Here are some of the University of Sydney people who have received high-profile accolades in 2010.
- National honours
- Elections to national academies
- Australian Research Council accolades
- 2010 Fulbright scholarships
- Other staff awards and prizes
2010 Australia Day and Queen's Birthday honours
Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)
Associate Professor Judy Cashmore
Sydney Law School
Respecting children and their opinions has been central to the work of research psychologist Judy Cashmore for more than 25 years. During her career she has campaigned for child rights through the development and implementation of social policy and law, sitting on the boards of the NSW Judicial Commission, the advisory committee on child sexual assault, and the NSW Child Protection Council.
Professor Anthony Cunningham
Discipline of Medicine
Tony Cunningham is Director of Westmead Millenium Institute and the Centre for Virus Research. He is a leader in the field of viral medicine, particularly HIV and herpes viruses. The Centre for Virus Research uses the latest technologies of genomics, molecular and cell biology and protein chemistry to investigate HIV and herpes simplex viruses.
Member of the Order of Australia (AM)
Professor Louise Baur
Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health
A consultant paediatrician and Director of Weight Management Services at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, Louise Baur received her award for service to medicine as a researcher and academic, particularly in the field of paediatric obesity. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Pediatric Obesity and a director of World Vision, and has been a leading advocate against the marketing of junk food to children.
Professor Michael Boyer
Discipline of Medicine
Michael Boyer is Director of Sydney Cancer Centre and Area Cancer Services for Sydney South West Area Health Service. His award recognises his services to medical oncology as an education and clinical researcher, and through the development of integrated care facilities for people with cancer.
Professor John Christodoulou
Discipline of Paediatrics and Child Health, Director of Western Sydney Genetics Program
John Christodoulou's honour recognises his service to human genetics, particularly the metabolic disorders of children. His research has identified a second gene which causes a clinical picture that overlaps with Rett Syndrome, a devastating progressive disease in girls. He also led the research which identified the gene that is responsible for Arts syndrome, a very rare, but potentially lethal, inherited disease that affects boys.
Emeritus Professor Ken Eltis
Faculty of Education and Social Work
A former Dean of Education (199497) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor (19972003) at Sydney, Ken Eltis is perhaps best noted for his involvement in curriculum development on a state and national basis. In 2003 he released a report on the evaluation of outcomes assessment and reporting in NSW government schools, entitled Time to Teach, Time to Learn. The government adopted all 29 of the report's recommendations.
Dr Jill Forrest
As head carillonist at the University, Jill Forrest is responsible for the unique and majestic bells at graduation and other ceremonies, and also responsible for the training of a new generation of carillonists on the physically demanding instrument. Dr Forrest also worked for 32 years in paediatric research, as an editor for the Medical Journal of Australia, and as a physician at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, specialising in diabetes. She was appointed AM for service to medicine as an academic, researcher and educator, and for service to music.
Faculty of Education and Social Work
Following a 37-year career in social work practice, Roslyn Giles turned her hand to social work education and research. She is currently Director of Field Education in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, specialising in social work in health care and knowledge building in social work practice and education
Professor Yiu-Wing Mai
Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies
Yiu-Wing Mai's research interests include material science and the development of new materials that are stronger than current technologies. He is part of the University's Centre for Advanced Materials Technology.
Honorary Professor Bruce Thom
School of Geosciences
Bruce Thom has devoted his career to coastal studies and has been a major contributor to the academic and professional discipline of geography in Australia. His award recognises his contribution to the environment as an adviser and advocate for the ecological management of the coastal zone and as a participant in public debate on natural resource policy. Thom is also a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists an independent group comprising leading Australian environmental, economists, scientists and business leaders with conservation interests.
Member of the Order of Australia (OAM)
Associate Professor Joseph Canalese
School of Rural Health
Joseph Canalese was recognised for his service to medicine, in particular to rural health. He has lived and worked in Dubbo for 30 years as a physician, gastroenterologist and most recently associate professor of the School of Rural Health.
Professor Andrew Short
School of Geosciences
Andrew Short is interested in the processes and morphology of coastal systems. His award recognises his service to science in the area of coastal studies, and to the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program. He is the Director of the Coastal Studies Unit, and since 1991 has been national coordinator of the Australian Beach Safety and Management Program in cooperation with Surf Life Saving Australia.
Elections to Australian academies
Four University of Sydney scientists were among just 17 individuals elected to fellowship of the Australian Academy of Science in 2010, in recognition of their outstanding contribution to the advancement of world scientific knowledge. Read the news release.
