Celebrating outstanding research
Message from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Academic Capability)
Presenting our 2023 Research Excellence Award recipients.
The innovations of tomorrow begin in the research of today. This year's research award recipients give great hope for tomorrow and inspiration to their colleagues and their communities.
Whether on our precious reefs or in our rivers, in schools or on farms, in hospitals, in care or in laboratories, from our local communities to the world, this is research that is transforming tomorrow.
Professor Mary Spongberg
Awards for research excellence
It’s been an exciting year for research at the University. The work of our researchers has attracted extraordinary amounts of funding and interest from around the globe. Researchers have collaborated with dozens of industry and other university partners, driving projects that span hemp to healthcare and coral to classrooms. Presenting the 2023 Southern Cross University Research Award recipients:
Early career researchers
Outstanding contribution to impact
Inspiring Researchers – Deans Nomination
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Reason for Nomination: Ali has made significant impact in the development of research in the area of Big data analysis, pattern recognition, image processing, human perception modelling and biometrics.
Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Education
Reason for Nomination: Wendy is an exceptional early childhood educator and researcher. She was recently awarded an ARC Discovery focussed on attracting, preparing, and sustaining quality teachers in early education. A/Prof was also awarded further funding ($124K) with the Australian Childcare Alliance Queensland.
Lecturer, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Reason for Nomination: Vinh has made significant impact to IT research in the area of AI, securing over 9 million in research funding for important projects that will transform healthcare, education and people’s lives; including $950k to SCU as part of a multinational Welcome funded $8.5m project with UQ, Yale, Griffith, ANU, NIH & Uni Tsukaba to combat dengue through harnessing the power of AI and data analysis - ‘A user-friendly digital prediction tool for dengue prevention’.
Lecturer, Faculty of Health
Reason for Nomination: Ya-Ling has worked hard since coming to SCU to develop and consolidate external partnerships to support the development of a programme of work and was a successful co-applicant for funding with partners from the health service and other Universities. She is emerging as a strong researcher of the future.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Science and Engineering
Reason for Nomination: Renaud has an exceptional list of recent research achievements, including research into the timing of human evolution, interaction of humans with the surrounding environment, as well as hominids diet and early life history. This includes publications in multidisciplinary journals including Nature, Science and Nature communications as well as being awarded three ARC DP’s with total funding in the last 4 years $2M. His work is internationally renowned and has wide impact.
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Reason for Nomination: Erika has been nominated for being a well-balanced, emerging scholar - producing good Q1s, working in an important area (AI), while also achieving excellent teaching scores (i.e.100%). Two recent sole-authored Q1s (Culture, Theory and Critique, Pedagogy, Culture & Society) with another under review (Postdigital Science and Education). Also recently invited to present on “Critical thinking with Generative AI” at International Communications Association Conference June 2024.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Health
Reason for Nomination: Lynne has developed a strong programme of research been successful in securing major funding and has under the support of Professor Anne Graham is developing into one of our key research leaders within the faculty.
Associate Dean (Research), Faculty of Education
Reason for Nomination: Sue is an outstanding research leader and researcher (in early childhood education and care). She was recently appointed to the ARC College of Experts, acknowledging her extraordinary contribution to education and its research.
Associate Professor, Faculty of Business, Law and Arts
Reason for Nomination: Mark has been nominated for his research impact in the legal domains of bankruptcy, insolvency, and directors’ duties (including Senate appearances). Described by one Gold Coast law firm as “…clearly the most practical academic working in the insolvency field”, Mark has undertaken deep analysis of three 150-page judgments of the High Court, the NSW Court of Appeal, and the NZ Supreme Court.
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