Celebrating success

A national plant prize for postdoc, paramedic helps lead national education through new post, Elder on Campus joins Darwin’s international relations committee, history PhD candidate secures national scholarship, and speech pathologist is shortlisted for book prize.

Plant prize for postdoc

Dr Crystal Sweetman

Dr Crystal Sweetman, a postdoctoral fellow in plant biology at Flinders, has been announced joint winner of the Australian Society for Plant Scientists’ Jan Anderson Award.

This award honours the memory and attainments of Jan Anderson, who was a pre-eminent scientist specialising in photosynthesis and a foundation member of the Society. It is bestowed on an early or mid-career woman in recognition of outstanding research in any area of plant research.

As part of her prize, Dr Sweetman will present her work via a webinar to be announced later in the year. Winners usually present at the society’s annual conference, however this has been postponed in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Paramedic to help lead national education

Brad Mitchell

Lecturer in Paramedic Science Brad Mitchell has been appointed as the Australasian College of Paramedicine representative on the Council of Ambulance Authorities’ Ambulance Education Committee​.

The Council of Ambulance Authorities’ Ambulance Education Committee is the peak industry body representing each ambulance service across Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

The committee coordinates and improves information exchange on matters relevant to training and ongoing professional development, with a focus on postgraduate education.

In this key leadership role Mr Mitchell will help set the direction of the industry’s education requirements, alongside the head of education for each ambulance service.

Elder joins Darwin’s international relations committee

Mr Fejo at the NAIDOC Week Football Showcase in Darwin

Elder on Campus at Darwin Richard Fejo was recently asked by the City of Darwin to join its International Relations Advisory Committee. As a member of this committee, Mr Fejo will provide support to the City of Darwin’s international relations strategic actions and projects.

Together with his Flinders University role, Mr Fejo is an experienced comedian and singer/songwriter. He was guest commentator for the NT’s NAIDOC Week Football Showcase last week on 15 July – read more about this here.


History PhD one of four national scholarship winners

Flinders University PhD candidate Yianni Cartledge has been selected as one of four scholars to win a 2020 National Archives of Australia and Australian Historical Association postgraduate scholarship.

The Archives will provide the scholarship students priority access to its records, digitisation services and ongoing assistance from a designated reference officer to support their projects.

Mr Cartledge’s research is focused on Greek Aegean islander migration to the Anglo-speaking world during the 19th and early 20th centuries. He will use the national records to reflect on the major political and economic world events of the period.

Professor Melanie Oppenheimer says: “This is a wonderful achievement for Yianni. He only commenced his PhD studies this year but this award reveals his potential and it will certainly assist with his primary research and digitising of records in the National Archives of Australia.

“As the recently elected President of the Australian Historical Association and one of Yianni’s former history lecturers, I am delighted to see him succeed on the national stage. It is a great example to other Flinders’ students undertaking postgraduate degrees”.

Speechie shortlisted for book prize

Sonya Bates, Speech Pathology Placement Educator, is celebrating her book Oh Brother being shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award.

The awards aim to promote children’s books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills.

Oh Brother is a low-reading level, middle grade novel released in January this year. It has been shortlisted in the 8-10-year-old category.

Oh Brother is about a girl whose brother has cerebral palsy, uses a wheelchair and communicates with speech and a communication board.

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