James Cook University researchers have picked up nearly half of this year’s Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Awards - with two winners from AITHM.
Five JCU researchers are among the 12 Queensland scientists who were honoured with the awards at an event in Brisbane on Friday.
Dr Sandip Kamath, Dr Ian Mcleod, Dr Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi, Dr Emily Callander, and Dr Tom Bridge received the awards, which recognise the achievements of Australia’s outstanding young scientific researchers and communicators.
Their areas of expertise include immunology, coastal restoration, engineering, health economics, and biology, and showcase the range and quality of JCU’s research centres and institutes including the Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine (AITHM), Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research (TropWATER), and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies.
JCU Senior Deputy Vice Chancellor Professor Chris Cocklin said the University is proud of the achievements of its researchers who’ve been honoured with these awards.
“JCU is thrilled to be so well represented once again amongst the recipients of the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards. The JCU staff who have received awards this year are a fantastic reflection of the breadth and depth of research excellence at University,” he said.
“JCU takes great pride in the international acknowledgement of our strength in research, reflected in the placement of the University amongst the top 2% worldwide, and that is further validated by the Young Tall Poppy Science Awards to five of our outstanding members of staff.
“The work of these members of staff contributes to our standing as a research university, but importantly their work also delivers on important outcomes that are of great value to our community.”
The Minister for Innovation, Science and the Digital Economy Hon Leeanne Enoch congratulated the winners at the event in Brisbane.
“I’d like to congratulate all the young Queensland scientists who received a 2017 Young Tall Poppy Science Award,” Ms Enoch said.
“Each year, I’m amazed at the ground-breaking research being carried out by Queensland universities and our world-class research institutes like QMIR Berghofer Medical Research Institute as well as organisations like CSIRO.
“Our talented young scientists are working on innovations that will help to increase our competitiveness in world markets, address environmental issues, and improve the health and well-being of Queenslanders.
“The Palaszczuk Government’s $420 million whole-of-government Advance Queensland initiative continues to support the amazing science taking place right here in our great state by providing a number of grant programs for researchers and science communicators.”
List of winners and the research fields for which they were nominated:
- Dr Sandip Kamath (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine) for Allergy and Clinical Immunology
- Dr Ian Mcleod (Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research) for coastal restoration, specialising in shellfish restoration
- Dr Mostafa Rahimi Azghadi (College of Science & Engineering) for Electrical and Electronic Engineering
- Dr Emily Callander (Australian Institute of Tropical Health & Medicine) for Health Economics
- Dr Tom Bridge (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) for Biodiversity, Ecology and Conservation Biology. Dr Bridge is a joint-appointment with JCU and the Queensland Museum Network
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