Macquarie research into brains, volunteerism, agriculture, photonics, wireless technologies and more receive ARC funding

30 October 2015

The Minister for Education and Training, Senator Simon Birmingham has announced the Australian Research Council (ARC) Major Grants announcements for 2016, including support for 26 Macquarie University research projects equating to $10,193, 630 in funding.

“A strong investment in high-quality research will drive innovation, secure the jobs of the future, improve the health of our community, protect our environment and ensure our researchers can compete on the international stage,” said Senator Birmingham.

Macquarie University research projects across health and human sciences, science, and the arts will receive a boost in 2016, advancing research in a variety of subject areas including brain behaviour, agriculture management, and photonics applications and wireless technology developments.

The awards include 19 Discovery Projects (total $7,196,167) lead by Macquarie researchers, across a range of areas from understanding the nature and consequences of interruptions and multi-tasking, to studying ice sheet collapse and sea level rise.

Five Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRAs) (total $1,802,463) were also granted to Macquarie research projects advancing photonics and wireless technologies, and harnessing astrophotonics and adaptive optics to discover habitable planets.

Two Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities grants (total $1,195,000) were also awarded for a virtual experimental geoscience laboratory, and quantitative mineral mapping of nanoscale processes.

“Macquarie University is very pleased with the ARC’s announcement. To receive funding for these 26 research projects is not only a nod towards the great work already undertaken by Macquarie researchers to date, but will enable them to further contribute to solutions towards some of the world’s most pressing challenges,” said Professor Sakkie Pretorius, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research).


Discovery projects

Prof Xuan Thinh Duong Multiparameter Harmonic Analysis: Weighted Estimates for Singular Integrals
Prof Marion Maddox Charles Strong’s Australian Church (1885-1917) and Australian Secularism
Prof Johanna Westbrook The nature and consequences of interruptions and multi-tasking
Dr Thomas Carlson Predicting Behaviour from Brain Representations
Prof William Thompson Violent music: social, psychological, and neurological implications
Em/Prof Ross Street Monoidal categories and beyond: new contexts and new applications
A/Prof Michael Steel Better vibrations: controlling light with sound in semiconductor chips
A/Prof Dorrit Jacob  Mechanisms of proxy uptake in biominerals
Prof Mark Johnson  Improved syntactic and semantic analysis for natural language processing
Prof Naguib Kanawati   Measuring meaning in Egyptian art: A new approach to an intractable problem
Dr Dominic Berry  Quantum algorithms for computational physics
A/Prof Ian Goodwin Ice sheet collapse, sea-level rise and Australian coastal response
Dr Emily O’Gorman Re-making Wetlands in the Murray-Darling Basin, 1800 to the Present
A/Prof Gabriel Molina Terriza  Dual nanoparticles to distinguish between right and left biomolecules
A/Prof Simon Clark Developing a geophysically relevant conduction model for the upper mantle
Dr Shirleene Robinson  Volunteers in Crisis: Analysing Responses to HIV/AIDS in Australia
Dr Darrell Kemp  Expanding gene-environment causality in evolutionary genetics
Prof Ian Paulsen  Improving the efficacy of pseudomonad biocontrol bacteria
Prof Gilles Guillemin  Biomagnification of the biotoxin BMAA in the environment

Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards

Dr Simon Gross Shaping light – new frontiers in big fast data
Dr Varun Kumaraswamy Annayya Chetty Sreenivasan Illuminating drug activity in the brain with nanocrystalline beacons
Dr Shulabh Gupta Real-Time Electromagnetic-wave Engineering for Advanced Wireless Systems
Dr Xi Zhu Electronics of the future: self-powering wireless circuit design
Dr Christian Schwab Harnessing Astrophotonics and Adaptive Optics to Discover Habitable Planets

Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities

Prof Stephen Foley Australian Virtual Experimental Laboratory: a multimode geoscience facility
Prof Martin Kennedy  NanoMin; Quantitative Mineral Mapping of Nanoscale Processes


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