Dear QAAS Companions, Honorary Fellows, Fellows and Members
It has been a few months since my last Newsletter to you. Many of our QAAS colleagues and friends (including Councillors) have chosen to enjoy the northern hemisphere summer to travel overseas. For those about to travel, travelling now or planning future travel, we wish you a safe journey.
Some matters to update you on:
- A Big Dialogue: Net Zero without Nuclear? Don’t forget to purchase tickets (a 10% discount for QAAS members) to this event on Tuesday 8th August at The Tivoli, 52 Costin St., Fortitude Valley. Doors open at 6pm. A reminder email with more information on the event was sent to QAAS members on Thursday 27thJuly at 8.54am. QAAS is pleased to support The Brisbane Dialogues as they present another in their series of thought-provoking series. Tickets can be purchased using the link below:
- QAAS Annual General Meeting: The 2023 AGM is scheduled for Wednesday 6th December 2023 beginning at 5pm. An important part of the AGM is the election of new Councillors. This year we will have a number of vacancies on Council to fill as part of the normal rotation of Councillors’ terms of office. Please reach out to me (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested and would like to discuss this with me.
- QUT and QAAS Data Science in the News Webinar Series: QAAS continues our important collaboration with QUT’s Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen and her colleagues with their QAAS Data Science Webinar Series. The August webinar, scheduled for 25th August from 12noon to 1pm, is to be moderated by Emeritus Professor Roland (Roly) Sussex. Professor Robina Xavier is scheduled to moderate an October webinar on the topic Regenerative AI. We’ll keep you posted on the date for this one also.
- Food for Thought: Emeritus Prof Fred D’Agostino has been in the UK for the last few weeks (he’s a cricket tragic from way back) so his well-liked email to our Fellows containing links to those who are ‘in the news’ has been a little light on. He’s returned from his sojourn now, so feel free to send him details when you notice a news-worthy item to share or you can use the QAAS website email service to keep everyone connected. Fred’s email is email@example.com
- Co-opted Councillors: In June this year, the QAAS Council invited four Fellows to join Council through to the end of 2023 to contribute to our interdisciplinary focus across the arts and sciences and develop stronger relationships with regional and remote Queensland. The QAAS Constitution allows for the Academy to enlist Co-opted Councillors for up to a 12-month period. Our co-opted Councillors are listed below and a warm welcome and thanks to them for accepting the invitation to join Council:
- Emeritus Prof Helene Marsh is a Professorial Fellow at James Cook University whose field of expertise is Environmental Science, particularly the ecology and conservation biology of dugongs. Helene is currently the Lead for the Threatened and Migratory Species and Threatened Ecological Communities Mission which is supported through funding from the Australian Government's National Environmental Science Program.
- Professor Mark Western is Professor of Sociology in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences at The University of Queensland and Research Director, The Queensland Commitment, UQ. His research examines how systems of inequality and disadvantage arise and can be addressed. He has a particular focus on social science research methods, solution-oriented social science, social and economic inequality and class analysis.
- Professor Melissa Bull is Director of QUT’s Centre for Justice in the School of Justice (previously from the School Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University). Melissa's two main areas of research include drug regulation and policing diversity and she has published on sentencing and punishment, long term immigration detention and counter terrorism narratives and prevention programs.
- Professor Shazia Sadiq is Professor of Computer Science at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland. Shazia’s research focusses on responsible data management and aims to reduce the socio-technical barriers to data driven transformation by assisting organisations to create, protect and sustain agile data pipelines. Her work has contributed to advancing knowledge on data quality management, scalable data curation and cleaning and bias mitigation.
All best wises to you all as always,
Emeritus Prof Helen Chenery
Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences