Appointments, achievements

Of the day

The Council of Australasian University Directors of Information Technology announces its 2021 awards, * Uni Canterbury for improving student success * Griffith U wins the innovation in teaching and learning category * Uni Melbourne has the operational excellence award * Uni Newcastle for research support.  Fadi Alja’fari from Deakin U is CAUDIT’s emerging leader.

 Of the week

 James Arvanitakis (Western Sydney U) is the new ED of the Australia-American Fulbright Commission.

The Australian Journal of Management’s outstanding reviewers of 2020 are Jing Yu (Uni Sydney) and Sarah Wright (Uni Canterbury).

James Brown becomes an adjunct clinical aspro with Monash U Rural Health in Gippsland. He is medical education advisor at the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners.

Shi Xue Dou (Uni Wollongong) receives a lifetime achievement award from the International Cryogenic Materials Commission.

Geographic information system tech provider Esri announces two special achievement awards to Australian organisations.  The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare wins for interactive mapping of mental health stats by region, groups of people, age and behaviour and risk factors. Victoria’s Northeast Water is awarded for its digital visuals of its infrastructure with a near real-time data on the state of stuff.

Hanna Kurniawati (ANU) wins the Test of time award at the Robotics Science and Systems Conference, with David Hsu and Wee Sun Lee (both National Uni of Singapore). The award is for a 2008 paper that contributed to “efficient point-based POMDP planning via the SARSOP algorithm,” (sorry, CMM has not clue).

Jessa Rogers joins QUT as a First Nations Senior Research Fellow. Dr Rogers is MD of Baayi Consulting

Ann Bonner (Griffith U), Raymond Chan (QUT), Alison Hutchinson (Deakin U), Debra Jackson (Uni Sydney) Jane Phillips (QUT) are inducted in the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society of Nursing, (Sigma to its mates).

Nicole Brigg will leave Macquarie U in early September. The PVC International departs after eight years, to become COO of a “national network of skin cancer centres,” which she tells colleagues is, “on a strong growth trajectory.”

Alistair Sloan (Un Melbourne) wins the International Association for Dental Research’s Isaac Schour Memorial Award for “outstanding scientific contributions in the anatomical sciences.

The Social Research Centre announces board appointments, Bruce McKay (ANU Enterprises) Missy Nachbar from Uni Chicago social survey affiliate NORC (which insists that is not an acronym) and consultant Helen Swift. The SRC manages the in all ways excellent Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching surveys. It is an ANU Enterprises business.

Jeannette Taylor (UWA) wins the Sam Richardson Award for the most influential paper published in the Australian Journal of Public Administration. Aspro Taylor is awarded for her paper on whistle-blowing in the Australian Public Service.

Uni Melbourne’s David Syme Prize is shared by Marco Herold from the MRI formally known as Walter and Eliza Hall (adapting CRISPR for clinical research) and Fan Wang (UTS-physics research in nanoscale biology). The prize is for original research in biology, physics, chemistry or geology.

The ACT science Young Tall Poppies, include Megan Evans (environmental policy, UNSW Canberra), Steph McLennan (Antarctic geoscience, Geoscience Australia) and Brett Scholz (public health – ANU).