Research award winners and Distinguished Professors announced

3 October 2014

Two major events last night highlighted the excellence and outstanding contributions of Macquarie University researchers: the annual Macquarie University Research Awards and the announcement of six new Distinguished Professors.

The Macquarie University Research Awards are open to all research staff and higher degree research students at the University, while the highly prestigious Distinguished Professor awards recognise professors who have made an outstanding contribution to their field of scholarship or discipline and to the University.

Two Professors were recognised in both announcements: Professor Ian Paulsen and Professor David Christian are now Distinguished Professors, also receiving awards for projects reflecting their excellence in research.

“Professor Paulsen is our newly-recognised ARC laureate, and Professor Christian’s work in Big History is having enormous global impact,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Sakkie Pretorius. “Both have contributed an enormous amount to the University and indeed society, as well as being ‘black belts’ in their fields.”

This year, the Macquarie University Research Awards covered the full spectrum of research activities, including recognition for early career researchers and research leaders.

“The nominees for this year’s awards cover such a wide range of research areas that I’m certain those who attended the gala event last night would have learnt not only something they didn’t know about a subject, but learn about a subject they didn’t even know existed. I was inspired and exhilarated by the winning entries,” says Professor Pretorius.

Excellence in Research – Science & Engineering
Professor Ian Paulsen, Faculty of Science, “An ace up their sleeve: characterisation of AceI, a new type of bacterial drug efflux pump”

Excellence in Research – Social Sciences & Humanities
Professor David Christian, Faculty of Arts,“The Big History Project: Education for the Anthropocene”

Excellence in Research – Business, Management and Economics
Dr David Gray, Faculty of Business and Economics, “State of the Mobile Nation”

Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Science & Engineering
Thomas Meany, Faculty of Science, “Next generation three dimensional quantum circuits”

Excellence in Higher Degree Research – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities
Mirko Farina, Faculty of Human Sciences, “Foundations for a psycho-historical, socio-technologically scaffolded theory of cultural learning”

Early Career Researcher of the Year – Science & Engineering
Dr Elizabeth Madin, Faculty of Science

Early Career Researcher of the Year – Social Sciences, Business & Humanities
Dr Blake Dear, Faculty of Human Sciences

The Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership
Professor Quentin Andrew Parker, Faculty of Science

The recipients of the 2014 Macquarie University Distinguished Professor Award are:
Professor Lesley Hughes, Faculty of Science
Professor Ian Paulsen,
Faculty of Science
Professor Anne Castles,
Faculty of Human Sciences
Professor Katherine Demuth, Faculty of Human Sciences
Professor Simon Turner, Faculty of Science
Professor David Christian,
Faculty of Arts

The Distinguished Professor award is one of the highest academic honours the University can bestow.

“Macquarie University has an enviable reputation for research excellence and achievement,” said Professor Pretorius. “While the extent of its achievements belie the University’s youthfulness, they are an accurate reflection of the agility and audacity we have shown over the first 50 years of our history.”

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2014 Research Award winners with Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton (far left) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Professor Sakkie Pretorious, (far right).

2014 Research Award winners with Vice-Chancellor Professor S. Bruce Dowton (far left) and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research, Professor Sakkie Pretorious, (far right).

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