Jun, 01 2012
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AAA Cocktail Reception with guest speaker U.S Professor Kenneth Mayer

On 14 May 2012, AAA in conjunction with the US Consulate General & Invest Victoria, hosted a VIP function with guest speaker Prof. Kenneth Mayer, Professor of Political Science, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Prof. Mayer discussed the US Presidential electoral process, the difficult task of forecasting, and existing models of presidential elections.

The Hon. John Olsen AO, former Premier of SA and current Deputy Chairman & CEO of the AAA gave a terrific speech about the strong bond between Australia and the US as the Consul General to the US in Melbourne, Frank Urbancic Jr.

With over 90 attendees, the event was a great success and attracted a broad range of guests, including the Hon. Marilyn Warren AC, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Victoria, Justice Elizabeth Curtain, esteemed members of the academia world, senior corporates as well as past recipients of the AAA Fellowship Program.

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The role of the media in U.S Presidential Elections



Date: Wednesday, 6 June 2012
: 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Law Lecture Theatre 101 New Law School Building, Camperdown campus, University of Sydney
: Free but registration is essential

Hear Washington Post National Economics Correspondent Michael Fletcher share his thoughts on the media coverage of the world’s most high profile election. In this special event, Fletcher, a former White House Correspondent covering both the Obama and Bush presidencies, will appear in conversation with ABC’s John Barron, who has reported on US presidential campaigns for the past two decades.

Register here or visit the USSC website for additional information. 

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The Hon Andrew Stoner MP appointed Jason Seed to NSW Business Office in California

Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner today announced the appointment of NSW's senior business representative in the United States to spearhead the Government's efforts to secure a slice of the technology boom in San Francisco's Silicon Valley.

Mr Stoner said Jason Seed will take up the position of Director, Trade and Investment in the NSW Government Business Office in Redwood City, California next month. "Mr Seed brings considerable business experience in the USA and Australia, and strong business networks to his role in our new business office in Redwood City," Mr Stoner said.

For the full media release, click here
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Spotlight: AAA Fellow

Dr Justin Boddey was the successful recipient of the 2010 Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship for research in the field of Cell Biology, studying malaria infection of liver cells.

Justin conducted his research at The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, and has since returned to Melbourne.

In 2012 he was appointed Faculty at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Parkville and now manages his own laboratory studying liver-stage malaria in the Division of Infection and Immunity within the Institute.

When asked how the AAA Fellowship helped Justin advance his professional career, he responded by saying "We obtained some truly fantastic data while I was in Baltimore that we probably could not obtain elsewhere. This preliminary data was important to demonstrate our capabilities in order to start my own laboratory here in Melbourne and to submit a number of grant applications. We have just been funded by the Human Frontiers Science Program, which is a huge honour for everyone that has been involved."

Justin and his team were awarded $1.05 million to further work in this area.

Justin said that the generous support of the American Australian Association was a key component of his recent success and that he felt very privileged to be a member of the AAA Alumni club.



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20 June – 15 July 2012
Venue: Under the heated Big Top, Birrarung Marr, Melbourne

Circus Oz returns to gleefully present its latest show. With a spring-loaded love of the absurd, Circus Oz is creating a fabulous new future From the Ground Up.


Book your tickets before 11th June to receive Adult A-reserve tickets at kids prices. Quote the codeword BALANCE when booking with Ticketmaster to save $22.50 on adult tickets. Offer valid for shows on the 20, 23, 27 and 28 June (subject to availability).

Book now through or phone 136 100
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Harvard Club Leadership Program - ‘Designing & Executing Strategy’

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Date: Sunday, 29 June - Friday, 3 August 2012

Venue: Novotel Sydney Manly Pacific.


The 2012 Harvard Club of Australia Leadership Program is designed to help participants gain a deeper understanding of the strategic obstacles companies face when they attempt to expand market share, or become international players.

For registration information visit the Harvard Club Website
Program Enquiries +61 2 9251 1616 or


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