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Note to staff

April 15, 2008


Prestigious national research impact Award

Congratulations to Professor Zheng-Xiang Li of the Department of Applied Geology and The Institute for Geoscience Research (TIGeR) who is one of the winners of the 2008 Australian Thomson Scientific Citation Awards. These awards are made annually by Thomson Scientific to ten of Australian’s most pre-eminent researchers selected on the average number of citations per paper their published research has generated over a period of time, which in turn reflects the impact and influence of their work on their respective discipline. Professor Li achieved 591 citations from seven papers with an average of 84 citations per paper.

This is tremendous recognition for Professor Li and Curtin.

Visit to Curtin by Minister Kim Carr

On 10 and 11 April, Curtin hosted a workshop and meetings for an international Square Kilometre Array (SKA) conference held in Perth. Curtin’s activities were led by Professors of Radio Astronomy, Steven Tingay and Peter Hall. The workshop and meetings on campus involved a number of the world’s top experts in the SKA and radio astronomy. Many of the delegates were in Perth and at Curtin for the first time and expressed how impressed they were with Curtin’s capability and commitment to the SKA program. As many of you will be aware, Curtin is closely involved in the effort to bring the $2 billion SKA project to Western Australia and will be the lead institution in the multi-million dollar Centre of Excellence for Radio Astronomy recently announced by the State Government.

Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research visited Curtin on 10 April and attended a lunch with the SKA scientists and members of the University’s executive team. He spoke about the enormous benefits the SKA will have for science and research and the benefits this will bring to the community. The Minister also had the opportunity to tour the campus and see first hand the developments that have occurred within the Resources and Chemistry Precinct, the Centre for Mass Spectrometry, and to learn about the proposed health and sustainability institutes we announced recently.

Square Kelometre Array Concept Art


As most staff will be aware, eVALUate is Curtin’s online system for gathering and reporting student feedback on their learning experiences. Students are able to give feedback on two levels: using a unit survey or a teaching survey.

We have feedback from students from second semester 2005 and are able to see very positive trends. Across the University student response rates are increasing as are student satisfaction levels with the quality of their unit teaching and learning. Findings are available in the second Semester 2007 University Aggregated Report which can be found at

I strongly encourage all staff to participate in eVALUate and to respond to the students’ feedback. Many staff are doing this by advising students directly what actions are being taken to address their comments, by publishing a Unit Summary Report with a response or by providing feedback in unit outlines.

Thank you to all staff who continue to support this significant initiative.

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IP Commercialisation at Curtin

For those staff who are new or may not be aware, Curtin has a dedicated Office of IP Commercialisation and over the past five years has built a strong track record in commercialising many of the University’s excellent research outcomes. The Office would like to take the opportunity to provide staff with an introduction to commercialisation from a University perspective. If staff are working on a project with commercial potential or want to learn more about commercialisation, the Office of IP Commercialisation if offering to hold presentations to individual research groups, Schools or Faculties. Further information can be obtained from Elise-Maree Heffernan on extension x1799 or email

Establishment of University Information Management

As you may be aware, in early 2008 the Planning and Management Committee endorsed the creation of a new directorate, known as University Information Management (UIM). This new directorate within the CITS portfolio, reporting to the CIO, was officially established on 1 February 2008. UIM will provide strategic direction and leadership in information management and brings together the existing Records & Archives Office and the flow and Information Governance projects under the leadership of the newly appointed Director, Jane Larke.

UIM believes that excellence in information management is fundamental to achieving excellence in teaching, research, management and decision-making at Curtin. To achieve this UIM is committed to delivering high quality, client-focussed, innovative and collaborative information management services to support the University’s wider goals, with compliance issues to be addressed as a by-product.

Congratulations to CV!

Congratulations to Curtin Volunteers! who won the Citizenship (Group) Award at the recent WA Youth Awards ceremony held at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Awards were presented by The Hon Ljiljanna Ravlich, Minister for Youth. This is tremendous recognition for our committed Curtin Volunteers! who work tirelessly within our community.

Aileen Plant Memorial Lecture

On Thursday 17 April we will be holding the inaugural Aileen Plant Memorial Lecture in recognition of Professor Plant who passed away last year. As many of you will know, Aileen Plant was Professor of International Health and Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre for Emerging Infectious Disease at Curtin. She was one of the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) leading experts in outbreak investigation. Among her many roles, she was a member of the National Influenza Pandemic Action Committee chairing its Research Committee, and a member of the Expert Advisory Group for the Chief Medical Officer for Australia. At the height of the SARS epidemic Professor Plant was invited by WHO to lead its investigation in Vietnam. Her leadership was recognised by the Vietnamese Government in 2003 when she was awarded the National Medal of Honour. The lecture will be presented by Dr David Heymann who is credited with helping discover Ebola and Legionnaire’s diseases, exterminating smallpox and stopping the spread of SARS. He is currently the World Health Organisation’s Assistant Director-General – Health Security and Environment and Representative of the Director-General for Polio Eradication. The lecture will be held from 5.30-7.30 in Building 213. Refreshments will follow.

Curtin Ball

This year’s Curtin Ball will be held on Saturday 12 July at the Hyatt Hotel with the theme “Romance is Paris”. The Ball is a major event in the University’s calendar and provides a wonderful opportunity for staff, students, friends and partners to get together. As usual there will be great prizes to win and excellent food, drinks and entertainment. The Ball Committee has managed to keep the cost of the tickets to $95 per person for the past four years. This year, Curtin is providing all staff with a $20 discount making staff tickets $75 and guest tickets $95. I encourage as many staff as possible to support this event.

Vale Ian Waters

It is with much sadness that we mark the recent passing of Ian Waters. Ian had been battling illness for some time and passed away peacefully on Sunday 13 April at Royal Perth Hospital surrounded by his family. Our heartfelt wishes go out to Ian’s wife Kate and his family.

A service and cremation will be held on Friday at 11am at the Crematorium Chapel at Pinnaroo Valley Memorial Park, Whitfords.




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