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Note to staff

2 November 2015


Pulse Check starts today

Every two years the University actively seeks feedback from staff through the Your Voice Staff Satisfaction Survey.  It is a chance for staff to tell management what it’s like to work at Curtin.

The most recent Your Voice survey was conducted last year.  This year we are running a shorter survey, the Pulse Check, to track our progress in key areas of concern.

The Pulse Check survey is now open to all staff working at our Bentley, Kalgoorlie and Margaret River campuses.  It closes on 13 November.

Staff at these sites will receive an email from Charlie Zhang of the Voice Project today inviting them to take part in the survey, which comprises 20 questions from the 2014 Your Voice survey.  It should take no more than five minutes to complete.

I encourage all staff to participate in this survey as the results will enable the University to better respond to areas of key concern from the Your Voice 2014 survey.  I thank you in advance for your participation in this important survey.

If you do not receive the email by the end of the day, please contact Casey Ball by email or extension 4735.

Australian Research Council grants

I am delighted to announce the University’s recent success in the Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, receiving $10 million in funding, including 17 ARC Discovery Projects, six ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awards, and two ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants.

This funding is the largest ever granted to Curtin University and I warmly congratulate the successful candidates and everyone involved in achieving such a wonderful outcome.

The researchers and projects are listed below. The full results are available on the ARC website.

ARC Discovery Proposals (for funding commencing in 2016):

  • Professor Suvendrini Perera, Faculty of Humanities: Deathscapes: Mapping Race and Violence in Settler States
  • Associate Professor Alison Reid and Professor Lin Fritschi, Faculty of Health Sciences: Exposure to workplace hazards among migrant workers in Australia
  • Professor Julian Gale and Dr Raffaella Demichelis, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Uncovering molecular pathways to minerals for control of crystallisation
  • Professor Igor Bray, Professor Dmitry Fursa and Associate Professor Alisher Kadyrov, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Quantum collision theory for astrophysics, fusion energy and hadron therapy
  • Dr Martin Danisik and Dr Noreen Evans, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Developing and testing a new dating tool for Quaternary science
  • Professor Jie Sun and Dr Honglei Xu, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Risk and Reliability in Stochastic Optimisation and Equilibrium
  • Professor Peter Love, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Future Proofing Transportation Infrastructure Assets
  • Professor Anna Haebich and Ms Elfie Shiosaki, Faculty of Humanities: Ancestors’ words: Noongar writing in WA government archives (1860-1960s)
  • Associate Professor Anne Aly, Faculty of Humanities: Online violent extremist audiences in Australia and the United Kingdom
  • Professor David Antoine, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Robotic investigation of water optical properties in the Southern Ocean
  • Professor Andrew Putnis, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Just add water: a recipe for the deformation of continental interiors
  • Professor Michael Bunce, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Assessment of past biodiversity through DNA preserved in bulk bone
  • Professor Hong Hao and Dr Faiz Shaikh, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Development of ambient cured high performance geopolymer composite
  • Professor Ba-Ngu Vo, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Multi-object Estimation for Live-Cell Microscopy
  • Professor Chun-Zhu Li, Dr Dehua Dong and Professor Gordon Parkinson, Faculty of Science and Engineering: CO2 Utilisation for Energy Storage
  • Professor Zongping Shao, Dr Chao Su and Dr Wei Wang, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Innovative High Temperature Carbon–Air Batteries for High Power Generation
  • Dr Lorenzo Ntogramatzidis, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Improving transient performance for systems with multiple inputs/outputs

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals (for funding commencing in 2016)

  • Dr Hendra Gunosewoyo, Faculty of Health Sciences : Indoleamides as Molecular Interventions for Tuberculosis
  • Dr Guohua Jia, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Cadmium-free one-dimensional colloidal nanocrystal heterostructures
  • Dr Chunyan Fan, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Adsorptive removal of mercury from natural gas by carbonaceous material
  • Dr Wensu Chen, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Development of sandwich structures to mitigate blast and impact loading
  • Dr Matthew Chrulew, Faculty of Humanities: Bewildering Animals: Towards A New Philosophical Ethology
  • Dr Michael Martin, Faculty of Science and Engineering: Ancient genomics of iconic WA taxa to inform conservation management

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities Proposals (for funding commencing in 2016)

Expanding our view of the Universe with the Murchison Widefield Array
Curtin University: Professor Steven Tingay and Professor Carole Jackson, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Other Organisations: The University of Western Australia, The University of Melbourne, The University of Sydney, The Australian National University, University of Western Sydney, Swinburne University of Technology, University of Toronto, Canada, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ

The marine productivity buoy: a multi-parametric underwater profiler
Curtin University: Professor David Antoine, Dr Peter Fearns, Professor Jean-Phillippe Croue and Professor Kliti Grice, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Other Organisations: University of Technology Sydney, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Water Corporation, Fisheries Department of WA

I would also like to acknowledge and congratulate Curtin researchers involved in successful grants in collaboration with lead researchers from other institutions.

Vice-Chancellor’s Forum

The final VC’s Forum for the year will be held on Monday 30 November from 12 noon to 1pm.

I will give an overview of what has been a very successful year for the University, discuss the recent changes in the political landscape and the opportunities this presents for the higher education sector, as well as commenting on matters specific to Curtin.  I will be happy to take questions on these or any other subjects.

All staff are welcome at the Forum and I encourage you to attend.  A light lunch will be provided.

Curtin staff in Antarctic expedition

Dr Amanda Davies of the School of Built Environment and Dr Samantha Hall of the Curtin University Sustainability Policy Institute will be among 78 influential women in science to travel to Antarctica as part of an Australian-led expedition.

They will depart from Ushuaia, Argentina in December next year and experience 18 days of education on leadership, strategic skills and global climate, biological and earth system science, focusing on the role of women in leadership globally.

This trip is the start of a 10 year outreach initiative to build a 1,000 strong international faculty of women in science, aimed at elevating the leadership of women in science and devising future collaborations towards a sustainable future.

Congratulations to Samantha and Amanda on their inclusion in this important initiative.  More information is available here.

Website issue now resolved

Recently, a number of staff were mistakenly directed to the staff donation form when attempting to log in to Staff Oasis.

The error occurred when ‘staff oasis’ or ‘Curtin staff oasis’ were Googled. The second link that appeared took users to the staff donation form and once on that site they could not easily navigate elsewhere online.

This issue has now been resolved thanks to work by the Office of Advancement, Human Resources and CITS, and the Office of Advancement apologises to anyone who has been inconvenienced.




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