Appointments, achievements of the week

UNSW law professor Ross Buckley will have five years of unspecified support from KPMG and law firm King and Wood Mallesons to work on financial and regulatory technologies.

Kerri Lee Krause is named one of the  top 50 women working in the Victorian public sector. Professor Krause is DVC A at La Trobe U.  

Charles Sturt U is conferring an emeritus on Professor Jennifer Sumsion for her contribution to early childhood education.

Kliti Grice from Curtin U has received the ANZ Association for the Advancement of Science award “for her extraordinary contribution to science. Professor Grice is founding director of Curtin’s Western Australian Organic and Isotope Geochemistry Centre.

John Murtagh, the bloke who wrote the book on being a GP has received the Australian Medical Association‘s gold medal. He is an emeritus professor at Monash U and a professorial fellow at UniMelb (amongst other university appointments).

The NSW Young Tall Poppies for 2018 are: YTP of the Year, Melody Ding (public health), University of Sydney. The university has two other YTPs, Samantha Solon-Biet (nutrition, ageing) and Laura Parker (environmental change and oysters). UNSW also has three YTPs, Jelena Rnjak-Kovacina (bio-medical engineering) Aliza Werner-Seidler and Michelle Tye, (both mental health). Genevieve Steiner (cognitive neuroscience) and Kate Umbers(zoology) are both from WSU. The University of Newcastle has two winners as well, Andrew Gardner (neurotrauma) and Serene Yoong, (diet).  They are joined by Simon Gross (lasers) Macquarie U and ecologist Caragh Threlfall, from the federal government Clean Air and Urban Landscape Hub.

The University of Queensland has filled two of three senior comms jobs. Chief communication and officer Kelly Robinson  announces Sandra McMullan is deputy communications director and Pip McConnel-Oats is head of brand and creative servicesMs McMullan has extensive corporate comms experience and Ms McConnel-Oats is experienced in brand strategy, design and implementation.

Media scholar Amanda Lotz will join QUT early next year, moving from the University of MichiganProfessor Lotz researches media platforms and channels and is interested to explore “the connections and differences among various internet-distributed media and social media services.”

Ilona Charles is CSIROs new Executive Director, People. Since 2010 she has had HR roles at Medibank PrivateTelstra and tech company AconexNigel Warren also joins CSIRO as ED, Growth. He has previously worked in public sector agencies including Austrade and the Australian Trade Commission.

Cindy Shannon (ex UoQ, now with UniMelbourne) will join QUT next month as professor of indigenous health.

Lina Pelliccione is inaugural PVC of Curtin U’s new campus in MauritiusProfessor Pelliccione is now deputy PVC for Curtin’s humanities faculty.


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