Professor James Arthur
Head of the School of Education and Professor of Education, University of Birmingham
James Arthur is Head of the School of Education and Professor of Education at the University of Birmingham. He has written on the relationship between theory and practice in education, particularly the links between communitarianism, social virtues, citizenship, character and religion. He is Editor of the British Journal of Educational Studies and Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Values at the University of Birmingham. His publications include Education with Character: The Moral Economy of Schooling, Social Literacy, Citizenship, and The National Curriculum, Teaching Citizenship Through History, Subject Mentoring in the Secondary School, Schools and Community: The Communitarian Agenda in Education, Teaching Citizenship in the Secondary School and many other texts published by Routledge and (RoutledgeFalmer). He has written Of Good Character for Imprint Academic and a number of other texts for other publishers as well as a large range of chapters and articles.
Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum
Brigadier General (retired) Rhonda Cornum, PhD, MD, has a unique perspective on positive psychology and resilience. During the Gulf War, while a flight surgeon aboard a helicopter in search of a downed pilot, Dr Cornum was shot down, wounded and taken prisoner of war, which she wrote about in the book: She Went to War.
Until 2012, she also served as the first Director of the U.S. Army’s novel Comprehensive Soldier Fitness initiative (now renamed Army Comprehensive Fitness). This strategy represents the model for universal implementation of physical and psychological health promotion within the Department of Defense.
The Army Comprehensive Fitness program incorporates interactive training in positive psychology and resilience skills, through a Master Resilience Training Program developed and delivered by the University of Pennsylvania, in association with Professor Martin Seligman.
Dr Cornum received the Mental Health Humanitarian Award from the Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology to recognise her devotion to improving the mental health of Veterans, and servicemen and women and their families.
She previously served as the Assistant Surgeon General for Force Projection, responsible for the policies and procedures to prepare Soldiers and units for deployment, and commanded the Landstuhl Regional Medical Center, the evacuation hub for Iraq, Afghanistan, Africa and Europe.
Dr Cornum sits on numerous committees and advisory boards, including the Veteran Affairs Secretary’s POW Advisory Committee and is a Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Dr Cornum is Board certified in Urology, a Fellow in both the American College of Surgeons and the Aerospace Medical Association, and is a member of the American Society of Nutrition. Dr. Cornum has recently joined TechWerks, a United States based healthcare IT solutions company as the Director of Health Strategy.
Dr Michael Merzenich
Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at the University of California
Dr Michael Merzenich is Professor Emeritus of Neuroscience at the University of California, San Francisco. Dr. Merzenich was a member of the team, which invented the cochlear implant. Known internationally as one of the foremost researchers of neuroplasticity, Dr Merzenich's work has shown that the brain retains its ability to alter itself well into adulthood, suggesting that brains with injuries or disease might be able to recover function, even later in life. He has also explored the way the senses are mapped in regions of the brain and the way sensations teach the brain to recognise new patterns. Dr Merzenich wants to bring the powerful plasticity of the brain into practical use through technologies and methods that harness it to improve learning.
Dr. Merzenich has published more than 150 articles in leading peer-reviewed journals, received numerous awards and prizes (including the Ipsen Prize, Zülch Prize, Thomas Alva Edison Patent Award and Purkinje Medal), and been granted nearly 100 patents for his work. His work has been highlighted in hundreds of books about the brain, learning, rehabilitation, and plasticity. Dr. Merzenich's work is also often covered in the popular press, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Time, Forbes, Discover, and Newsweek. He has appeared extensively on television, and his work has been featured on four PBS specials: "The Brain Fitness Program," "Brain Fitness 2: Sight and Sound," "The New Science of Learning," and "Brain Fitness Frontiers".
Dr Paul Willis
Director, Royal Institution of Australia
The voice of the BBC’s much acclaimed Walking with Dinosaurs road show, the intrepid host of Monster Bug Wars and the eternally enthusiastic reporter from Catalyst and Quantum, Dr Paul Willis has a career history as diverse as his many talents. A former science presenter on ABC Television with a PhD in palaeontology, Paul is now the Director of Australia’s premier science communication charity, RiAus (the Royal
Institution of Australia).
At home in front of an audience, Paul is passionate about informing, educating and exciting people about science and is keen to talk about science in a variety of public forums. He was rewarded for his passion in 2000 when he was joint recipient of the Eureka Prize for Science Communication.
Dr Willis has produced many academic reports and papers, has authored or co-authored seven books on dinosaurs, rocks and fossils, and has written many popular science articles.
Paul was resident palaeontologist on seven Antarctic expeditions and brings this enthusiasm and keen sense of adventure to his speaking engagements. He is ready and willing to engage and to stimulate community conversations about science, life, and everything else.
A skilled facilitator, speaker and host, Paul’s unique style and personality make him a popular choice for a wide range of clients and audiences.
Professor Glyn Davis AC
Professor of Political Science, Vice Chancellor and Principal, University of Melbourne
Glyn Davis is Professor of Political Science, Vice Chancellor and Principal of the University of Melbourne, and immediate past Chair of Universities Australia.
