ASA awards go to Sydney graduates

16 May 2017

On May 15th, the Astronomical Society of Australia (ASA) announced the recipients of the 2017 ASA Awards. This year two former SIfA PhD students have been awarded as recognition for their outstanding researches.

Dr Paul Stewart, SIfA PhD student, is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Charlene Heisler Prize for the most outstanding PhD thesis in Astronomy as recognition for the excellence and originality of his thesis titled Stellar Science with Cassinisupervised by Prof. Peter Tuthill.

The Charlene Heisler Prize is awarded annually by the Astronomical Society of Australia for the most outstanding PhD thesis in Astronomy or a closely related field, accepted by an Australian university. Dr Stewart, now working as Space Systems Engineer in Netherlands, follows the steps of two others SIfA students Dr Michael Ireland (thesis Optical Interferometry and Mira Variable Stars) in 2006 and Dr Brendon Brewer ( thesis Application of Bayesian Probability Theory in Astrophysics) in 2009.

The 2017 winner of Louise Webster Prize for outstanding research by a scientist early in their post-doctoral career is Dr Keith Bannister for his Science paperReal-time detection of an extreme scattering event: Constraints on Galactic plasma lenses (Bannister, et al. (2016) Science, Vol. 351, Issue 6271, pp. 354-356) After completed his PhD at SIfA in 2012, Keith is now working as Principal Research Engineer at the CSIRO.

Congratulations to Paul and Stewart for their achievements.