8 September 2011

Celebrity science takes a bow

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This week's 'Oscars' of science ramped up our recognition of some of the best. Congrats to the winners.
Eureka prizes

Alan Cowman's team from the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research took out the 2011 Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research for their research into malaria vaccines. Credit: Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Eureka prizes

Some of the team from the Australian National University in Canberra and University of Melbourne who took out the Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation. Credit: Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Eureka prizes

The Nanopatch Vaccination team from the University of Queensland took out the prize for research by an interdisciplinary team. Credit: Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

I love a party and the Eureka prizes – Australia’s ‘Oscars’ of science – held earlier this week was well classy. Not only did I sit at a table of two of the winners, but lychee martini’s abounded, as did accolades for some of the brightest minds in the country.

Gowns glowed, wine flowed and everyone got the song ‘Hail hail hydrogen’ – one of the finalists for the Sleek Geek’s school science video awards – stuck in their head. And now so can you! I love this song. There’s got to be an album of science songs out there waiting to be made – you could do the whole periodic table, although it could get a little tricky towards the end.

Working in science is one of those jobs you don’t leave at the office. Accolades should go to all scientists (and others) working in areas that impact our health, environment and infrastructure and help to understand what’s behind everything from superconductors to supernovas. So here are the superstars:

* The Devils’ Advocates researchers Menna Jones, Hamish McCallum, Kathy Belov, Greg Woods and Anne-Maree Pearse – Eureka Prize for Environmental Research

* Mark Kendall and team – Eureka Prize for Excellence in Research by an Interdisciplinary Team

* Alan Cowman, Wai-Hong Tham, Julie Healer, Tony Triglia, Sash Lopaticki and Jennifer Thompson at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research – Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research

* David Moss – Eureka Prize for Innovation in Computer Science

* Manfred Lenzen, Christopher Dey and Joy Murray from the University of Sydney’s School of Physics – Eureka Prize for Innovative Solutions to Climate Change

* Philip Dinning and John Arkwright – Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology

* Baker IDI Heart & Diabetes Institute’s Murray Esler and Marcus Schlaich – Eureka Prize for Medical Research Translation

* Abdesselam Bouzerdoum – Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Support of Defence or National Security

* Angela Moles -Eureka Prize for Outstanding Young Researcher

* Paul Biegler – Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics

* Andrea Morello and Andrew Dzurak from the University of New South Wales -Eureka Prize for Scientific Research

* Paul McGreevy, David Evans, Andrew McLean and Bidda Jones from the University of Sydney’s Faculty of Veterinary Science -Eureka Prize for Scientific Research That Contributes to Animal Protection

* Quentin Grafton, Hoang Long Chu, Tom Kompas and Michael Stewardson – Eureka Prize for Water Research and Innovation

* Wojciech Gutowski – Eureka Prize for Commercialisation of Innovation

* Kevin Pfleger – Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science

* Ben Eggleton – Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science

* Jian-xin Zhao – Eureka Prize For Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers

* John Cook – Eureka Prize for Advancement of Climate Change Knowledge

* Rick Shine – Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research

* Jason Edwards, Damon Wilder, Ian Smyth – Eureka Prize for Science Photography

*Anita Trenwith – Eureka Prize for Science or Mathematics Teaching

* Anastasia Kennett (Primary) and Brandon Gifford (Secondary) – Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize

* Jonica Newby and Lile Judickas – Eureka Prize for Science Journalism

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