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Note to staff

13 July 2015


ARC Linkage Grants

I am pleased to announce Curtin’s recent success in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants.  The University received more than $1.6 million in ARC research funding for five successful projects, plus industry contributions.

The funded projects are listed below and I congratulate all the successful researchers and partnering organisations. The full results are listed on the ARC website.

Dr Wensu Chen and Professor Hong Hao
Project Title: Study of Blast Resistance Capacity of Basalt Fibre Strengthened Structures
Partnering Organisation: Jiangsu Sobute New Materials Co Ltd and State Key Laboratory of Disaster Prevention & Mitigation of Explosion & Impact.

Professor Kliti Grice and Dr Marco Coolen
Project Title: Chronostratigraphic, molecular and isotopic approaches to age petroleum
Partnering Organisation: Woodside Petroleum Ltd

Professor Craig Buckley, Professor Tilak Chandratilleke, Dr Drew Sheppard and Dr Ian Davies
Project Title: Metal hydride reactors for high temperature thermochemical heat storage
Partnering Organisation: Ausnational Investments Pty Ltd

Professor Shaomin Liu, Dr Jian Liu and Professor Moses Tade
Project Title: Syngas Production Using Catalytic Carbon Dioxide Dry Reforming
Partnering Organisation: Eco Technol Pty Ltd

Professor Abhijit Mukherjee
Project Title: Laser Ultrasonic Health Monitoring for Australia’s Infrastructure Assets
Partnering Organisation: University of New South Wales and The Trustee for Lastek Unit Trust/Lastek Pty Ltd

In addition, I congratulate the following researchers involved in successful grants led by other institutions:

Professor Dawn Bennett
Project Title: Making Music Work: Sustainable Portfolio Careers for Australian Musicians
Led by Griffith University in collaboration with Woodside Petroleum Ltd

Professor John Cordery
Project Title: Designing Human Resource Practices that Promote the Retention of Volunteers
Led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with The Scout Association of Australia

National Teaching Fellowship to Associate Professor Mauro Mocerino

Congratulations to Associate Professor Mauro Mocerino (Faculty of Science and Engineering) on being awarded a National Teaching Fellowship from the Office for Teaching and Learning.  An OLT Fellowship provides opportunities for individuals to undertake strategic programs of activities around identified educational issues, to develop their knowledge of the broader higher education environment in Australia, and to practice and further develop their leadership skills in this area.

Mauro’s Fellowship, “Enhancing learning in the laboratory: identifying and promoting best practice in the professional development of demonstrators” will improve the learning experience of students in laboratories through the enhanced professional skills of demonstrators.

The Fellowship is a prestigious acknowledgement of Mauro’s expertise and influence in teaching and learning and I congratulate him on this achievement.

Review of the Academic Reshaping strategic project

Following the completion of the review of the EQUIP project implementation, the Senior Executive Team (SET) approved the establishment of a panel to review the Academic Reshaping strategic project.

The project aimed to ensure that the University has the academic workforce needed to achieve the objectives outlined in our Strategic Plan.  The panel will consider the effectiveness of the project’s implementation and outcomes to date; unresolved issues arising from implementation; processes or support needed to maintain positive changes achieved from the project; and opportunities for academic staff to change career paths.

The panel members are:

  • Professor Clare Pollock (Associate Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic), Chair
  • Mr Ian Jackson (Director of People and Culture)
  • Professor Kevin Batty (Head, School of Pharmacy)
  • Associate Professor Tania Broadley (Academic Lead, Curtin Learning Institute)
  • Professor Steve Tingay (Professor of Radio Astronomy)

All staff will be invited to provide input to the review during August through an online survey and focus groups.  I strongly encourage you to contribute to this review so that we can reflect and improve on how we approach the implementation of major projects for the future.

The panel will report its findings and recommendations to me by the end of September.

Fulbright Scholarships

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission supports and encourages academic excellence, innovation and creativity through its scholarship program.  Each year, approximately 25 Australians and 20 Americans are awarded a Fulbright Scholarship.

Earlier this year Curtin alumna Dr Gayle Maloney was awarded a 2015 Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholarship to undertake research into Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) at the Yale OCD Research Clinic in the United States.

All staff are encouraged to consider applying for a scholarship.  Information about the range of scholarships is available online, and the current application round closes on 1 August 2015.

Curtin Open Day

Curtin Open Day will be held on Sunday 2 August from 10am – 4pm.  It is our biggest recruitment event, and attracted a record attendance of 21,300 visitors last year.

Open Day is successful because of the involvement of Curtin staff.   It would not be possible to stage the event without the efforts of hundreds of staff members in the planning phase as well as those working in a myriad of roles on the day itself.  Curtin Open Day truly is a team effort.

I would like to thank everyone for the work already undertaken towards the planning for this year’s event and also those of you who have committed to giving some of your time on a Sunday to help attract new students to Curtin.

If you’re not yet involved and would like to participate, I encourage you to email or call Bobbie Simpson on extension 2710.

I look forward to seeing you at Open Day 2015.

Festival of Eid al Fitr

Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting, ends with the festival of Eid al Fitr.  A celebratory meal breaks the fast and at this time charity and good deeds have special significance.  Eid is also a time of forgiveness and making amends.



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