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Four new Future Fellows

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Thursday, 17 November, 2011
Bob Beale

Four new Future Fellowships worth $2.6 million – for research projects examining climate change, nanoscience and dingoes - have been awarded to the Faculty of Science in the latest round of grants from the Australian Research Council.

The fellowships are among 15 awarded to UNSW researcher, with a total value of $10.8 million, as well as $10.5 million in Discovery Early Career Researcher Awards (DECRA).

The four successful fellowship applications in the Faculty were to:

Dr Jan Seidel, of the UNSW School of Materials Science and Engineering, was awarded $713,000 over five years for a project titled “Nanoscale characterisation and manipulation of complex oxide interfaces and topological boundaries”. Working at the forefront of complex oxide materials research, this project will explore novel material properties and develop new material application concepts. The project will specifically investigate nanoscale interfaces for potential breakthrough applications in nanoscience.

Associate Professor Ben Newell, form the UNSW School of Psychology, was awarded $660,000 over five years for a project titled “Adapting cognition to a changing climate”. Research indicates that public knowledge of the causes and consequences of global warming are poor, and a correct understanding is a key predictor of behaviour that reduces carbon footprints. This project applies basic principles of cognitive science to improve public knowledge and thereby increase the likelihood of reducing carbon footprints.

Dr Mike Letnic, of the UNSW School of Biological, Earth and Environmental Sciences, has been awarded $612,000 over five years for a project titled “Revealing how top predators maintain healthy balanced ecosystems”. Large predators play a pivotal role in maintaining healthy, balanced ecosystems. This project will reveal how Australia's largest predator, the dingo, provides ecosystem services and benefits biodiversity.

Dr Jason Evans, of the UNSW Climate Change Research Centre, was awarded a fellowship valued at $582,000 over five years for a project titled “How will climate change affect sub-daily precipitation?”.  This project will examine changes in sub-daily precipitation due to climate change. It will improve our understanding of the mechanisms that cause the changes at regional and local scales. Regional climate change projections produced will be freely available, and at a spatial and temporal scales suitable for impacts and adaptation studies.

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