HASS’s Narmon Tulsi has provided Flinders University’s first success at the Australasian Research Management Society Awards, while an emerging female leader in health is recognised, and a successful Hospital Research Foundation Grant will fund new heart research.
Flinders forensics’ big impact
Flinders University forensic experts have been ranked second in the world for their contributions to Forensic Science International: Genetics, one of the most influential international forensic science journals. This peer-reviewed academic journal of forensic science, dedicated to the application of genetics in the administration of justice, is ranked number 16 of the 191 Genetics & Heredity journals currently in publication. Since 2019, Flinders has had the second highest publication contributions to this journal, only beaten by an amalgamation of European universities, which underlines Flinders’ reputation as a leading academic international in forensic genetics.
Heart funding help
Congratulations to Dr Dhani Dharmaprani from the College of Medicine and Public Health, who has received one of seven grants from the Hospital Research Foundation. Sharing in a total of $1.25 million, the grants have been made possible thanks to generous support from Foundation donors and cover various cardiovascular diseases including atrial fibrillation, heart attacks, angina and more. Dr Dharmaprani’s project will investigate personalised treatments using new computerised models for atrial fibrillation, treatment for which often fails in many patients due to a one-size-fits all approach.
Providing outstanding service in research management
Narmon Tulsi from the College of Humanities Arts and Social Sciences has received the Australasian Research Management Society’s 2022 Paul Taylor Individual Award for Excellence in Research Management Practice, covering universities, independent research institutions, government and health and research organisations from across Australasia. It marks the first time that a Flinders University research professional has won recognition since the inception of ARMS’ ‘research management excellence’ awards in 2015.
At the same ceremony, CHASS’ Dr Nicholas Godfrey, senior lecturer in Screen Studies, was awarded the EQ Collaborative Champion Award.
The Paul Taylor Individual award acknowledged Mr Tulsi’s research management contribution to the development of 18 CHASS grant proposals submitted to the Australia Research Council Special Research Initiatives 2020 funding opportunity, of which 3 were successful (one near-miss application was subsequently redeveloped into a successful Discovery Indigenous application, the first for Flinders University). This outcome helped Flinders achieve a 15% success rate, placing it 3rd in the country – and the only non-Go8 University ranked among the top 6 universities.
Emerging female health leader recognised
Dr Erin Morton, lead of Flinders University’s Health Data & Clinical Trials team, is a finalist in the 2022 Women’s Agenda Leadership Awards, which celebrate an exceptional cohort of female leaders blazing a trail across all sectors. She has been selected as one of four national finalists for the Emerging Leader in Health category, and will attend the awards ceremony in Sydney on Friday 23 September. The Awards are supported by Women’s Agenda’s partner, Commonwealth Bank’s Women in Focus, to recognise and shine a light on Australia’s female leaders who’ve demonstrated strength, courage, resilience, collaboration, empathy and innovation to excel, and helped pave the way for future generations.
Discussing screen comedy with local legends
Dr Nick Prescott, Senior Lecturer in Creative Arts, chaired a Q&A session at the Capri Cinema in Goodwood on September 2 with Flinders Distinguished Alumnus Peter Goers OAM and Adelaide Icon Anne ‘Willsy’ Wills, during which the trio discussed the history of film comedy and shared clips on the big screen with the Capri audience. Following their hour on stage, the trio introduced the Marx Brothers’ comic masterpiece A Night at the Opera.