Awards and recognition

The Skin of Others film

SBS success

Associate Professor Tom Murray’s award-winning film The Skin of Others (pictured above) screened on SBS World Movies channel last month, and can be viewed anytime via SBS OnDemand.

The Skin of Others is a story of modern Australia and the way we understand our national history. It is told through two extraordinary lives: Aboriginal WWI soldier Douglas Grant (c.1885-1951), and Balang Tom E. Lewis, the charismatic actor who portrays Douglas Grant in the film.

With guest appearances from Max Cullen (as Henry Lawson) and Archie Roach (as himself), this film movingly documents a story of modern Australia, and offers an insight into the lives of Grant and Lewis: two remarkable men who fought to bridge cultures, and who imagined a more reconciled and inclusive Australian future.

Read more about the film on SBS Online, or on The Lighthouse.

ATOM Award wins

Two films made by members of our Department of Media, Communications, Creative Arts, Language, and Literature (MCCALL) have won three ATOM Awards. The ATOM Awards are conducted by the Australian Teachers of Media and are awarded for excellence in screen, television and web productions.

The Skin of Others by Associate Professor Tom Murray (detailed above) won the ATOM Award for:

  • Best Documentary – Doco-Drama

Ablaze by Dr Alec Morgan won ATOM Awards for:

  • Best Documentary – Indigenous Video or Website
  • Best Documentary – Social and Political Issues

Ablaze was the major project of Dr Alec Morgan’s Macquarie University Research Fellowship, under the supervision of Associate Professor Tom Murray.

NHMRC grant success

Congratulations to two MQ Health researchers who have been awarded a combined total of more  than $450,000 in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) grants.

Professor Viviana Wuthrich received $358,767 to conduct a randomised controlled trial of tailored acceptance and commitment therapy for older people with treatment-resistant generalised anxiety disorder.

Post-graduate student Isabelle Meulenbroeks received $101,542 to study the impact of COVID-19 and associated health policies on access to allied healthcare, care quality and health outcomes in Australian residential aged care facilities.

Organised Crime Book Prize win

Dr Rolando Ochoa from the Department of Security Studies & Criminology has won the 2020 Organised Crime Book Prize for his book Intimate Crimes: Kidnapping Gangs and Trust in Mexico City, awarded by the International Association for the Study of Organised Crime (IASOC). The IASOC is a top international association devoted to the study of organised crime in all its facets, and an arm of the Global Initiative Against Organised Crime. The prize will be officially awarded at the American Society for Criminology (ASC) annual conference in Atlanta, US – the largest conference in the field – later in the year. There will also be an IASOC award event later in the year.

Fight against breast cancer grant success

Congratulations to Associate Professor Yuling Wang from the School of Natural Sciences who has secured $449,682 in funding as part of the 2022 Cancer Council NSW Project Grant Program. Associate Professor Wang will use the funds to closely monitor for early signs of treatment resistance in breast cancer.

Distinguished Fellow Award for David Throsby

The Macquarie University community congratulates Professor David Throsby, Distinguished Professor of Economics on being awarded the Distinguished Fellow Award of the Economic Society of Australia for 2021.

“This is a very well-deserved award. Over many decades, David has been at the forefront of efforts to expand the economic framework to include the value of culture in our decision making. His contributions to the study of the creative industry, museums, heritage and Indigenous cultural aspects have been widely recognised in Australia and abroad. He is also a charming colleague who is very generous with his time in fostering the emerging work of junior colleagues and students in this field,” says Professor David Orsmond, Acting Head of Economics.

Watch the ceremony online.

Million dollar tender for School of Education

Dr Janet Dutton has led a team from the School of Education in winning a significant tender from the NSW Department of Education: Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program ($1,099,496). The Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program is designed to support mid-career changers to transition into the teaching profession seamlessly from their existing career. This will be achieved through an individualised student-first approach. The Mid-Career Transition to Teaching Program will deliver a high-quality postgraduate stream and remove existing barriers to recruitment: offering recognised prior learning (RPL) and supporting Mathematics and Science (Physics & Chemistry), STEM, and regional and remote area secondary teachers. The program will be cohort-based with a full suite of wrap-around coaching and mentoring support from the point of enrolment to transition into the profession.

The team also includes Professor Mary RyanAssociate Professor Iain HayAssociate Professor Michael CavanaghAssociate Professor Fay Hadley, Associate Professor John DeNobileProfessor Garry Falloon, Dr Kim WilsonDr Hye-Eun ChuDr Susan Caldis and Leanne Bamford-Barnes. This tender was made possible by the excellent support from the Academy of Continuing Professional Development in Education. This is an important strategic success for the School of Education and recognises our excellent reputation in teacher education the sector.

If you have an award or achievement to share with the Macquarie staff community, let us know.





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