The December graduation ceremonies are almost upon us, and I’m delighted to hear that some of the University’s most distinguished academics will be recognised at the ceremonies with Chancellor’s Awards.
The awards were announced today by ANU Chancellor Professor Gareth Evans. The text of his email to staff is below.
Congratulations to all of the recipients.
I am delighted to inform you that the following members of ANU staff will receive Chancellor’s Awards at the December Conferring of Degrees Ceremonies:
PETER BAUME AWARDS
The Peter Baume Award is the University’s highest award for exceptional staff members and Alumni of the University whose contributions to the economic, cultural, scientific or social development of Australia or the international community have demonstrated distinguished service of the highest degree.
Distinguished Professor Graham Farquhar
Professor Farquhar is an ANU Bachelor of Science and PhD graduate and has been a staff member of the University since 1976. He is currently Head of the Environmental Biology Group in the Research School of Biology. His research output has been extraordinary and highly influential with his more than 200 papers attracting over 25,000 citations.
This award is in recognition of Professor Farquhar’s outstanding contributions to biological research and to global Climate Change Science in Australia and internationally.
The award will be presented at the ceremony for CMBE and CPMS (undergraduate students) at 2pm on Wednesday, 14th December 2011.
Professor James Williams AM
Professor Williams joined the University in 1988 and was appointed Director of the now Research School of Physics and Engineering in 2002. He is one of the leading and most influential figures in Physics and Engineering in Australia. For over 40 years, he has made outstanding contributions to the disciplines through his own research and through his research leadership, science policy development, research training, and mentoring activities.
This award is in recognition of Professor Williams’ outstanding contributions to research, research training and research leadership in the field of Materials Science both nationally and internationally, and of his valuable contributions to the University as an academic leader.
The award will be presented at the ceremony for the CMBS and CPMS (graduate and research students) at 5:30pm on Wednesday, 14th December 2011.
CHANCELLOR’S AWARD FOR DISTINGUISHED CONTRIBUTION TO THE UNIVERSITY
This award recognises distinguished service of a high degree. Staff, students and alumni of the University whose contribution to the economic, cultural, scientific or social development of Australia or the international community has demonstrated distinguished service of a high degree are eligible for the Award.
Professor Amin Saikal AM
Professor Saikal is Professor of Political Science and Director of the Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies. Since completing his PhD at the ANU as a Colombo Plan scholar, he has served the University for more than 30 years as a scholar, teacher and academic leader.
The Centre for Arab and Islamic Studies was established in 1994 directly as a result of Professor Saikal’s vision that the University play an expanded role in the study of the Middle East and Central Asia. He has sought actively to promote the study of the Middle East to a wider Australian audience, tirelessly contributing to the public debate and to media discussion.
This award is in recognition of Professor Saikal’s distinguished contribution to the study of the Middle East and Central Asia, and for his distinguished contribution to the University as a scholar, teacher and academic leader.
The award will be presented at the ceremony for CASS (undergraduate students) at 2pm on Friday, 16th December 2011.
AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING SERVICE TO THE CAMPUS COMMUNITY
The purpose of this Award is to recognise outstanding contributions to the life of the campus community. The Award recognises voluntary and sustained contributions, over and above what might reasonably be expected in the course of duty, which enhance the general welfare and life of the campus and benefit the institution as a whole. Staff and visiting fellows who have volunteered their time, expertise, skills and knowledge over several years, and who have demonstrated exceptional dedication and service to the campus community beyond the normal expectations of their position are eligible for the Award.
Associate Professor Alex Clarke
Associate Professor Alex Clarke joined the University in 2003. He has served as Deputy Dean of the ANU College of Business and Economics since November 2006 and as Dean from August 2010 to March 2011. Professor Clarke has made sustained, generous and important contributions to education at both the College and University levels, and to the good governance of the College.
This award is in recognition of Professor Clarke’s outstanding service to the University through his sustained contributions to the enhancement of educational quality and the student experience at the University.
The award will be presented at the ceremony for CBE (undergraduate students) at 10am on Thursday, 15th December 2011.
More information on the Awards is available on the website: http://info.anu.edu.au/ovc/Committees/Staff_Awards
Professor Gareth Evans AO QC