Category Archives: Awards
Congratulations to Prof Andre Luiten who was awarded the prestigious 2018 Australian Institute of Physics Alan Walsh Medal for Service to Industry. This medal not only recognised Prof Luiten for his outstanding research in photonics and optics but also for his exceptional leadership in commercialising breakthrough research to support industry needs. The medal and prize was presented at the 23rd AIP Congress held in Perth in December 2018. More excitingly, this award will also be featured in the next issue of Australian Physics magazine.
Prof Luiten’s excellent research was also recognised with other distinguished awards including the 2018 Defence Science and Technology Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australian and the 2017 Barry Inglis Medal from the National Measurement Institute.
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The Alan Walsh Medal is an initiative of the NSW Branch of the AIP, recognises significant contributions by a practicing physicist to industry in Australia. It commemorates the late Sir Alan Walsh, Kt, FAA, FTS, FRS, one of Australia’s most eminent and distinguished scientists, who was the originator and developer of Atomic Absorption Spectrophotometry (AAS) and pioneered its application as a tool in chemical analysis.
Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li for being awarded the Faculty of Health and Medicine Sciences Executive Dean’s Award for Research Excellence (Early Career Researchers) for her significant contribution to multidisciplinary research programs and the public awareness of health and medical sciences.
Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li who was awarded $150,000 for the Heart Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship for 2 years. Dr Li will investigate a new multimodal high-resolution imaging tool that can directly study high-risk plaques in living organisms, in real-time, enabling molecular and microstructural insights into the development of plaques, one of the most common cause of heart attack. Specifically, the new tool will be used to assess plaques in commonly-used preclinical animal models and in dissected human arteries. It will answer fundamental questions of how plaques evolve, how they cause heart attacks, and how they respond to different forms of treatment. This project will also provide a pathway for the clinical translation of this novel tool and holds hope to improve health outcomes by providing cardiologists with better ways to accurately diagnose and manage high-risk plaques and prevent heart attacks.
Congratulations to Dr Ben Sparkes who was awarded Fulbright FutureScholarship. Dr Sparkes will spend 3 months working with Prof Alex Gaeta at Columbia University in the City of New York on a project titled “Changing Colours in Optical Fibres: The Key to Long-Distance Quantum-Secured Communications”.
Dr Ben Sparkes is an ARC DECRA fellow working within the Precision Measurement Group at IPAS. His research has focused on developing a quantum memory device to maximise the distance of quantum cryptography, which will boost the security of communications for government,business and the broader community. He is also the co-founder of the “Amazing University of Adelaide Laser Radio” outreach activity, where high school students construct a device that transmits audio signals over a laser beam using basic electronics components. Dr Sparkes was named South Australian Tall Poppy of the year at the 2018 SA Government Science Excellent Awards in August.
The Fulbright Program is the flagship foreign exchange scholarship program of the US, aimed at increasing binational collaboration, cultural understanding, and the exchange of ideas.
Congratulations to Dr Jiawen Li who was successfully awarded 2018 FHMS Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program. Dr Li will be mentored by world-renowned scientists in cardiovascular research Prof Stephen Nicholls and Dr Christina Bursill for the next 12 months on developing the novel device to enable accurate detection of high risk atherosclerotic plaques which are likely to cause acute coronary events, one of the most common cause of death in middle and high income countries worldwide.
The Emerging Leadership Mentored Development Program is designed to foster a productive mentor-mentee relationship between an ECR/MCR (mentee) and a senior academic staff member (mentor). The ECR/MCR will work closely with mentors of their choice to co-develop a new area of research and build their track record. The mentors will work closely with the applicant throughout the process and help the ECR/MCR to develop a strategic pathway, skills and independence necessary to make them competitive for local or national funding schemes (i.e. NHMRC investigator, new idea and synergy grants or equivalent schemes).
IPAS researchers Prof Andrew Abell and A/Prof Tara Pukala are part of a University of Adelaide research team who will lead the Agricultural Product Development Research Consortium to increase the agriculture value and turn it into new products.
