The School congratulates the following staff and students on their achievements:
- Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Jessica Stanley, who has been awarded one of four Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships for 2013. She will receive a certificate of recognition and the $500 Scholarship at the first meeting of the Society in February 2014. The Royal Society of New South Wales has a long tradition of encouraging and supporting scientific research and leading intellectual life in the State. The Council of the Royal Society has established the Royal Society of New South Wales Scholarships in order to acknowledge outstanding achievements by young researchers.
- Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley who has been awarded the prestigious Leighton Memorial Medal. The Leighton Memorial Medal commemorates the distinguished career of A E Leighton. Leighton was a staunch supporter of the RACI who carried out an enormous amount of work to secure the RACI Royal Charter. It is the RACI’s most prestigious medal and is awarded in recognition of eminent services to chemistry in Australia in the broadest sense, including research, technology and service to the RACI, public service and national leadership. The Award was established in 1965 and past School of Chemistry recipients include E/Prof Len Lindoy (2008) and the late E/Prof Hans C. Freeman (1999).
- Congratulations to Peter Rutledge, Siggi Schmid and Mat Todd, all of whom have been promoted to Associate Professor, effective 1 January, 2014.
- Congratulations to Honours student, Ms Clara Shen, who was awarded the RACI NSW Analytical and Environmental Chemistry Group Honours Prize.
- Congratulations to PhD candidates, Mr Tom Godfrey, Ms Catherine Chen and Ms Denissa Murphy, who have recently been awarded a Joan R. Clarke Scholarship (Round 3). The purpose of the Scholarship is to assist a postgraduate student proceeding to a Doctorate in the School of Chemistry to undertake research in connection with his/her doctoral thesis topic at a leading university overseas for a period of not less than six weeks.
- Congratulations to staff members within the School of Chemistry who were awarded ARC grants. In all, the School received 8 Discovery grants, one Future Fellowship (Richard Payne) and one DECRA (Santosh Rudrawar) for a total of $4.68 million.
- Congratulations to Associate Professor Rich Payne who has been awarded a Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council. These four year fellowships are awarded for outstanding researchers throughout Australia.
- Congratulations to Associate Professor Lou Rendina, who has been elected as a member of the Australian Synchrotron Advisory Committee for 2014 amidst a strong field of nominees. The UAC has seven elected members, along with the seven Program Advisory Committee Chairs. The members cover a broad national and regional spread together with diverse discipline mix related to the major branches of synchrotron science, and will represent the interests of the wide synchrotron user community in Australia.
- Congratulations to Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, who has been recognised in the category of Renewable Energy Innovation at the 2013 NSW Science & Engineering Awards. Read more here. UoS Media Office article can be found here.
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Sam Lui, who recently won a poster award at the 7th Asia-Oceania Forum for Synchrotron Radiation Research (AOFSRR2013) and the Cheiron Synchrotron School hosted at the Spring-8 facility in Japan during September this year.
Congratulations to PhD candidates, Mr Tom Whittle and Mr Sam Lui, who have both recently received prizes for their talks at the NSW meeting of AXAA (Australian X-ray Analytical Association). The prize includes travel expenses to a conference in Perth in February, 2014.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Lou Rendina who has just been appointed to the ARC College of Experts. ARC College members assess and rank ARC grant applications submitted under the National Competitive Grants Program, make funding recommendations to the ARC and provide strategic advice to the ARC on emerging disciplines and cross-disciplinary developments. This is a prestigious honour for any academic as only a handful of chemists nationwide are appointed to the College each year.
- The Open Source Malaria project, run by Dr Mat Todd and Dr Alice Williamson, has been awarded the Accelerating Science Award Program (ASAP) along with two other recipients. Mat was presented with the award at the World Bank in Washington on the 22 October, 2013. Read more here.
- Dr Andrew Telford has been receiving media attention on his recent paper on "raspberry particles". He has been interviewed by the University News Media; ABC Science blog; the Australian Microscopy and Microanaylsis Research Facility (AMMRF) and the Australasian Science Magazine, among others.
- Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Johnny Liu, who has won a RACI student travel grant.
