Exceptional graduates recognised at Convocation Awards
The University of Newcastle will celebrate the outstanding professional achievements and community contributions of two graduates at the presentation of the prestigious Convocation Awards tonight.
Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence
Professor Nicholas Talley, an international leader in the field of gastroenterology and medicine working at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States, is the recipient of the Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence. The Medal is awarded to a graduate with an outstanding record of professional excellence in leadership, knowledge and/or professional practice.
After completing his Masters in Medical Science (Clinical Epidemiology) in 2004, specialising in genetic and molecular epidemiology, Professor Talley was appointed Co-Director of the Clinical Enteric Neuroscience Translational and Epidemiology Research (CENTER) Program - the premier research centre for clinical enteric neurosciences in the world.
Critically-acclaimed digital artist and Master of Fine Art (Photography) student, Ms Alexia Sinclair is the recipient of the Newton-John Award. Named after the late Professor Brin Newton-John, this award is presented to a graduate who has displayed innovation or creativity in any field that has improved life, particularly in the Newcastle or Hunter Region.
Her award-winning suite of pictures depicting historical females who have ruled their kingdoms (The Regal Twelve) has placed Ms Sinclair and the Newcastle community on the world stage. The Regal Twelve won the 2007 Harper's BAZAAR-Canon Fashion Photography Award and her portrait of Elizabeth I recently took out the National Tertiary Photography/Photomedia/Electronic media category.
Photo opportunity: The Convocation Awards will be presented at 6.15pm tonight (Wednesday 24 October) at the Newcastle Club, 40 Newcomen St, Newcastle. Professor Talley's father will accept the Convocation Medal for Professional Excellence on his behalf. Ms Alexia Sinclair will attend the presentation.
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