Alumni news and notes June 2017

27 June 2017

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H.E. Berenice Owen-Jones (BEc '84, GradDipIntLaw '87) has been appointed as Australia's first resident Ambassador to Morocco. Ms Owen-Jones is a career officer with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was most recently Director of Studies, Diplomatic Academy.

Dr Graham Farquhar AO (BSc '69, PhD '73), has become the first Australian to win a Kyoto Prize - the most prestigious international award for fields not traditionally honoured with a Nobel Prize. Dr Farquhar won the 2017 Kyoto Prize in Basic Sciences for his life's work in plant biophysics and photosynthesis, which has involved research on water-efficient crops and the impacts of climate change.

Phil Dickie (BA '80) was named a recipient in the 2017 Queensland Greats Awards for his work in journalism. The Queensland Greats Awards recognise the efforts and achievements of extraordinary Queenslanders for their remarkable contribution to the history and development of the state.

Carys Chan (BComm (Hons) '13) has been recognised for her contribution to educational excellence at the ANU Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Education. Carys was awarded in the Excellence in Tutoring or Demonstrating category.

Daniel McKay (BA (Hons) '16, LLB (Hons) '16) has been named as one of four recipients of the prestigious C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship. He will use the scholarship to start a Master of Philosophy degree in the University of Cambridge.


News from around the Campus

ANU Joint Master of Management Program with Tsinghua University

On 14 April, Dr Amanda Barry, Director of the ANU China Liaison Office, addressed the Council of the Alumni Association of the ANU-Tsinghua University Master of Management Program, and together with Professor Gao Celi of Tsinghua University, conferred annual alumni awards for contribution, entrepreneurship and philanthropy.

The Joint Master of Management Program was established in 2003, and the 19th cohort of students commenced in January this year. The 16th cohort will graduate in Canberra and Beijing in July. 

The Program is taught in the Chinese language at Tsinghua's campus in Beijing by academics from the ANU Research School of Management and Tsinghua University. The Program is similar to an Executive MBA and many of the students are very senior managers or successful entrepreneurs. It has won numerous awards and has a national profile in China. 

The Alumni Association is very active, with about 900 members and branches in a number of Chinese provinces.

Research School of Psychology hosts an evening on 'Milgram, Obedience and Leadership'

In the early 1960s psychologist Stanley Milgram from Yale University, in seeking to understand the holocaust, ran a series of controversial studies on obedience. If an authority orders painful shocks to be administered to another person - how do we respond? Do we do as we are told or not? The world's most famous psychology experiment raised a number of important questions about human nature, obedience and leadership. 

RSP hosted an evening for alumni, staff and students and the wider community on "Milgram, Obedience and Leadership" which revisited these studies and the questions that have fascinated psychology for over 50 years later.  A new film "Shock Room", directed and produced in Australia, was screened. The film re-stages Milgram's experiments with actors, using an immersive realism technique. Shock Room combines dramatisations, animation, archival film and interviews with psychologists Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher, providing new insights about how and why people refuse to inflict harm or not. 

A panel discussion followed with filmmaker Professor Kathryn Millard, Professor Alex Haslam and ANU experts. The audience which consisted mostly of ANU Psychology alumni was interested in issues surrounding similarities to events such as Abu Ghraid, the ethics surrounding the original studies and replication, the immersive realism technique itself and whether it could be used in therapy, and the new analysis of obedience and resistance. 

It was a great evening allowing Alumni, staff, students and members of the public discuss issues which are still relevant in today's world. An annual lecture is being planned for later in the year. 

First Impressions: Elizabeth Durack, an artist in Papua and New Guinea, 1968

The exhibition First Impressions: Elizabeth Durack, an artist in Papua and New Guinea, 1968 is open from Friday 19 May until August. The collection of 410 original drawings of the women of PNG has been digitised and made available online. A selection of unpublished works from this collection will be displayed for the first time in Menzies Library Foyer.

2018 Schwarzman Scholarships

Applications are now open for the 2018 cohort of Schwarzman Scholars. This prestigious international scholarship provides full funding for Scholars to undertake a Master's Degree in Global Affairs at Tsinghua University. Scholars develop their leadership skills and learn from world-class faculty in this highly competitive program. Visit the website for more information.


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