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Curtin University
Note to staff

9 June, 2008


ARC Linkage projects

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has recently announced the results for Linkage Projects submitted in November 2007 for funding in 2008. Curtin submitted 16 applications and six of these projects have been successful, gaining total ARC funding of $1,864,658.

The following projects were successful:

Project leader: Associate Professor Samar Aoun
To implement and evaluate flexible models of palliative care service delivery for terminally ill people living at home

Project leader: Dr Ricardo Mancera
Development of cryopreservation for high value provenance collections of recalcitrant plant species used in post-mining

Project leader: Dr Ben Mullins
Increasing the operational lifetime and optimising the design of crankcase oil-mist filters

Project leader: Dr Birger Rasmussen
Tectonothermal and mineralisation history of banded iron formations of the north Pilbara Craton

Project leader: Professor Svetha Venkatesh
Intelligent Security in Urban Spaces"

Project leader: Svetha Venkatesh
Smart technologies for people with vision impairment and blindness

This result indicates a success rate of 37.5% for Curtin. However Curtin also submitted two grants through UWA which were successful taking Curtin’s overall success rate to 44% (8 successful grants from 18 applications). The national average is 42.7%.

Curtin’s results compared to ATN members:
• University of South Australia – 29.4%
• Queensland University of Technology – 45.5%
• RMIT – 28%
• University of Technology Sydney – 28.6%

Curtin’s results compared to the other WA universities:
• UWA – 35.3%
• Murdoch – 25%
• ECU – 100% (submitted one application only)

Congratulations to the project leaders and their teams on their successful applications. This is great news for the individual researchers involved and for Curtin.

Order of Australia

Congratulations to Professor Ted Snell, Dean of Art, who has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his “Contribution to the visual arts, as an academic, artist, commentator and administrator and as a mentor”.

This is a tremendous achievement by Professor Snell and recognises the dedication he has displayed to the field of the arts throughout his distinguished career.

Congratulations too, go to Associate Professor, John Bass, within Health Sciences, who has also been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia “For service to the community through the development of information technology systems relating to the collection of population health data”. He has spent almost 25 years working on the collection and collation of health statistics in Australia. Dr Bass particular interest is in linking together existing health-related information to provide researchers, planners and policy-makers with integrated holistic data.

While a Curtin staff member, Associate Professor Bass is currently located in Tasmania where he is working with the Menzies Research Institute and others to implement a Tasmanian health-related data linkage system. He is also collaborating with colleagues from around the country to create a national system that could revolutionise planning and research in our health and health-care systems.

Dr Bass has become a Member of the Order of Australia in recognition of his service to the community through the development of these information technology systems.

National Australian Information Industries Awards

I am also pleased to advise that the Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (CAVI) was awarded the Community Award and a Merit Award at the recent National Australian Information Industries Awards. CAVI is a joint project between CBS and ECE (Electrical and Computer Engineering) at Curtin, Cisco Systems Inc and the Association for the Blind WA. It has more than 140 students enrolled in the program this year. The program uses a state-of-the-art accessible learning environment specifically designed for students with acute vision disabilities. Congratulations in particular go to Mr Iain Murray (ECE) and Dr Helen Armstrong (School of Information Systems) who manage the program.

The awards were accepted by two blind students Elise Lonsdale and Jodie Howell on behalf of the School of IS (pictured below).

Photo of students receiving award

CAVI are now finalists in the International awards to be held later in 2008.