Crucial input to UK vulnerable children policy
Underlining the strengths of Flinders academics’ international links, Associate Professor Yvonne Parry from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences has worked as an international advisor on an important UK Policy Brief in partnership with The Childhood Trust and UCL Public Policy. This document, worked on since the CHAMPIONS project was launched in 2021, focuses on support for the most vulnerable children and families in the UK, and provides a clear roadmap for those with the most power to reach and help these families in need. Its key research findings and policy recommendations address the most pressing health, social care and education provision crises affecting children under 5 living in temporary accommodation across the UK, recognising the lingering effects of the COVID-19 pandemic and the current cost-of-living crisis. For more information, visit the organisation’s Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/championstaproject/
Australia’s best recognised on world stage
Professor Patrick Hesp has been awarded the Distinguished Career award by the International Society for Aeolian Research (ISAR) in recognition of his outstanding contributions to the field, exceptional support for students and colleagues, and sustained advocacy for and communication of aeolian geomorphology.
As the highest ranked ‘physical geographer’ in Australia, and 82nd in the world, Professor Hesp was awarded for his multidisciplinary contributions, which his nominator says “…has done more for the understanding of coastal dunes on Earth than any other researcher”.
The International Society of Aeolian Research promotes collaboration and connection among scientists undertaking research in aeolian processes and landforms, to stimulate scientific research in aeolian topics and related fields, and to further the application of the results of such research into practical applications.
New Chair for leading tech association
Congratulations to Dr Alireza Jolfaei, who was elected the new Chair of the Security and Privacy Technical Committee of the IEEE Consumer Technology Society in late-2022. The Consumer Technology Society is one of the premier technical associations in the Consumer Electronics Industry, with more than 5000 international members. The society’s Security and Privacy Committee shoulders the responsibility of recommending suitable candidates to serve in leadership positions at conferences, in publications and educational activities.
Flinders’ winning day at the tennis
Flinders University came away a winner at the recent Adelaide International Tennis Tournament, earning recognition for ongoing support and development of pre-service teachers’ ability to teach the Tennis Australia Tennis for Schools programs and for supporting in-service teacher professional development. The award was presented at an invitation-only event held by Tennis SA to thank educators for their contributions to these ongoing programs.
Podcast on the future of sport in SA
Associate Professor Sam Elliott is joined by Katrine Hildyard MP, Minister for Recreation, Sport and Racing in the latest episode of his podcast Beyond the Club. They discuss the upcoming FIFA Women’s World Cup and the likely impact it will have on local community clubs and their members. They also talk about the formation and aims of the SA Women in Sport Taskforce, the importance of creating sporting clubs as a safe space for members and the importance of growing participation in sports.
Ancestor species species story strikes a chord
Flinders palaeontologist Dr Alice Clement (pictured left) had the most-read article at The Conversation in the final week of January. The article – We can still see these 5 traces of ancestor species in all human bodies today – has been read more than 226,000 times, with 80% of readers from countries outside Australia. The article has been republished by several other media outlets around the world including ScienceAlert, IFLScience, Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance.
Flinders grad leads South for 2023
Flinders University graduate Jake Summerton will lead the South Adelaide Football Club for the 2023 Hostplus SANFL League Season. Jake was named captain after a leadership process involving the team’s senior players identified him as someone who best upholds the core values of the club. Flinders University is a major partner of the South Adelaide Football Club.