ARC Future Fellowships recognise research strengths at Sydney

24 July 2014

The University of Sydney's strength in science and engineering and the humanities and social sciences has been recognised with the announcement of 13 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships.

Announced by Federal Minister for Education Christopher Pyne, the Future Fellowships are designed to support Australia's most accomplished mid-career academics to continue their work in Australia.

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella congratulated the Future Fellows on their achievement.

"Our success in the Australian Research Council Future Fellowships is testament to the breadth of research excellence here at the University of Sydney," Professor Trewhella said.

"It is heartening to see researchers at the University of Sydney recognised across such a broad spectrum of academic expertise for their critically important work.

"Our researchers are working across disciplines to change the world in fields as diverse as astronomical and space sciences, psychology, health technologies, civil engineering and English literature."

With three Future Fellows in the field of astrophysics and two in nanoscience, the Fellowships demonstrate the significance of the University's ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO) and the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS), as well as the Australian Institute for Nanoscience, which will open the doors to a state-of-the-art $110 million research and education facility next year.

The University's world-leading interdisciplinary research is also recognised in the Fellowships: Associate Professor Rafael Calvo from the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies will use his Fellowship to bring together experts from multiple disciplines to develop new technologies to improve health, performance and quality of life for all Australians. Associate Professor Calvo is working closely with the Charles Perkins Centre and the Brain and Mind Research Institute in his research on positive computing and health.

Some of Australia's most challenging social issues will also be investigated by the new Future Fellows, again highlighting the University's breadth of research excellence and critical thinking beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries.

Among the new Fellows, an international law specialist will examine how the law deals with environmental systems; a political scientist will research the role of public opinion in international cooperation; and a literary studies expert will study the relationship between science and literature in Anglo-Saxon England to provide insight into how people have understood the world and their place within it.

Other Fellows in the humanities will place issues of everyday importance under the microscope, building a typology of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ceremonies and undertaking the first national history of parent-school-community relations in Australia.

The University of Sydney's Future Fellows for 2014 include:

  • Daniel Anlezark (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Krzysztof Bolejko (Faculty of Science)
  • Rafael A Calvo (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
  • Benjamin E Goldsmith (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
  • Jan Hamann (Faculty of Science)
  • Juno Kim (Faculty of Science)
  • Helen Proctor (Faculty of Education and Social Work)
  • Gianluca Ranzi (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
  • Dennis Stello (Faculty of Science)
  • Timothy Stephens (Sydney Law School)
  • Myfany Turpin (Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Yanbo Wang (Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies)
  • Asaph Widmer-Cooper (Faculty of Science)

The full list of 2014 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships is available on the Australian Research Council website.

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