Update to Alumni about Staff News


Staff News

Professor Eric Papas has joined the School after a long affiliation as a Visiting Professorial Fellow. Prof. Papas will be taking the lead in the development of research capacity in the measurement of visual quality and dynamic vision. He will also assist in developing and mentoring our talented Early Career Researchers at SOVS and will continue to supervise PhD students.

Dr Edward Lum, who has recently returned from Canada where he was undertaking a Postdoctoral Fellowship, has been working with our Director of Teaching, Dr Lisa Asper on ensuring that our courses are ready to move to the trimester model in 2019. He has also been working on some ad hoc projects for the School.

Dr Kathleen Watt and Dr Sharon Oberstein have moved into Education Focussed roles for the School. They will continue to teach our undergraduate students as the Director and Deputy Director of the UNSW Optometry Clinic respectively.

We farewelled Dr Preeji Mandathara Sudharman, Postdoctoral Fellow and an doctoral alumni of the School in 2017. During her time at the School, she was highly valued for her contributions to clinical trial work at the Eye Research Group. She also assisted with teaching in the School, particularly in the areas of evidence based optometry. She leaves to join another exciting venture in industry.

We welcome Dr Nayuta Yoshioka to the School as a Lecturer. Yoshi will be teaching in both the undergraduate and postgraduate programs at the School in the areas of Myopia and Vision Science.

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We have a number of well-deserved promotions to celebrate. We congratulate Dr Vinod Maseedupally on his promotion to Lecturer, Drs Nicole Carnt and Alex Hui on their promotion to Senior Lecturer.

Our researchers have also been promoted. We congratulate Dr Ajay Vijay Kumar on his promotion to Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Simin Masoudi and Dr Deburan Dutta for their promotion to Senior Research Associates. 

We are delighted to announce that Professor Fiona Stapleton has been awarded a Scientia Professorship. "Scientia Professors are selected not only by virtue of their excellence and innovation, but also in recognition of their behaviours that contribute to our community, such as demonstrating collaboration and teamwork, embracing diversity and showing respect for others".There are a small number of Professors at UNSW that are bestowed this title and we congratulate Fiona on this amazing achievement. 

Professor Stapleton has also been appointed Associate Dean (Enterprise) at the Faculty of Science. We congratulate our newest Associate Professor, Isabelle Jalbert and her new role within the Faculty of Science as Associate Dean International and Engagement.  

Staff Awards

Professor Fiona Stapleton and Professor Helen Swarbrick from the UNSW School of Optometry and Vision Science have been recognised by their peers  at the American Academy of Optometry.

Professor Stapleton was awarded the Glenn A Fry Lecture Award. "The Glenn A Fry Lecture Award is given annually to a distinguished scientist or clinician scientist in recognition of the quality, significance, impact, and relevance to optometry of his or her current research contributions." Professor Stapleton's significant scientific contributions are in the areas of contact lenses, epidemiology of contact lens-related infection, biomarkers in ocular surface and disease and dry eye. 

Professor Helen Swarbrick was awarded the Max Shapero Lecture Award. This award is given to a "clinician, researcher, or scholar who has made a significant contribution to the cornea and contact lens field by virtue of his publications, lectures, or research efforts."

Helen and Fiona Awards

Professor Fiona Stapleton received the "Donald R Korb Award for Excellence" from the American Optometric Association Contact Lens and Cronea Section council. The award is presented annually to an individual who has been a true innovator in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease.

Professor Fiona Stapleton was elected as a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering (ATSE). The Academy's aim is to ensure that Australia remains a world-leading technology economy. The Academy is an independent body of 800 eminent Australian scientists and engineers who strive to apply technology to enhance social, environmental and economic benefits for Australia. She joins Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, School of Chemistry, and Professor Chun Wang, School of Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering from UNSW who are welcomed by the Academy this year. 

Dr Blanka Golebiowski has been recognised for her work on improving access to eye care services for refugees, Dr Blanka Golebiowski was granted $40K from the AMP Tomorrow Fund to expand her free services at the NSW Asylum Seeker Centre in Sydney's Newtown.

Dr Mei Ying Boon and Emeritus Prof. Stephen Dain were part of the MS-024 - Spectacles committee, which was awarded the Outstanding Committee Award 2018 by Standards Australia. This award recognises the impact and achievements of the committee both nationally and internationally over a number of years. Dr Bronwyn Edwards, CEO of Standards Australia and VP (finance) of the International Standards Organisation, presented the award to the committee on the 13th December 2018 at the Standards Australia Offices in Sydney.

[Below: The current chair (Ms Annette Hoskins) and immediate past chair (Professor David Atchison) with Dr Mei Ying Boon, Mr Simon Pavy, Mr George Webster and Mr Kevin O'Connor and project managers Emily Dawson and Ron Pulido. Absent: Mr Lionel Minter and E. Prof. Dain]

Outstanding Committee Standards Australia

Emeritus Professor Stephen Dain was awarded the Josef Lederer Award from Optometry Australia. It was presented by his colleagues and Optometry NSW/ACT President Luke Cahill.

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On the 8th December At the End-of-Year Faculty of Science End of Year Party and Staff Awards event at the newly refurbished Roundhouse, the following School staff were recognised for their contributions.

  • Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert - Award for Teaching Innovation
  • Dr Nicole Carnt - Award for Research Excellence - Engagement and Knowledge Exchange
  • Dr Jack Phu - Award for Research Excellence (ECRs)
  • Dr Alex Hui - Award for Excellent Early Career Teachers

 [Below: L to R, Dr Jack Phu, Dr Alex Hui, Associate Professor Isabelle Jalbert, Dr Nicole Carnt]

UNSW Faculty of Science School of Optometry and Vision Science Awardees

The university has also recommended a number of UNSW Awards to School Staff including

  • Prof. Eric Papas - UNSW Teaching Excellence in the category of Research Supervision
  • Dr Blanka Golebiowski - UNSW Teaching Excellence in the category of Research Supervision
  • Dr Alex Hui - UNSW Award for Teaching Excellence in the Category of Rising Star

In this section

  • Staff Farewells
  • Staff baby news
  • Staff promotions
  • Professor Fiona Stapleton awarded Tony Adams Medal
  • Founding member reunion -  International Society for Colour Vision Meeting in Erlangen
  • Emeritus Prof. Stephen Dain honoured as a Life Fellow of the College of Optometrists, UK