city?  Shopping Malls, Housing, Apartments, Restaurants?  Listen to Joanne speak about what she does, and how her role was to design the city of Geelong, in Victoria.