On behalf of the Arts, Education and Law Group, I take great pleasure in recognising some remarkable academic award recipients within our community, in what has been a very active first half of 2017.
The Australian Research Council (ARC) has announced the outcomes of the 2017 ARC Future Fellowship scheme. We are very happy to report that Associate Professor Maxime Aubert was granted $998,804 for the project “The unknown ‘Ice Age’ artists of Borneo”, which will be hosted jointly by the Environmental Futures Research Institute and the Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research.
The Vice Chancellor’s Research Excellence Awards were also held recently, and celebrate the University’s research achievements and acknowledge the achievements of outstanding individual researchers and research groups. Congratulations to the following winners and I commend the far-reaching benefits and diversity of their research.
Early Career Researcher – Dr Lyndel Bates, Griffith Criminology Institute
Dr Bates’ research within road policing focuses on the high-risk group of young drivers and includes assault-related violence and traumatic brain injury including a project on the psycho-social impact on family and caregivers when an individual receives a brain injury from an assault. As an early-career research Dr Bates has an outstanding record, author/co-author of 25 journal articles and book chapters. She has earned more than $400,000 in external research income and developed strong collaborations with both Australian and international agencies.
Research Leadership – Professor Paul Tacon, Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research and School of Humanities, Languages and Social Science
For more than 36 years, Professor Taçon has been exploring the rock art sites of Australia and south-east Asia, while collaborating with Indigenous people in archaeological research. Professor Tacon has led a large field research team in northwest Arnhem Land which discovered 160 undocumented rock art sites.
Special Commendations were also awarded at the inaugural national Excellence in Graduate Research Education Awards, hosted by the Australian Council of Graduate Research (ACGR), to Dean and Head, School of Education and Professional Studies, Professor Donna Pendergast, and Deputy Head (Research), School of Environment, Professor Catherine Pickering.
Professor Pendergast was recognised for her work in the Graduate Research Supervision category, and Professor Pickering was acknowledged for achievements in the Graduate Research Leadership space.
And finally, I would also like to congratulate Chris Little, a current PhD student in the Queensland College of Art (QCA), one of two winners the Griffith University Remarkable Minutes competition, for his piece “Creating Windows Into our Past”.