School staff receive University of Melbourne Excellence Awards

Our congratulations to Dr Terry Mulhern (Biochemistry & Molecular Biology) on receiving the David White Award for Teaching Excellence, and to Associate Professor Sammy Bedoui (Microbiology & Immunology) on receiving the Award for Excellence in Internationalisation of Research


David White Award for Teaching Excellence

Dr Terry Mulhern, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Since taking the role of Directory of Teaching and Learning in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Terry has invigorated the way second year students in BSc and BBiomed are introduced to Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. This has involved a combination of innovative engagement underpinned by scholarship of education and the development of student-centred approaches to teaching. The idea was for our students to cross the barrier between Art and Science and to ‘think with their bodies’. Terry led a team that was innovative in the way it provided feedback to students and working to adapt it to a wide variety of learning and teaching concepts. Students' confusion and surprise were used as tools to illustrate what they do and don’t understand.

Note: Academic staff from the School have won the David White Award for the last three years:

2017: Dr Charles Sevigny Department of Physiology: Innovations in the classroom and online to enhance student engagement and active learning: Using 21st century technology to reach individual students in a large cohort.

2016: Professor Roy Robins-Brown, Department of Microbiology & Immunology:

Award for Excellence in Internationalisation of Research

Associate Professor Sammy Bedoui, Department of Microbiology and Immunology

Associate Professor Bedoui, collaborated with his Bonn colleague Professor Christian Kurts to establish the Melbourne-Bonn Graduate Training Program, otherwise known as Bo&MeRang: the Bonn and Melbourne Research and Graduate School.

The program focuses on immunity to infection and brings together immunologists from the Universities of Bonn and Melbourne, leveraging off the substantial and complementary expertise for innate and adaptive immunity in Bonn and Melbourne respectively. Bo&MeRang brings together over 30 principal investigators from both institutions who train 30 high-performing PhD students. Each student spends two years at their home institution and one year abroad with the overseas partner. Successful completion results in a PhD which is jointly awarded by both Universities.

Sammy and Dr Marie Greyer are the Melbourne-based Co-Director and Program Coordinator of Bo&MeRang, and their counterparts in Bonn are Professor Christian Kurts and Lucie Delforge.

For further information on Bo&MeRang.