Heads Up: achievers at work this week

David Buckingham is the incoming head of Navitas. He will succeed founder Rod Jones, taking of over as group CEO in March and managing director next June. Mr Jones will take a year off before becoming a non executive director.

Flinders U ecologist Corey Bradshaw is the 2017 Verco medallist. The Royal Society of South Australia issues the award for significant contribution to science. Professor Bradshaw’s work includes simulation models to “understand and mitigate” global ecology changes.

The Council for the Humanities Arts and Social Sciences has announced the winner of its Australia Prizes. The book award goes to Elizabeth Tynan for Atomic Thunder: The Maralinga Story. The Zest Festival 2012-16,( contributors Jacqueline Van Gent, Susan Broomhall, Rebecca Millar, Erika von Kaschke, Elizabeth Reid, Melissa Kirkham, Jane Davidson) won the Distinctive Work award.  Laura Rademaker and Lisa Walton jointly won the future leader award. Camille Roulière from the University of Adelaide won the student award.

Lobby Research Australia has announced its annual health and medical research award winners including:

Discovery AwardAvnika Ruparilia (Monash U) for research into muscle disorders

Health Services Research AwardANZ Hip Fracture Registry (Jacqueline Close and Ian Harris)

Data Innovation AwardHelmut Butzkueven (University of Melbourne) for the MsBase Foundation international register of multiple sclerosis patients

Peter Wills MedalKim Mulholland (Murdoch Children’s Research Institute) for an outstanding contribution in medical and health research

Research Excellence AwardTim Hughes (South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute) Leukemia research

Herbert W Marsh from the Australian Catholic University has won the Australian Psychological Society’Distinguished Contribution to Psychological Science Award. Rather making the point he is also, (as far as CMM can discover) the first Australian based researcher to have an H Index of 15o @ Google Scholar (number of papers by the number of times cited).

Michael Kyrios will become executive dean of Flinders U’s new college of education, psychology and social work in February.

Todd Walker is leaving Federation U, where he is DVC Engagement to become provost at the University of New EnglandJoyce Kirk is now interim provost there.

With news that education exports earn $28bn the time is right for the International Education Association of Australia to announce its 2017 Excellence Awards, including:

Distinguished Contribution to IE: Helen Zimmerman from Navitas

Leadership in IE: Rebecca Hall, Trade and Investment Queensland.

Innovation in IE: Karyn Kent, Study Adelaide.

The UK Higher Education Academy (“transforming teaching, inspiring learning”) has announced its 7000th senior fellow, QUT architecture aspro Philip Crowther.

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering has elected 25 new fellows:

Julie Beeby, chair, Powerlink Queensland

Lachlan Blackhall, chief technology officer, Reposit Power

Peter Corke, Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, (QUT)

Graham Currie, professor of public transport, Monash University

Rocky de Nys, professor of aquaculture, James Cook University

Bronwyn Fox, director of Manufacturing Futures Research Institute, Swinburne University

Steven Frisken, CEO, Cylite (med tech manufacturing)

Ewa Goldys, deputy director ARC Centre for Nanoscale BioPhotonics, Macquarie University

Kourosh Kayvani, global director Aurecon (engineering)

Mark Kendall, professor bioengineering and nanotechnology, University of Queensland

Linda Kristjanson, VC, Swinburne

Elizabeth Lewis-Gray, MD Gekko Systems (gold and silver processing technology)

Tony Lindsay, director, STELaRLab Lockheed Martin (defence technology)

Xiaoling Liu, director, Newcrest Mining

John Mattick, executive director, Garvan Institute

Ravendra Naidu, CEO, CRC for containment assessment

Tony Peacock, CEO, CRC Association

Brett Phillips, director Cardno (water engineering)

Laura Poole-Warren, PVC research training, UNSW

Andrew Potts, CEO, AMOG Group, (engineering consultancy)

Michael Quigley, adjunct professor, UTS (telecommunications engineering)

Anthony Radford, director, IMNIS (biotech entrepreneur)

Sarah Ryan, director, Woodside Petroleum

Skipp Williamson, MD, Partners in Performance (management consultancy)

Peter Yates, deputy chair, Myer Family Investments


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