School of Physics Researchers Nominated for Eureka Prizes

22 July 2010

From a total of eight University of Sydney academics shortlisted from across the Faculty of Science for the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes four hail from the School of Physics.

CMOS compatible photonic integrated circuit
CMOS compatible photonic integrated circuit

The shortlist of scientific excellence recognises the year's most innovative and influential scientists, together with the country's top science communicators and teachers. New prizes for this year include Early Career Research, Outstanding Medical Research Translation, Innovation in Computer Science, and Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge.

Professor Manfred Lenzen, Dr Christopher Dey and Dr Joy Murray from the Integrated Sustainability Analysis Research Group in the School of Physics are finalists for the Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change for their adaptation of an economic theory to estimate the impacts of our actions in terms of many sustainability indicators.

This accounting-physics hybrid relies on mathematics, large-scale data handling, complex systems and integrated science. A consistent model has been created that calculates all supply chain interactions in economies, from local to global scale, and simultaneously links them to physical processes such as land/energy/water use, and greenhouse gas emissions.

Associate Professor David Moss from the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS) in the School of Physics is a finalist for the Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science for making significant advances in overcoming conventional computer chips which are fast becoming obsolete by inventing a laser optical source with multiple wavelengths that can be used to transmit information optically over existing silicon (CMOS) integrated photonic circuits.

The Eureka Prize announcement also coincides with the opening of voting for the Eureka Prize People's Choice Award for 2010. You can vote for Professor Naomi McClure-Griffiths, an Honorary Associate of Astronomy at the School of Physics at As a senior post-doctoral fellow at CSIRO Australia Telescope National Facility, Professor McClure-Griffiths has been recognised for making a giant map of hydrogen in the Milky Way, which gives insights into how the galaxy was created.

Dr Kathy Belov, from Faculty of Veterinary Science, won the 2009 People's Choice Award for her research into genetics and the tumours plaguing the Tasmanian Devil.

Winners will be announced at the annual Award Dinner to be held on Tuesday 17 August 2010 in an event, which has become the largest national celebration of the achievements of Australian science. In its 21st year, the Eurekas has been dubbed the "Oscars of Australian Science" and offers 20 awards with total prize pool of $190,000.

The School of Physics congratulates all University of Sydney academics to have been shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

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