[ASC-media] Media Release: Australian Academy of Science elects new members

Australian Academy of Science scied at science.org.au
Fri Mar 26 15:56:19 EST 2004

26 March 2004

Science Academy elects new members

Twenty of Australia's leading scientists were honoured on 25 March by election to the Australian Academy of Science.

Election to the Academy recognises a career that has significantly advanced, and continues to advance, the world's scientific knowledge.  Scientific contributions of the new Fellows range from the molecular genetics of flower development to machine learning and data mining.  The 2004 Fellows are from eleven Australian universities, CSIRO and medical research institutions.

Generally, the Academy of Science elects each year 16 scientists to the Fellowship.  In 2004, to commemorate its 50th Anniversary Year, the Academy has elected an additional four Fellows.

The new Fellows are:

Professor Robert Antonia  
Professor of Mechanical Engineering, School of Engineering, University of Newcastle, New South Wales
Telephone: 02 4921 6186
Email: mailto:meraa at cc.newcastle.edu.au
Website: http://www.eng.newcastle.edu.au/eng/school/staff/robert-antonia.html
Field: Mechanical engineering: turbulent flow.

Professor Martin Banwell FRACI
Professor of Chemistry, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra
Telephone: 02 6125 8202
Email: mailto:Martin.Banwell at anu.edu.au
Website: http://rsc.anu.edu.au/RSC/ChemResearch/Chemists/banwell.html
Field: Chemical synthesis and biologically active natural products.

Professor Robert Bartnik
Professor of Mathematics, School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Canberra
Telephone: 02 6201 5478
Email: mailto:Robert.Bartnik at canberra.edu.au
Website: http://www.ise.canberra.edu.au/mathstat/StaffPages/Robert2.htm
Field: Mathematics of General Relativity, Differential Geometry, Partial Differential Equations.

Professor Robert Baxter
Director, Kolling Institute of Medical Research, Royal North Shore Hospital, St Leonards, New South Wales
Telephone: 02 9926 8486  
Email: mailto:robaxter at med.usyd.edu.au
Website: http://www.kolling.usyd.edu.au/Baxter.htm
Field: Structural features of IGF binding proteins; IGF transport; cell growth regulation.

Dr Matthew Colless
Director, Anglo-Australian Observatory, Epping, New South Wales
Telephone: 02 9372 4811
Email: mailto:Director at aaoepp.aao.gov.au
Field: Observational cosmology, galaxy and cluster evolution.

Professor David Cook FRACP
Professor of Cell Physiology, Epithelial Transport Laboratory, Department of Physiology, University of Sydney
Telephone: 02 9351 3477
Email: mailto:davidc at physiol.usyd.edu.au
Website: http://www.physiol.usyd.edu.au/~davidc/
Field: Transport processes in the cell membrane and the manner in which cells control membrane transport activity.

Professor Christopher Easton FRACI 
Professor of Chemistry, Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra
Telephone: 02 6125 8201
Email: mailto:Chris.Easton at anu.edu.au
Website: http://rsc.anu.edu.au/RSC/ChemResearch/Chemists/easton.html
Field: Amino acid free radicals; supramolecular chemistry and molecular recognition.

Professor Peter Forrester
Professor and ARC Professorial Fellow, Department of Mathematics and Statistics, University of Melbourne
Telephone: 03 8344 9683
Email: mailto:P.Forrester at ms.unimelb.edu.au
Website: http://www.ms.unimelb.edu.au/Personnel/index.php?person_id=22
Field: Random matrix theory, statistical mechanical lattice models.

Professor Ian Frazer FRCPA FRCP(Ed)
Director, Centre for Immunology and Cancer Research, University of Queensland
Telephone: 07 3240 5315
Email: mailto:i.frazer at medicine.pa.uq.edu.au
Website: http://www.cicr.uq.edu.au/groups/frazer.html
Field: Immunology, medicine, pathology, clinical immunology (allergy, transplantation immunology, autoimmune disease, immunodeficiency).

Professor Paul Haddad  FTSE, FRACI, FRSC
Professor of Chemistry and Deputy Head, School of Chemistry, University of Tasmania
Telephone:  03 6226 2179
Email: mailto:Paul.Haddad at utas.edu.au
Website: http://www.scieng.utas.edu.au/chem/pagedetails.asp?lpersonId=66
Field: Separation science and covers ion chromatography, capillary zone electrophoresis, capillary electrochromatography, and high-performance liquid chromatography, used especially for the separation of inorganic ions, metal complexes and low molecular weight organic species.

