Science excellence at University of Adelaide

Science Educator of the Year, Professor Mark Buntine

Science Educator of the Year, Professor Mark Buntine
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Tall Poppy: Dr Tamath Rainsford

Tall Poppy: Dr Tamath Rainsford
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Tuesday, 26 August 2008

University of Adelaide researchers and affiliates have been recognised for their science excellence in prestigious South Australian awards.

Professor Mark Buntine, from the University's School of Chemistry and Physics, was named Science Educator of the Year at the State Government's 2008 Science Excellence Awards.

Professor Buntine has established a community of practice among academics and students that makes a demonstrable difference to student learning in laboratories across the nation, with the development of the Advancing Chemistry by Enhancing Learning in the Laboratory program.

The title of 2008 South Australian Scientist of the Year went to Professor John Hopwood, Head of SA Pathology's Lysosomal Diseases Research Unit based at the Women's and Children's Hospital. Professor Hopwood is an affiliate professor in the University's Discipline of Paediatrics.

Associate Professor John Mulley, also from SA Pathology, who won the Excellence in Research for Public Good Benefit award, is an affiliate in the University of Adelaide's School of Molecular and Biomedical Science.

The University of Adelaide is a partner in Marine Innovation SA which won the Constellation SA Award for Excellence in Collaborative Research. Marine Innovation SA is a partnership between SARDI, Flinders University, the University of Adelaide, SA Museum, seafood industries and regional communities focusing on research into the ecologically sustainable development of state fisheries, aquaculture and marine ecosystem industries.

At the Science Excellence Awards, University of Adelaide researcher Dr Tamath Rainsford, School of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, was also named the overall winner of the SA Young Tall Poppy Science Award, selected from 10 winners that included four other University of Adelaide researchers.

Dr Rainsford's research is about applying mathematics to various real-world problems, especially those that are medical or biological in nature. She has demonstrated how combining mathematics with the latest medical tools can potentially create new medical solutions.


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