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Staff and student successes

Congratulations to all our talented staff and students on their recent successes.


Staff and student successes.
Staff and student successes.

Staff successes

Curtinnovation Awards

The Curtinnovation Awards celebrate the University’s efforts to turn research outcomes into successful new products and services. A project which offers a potential new treatment for diabetes won the Health Sciences category.

Project: Extraction of anti-diabetic from lupins

Team: Dr Ranjeet Utikar, Associate Professor Stuart Johnson, Professor Philip Newsholme, Sharmilee Mane, Mrunmai Tapadia, Professor Vishnu Pareek, Dr Rodrigo Carlessi

Description: Australian sweet lupins, which are grown in WA, have long been recognised as a food with health benefits. Chemical engineers at Curtin University have developed a new extraction process for producing high purity gamma-conglutin, a naturally occurring protein derived from lupins that has been shown to be effective in lowering blood glucose. This finding has potential as a nutraceutical or food supplement for diabetics or managing ‘pre-diabetes’.

Congratulations to everyone involved in the project. A video about the project can be seen here, and a full list of award winners can be seen here.

Congratulations to the project team.
Congratulations to the project team.

Curtin Autism Research Group Open Day

Curtin’s annual Autism Open Day saw leading researchers from the Curtin Autism Research Group come together with the Telethon Kids Institute to present their latest work to the local community. The theme this year was ‘The School Years’ and the program highlighted pathway planning for school leavers with autism, social skills training for teenagers with autism, and the work of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance based at Curtin.

Among the speakers were Tanya Picen and her son Liam, who has autism.  The event was attended by more than 400 members of the community and was an excellent showcase of the autism research being undertaken across WA. This year, for the first time, the Curtin Autism Research Group held a very successful research open day for those living with autism in Kalgoorlie.  The event took place on Sunday 1 October 2017 at the Curtin WA School of Mines.


Australasian Simulation Congress

At the Australasian Simulation Congress held in Sydney recently, a paper involving Curtin won the award for the overall best paper at the conference. The paper was titled: ‘The Inception Sim: Findings from a Live and Immersive Multilayered Simulation on Creating a Safety Container’ and authors were members of the Human Dimensions Committee of Simulation Australasia.  Leading co-authors were Anjum Naweed and Di Dennis (from the School of Physiotherapy and Exercise Science) and other authors were Teresa Crea, Ben Krynski, Marc Lyons, Kevin Heveldt, Cameron Knott and Anna Maria Carrera.


Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance

On Wednesday 27 September, the Governor of Western Australia, Her Excellency the Honourable Kerry Sanderson AC, received members of the Autism Academy for Software Quality Assurance (AASQA) including Mr Jim Ellis, Advisory Board Chair, Dr Tele Tan, Founder and Director, Dr Marita Falkmer, Deputy Director, and Professor Lyn Beazley, AO, Ambassador, AASQA.

The Governor of Western Australia with AASQA members.
The Governor of Western Australia with AASQA members.

Publishing awards

Mrs Amanda Lambros, School of Occupational Therapy and Social Work, has won two awards for a textbook she co-authored, Understanding Research Methods for Evidence-based Practice in Health (1st edition).

Mrs Lambros, and her co-authors, won the following awards:

Tertiary & Vocational Education – Outstanding Digital Resource

September 2017 – Educational Publishing Awards Australia

Tertiary (Adaptations) Teaching and Learning Resource

September 2017  – Educational Publishing Awards Australia


Student successes

Three Minute Thesis Competition

The Curtin final of the Three Minute Thesis Competition was held during Research and Innovation Week. Congratulations to the winner, Becky White, from the School of Public Health, for her presentation ‘Milk Man: A breastfeeding app for Dads’.  Also impressing the judges with their presentations were joint runners-up, Charlene Shoneye with her topic ‘Dietitian in your pocket’ and Glenn Cardwell with ‘Mushrooms D-light Consumers’. Both Charlene and Glenn are also from the School of Public Health. Becky will go on to represent Curtin at the Asia-Pacific Final at The University of Queensland on 29 September.

The winners of the Three Minute Thesis Competition.
The winners of the Three Minute Thesis Competition.