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JCU's Pro Vice Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Strategy, Martin Nakata AM has been featured on ABC's Sunday Extra 'The Year that Made Me'.

Professor Nakata has recently been awarded an Order of Australia Medal for his outstanding contribution to Indigenous Education and has just had an asteroid named after himself for his involvement in Indigenous Astronomy education.

The Year That Made Me: Martin Nakata, 1980

Professor Martin Nakata - Profile PhotoProfessor Martin Nakata, Pro-Vice Chancellor Indigenous Education and Strategy at James Cook University has been awarded the Member of the Order of Australia (AM). The Order of Australia recognises Australian citizens for outstanding achievements and service.

Professor Nakata was the first Torres Strait Islander to receive a PhD and he is recognised internationally as one of Australia’s leading academics. He is widely published in national and international academic journals, anthologies and books on Indigenous educational matters. His research work in the higher education sector to improve outcomes for Indigenous students spans almost four decades, and he has been invited to and delivered keynote addresses on his ongoing work to professional associations in over twenty countries.

His current ARC-funded study of improvements to Indigenous STEM education in schools will have bearing on the shape of Indigenous STEM education in the future.

This truly inspirational story combines the importance of Indigenous cultural burning practices in maintaining our ecosystem, and the thousands of years of knowledge our Elders hold.

This story, told by Victor Steffensen about Elders Tommy George and George Musgrave is a must watch.

Watch the full Fighting Fire with Fire Australian Story

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This week our very own Nursing graduate, Tahnia-Maree Ah Kit, received the video call of a lifetime. Tahnia-Maree, along with two of her colleagues from Gidgee Healing in Mount Isa were honoured by the Duchess of Cambridge Kate Middleton and Sophie the Countess of Wessex.

Kate and Sophie thanked the nurses for their 'incredible work' on International Nurses' Day.

Tahnia-Maree graduated with a Bachelor of Nursing in 2019, and was also one of the IERC's student ambassadors during her time at JCU. When speaking to the Royals, Tahnia-Maree claims, "We are feeling the love".

Check out our very own superstar in this clip (Tahnia-Maree is shown around the 1.18min mark)

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