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Staff and students’ successes

Congratulations to our staff, students and alumni who have been awarded grants, acknowledged for teaching excellence and recognised for their contributions to scholarly work, literature and the broader community. 


Curtin alumni were recognised at the recent Alumni Achievement Awards.
Curtin alumni were recognised at the recent Alumni Achievement Awards.

Grant successes

Associate Professor Clare Rees, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has been awarded research funding from the Queensland Nursing Union to study resilience and workplace factors among employed nurses. Associate Professor Rees was awarded $60,000, 100 per cent to Curtin, from September 2016 to September 2017.

Dr Josh Ramsay, School of Biomedical Sciences, Professor Clive Ronson, Univeristy of Otago, New Zealand, and Professor Charles Bond, University of Western Australia, have been awarded a NZD$750,000 (AUD$715,000) project grant titled ‘Silencing unwanted expression in molecular circuits using naturally evolved solutions’ from the Marsden Fund, Royal Society of New Zealand. The grant will help fund critical molecular and structural biology experiments to be carried out by Curtin PhD student Drew Hall, who is co-supervised by Dr Ramsay and Professor Bond.

Associate Professor Gary Dykes, School of Public Health, and Dr Ranil Coorey, School of Public Health, have been awarded a $1.23 million grant from the Australian Meat Processors Corporation. The research conducted will focus on a range of topics in the red meat microbiology area related to public health and international market access.

Curtin researchers, including Dr Josh Ramsay, School of Biomedical Sciences, have been awarded $700,000 ARC LIEF funding in a bid led by the University of Western Australia. The grant will fund the purchase of equipment for Xray-crystallography and powder diffraction projects carried out at UWA, Curtin and Murdoch. The Xray-crystallography equipment will greatly expedite experiments to be carried out by PhD students Drew Hall and Karina Yui Eto, who are both co-supervised by Dr Josh Ramsay and Professor Charles Bond, University of Western Australia. Other Curtin researchers on this project include: Professor Craig Buckley, Office of the PVC Science and Engineering, Dr Matthew Rowles, School of Science, Professor Shaobin Wang, School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, and Professor San Ping Jiang, School of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering.

Associate Professor Rachael Moorin, School of Public Health, is part of a team that has been awarded a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grant of $1,216,389 for the project ‘Understanding health service system needs for people with intellectual disability’. The grant will be administered by the University of New South Wales from 2017 to 2020.

Awards

Professor Garry Allison, Office of Research and Development, was honoured with the Lifetime Achievement award at the 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences Research Awards.

Professor Peter O’Sullivan, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, was honoured with the Researcher of the Year award at the 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences Research Awards.

Associate Professor Richard Norman, School of Public Health, was honoured with the Early Career Researcher of the Year award at the 2016 Faculty of Health Sciences Research Awards.

Mrs Michelle Quail, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, has been awarded an Australian Award for University Teaching the Early Career Award. The National Physiotherapy Simulation Project team, led by Professor Tony Wright and Dr Penny Moss, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, has also been honoured with an Australian Award for University Teaching – the Award for Programs that Enhance Learning.

Professor Tony Wright and Dr Penny Moss, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, with their national teaching award.
Professor Tony Wright and Dr Penny Moss, School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science, with their national teaching award.
Mrs Michelle Quail, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, with her national teaching award.
Mrs Michelle Quail, School of Psychology and Speech Pathology, with her national teaching award.

Student successes

School of Pharmacy student, Isha Haridass, was honoured with a poster award at the recent Drug Delivery Australia conference for her poster ‘Space- and time-resolved investigation of diffusion properties and metabolic changes of human skin following macromolecule delivery by microprojection arrays’.

Michael Higham, third-year social work student in the School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, is a finalist in the WA Youth Worker of the Year. This award recognises a WA youth worker who has made an outstanding contribution to their local community in the youth service sector.

Alumni successes

Curtin alumna Sally Morgan has won a Prime Minister’s Literary Award for her book Sister Heart, published by Fremantle Press. Sally graduated from the Western Australian Institute of Technology with a Graduate Diploma in Psychology.

Three Faculty of Health Sciences graduates were honoured at the recent 2016 Alumni Achievement Awards. Ms Freda Jacob, Graduate Diploma Health Sciences, was given the Lifetime Achievement Award, Mr Noel Fosbery, Bachelor of Pharmacy, was awarded the Professional Achievement Award and Mr Nicholas Maisey, Bachelor of Science, Occupational Therapy, was awarded the Young Alumnus Award.