The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article will be published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.
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November 2016 awards and achievements:
Name: Jenny Gregory AM, Richard Read, Peter Handford, Robert Grove, Paul Norman, Brenda Walker, James Trevelyan, George Yeoh, Cheryl Praeger, Paul Wright, Hans Lambers, Geoffrey Stewart, Frank Christiansen
Achievement: Awarded title of Emeritus Professor A group of UWA Professors were lauded as Emeritus Professors at the annual Academic Board Dinner held in late November. The title of Emeritus Professor is a prestigious award that enables the University to acknowledge professors who have provided meritorious and longstanding service to the University.
Name: Caine Chennatt
Achievement: Churchill Fellowship Manager of Audience Development, Caine Chennatt, from the UWA Cultural Precinct, has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate inclusion and access programs for people with disabilities to engage with the arts across South Korea, Japan and the USA.
Name: Ashley Smith, Louise Devenish, Kaylie Melville
Achievement: ABC Classic FM’s 40 under 40 Ashley Smith (clarinet) and Louise Devenish (percussion) from The UWA School of Music were nominated for the national 40 under 40, announced by ABC Classic FM. The 40 under 40 is a project that shines the spotlight on talented Australian performers. UWA alumna Kaylie Melville was also nominated.
Name: John Kinder
Achievement: Election to the Italian L’Accademia della Crusca UWA Fellow John Kinder, Chair of European Languages and Studies, was elected as a Corresponding Member to Italy's L’Accademia della Crusca. This is the first time that a scholar from Australia has been elected to the Academy, the oldest language academy in the world.
Name: The University Club of Western Australia
Achievement: Best Venue Caterer The University of Western Australia Club received the Catering Institutes of Australia (Gold Plate) Prix D’Honneur award, for having been voted the Best Venue Caterer for three years in succession.
Name: Lachlan Hunt, James Walker and Andrew Mavety
Achievement: Undergraduate finalists in the Big Idea Social Enterprise Competition Lachlan Hunt, James Walker and Andrew Mavety, students of the Centre for Social Impact UWA, made it to the finals of the national Big Idea Social Enterprise Competition for their project, The Community Umpiring Agency. The Agency trains disadvantaged youths in AFL 9’s umpiring with a goal to encourage positive social interaction between disadvantaged youths and the wider community through sport. The team represented the only non-Victorian team in the undergraduate final.
Name: Dr Olivier Van Aken
Achievement: 2016 Western Australia Tall Poppy Award The prestigious Young Tall Poppy Science Award recognises Dr Van Aken’s work at the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology at UWA. His research focus is on plant responses to environmental stress.
Name: Dr Nicolas Taylor
Achievement: Australia Japan Emerging Research Leaders Exchange Program Dr Nicolas Taylor, an emerging leader in Australian plant research, will visit a number of prominent Japanese research institutions to foster linkages and collaborative research activities.
Name: Fernando Jerez and Belen Perez de Juan
Achievement: Science Island International Design Contest Winner UWA architecture staff Fernando Jerez and Belen Perez de Juan (SMAR Architecture Studio) together with ALVA students (Xinyi Wang, Kristen de Gregorio, Amber Martin, Bradley Millis, Aine Dowlling, Josh Cobb-Diamond and Julia Kaptien) have won first prize in the international competition to design the National Science and Innovation Centre ‘Science Island’ in Kaunas, Lithuania. The team is currently negotiating with the Kaunas City Municipality for the construction of the project.
Name: Professor Cheryl Praeger and Associate Professor Michael Giudici
Achievement: Awarded an Euler Medal (carrier award) and a Hall Medal (named for Marshall Hall Jr - a mid-career award) by the Institute for Combinatorics and Applications.
Name: Professor David Sampson
Achievement: Elected as Director of the SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics. He is the first Australian to be afforded this honour.
Name: Carl Michael Pantos-Conquilla
Achievement: Selected for the Start-up Catalyst 2016 Youth Mission to Silicon Valley
Congratulations to the many achievements of staff and students in November.
David Stacey (UWA Media and PR Manager) (+61 8) 6488 3229 / (+61 4) 32 637 716