Vale Anne Dunn
Anne Dunn, former Chair of the Department of Media and Communications, Pro-Dean and Acting Dean of the Arts Faculty passed away at the beginning of July, surrounded by her family and friends. Energetic, witty, dignified and caring, Anne was highly respected for her work in journalism and public broadcasting, and widely loved as a mentor and collaborator. She will be remembered for her dynamism, leadership and vision, and her capacity to build bridges between industry and academe.
Triggs and Bashir depart
Professor Gillian Triggs has stepped down as Dean of the Law School to become president of the Australian Human Rights Commission (HRC). Professor Triggs was appointed by Attorney-General Nicola Roxon last month to her new position on a tenure for five years, starting 30 July 2012. She will also step down as chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans. The acting Dean of the Faculty is Professor Greg Tolhurst.
In other news, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir announced she will conclude her term as Chancellor of the University on 15 December after more than five years. Her second term was not due to end until May 2015.
History in the making
Associate Professor Mark McKenna of the Department of History has won a 2012 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for his biography of historian Manning Clark. An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark took out the $80,000 prize in the non-fiction category.
Manning Clark taught the first full-length university course in Australian history and produced a six-volume history of Australia. He played a key role in public debates including the end of White Australia, the demise of the British Empire and emergence of a new Australian nationalism, the dismissal of the Whitlam government, the bicentenary celebrations, and the fall of the Berlin Wall.
McKenna’s research included reading Clark’s extensive private letters, journals and diaries – many of which had never been examined before.
University awarded ARC Future Fellowships
Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Science and Research announced on July 25 that Sydney University would receive 22 of the 209 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships, the largest of any institution. The Fellowships will assist early- and mid- career researchers in furthering their work.
Research projects include strategies to combat climate change, ensuring food security, detection of money laundering schemes, and increasing the wellbeing of mothers and newborns. The Fellowships are spread across various university faculties including the Sydney Medical School, Faculty of Engineering, the Department of Art History and Film Studies, and the Faculty of Agriculture.
The ARC Future Fellowships scheme began in 2009 in order for the government to support and increase the opportunities of researchers in Australia.
SCA rocks the Biennale
Three artists affiliated with Sydney College of the Arts are having their work displayed on Cockatoo Island as part of the 18th Biennale of Sydney.
An internationally acclaimed artist with work exhibited at MoMA and in the Tate Collection, PhD candidate Maria Fernanda Cardoso has collaborated with Ross Rudesch Harley to create Museum of Copulatory Organs. The work is an exploration of insect penises through scientific models and photographs, together with a film titled Stick Insects Most Intimate Moments, On Video.
Conceptual artist Iris Haussler of Canada was artist-in-residence at the SCA while developing her Biennale work, He Dreamed Overtime. The work is based on a fictitious former ranger from Cockatoo Island with the work grounded in narrative exploration. Her project includes 73 beeswax sculptures as part of a site-specific installation, an online website and material works created at SCA.
Taiwanese-born Canadian Ed Pien also developed his work while an artist-in-residence. His work, Source, is an interactive experience encouraging people to immerse themselves in a series of inter-connected chambers made of translucent paper. The complex maze is filled with drawings and video projections while a traditional Inuit throat-singing track plays.
The 18th Biennale of Sydney is on until 16 September 2012.