Celebrating success

Flinders orthopaedic whiz inducted to world’s best, football doc takes one for the team and early childhood experts set to share expertise with Catholic Education.

Orthopaedic whiz joins world’s best

Associate Professor John Costi (left) has been inducted as a Fellow of International Orthopaedic Research (FIOR) of the International Combined Orthopaedic Research Societies International College of Fellows.

The prestigious international Fellowship was awarded on 22 June, at the International Combined Meeting of Orthopaedic Research Societies (ICORS) 2019, held in Montreal, Canada.

Nominees for the Fellowship are selected for their excellent professional standing and high achievements in the field of orthopaedic research.  They are recognised for their accomplishments and for being an exemplary role model among their peers.

Associate Professor Costi is one of six Australians from ANZORS – the Australian and New Zealand Orthopaedic Research Society – honoured with a Fellowship at this year’s conference.

Football doc takes a win for the team

Dr Sam Elliott was awarded ‘Best Paper by Football Code’ at the World Congress on Science and Football (pictured below), for a presentation sharing a novel AFL agility test system his team has designed.

The 9th World Congress on Science and Football was held over 4 to 7 June 2019 at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, focusing on the themes of innovation, new translational research and applied approaches.

Dr Elliott presented on the agility test for AFL combines and other talent identification athlete pathways, developed in 2017 by his team including Dr David Hobbs and Professor Mark Taylor (of the Flinders Medical Devices Research Institute).

Together Dr Elliott, Dr Hobbs and Professor Taylor supervised Reuben Smith (biomedical engineering), who won the 2018 Society for Medical and Biological Engineering (SA) for the agility test design and proof of concept.

The team are currently exploring commercialising the prototype.

Sharing early childhood expertise

The Early Childhood team in the College of Education, Psychology and Social work has secured a contract with Catholic Education South Australia to deliver a year of professional development with early childhood educators.

Rachael Hedger and Dr Sarah Wight will deliver three professional development days on Early Childhood STEM Play, visit sites and compile a finishing impact statement.

The aim of the contract is to develop educators’ understanding of STEM teaching in the Early Years, to develop their use of pedagogical documentation and teaching STEM through a play-based inquiry approach.

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