Achievements and appointments

Yvonne Breyer and Macquarie U colleagues have won Coursera’s outstanding educator award for transformation, for their four-unit MOOCExcel skills for business (CMMFebruary 5). It’s had 40 000 enrolments and the current sessions started last week.

Curtin University public health researcher Mike Daube is the West Australian of the Year.  The university made him a professor emeritus this week.

Anita Bowman (CQU) is the Australasian Sonographer Association educator of the yearand sonographer of the year. Both honours double as lifetime achievement awards as Aspro Bowman, along with husband CQU VC Scott Bowman are leaving the university at the end of the year to travel.

Vanessa Pirotta from Macquarie U won the Australian round of FameLab, the British Council’s explain-your-research-in-three-minutes competition. She goes on to the world finals, at the Cheltenham Science Festival, this week.

RMIT researcher Hannah Badland is the Australian Health Promotion Association’s new thinker in residence.

Lara McKay is moving back to the University of Melbourne, where she used to run marketing commsto become master of Ormond College.

Nick Birbilis is moving from Monash to ANU where he will be deputy dean of engineering and computer science.

Simon Wilkie will be the next dean of business and economics at Monash U. He joins from the University of Southern California.

Isabelle Skinner from James Cook U is the new CEO of the International Council of Nurses, the global umbrella body for 130 national associations.

Gwidon Stachowiak and adjunct professor John Stephens are new emeritus professors at Curtin U. PVC Andris Stelbovics becomes a John Curtin distinguished professor.


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