Wifi, opinion polls and more: ARC funding boosts research across the University

5 November 2014

Macquarie University research across science, human sciences and the arts will receive a boost in 2015, as part of today’s Australian Research Council (ARC) Major Grants Announcement.

The awards include twelve Discovery Projects lead by Macquarie researchers, across a broad range of areas from the history of opinion polls in Australia to new methods to solve wifi network congestion.

Five Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs) were also granted to Macquarie researchers across geology, psychology, computing, cognitive science and microbiology.

Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP said it was vital that our young researchers were offered funding opportunities to progress their careers and build Australia’s long-term innovation base. “If Australia is to keep up with the rest of the world, we must invest in our young researchers, to provide them with the resources to become internationally competitive.”

A Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grant was also awarded for a major medical biotechnology project into nanoparticle tracking, with a new facility to support world-class researchers in the multi-disciplinary areas of physical, material and life sciences, placing Australia at the forefront of nanoscale biophotonics.

Discovery projects

Dr Melanie Bishop, Dr Wayne O’Connor (industry partner); Prof David Raftos Ecology Genetic solution or dilution: can selective breeding future-proof oysters?
Distinguished Prof Anne Castles, Prof Kate Nation (Oxford, UK); Prof G Gaskell (York, UK) Cognitive Sciences Making words stick: Lexical consolidation effects in learning to read
Prof Ken Cheng, Prof Jochen Zeil (ANU); Dr Ajay Narendra (ANU); Dr Andrew Barron; Prof Rudiger Wehner (University of Zurich) Zoology Navigating brains: the neurobiology of spatial cognition
Prof Karu Esselle, Adjunct Prof Trevor Bird; Asst Prof Ladislau Matekovits (Turin Polytechnic University); Dr Stuart Hay (CSIRO); Prof P Kildal (Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden) Communications Technologies Wideband Strongly-Truncated Composite Cavity-Resonator Antennas
Prof Murray Goot Political Science What Australia Thinks: A History of Australian Public Opinion Polls
Dr Heather Handley, Prof Simon Turner; Prof Mark Reagan (University of Iowa, USA); Dr J Barclay (University of East Anglia, UK) Geology Timescales of mixing and volatile transfer leading to volcanic eruptions
Prof Stephen Hanly, Dr Philip Whiting; Prof Dr S Borst (Eindhoven University of Technology) Communications Technologies What to do about WiFi Congestion? New methods for dense, wireless networks
A/Prof Richard Mildren, Prof C Stampfl (University of Sydney) Nanotechnology Novel 2-photon atom manipulation for ultra-nanoscale processing of diamond
Dr Paul Sheehan, Dr L Ng (University of Oxford, UK); Prof Elleke Boehmer (University of Oxford, UK) Literary Studies Transnational Coetzee: Revisioning World Literature through the Margins
Prof Richard Stevenson, Prof Robert Boakes (The University of Sydney); Dr Megan Oaten (Griffith University); Prof M Yeomans (University of Sussex, UK) Psychology Western-style diet and impairments in food-intake control in humans
Dr Jaap Timmer Anthropology State-building from the perspective of local communities
Dr Ian Tregenza, Prof J Gascoigne (UNSW) Historical Studies A Secular State? Reason, Religion, and the Australian Polity 1788-1945

 Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards

Dr Andrea Giuliani Geology A new approach to revealing melting processes in the hidden deep Earth
Dr Celia Harris Psychology What are the active ingredients of successful shared remembering?
Dr Diep Nguyen Distributed Computing User-based Radio Spectrum Harvesting System
Dr Michael Proctor Cognitive Science Solving the puzzle of complex speech sounds
Dr Sasha Tetu Microbiology Toxic Oceans: How do anthropogenic pollutants impact vital marine microbes?

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

Lead Chief Investigator: Associate Professor Dayong Jin Medical Biotechnology National Live Cell Scanning Platform for Nanoparticle Tracking

Filed under: Faculty of Arts Politics Research Science & nature Social sciences