Stellar lineup for VC’s research awards

Ten outstanding early career researchers from Flinders University will add another award to their CV after being chosen from a competitive field for this year’s Vice-Chancellor’s awards.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Colin Stirling, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robert Saint and senior researchers attended the special VC Awards for Early Career Researchers ceremony attended by seven of the recipients.

Professor Stirling congratulated the award winners for their growing body of work, including in highly ranked research publications, and their grant success.

“This is recognition of your outstanding contribution to the University in the early stages of your career.

“Increased research performance is a significant target and focus of the University’s strategic plan, and a $100 million new investment to support research at Flinders over the next five years is already seeing new initiatives roll out, including our new online research management system.”

Research is central to the mission of Flinders, and it’s through new discoveries and inventions that researchers can make a difference in the world and raise the University’s profile.

Professor Stirling noted the diverse range, and high standard, of research work being recognised, with the recipients focusing on a range of topics from Science and Engineering, to Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Medicine and Public Health.

A committee, comprising Professor Saint, Professor Karen Reynolds and Professor Peter Monteath, adjudicated on the 2019 recipients (in alphabetical order):

  • Dr Rami Al-Dirini whose research fields are biomedical engineering and biomechanics
  • Dr Tully Barnett who focuses on cultural policy and digital literary studies
  • Dr Monica Cations – ageing, aged care, knowledge translation and epidemiology
  • Dr Johanna Conterio – modern European history, environmental and international history
  • Dr Kacie Dickinson – nutrition and cardiovascular disease
  • Dr Ashley Hopkins – Clinical epidemiology (oncology / pharmacology)
  • Dr Julie-Ann Hulin – clinical pharmacology
  • Dr Gorica Micic – psychology, sleep and circadian rhythms
  • Dr Farzin Shabani – vegetation modelling, spatial modelling and climate change impacts
  • Dr Emma Tonkin – public health, food and trust and Indigenous child nutrition.

Dr Al-Dirini (College of Science and Engineering), Dr Tully Barnett and Dr Johanna Conterio (from the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences) were unable to attend the ceremony.



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