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Note to staff

11 July 2016


It was a pleasure to welcome the Hon. Dr Mike Nahan MLA, Treasurer; Minister for Energy; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests to the Bentley Campus this morning. Minister Nahan viewed the Greater Curtin Stage One site, the new Medical School building and the HIVE, and visited the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre where he met with some of our industry partners and saw demonstrations of new projects being developed in the Centre.


Minister Nahan at the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre.

New research collaborations

I am pleased to advise of four research collaborations recently entered into by the University:

  • Curtin’s Remote Sensing and Satellite Research Group will be collaborating with NASA on joint projects involving satellite remote sensing of the Southern Ocean.
  • Dr Gina Koczberski and Professor George Curry have received a four year $1.2 million grant from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research for a research project on women and agricultural entrepreneurship in Papua New Guinea (PNG), in collaboration with CARE international and four PNG research institutions.
  • Curtin has signed an agreement with the Indian School of Mines for a collaborative PhD program. The agreement builds on the 2015 establishment of the Australia-India Joint Research Centre for Coal and Energy Technology.
ISM Collaboration

Front Row: Professor Brett Kirk (Curtin), Professor DC Panigrahi (Director, ISM), Professor Chun-Zhu Li (Curtin), Associate Professor Hari Vuthaluru (Curtin) and Professor Vishnu Priye (ISM) Back Row: Professor VMSR.Murthy (ISM) and Professor Nikkam Suresh (ISM).

  • During NAIDOC Week the University signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Wakuthuni Aboriginal Corporation, Gumala Aboriginal Corporation and Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation. The MOU will assist in developing sustainable and culturally sensitive livelihood solutions to ensure future economic development of the Wakuthuni community in the Pilbara.
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L-R: Ms Jahna Cedar (Gumala Aboriginal Corporation), Professor Brett Kirk, Ms Joyce Drummond (Wakuthuni Community), Mr Gary Smith (Ashburton Aboriginal Corporation) at the MOU signing.

I would like to congratulate all those involved in these important new collaborations. 

Research expertise recognised

Congratulations to John Curtin Distinguished Professor David Treagust on being admitted as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) in recognition of his contributions to chemistry education and chemistry education research. The RSC is the world’s leading chemistry community that brings together chemical scientists worldwide, promoting advances and excellence in chemical science.

Congratulations also to Professor Keith Hampson from the Sustainable Built Environment National Research Centre on being awarded Best Coordinator for the 2013-16 triennium by the International Council for Research and Innovation in Building and Construction (CIB) Program Committee. The CIB is a worldwide network of building and construction experts.

Appointment of Senior Indigenous Research Fellow

I am pleased to announce the appointment of human rights lawyer, researcher and Curtin graduate, Dr Hannah McGlade, as a Senior Indigenous Research Fellow at Curtin.  Dr McGlade is the recipient of the 2011 Stanner Award for the best academic manuscript written by an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander author, for her book, Our Greatest Challenge, Aboriginal children and human rights.

She is the Deputy Chairperson of the WA Deaths in Custody Watch Committee and was recently appointed a Senior Indigenous Fellow at the United Nations Office of the High Commission for Human Rights in Geneva.

I am delighted to welcome Dr McGlade back to the Curtin community.

AIME National Hoodie Day

Friday 8 July was National Hoodie Day.  Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) launched National Hoodie Day in 2010 to spread the word around Australia that Indigenous equals success and it has since evolved as a powerful symbol of unity, belief and change. I was pleased to don the retro look jumper, designed to encourage reflection on the journey and achievements of AIME throughout the organisation’s 16-year history.

At Curtin, AIME mentors work with local Indigenous high school students. During Curtin’s four-year involvement with AIME, 419 students have been engaged with an incredible 95.2 per cent Year 12 attainment rate.

Funds raised from the purchase of hoodies will ensure that AIME reaches its target of engaging 10,000 Indigenous high school students Australia-wide by 2018. Staff can purchase a hoodie (small or medium) on campus for $65 from the AIME office (211.138) or all sizes online.  You can find out more about AIME here.

Professor Terry AIME Hoodie Day

  1. Arpana Dhar July 14, 2016 12:44pm

    Congratulations Professor David Treagust for adding another feather in your cap. It is a privilege to be working under your expert supervision.

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