- Congratulations to Dr Mohammad Choucair, who has successfully received a competitive grant from the International Program Development Fund valued at $20,000 over 2 years to implement a collaborative project with Cambridge University Department of Chemistry.
- Congratulations to Dr Mohammad Choucair, who has become a Chartered member of RACI (MRACI CChem) and has been elected to the RACI NSW Branch Committee.
Dr Andrew Telford talks about a new nanostructured material with applications that could include reducing condensation in airplane cabins and enabling certain medical tests without the need for high tech laboratories. Read more here.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Rich Payne, who has won the inaugural Tregear Award for Outstanding Contributions to Peptide Chemistry. The award was announced at the 10th Australian Peptide Conference in Malaysia.
Congratulations to PhD candidates, Ms Carol Hua and Mr Stephen Ogilvie. Both Carol and Stephen have been awarded a Joan R Clark scholarship (2nd round) to perform part of their PhD at a research facility overseas.
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Philip Norcott, who recently attended the 6th International Conference on Green and Sustainable Chemistry in Nottingham, England. The conference boasted a dazzling array of the world’s most preeminent Green chemists. Spectacularly, Philip won one of only three Poster Prizes for Green and Sustainable Chemistry.
- Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley, FAA, who is in China as Distinguished international Visiting Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS). He is carrying out collaborative research on photocatalytic splitting of water and mentoring young scientists at the Technical Institute of Physics and Chemistry of the CAS in Beijing. Max has also given the Plenary Lecture at the 13th China Photochemistry Conference in Xi'an and the 10th National Conference on Physical Organic Chemistry in Hefei.
- Congratulations to Dr Liz Carter and Professor Peter Lay who were amongst the lead investigators in the 2013 Top 10 LAUNCH Systems Challenge Innovators. The Vibrational Spectroscopy Facility will be a central facility in this initiative. Press release can be found here.
- Congratulations to Ms Jessica Stanley, who has been chosen as one of 25 PhD Students Award Recipients for the APCAT-6 Grants and Fellowships Program. More than 750 abstracts have been accepted for oral and poster presentations at APCAT-6. The award is for participation at the APCAT-6 conference in Taipei, Taiwan in October, and will be presented at the conference.
- Congratulations to Mr Carlo Piscicelli, Technical Officer, who has recently been appointed as a Justice of the Peace (JP).
- Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou, who recently gave a radio interview with Richard Bell, Chair, 2NSB - The North Shore's FM99.3, on the effects of the side effects and use of synthetic drugs. Listen to Michael's interview here.
- Congratulations to Ms Katherine Law, a PhD student in the McErlean group, who recently attended the European Symposium on Organic Chemistry in Marseille. From the 900 delegates there were 15 poster prizes awarded of which, Katherine won a Syngenta Prize for a Poster Communication.
- Congratulations to Dr Mat Todd, Dr Peter Rutledge and Associate Professor Jamie Triccas (Medicine) for the award of research grants from CDIP (USyd) and the NHMRC Centre of Research Excellence for Tuberculosis for a project aimed at identifying new medicines for the treatment of TB.
- Congratulations to Associate Professor Richard Payne who has been shortlisted as one of the three finalists for the prestigious Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher. Check out Rich's Eureka Finalist Video here.
- Congratulations to Year 12 student, Mr Alex Turner from Sydney Grammar, who received the Michael Bishop award for his research on vanadium anti-cancer drugs in the School of Chemistry in 2012. Alex has now received a Silver Medal at the Chemistry Olympiad. We hope to see Alex at Sydney University in 2014. To read about the 2012 Michael Bishop Award please visit here.
- Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Gerry O'Connor, who has won one of three Rao prizes at the 68th International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy, in Columbus Ohio.
The Rao Prize was created by a group of spectroscopists who, as graduate students, benefitted from the emphasis on graduate student participation, which has been a unique characteristic of the Symposium. Rao Prize winners and their co-authors are invited to submit articles to the Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy which are based on the research described in their talks. After passing the normal review process, each article will appear in the Journal with a caption identifying the paper with the talk that won the Rao Prize.
