12 January 2012
RMIT news in brief
China's top uni honours researcher
Dr Xu Wang has been appointed a Visiting Professor in the Department of Energy Engineering at Zhejiang University, China, because of his outstanding achievement in automotive engineering research.
Dr Xu Wang receives his appointment as a Visiting Professor at Zhejiang University.
Zhejiang University was last year ranked as the number one university in China and one of the top 150 universities in the world.
Dr Xu Wang is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Aerospace, Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT University, a Fellow of the Society of Automotive Engineers and a Director of the Society of Automotive Engineers, Australasia.
He is working with his Chinese research partners on "Noise and Vibration Mitigation in Hybrid Vehicles Using Biodegradable Composites", and has published journal papers with them.
Professor appointed in Hong Kong
Professor Jorma Ahokas from the School of Medical Sciences has been appointed as an Honorary Professor of the University of Hong Kong, recently ranked as one of the top universities in Asia.
Professor Ahokas is a Foundation Professor of RMIT University, becoming the first professorial-level appointee in toxicology in Australia in 1991.
He has collaborated with the staff of the School of Biological Sciences at UHK for several years, helping develop the highly successful postgraduate course in Food Toxicology and Safety.
The workshop-based course has attracted much interest and a significant number of students from mainland China.
Boost for Indonesian classes
The Language Discipline team has been granted $119,600 by the Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations to support the teaching of Indonesian in schools.
The Minister for School Education, Peter Garrett, announced the grant for the project, congratulating RMIT on being among five projects selected from 30 expressions of interest.
Guosheng Chen, Discipline Head of Languages, said the success was a team effort, noting Xiaowen Fan's work in document preparation and networking with five Victorian partner schools.
Kristy wins library fellowship
Kristy Moody, who is studying information management in the School of Business IT and Logistics, has been awarded a $1,200 AGL Shaw Summer Research Fellowship.
She will use State Library of Victoria collections to investigate children's literature from both historical and contemporary standpoints and consider how the National Year of Reading in 2012 will support the promotion of children's literature and the benefits of children's reading.