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Mr Martin Sale (email)
School of Molecular and Biomedical Science
University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8303 3227
Mobile: 0439 950 053
Mr David Ellis (email)
Media and Communications Officer
Marketing & Communications
The University of Adelaide
Business: +61 8 8313 5414
Mobile: +61 421 612 762
Wednesday, 12 September 2007
A University of Adelaide student whose research is helping us to better understand how the brain works has become the 2007 Young Scientist of the Year.
Fresh Science helps to identify new and interesting research being done by early-career scientists around the country, and gives them the opportunity to communicate their science to the media and the public.
Mr Sale's research has found that the time of day influences your brain's ability to learn - and the human brain learns more effectively at night.
The story about his work received worldwide attention when it was released last month during the Fresh Science event.
Mr Sale was chosen for the Young Scientist of the Year award from a national pool of 16 young researchers.
As Young Scientist of the Year, he will get to experience the real world of science communication first hand, working as a journalist for two weeks in The Australian newspaper's Sydney bureau.
He says he's excited about the opportunity.
"This will allow me to learn more about what's involved in science communication and how the media operates," Mr Sale says.