Congratulations to all our talented staff members on their recent successes.
Professor Tanya Chikritzhs has won an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grant for her project ‘Evaluating late night alcohol restrictions in Queensland’, which is led by Deakin University. Tanya Chikritzhs, PhD, is Professor at Curtin and leads the Alcohol Policy Research team at the National Drug Research Institute. Her interests include the epidemiology of alcohol use as it relates to disease and injury, monitoring, prevention, policy impact evaluation and translating research into policy.
Professor Chikritzhs and Mr William Gilmore, Research Fellow, Office of the Pro Vice Chancellor, recently teamed up with international colleagues on the review paper Alcohol: taking a population perspective which has been published in the high-ranking journal, Nature Reviews Gastroenterology and Hepatology.
Dr Nina Tirnitz-Parker was recently profiled in The West Australian’s health + MEDICINE section in a special Science on the Swan feature, which focused on ‘the State’s brightest researchers and the groundbreaking work they are doing’.
Dr Tirnitz-Parker is a Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader at the Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute and an Adjunct Fellow at the University of Western Australia. Her laboratory undertakes NHMRC-funded research on the role of liver progenitor cells during chronic liver disease, regeneration and carcinogenesis, with particular interest in the cellular crosstalk that underlies these processes.
Associate Professor Lisa Tee has been awarded a National Teaching Fellowship for her program, ‘Making curriculum visible: Engaging students in learning outcomes and career relevance through a multi-dimensional, interactive map’.
Associate Professor Tee has been at Curtin since 2007, and has taught for more than twenty-five years across four of the five universities in Western Australia. The fellowship aims to generate a national conversation about the need to provide more student centred way to present ‘visible’ curricula to enhance students’ learning and engagement with their program of study.
The Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) has been nominated for an INCITE award in the Most Impactful Social Benefit category. The INCITE Awards showcases ICT innovation and excellence across ten awards, and the Most Impactful Social Benefit Category ‘recognises an outstanding ICT solution created in WA that best increases the welfare of a society that is derived from a particular course of action’.
The AASQA was officially launched on Wednesday 6 April 2016 at the Cisco Internet of Everything Innovation Centre, where it is currently located as a guest tenant. The inaugural Director of the AASQA is Professor Torbjorn Falkmer, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, and the Deputy Director is Associate Professor Tele Tan, Department of Mechanical Engineering.
Winners and Merit recipients will be chosen from the finalists, and they will represent Western Australia in the National iAwards, held in Melbourne in September 2016.
Ms Quail’s Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Award follows her Health Sciences Teaching award in 2014, both in the Early Career category. She has been at Curtin for four years, and leads the clinical component of the speech pathology program and coordinates the Master of Speech Pathology course.
Dr Trevor Mazzucchelli and the Physiotherapy National Simulation Project, led by Professor Tony Wright, and the Physiotherapy Gerontology Team, led by Ms Anne Furness, also won Excellence and Innovation in Teaching Awards.
Associate Professor Ben Mullins has won an ARC Linkage Grant for his project ‘Establishing advanced networks for air quality sensing and analyses’, which is led by Queensland University of Technology.