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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

16 December 2015

 
 

Publications in Nature and Science

I would like to warmly congratulate the staff listed below for publications in the prestigious journals Science and Nature – these are very significant publications.

Publications in Science

Professor Michael Bunce – Faculty of Science and Engineering
Publication in Science: “Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation” and “Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds”

Dr Roberto Soria – Faculty of Science and Engineering
Publication in Science: “Super-Eddington Mechanical Power of an Accreting Black Hole in M83”

Publications in Nature

Dr Peter Curran – Faculty of Science and Engineering
Publication in Nature: “Circular polarization in the optical afterglow of GRB 121024A”

Dr Roberto Soria – Faculty of Science and Engineering
Publication in Science: “A mass of less than 15 solar masses for the black hole in an ultraluminous X-ray source”

I would also like to acknowledge Professor Gilbert Thomas from the Natural History Museum of Denmark.  Professor Thomas is an Adjunct Professor at Curtin and has published five papers in Science that are affiliated with Curtin:

  • “Comparative genomics reveals insights into avian genome evolution and adaptation”  (published with Professor Michael Bunce)
  • “Whole-genome analyses resolve early branches in the tree of life of modern birds” (published with Professor Michael Bunce)
  • “Evidence for a single loss of mineralized teeth in the common avian ancestor”
  • “Convergent transcriptional specializations in the brains of humans and song-learning birds”
  • “Complex evolutionary trajectories of sex chromosomes across bird taxa

Professor Kate Wright to join The University of Western Australia

Professor Kate Wright, Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training, will be leaving Curtin University at the end of February to take up the role of Dean of the Graduate Research School at The University of WA.

Kate joined Curtin in 2004 and was appointed Professor of Mineral Chemistry in 2006. She was Dean of Research in the Faculty of Science and Engineering prior to taking up her current role as Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research Training.

In her current role, Kate established the Graduate Research School (GRS) to support Curtin’s research ambitions, and to deliver improved services to research students and supervisors and other administrative efficiencies.  I would like to especially thank Kate for her ongoing commitment to the GRS.

Kate has made an enormous contribution to Curtin and will be greatly missed by all those who have had the pleasure of working with her.  We wish her every success in her new role.

 

 

 

 

 
 
  1. Anna Ciffolilli December 16, 2015 9:23am

    Congratulations Kate on your new appointment. It’s been a pleasure working with you over the years.

  2. Tele Tan December 16, 2015 9:27am

    Sad to see you leave us Kate. All the best for your new appointment.

  3. Stuart Johnson December 16, 2015 9:31am

    Many congratulations Kate on your new role.

  4. Allan Oliveira December 16, 2015 10:13am

    Congratulations Kate and all the best for your new role.

  5. Janet Bornman December 16, 2015 10:52am

    Hi Kate – I wish you every success, but will miss your wise council and positive attitude.
    All the best, Janet

  6. Kliti Grice December 16, 2015 12:47pm

    Colleagues- well done on the Science and Nature papers.
    Kate – wish you all the very best in your new position at UWA. It has been great working with you over the years.
    Warm regards,
    Kliti

  7. John Mamo December 16, 2015 1:14pm

    Congratulations to all authors for these top tier journal publications. Great to see Curtin research excellence.

    Best wishes Kate in your new role. We now have a void to fill at Curtin!

    Kind regards

    John Mamo (Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute)

  8. Yee-Hong Leung December 16, 2015 4:33pm

    Kate – Congratulations and best wishes. Your level-headedness and wise counsel in dealing with difficult HDR issues will be sorely missed.

    Yee Hong

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