Dr Marianne Frommer, an honorary researcher in the School of Biological Sciences, was elected for her work in molecular genetics, including her invention of bisulphite genomic sequencing.
Professor Roger Robert Reddel (Sir Lorimer Dods Professor and Director of the Children's Medical Research Institute at Westmead Hospital) was elected for his work on the molecular genetics of immortalisation (the ability of cancer cells to divide an unlimited number of times). The goal of his work is to understand the immortalisation process in sufficient detail to make it possible to design treatments that specifically limit cancer cell proliferation.
Professor Jeffrey Robert Reimers (an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in the School of Chemistry) was elected for his work on the electronic and vibrational structure of complex materials.
Professor Elaine Margaret Sadler (pictured, right), an Australian Research Council Professorial Fellow in the School of Physics, was elected for her work in high energy astrophysics and galaxy evolution.
Three University of Sydney academics were among 19 outstanding scholars elected fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities. Read the news release.
Professor Alison Bashford is a Professor in Modern History in the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and was recently the Chair of Australian Studies in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Having published widely in the cultural history of medicine and public health, Professor Bashford's most recent work analyses the problem of world overpopulation in the 1920s. She has also introduced a particularly Australian perspective to scholarship on the history of nationalism and imperialism through the history of disease management, medicine and science.
Associate Professor Alison Betts is an Associate Professor in West Asian Archaeology, Chair of the Department of Archaeology and Director of the University's Central Asian Programme. Particularly interested in the archaeology and history of nomadic peoples, Associate Professor Betts' research has led her down a wide variety of paths including the prehistory of the North Arabian steppe, rock art, hunting traps and water harvesting systems, the origins of nomadic pastoralism in the Near East, nomad-state relations, the Bronze Age of Central Asia and the early development of the Zoroastrian faith. She has directed three major field projects in the east Jordan desert.
Professor Moira Gatens is a Professor in the Department of Philosophy and an ARC Professorial Fellow. Professor Gatens is internationally recognised for her research in social and political philosophy, ethics, 17th century philosophy (especially Dutch philosopher Spinoza) and feminist theory. This year, she held the prestigious Spinoza Chair at the University of Amsterdam, and has previously held fellowships at the University of Christchurch and the Wissenschaftskolleg in Berlin. Professor Gatens' current research project brings together Spinoza, Feuerbach and George Eliot.
Elections to overseas bodies and academies
Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte, head of the Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) at Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society, the world's oldest continuously running scientific academy.
Durrant-Whyte has achieved worldwide acclaim for his contribution to robotics. His research has seen robotic technology move away from traditional indoor applications, taking robots into unstructured 'field' environments in applications such as mining, underwater and farming.
The British-based Royal Society annually elects fellows who have made a substantial contribution to the improvement of natural knowledge, including mathematics, engineering science and medical science.
Read the full news release about Hugh Durrant-Whyte's election
Australian Laureate Fellowships
Two University of Sydney academics were among 15 researchers to be awarded a fellowship under the prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship Scheme, which supports excellence in research by attracting world-class researchers and research leaders to key positions and creating new rewards and incentives for them to work and study in Australia.
Professor Peter Goodyear will focus on strengthening the University's Centre for Research in Computer Supported Learning and Cognition (CoCo) with seven additional positions. His fellowship is the first to be awarded to a researcher working in the field of education.
CoCo was created in 2004 as a focus for the University's research in learning technology and the learning sciences. It is located in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and supports cross-disciplinary collaborations with experts in IT, engineering and science.
Professor Bryan Gaensler will use his fellowship grant to help demonstrate the viability of technologies that could be used in the Australian Square Kilometre Array Pathfinder (ASKAP), the world's most powerful radio-telescope.
He wants to dramatically improve our understanding of the nature and origin of magnetic fields using the unique capabilities of the ASKAP. Gaensler aims to use the resulting data to transform our understanding of magnetic fields in galaxies, clusters and in diffuse intergalactic gas by addressing important unanswered questions on Milky Way ecology, galaxy evolution and cosmology.
Gaensler will also direct the new ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, or CAASTRO for short, which will boost Australia's outstanding track record as a world leader in astronomy, and solve fundamental processing problems that can potentially be applied to communications, medical imaging and remote sensing.
More about the ARC Centre of Excellence announcement.
