Appointments, achievements

Of the day

 CSL Centenary Fellowships are announced. The $1.25m over five-year awards go to,  Stephin Vervoort (the MRI formally known as Walter and Eliza Hall Institute and the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre) and Daniel Watterson (Uni Queensland).

Simon Evans will leave La Trobe U to become a DVC at Uni New England. Professor Evans is now provost of LTU’s College of Arts, Social Sciences and Commerce. The  LT U colleges are being abolished in the new year. He follows Birgit Loch, formerly deputy provost in La Trobe’s College of Science, Health and Engineering, who moved to UNE in October, to be a faculty dean.

David Harrison will join University of Notre Dame Australia as PVC Engagement and Comms. He moves from chief of staff in the VC’s office at Murdoch U. Prior to Murdoch U he managed government and corporate comms at UWA.

Stephan Tillmann becomes ED of the Sydney Mathematical Research Institute in the new year. He moves from Uni Sydney’s school of maths and stats.

Of the week

The Australian Labour and Employment Relations Association announces two new joint editors of its Journal of Industrial RelationsAmanda Pyman (Deakin U) and Lucy Taksa (Macquarie U). They replace Marian Baird and Bradon Ellem (University of Sydney).

John Bertram (Monash U) receives the Presidents Medal from the ANZ Society for Cell and Development Biology.

Jacquie Bowden is to join Flinders U as director of the National Centre for Education and Training on Addiction. She moves from the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute.

Julia Carlomagno joins Monash (U) Publishing as publisher.

Universities Australia announces Jenny Clark will be comms director. Ms Clark will join from the Business Council of Australia. Previous roles include advising PM Malcolm Turnbull and Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Curtin U announces new John Curtin Distinguished Professors. In Business and Law Fran AckermannAlan Duncan, Marylene Gagne, Mark GriffinSharon Parker and Ian Phau. In Health SciencesDonna ChungPhill DellaJohn Mamo and Zhonghua Sun. In HumanitiesRod Ellis. In Science and Engineering, Craig BuckleyBoris GurevichIain MurrayAndrew RohlTele TanKate Trinajstic.

Nadia Davidson will lead a bioinformatics research group at the MRI formerly known as Walter and Eliza Hall Institute. She will move from the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre

Peter Ebeling (Monash U) becomes president-elect of the American Society of Bone and Mineral Research.

Ceridwen Dovey wins the UNSW Press Bragg Prize for Science Writing. Ms Dovey’s award is for a forthcoming essay on “the little-known threat of orbital overcrowding.” She has now won the Bragg Prize twice.

Neeraja Krishnan is appointed director of IDP’s digital campus in Chennai. She will lead all IDP tech operations in India.

Erik Lithander starts at Uni Auckland as DVC Strategic Engagement, moving from Uni Bristol. “What, the Erik Lithander who was PVC International at ANU in the time of Ian “the gent” Young?” you ask. That’s the one.

At Australian Catholic U, Phil Parker is appointed dean for Graduate Research. He steps up from deputy director of the Institute of Positive Psychology and Education.

Carole Propper becomes an adjunct professor in Monash U’s Centre for Health Economics. She is a past president of the (UK) Royal Economic Society.

Mary Ryan is incoming executive dean, Arts and Education at Australian Catholic U. She moves from Macquarie U.

The Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency has a fourth commissioner, with the appointment of veteran higher education finance analyst Stephen Somogyi. He joins Chief Commissioner Peter Coaldrake, Joan Cooper and the recently appointed Adrienne Nieuwenhuis (CMM October 5).

Uni Queensland’s teaching and learning awards were announced last nightTeaching excellenceTaylor Dick (Biomedical Sciences), Poh Wah Hillock (Maths and Physics), Deanne Gannaway (Teaching and Learning Innovation), Allison Mandrusiak (Health and Rehabilitation Sciences), Kevin Welsh (Earth and Environmental Sciences) Citations for student learning: Michaela Kelly and team (Vulnerability in Medicine Tutorial Programme), Rachel Allavena (Vet Science), Karen Hughes (Business School), Hassan Khosravi (Teaching and Learning Innovation), Stuart Middleton (Business School) and Mark Tanner (Business School).

The WA Cancer Council 2021 research awards go to, Henry Hui – UWA, (early career researcher), Christobel Saunders – UWA (career achievement), Jason Waithman – Telethon Kids Institute (researcher of the year).  

 Mark Young leaves La Trobe U this week. He moves to Uni Tasmania to be Director, Future Student Journey.