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Note to staff

1 August 2016


I’d like to thank and congratulate all staff for their commitment and contribution to Open Day yesterday.  This is our biggest recruitment event of the year and once again it was a great success with over 23 000 visitors enjoying the huge range of activities around campus.  To attract such large numbers to campus on a cold and blustery day is a real achievement, and a great tribute to all involved.

It was wonderful to see how our staff welcomed our guests and future students professionally and with a great deal of warmth, and the feedback from people I spoke to throughout the day was extremely positive.

Thank you again to everyone who was involved in this showcase event for Curtin. I look forward to hearing about the wonderful stories and feedback at the Open Day breakfast on Wednesday.

Our new Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research, Professor Chris Moran, and Pro Vice-Chancellor Humanities, Professor Alan Dench, take up their positions today.  I look forward to the contribution they will make to the University and I am sure you will join me in welcoming them to Curtin.

Curtin in the running for two Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

I am proud to announce that two Curtin projects are finalists for the 2016 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, which reward excellence in the fields of research and innovation, leadership, science communication and school science.

Curtin’s Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) international collaboration is a finalist for the Scopus Eureka Prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration. The MWA is a low frequency radio telescope built and operated by an international consortium of universities and research institutions.

Curtin’s citizen science outreach program Fireballs in the Sky has earned its second acknowledgement this week, as a finalist for the 2016 Department of Industry, Innovation and Science Eureka Prize for Innovation in Citizen Science.

Fireballs in the Sky is an innovative program that educates the public about fireball and meteorite science and invites people to report sightings via a user-friendly app.

This is an outstanding demonstration of Curtin’s research and contribution to space and planetary science. Well done to everyone involved in these exciting projects.

Winners will be announced on 31 August. For more information on the Eureka Prizes, please see the Australian Museum website.

2016 Premier’s Science Awards finalists

I am also very pleased to announce that Curtin University has five finalists in the 2016 Premier’s Science Awards.

This year’s finalists for Scientist of the Year include Curtin researchers Professor Zheng-Xiang Li of Curtin’s WA School of Mines, and Professor Kingsley Dixon of the Department of Environment and Agriculture.

The Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year finalists include Dr Kaiming Bi and Dr Jun Li, both from the School of Civil and Mechanical Engineering. Lastly, but certainly not least, Fireballs in the Sky has been shortlisted for the Chevron Engagement Initiative of the Year.

This is an outstanding representation from Curtin and I wish each of the finalists the very best of luck. The winners will be announced at the 2016 Premier’s Science Awards Presentation Ceremony on 18 August.

You can find more information on the finalists and projects here.

China Australia Writing Centre publishes short story collection

Three Curtin staff members have had their work featured in the China Australia Writing Centre’s (CAWC) inaugural publication.

The prestigious Chinese journal features 15 short stories from Australian writers including Dr Deborah Hunn, Dr David Whish-Wilson and Professor Kim Scott from the School of Media, Culture and Creative Arts.

The CAWC is a research and creative partnership between Curtin and Fudan University in Shanghai. It is great to see the partnership enabling Australian writers to showcase their work internationally, some of whom are already well known in China. Well done to our Curtin staff members.




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