Appointments, achievements of the week

Judyth Sachs becomes chief academic officer at online study support providerStudiosityProfessor Sachs is now a member of Studiosity’s academic advisory board. Professor Sachs is a previous provost of Macquarie U, where she created the PACE (for professional and community engagement) job placement for undergraduates. Studiosity is now a PACE partner.

The European Foundation for Management Development award for a top ten of doctoral papers is out, conducted in cooperation with publisher Emerald. The only ANZ winner is Michael Kruesl from the Auckland Institute of Technology. His thesis is on management contracts in hotels.

Flinders U reports staffer Maria Parappilly is a new fellow of the Australian Institute of Physics. Dr Parappilly is the university’s research section head for STEM education.

John Roberts from UNSW is awarded the Buck Weaver marketing science award from the US Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS). The university is anxious to advise that this Henry “Buck” Weaver was a GMH consumer researcher and not the baseball player named in a game-fixing scandal in 1919. Professor Roberts must get asked about that all the time at Kensington.

Recently departed Universities Australia chief, Belinda Robinson becomes new chair of the Cooperative Research Centres Association.

Lisa Adkins is moving from the University of Newcastle to become head of the social and political sciences school at the University of Sydney (her new institution was inadvertently deleted in yesterday’s email edition).

Alexander Downer will receive an hon doc from the University of Adelaide, “for his exceptionally distinguished service to Australian society and the university.”

Therese Wilson is the new dean of law at Griffith University, replacing Pene Matthew.

Johanna Lowe is confirmed as University of Sydney director of marketing and communications.  She has worked in comms functions at the university for five years.

Nicole Bunning joins consultants Nous Group from QUT where she was HR director until January.

Rebe Taylor (University of Tasmania) is the inaugural winner of the $25 000 Green Family Award for Tasmanian history for Into the Heart of Tasmania: a search for human antiquity.  VC Rufus Black calls the award “a wonderful affirmation of the importance of history and place and of an inspiring historian.

ANU and University of Canberra academics have received Max Crawford Medals from the Australian Academy of the HumanitiesRaihan Ismail is a lecturer at ANU’s Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies and researches Islamic theology and Arab cultureAna Tanasoca is a post doc at the University of Canberra with research interests in moral philosophyethics and political theory. The Crawford Medal is for early career researchers.

Richard Hopkins joins UNSW’s engineering faculty as a professor of practise. A former operations head for the Red Bull Formula One team, Professor Hopkins will mentor students in the solar car and Formula SAE race car programmes.


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