Professor Davis was educated in political science at the University of New South Wales and the Australian National University, before undertaking post-doctoral appointments as a Harkness Fellow at the University of California Berkeley, the Brookings Institution in Washington DC and the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Internationally, Professor Davis is an immediate past Chair of Universitas 21, a grouping of 24 leading universities from around the globe, a member of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, and a Director of the Menzies Centre for Australian Studies at King’s College London.
In 2010 Professor Davis presented the Boyer Lectures published as The Republic of Learning.
Professor Julio Licinio
Deputy Director for Translational Medicine and Head, Mind and Brain Theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Strategic Professor of Psychiatry
Julio Licinio, M.D., FRANZCP, is Deputy Director for Translational Medicine and Head, Mind and Brain Theme at the South Australian Health and Medical Research Institute and Strategic Professor of Psychiatry, Flinders University in Adelaide, South Australia. He is also a Research Professor at the University of Southern California, in Los Angeles, Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at University of Adelaide and Visiting Professor of Psychiatry at University of Minho, in Braga, Portugal. He was previously Professor and Director, John Curtin School of Medical Research, The Australian National University (ANU), and head of the Department of Translational Medicine (2009-2013). Professor Licinio is originally from Brazil and lived for over 25 years in the United States, where he had clinical and research training in endocrinology and psychiatry at University of Chicago, Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Cornell. Professor Licinio is recognised internationally as a leader in translational research in depression and obesity. He has conducted medical research for over 20 years at Yale, NIH, UCLA, University of Miami and at the ANU, with key leadership positions in those institutions. He is also current and founding Editor of three Nature Publishing Group journals, Molecular Psychiatry (Impact Factor: 14.897 number 1 worldwide), The Pharmacogenomics Journal (Impact Factor 5.1) and Translational Psychiatry. Professor Licinio’s translational and genomics research spans the lab and clinic examining obesity, depression, and their interface.
Professor David Lloyd
Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia
Professor David Lloyd is Vice Chancellor and President of the University of South Australia.
Previously Professor Lloyd was Bursar and Director of Strategic Innovation at Trinity College Dublin, one of Europe’s oldest and most prominent universities, having been Dean and Vice President of Research at Trinity between 2007 and 2011. He was concurrently the inaugural Chair of the Irish Research Council.
He holds a Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Applied Chemistry and a PhD in Medicinal Organic Chemistry from Dublin City University, and was also a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin.
Professor Lloyd is a biochemist specialising in computer-aided drug design, and headed the Molecular Design Group at Trinity, Ireland’s leading innovative drug discovery research group on the integration of in silico and traditional wet lab drug discovery techniques, applying rational drug design strategies to key therapeutic targets.
He has published extensively in related fields in high impact international journals while generating significant grant income, and is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Professor Barbara Pocock
Director of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia
Professor Barbara Pocock has been studying working life in Australia for more than thirty years. Barbara has worked in many jobs - in shearing sheds, in universities, advising politicians, for governments, on farms, in unions and as a mother.
Barbara was initially trained as an economist and has a doctorate in gender studies. She was made a member of the Order of Australia (AM) in 2010 for services to research and advocacy of social justice. In 2007, Barbara won the 'society' category of The Bulletin's 'Smart 100 Australians'. She was made a fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in 2008. She has presented her research in many countries, published many books and articles, and received many grants including a Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship to study the intersections between work, family and community 2003-2007. She is a member of South Australia’s Economic Development Board.
Between 2006 and 2014 as Director of the Centre for Work + Life at the University of South Australia, she worked with a team of researchers, to analyse the way in which work affects Australians – in the workplace and at homes, in the community and in broader society.
She lives in Adelaide, South Australia, and is a mother of two.
Don't miss the Bus: Neuroscience – The Miracle of the 21st Century Learning Dr Rex J Lipman AO ED (SPSC 1933-37)
The Fellows program is named in honour of Dr Rex J Lipman AO ED, one of Saint’s pre-eminent old scholars.
Dr Lipman AO ED joined the Citizen Military Forces after completing his education at Saints and was a junior clerk at Goldsbrough Mort. He studied commerce at night at the University of Adelaide. Dr Lipman AO ED enlisted at the outbreak of WWII in the Australian Air Force and served with distinction as a Commando where he was Mentioned in Dispatches.
In the 1940s he was the first Commanding Officer of the Adelaide University Regiment. It was during this time that Dr Lipman AO ED successfully studied dental surgery and built a large practise in Adelaide.
In the 1960s he was involved with banking and finance and grew Adelaide’s most successful Merchant Bank. In the 1970s he set up Angas Travel and brought the Swiss Hotel Association and the Cordon Bleu of Paris to Adelaide.
Dr Lipman AO ED was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1989, and an Officer in that Order in 2008. The French Government acknowledged him by making him Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur and an Officer in the Ordre national du Mérite.