Education and Arts

Winners of ACU’s Competitive Research Symposium

ACU’s first heat winners of the Australian Competitive Research Symposium, instituted by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Thomas Martin in 2011, have recently been announced.

The winners of the three disciplines are all from the Faculty of Arts and Sciences:

Category one – science
Winner: Dr Cliff Seery, Lecturer in Environmental Science, School of Arts and Sciences (NSW/ACT)
Environmental Science in a Changing World: Will pollution worsen the impacts of climate change to marine species?

Dr Cliff Seery - Research Symposium
Dr Cliff Seery (left) and Dean of Research Professor Patrick Heaven

The Runner-up of the science category goes to Associate Professor Vaughan Monamy from the School of Arts and Sciences (NSW/ACT) for his presentation: Mosquito control, saltmarsh and insectivorous bats: seeking a balance.

Category two – health
Winner: Professor John Gleeson, Professor of Psychology, School of Psychology
Making the MOST of technology for young people and their families recovering from early psychosis.

Category three – arts, education and business
Winner: Dr Noah Riseman, Senior Lecturer, School of Arts and Sciences (Vic)
Defending Australia, Defending Indigenous Rights: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Military Service and Australian Identity, 1946-2003

The Australian Competitive Research Symposium gives participants the opportunity to showcase their research and outline its significance to the wider community - in five minutes and with the aid of three PowerPoint slides.

This year, the competition has been extended to include Edith Cowan University, The University of Ballarat and Victoria University.

The winners and runners-up will participate in the national finals which will be held in Melbourne in November 2012.