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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

28 September 2015

 
 

Curtin graduate in Federal Cabinet

Senator Michaelia Cash was recently appointed Minister for Employment and Minister for Women by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Senator Cash graduated from Curtin University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts (Social Sciences) and is the first Curtin graduate to be appointed to Federal Cabinet.

New exhibitions at the John Curtin Gallery

Two new exhibitions are opening at the University’s John Curtin Gallery on Thursday.

Futile Labor features work by Ionat Zurr, Chris Salter and Oron Catts. It is an interdisciplinary project bringing together an artistic exhibition and scientific and techno-cultural research that calls our attention to the growing phenomenon of manipulating and engineering life for utilitarian ends. The exhibition scrutinises shifting perceptions of life and labour through the development of a vital machine – a tissue-engineered muscle that acts as an actuator (motor) inside a custom designed technoscientific body (a bioreactor).

Scanlines surveys the heritage of new media art in Australia since the 1980s. In this preview exhibition, selected from dLux MediaArts’ larger survey exhibition, a selection of early and well-known works by internationally celebrated filmmakers, contemporary artists and scholars from New South Wales are featured.

Scanlines is supported by online videos, educational animations and lectures accessible on the scanlines.net database. Futile Labor and Scanlines are part of SymbioticA’s experimental HR program.

The exhibitions will be opened by Professor Stelarc (Distinguished Research Fellow and the Director of the Alternate Anatomies Lab in the School of Design and Art) and continue until 8 November 2015.

Australian Universities Benchmark for IT Service Desk Quality

Curtin will participate in the 2015 Australian Universities Benchmark for IT Service Desk Quality survey. This is the sixth time we been involved in the survey, which aims to:

  • gather information about client satisfaction in order to continue to improve IT services at Curtin; and
  • obtain comparative benchmark data about IT service delivery across Australian and New Zealand universities.

The survey will commence on Tuesday, 6 October 2015 and all staff are encouraged to participate.

Student achievement

Congratulations to Adnan Mannan, a PhD student in School of Pharmacy, who recently won the Curtin final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition (3MT®), edging out 11 other finalists in a highly competitive event.

Adnan gave an enthusiastic and compelling presentation on his topic “The anti-diabetic potential of the herb Teucrium polium”.  He will go on to represent Curtin at the Trans-Tasman final at the University of Queensland later this week. As the winner, he also receives a $2,000 grant from Curtin to support his PhD research.

Congratulations also to runner-up Siddier Chambers from the John Curtin Institute of Public Policy, who captivated the audience with her topic “It’s not about the money: Evaluating poverty and rural women in Jamaica”. Siddier also won the People’s Choice Award and $500 donated by CUPSA.

3MT develops students’ academic, presentation and research communication skills. Competitors are allowed just three minutes to effectively explain their research to a non-specialist audience.  Chief judge and Curtin Provost, Professor John Cordery, commended the students for the high standard of their presentations and audience engagement.

 L-R: Melissa Scott, Megan Hatfield; Revadee Vyravene; Oliver Tucker; Adnan Mannan (winner, holding certificate); Lucas Marie; Siddier Chambers; Perumal Ponnusamy; Elaine Sutrisna; Ashleigh Wolfe; and Nargess Golshan (absent: Robert Weymouth)

L-R: Melissa Scott, Megan Hatfield; Revadee Vyravene; Oliver Tucker; Adnan Mannan (winner, holding certificate); Lucas Marie; Siddier Chambers; Perumal Ponnusamy; Elaine Sutrisna; Ashleigh Wolfe; and Nargess Golshan (absent: Robert Weymouth)

Curtin history uncovered

During an office clean out in the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts earlier this year, a box of prints created for the 1991 Woodworks Festival was discovered. The prints were found to be the work of a number of significant Australian artists and writers, many of whom studied and worked at Curtin during the 1980s and 1990s.

The prints were gifted to the John Curtin Gallery and, combined with others already in the Gallery’s possession, are now displayed as the ‘Woodworks Festival Artwork Exhibition’ along the corridors of level 4, building 208.

This is the first time since 1991 when the works were created that they have been displayed as the complete 21 piece suite.   All staff are welcome to visit this small exhibition of Curtin’s artistic past.

WoodworksTalk

 
 

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