- Congratulations to Dr Chiara Neto, who has successfully applied for funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants. Chiara and her team will receive $325,000 to produce micropatterned surface coatings that collect large amounts of water from the atmosphere. Developed in partnership with Nubian Water Systems this technology will help isolated and drought-prone regions of Australia to partially satisfy their water supply needs, in a manner that is economically and environmentally sustainable.
- Congratulations to Professor Peter Lay, who has been awarded the 2013 David Craig Medal by the Australian Academy of Science in recognition of his outstanding research contributions in chemistry.
- Congratulations to Postdoctoral Fellow, Dr Thomas Faust, who has been selected as one of 16 outstanding PhD students and postdocs from around the world to take part in the SciFinder Future Leaders of Science Program in the USA from the 7-14 September, 2013. Tom was the only Australian selected to attend this prestigous program. During this all-expense-paid week, he will be visiting Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio, where students and postdocs will be awarded for their academic accomplishments, commitment to research and appreciation of chemical information.
- Congratulations to PhD candidate, Mr Steve Ogilvie, who has been awarded an AINSE Postgraduate Scholarship. This award is presented to postgraduate students whose research projects are associated with nuclear science, or its applications and gives them the opportunity to access the unique national facilities at the Lucas Heights Science & Technology Centre.
Congratulations to Dr Chiara Neto, who was granted a Brown Fellowship for 2014. The Brown Fellowship is named after Mary Elizabeth Brown, who became one of the first women graduates of the University while shouldering significant family caring responsibilities raising a niece. The Brown Fellowship assists researchers whose career has been interrupted by the undertaking of sustained primary caring duties, in order to allow them to focus on their research while re-establishing or enhancing their academic research careers.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Tim Schmidt who was elected a Fellow of the RACI.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Ron Clarke and Professor Peter Lay who along with Paul Witting (Pathology), Helge Rasmussen (Medicine), Jacqui Matthews (Molecular Bioscience), Michael Davies (Heart Research Institute), David Pattison (Heart Research Institute) and Jamie Vandenberg (Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute), have received an NHMRC Equipment Grant for $66,884. This grant is to be used for a new stopped-flow fluorimeter and the upgrade of a stopped-flow spectrometer.
Congratulations to Dr Asaph Widmer-Cooper, who along with 3 co-applicants, has been awarded $15,000 by the European Centre for Atomic and Molecular Simulation (CECAM) to run an international workshop on the structure and dynamics of glass-forming materials. This will be held at the ETH-Zurich from June 26-28, 2013.
- Congratulations to MSc candidate, Ms Madeline Kavanagh, who has won the 2013 RACI Western Sydney Section Honours Prize. Madeline, who was an honours student in 2012, will receive her award at a dinner on 21 May 2013. As guest speaker she will present a talk on "Design and synthesis of metabolically stable LRRK2 inhibitors for Parkinson' disease".
- Congratulations to Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman, who has been awarded the 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Learning and Teaching. This award is in recognition of Adam's outstanding teaching and contributions towards student learning. Read more here.
- Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Jessica Stanley, who has been awarded the RJW Le Fèvre Research Travelling Scholarship and the 2012 Agnes Campbell Postgraduate Prize.
Congratulations to MSc candidate, Ms Madeline Kavanagh, who has just been awarded the 2012 Agnes Campbell Honours Prize, 2012 Agnes Campbell Postgraduate Prize and the 2012 RACI Western Sydney Section Honours Prize.
Congratulations to Mr Nate Davis, who has been awarded a Cambridge Australia Bragg Scholarship. This fully funded scholarship will enable Nate to do his PhD in the Cavendish Laboratories at the University of Cambridge.
Congratulations to Mat Todd's research group, whose OSDDMalaria project was just highlighted by the Guardian as one of the top 10 malaria innovations. Visit here (scroll down to No.5).
Congratulations to PhD students, Mr Tom Godfrey, Mr Samuel Yu Him Liu and Ms Emily Reynolds, who have been invited to attend the 6th AONSA Neutron School at J-PARC, Tokai, Japan from 17 - 21st June this year.
