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Note to staff

27 March 2017


New John Curtin Distinguished Professors appointed

The title of John Curtin Distinguished Professor is the highest honour Curtin University awards its academic staff. It recognises the sustained contributions our leading academics make to the University and to the wider community. The title was introduced in 2005 and has since been awarded to 36 exceptional staff members. Last week we celebrated the inclusion of six new leading academics to this esteemed group, as well as the reappointment of two previous JCDPs:

  • Professor Adrian Baddeley from Science & Engineering
  • Professor San Ping Jiang from Science & Engineering
  • Professor Pete Kinny from Science & Engineering
  • Professor Andrew Putnis from Science & Engineering
  • Professor Nikos Ntoumanis from Health Sciences
  • Professor Suvendrini Perera from Humanities
  • Professor Anna Haebich from Humanities (reappointed)
  • Professor Moses Tade from Science & Engineering (reappointed)

Also invited to the dinner were our Emeritus Professors and staff who are Fellows of the Australian Learned Academies. It was a wonderful way to update and reconnect with our Emeritus Professors – including two of our former VCs (Emeritus Professors Lance Twomey and John Maloney) – and to acknowledge our new JCDPs.

You can view videos of the newly appointed Professors here.

The newly appointed John Curtin Distinguished Professors (L-R): Professor San Ping Jiang, Professor Pete Kinny, Chancellor Colin Beckett and myself, Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, Professor Suvendrini Perera and Professor Andrew Putnis. Professor Adrian Baddeley was unable to attend.

The newly appointed John Curtin Distinguished Professors (L-R): Professor San Ping Jiang, Professor Pete Kinny, Chancellor Colin Beckett and myself, Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, Professor Suvendrini Perera and Professor Andrew Putnis. Professor Adrian Baddeley was unable to attend.

Your Voice survey is now open

Starting today and running until 12 April, the Your Voice survey will be open to all staff. You will receive an email from Voice Project today inviting you to take part. All staff who take part will go in the draw to win some fantastic prizes donated by some of our staff benefits partners.

This year all academic, professional and general staff will be invited to complete a survey comprising 76 questions which should take no more than 20 minutes to complete. All sessional academic staff will receive an invitation to complete the Your Voice Sessional Staff Survey comprising 46 questions which should take no more than 15 minutes to complete.

I encourage all staff to take the time to provide feedback. If you do not receive the email invitation by the end of the day, please contact Jane Bushby (extension 4589).

For more information about the survey, please visit the Your Voice website.

Appointment of Dr Claus Otto

I am pleased to advise that Dr Claus Otto has been appointed to lead our activities in oil and gas technology as the Director of the Curtin Oil & Gas Innovation Centre which is now being formally constituted. Dr Otto will be responsible for establishing the new Centre, to be based at Curtin’s Bentley campus, and will provide its strategic and operational leadership.

The Centre will support the Curtin-Aberdeen Global Energy Institute in its mission to create a critical mass of world-leading research. The Centre will respond to industry’s needs for technologies and business practices that can improve productivity, increase safety and reduce costs. The Centre will deliver solutions that will enhance Western Australia’s economic competitiveness and regional energy security at the same time as helping to enable the transition to a lower emissions energy future.

Previously a consultant to CSIRO Australia and Technology Manager at Shell Australia, Dr Otto has an Master of Science in applied geology and a PhD in hydrogeology. I wish him well in his new role and look forward to seeing significant output from the Centre in the near future.

Indigenous Pre-medicine and Health Sciences enabling course

Last Wednesday a meet and greet barbeque was held for students beginning our new Indigenous Pre-medicine and Health Sciences enabling course. Eighteen students are enrolled for the new course and were able to attend and learn more about their options to pursue pathways in health sciences and medicine. I wish all of these students the best of luck in their studies.

Update on the UniForum National Benchmarking

Thank you to everyone involved in completion of the first two surveys relating to the Supplier and Professional Staff collections.

The UniForum National Benchmarking is nearing completion and the final collection for academic staff in formal administration roles will be released on Monday 27 March.  Nominated respondents will be sent further information in due course.

If you have any questions or require assistance in completing the survey, please contact Jonathan Khan via email or on +61 8 9266 2444.

Curtin student selected for NASA internship

Congratulations to Curtin PhD student Nicole Nevill who has been selected for a three-month internship at NASA. Nicole will be conducting a research project under two NASA supervisors and will be positioned at the Johnson Space Centre in Houston. In addition to this Nicole has also won the VSSEC-NASA Space prize for the Top Planetary Science Honours (Geology category) in Australia.

Nicole is an alumni of the Sir Charles Court Young Leadership Program (2010) and the John Curtin Leadership Academy (2015). She is currently completing her PhD on geochemical and microstructural analysis of interstellar dust, protosolar and early protoplanetary grains.

Further details on the NASA program can be found here.

International anti-street harassment week

April 2-8 is international anti-street harassment week. This initiative aims to collectively raise awareness about street harassment and make streets safer across the globe. More information on this initiative can be found here.



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