Dispatches from the West

I write from a secret location deep in western Sydney (ie. west of Annandale), a region I know most of you would find akin to the jungles of Borneo. I wish I could say that I was producing Trollope-like quantities of written work each day, but it’s more Beckett-like (or perhaps Nicholson Baker-like….). I  have torn myself away from my books just to let you know of a few choice tidbits of news that have somehow made it my way….

First of all, many congratulations to Natalya Lusty (GCS),who has been awarded a coveted Brown Fellowship for 2010. This provides  her with 2 semesters of teaching and administration relief to complete a major research project. Given the quantity and quality of applications for these Fellowships, this is quite an achievement.

I am also delighted to report that SOPHI has gained two new postdoctoral fellowships (out of a total of 10 offered across the entire university)  in the most recent round of the UYSD Postdoctoral Fellowship scheme. This has become one of the most competitive schemes of its kind around the place –  and in fact, probably has a lower success rate than the ARC APD’s. So I am delighted we have done so well.  Once details have been settled, I will be delighted to announce who will be joining us.

And finally, congratulations to SOPHI colleagues Shane White (History) and Huw Price (Philosophy) who received University ‘Near Miss’ grants from the DVCR, in recognition of getting oh-so-close to an ARC DP (based on the rankings passed on by the ARC).  These grants enable applicants to  continue to build on their projects and be ready to apply again in 2010. [Don’t forget that SOPHI will provide $1000 for research suupport to all applicants submitting an application through us for the next ARC round. Contact Nikki Whipps for more details.]

DON’T FORGET THE SOPHI END-OF-YEAR PARTY ON 3 DECEMBER FROM 5PM IN THE NICHOLSON MUSEUM!! Come one, come all…

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