- Congratulations to Dr Adrian George, whose short film clip won first prize at the recent ‘THETA 2013’ conference (Scroll down to "Theta Vox Pops part 5" clip).
Congratulations to PhD candidate, Ms Lara Malins, who has been selected to attend the 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting to be held from 30 June to 5 July, 2013 in Lindau, Germany. Lara will be one of 8 researchers from Australia to attend, and one of about 600 young scientists internationally. The meeting will provide the opportunity to meet with 36 Chemistry Nobel Laureates in various lectures and discussions. Read the University news article on Lara here.
Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley, FAA, who has spent two weeks in February at the Banaras Hindu University (BHU) in Varanasi, India as the first Australia-India Senior Visiting Fellow under the auspices of the Australian Academy of Science and the Indian National Science Academy (INSA). He has commenced a collaborative research program with chemistry groups at BHU headed by Professor Lallan Mishra and Associate Professor Vinod Tiwari. Professor Crossley also visited the Indian Institute for Science Education and Research - Mohali and the INSA headquarters in Delhi where he met with the Academy President, Professor Krishan Lal.
Congratulations to Professor Max Crossley, FAA, who presented the 50th anniversary Professor Bawa Kartar Singh Memorial Lecture at Panjab University, Chandigarh, India to an audience that included many of the professors of the University, family members of the late Professor Singh including a member of the Indian High Court, and a large number of students. This event on February 19, 2013 went extremely well and was chaired by the Vice-Chancellor of Panjab University, Professor A.K. Grover.
- Congratulations to Dr Kaitlin Beare whose work on the “on-water catalysed aromatic aza-Claisen rearrangement” was recently selected as a HOT ARTICLE by the editors of Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry.
- Congratulations to our newest Postgraduate Teaching Fellows. They are Ms Madeline Kavanagh, Ms Carol Hua, Mr Nathaniel Davis, Mr Leo Corcilius and Ms Amandeep Kaur.
Congratulations to Associate Professor Brian Hawkett, who has been granted US$100,000 from AOARD to work with the US Air Force and Michigan Tech on ionic liquid ferrofluids for aero space applications.
Congratulations to Honours students: Ms Zoe Hungerford, Ms Katrina Badiola, Ms Clara Shen, Mr Eliot Salmon and Ms Mimi Gemmell, all 5 have been awarded an Honours Scholarship from the University of Sydney. Honours Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit and personal attributes such as leadership and creativity.
Congratulations to Professor Michael Kassiou, who has received a grant from Parkinson’s NSW for research into the development of brain-penetrable LRRK2 inhibitors for the treatment of Parkinson’s disease.
- Congratulations to Associate Professor Richard Payne, who has been award a new Cure Cancer Australia grant from the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation. Cure Cancer Australia Foundation is funding a record 38 young researchers in 2013 and has formally announced the names of the 29 early-career cancer researchers who have received new grants in 2013 to support their work of finding a cure for cancer. This is a $3.2million investment in the fight against cancer that has been directly generated by the generosity and support of Cure Cancer Australia donors, fundraisers and corporate partners. Press release can be found here.
- Congratulations to Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy, who has been appointed an Endowed Chair Professor at Gyeongsang National University, South Korea. Len will spend some time each year undertaking research in the Center for NanoBio Chemical Materials.
- Congratulations to Dr Jenny Zhang, who has received a Marie Curie Fellowship to do postdoctoral research at The University of Cambridge, UK this year.
- Congratulations to Mr Marcello Solomon, Honours 2012 and commencing a PhD with Dr Deanna D'Alessandro's group this year, who has received a CSIRO OCE Postgraduate Top-up Scholarship. The collaboration between the D'Alessandro team at USyd and CSIRO’s Manufacturing, Materials and Minerals group aims to develop metal-organic framework catalysts that will permit a more efficient utilisation of resources.
Congratulations to Professor Sébastien Perrier who has won the early career award, the Le Fevre Memorial Prize, which recognises outstanding basic research in chemistry by scientists of no more than 40 years of age in the calendar year of nomination. Sebastien will receive his award and $3,000 prize money at the Royal Australian Chemical Institute award dinner in October or November 2013. Read the full article here.