2009 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards
30 October 2009
Four young University of Sydney researchers were awarded 2009 Young Tall Poppy Science Awards at a ceremony held at the Powerhouse Museum, on Thursday 29 October.
The 2009 Young Tall Poppy Awards for New South Wales and ACT recognise early career researchers who have achieved significant scientific milestones and have made contributions to important issues that benefit all Australians.
The awardees will spend the next year reaching out to teachers, school students their parents and the broader community around NSW, the ACT and across Australia as part of the Tall Poppy Campaign run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
Presentation of the 2009 NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy Science Awards was made by the NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research, the Hon Jodi McKay MP at a ceremony held at the Powerhouse Museum.
The 2009 NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy awardees from the University of Sydney are:
Dr Scott Byrne (Sydney Medical School) Skin Cancer and the Immune System.
The focus of Scott's research is on how sunlight suppresses the immune system, allowing cancers to develop.
Associate Professor Sebastian Perrier (School of Chemistry) Macromolecular and Supermolecular Engineering.
Sebastian's research aims to develop techniques that provide structure and functionality control over polymers and enable the production of innovative polymeric materials with improved properties.
Dr Timothy Schmidt (School of Chemistry) Molecular Spectroscopy
Timothy studies how molecules interact with light to provide a better understanding of various environments from interstellar space to new types of solar cells.
Dr Julie Redfern (Sydney Medical School)Cardiovascular Disease Prevention
Julie's research aims to help patients who survive a heart event but who do not participate in an existing prevention program.
2009 Eureka People's Choice award winner 2008 Dr Kathy Belov was also a 2008 Young Tall Poppy Award recipient.
The NSW/ACT Young Tall Poppy Awards are supported by the NSW Government through Industry and Investment NSW's Office for Science and Medical Research as part of Science EXPOSed.
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