28- 04- 2023
The first quarter of 2023 has seemed to pass by incredibly swiftly, with our remarkable Scholars achieving as they do, a multitude of impressive accomplishments. As we release this newsletter, we take a moment to acknowledge ANZAC Day on the 25th of April, a significant time for all Australians and New Zealanders.
Whilst we remember the bravery and fortitude of those who have served our nations in times of war and conflict, ANZAC Day also provides a chance to actively honour those currently serving our countries.
In this edition, we are excited to share the contributions of our Scholars on the global stage, making a positive impact in various areas.
On May 1st, we are opening the applications for our 2024 cohort of Scholars which will see our 250th awarded Scholarship. Such an exciting time for the Foundation, our supporters and friends.
Thank you for your continued support. We hope you enjoy reading about their exciting endeavours.
Recent research presented by Dr Mark Chia, 2021 Commonwealth Bank John Monash Scholar at the Annual Assembly of the Society for Vision and Ophthalmology in New Orleans, explored the use of deep learning in investigating 3-yr key adverse cardiovascular occasion (MACE) prediction utilizing optical coherence tomography (OCT). The study uses a deep learning model that utilizes retinal OCT to predict the incidence of MACE in patients aged 40 and older. The study found that an in-house pre-training approach significantly outperformed a baseline supervised method. The model had an area under receiver operating characteristic (AUROC) of .796 and a precision recall of .769, with a sensitivity of .700. The study suggests that the model has the potential to identify patients at high risk for MACE during routine eye exams and receive necessary treatment to prevent heart attacks and strokes. The research team recommends future studies to explore the potential for multimodal predictive models, external validation of findings, and clinical translation.
2023 Rio Tinto John Monash Scholar awarded Frank Knox
Abi Rajkumar, 2023 Rio Tinto John Monash Scholar has been dual awarded the Frank Knox Scholarship to assist her in her academic pursuits at Harvard University.
Abi is a Crown Prosecutor in the Northern Territory who believes the law should be used to change lives for the better. She has worked as an Adviser to federal and state politicians in communications and policy and has travelled across the country exploring communities and identifying opportunities for change. Abi is passionate about making a significant and lasting impact through new approaches to justice systems and evidence-based progressive policy.
The Frank Knox Memorial Fellowship offers funding for exceptional students from the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, and New Zealand to pursue graduate studies at Harvard University. Following her Mid-career Master in Public Administration at Harvard University as a John Monash Scholar, she plans to return to Australia and use the law as a tool for social change and to use her new knowledge and experiences to be able to have a significant impact on justice policy reform, making a tangible difference to the lives of victims and offenders.
Embracing the unexpected and celebrating the extraordinary
The Baroque period is renowned for its abundant musical ideas, individual expression, and personal freedom, characterized by soul-bearing improvisation, rococo flair, and exuberant affectation. Violinist and 2021 Scholar Judith Neilson Foundation John Monash Scholar ‘Social Innovation and Cohesion’, Peter Clark is finishing his 2023 National Concert Season of Concerto with the Omega ensemble on the 29th of April in Penrith at the Joan. For more information, visit: Omega Ensemble’s website
“Omega’s performance was a perfect showcase for Baroque music, meddling complex polyphonies with simple melodic themes; balancing the power and range of the string quintet with the delicate plucks of the harpsichord; and bringing three centuries of inspiration together in one room.”(Limelight Magazine).
Ain’t no mountain high enough for Aussie heart specialist Dr Nikki Bart
Dr. Nikki Bart, 2010 John Monash Scholar has been interviewed by John Stanley at Brisbane's 2GB/4BC radio on her experience as a cardiovascular specialist and a mountaineer. Nikki and her mother Cheryl are the first mother - daughter team to climb all 7 summits. Listen here
PODCAST: What makes an effective Leader?
In this episode May Samali, 2014 NSW Premier's John Monash Scholar and Jillian Kilby, 2013 BHP John Monash Scholar, discuss what makes an effective leader; their respective leadership styles; strategies for developing strong leadership culture and sources of leadership inspiration. Listen here
Scholarship Applications now open!
Applications for the 2024 John Monash Scholarship are open Monday May 1st! Unlike other scholarship programs, becoming a John Monash Scholar is about furthering your own education just as much as it is about nurturing a positive future for Australia. John Monash Scholars receive lifelong career support so they can tackle the greatest challenges of our time. Applications will remain open until July 14th. Start your application today by visiting: John Monash Scholarship Apply Now