Three new ARC Australian Laureate Fellows for Faculty of Science
30 July 2012
Three Faculty of Science researchers have been successful in being funded by the Australian Research Council as Australian Laureate Fellows, announced on Monday 30 July by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Tertiary Education, Skills, Science and Research.
Professor Ben Eggleton, from the School of Physics, Professor Nalini Joshi, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, and Professor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, have each been chosen as Australian Laureate Fellows in recognition of their outstanding research.
Our three new Australian Laureate Fellows will receive funding over the next five years to carry out specific projects, with the fellowships designed to support excellence in research by rewarding and retaining world-class research leaders in Australia.
Professor Nalini Joshi has additionally been named the Georgina Sweet Australian Laureate Fellow, which is awarded to a highly ranked female candidate from the science and technology disciplines. She will receive additional funding to undertake an ambassadorial role to promote women in research.
"The Faculty of Science congratulates Professor Ben Eggleton, Professor Nalini Joshi and Professor Rick Shine for this wonderful achievement. That we have three of the seventeen new Australian Laureate Fellows selected from across Australia in 2012, is a real testament to the research excellence we foster here across the different disciplines within the Faculty," said Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science.
"The research of these three scientists is making and will continue to make very real differences to our country and the world," said Professor Hambley.
"From Professor Eggleton's optical photonics work for use in signal processing applications which is aimed at radically improving radar, communications and sensing technology, to Professor Joshi's new non-linear mathematical models which will be used across the sciences to solve diverse problems such as analysing ocean waves, animals dispersing or black hole interactions, to Professor Shine's work on the evolutionary responses stimulated by cane toad invasion, all three projects will have huge impacts and build on the exceptional body of science these three researchers have already generated."
The three new Australian Laureate Fellows will receive funding for projects:
Professor Ben Eggleton will receive $2.91 million over five years to work on 'Nonlinear optical phononics: harnessing sound and light in nonlinear nanoscale circuits'. This project will open a new field of physics by building the first integration platform in which light and sound interact in nonlinear nanoscale circuits. This interaction will be harnessed for new signal processing applications, leading to dramatic improvements in microwave technologies for radar, communications and sensing at the nanoscale.
Professor Nalini Joshi will receive $3.18 million over five years to work on 'Geometric construction of critical solutions of nonlinear systems'. Whether we are looking at waves on a beach, the dispersal of herds of animals in a landscape, or the interaction of black holes, their patterns of movement rely on rules expressed by non-linear mathematical models. This project will aim to create new mathematical methods to describe the solutions of non-linear systems, which are ubiquitous in modern science.
Professor Rick Shine will receive $2.175 million over five years to work on 'Using biological invasions to understand evolutionary processes'. The invasion of cane toads through Australia has been devastating for many native species, but created opportunities for others. The rapid evolutionary responses stimulated by toad invasion provide a uniquely powerful model system with which to explore the broader question of how species adapt to novel challenges.
See the full list of new ARC Australian Laureate Fellows at: www.arc.gov.au/ncgp/laureate/laureate_outcomes.htm
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