Julie Arblaster’s climate research is helping to explain the climate of the Australian region, particularly the ozone hole, El Niño, the monsoon, and Australian rainfall variability.
David Warton is driving data analysis in ecology, making it a more predictive science. His tools are influencing statistics across science and industry.
Christian Turney has pioneered new ways of combining climate models with records of past climate change spanning from hundreds to thousands of years.
Maria Seton has redefined the way we reconstruct the movement of continental plates and contributed to studies on the effect ocean basin changes have had on global long-term sea level and ocean chemistry. Continue reading Australian Academy of Science Early-career Awards
Harry Messel has been a powerful force in science education—from the Physics Foundation to textbooks and his establishment of International Science Schools. He was awarded the Academy Medal.
Simon McKeon is a prominent business leader and philanthropist who has made extensive contributions to Australian science and innovation including chairing the CSIRO Board and the agenda-setting McKeon report into medical research in Australia. He was awarded the Academy Medal.
The life and death of cells: Jerry Adams has advanced understanding of cancer development, particularly of genes activated by chromosome translocation in lymphomas. By clarifying how the Bcl-2 protein family controls the life and death of cells, he and his colleagues at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research have galvanised the development of a promising new class of anti-cancer drugs. Jerry was awarded the 2014 Macfarlane Burnet Medal. Continue reading Australian Academy of Science medals
The Reef Life Survey team has harnessed the efforts of 200 divers around the planet to create a unique global dataset that’s generating significant scientific findings.
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With a human death rate over 50 per cent and an ability to cross species, the Hendra virus that emerged in 1994 had frightening potential.
Continue reading First vaccine and treatment against Hendra virus
Thousands of young Australians suffer substance abuse and mental health issues on their own—afraid to reach out for help, or even admit the problem.
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Stem cells generated from adult cells still retain a memory of their past despite being reprogrammed, Australian scientists have found. Now scientists think they can teach the cells to forget their past.
Continue reading Reprogrammed stem cells ‘remember’ past life
Kaylene Young believes she can persuade lazy stem cells in our brain to repair brain injuries and even treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis and Alzheimer’s.
Continue reading Repairing the brain with its own stem cells
Japanese researchers are coming to Australia for our neutron beams. It’s helping them to continue their research following the shutdown of all Japanese research reactors in the aftermath of the Great East Japan Earthquake. And it cements a friendship in beamline science that kickstarted Australian access to synchrotron light.
Continue reading Sharing light and neutrons
Fiona Bull can tell if your city is making you sick just by looking at how easy it is to walk around—and she plans to use this knowledge of good city design to help reduce global physical inactivity by 10 per cent by 2025.
Continue reading Is your city making you sick?