We're a particularly creative bunch here at ANU and this week, the team at the Research School of Earth Sciences really took the cake ... pardon the pun. Yesterday, I judged my very first Bake your PhD competition - an innovative and tasty way to have students describe their PhD research through the art of cake making. Congratulations to Bethany Ellis with 'Coring a Coral' and Kate Holland with 'Strawbulina universa and Globigerinoides ruberry cheesecake'. Delicious pieces of research.
In other news, earlier last week the University launched a consultation process aimed at identifying the best way to support our ambitions to be leaders in health and medical research.
ANU has a chance now to look at its internal structures to ensure we are well positioned and adequately resourced to advance our health and medical research and education, improve engagement with the health sector, and ensure we are well-placed to access new opportunities such as those that will arise from the Medical Research Futures Fund and in the formation of strategic external partnerships.
I encourage you to contribute to the discussion. You can find the consultation paper and information about how to contribute to this process at http://science.anu.edu.au/consultation.
A few congratulations are in order this week.
Late last week we celebrated the achievements of some of our most successful alumni at the Annual Alumni Awards. It's always a great occasion and a demonstration of where an ANU education can take you.
Alumni of the Year Ms Elizabeth Bryan AM; Young Alumni of the Year Ms Xiao He (Helen) ZHANG; Indigenous Alumni of the Year Dr Gaye Sculthorpe; Young Indigenous Alumni of the Year Mr Robert (Robbie) Williams; International Alumni of the Year Mr Dongxiang ZHANG; Alumni of the Year - Innovation & Entrepreneurship Mr Andrew (Creel) Price; Alumni of the Year - Philanthropy Justice Richard Refshauge SC; Student Philanthropist of the Year (Undergraduate) Mr Benjamin (Ben) Gill; Student Philanthropist of the Year (Postgraduate) Ms Kim-Marie Spence. The 2017 Vice-Chancellor Commendations included Vice-Chancellor's Commendation - Student Philanthropist of the Year (Undergraduate) Ms Caitlin Figueiredo; Vice-Chancellor's Commendation - Indigenous Alumni of the Year Mr David (Dave) Johnston .
Congratulations also to Professor Tom Griffiths who has won the 2017 Ernest Scott history prize, for The Art of Time Travel: historians and their craft (Black Inc). And well done to Professor Craig Moritz from the Research School of Biology who has been elected as a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Have an excellent long weekend everyone. Enjoy the break.