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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

20 March 2015

 
 

Appointment of New Pro-Chancellor

I am very pleased to announce that at its meeting on 18 March 2015 the Council of Curtin University elected Ms Sue Wilson LLB to the position of Pro Chancellor effective 1 April 2015.

An experienced independent and non-executive director and with a successful career in the finance industry as a senior executive at Bankwest and HBOS Australia, Ms Wilson replaces Dr Michael Stanford who has served as Pro Chancellor since April 2014.  Dr Stanford will continue his extensive and significant involvement with Curtin University as a member of Council and a number of its standing committees.

Ms Wilson was appointed to Council by the Minister for a three-year term commencing 3 May 2013.  She is also a member of the Audit and Compliance Committee and was recently appointed to the Executive Committee.  Congratulations to Ms Wilson on this appointment.

Curtin to be represented at elite international meeting of scientists

A Curtin University researcher and a PhD candidate have been selected to join a group of top young scientists from around the world to take part in the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany.

Dr Eva Alvarez de Eulate, a Research Associate in the Department of Chemistry, and PhD candidate Mark Zammit from the Department of Imaging and Applied Physics, will attend the meeting in Lindau, Germany from 23 June to 3 July.

The annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is a globally recognised forum which brings together Nobel Laureates and up and coming scientists from the fields of physiology and medicine, physics, and chemistry. The meetings have been held since the early 1950s.

Congratulations to Eva and Mark on this significant achievement.

The ‘Racism, It Stops with Me’ campaign

In recognition of the importance of Curtin’s culturally and linguistically diverse community, and the United Nations’ International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination on 21 March, I am pleased to announce the University’s commitment to the national ‘Racism, It Stops with Me’ (RISWM) campaign.

Curtin is signalling this commitment through the RISWM web page which highlights the national campaign and what we are doing to help build our resilience as a community. The Curtin RISWM web page:

  • provides information to students and staff about racism; what it is, where to get help and how to deal with bystander and direct experiences of racism
  • lists upcoming activities which will be open to everyone who wants to know more, for their study or professional practice
  • is a forum for staff and students to connect with each other and the latest international and national research on cultural diversity matters.

I encourage you all to visit and also contribute your ideas for maintaining Curtin as an inclusive and safe community.

If any Curtin community member experiences a situation where they believe their safety, health, access to opportunity or wellbeing is at risk, support is available through Ethics, Equity & Social Justice or Counselling Services.

Ms Mel Henry, Ms Dallas Magann and Dr Caroline Gopalkrishnan from Ethics, Equity and Social Justice promote Curtin’s commitment to students and staff.

Ms Mel Henry, Ms Dallas Magann and Dr Caroline Gopalkrishnan from Ethics, Equity and Social Justice promote Curtin’s RISWM commitment to students and staff.

Defence Trade Control Amendment Bill 2015

The Defence Trade Controls Amendment Bill 2015 was passed this week amending The Defence Trade Controls Act (2012) which regulates the supply of technology relating to defence and strategic goods and covers universities and research organisations.

Due to stakeholder concerns about the impact of the new export controls. the commencements of these controls were delayed by a transition period, during which offence provisions do not apply. A Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group was established under section 74A of the Act to test the legislation and to advise Government on legislative amendments during the transition period.

During the transition phase the Department of Defence, in partnership with the Strengthened Export Controls Steering Group and the Department of Industry, has conducted extensive consultation on the potential impacts of the Act and proposed measures to reduce these impacts. This consultation has informed development of the amendments in the Bill.

The amended Bill is the result of significant work over the last two years and will remove impediments to researchers publishing and corresponding in a global research environment.

Curtin University’s involvement in The Defence Trade Controls Pilot project was led by Charlie Thorn, Director, Research & Development which has also contributed to the development of the National Training Materials of the Defence Trade Controls Act.

I would like to congratulate and thank Charlie for his extensive commitment and his role as the Chair of the Curtin Pilot Project. The work of Curtin’s Lesley Smith as the Executive Support to the pilot is also to be commended.

