Dean’s Awards for Excellence 2019
Members of the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute (BDI) have been recognised for their exceptional performance, honours supervision and teaching in the 2019 Dean’s Awards for Excellence.
Congratulations to Mr Joel Eliades; the Monash BDI Biomedical Learning and Teaching Building (BLTB) Technical Support Team; Professor Rob Widdop and Dr Chantal Hoppe.
Exceptional Performance by Professional Staff:
Mr Joel Eliades
Mr Eliades was instrumental in establishing and implementing the transition of the laboratory laundry services to a new provider. This project required Mr Eliades to work tirelessly, negotiating with potential new service providers and reviewing the existing university laundry contract.
Seeking input from a number of external providers, liaising with Monash’s Strategic Procurement team and internal stakeholders, Mr Eliades ensured consistency and benefit to Monash as a whole, going above and beyond his direct scope within the Monash BDI.
The result of the complex task Mr Eliades undertook was a new university-wide agreement with a new provider, a decrease in cost, increase in service and Monash BDI branded lab coats for the institute.
Monash BDI BLTB Technical Support Team, led by Dr Ann Bohte: Dr Pamu Kularathna, Dr Anita Barry, Ms Ann-Maree Jeffris, Ms Lina D'Agruma, Dr Kylie Wilson, Mr Chris Bramich, Dr Smita Mehta, Ms Oanh HO, Dr Fiona Glenister, Ms Svetlana Stanojkovic, Ms Shelley Thirlwell, Ms Danielle West, Ms Kushani Weerakoon, Mr Stephen Thompson, Ms Barbara Smith, Ms Shubha Lakkola, and Ms Narelle Metcalf
The technical support staff for biomedical science teaching were instrumental during the design and construction period, successful transition to and occupation of the new BLTB.
In the early stages of the design period, the technical support staff were involved in consolidating schedules, inventories, space requirements and descriptions of lab activities for the new building. They participated in ongoing activities and design workshops for items such as bench designs and back-of-house layout, and remained engaged during the entire process.
The team were also involved in planning the enormous task of vacating multiple labs and moving into the new building. The transition into the BLTB was seamless and semester one of 2019 teaching went ahead in the new space with minimal impact, in large part thanks to the work of the BLTB Technical Support Team.
Excellence in Education (Honours Supervision):
Professor Rob Widdop, Head, Department of Pharmacology
Professor Rob Widdop has been recognised for his commitment to teaching excellence and development of the research careers of young scientists. With a long-held passion for teaching and mentoring students, Professor Widdop has supervised more than 50 Honours students over his career, taking interest in their progress and providing an environment in which they can reach their full potential.
Professor Widdop encourages collaborative research, develops students’ oral and written communication skills and focuses on strengthening their problem solving and critical thinking skills. He encourages students to actively participate in a research team, trains them in essential work-related skills and provides opportunities to develop their career pathways.
The impact of Professor Widdop’s methods is evidenced by the successful completion of all of his Honours students, with the majority receiving first class grades and going on to either complete post-graduate studies or work within the scientific sector.
Excellence in Education (Teaching Excellence):
Dr Chantal Hoppe
Dr Hoppe is an early career education-focused lecturer in the Department of Anatomy and Developmental Biology, and is an emerging educational leader. Her teaching has a strong focus on curriculum innovation, professional skill development, and enhancing the student learning experience. A passionate educator, her strong commitment in supporting student-centred learning environments is evident in her teaching approach. Dr Hoppe developed and integrated a ‘professionalism’ component to the biomedical science course, ensuring graduates are equipped with skills for their future careers.
Dr Hoppe was involved in transitioning the medical histology curriculum to active learning, focusing on engagement and clinical skill development using innovative learning spaces.
This award recognises Dr Hoppe’s numerous leadership roles and coordination experience, as well as her outstanding support to academic staff.
About the Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute
Committed to making the discoveries that will relieve the future burden of disease, the newly established Monash Biomedicine Discovery Institute at Monash University brings together more than 120 internationally-renowned research teams. Our researchers are supported by world-class technology and infrastructure, and partner with industry, clinicians and researchers internationally to enhance lives through discovery.