I’ve just signed an acceptance of offer of employment which will take me fully back into maths at QUT, 50% teaching in the Mathematical Sciences School and 50% researching with Kerrie Mengersen under her ARC Laureate Fellowship. Over the last few years I’ve been supported variously by Professor Lidia Morawska in the International Laboratory for Air Quality and Health, the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Air quality and health Research and evaluation, QUT’s Institute for Future Environments and Mathematical Sciences School to whom I’m very grateful.
The second piece of big news is that with Ruth Luscombe and Nick Tierney, SEB113 has been recognised with a Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Award for innovation in teaching. We’ve put a lot of work into the unit this year, along with Iwona Czaplinski, Brett Fyfield, Jocelyne Bouzaid and Amy Stringer and the guidance of Ian Turner and Steve Stern. Ruth, Iwona, Brett and I have a paper accepted as part of an education conference next year and it’s a nice confirmation of all that we’ve done over the last 3 years (from Sama Low Choy’s first delivery when I was just a tutor) to take the unit from a grab bag of topics that students didn’t feel was particularly well connected to a coherent series of lecture-lab-workshop sequences that introduce and reinforce six weeks of each of mathematics and statistics topics that students tell us have helped them come to understand the role of quantitative analysis in science.