Time to shine for SA Scientists!

Lisa: National Science Week 2007  has been a fantastic time for many local scientists with a number of awards handed out over the last few weeks.

Firstly, I would like to extend a belated congratulations to the winners of last weeks South Australian Science Excellence Awards. The award for SA Scientist of the year went to Laureate Professor John Ralston, director of the Ian Wark Research Institute at the University of South Australia. Professor Ralston has a background in physical chemistry, with research including examining the interactions between bubbles and particles. Winners in other categories included:
Excellence in Research for Public Good Outcomes: Professor Timothy Hughes, Deputy Head, Division of Haematology, Institute of Medical and Veterinary Science and Hanson Institute

Science Education and Communication Excellence: Professor Christopher Daniels, School of Natural and Built Environments – University of South Australia

Science Leadership and Management Excellence: Professor Jerzy Filar, School of Mathematics and Statistics & Institute for Sustainable Systems and Technologies, University of South Australia

The ASMR state committee was nominated for the Science Education and Communication excellence award, which was an honour in itself and a great opportunity to meet with and chat to some of the scientific leaders in our state.

I’d also like to make a special mention of the 2007 Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Science to Dr Rob Morrison, SA patron for National Science Week, President of the Royal Zoological Society, and of course everyone’s favourite science show presenter from the classic Curiosity Show days! Rob has always been an inspiration to me with his passion for inspiring others with his enthusiasm and wonderfully clear and engaging stories to explain the world around us.

There are still plenty of other awards which have been made to some outstanding individuals including the SA Tall Poppies Awards and the Fresh Science winners for 2007, but since I have the lovely problems of this post getting rather long I’ll leave you the links to those!

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