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TONIGHT’s announcement of the 2014 South Australian Scientist of the Year awards is one way to ensure the future of the state and indeed the globe according to Dr Paul Willis, Director of Australia’s national science hub The Royal Institution of Australia.

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TONIGHT’s announcement of the 2014 South Australian Scientist of the Year awards is one way to ensure the future of the state and indeed the globe according to Dr Paul Willis, Director of Australia’s national science hub The Royal Institution of Australia.

The awards were presented on Friday night at an event in Adelaide hosted by South Australia’s Minister for Science and the Information Economy, Gail Gago.

Dr Willis was Master of Ceremonies for the fourth successive year.

“We need to celebrate our successes, and support this expertise and these individuals into the future.”

“Science teachers are the custodians of the minds of the next generation,” said Dr Willis.

“Being able to engage our kids with creative and interesting science will see the next generation of young people coming through, and offer all kinds of benefits to the state and to the planet.”

“All of the major issues that face us at the moment, that threaten our future – climate change, over-population, resource use – they all have a basis on science,” he explained.

“To solve these problems, we all need to understand the science that underlies them.”

The South Australian Scientist of the Year receives $25,000 in prize money, and other winners receive $10,000 each.

“I would like to congratulate all winners and finalists of the SA Science Excellence Awards for their passion, hard work and the determination they bring to their work,” Ms Gago said.

 

FULL LIST OF WINNERS

South Australian Scientist of the YearProfessor Anthony Thomas, Australian Laureate Fellow and Elder Professor of Physics, The University of Adelaide

PhD Research Excellence – Health and Medical SciencesDr Kathleen Pishas, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, The University of AdelaidePishas’biomarkers

PhD Research Excellence – Life and Environmental SciencesDr Sarah Catalano, Research Scientist, The University of AdelaideCatalanoPhDdicyemidmesozoans

PhD Research Excellence – Physical Sciences, Mathematics and EngineeringDr Daniel Tune, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Flinders University.nanotubephotovoltaicsnanotubes

Early Career STEM Professional – Life and Environmental SciencesDr John Hixson, Research Scientist, The Australian Wine Research Institute.Hixson’swinemakingmarcmarc

Early Career STEM Professional – Physical Sciences, Mathematics and EngineeringDr Luigi Barone, Director of Simulation and Optimisation, Schneider Electric.Barone’s

Early Career STEM Educator of the Year – School TeachingMoyleBrighton Secondary School.MoyleMoyleMoyle

Early Career STEM Educator of the Year – Tertiary TeachingMs Karen Burke da Silva, Lecturer, Flinders University.daSilvadaSilva

South Australian Early Career Researcher – SA Tall Poppy of the YearDr Cristian Birzer, Lecturer and Director of External Relations, The University of Adelaide.

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