Alumni Notes January 2017

24 January 2017

ANU is proud of the extraordinary global achievements of the alumni community. If you have received an award, changed jobs or careers, or have any other professional or personal highlights you want to share with the alumni community, please contact the Alumni Relations team by email.

Judith McLeod (BA '70) has been named a finalist for the 2017 ACT Senior Australian of the Year for her work as a Community volunteer (Weetangera).

Elizabeth Lee (BAsianStudies '04, LLB '04, LLM '11) has assumed a new role as a Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly (Kurrajong).

Jake Glidden (PhB Hons '13) has been awarded a prestigious Cambridge Australia Honorary Scholarship, allowing him to commence a PhD in Physics at the University of Cambridge in October 2016.

Michelle Melbourne (BSc '15), co-founder of Canberra software firm Intelledox and 2015 ANU Alumni of the Year (Innovation & Research) has been appointed to the board of the ACT Brumbies.

Professor Robyn Lucas (PhD '05, MHE '09, GradCertHE '09), Director of the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, has been awarded the 2016 John James Foundation Tony Ayers Prize for Excellence in Translational Medicine for her work investigating links between sun exposure, Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis.

ANU School of Politics and International Relations alumnus Dr Abdulaziz Alwasil has been announced as the new Permanent Representative of Saudi Arabia to the United Nations Office at Geneva.

Professor Michael Platow (GradCertHE '09, MHE '10) from the Research School of Psychology, and Professor Paul Francis from the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics have received Awards for Teaching Excellence in the 2016 Australian Awards for University Teaching.

Associate Professor Frank Bongiorno (PhD '94), an incredibly well-regarded historian at The Australian National University, has won the $10,000 2016 ACT Book of the Year for his book The Eighties: The Decade that Transformed Australia.

Grant Brown (BMedSc '15) has been awarded the inaugural Elizabeth Greene Scholarship to undertake his PhD with Professor Carola Vinuesa at the John Curtin School of Medical Research and the Centre for Personalised Immunology at ANU. He will continue his research into the genetic causes of autoimmune disease.

Isabelle Reinecke (LLB (Hons) '11, BSc (Psych) '12) has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship, to be taken up in 2017. Isabelle's Churchill Fellowship will enable her to travel to the UK, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Germany and Hungary, as well as Canada and the US in order to learn from models in those counties that enable people to create systemic changes through the courts

Dr Stephanie Fahey (PhD '89) has been appointed as the new Chief Executive Officer of the Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade). Dr Fahey will be the first woman to lead Austrade and she brings a wealth of international trade and investment experience to the position.


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