Jennelle wants more tall poppies
PROFESSOR Jennelle Kyd is a tall poppy and proud of it.
Now, she wants to see more tall poppies like herself across Central Queensland.
The Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research, Scholarship and Industry) at CQ University has been appointed the Tall Poppy Campaign Ambassador for Queensland.
The tall poppy campaign was created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence and to encourage young Australians to follow in the footsteps of outstanding achievers.
Yesterday Professor Kyd, who was a tall poppy award winner in 2003, spoke about the value of recognising achievers and her passion to encourage children from regional communities to aspire to be the best.
She has toured the outback, encouraging children to broaden their horizons and strive for their goals.
Professor Kyd has gained an international reputation in the field of immunology through her major contributions towards the development of vaccines for prevention of bacterial middle-ear and respiratory infections and is now undertaking research with the support of multinational companies in the pharmaceutical industry.
She has identified and developed novel proteins as vaccine candidates, has made significant contributions to the understanding of mechanisms of immune protection against these infections and has established a major research team for the pursuit of prevention of infectious diseases.
Meanwhile, Professor Kyd said the university was moving forward in a positive way.
She said it was in the process of expanding its program of courses, including the likely introduction of a law school with intakes starting in 2011.
The university was building strong relationships with industry to prepare for the next boom.
Professor Kyd said it had an important role to play in providing key research and support for the mining, processing, agricultural and other industries which drive the region.
She said the resources sector was becoming increasingly aware of its responsibility to support community stability in the areas where it was based and have in place the professional services, such as health, that were required.