Appointments, achievements

Australian Catholic U has appointed three campus deans, Darius von Guttner (Canberra), Krista Maglen (Melbourne) and Valentine Mukiria (Blacktown). Campus deans manage engagement with “key stakeholders.

 At WEHI (the MRI formerly known as the Walter and Eliza Hall Foundation), Melanie Bahlo has a US$330 000 to estimate risk factors in Parkinson’s Disease. The grant is from the US Michael J Fox Foundation and partner Shake it Up Australia.

Lyn Karstadt is incoming VC at Fiji National U. She was DVC International at Murdoch U 2016-2020

Rory Medcalf (ANU National Security College) receives the Japan Foreign Ministers Commendation, recognising “services to the promotion of mutual understanding between Japan and Australia.”

Graciela Metternicht becomes science dean at Western Sydney U. She moves from UNSW.

Commonwealth Department of Education official David Patty moves to be the department’s FAS, People, Parliamentary and Communications.

Meghan Quinn is appointed secretary of the Commonwealth’s Department of Industry, Science and Resources (as of August 22).

Western Sydney U appoints four distinguished professors (its highest honour for academics). * Kathryn Holmes (School of Education) * Brajesh Singh (“functional ecology and soil biology”) * Anthony Uhlmann (Humanities) * Ian Wright (plant functional ecology) and two distinguished professors for international engagement * Basant Maheshwari (Life Sciences) * Peter Reich (former chief scientist, Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment)