Appointments, achievements

Of the Day

Tropical disease researcher Michael Alpers (Curtin U, emeritus professor) received the Australian and New Zealand Association for the Advancement of Science Medal

WA Young Tall Poppies of science for 2020 include;

* Hayley Christian (Telethon Kids Institute) – child health. * Adam Cross (Curtin U) – biodiversity on mine sites. * Raffaella Demichelis (Curtin U) – carbon dioxide into clean energy. * Adrian Gleiss (Murdoch U) – deep ocean megafauna. * Paola Magni (Murdoch U) – biology in forensic science. * Zoe Richards (Curtin U) – coral biodiversity. * Nina Tirnitz-Parker –  liver cancer.

Of the week

 James Arvanitakis moves up PVC Engagement, from PVR Research and Graduate Studies, at Western Sydney U.

The Australian Council of Deans of Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities has a new executive; Cathy Coleborne (Uni Newcastle) is president. Nick Bisley (LT U) is secretary. Annamarie Jagose (Uni Sydney) is treasurer and Tony Ballantyne (Uni Otago) represents Aotearoa/New Zealand.

Clive Baldock joins Uni Wollongong as dean of graduate research. He moves from U Tasmania where he was PVC Researcher Development.

CQU announces Grace Vincent (previously SA) and Alex Russell are named in the 2020 Young Tall Poppies science awards for Queensland.

Sarah Chalmers (James Cook U) is the new president of the Australian College of Rural and Remote Medicine.

 Billy Griffiths (Deakin U) wins the Crawford Medal from the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Dr Griffiths is the author of Deep Time Dreaming: uncovering ancient Australia

 Kevin Hall (DVC R) will leave Uni Newcastle in November to become vice chancellor of the University of Victoria, in British Columbia – where they lay welcomes on with a trowel.

Junichiro Kawaguchi becomes an honorary fellow at ANU, the first appointment to its Research School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Environmental Engineering.  He was a project manager on the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency Hayabusa project that got a craft to an asteroid and back.

Kerri Lee Krause (Uni Melbourne) is programme award committee chair for the 2020 Australian Awards for University Teaching.  David Sadler (UWA) is deputy chair.

Asha Rao (RMIT) becomes interim director of the Australian Mathematical Sciences Institute. Tim Brown announced in May that he would stand down in October.

Anthony Tuckett is to join Curtin U in January as director, learning and teaching, He will move from Uni Queensland.

The 2020 Victorian Young Tall Poppies for scientific achievement include; Nir Eynon (Victoria U0, Ben Henley (Uni Melbourne and Monash U), Francine Marques (Monash U). And among the South Australian YTPs are – Maria Inacio (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Uni SA) and Janet Sluggett (UniSA and SAHMRI).

CQU announces Pierre Viljoen becomes associate VP for North Queensland campuses.

Tracey Wilkinson joins MTP Connect as stakeholder engagement director for WA. MTP C is the federal government’s industry growth centre for med-bio tech and pharma.

Tayyaba Zafar (Macquarie U) is one of the science Young Tall Poppies for NSW.