Appointments, achievements

Anna-Maria Arabia (Australian Academy of Science) becomes a Knight of the Order of the Star of Italy. The award coincides with Ms Arabia’s reappointment as chief executive of the Academy for a further five years.

Ian Hickie (Uni Sydney) and writer/podcaster Honor Eastly are joint winners of UNSW’s Australian Mental Health Prize.

Siok Tey (QIMR Berghofer MRI) and Penyi Yang (Uni Sydney) win the Metcalf Prizes from the National Stem Cell Foundation of Australia.

Veena Sahajwalla  (UNSW’s Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology) is the NSW 2022 Australian of the Year.

Universities Australia announces its journalism awards – to Conor Duffy (ABC) and a team from The Conversation website

Sotiris Vardoulakis (ANU) leads the 30-institution Healthy Environments and Lives Network, funded via the NHMRC.

Alex Zelinsky has a second term as VC of Uni Newcastle, through to 2026. He was appointed in 2018.