Appointments and achievements of the week 

Macdonald Christie is the new associate dean, research at the University of Sydney Faculty of Medicine and Health. His prior appointment was deputy dean, research at the university’s Sydney Medical School.

Another big day for UniSydney mathematician Geordie Williamson, who the university says is the first Australian to address the International College of Mathematicians, meeting in Rio de Janeiro. He spoke on “shapes formed by the solutions of non-linear equations,” described by somebody who understood that as a “crowd-pleaser”. It’s another Williamson win, in May he was appointed co-diector of a new maths research centre at the university, funded by a $5m donation. He was also appointed a fellow of both the Royal Society and the Australian Academy of Science.

Patsy Yates is named distinguished professor by QUT. The head of the school of nursing is just the tenth QUT staffer to be so awarded. In May, she received the 2018 distinguished researcher award from the (US) Oncology Nursing Society.

La Trobe U emeritus professor Judith Brett has won the National Biography Award for her “beautifully researched and satisfyingly rounded picture’ of prime minister Alfred Deakin.

Bruce Northcote is the University of Adelaide’s new PVC Research Engagement. He adds the role to his other jobs, as director of the university’s Teletraffic Research Centre and CEO of mobile comms company TelAri Analytics. The PVC role is for the rest of the year.

Ashlea Wallington joins the University of Sydney Union’s student accelerator Incubate as director of entrepreneurship.

CQU has two new (UK) Higher Education Academy fellows.  Marlene Page is a new associate fellow and Associate Dean, Teaching and Learning, Julie Fleming is a senior fellow.

Pookong Kee is the next BHP professor of Australian studies at Peking University. Professor Kee is now director of the University of Melbourne Asia Institute.

Stephen Winn will join Edith Cowan U in January as executive dean of education. He is moving from the University of Southern Queensland.

Dean Gould is returning to university comms, scheduled to start as marketing head at Southern Cross U. He was marcoms director 204-17 at Griffith U, before moving to the Gold Coast tourism agency.


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