March / April Executive Dean Report

Vale Linda Ovington

Dr Linda Ovington was a valued member of the School of Psychology and the Faculty. Linda was both a staff member of Charles Sturt and a previous student, completing both undergraduate studies as well as her PhD with us. She made significant contributions to both teaching and research in her time with FoBJBS and the School of Psychology. Linda passed away on Tuesday 16 March after a long illness, but with remissions. Linda is a great personal and professional loss to the Faculty, but particularly to the School of Psychology. We pass on our condolences to the School and to Linda’s family, particularly Miles, her son, and Rod her partner. We want to thank Rachel Hogg from the School of Psychology, who as a friend and colleague of Linda, did so much to support Linda herself, and her family. Rachel presented the eulogy at Linda’s funeral, capturing many aspects of Linda’s life, but also her contribution to the School and Charles Sturt, as well as Linda’s impact on many individuals throughout her very short life.  Vale Linda.

Manly Campus closure: End of an era but not the end of the partnership

The Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) has been co located with the Australian Institute of Police Management (AIPM) at Collins Beach, Manly (campus) since 1991. A 30 year lease arrangement is due to expire this month (April 2021). Charles Sturt is exiting the facility due to the lease expiring and no option for the University to renew the lease for this space. The relationship between the AIPM and Charles Sturt remains strong. Alternate work space arrangements have been made for staff that have been impacted by the closure of the Manly campus.

BJBS success in 2021 Early Career Research (ECR) Grants

Congratulations to the four BJBS Early Career Researchers (ECR) who were successful in obtaining a 2021 ECR Grant up to the value of $25,000 to support research that will strengthen their research track record, enabling them to be more competitive when applying for external funding.

  • Michael Bewong, School of Computing and Mathematics – Project Title: Detecting information warfare using improved topic models for short text
  • Saeed Shaeri, CSU Engineering  – Project Title: Assessment of climate change impacts on surface water resources: Case Study – Lachlan River, Cowra
  • Clifford Lewis, School of Management and Marketing – Project Title: the role of leisure travel to metropolitan cities in the lives of regional Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual (LGB) people
  • Robyn Brunton, School of Psychology – Project Title: An examination of childhood abuse and perinatal outcomes conducted through systematic review and longitudinal analysis