2010 Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Australia-US Alliance Studies
Dr James Curran, Department of History
James Curran aims to deepen our understandings of the political underpinnings of Australia's relationship with America between 1969 and 1983, focusing on recently released archival documents of key US administration officials.
His work will help us understand the history of the US-Australia relationship and their interaction in the Asia-Pacific: "In Australia, the delicate task of balancing close ties with both the United States and Asia, especially China, is seen as the central foreign policy challenge today."
More information on James Curran's work.
2010 Fulbright Senior Scholarship, Professor Robert Park
Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Robert Park aims to provide the global population with better food security by helping to safeguard wheat, one of the world's primary crops. During his Fulbright Scholarship he will spend four months at the US Department of Agriculture’s Cereal Disease Laboratory researching the genetic basis of resistance to a fungus caused disease known as stem rust in cereals.
More about Robert Park’s work.
2010 Fulbright Professional Scholarship
Dr Mary Haines, Sydney Medical School, Health Services Research Director at the Sax Institute
Dr Mary Haines is set to enhance health care reform in Australia by working in the United States with international leaders in health care evaluation.
"Implementing system-wide health care reform is a policy priority in both the US and Australia. The question I will examine is 'will the reforms improve quality of care and how will we know?'."
More about Mary Haines’s work.
American Association for the History of Medicine William H Welch Medal
Professor Warwick Anderson, Department of History for The Collectors of Lost Souls: Turning Kuru Scientists into Whitemen.
Anderson's book tells the story of kuru, a disease which caused muscle weakness, uncontrollable tremors, then loss of all coordination and ultimately death.
He has described his book as "a story a writer has a chance to tell once in a lifetime if you are lucky" about an "extraordinary mysterious killer disease, first contact in the highlands of New Guinea in the 1950s and 1960s, a protagonist who could have stepped out of a tale by Melville or Conrad, sorcery accusations, cannibalism, two Nobel Prizes, infectious proteins, mad cow, and accusations of sexual molestation."
Read more about Warwick Anderson's award.
American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research – Dahl Award and Lecture 2010
Professor Brian Morris became the first non-American to win the prestigious Dahl Award from the American Heart Association's Council for High Blood Pressure Research.
Morris, from Sydney Medical School's School of Medical Sciences and Bosch Institute, has been recognised for his major breakthroughs in the field of hypertension. During his 40-year career, 32 of which he has spent at the University of Sydney, he has unravelled key molecular and genetic aspects of this serious medical condition.
High blood pressure is the world's biggest killer, because it increases the risk of heart attack and stroke. It affects one-in-three adults.
2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes
Dr John Forge, a research associate at the University's Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, won the Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics for his book, The Responsible Scientist: A Philosophical Inquiry, which examines the social, moral and legal responsibilities faced by scientists.
Dr Forge argues scientists do carry a moral obligation for their research, whether they are engaged in applied or pure science, and where the end use is unknown.
Honorary Professor Bruce Sutton from the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources shared the Eureka Water Research and Innovation Prize with Associate Professor Greg Leslie, from the UNESCO Centre for Membrane Science and Technology at the University of NSW.
Their project lets plants draw water through salt filters in irrigation pipes at their roots, using tiny amounts of energy naturally created by evaporation at their leaves.
Described as the most significant irrigation innovation based on theoretical science in at least a decade, this work may soon be providing a lifeline for farms across Australia. It means that in future droughts it may be possible for farmers to efficiently tap into groundwater that would otherwise have remained out of bounds.
Scopus Young Researcher of the Year (physical sciences)
Professor Ben Eggleton, Director of the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) and Research Director of the CUDOS, the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence
Eggleton, part of the School of Physics, works with University colleagues across the University to explore all areas of optics and photonics. Such interdisciplinary collaboration means that ideas that were once thought to be in the realm of fiction, such as invisibility or remote surgery, are now becoming reality.
This award is the first time the prize has been awarded by Scopus, an organisation that developed the largest database of peer-reviewed literature for researchers. The prize is awarded on the basis of the quantity of citations, as well as overall impact a researcher's work has had.
He will also be the director of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems.
More about Ben Eggleton's work.
Australian Academy of Science Pawsey Medal
Professor Bryan Gaensler won the highly prestigious Pawsey Medal, which is awarded annually by the Australian Academy of Science and recognises outstanding Australian research in physics by scientists less than 40 years of age. Gaensler received the award for his pioneering studies of cosmic magnetism which have opened a new window on the universe.
Read more about the Pawsey Medal.
Information correct at time of award.