Dr Thomas Joseph (TJ) Higgins FTSE
Deputy Chief, CSIRO Plant Industry, Canberra
Telephone: 02 6246 5037
Email: mailto:Tj.Higgins at csiro.au
Website: http://www.csiro.au/index.asp?type=resume&id=HigginsTJ&stylesheet=aboutCSIROResume
Field: Biology and molecular genetics of storage proteins; regulation of expression of their coding genes; transgene technology.

Dr Douglas Hilton 
Principal Research Fellow, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne
Telephone: 03 9345 2621
Email: mailto:hilton at wehi.edu.au
Website: http://www.wehi.edu.au/research/divisions/chd/index.html
Field: Molecular genetic regulation of blood cell formation.

Professor Richard Hobbs 
Chair in Environmental Science, School of Environmental Science, Murdoch University, Western Australia
Telephone: 08 9360 2191
Email: mailto:R.Hobbs at murdoch.edu.au
Website: http://wwwscieng.murdoch.edu.au/cgi-bin/phone.cgi?ID=zwacjrostm
Field: Conservation biology, landscape ecology and restoration ecology.  Current research focuses on management of remnant vegetation in agricultural areas, rehabilitation of degraded areas and the integration of conservation with production.

Professor Ary Hoffmann 
Professor of Genetics and Director, ARC Special Research Centre (Centre for Environmental Stress and Adaptive Research - CESAR), La Trobe University, Melbourne
Telephone: 03 9479 2769
Email: mailto:A.Hoffmann at latrobe.edu.au
Website: http://www.latrobe.edu.au/cesar/latrobe/staff/Ary_Hoffmann.html
Field: Genetics: evolutionary biology.

Professor Ramamohanarao (Rao) Kotagiri 
Professor of Computer Science and Head of Computer Science and Software Engineering, University of Melbourne
Telephone: 03 8344 1301
Email: mailto:rao at cs.mu.oz.au
Website: http://www.cs.mu.oz.au/~rao/
Field: Machine learning and data mining, robust agent systems, information retrieval, intrusion detection, logic programming and deductive databases.

Professor Malcolm McCulloch 
Professor, Environmental Geochemistry and Geochronology, Research School of Earth Sciences, Australian National University
Telephone: 02 6125 9969
Email: mailto:MalcolmMcCulloch at anu.edu.au
Website: http://rses.anu.edu.au/environment/eePages/eePeople/eeMalcolmMcCulloch.html
Field: Application of isotopic and trace element geochemical methods to better understand the impacts of both climatic and anthropogenic processes on the Earth's environment.

Professor David Smyth
Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Monash University
Telephone:  03 9905 3861
Email: mailto:David.Smyth at sci.monash.edu.au
Website: http://www.biolsci.monash.edu.au//labs/smyth/index.html
Field: Molecular genetics of flower development in Arabidopsis, Genetic control of carpel development, Genetic control of petal development. 

Professor Robert Vincent  FAIP
Personal Chair in Physics, The University of Adelaide
Telephone:  08 8303 5758
Email: mailto:robert.vincent at adelaide.edu.au
Website: http://www.physics.adelaide.edu.au/
Field: Atmospheric waves.

Professor Malcolm Walter 
Director, Australian Centre for Astrobiology, Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences, Macquarie University, Sydney
Telephone: 02 9850 8354
Email: mailto:malcolm.walter at mq.edu.au
Website: http://aca.mq.edu.au/People/mwalter.html
Field: Early evolution of life and the earth. Petroleum and mineral resources of ancient sedimentary basins. Conservation of unique modern sedimentary environments. Exploration for fossil life on Mars.

Professor E Marelyn Wintour-Coghlan 
NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow, Department of Physiology, Monash University
Telephone: 03 9905 2508
Email:  mailto:Marelyn.Wintour-Coghlan at med.monash.edu.au
Field:  Developmental physiology, including kidney and adrenal function, control of fetal fluid and electrolyte balance.

Special Elections

This year the Academy has also made Special Elections to two eminent Australians who have rendered conspicuous service to the cause of science or whose election would be of signal benefit to the Academy and to the advancement of science.

They are:

Professor Nancy Millis AC MBE FTSE 
Council, La Trobe University
Area: Public awareness of science.

Mr John Ralph AC FTSE 
Chairman, Commonwealth Bank of Australia, Melbourne, Victoria
Email:  mailto:berdray at bigpond.com
Area: Service to the cause of Australian science and the Academy.

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