Achievements and appointments of the week

Just days after Griffith University named Suzanne Chambers as joint-winner of a research leadership award (CMM June 20) her departure for UTS is announced. Professor Chambers will become dean of health at UTS in December. She was awarded an AO in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Stephen Kent from La Trobe U is the newly elected chair of the Heads of Departments and Schools of Psychology Association. His LT U colleague Cheryl Dissanayake is a new fellow of the International Society of Autism Research.

Mojtaba BahaaddiniBruce Hebblewhite and G Sharrock from the School of Mining Engineering at UNSW, have won journal Computers and Geotechnics outstanding paperaward for 2018, which is based on Scopus citations for the last five years. Their paper is called “Numerical investigation of the effect of joint geometrical parameters on the mechanical properties of a non-persistent jointed rock mass under uniaxial compression,” and those who understand the title can find it  here.

UNSW’s engineering faculty has appointed an associate dean for equity and diversity. Lucy Marshall takes the job from a future fellowship in the university’s school of civil and environmental engineering.


Shelley Wickham from the University of Sydney has a Westpac Research Fellowship to research the nanoscale study of cells. So does Vini Gautam (ANU) who will work on neuro-prosthetics to repair brain damage. The fellowships fund researchers for two years.

UNSW has a new head of the School of Information Systems and Technology ManagementLemuria Carter joins from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Lesley Seebeck is moving to ANU as inaugural CEO of the Cyber Institute, which will address security issues at the “intersection of people, technology, organisation, society, economics and security.” Dr Seebeck is now chief investment and advisory officer at the Commonwealth’s Digital Transformation Agency, (“to make it easy for people to deal with government.”)

Also at ANUCatherine Bridges joins the National Security College as cyber adviser. She is seconded from PM&C.


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