Staff and student news and successes
We have many achievements to celebrate this month. Congratulations to all our staff and students on their recent successes, nominations, awards, acknowledgements and service to the University.
Dr Evelyn Deplazes, School of Biomedical Sciences, won the New Investigator Award at the Combined Biological Sciences Meeting held at UWA on 26 August 2016. The title of Dr Deplazes’ presentation was ‘Phospholipid Binding Activity of the Spider Venom Peptides ProTx-I and ProTx-II and its Relevance to the Inhibition of the Analgesic Target NaV1.7’.
Professor Nikos Ntoumanis, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has won Curtin’s 2016 John de Later Award for Research Leadership last week. This significant award comes with a prize of $10,000.
Mrs Amanda Robinson, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, Mrs Penny Kelly, School of Public Health, and the Teaching Support Team, in the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, have all received nominations for the Vice-Chancellor’s Excellence in Service Awards.
Dr Cleo Protogerou, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has been awarded a Social Science Meta-Analysis and Research Transparency (SSMART) grant of $30,000 by the University of Berkeley, California, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The grant will support the development of an integrated theory to explain and predict young peoples’ condom use in Sub-Saharan Africa. Dr Protogerou’s co-investigators are Professor Martin Hagger, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, and Professor Blair T. Johnson, University of Connecticut. Further information about the project can be found here.
Associate Professor Peter McEvoy’s, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, Explainer article – What is behavioural activation for depression? – attracted 22,379 reads on The Conversation. This made him the highest health sciences contributor, and the second highest overall contributor to the popular online site. The article also resulted in an interview with 2SERFM (Sydney).
Dr Nicole Lee’s, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor Health Science, article on whether addiction is a disease came third overall on The Conversation with 15,349 reads. It also attracted additional coverage from DailyMe and viw.com.au.
Years of service
Associate Professor Deborah Kerr, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Technology, 20 years tenure.
Associate Professor Vicky Solah, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Technology, 20 years tenure.
Ms Toni Hannelly, Lecturer, School of Public Health, 20 years tenure.
Ms Nerissa Ho, Laboratory Manager, School of Public Health, 40 years tenure.
Felipe Krupelis, PhD student, School of Biomedical Sciences, supervised by Professor Philip Newsholme, School of Biomedical Sciences, won second prize at a three minute thesis (3MT®) competition, held in building 213 at Curtin on 23 August. The competition was organised by Tania Lerch, Office of Research and Development. Felipe was awarded $1000 in prize money, in the form of a research grant, for his talk, ‘Neutrophil Extracellular Traps: our cells going fishing’. He competed in two heats before being selected for the final.
Lelinh Duong, honours student, School of Biomedical Sciences, Chee-Wai Wong, graduate student, School of Biomedical Sciences, and Omar El Askalani, graduate student, School of Biomedical Sciences, won poster prizes at the Combined Biological Sciences Meeting held at UWA on 26 August 2016.
Third year psychology students, Nirali Maru and Chloe Weir, have been awarded Honorable Mentions in this year’s Undergraduate Statistics Project Competition. The competition is sponsored by the Consortium for the Advancement of Undergraduate Statistics Education (CAUSE), and the American Statistical Association, and attracts many hundreds of entries each year from all over the world. Nirali and Chloe’s winning papers were based on one of their second year assignments, originally submitted in Psychological Science Experimental Methods. Nirali’s paper was entitled ‘Physically Attractive Individuals Are Perceived as ‘Good’ Through The Study of Socially Desirable Characteristics’ and Chloe’s paper was entitled ‘What is Beautiful is Good…Online: Physical Attractiveness, Social Interactions and Perceived Social Desirability on Facebook’. Peter Allen, Lecturer, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, supported the students’ projects.
Second year Occupational Therapy student, Andrew Hare, raised more than $20,000 for Variety WA when he participated with three friends in the Variety Bash.
Faculty of Health Sciences’ student, Hannah Salm, has recently been awarded a prestigious scholarship to attend a fully paid study tour to Mitsui University in Japan in November 2016.