Awards and Gifts

Please join me in congratulating the following recipients of prestigious awards in recognition of their hard work and talent:

- Maria Roitman, Honours Student, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience;
- Hayley Newton and Karena Waller, recipients of prestigious awards from the Australian Society of Microbiology;
- Professor Melissa Little recently elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science;
- Alexandria Driessen
, PhD Student, Department of Anatomy & Neuroscience;
- Congratulations to Gavan Mitchell & Ryan Jefferies whose photograph, “Modelling Dissection”  has been shortlisted to the top 100 out of 4000 entries in The Royal Photographic Society International Images For Science 2017;
- Asthma storm application to be funded by MRFF, Professor Jo Douglass and the Lung Health Research Centre team.

Details of the awards are as follows:

Recipients Award Details
Ms Maria Roitman Ms Maria Roitman, an Honours student in the Neuron Development and Plasticity laboratory, Anatomy and Neuroscience Department, was awarded the “Best Oral Presentation by an Honours Student” prize at the recent ASMR Student Research Symposium, held on 1st June, 2017. Congratulations, Maria!
Dr Hayley Newton
and
Dr Karena Waller

Dr Karena Waller (L) and Dr Hayley Newton (R)

Our congratulations to Dr Hayley Newton and Dr Karena Waller, recipients of prestigious awards from the Australian Society for Microbiology (ASM). Both awards were conferred in early July at the ASM Annual Scientific Meeting that was held in Hobart, TAS.

Hayley was the recipient of the ASM Frank Fenner Award in recognition of her distinguished contribution to microbiology research.

Karena was the recipient of the ASM David White Excellence in Teaching Award, which recognised her excellence in teaching and innovation in microbiology education. Karena was also elected to the position of Chair of the ASM Education Special Interest Group (Ed SIG) at the July meeting.

Professor Melissa Little Our warmest congratulations to Melissa who has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.  For further information.
Ms Alexandria Driessen Ms Alexandria (Ally) Driessen from Respiratory Sensory Neuroscience laboratory was awarded the best talk by a third year PhD student at the recent Australian Society for Medical Research student conference.  Ally joined the Department of Anatomy and Neuroscience in January of this year after relocating from Brisbane to continue her doctoral training.  Her research, which focuses on an obscure collection of neurons in the brainstem called the paratrigeminal nucleus, is challenging a long held dogma on how sensory information from the viscera is processed in the central nervous system. For her outstanding presentation she received a cash price and represented the School at the recent ASMR gala dinner.  Congratulations Ally!

Gavan Mitchell
and
Ryan Jefferies

Congratulations to Gavan Mitchell and Ryan Jefferies whose photograph, “Modelling Dissection”  has been shortlisted to the top 100 out of 4000 entries in The Royal Photographic Society International Images For Science 2017, - the prize winners will be announced in August. The image will be exhibited at the RPS International Images for Science Exhibition 2017 and will tour around the UK, including major science festivals, and will be seen by over 140,000 people. The International Images for Science competition looks for the best images to show how photography is used in science, can put across scientific concepts or illustrates the role of science in our everyday lives.


This editorial photograph depicts a series of four plaster models showing thoracic and abdominal dissection. They were created by sculptor Franz Josef Steger and embryologist Wilhelm His (Germany, c 1900), The models are part of the Harry Brookes Allen Museum of Anatomy and Pathology collection at the University of Melbourne, in Australia.

Professor Jo Douglass and the LHRC teamAsthma storm application to be funded by MRFF
The Melbourne Academic Centre for Health (MACH) project 'Melbourne Thunderstorm Epidemic of Asthma: Solving the puzzle' will receive funding from MRFF.  Our congratulations to lead researcher Professor Jo Douglass and the Lung Health Research Centre on their successful application.