2016 New South Wales Award Winner

Dr Dale Nimmo

Charles Sturt University Conservation Science @BiodiversityGuy   @csumedia The fossil record shows that the earth has seen five major extinction events, characterised by rapid species extinctions within a relatively short time-frame. Alarmingly, scientists who study modern ecosystems have now concluded that the earth is amidst a sixth mass extinction event, brought upon by the changes to…

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Dr Danielle Moreau

University of New South Wales Aeroacoustics @daniellejmoreau @UNSW and @UNSWEngineering Noise from cars, aircraft, air-conditioning systems and computer fans fill our lives. Noise is not only intruding on urban life, rural communities are also being altered by the addition of wind turbines in previously very quiet areas. A common component in modern technology responsible for…

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Dr Jonathan Plett

Western Sydney University Genetics/Ecosystem Sustainability, @FungiDownUnder @westsyduhie A spoonful of dirt contains billions of micro-organisms, some of which cause are harmful to plants while others cohabit peacefully with the plant, boosting plant immunity and provide essential raw nutrients.  These plant/micro-organism relationships, are governed by a form of ‘dialogue’. Instead of words, however, chemical signals are…

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Dr Joshua Ho

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute Bioinformatics @joshuawkho @VictorChangInst @abacbs Congenital Heart Disease (CHD) affects 8 out of 1,000 live births and it is the biggest single cause of child mortality and hospitalisation. Determining the genetic cause of a CHD patient is critical for genetic counselling and, in some cases, diagnosis and treatment. Dr Ho’s research…

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Dr Katherine Dafforn

Marine Ecology University of New South Wales @DrKDafforn Marine urbanisation is accelerating due to the expansion of coastal cities and efforts to protect assets from threats such as storm surges. Seawalls, breakwaters and boating infrastructure such as marinas are becoming increasingly conspicuous in the marine environment, and we are finding more novel ways to build…

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Dr Robert Taylor

University of New South Wales Solar Energy Dr Taylor’s research is focused on developing solar energy technology which converts sunlight into heat, rather than electricity, called solar thermal collectors. This heat can warm buildings, process food and materials, or drive a steam power plant. Taken together, these applications could deliver most of our energy needs….

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Dr Susan Hua

The University of Newcastle Therapeutic Targeting and Translational Nanopharmaceutics, @DrSusanHua Dr Hua’s research is in the cutting-edge field of therapeutic targeting through the use of nanotechnology. Currently, the majority of conventional medicines are essentially high doses of free drugs that are distributed to all parts of the body, meaning they are not very efficient and…

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Dr Thomas Newsome

The University of Sydney / Deakin University Biological Sciences, @NewsomeTM Big animals like dingoes and wolves at the top of the food chain. Dr Newsome studies how top predators change the abundance and behaviour of their prey and competitors, and how that in turn affects other species and ecological processes. Currently, Australians kill or exclude…

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Dr Tracy Burrows

The University of Newcastle Nutrition and Dietetics @DrTracyBurrows, @UON_research, @HMRIAustralia and @UONPRCPAN Dr Burrow’s research investigates whether humans can become addicted to certain foods, particularly those highly processed foods seen as major contributors to overweight and obesity. Animal studies have shown that diets high in sugar, salt and fat are linked with physical and neurological changes…

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Dr Viviana Wuthrich

Macquarie University Psychology @VivianaWuthrich Severe anxiety affects one in ten people. People suffering anxiety are also more likely to have other mental health difficulties such as depression and dementia. Dr Wuthrich’s research is focused on studying what causes and maintains anxiety disorders across the lifespan from young children to older adults, and on developing practical…

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