Alumni Notes June 2016

17 June 2016

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Mark Forbes (MSA (Hons) '05) has been named editor-in-chief of Melbourne's The Age. Mark was previously The Age's news director for three years, performing the role of operational leader of the newsroom and responsible for content across all print and digital platforms. Prior to that role, Forbes was editor of the The Sunday Age, which was named the Asia-Pacific's Sunday newspaper of the year in 2012 by PANPA.

Arjuna Mohottala (GradDipIntDevEc (Hons) '12, MIntDevEc (Hons) '13) and Diego Puente (MFin '14), along with current ANU students Md. Tariq Hassan and Bishal Chalise, are competing for $1 million in prize money in the 2016 Hult Prize Foundation Challenge. The Hult Prize is the world's largest student competition based on finding solutions to key global development challenges and culminates in Global Finals presided over by President Bill Clinton and a judging panel of other prominent world figures including Nobel Prize winners.

School of Music alumnus Leonard Weiss (Bachelor of Music '14) won the category of 2016 Young Canberra Citizen of the Year for Youth Arts and Multimedia, for his efforts in sharing, enhancing and contributing to Canberra's musical landscape.

Michael Reed (BSc (Hons) '92) was named Senior Vice President R&D and Chief Science Officer of Pennsylvania-based OraSure Technologies - a global manufacturer and distributor of oral fluid diagnostic and collection devices to detect or diagnose medical conditions.

Michael brings more than 20 years of experience in life sciences and diagnostics research and development, including globally regulated in vitro diagnostics development and commercialization of molecular and cellular applications and systems.

Ms Urfa Masood (BEc '98, LLB (Hons) '00) was named to the Magistrates' Court of Victoria. Urfa, who is of Sri Lankan background, is the first Muslim woman to be appointed to any court in the state. She commenced practising as a criminal law solicitor with the Victorian Aboriginal Legal Service in 2003, and was admitted to the Victorian Bar in November 2004.

Arjuna Dibley (LLB (Hons) '12, BAsiaPacStudies (Hons) '12) and Rachelle Cole (BA '09, BA AsSt (Indonesian) '09) are heading to Stanford to undertake postgraduate studies after both being awarded prestigious scholarships.

Arjuna has been awarded a John Monash Scholarship to the Stanford Program for International Legal Studies, where he will investigate how developed nations translate international climate change commitments into domestic law and policy.

Rachelle has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to study with The Graduate School of Education, where she will explore how teaching practice can be improved to better engage disadvantaged youth in learning a second language.

Former Midnight Oil frontman, environmental activist and ALP Minister Peter Garrett (BA '76) has release a solo album A Version of Now, his first foray back into the music industry since his split from Midnight Oil in 2002.

"As I was finishing my memoir, melodies and lines kept dropping into my head and, big surprise, I ended up writing a few songs," the singer explained.

"Once these tunes were out in the sunlight I decided I might as well jump into a studio and record what I had along with a few other bits and pieces I'd always liked."

The University of Queensland has appointed Australian Research Council (ARC) Chief Executive Officer Professor Aidan Byrne (PhD '85) as its new Provost.

Before becoming ARC CEO in July 2012, Professor Byrne held the dual role of Dean of Science and Director of the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at the Australian National University. He started at ANU as a Research Fellow in 1989, and was promoted through the ranks before serving as Head of the Department of Physics between 2004 and 2007. He has held postdoctoral positions with the University of Melbourne and in Bonn, Germany, where he was a von Humboldt Fellow.

The Honourable Justice Alan Robertson (BA Hons '73, LLB Hons '81) has been appointed to the Australian Competition Tribunal, bringing a wealth of experience to the role.

The Honourable Jane Garrett MP (LLB Hons '97), Victoria's Emergency Services Minister, has resigned from Cabinet. She plans to continue to serve the community as the Member for Brunswick.


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