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Note to staff

20 February 2017


This week, we will be welcoming new and returning students to all of our campuses – always a very exciting time of the year (see below). We’re also about to go into the last week of graduations. Many thanks to the Graduations Team for their tremendous work on the graduations over the past two weeks and thank you to all the academics who have attended ceremonies – graduates really appreciate seeing their supervisors and lecturers on the stage.

As noted last week, the Call for Submissions for the Review of Faculty Structures has been made available to all staff. I appreciate the fact that a number of town hall style meetings and other discussions are being held to discuss responses to the paper.  Either the Provost and myself are happy to attend these events if that would be helpful.  As indicated in the paper, the Review is being undertaken to ensure that our academic structures are appropriately configured in light of the new Strategic Plan. It is a genuine consultation – no outcomes have been pre-determined and the Review is not being undertaken for budgetary reasons.

Our 50 Years of Innovation celebrations are also in the final stages of planning, with timelines currently being installed on all campuses. I encourage you all to attend the major staff event at Bentley on March 10. At this event the focus will be on the huge contribution that our staff have made to the success that Curtin is today – staff from Kalgoorlie, Sarawak and Singapore will be participating via videolink.

New WASM Deputy Director

I am pleased to advise that Associate Professor Chris Clark, Head of Department for Applied Geology, has been appointed Deputy Director of Curtin’s WA School of Mines for 2017. Associate Professor Clark will be based at our Bentley Campus and provide support to Director Professor Sam Spearing who will remain based at the Kalgoorlie Campus. I am sure Associate Professor Clark will make a great contribution in his new role.

Orientation Week

As noted above, the University is welcoming new and current students to all of our campuses this week. Activities commenced this morning with an Official Welcome under the pines in Henderson Village that was beamed into the other campuses.

Along with academic and extracurricular sessions designed to assist students new to university study, there will be a range of community building activities including entertainment, interactive stalls and social events. If you encounter a student with a question you can’t answer during O-Week, please direct them to ‘The Cabin’ outside Buildings 101 and 102 where support staff and Orientation volunteers can assist.

For more information, please visit the Orientation website.

HMAS Sydney film wins international 3D film-making award

A film featuring underwater images of two historic shipwrecks has won the Best-of-Show Live Action Category at the 28th annual Stereoscopic Displays and Applications conference in San Francisco.

From Great Depths 3D was produced by the Western Australian Museum and uses innovative 3D techniques developed by Curtin to illustrate the 1941 dusk encounter between HMAS Sydney (II) and the German raider Kormoran. It is fantastic to see an important Australian-focused story, and the local innovation behind it, receiving international recognition.

Malaysia field trips for School of Built Environment students

More than 90 Curtin students from the School of Built Environment visited Sarawak in January and February as part of two field trips relating to their studies in architecture and eco-tourism.

The tours, two of many planned, are part of a broader commitment to increase student mobility opportunities for students across Curtin’s campuses. You read more about the field trips here.

Students and academics take in the sights atop Miri’s scenic Canada Hill overlooking the city centre.

Students and academics take in the sights atop Miri’s scenic Canada Hill overlooking the city centre.

Asia Pacific Imperial Barrel Award

A team of Curtin honours and masters students has won the Asia Pacific heat of the American Association of Petroleum Geologist’s (AAPG) Imperial Barrel Award (IBA) competition. The IBA is an annual competition for geoscience graduate students from universities around the world, simulating the exploration work undertaken by geologists and geophysicists in the oil industry. The team, comprising Elena Alganaeva, Jiaoying Bi, Kirk Gilleran, Mike Maher and Jerome Paz, will now represent the Asia Pacific region in the international finals of the competition which will be held during the Annual Conference of the AAPG in Houston in April.

This achievement is a great credit to the team, the Department of Applied Geology and Curtin’s reputation for Petroleum Geoscience. This is the second time Curtin has won the Asia-Pacific competition in four years of competing (on the other two occasions, we received honourable mentions). Congratulations and best of luck to the team.

The winning IBA competition team. Back row: Jerome Paz, Jiaoying Bi, Mike Maher, and front row: Kirk Gilleran, Elena Alganaeva

The winning IBA competition team. Back row: Jerome Paz, Jiaoying Bi, Mike Maher, and front row: Kirk Gilleran, Elena Alganaeva

Psychology Students placed in International Competition

Congratulations to Alexandra Staniland, Charlene Martin and Alicia Drew, who are third year psychology students, on achieving joint third place in this year’s Undergraduate Statistics Class Project competition. The competition is sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education CAUSE and the American Statistical Association, and attracts entries from students at universities all over the world.

In addition to a cash prize, the students have an opportunity to present at the annual CAUSE Conference and their projects will be featured on the CAUSE web site and announced in the Amstat News journal published by the American Statistical Association.

  1. 237692e February 20, 2017 4:27pm

    Congratulations to everyone who worked on the From Great depths 3D film and also the VOC Descendants exhibition. I was in Geraldton this weekend to see the exhibition and also caught up with the film as well. My trip was a direct result of the talk given at the John Curtin Gallery last year about the VOC descendants.

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