December 2018

Melissa Brown

Dear Colleagues,

As we celebrate the success of our students at graduation, admire the spectacular poinciana trees and look forward to summer holidays, we know we are nearing the end of the year! In this newsletter, I am delighted to congratulate staff who have been successful in ARC and NHMRC fellowships and grants, and in the academic promotion process, bid farewell to our research infrastructure centres, and thank you all for everything you do to make the Faculty and the University a fantastic place to work. I wish you all a happy festive season.

The Faculty of Science did very well indeed in the recently announced nationally competitive grant schemes. In addition to the previously announced success in ARC Laureate and ARC Future Fellowships, we have attracted funding to support nine ARC DECRA fellowships, 22 ARC Discovery projects, one ARC LIEF equipment grant and at least 12 NHMRC projects (embargo still pending). We have also been awarded eight ARC Linkage and two NHMRC Development grants this year, along with tens of grants from sources including Research Development Corporations (RDCs), ACIAR, international funding agencies, and the UQ Teaching and Learning Innovation fund. Congratulations to all of the recipients of these awards and grants.

Congratulations also to our six 2018 Thomson Reuters Highly Cited Researchers: Christine Beveridge, Phil Hugenholtz, Margie Mayfield, Peter Mumby, Hugh Possingham, and Anthony Richardson, and to the Faculty of Science authors on their recent 140 Nature index publications.

I am delighted to share the outcome of the 2018 academic promotion round and to congratulate those staff who were successful:

Promotion from Level A to B (to date)

  • Emma Gagen - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Sandra Rodrigues - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Yin Xiang Setoh - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Timothy Kidd - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences

Promotion from Level B to C

  • Brandon Fraser - School of Veterinary Science
  • David Muller - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Jacqui Romero - School of Mathematics and Physics
  • John Dwyer - School of Biological Sciences
  • Keith Chappell - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Milos Tanurdzic - School of Biological Sciences
  • Philip Isaac - School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Sebastien Darchen - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Thomas Taimre - School of Mathematics and Physics

Promotion from Level C to D

  • Eve McDonald-Madden - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Arkady Fedorov - School of Mathematics and Physics
  • Ben Ahern - School of Veterinary Science
  • Brett Ferguson - School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Elizabeth Krenske - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Karyn Johnson - School of Biological Sciences
  • Nick West - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Shih-Chun Lo - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Taras - Plakhotnik - School of Mathematics and Physics

Promotion from Level D to Level E

  • James Fraser - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Victor Galea - School of Agriculture and Food Sciences
  • Luke Guddat - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences
  • Martine Maron - School of Earth and Environmental Sciences
  • Robbie Wilson - School of Biological Sciences
  • Susan Rowland - School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, and Faculty of Science
  • Lydia Kavanagh - Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology, and Faculty of Science

Congratulations to Ian Godwin who has been appointed as the new Director of the Centre for Crop Science in the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI). We thank Ian for the great contribution he has made to the Faculty of Science as Deputy Associate Dean (Research), and in particular the establishment and leadership of a Faculty ECR/MCR committee. Achievements of this committee include the Emerging Science Leaders program in which the following four ECR/MCR-led workshops were developed and delivered in 2018: Nature Masterclass, Quantum Maiwar, Scientific Writing Workshop and Open Data Science.

I would also like to congratulate Melissa Fitzgerald and the Faculty’s Science Experience Team for the great success of the first year Leadership and Mentoring Program which ran for the first time this year, replacing the previous ASPinS program. The feedback from the 85 students participating in this program has been extremely positive. Plans are now in development for a second-year program to follow this in 2019, under the leadership of Susan Rowland.

From 1 January 2019, the following four Research Infrastructure Centres will transfer from the Faculty of Science to the Office of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research): Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis (CMM), Australian Equine Genetics Research Centre (AEGRC), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Queensland Animal Science Precinct (QASP) at Gatton. This change will facilitate much deserved University-level status and support for these highly valued units. There are no changes to location, staffing or services provided by these centres, and so it will be business as usual for Faculty of Science users. A huge thank you to the Directors of these centres - Roger Wepf, Ann Trezise, Beryl Morris and Milou Dekkers - for their leadership and their staff for the outstanding service provided to the Faculty over many years. We look forward to an ongoing partnership in research and research training.

Thanks to those of you who were able to attend the recent Faculty of Science semester two board meetings at St Lucia and Gatton last week. For those of you who were unable to attend the slides can be found here.

Finally, I wish everyone a restful and joyous festive season. I will be on recreation leave from Christmas eve until 29 January 2019. Professor Neal Menzies will be Acting Executive Dean during this time.

 

Kind regards,

Professor Melissa Brown
Executive Dean