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Queen's Birthday Honours 2011


14 June 2011

University of Sydney academics and officials in fields as diverse as nutrition, commerce and archaeology have been recognised in the latest round of Queen's Birthday Honours.

They include the following:

Officer of the Order of Australia (AO)

  • Alan Cameron (Deputy Chancellor of the University of Sydney)
    For distinguished service to business and commerce, particularly through the promotion of regulatory standards, corporate governance and professional ethics, to tertiary education, and to the community

Mr Cameron has been Deputy Chancellor of the University since 2008, and currently chairs the Senate's Investment and Commercialisation Committee. He was chair of the Sydney Peace Foundation from 2004 until 2009.

His impressive list of directorships and consultancies has included the roles of chair of the Business Law Section of the Law Council of Australia, Commonwealth Ombudsman, chair of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC), and chair of ASX Compliance Ltd.

Alan Cameron.
Alan Cameron.

Member of the Order of Australia (AM)

  • Professor Jennie Brand-Miller (School of Molecular Bioscience)
    For service to education in the field of human nutrition as a researcher and academic, and as a supporter of people with a hearing impairment

Professor Brand-Miller is well-known for her pioneering research into the glycaemic index (GI), which measures the effect of carbohydrates on blood sugar levels.

Her research focuses on all aspects of carbohydrates, including diet, diabetes and insulin resistance. Her research group is internationally recognised for its work on nutritional aspects of food carbohydrates.

Having had two cochlear implants since gradually losing her hearing during her teens, Professor Brand-Miller also mentors people considering cochlear implants.

Jennie Brand-Miller.
Jennie Brand-Miller.

  • Peter FitzSimons (Fellow of Senate)
    For service to literature as a biographer, sports journalist and commentator, and to the community through contributions to conservation, disability care, social welfare and sporting organisations

An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Peter FitzSimons represents the University's alumni community on the Senate, the University's governing authority.

A former Wallaby rugby player, FitzSimons is now a celebrated author and columnist with the Sydney Morning Herald. He is also a patron for numerous charities and community organisations, including the Cerebral Palsy Association, the Epilepsy Foundation, and the White Ribbon Campaign.

Peter FitzSimons.
Peter FitzSimons.

  • Emeritus Professor Warren Julian (former dean, Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning)
    For service to illuminating engineering, particularly in education and research, to educational administration, and to professional associations

Dean of the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning until 2009, Professor Julian's research is particularly concerned with how people respond to the lit environment, including office working environments and the development of Australian and international lighting standards.

The author of 180 books, book chapters and scientific papers, Professor Julian holds numerous professional appointments. These include life fellow of the Illuminating Engineering Society of Australia and New Zealand, and former technical vice-president of the Commission Internationale de l'Eclairage (CIE).

Warren Julian.
Warren Julian.

  • Adjunct Associate Professor Lynne Oliver (Institute of Medical Physics)
    For service to medical physics in the field of radiation oncology, and through executive roles with the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine, and to professional associations

Director of Medical Physics in the Radiation Oncology Department at Royal North Shore Hospital for 20 years until 2010, Associate Professor Oliver's research interests lie in clinical radiotherapy.

Associate Professor Oliver lso held numerous posts in the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), including president and vice-president, as well as a large range of other professional associations.

  • Adjunct Professor Kerryn Phelps (School of Public Health)
    For service to medicine, particularly through leadership roles with the Australian Medical Association, to education and community health, and as a general practitioner

As a practising GP and a media personality, Professor Phelps has had a profound role in Australian public health.

She was appointed as the first female federal president of the Australian Medical Association (AMA) in 2000. In this role she established a Presidential Taskforce on Indigenous Health and an Expert Advisory Committee on Complementary Medicine, and commissioned a report on the Australian General Practice Workforce. She was inducted into the AMA Roll of Fellows in 2003.

Professor Phelps is a columnist with the Medical Observer and has been a columnist with the Australian Women's Weekly since 1991, as well as working on programs with Channel Nine, Channel Ten and the ABC.

  • Emeritus Professor Richard Wright (Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences)
    For service to Indigenous and forensic archaeology and anthropology, to education, and to professional associations

Professor Wright is an anthropologist specialising in prehistoric Australia and forensic archaeology, particularly mass grave archaeology.

He has been called upon to investigate evidence of mass murder nationally and internationally, and has assisted in excavating World War I graves in Fromelles, as well as more recent war graves in Ukraine and Bosnia. From 1997 to 2000 he was chief archaeologist for the International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia, leading an international team of human biologists and archaeologists in locating clandestine mass graves and examining their evidence.

Professor Wright is also recognised for his work with Indigenous archaeology, including analysis for museum material in the repatriation program of Aboriginal skeletal remains and interpretation of ancient cultural artefacts.

Richard Wright.
Richard Wright.

Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)

  • Clinical Associate Professor Catherine Storey (Sydney Medical School)
    For service to medicine in the field of neurology, to stroke education, and to professional associations

Head of the Department of Neurology at Royal North Shore Hospital, Associate Professor Storey is particularly recognised for her work in stroke education and management.

She is widely recognised as a pioneer in education for patients and their carers, and established an annual public education series of seminars as well as a fitness program for people who have suffered a stroke.

She is the current president of the Medical Alumni Association at the University of Sydney.

Catherine Storey.
Catherine Storey.

  • Professor Peter Wolnizer (former dean, Faculty of Economics and Business)
    For service to higher education in the field of business and economics as an academic and administrator.

Professor Wolnizer retired as dean of the Faculty of Economics and Business at the end of 2010 after more than 12 years in the role. During this time he oversaw significant development, playing a key role in establishing the faculty as a leading learning community in business, economics and government in the Asia Pacific region.

Professor Wolnizer was also founding chair of CPA Australia's Education Committee for nine years, during which time he was appointed for a three-year term as Australia's first member of the International Accounting Education Standards Board.

Peter Wolnizer.
Peter Wolnizer.

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