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March 18, 2008


University Blog

Most of you will be aware of my Blog which was established towards the end of last year. This has now been reconfigured into a University Blog to enable staff and students to post topic threads to stimulate discussion. To open the Blog I have invited comment on the 10 areas identified for discussion at the Prime Minister’s 2020 Summit to be held in April. Comments will then be condensed into a submission by the Graduate School of Business and submitted on behalf of Curtin. My thanks to Linley Lord and John Phillimore for this suggestion. The final submission will then be placed on the website. Further information is available on the Blog at

New Spatial Sciences Studio

I am pleased to advise that we recently launched a new state-of-the-art Spatial Sciences Studio which comprises three multi-purpose studios in addition to an internet café and common areas specially designed to encourage student interaction.

In a key alliance, Landgate has committed $430 000 over five years to refurbish and develop the new Studio that combines high tech computing systems with cutting-edge teaching resources specifically targeted at today’s new generation of technology savvy students. The Studio will be a focal point for geographic information science, surveying and cartography in WA and serve as an industry resource to support education and research initiatives.

The Hon Michelle Roberts, Minister for Land Information officiated at the launch where over 60 industry and university representatives gathered to view the new facilities and learn more about how Curtin and Landgate plan to create opportunities to attract Indigenous and international students to spatial science education programs in WA.

Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

Congratulations to Professor James Semmens, School of Public Health, who has recently been awarded the Royal Australasian College for Surgeons (RACS) Medal for services to the College. The medal will be presented at the College Annual Scientific Congress, to be held in Brisbane, in May 2009 and recognises Professor Semmens’ work (and that of his team) in developing the Safety and Quality of Surgical Care Project (SQSCP), the Western Australian Audit of Surgical Mortality and the NSW version called the Collaborating Hospitals Audit of Surgical Mortality.

It also complements the recent Order of Australia awarded to Professor Michael Lawrence-Brown for his work in developing endovascular technology and for services for vascular surgery. His contribution to the SQSCP, including the endovascular research program, was a key feature in the nomination proposal.

This is tremendous recognition for both Professor Semmens and his team.

WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards

The 17th WA Information Technology and Telecommunications Awards were presented on Sunday 16 March and recognise outstanding performance and contributions by members of the Information and Telecommunications community in Western Australia. There were 10 awards presented on the night and Curtin was a finalist in two of the awards; the Student Project (Peter Fillery) award and the Service Delivery and Training award. I am pleased to advise that we went on to win the Service Delivery and Training award.

The award recognises excellence and/or innovation in the provision of IT and Telecommunications services. Congratulations to Dr Helen Armstrong and Mr Iain Murray and the entire Cisco Academy for the Vision Impaired (CAVI) team who won the award.

This project was also recognised as making an outstanding contribution to the IT community by Curtin University and CBS.

The ceremony was attended by the Hon Fran Logan, Minister for Energy; Resources; Industry and Enterprise who requested a visit to Curtin to view the CAVI premises.

Congratulations to all staff involved.

Fulbright scholarship

I am pleased to advise that sessional lecturer, Curtin honours graduate and Fremantle artist Clyde McGill has received a 2008 Fulbright Scholarship, one of the largest, most prestigious educational awards of its kind.

Mr McGill was presented with a Postgraduate Scholarship in Visual and Performing Arts and can undertake his Masters of Fine Art at an American university of his choice.

As a contemporary artist Mr McGill uses a range of different mediums that best suit the idea or project, such as drawing, print making, performance, artists’ books, video, photography and installation. He has exhibited widely through solo and group exhibitions at the Holmes à Court Gallery and the Perth Institute of Contemporary Art. His work is featured in the National Gallery of Australia and other public and private collections.

This is a great achievement and we wish him well with his future studies.



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