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PVC message, June/July 2017

I’m always struck by the breadth of the research we conduct in the Faculty of Health Sciences. In this issue, we have research stories about cosmetic surgery, the surprising deficiency of vitamin D in much of the population, asbestos apps and social anxiety to name a few. We also have some fantastic profiles of our talented researchers, Dr Peta Dzidic and Dr Mark Agostino, both of whom are doing fascinating work in their respective areas.

I extend my congratulations to Professor Michael Alpers, Office of Research and Development, who has has been awarded the title  of Emeritus Professor and Professor Charles Watson, Office of Research and Development, who has been awarded the title of John Curtin Distinguished Emeritus Professor. I also congratulate Professor Steve Allsop, National Drug Research Institute, who has been inducted into the National Honour Roll as part of the 2017 Alcohol and Drug Excellence and Innovation Awards, and  Dr Mark Agostino, who was awarded Best Presentation by a Post-doctoral Fellow or Clinician at the Western Australian branch of the Australian Society for Medical Research’s annual research symposium.

Congratulations to the staff and team of students from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science who, once again, supported the participants in the Cancer Council’s recent Relay for Life by offering massages throughout the event. It’s a great opportunity for our students to get some experience working with clients and to contribute to a very worthwhile cause.

The University’s annual Open Day is fast approaching. Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to work on the day, which is always well attended by the public – rain, hail or shine. As many of us will remember, we didn’t have much sunshine at last year’s Open Day, however the University still enjoyed record attendance, which is testament to the quality of our courses and the unique Curtin campus experience we offer. The Marketing team, and the faculty’s new Marketing Manager, Ben Williams, are hard at work on Open Day preparations, as are many of our colleagues in our schools. You can learn more about Ben in this issue’s staff profile.

Michael Berndt

Pro Vice-Chancellor