The Consortium, led by Prof Vincent Bulone, has been granted $4M over four years by the State Government through its Research Consortia Program. It will bring together a total of 18 partners to develop high-value products from agricultural waste: nine South Australian-based companies from the agriculture and food sector, and another nine national and international academic institutions and industry partners. The support coming from the partners brings the total value of the consortium to $10.9M.
The Consortium will build on the work of Adelaide Glycomics, a carbohydrate analytical facility at the Waite campus, and make use of other, complementary analytical activities provided by the Adelaide Proteomics Centre at the University’s North Terrace campus. “This Consortium draws together a unique combination of research expertise, facilities, industry know-how and resources. It promises increased profitability and sustainability for our local agricultural and horticultural industries, and significant health and economic benefit for our whole state,” says University of Adelaide Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research) Professor Mike Brooks.
“The Consortium has already drawn the support of four international industry partners, which shows the incredible commercial potential to be developed.”
The Consortium partners are: University of Adelaide, University of South Australia, CSIRO, KTH Royal Institute of Technology (Sweden), Filsell’s Orchards Pty Ltd, Raw Nation Wholefoods Pty Ltd, AE Cranwell & Sons, Ashton Valley Fresh, JVJ Co Pty Ltd, Vanquish Technologies, SA Mushrooms, Coopers Brewery Ltd, Potatoes South Australia Inc, CarbOzide Pty Ltd, Agilent Technologies Australia Pty Ltd, Plant & Food Research, Ingredion Inc (USA), Carlsberg Group A/S (Denmark).
For more information, please see The University of Adelaide website.
Huge congratulations to the winner of 2018 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Dr Ben Sparkes, IPAS DECRA Fellow in the Precision Measurement Group.
Dr Sparkes is developing a quantum memory device to boost the maximum distance of quantum cryptography, to lead to an absolutely-secure means of global communications. He is also the co-founder of a “Laser Radio” outreach activity, where high school students construct a device which transmits audio signals over a laser beam using basic electronics components. This activity teaches students practical hands-on skills but, more importantly, it aims to communicate the fun and excitement about science, and photonics in particular. His fantastic work was presented to Federal MPs Christopher Pyne (Defence Industry Minister), Richard Marles (Shadow Defence Minister), Tanya Plibersek (Deputy Opposition Leader) and Nick Champion (Shadow Assistant Minister for Manufacturing and Science) during visits to IPAS.
Each year the Tall Poppy Awards recognise individuals who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science and who demonstrate great leadership potential.
EO Tuck Medal winner
Professor Yvonne Stokes has been awarded the EO Tuck medal for outstanding research and distinguished service to the field of Applied Mathematics. The medal is awarded by ANZIAM (Australia and New Zealand Industrial and Applied Mathematics).
Congratulations to Yvonne who was also promoted to professorial level E effectively from 1 January 2018.
Congratulations to our Deputy Director Prof Heike Ebendorff-Heidepriem who has won the 2017 Winnovation Award – category Technology! IPAS Deputy Director and Associate Director of the Optofab Adelaide Node of the Australian National Fabrication Facility (ANFF), Prof Ebendorff-Heidepriem has demonstrated her outstanding leadership role in the establishment of the Adelaide node of Optofab, a state-of-art glass science, fibre fabrication and 3D manufacturing research facility.
Announced on Friday 6th October, the Winnovation Awards celebrate the successes of female innovators changing the game in South Australia.
“Inhibitors of biotin protein ligase: A new class of antibiotic targeting Staphylococcus aureus” led by Prof Andrew Abell and his team has been awarded 1 of the best 10 NHMRC research project 2016!
This project successfully engaged chemistry and biochemistry to discover a new antibacterial by inhibiting a key protein – known as biotin protein ligase (BPL)- as a potential mechanism for limiting bacterial survival.
Congratulations to Prof Andrew Abel and team!