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Curtin University
Vice-Chancellor
Note to staff

3 November 2016

 
 

Australian Research Council grants

Curtin was successful in the recent Australian Research Council (ARC) grants, receiving $6.8 million in funding. This includes 12 ARC Discovery Projects, two ARC Discovery Early Career Research Awards (DECRA), and one ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) grant.

Warm congratulations to all of the successful applicants for ARC funding. I also acknowledge and congratulate Curtin researchers involved in successful grants in collaboration with lead researchers from other institutions.

The Curtin-led projects and projects are listed below, and the full results can be accessed on the ARC website.

ARC Future Fellowships (for funding commencing in 2016)

Dr Mark Paskevicius – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title: Metal Boranes as Energy Materials

ARC Discovery Proposals (for funding commencing in 2017)

Associate Professor Gretchen Benedix  – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title: Decoding the chronology of Mars

Professor Phil Bland – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title: Exploring Solar System Origins with the Desert Fireball Network

A/Professor Ba Tuong Vo – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title: Signal Separation and Tracking for Augmented Hearables and Wearables

Professor Shaobin Wang – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title: Integrated photo and thermal catalysis for economic CO2 conversion to fuels

Professor Hongwei Wu – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title:  Oxy-cofiring of Bioslurry and Coal for Carbon-negative Power Generation

Dr Katie Ellis – Faculty of Humanities
Project Title: Navigating urban spaces

Professor Michael Keane – Faculty of Humanities
Project Title: Digital China: from cultural presence to innovative nation

Professor Xiangyu Wang – Faculty of Humanities
Project Title: A Multi-Agent System for Stakeholder Management in Off-Site Construction

Professor Xiangyu Wang – Faculty of Humanities
Project Title: Automatic Construction Monitoring through Semantic Information Modelling

Professor Suzanne Fraser – Faculty of Health Sciences
Project Title: Understanding performance and image enhancing drug injecting in Australia

Professor Suzanne Fraser – Faculty of Health Sciences
Project Title: Understanding the impediments to uptake and diffusion of take-home naloxone

A/Professor Siobhan Austen – Curtin Business School
Project Title: Inside the black box: Intra-household resource allocations of older couples

ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Proposals (for funding commencing in 2017)

Dr Lei Cui – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Project Title: A Geometric Approach to In-Hand Manipulation with Rolling Contact

Dr Peng Wu – Faculty of Humanities
Project Title: Life cycle assessment of greenhouse gas emissions for road infrastructure

ARC Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LIEF) Proposals (for funding commencing in 2017)

Curtin University: Professor Phil Bland  – Faculty of Science & Engineering
Other Organisations: Hassan II University of Casablanca;  Imperial College London;  Macquarie University;  Monash University;  NASA Ames Research Center;  SETI Institute;  The Australian National University; University of Alberta, Canada;  University of Arizona, USA;  University of Southern Queensland;  University of Western Ontario
Project Title: A Global Fireball Observatory

King and Queen of The Netherlands visit Curtin

On Tuesday we were honoured that Their Majesties King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands visited Curtin as part of their busy State visit to Australia. The royal couple came to Curtin to hear about the role the University and our Dutch and other international partners play in the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) radio telescope project.

Given the strong links between Australian and Dutch radio astronomy communities, the visit was an opportunity for Curtin to showcase the work we are doing with our Dutch partners on the SKA project, and also to demonstrate the capabilities of the HIVE to create virtual reality simulations.

The visit coincides with the 400th anniversary of the landing of Dutch skipper Dirk Hartog on what is now known as Dirk Hartog Island, which is also the theme of the John Curtin Gallery’s latest exhibition Invisible Genres. Read more about the visit here.

Royal couple

King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima of The Netherlands during their visit to Curtin

EA negotiations

At this week’s bargaining meeting, Curtin tabled its salary offer for the next three years.  You can read more about this at the EA website.

 
 
  1. Marnie Kennedy November 3, 2016 11:52am

    Congratulations Katie Ellis!

  2. Paul Davey November 3, 2016 11:53am

    1% After 18 months? Curtin clearly doesn’t value its staff.

    • Ian Jackson November 4, 2016 8:27pm

      Thank you for your comment Paul, Just to clarify: you will earn 2% more in 2017 (in addition to any level increments) than you have this year as a consequence of the 4% pay increase in mid-2016. As you will be aware, this recent increase of 4% is in excess of the pay rises being seen across other sectors in WA.

      • Paul Davey November 7, 2016 12:01pm

        Ian, that kind of tricky reasoning has never been used to justify pay increases. We expect annual annual pay rises to keep our wages above inflation. This isn’t going to happen with your proposal. With your reasoning, you could say I will earn 2% more in the year 2030 than I did last year – a lot of good that would do me. Please keep your arguments honest and accurate.

  3. Siobhan Austen November 3, 2016 3:28pm

    The congratulations for my project belong to all the wonderful CIs: Therese Jefferson, Helen Hodgson, Astghik Mavisakalyan and Ross Taplin

  4. Irene Cotte November 8, 2016 11:43am

    I think all my pay increases this year & next will all go on increased parking costs!

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