Australia’s prestigious science awards were presented last night and one of the winners of a Eureka Prize is a man who is trying to reduce death by drowning in the sea.
EUREKA PRIZE WINNERS
* NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research.
Dr Dana Cordell and Professor Stuart White, University of Technology, Sydney.
For their research on how increasingly scarce supplies of phosphorus, a critical nutrient for food production, should be sustainably managed.
* Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre at the University of Queensland Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research.
Dr Marc Pellegrini, Jesse Toe and Simon Preston, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Melbourne.
For their identifications of mechanisms to boost the ability of the immune system to kill and eliminate overwhelming infections in mice, which could transform the treatment of of HIV and hepatitis.
* Google Australia Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science.
Associate Professor Jon McCormack, Aidan Lane and Dr Alan Dorin, Monash University and Peter McIlwain, Sonic Design.
For their development of Nodal, software for composing and performing music which uses a unique method of visually representing and playing music.
* ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology.
Associate Professor Wei Shen, Professor Gil Garnier, Dr Xu Li, Junfei Tian, David Ballerini, Miaosi Li and Lizi Li, of Monash University.
For their Harry Potter-inspired, low-cost paper device for testing blood, which quickly spells out a person’s blood type in written text.
* NSW Health Jamie Callachor Eureka Prize for Medical Research Translation.
Professor David Kaye, Baker IDI Heart and Diabetes Institute, Melbourne.
For a catheter-based system that lets doctors closely regulate the level of medicines at a specific site in the body to prevent potentially toxic effects at other sites.
* Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security.
Professor Yonggang Zhu, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering.
For development of a lab-on-a-chip device that can be used in the field to identify chemical warfare agents with high sensitivity, reliability and unprecedented speed.
* Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher.
Dr Marie-Liesse Asselin-Labat, The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
For research showing how oestrogen exposure regulates breast stem cells, establishing a possible cellular link between female hormone exposure and breast cancer.
* University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research.
Professor John Webb, Professor Victor Flambaum, Dr Julian King and Dr Julian Berengut, University of New South Wales, and Associate Professor Michael Murphy, Swinburne University of Technology.
For research suggesting that the laws of physics vary across the cosmos, a find that would turn physics on its head, if confirmed.
* Voiceless Eureka Prize for Scientific Research that Contributes to Animal Protection.
Professor Clive Phillips, University of Queensland.
For research that improves animal welfare, including reducing under-nutrition in rangeland animals, improving conditions for captive wildlife and increasing respect for animals.
* Rio Tinto Eureka Prize for Commercialisation of Innovation.
Dr Victor Pantano and Professor Mark Knackstedt, Digitalcore Pty Ltd, Professor Tim Senden and Associate Professor Adrian Sheppard, of the Australian National University, and Professor Val Pinczewski and Associate Professor Christoph Arns, of the University of NSW.
For technology that uses supercomputing and high-resolution 3D scanning of oil-bearing rocks to help industry more effectively extract hydrocarbons such as oil and natural gas.
* 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science.
Dr Matthew Hill, CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering.
For the development of porous materials to store, purify and convert carbon dioxide for clean energy recycling.
* CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science.
Professor Suzanne Cory, President of the Australian Academy of Science.
For her passionate commitment to research, education and science communication during her 40 year career as one of Australia’s most distinguished scientists.
* University of Technology, Sydney, Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.
Professor Douglas Hilton, Director of the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research.
For his commitment as a leading biomedical researcher to mentoring young scientists, many of whom have become leading researchers in their own right.
* The Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism.
Gisela Kaufmann and Carsten Orlt, Kaufmann Productions.
For Project Manta, broadcast on ABC TV – a program exploring the research of Dr Kathy Townsend and her team on manta rays – one of the largest marine animals, yet one of the ocean’s best kept secrets.
* Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research.
Dr Rob Brander, University of New South Wales.
For his Science of the Surf program and informing people about surf hazards such as rips through presentations, YouTube, Facebook, school and community presentations, a popular book and the mainstream media.
* New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography.
First: Jason Edwards, for documenting the mating of a Humpback Whale for the first time.
Second: Dr Dave Abdo, for a photograph of the release of a Red-throat Emperor fish after tagging on the Great Barrier Reef.
Third: Peter Ward for an image of the sun showing prominences, flares and sunspots.
* NSW Trade and Investment Eureka Prize for Science or Mathematics Teaching.
Geoff McNamara, Melrose High School, ACT.
For engaging his students by providing real-world science experiences through visits to university and industry laboratories, seminars presented by researchers, and original investigations under the guidance of scientists.
* University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize.
First: Iggy Fox, Year 5, Oyster Bay Public School, for Egg-normous, a video on getting his hens to lay very big eggs.
Second: Luca Pona, Year 6, Neutral Bay Public School, for Generation Trash, a video on the impact of waste generated by Australian households on the environment.
First: Brandon Gifford, Year 11, Casino High School, for The Legendary Lizard, a video featuring a lace monitor on how lizards have adapted to survive in hostile environments.
Second: Greer Clarke, Year 10, All Hallows’ School, Brisbane, for Random, a film that explains natural selection and the role of the environment and random mutations.
Third: Martin de Rooy, Year 11, Pimlico State High School, Townsville, for The Colour of Water, a film about common misconceptions about water and its colour, with Hinchinbrook Island as a backdrop.