Celebrating success

Flinders medicine lecturer a finalist in SA Science awards, legal academic shares research in US and Europe whirlwind, and Flinders’ creative students make high-profile short lists – watch this space!

Finalist in SA Science Excellence Awards

Dr Karen Lower

Congratulations to Associate Professor Karen Lower (Lecturer in Molecular Medicine and Genetics, College of Medicine and Public Health) who is one of three finalists in this year’s SA Science Excellence Awards in the category of STEM Educator of the Year – Tertiary Teaching.

After graduating from Flinders University Associate Professor Lower completed a PhD in neurogenetics at Adelaide University. She was subsequently awarded a prestigious Nuffield Medical Research Fellowship, enabling her to take up a post-doctoral research position at Oxford University, UK.

Since returning to Flinders in 2010, her dedication to her field and ability to generate enthusiasm and enquiry from students, has been consistently recognised with awards including the 2019 Vice-Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching, the Flinders Medical Students Society Bren Gannon Award for Demonstrating Excellence and Passion for Teaching (2011, 2013, 2015), and the Executive Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award for Reinvigorating Human Genetics Teaching (2013).

Finalists and winners of this year’s SA Science Excellence Awards will be announced at a gala dinner to be held on Friday 9 August 2019 at the Adelaide Convention Centre.

Whirl of appointments in US and Europe 

Professor Sharyn Roach Anleu had a busy end to the first semester, travelling to the US and Europe to share her research and participate in discussions.

First destination was the annual Law and Society Association meetings in Washington DC where her co-edited book: Judges, Judging and Humour featured in a panel discussing judges and emotion.  She also joined a panel discussion on methodologies in law and emotion research.

Following the event she visited the US National Center for State Courts (Williamsburg, VA) to conduct research with Dr Jennifer Elek, the Partner Investigator on her ARC DP.

Next stop was Italy, where Professor Roach Anleu gave an invited lecture: ‘Studying Legal Professions: The Judiciary and the Court’ to the PhD in Global Studies Programme, Department of Economics, Society and Politics’, at the University of Urbino.

Then to the International Institute for the Sociology of Law in Spain for its 30th Anniversary Congress  in June where she presented two papers, both co-authored with Emeritus Professor Kathy Mack: ‘Interpreting emotion and the Ideal defendant’ and  ‘Maintaining  boundaries between work and family in the Australia judiciary’. The second paper was part of a panel Professor Roach Anleu co-chaired with Dr João Paulo Dias (University of Coimbra, Portugal), who she will collaborate with on a study of the Portuguese judiciary. An invitation-only workshop on ‘Too Much Litigation?: Facts, Reasons, Consequences and Solutions’ concluded her trip, where Professor Roach Anleu discussed her co-authored paper (with Emeritus Professor Mack) ‘Too much case processing, too little case resolution: Judicial strategies for moving cases along to finalisation’.

Up there with world’s best again

Left: An illustration by Jay Blencowe, right: Work by Li Duncan

The action is heating up at the College of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences with this year’s international Rookies competition where Flinders University is again in the running for a top three place after finishing #1 in the Digital Illustration category for the past two years.

Three outstanding visual effects and entertainment design students have made it through to the finals in the Digital Illustration award category – an impressive feat given competition entries to the international awards more than tripled this year.

Duncan Li, Jay Blencowe and Jonathan Wenberg continue through to the finals in a strong contribution by 33 students, says lecturer Katie Cavanagh, who adds nobody else in Australia made the finals this year, putting our graduates in big demand in the booming industry sector – with many jobs right here in Adelaide.

Dynamic creatives make local esteemed short list

Voting closes this week for the best contribution made by young South Australian filmmakers in this year’s Clip Combat! music video competition.

Flinders University students have worked on two class assignments shortlisted in three Open Awards finalists for the grand prize to be showcased at a special screening at The Mercury cinema on July 18 2019.

Isaac Thomas ‘Crippling Depression’ (directed by Laura Kennedy, with Ellen Baldock and Phoebe Lynch) and 4 Star Heroes ‘Mars State Of Mind’ (directed by Roya Zamani, with Connor Leinweber, Jordan Le and Tomiya Hills) are finalists in the competition launched by Music SA and the SA Government to encourage filmmakers aged under 26 to promote local musicians.




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