[ASC-media] SCIENCE ACADEMY ELECTS NEW MEMBERS
jacinta.legg at science.org.au
Fri Mar 24 17:17:35 EST 2006
For those interested, the Australian Academy of Science has just announced the scientists who have been elected to the Fellowship. Below is a list of names and information on their resarch (Warning: hard core science ahead!) If you know any of the new Fellows, feel free to congratulate them.
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24 March 2006
SCIENCE ACADEMY ELECTS NEW MEMBERS
Election to the Academy is an honour and recognises a career that has significantly advanced, and continues to advance, the world’s scientific knowledge. The new Fellows, researchers from Australian universities, CSIRO and medical research institutions, cover a wide range of specialities across the physical, biological and applied sciences.
The 18 new Fellows, including two by Special Election, are:
Professor David Grant Allen
Professor of Physiology, School of Medical Sciences, University of Sydney, NSW 2006
Phone: 02 9351 4602 Fax: 02 9351 2058 Email: davida at physiol.usyd.edu.au
Speciality: Cardiac and skeletal muscle physiology. David Allen’s demonstration of the role of intracellular calcium in the regulation of activation in the heart has become mainstream in cardiac physiology. His findings have been utilised extensively by the pharmaceutical industry in the design of drugs to increase cardiac output and to ameliorate the damage to cardiac muscle caused by oxygen starvation.
Dr Brian John Boyle
Director, Australia Telescope National Facility, CSIRO ATNF, P O Box 76, Epping, NSW 1710
Phone: 02 9372 4300 Fax: 02 9372 4310 Email: Brian.Boyle at csiro.au
Speciality: Cosmology and the evolution of quasars. Brian Boyle played a major role in uncovering the origin of the cosmological X-ray background. His research has led to a direct determination of the black hole mass function and the clustering of quasars at high redshift.
Professor Mark Alexander Burgman
Professor, School of Botany, University of Melbourne, Parkville, VIC 3010
Phone: 03 8344 7151 Fax: 03 9347 5460 Email: markab at unimelb.edu.au
Speciality: Ecology, applied mathematics, statistics, and conservation planning. Mark Burgman’s research into the fundamentals of uncertainty in ecology has applied new knowledge to a long-standing problem — how to make conservation decisions. He has published a seminal book on risk assessment for conservation and a broader treatment of uncertainty in environmental management.
Professor David Stephen Celermajer
Scandrett Professor of Cardiology, Sydney University, Department of Cardiology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW 2050
Phone: 02 9515 6519 Fax: 02 9550 6262 Email: david.celermajer at email.cs.nsw.gov.au
Speciality: Vascular Biology, endothelium and non-invasive detection of endothelial dysfunction. David Celermajer’s research has led to the identification of pre-symptomatic arterial damage, revolutionising the field of cardiovascular prevention and leading to novel treatment options for patients with early arterial damage.
Professor (John) Barry Egan
Professor, School of Molecular and Biomedical Science, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005
Phone: 08 8303 5361 Fax: 08 8303 4348 Email: barry.egan at adelaide.edu.au
Speciality: Molecular biology, genetics and virology. Barry Egan has developed new and practical models for systems biology and for mathematical analyses of genetic circuits. His research on bacterial and bacteriophage genetics, particularly the 186 and λ systems, has revealed significant alternative genetic regulatory systems.
Professor Lorenzo Faraone
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering, University of Western Australia, Crawley, WA 6009
Phone: 08 6488 3104 Fax: 08 6488 1095 Email: faraone at ee.uwa.edu.au
Speciality: Semiconductors, infra-red technology, micro-electro-mechanical systems and nanotechnology. Lorenzo Faraone’s development of the Quantitative Mobility Spectrum Analysis technique and tuneable infra-red detectors has revolutionised sensor technology.
Professor David John Hinde
Professor, Department of Nuclear Physics, Research School of Physical Sciences and Engineering, Australian National University, Canberra, ACT 0200
Phone: 02 6125 2094 Fax: 02 6125 0748 Email: David.Hinde at anu.edu.au
Speciality: Nuclear physics. David Hinde has developed novel experimental equipment and techniques allowing elucidation of the time-scale involved in heavy ion reactions. His work has led to a significant change in our knowledge of nuclear dynamics, resulting in a re-direction of international research.
Professor Andrew Holmes AM FRS
ARC Federation Fellowship and VESKI Inaugural Fellow, Bio21 Institute, University of Melbourne, 30 Fleminton Road, Parkville, VIC 3010
Phone: 03 8344 2344 Fax: 03 8344 2384 Email: aholmes at unimelb.edu.au
Speciality: Synthetic organic chemistry, electroactive polymers. Andrew Holmes is distinguished for his contributions to the synthesis of biologically important natural products and for pioneering work on semiconducting conjugated polymers. His materials chemistry research interests have been in the areas of flat panel displays, photovoltaics, field effect transistors, and supercritical carbon dioxide as a benign solvent.
Professor Brian Herbert Kay
Director, Australian Centre for International and Tropical Health and Nutrition, Queensland Institute of Medical Research, PO Brisbane Hospital, QLD 4029
Phone: 07 3362 0350 Fax: 07 3362 0106 Email: brian.kay at qimr.edu.au
Speciality: Epidemiology, entomological vectors, mosquito control. Brian Kay is one of the pre-eminent entomologists from Australia dealing with a range of regional arbovirus problems, especially dengue. He has made significant contributions to the understanding of arbovirus ecology in Australia, such as the Ross River and Murray Valley encephalitis viruses, and was responsible for the elimination of arbovirus diseases in northern Australia and Asia.
