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Emeritus Professor Noel Hush was elected to the prestigious US-based National Academy of Sciences for his excellence in original scientific research.


PhD student John Moraes has won Tech on Tap – a science communication competition giving PhD students and researchers the opportunity to explain their research, and how it will benefit society, in 2.5 minutes. Read more at


Dr Peter Rutledge has been awarded a 2011 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC). The Citations recognises those who have made significant contributions to student learning in a specific area of responsibility over a sustained period.


Dr Chris Ling received a Faculty of Science Teaching Citation for Excellence in Teaching.


Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier has been elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry (FRSC).

Dr Adrian George and Dr Don Radford have been awarded a Vice-Chancellor's Award for Support of the Student Experience for the School's Bridging Course.


Professor Thomas Maschmeyer has been appointed to the Establishment Council that will advise the Gillard Government on how best to set up the new $20 million Australian Biofuels Research Institute.

Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman and Dr Peter Rutledge have been awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council Award for Programs that Enhance Learning. Adam and Peter won the award for their development of a program providing individualised feedback to very large first- and second-year chemistry cohorts. Visit here for more information. Photo inserts: Professor John Hay AC, Chair of the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's (ALTC) Board (left) presents Adam (middle) and Peter (right) with their awards at the ALTC Ceremony at the Opera House in August.


Congratulations to Dr Chris McErlean who was awarded the 2011 Selby Research Award. This award is given by the Faculty of Science to an outstanding academic within five years of their first appointment as a Lecturer or Senior Lecturer in the physical, chemical or biochemical disciplines to establish their research career.


How does a professor make a lesson on thermodynamics more interesting? By incorporating explosive theatrics of course! Ruben Meerman is a willing student as Associate Professor Adam Bridgman extracts molten iron from iron oxide. Visit the Catalyst website to view the full video.

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