Celebrating success

Flinders experts discuss the origins and development of appetite self-regulation in childhood; explore how technology, security and cybercrimes intersect on new podcasts; and Darwin’s Elder on Campus Uncle Richie Fejo is recognised for his contributions to the community.

Humbling win for NAIDOC Person of the Year

Congratulations to Uncle Richard Fejo, Senior Elder on Campus based in Darwin, who has been named the 2021 NAIDOC Person of the Year at the recent Darwin NAIDOC Ball.

Uncle Richie, Senior Elder on Campus in Darwin, winner of the 2021 NAIDOC Person of the Year Award

The annual National NAIDOC Awards Ceremony recognises the outstanding contributions that Indigenous Australians make to improve the lives of Indigenous people in their communities and beyond, to promote Indigenous issues in the wider community, or the excellence they’ve shown in their chosen field. These awards celebrate excellence, recognise efforts to build a better future and reminds us of this nation’s 65,000-year-old history.

Uncle Richie was delighted and humbled to be named NAIDOC Person of the Year for his contributions to his community.

Veteran pathways to uni receives boost

A Flinders University project to support veteran entry pathways to University will receive a boost thanks to new funding from the Department of Veteran Affairs. Associate Professor Ben Wadham and Associate Professor Melanie Takarangi, from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, and Professor Deborah West and Associate Professor Pablo Munguia from the Centre for Innovation in Learning and Teaching, received a $127,732 grant to support the Military Academic Pathway Program (MAPP).

MAPP, specifically designed to assist military personnel transition successfully into both the academic and social aspects of university life, is a four-week intensive program available to military personnel at Flinders University. The program is taught over 4 weeks and will next be offered from October 18 to November 12. Upon successful completion, students may apply to enter the first year of a Flinders University degree.

New criminology podcast

Flinders University Criminology Lecturer Dr R.V. Gundur has a new podcast available called The Open Circuit. Originally produced for students in his cybercrime class, the 11 episodes cover discussions about technology, security and cybercrime, and feature some of the world’s best experts in the field. It’s available on several platforms and from Dr Gundur’s personal website: http://rajeevgundur.com/index.php/opencircuit/

Passing the baton on childhood obesity study

Professor Alan Russell

How do children’s abilities to control their own food intake change as they age? Flinders University Emeritus Professor Alan Russell, after retiring from the College of Education, Psychology and Social Work, continues researching this important topic, with some of this research being presented at this month’s virtual Australian and New Zealand Obesity Society conference (ANZOS 2021) in tandem with his daughter Dr Georgie Russell from Deakin University’s CASS Food Research Centre.

The pair have recently published a narrative review in Appetite discusses the origins and development of appetite self-regulation (ASR) in childhood (from infancy to age 6 or 7 years) and are now editing an issue of Frontiers in Nutrition and Frontiers in Psychology on the topic of appetite self-regulation in childhood.

Flinders University Professor Damien Keating was also invited to speak at the conference, covering ‘How gut endocrine cells sense their environment to regulate metabolism‘. Dr Alyce Martin, from Professor Keating’s research group, presented on – ‘Understanding the complex bidirectional relationship between the gut microbiome and gut-derived serotonin, and its impact on host metabolism’.

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