Eureka Prize finalists for the School of Biological Sciences
20 August 2013
Two scientists from theSchool of Biological Scienceshave been named as finalists in the prestigiousEureka Prizes, known as the Oscars of Australian science.
Presented annually by theAustralian Museum, the Eureka Prizes reward excellence in the fields of science leadership, school science, science journalism and communication and scientific research and innovation. The awards dinner, where winners will be announced on 4 September, is the largest national celebration of Australian science.
The two Eureka Prize finalists from the School of Biological Sciences are Professors Rick Shine and Steve Simpson.
Professor Rick Shine is a finalist in the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. Few biologists worldwide have been so successful at facilitating the careers of young researchers as Professor Rick Shine. Over a long and illustrious career, Rick has attracted, nurtured and enthused a succession of high-achieving young researchers. By mentoring generations of talented researchers, he has transformed his field of study.
Professor Steve Simpson is a finalist in the Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. Professor Steve Simpson is an international leader in his fields of multidisciplinary nutritional research and locust swarming who also devotes time and enthusiasm to communicating science to broad audiences through numerous channels. As Academic Director of the Charles Perkins Centre, Professor Simpson is leading the University's efforts to develop real-world solutions to the problems posed by obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.