Appointments, achievements

Of the day

The American Association for the Advancement of Science elects two UNSW researchers as 2021 Fellows,  Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh (in engineering) and Paul Curmi (physics).

Macquarie U HR director Nick Crowley moves to UTS to be deputy director HR.

Aron O’Cass is appointed dean of La Trobe U’s business school. He moves from Macquarie U.

Marcus Ward starts as VP for Advancement at Griffith U. He was previously Chief Philanthropy Officer at Monash U.

Of the week

Kirsten Andrews becomes VP External Relations at Uni Sydney. She steps up after serving as chief of staff to former VC Michael Spence and successor Mark Scott. She replaces Tanya Rhodes Taylor, who announced her departure last July.

Samar Aoun is appointed to a research chair in palliative care at UWA. Professor Aoun moves from head of palliative care research at the Perron Institute.

Mark Bazzaco is chief of the Research Services Division at Defence Science and Technology. He moved from CSIRO.

Paul Brunton is incoming DVC A at Curtin U, moving from PVC Health Sciences at Uni Otago.

Leon de Bruin (Melbourne Conservatorium of Music) becomes coordinator of its masters of performance teaching.

Stephen King (now an adjunct professor  at  Monash U) has a new five-year term as commissioner of the Productivity Commission.

Bill Le Blanc  joins Uni SA as chief information officer. He is now head of tech for power company ElectraNet

Meg Stuart will become interim provost at Australian Catholic U next week following the resignation of Belinda Tynan

Paul Watt becomes inaugural chair in musicology at the Australian Guild of Music.