Professor Roger Powell
Professorial Fellow, School of Earth Sciences, University of Melbourne, VIC 3010
Phone: 03 8344 6533 Fax: 03 8344 7761 Email: powell at unimelb.edu.au
Speciality: Metamorphic geology. Roger Powell is a world leader in the application of thermodynamics to predicting mineral assemblages and phase relationships in natural rocks. He has pioneered the development of quantitative approaches to the study of metamorphism and rigorously understanding the physical conditions under which metamorphic reactions occur.
Dr Stephen Rich Rintoul
Senior Principal Research Scientist, Marine and Atmospheric Research, CSIRO, GPO Box 1538, Hobart, TAS 7001
Phone: 03 6232 5393 Fax: 03 6232 5123 Email: steve.rintoul at csiro.au
Speciality: Oceanography, climate science. Stephen Rintoul has become the pre-eminent authority on the circulation of the Southern Ocean and its pivotal role in the global climate system. His pioneering work on the transport and dynamics of the Antarctic Circumpolar Current, the formation of water masses, and his scientific leadership have had a profound impact on the field.
Professor Igor Shparlinski
Associate Professor, Department of Computing, Macquarie University, NSW
Phone: 02 9850 9585 Fax: 02 9850 9551 Email: igor at ics.mq.edu.au
Speciality: Number theory. Igor Shparlinski has solved several well-known problems including an Erdös problem, which had remained unsolved for decades. He applied advanced methods of analytical number theory to computer science and cryptography, leading to a series of remarkable results, notably a recent rigorously proved attack on the Digital Signature Algorithm, and establishing the bit security of the Diffie-Hellman protocol.
Professor Michelle Yvonne Simmons
ARC Federation Fellow, Experimental Condensed Matter Physics, Centre for Quantum Computer Technology, School of Phyics, University of New South Wales, Sydney, NSW 2052
Phone: 02 9385 6313 Fax: 02 9385 6060 Email: michelle.simmons at unsw.edu.au
Speciality: Nanotechnology, quantum electronic devices, condensed matter physics. Michelle Simmons has researched and developed technologies to fabricate devices in silicon at the atomic level. The new tools and techniques she has developed have set the stage for a new era of device nanotechnology.
Professor Evan Rutherford Simpson
Director, Prince Henry’s Institute of Medical Research, P O Box 5152, Clayton, VIC 3168
Phone: 03 9594 4397 Fax: 03 9594 6376 Email: evan.simpson at med.monash.edu.au
Speciality: Steroid hormone physiology. Evan Simpson’s research has a major impact in a variety of fields, including embryology, endocrinology, reproduction, tumour biology, and human physiology and pathophysiology. He is recognised as the world leader in the field of oestrogen biosynthesis. His research led to the concept that in post-menopausal women oestrogen action in breast, brain and bone is due to local production in these respective sites. This new concept has influenced the development of new drugs for the treatment of breast tumours.
Professor Jonathan Sprent FRS
Professor, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, 384 Victoria Street, Darlinghurst, NSW 2010
Phone: 02 9295 8451 Fax: 02 9295 8404 Email: j.sprent at garvan.org.au
Speciality: Cellular immunology, transplantation immunity. Jonathan Sprent has made major contributions to our understanding of T-cell tolerance and positive selection in the thymus, and to antigen targeting by T-cells.
Professor Susanne von Caemmerer
Professor, Molecular Plant Physiology Group, Research School of Biological Sciences, Australian National University, GPO Box 475, Canberra, ACT 2601
Phone: 02 6125 5053 Fax: 02 6215 5075 Email: susanne.caemmerer at anu.edu.au
Speciality: Plant physiology and biochemistry, photosynthesis. Susanne von Caemmerer is distinguished for her work on the modelling and experimental verification of photosynthesis, the carbon acquisition of plants, the biochemistry of carbon dioxide fixation and regulation of carbon dioxide diffusion in leaves.
Dr Robin Warren FRCPA Nobel Laureate
Formerly Senior Pathologist, Royal Perth Hospital, WA
Phone: 08 9382 2686 Email: mglenn at helicobacter.com
Speciality: Clinical pathology. Robin Warren is distinguished for the discovery of Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes a range of gastric disorders, including peptic ulcers, gastritis and gastric cancer. Persisting in the face of scepticism and setbacks he and Barry Marshall demonstrated how H. pylori was able to survive in stomach acid. Their research has resulted in effective treatments for a variety of gastric ailments, sparing thousands of people world-wide a lifetime of pain and distress.
Dr John Zillman AO FTSE
President, Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, 197 Royal Parade, Parkville, VIC 3052
Phone: 03 9347 0622 Fax: 03 9347 8237
Speciality: Meteorology, science policy. John Zillman is a world leader in the science and management of meteorology. He is recognised for his distinguished service on a wide range of national and international panels and advisory bodies dealing with science policy. He served two terms as President of the World Meteorological Organisation, and has been Australia’s principal delegate on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change since 1994.
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