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Note to staff

14 November 2014


CRC for Spatial Information Chair’s Award

I am delighted to announce that Professor Graeme Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research and Development (R&D), has been awarded the inaugural CRC for Spatial Information (CRCSI) Chair’s Award.

Professor Wright was acknowledged for his sustained and exemplary contribution to the governance, research and academic leadership of the CRCSI since its inception in 2003.

The CRCSI is an international R&D centre established under the Australian Government’s Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) Program. Partners include federal and state government agencies, universities and over 50 companies.

Professor Wright has held a number of senior roles with the CRCSI and sits on the Board of Directors.

I warmly congratulate Graeme on this award.

Professor Wright receiving his award from Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information

Professor Wright receiving his award from Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information

Institute of Engineers Australia Fellowship

I wish to congratulate John Curtin Distinguished Professor Moses Tade, from the Faculty of Science and Engineering, on being made an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Engineers Australia.

Professor Tade received the recognition for his significant career accomplishments, along with his contributions to the engineering profession and the Australian community.

Professor Tade has also been appointed as President of the Australian Council of Engineering Deans (ACED). ACED exists to promote and advance engineering education, research and scholarships on behalf of the Australian higher education system.

Curtin student named Three Minute Thesis champion

I am very pleased to advise that Curtin PhD student, Sarah Marley, has been named the 2014 Three Minute Thesis champion at the Trans-Tasman final in Perth.

Sarah, a first-year PhD student in the Centre for Marine Science and Technology, won the event ahead of 47 other contestants from across Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore and Hong Kong.

The annual research communication competition challenges higher degree students by giving them just three minutes to deliver a compelling presentation on their thesis and its significance to a non-specialist audience.

I congratulate Sarah on this significant achievement.

Pride WA

In line with the University’s commitment to diversity, Curtin is once again proud to sponsor Pride WA. This includes Pridefest, a 10-day celebration of arts, culture, and community events, starting on 14 November.

In celebration, Curtin has a number of activities planned both on the Bentley Campus and within the community, including:

  • A flag raising ceremony to fly the rainbow Pride flag at 9am on Thursday 20 November
  • A rainbow art installation along the upper section of Henderson Court
  • A breakfast BBQ for all staff and students from 8am on Friday 21 November at the rainbow art installation
  • Participation in the Pride Parade on Saturday 22 November
  • A rainbow light projection onto Curtin Stadium
  • Banners displayed at Curtin’s entrances showcasing the University’s awards for Highest Ranking University and Top 10 Employer for LGBTI Employees.

The University also acknowledges Transgender Day of Remembrance, and we wish our LGBTI staff, students and allies a safe and happy Pride.

The Curtin Ally Program was set up in 2006 in line with Curtin’s Diversity Policy and has seen a number of staff and students sign on to be allies. If you wish to learn more about the Ally program and training, visit

  1. Tania Lerch November 16, 2014 2:17pm

    Further to Sarah Marley’s win in the 3 Minute Thesis Competition, ABC Lateline has scheduled broadcast of the story they have filmed around the Trans-Tasman 3MT for Monday 17th November. Those of you outside Australia should be able to view the story online at

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