Professor Emily Cross has been recognised as one of the World’s Top 50 Most Renowned Women in Robotics
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Renown for robot expert
“It’s an honour to be included on a list that includes some of the best and brightest minds in robotics and AI, including several of my personal heroines, Cynthia Breazeal, Fei-Fei Li and Selma Šabonović,” Emily says.
“It’s also wonderful to see the diversity of backgrounds, perspectives and domains of robotics expertise represented by the women on this list. In many ways, I feel like I’m just getting started with my program of research, which combines human neuroscience with social robotics, so I look forward to trying my best to live up to this honour.”
Macquarie moves up in THE Golden Age University Rankings
Macquarie has been ranked 24 out of 100 universities around the world in the 2020 UK Times Higher Education (THE) Golden Age University Rankings.
Macquarie has improved 9 spots in the rankings, previously positioned 33 out of 100 universities globally in 2019.
THE Golden Age ranking uses Times Higher Education data to cast a spotlight on the best universities established for more than 50 years, but less than 80 years. THE “Golden Age” rankings are assessed on five Pillars, each of which represents a key area of higher education excellence: teaching, industry income, research, citations and international outlook.
Professor David Wilkinson, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Engagement) says it is exciting to see Macquarie move up in the rankings, particularly during this challenging climate.
“In a period where the global university sector is being tested more than ever during this pandemic, it is excellent to see that our teaching, academic and professional staff continue to deliver an outstanding level of education, research and ongoing support to our students during such uncertain times,” Professor Wilkinson explains.
Further funding for MindSpot: Supporting Australians through COVID-19
Macquarie’s MindSpot online mental health clinic has been committed to supporting Australians through COVID-19, and is now among a national network of services to receive additional funding from the Commonwealth Government.
Aligned with the Department of Health’s commitment to supporting Australians’ mental health through the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, MindSpot has received an additional $832,000 for the next 12 months.
Paper wins human rights journal’s annual prize
Department of Educational Studies Associate Lecturer Michelle Bishop and Lauren Tynan from the Department of Geography and Planning have won the 2019 Andrea Durbach Prize for their paper entitled ‘Disembodied experts, accountability and refusal: an autoethnography of two (ab)Original women’.
The Andrea Durbach Prize is annually awarded by the Australian Journal of Human Rights (AJHR) to an author whose article in the AJHR reflects the values that have resonated in Professor Durbach’s career and scholarship – the desire to press for human rights accountability and to magnify voices that can’t always be heard.
The panel praised the paper, saying it is “a powerfully written call for re-examining how ‘expertise’ is constructed and for the inclusion of and respect for voices that are too often only present in human rights scholarship as the ‘objects’ – rather than the agents and authors – of study. The paper merits wide readership across the human rights field, which is in urgent need of heeding Tynan and Bishop’s call for the centering of the voices of those directly impacted by human rights abuse, including colonisation and systemic racism.”