Curtin researcher leads a major UNESCO-IUGS international geoscience research program

A major International Geoscience Programme (IGCP) project titled “Supercontinent Cycles and Global Geodynamics”, sponsored by UNESCO and the International Union for Geological Sciences (IUGS), has been approved by IGCP’s scientific board for a five year term.

The project aims to assemble a multidisciplinary team of hundreds of scientists and research students from around the world to address perhaps the most fundamental geoscience question of how Earth works. The team will utilise state-of-the-art expertise and facilities in paleomagmatism, geotectonics, computer modelling, and GIS and database management, including those at Curtin University’s TIGeR institute. The project will investigate the evolution of a series of supercontinents through Earth’s history, the break-up of the last such supercontinents, Pangaea, led to the formation of the Atlantic, Indian and the Southern oceans. The team will further investigate how the Earth’s inner engine has driven the supercontinent cycles, and establish new concepts, tools, maps and global databases to assist the modelling of global changes and the discovery of new Earth resources.

The multinational project team will be led by Professor Zheng-Xiang Li from Curtin, together with Co-Leaders Professor David Evans (Yale University), Professor Shijie Zhong (University of Colorado), and Professor Bruce Eglington (University of Saskatchewan).

This demonstrates Curtin University’s outstanding international leadership in geosciences, and the exciting high impact research that we conduct here. This project follows the naming of Professor Li from the Department of Applied Geology as one of the only three Australian highly cited geoscience researchers appearing on Thomson Reuters’ Highly Cited Researchers 2014 list, and Curtin’s establishment of the Australia-China Joint Research Centre for Tectonics and Earth Resources with the Institute of Geology and Geophysics of the Chinese Academy of Sciences.

World’s Greatest Shave back at Curtin

Curtin has been assisting the Leukaemia Foundation since 2002 by holding an annual World’s Greatest Shave event on the Bentley Campus. In this time Curtin has raised a total of $290 000 for this great cause. This year the event will take place on 26 March in the Forecourt of Hayman Hall (building 102) between 11am and 2pm.

Our Curtin team hopes to raise $35,000 to assist families battling blood cancer and support research into leukaemias, lymphomas, myeloma and related blood disorders.

Members of our Curtin team this year include the Chief Financial Officer David Menarry, Student Guild President and Activities Vice President, Jason Giancono and Rami Tawil. It is fantastic to see staff and students coming together to support a very worthwhile cause.

The team would also like to acknowledge Ashley Williams and the staff from Fringe Benefits, the on-campus hair salon, who shave or colour the hair of volunteers.  They have supported this event from the very beginning.

You can register to shave or colour your hair online, and volunteers able to shake a collection tin in their staff area or around campus are asked to contact Maureen Meredith.

Curtin-Clontarf partnership

Students from Clontarf Aboriginal College were the first all-Indigenous team to compete in the Rowing WA All Schools State Championships, thanks to a partnership between the College, Curtin University Boat Club, Rowing WA and Curtin Stadium.

The rowing program, one of the first in Australia, aims to inspire the Clontarf students to consider education beyond high school and to provide them with exposure to university life and programs.  Curtin students and participating Clontarf students meet twice a week for rowing lessons and once a week in the classroom, where the Clontarf students are provided with academic tutoring.

The project is managed by Curtin’s Addressing Higher Educational Access Disadvantage (AHEAD) program. Senator Sue Lines recently attended a Row AHEAD session with the Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry.

Clontarf’s rowing team has already competed in a number of regattas, with 16 students competing in their first Rowing WA All Schools State Championships in 2014. The Row AHEAD team are hoping to take a larger contingent of students from Clontarf Aboriginal College to the 2015 Championships to be held on the 1 August at Champion Lakes Regatta Centre.

International Nowruz Day, 21 March

Nowruz marks the New Year and the beginning of spring across a vast geographical area covering, inter alia, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. It is celebrated on 21 March every year.

Nowruz promotes the values of peace and solidarity between generations and within families, as well as reconciliation and neighbourliness, thus contributing to cultural diversity and friendship among peoples and various communities.

(Source: http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/RL/00282)

You can hear Curtin’s Dr Ali Mozaffari being interviewed about Nowruz here.

 

 

 

 

 
 

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