Appointments and achievements

Of the day

Fabienne Mackay is appointed CEO of the QIMR Berghoffer Medical Research Institute. She will move to Queensland from the University of Melbourne, where she is head of Biomedical Sciences.

Rob Newton joins Edith Cowan U’s professorial research fellow programme to continue his work on cancer management. The hire is part of ECU’s research expansion – appointing 40 fellows to work in the university’s core disciplines. It’s the first internal appointment, with Professor Newton moving from associate dean in medical and exercise sciences at ECU. He is one of the two current WA Scientists of the Year.

 Of the week

Australia Day honours are here.

The Australian Academy of Science announces its inaugural STEM women change-makers;

Emma Camp (UTS). * Ruwangi Fernando (STEM Sisters). * Momeneh Foroutan (Monash U). * Muireann Irish (Uni Sydney). * Tishiko King (Indigenous Women in Mining and Resources Australia). * Marit Kragt (UWA). * Jerusha Mather (Victoria U). Mary McMillan (UNE). * Kirsty Nash (aKIDemic Life). * Jessie Panazzolo (Lonely Conservationists). * Catherine Royans (Uni Adelaide). * Tanya Smith (Griffith U).

CMM missed the early January appointment of Steffen Faurby as MD of NSW TAFE. Mr Faurby moves from running NSW’s State Transit Authority.

Jayanthi Jayakaran becomes dean of people and resources for Flinders U’s College of Medicine and Public Health. She moves from ED medical services for the Barossa Hills-Fleurieu Local Health Network.

Sam Manger joins University of the Sunshine Coast’s Thompson Institute, which studies mind and neuroscience. Dr Manger hosts The GP Show podcast.

University of Notre Dame Australia announces that as of next month John Lippitt will be the new director of the Institute of Ethics and Society, at the Sydney campus. His wife Sylvie Magerstäd will also take up a position there, in the School of Arts and Sciences. They both move from the University of Hertfordshire.

Alta Schutte joins UNSW as principal for a new research area – cardiac, vascular and metabolic medicine. She joins from North-West University in South Africa.

Mariyam Shakeela is named a 2020 influential leader by the US-based biz degree accreditation agency, Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Dr Shakeela is CEO of Maldives based retail distributor, SIMDI. She has a PhD from Curtin U.