Biology scoops VC and Faculty prizes
24 May 2011
Associate Professor Glenda Wardle, Dr Liz May, Claudio Muhlrad and Endymion Cooper have been awarded prizes for excellence in supervision, teaching and research by the Vice Chancellor and Faculty of Science.
Associate Professor Wardle won the prestigious Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision, which she will receive at the graduation ceremony on May 27.
Faculty of Science prizes were won by Dr May (Excellence in Teaching), Claudio Muhlrad (General Staff Award) and Endymion Cooper (Postgraduate Research), and were presented at the Faculty awards night on May 17.
Head of School, Professor Robyn Overall, says: "I am thrilled that four members of our School are being honoured for their hard work. These awards show that our staff and students are dedicated to performing at the highest level in teaching and research, which are the foundations of the School and University."
Associate Professor Wardle is one of only two people to receive the coveted VC award this year, winning it alongside Prof Kathryn Refshauge, Deputy Dean of Health Sciences.
"Glenda is most deserving of this award, which recognises excellence in research higher degree supervision at the University of Sydney," says Professor Overall. "In her role as Chair of the School Postgraduate Studies Committee, she has made an outstanding contribution to our postgraduate program. The supervision of her own research students is of the highest quality, and she has student testimonials to prove it!"
Associate Professor Wardle is one of five people in the School to have won the award, joining previous winners Professors Rick Shine, Chris Dickman, Robyn Overall and Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli.
Associate Professor Wardle says: "While I am delighted to win this award, I have to acknowledge my students as key to this success. Supervision of research is a collaboration and my students have all contributed to the outcomes."
Also honoured for dedicated commitment to students was Dr May, who won the Faculty of Science Citation for Excellence in Teaching.
According to Professor Overall, Dr May is distinguished by her dedication for over a decade in the teaching of animal biology in second and first year units, which has inspired a passion for biology in generations of students.
"Liz provides wonderful pastoral care for students and she maintains a long-term interest in their progress. In return, the students hold Liz in the highest regard and say that she is responsible for igniting a thirst for more zoological research in them," says Professor Overall.
Claudio Muhlrad was the first ever recipient of the General Staff Award given by the Faculty of Science.
The Dean of Science, Professor Trevor Hambley, who announced the award in December 2010, said: "Mr Muhlrad has made an outstanding contribution to the School and the Faculty through his excellent management of practical laboratory classes for over 2500 first year undergraduate students, his insistence on quality improvement in infrastructure, his sound team management and his striving to continually improve the student experience."
PhD student, Endymion Cooper, was awarded the Postgraduate Research Prize for Outstanding Academic Achievement by the Faculty of Science for his remarkable work in resolving the phylogeny of one of the largest families of liverworts. As liverworts are the closest living relatives to early land plants, Endymion's work promises to provide fundamental insights into the origin of terrestrial plants.
Endymion, who is working under the supervision of Associate Professor Murray Henwood, says he is grateful for the opportunity to travel around the world to collect data for his research.
"I am lucky that I was able to do field work in Australia, New Zealand and Chile to obtain critical species for my study, then travel to Duke University in the US to generate sequence data. I am very proud of the resulting manuscript and thankful for all of the help I have received from my colleagues," he says
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