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Note to staff

16 May 2016


For me, the highlights of last week were the Inaugural Annual Curtin Human Rights Lecture delivered by Professor Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission; the 20 year tribute Rob Riley Memorial Lecture, with a keynote address from Ben Wyatt, MLA (Member for Victoria Park; Shadow Minister for Aboriginal Affairs); and the Curtin Annual Sustainability Lecture delivered by Professor Aromar Revi, Director of the Indian Institute for Human Settlements.  All three events showcased Curtin at its very best – as an engaged, forward-looking and values-driven institution.  I congratulate all those involved in organising these very significant events.  (The Rob Riley lecture will be available to view online shortly.)

Professor Triggs received a standing ovation

Professor Triggs received a standing ovation


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Professor Triggs and staff of the Centre for Human Rights Education

One of the speakers at the event Darryl Kickett, joined Alan Carter, Tob's daughter Emma Riley and Jaxon Mallard at the Roby Riley Lecture

One of the speakers at the Rob Riley Lecture, Darryl Kickett, joined Alan Carter, Rob’s daughter Emma Riley and Jaxon Mallard at the event

On Saturday, the University’s profile in innovation was showcased with the launch of the State Government’s new $20 million innovation package (as announced in the State budget) at Curtin’s Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre.  At the media event, the Honourable Bill Marmion was named as the new Minister for Innovation, and Matt Taylor MLA as the Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation.

2016 OLT National Teaching Fellowship recipients

I am delighted to announce that two Curtin staff have been selected to receive a 2016 Office for Learning and Teaching National Teaching Fellowship:

Professor Dawn Bennett
National Senior Teaching Fellowship
Program Title: From theory to practice: Equipping and enabling Australia’s educators to embed employability across higher education

Associate Professor Lisa Tee
National Teaching Fellowship
Program Title: Making curriculum visible: Engaging students in learning outcomes and career relevance through a multi-dimensional, interactive map

The Fellowships will help Dawn and Lisa undertake strategic programs of activities around identified educational issues, to develop their knowledge of the broader higher education environment, and to practise and further develop their leadership skills.

I commend both Dawn and Lisa for this very significant achievement and look forward to hearing the outcomes which I am sure will impact very positively not only at Curtin but more broadly across the sector.

Successful ARC Linkage Grants

I am very pleased to announce Curtin’s recent success in the Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants, receiving $2 million in ARC research funding for six successful projects, plus industry contributions.

These projects will help to build Curtin’s knowledge and capacity towards becoming a more research intensive university and further demonstrate our industry focus. I congratulate all the successful candidates and partnering organisations.

The researchers and projects are listed below. The full results are listed on the ARC website:

Professor Damien Arrigan and Dr Francesco Busetti
Project Title: Sulfate sensor for reverse osmosis integrity and performance monitoring
Partnering Organisations: University of Sydney, Water Corporation and University of Murcia

Professor Kingsley Dixon
Project Title: The energetic basis to seed longevity and storage
Partnering Organisations: The University of Western Australia and Botanic Garden and Parks Authority.

Professor Xiangyu Wang, Professor Yong Hong Wu, Dr Jun Li, Dr Changzhi Wu and Professor Keith Hampson
Project Title: Bridge performance assessment through advanced sensing and modelling
Partnering Organisations: Huawai Technologies Co. Ltd, Main Roads Western Australia, Roads and Maritime Services, Aurecon Australasia Pty Ltd and Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne

Professor Michael Bunce, Professor Euan Harvey, Dr Michael Stat and Dr Joey DiBattist
Project Title: Environment DNA: integration of new methods to enhance marine management
Partnering Organisations: University of Copenhagen, Denmark, BMT Oceanica Pty Ltd and Fisheries Department of WA

Professor Jacques Eksteen and Dr Elsayed Oraby
Project Title: A benign alkaline process for scarce metal extraction and reagent recycle
Partnering Organisations: Newcrest Mining Ltd and Mining and Process Solutions Pty Ltd

Professor Vishnu Pareek, Professor Moses Tade and Dr Ranjeet Utikar
Project Title: Novel gas-liquid columns for liquefied natural gas (LNG) production
Partnering Organisations: Woodside Energy Ltd and the University of Newcastle

In addition, I congratulate the following researchers where Curtin is a partner in ARC Linkage Grants led by other institutions:

Professor Tanya Chikritzhs
Project Title: Evaluating late night alcohol restrictions in Queensland
Led by Deakin University

Associate Professor Kay O’Halloran
Project Title: Multiliteracies for addressing disadvantage in senior school science
Led by Australian Catholic University

Associate Professor Ben Mullins
Project Title: Establishing advanced networks for air quality sensing and analyses
Led by Queensland University of Technology

Professor Ba-Ngu Vo
Project Title: Crowd tracking and visual analytics for rapidly deployable imaging devices
Led by RMIT University

Professor Geoffrey West
Project Title: CONie: Open standards design for improved road network information exchange
Led by Swinburne University

Professor Shaobin Wang
Project Title: Manufacturing
High Value Carbon Products and Chemicals from Spent Tyres
Led by The University of Western Australia

