I genuinely don't know where to begin writing this short post because the news still feels so unreal. I received a wonderful e-mail yesterday from my university HR and College Dean to say that I have been successfully promoted to Level C!
For those in non-Australian university systems - level C (Senior Lecturer) is one step up from B (Lecturer). I have been at the ANU almost 4 years and I swear these past years feel as if they've flown by... I have been extremely busy setting up our Histology lab, teaching, and trying to publish as much as possible. With my ARC DECRA grant, awarded in 2018, that kicked in mid-2019, and a 6 month research leave at the start of 2019, it's really only the year 2019 when I took a deep breath, slowed down for a bit, and looked back at the period 2016 - 2019... I was applying for equipment and research grants left and right, pretty much non-stop, always worried in the back of my mind that my goal of setting up a hard tissue microscopy lab will not materialise. Multiple rejections and failures later, 4 years down the line - we have a fully functioning lab full of PhD, Masters, and Honours students!
I feel so appreciative of the ANU for recognising my efforts and commitment to the university - being promoted makes me feel rewarded for all the love and passion, and risk taking, I am putting into my academic adventures!
I am very happy to have two post-doctoral researchers visit our histology lab in August, working on our collaborative projects.
Today I officially take over the role of Treasurer of the Australasian Society for Human Biology! I look forward to serving on the ASHB committee supporting our community of researchers and students. My predecessor Assoc/Prof Kate Dommett of JCU has done an incredible job over the past 5 years - filling her shoes will be hard, but I hope to do the job justice.
Today's my first day as an Australian Research Council DECRA Research Fellow at the Australian National University! It's an awesome day so far because two of my recently accepted papers were published, and I had a new paper accepted for publication! I really hope this bodes well for my grant and it's not all downhill from now on...
A review of socio-economic determinants of bone health from past to present co-authored with my PhD student Karen Cooke is published in Clinical Reviews in Bone and Mineral Metabolism - this one presents a model incorporating ancient evidence into clinical contexts of bone fragility prevention: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12018-019-09263-1
A report of bone microstructure and associated renewal in a giant fossil rat from Timor co-authored with Julien Louys (Griffith University) and Sue O'Connor (College of Asia and Pacific, ANU) is published in The Anatomical Record: https://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/abs/10.1002/ar.24224
A paper co-authored with Alison Behie investigating microstructure of milk teeth in Australian children from known pregnancy and maternal health conditions is now in press in Early Human Development - out soon!