[ASC-media] Clunies Ross Awards

Niall Byrne niall at byc.com.au
Mon Mar 31 18:27:45 EST 2003

A cure for (concrete) cancer

Listening for the “drums of heaven”

Liquids that think they’re solid

A new way of managing blood sugar

Are amongst the achievements of seven Australians who each received a
Clunies Ross National Science and Technology Medal last night, Wednesday 26
March in Melbourne. 

The winners are: 

Jennie Brand-Miller, Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Sydney
Jennie has championed an evidence-based approach to nutrition and blood
sugar management based on the glycemic index. The result: better health
outcomes and new opportunities for Australian food manufacturers. 

David Boger, Director - Centre for Particulate Fluids Processing, Melbourne
Boger fluids break the rules. They act as if both liquid and solid. David
Boger has applied his knowledge of Boger fluids to deliver practical
benefits for hundreds of companies. 

David Doddrell, Director, Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Brisbane
David Doddrell has developed a scientific and commercial base for magnetic
resonance in Australia - earning export dollars and developing new ways of
detecting brain damage. 

Stephen Elliott, Managing Director, WEARS P/L, Gold Coast
Stephen Elliott took a punt on his idea that slow stirring of reservoir
water could improve  water quality. No reservoir fitted with his system has
had a blue green algal boom. 

Ron Grey, Managing Director, GBC Scientific Equipment Pty Ltd, Melbourne  
In seconds, Ron Grey can identify every element and isotope in a sample¾to
parts per trillion. It’s a long way from the first instrument made in a
garage in 1977. Today, his Victorian business has distributors in 85

Ahmad Shayan, Chief Scientist, ARRB Transport Research Ltd, Melbourne
Built to last for 100 years, many bridges and dams require expensive repairs
after a decade or less. Ahmad Shayan has diagnosed the cause, and developed
new treatments and preventive measures, saving the Australian economy
billions of dollars. 

David Blair, Professor of Physics, The University of Western Australia
David Blair’s quest in search of gravity waves¾the “drums of heaven”—has
created new businesses and inspired a generation of West Australian school
children. He may yet be the first to detect these elusive waves first
predicted by Einstein.

For more information about the awardees and photos from the night visit
www.cluniesross.org.au or call Niall Byrne on 03 5253 1391, niall at byc.com.au

Niall Byrne
Science Communication Consultant
Byrne Young Communication Pty Ltd
PO Box 199 Drysdale 3222 Australia
(185 Scotchmans Road Portarlington 3223)
Ph +61 3 5253 1391, fax +61 3 9923 6008, mobile 0417 131 977
niall at byc.com.au

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