Professor Kingsley Dixon
Project Title: Ecoengineering soil from mine tailings for native plant rehabilitation
Led by University of Queensland

Professor Kingsley Dixon
Project Title: Circumventing demographic processes that limit seagrass restoration
Led by The University of Western Australia

Professor Bill Collins
Project Title: Ore deposits and tectonic evolution of the Lachlan Orogen, SE Australia
Led by University of Tasmania

Dr Susan Slatyer recognised

Congratulations to Dr Susan Slatyer of Health Sciences who recently received the highest nursing accolade in Western Australia after being announced as Nurse/Midwife of the Year at the 2016 WA Nursing and Midwifery Excellence Awards. Susan is a Curtin graduate and has a joint appointment as a Research Fellow with the School of Nursing, Midwifery and Paramedicine and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Susan was recognised as a highly respected and skilled nurse researcher who is helping fellow nurses to better understand the important role research plays in improving patient care.

As well as being named Western Australia’s 2016 Nurse/Midwife of the Year, Dr Slatyer also took out the top honour in the Excellence in Research category in the awards.

Professor Phillip Della and Susan with her award.

Professor Phillip Della and Dr Slatyer at the award ceremony.

Curtin Law School students excel

It gives me great pleasure to advise that the mooting team from the Curtin Law School, coached by Associate Professor Vernon Nase, has won the Asia Pacific Regional Round of the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition in India. The event was hosted by the National Law School of Bangalore, India’s premier law school, and 26 teams from universities in China, Indonesia, India, Iran, Singapore, Nepal and Australia competed. The teams from India and Singapore have dominated the competition for the last 10 years.

Our student team of Ricardo Napper, Rachel O’Meara and Jocelyn Watts, with Rowan Stotesbury as Assistant Coach, prevailed over their opponents and are now Asia-Pacific Champions of the Lachs Moot. This is a major achievement for a law school that is not yet four years old, and for our students who prepared for this project with months of hard work. They will now compete in the World Finals to be conducted in Guadalajara, Mexico in September.

I congratulate Ricardo, Rachel, Jocelyn, Rowan and Vernon on this significant achievement.

Screening of The Hunting Ground

The Curtin Student Guild, in collaboration with the Office of Ethics, Equity and Social Justice, will be presenting a free screening of the film The Hunting Ground on Wednesday to promote discussion around issues of sexual assault and discrimination. The screening will be followed by a panel discussion led by members of the Curtin community, to raise awareness of the comprehensive support services offered by the University, in particular the Safer Community Team.

I encourage all staff to attend and join in the discussion about this important topic. More information about the screening is available here.

Online forum for Curtin’s new Strategic Plan

The online forum for the development of our new Strategic Plan will run from tomorrow until Wednesday 25 May.

This forum will allow all staff the opportunity to share their insights to inform the new Strategic Plan and I encourage you to participate.

Facilitated by senior staff in conjunction with the Office of Strategy and Planning, the online forum will run from 9am to 3pm each day. There will be two themes in focus per day; the remaining two days will have a student focus with students encouraged to participate on those days. A daily schedule will be made available on the Development of the new Strategic Plan blog.

In addition to the online forum, there are a number of face-to-face consultation sessions that will continue until early June. For more information and to view the outcomes of these sessions, please visit the new Strategic Plan blog. If you have any questions in the meantime, direct them to

Curtin Ball 2016

With more than 300 people attending, the 2016 Curtin Ball is already shaping up to be another successful night. The Ball will be held on 16 July at the Hyatt Regency Hotel Grand Ballroom and this year’s theme is ‘Through the Looking Glass – Alice in Wonderland’.

The Ball offers staff and their guests a chance to socialise outside of the usual work setting and is one of the highlights of the Curtin social calendar.

Staff tickets are subsidised by the University and are $110 each (guest tickets are $135 each) and include a three course meal, drinks, entertainment and a chance to win a variety of great prizes. I encourage you all to attend

All event details can be found here.

Significant dates

IDAHOT Day – International Day Against Homophobia and Transphobia  – will be celebrated on 17 May. It was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media to the discrimination, homophobia and transphobia which deny millions of people across the world their basic human dignity. The theme for 2016 is Mental Health and Well Being.

Vesak or Buddha Day, 21 May, commemorates the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha.

  1. Clare Rees May 16, 2016 4:32pm

    Huge congratulations to Sue, very well deserved!

  2. Gavin Leslie May 16, 2016 4:54pm

    Great outcome for Sue Slatyer, she epitomises the close relationship in research between SCGH and Curtin SoNMP.

  3. Nick Fisher May 17, 2016 10:04am

    I went to the Centre for Human Rights Education public lecture with Gillian Triggs – it was amazing. She is a truly inspiring leader, in stark contrast to our current electoral ‘choices’, and I cannot praise CHRE enough for putting on such an excellent event.

    Also, because it has to be said – those canapes were incredible.

  4. Pavel Franger May 17, 2016 1:19pm

    Congratulations Sue!

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