Science

Mathematics and Chemistry researchers win swag of awards

Associate Professor Martina Stenzel
Thursday, 16 December, 2010

UNSW researchers from the School of Mathematics and Statistics and School of Chemistry have received a number of awards.

Australian Academy of Science 2011 awards for scientific excellence

An impressive 5 of the prestigious Australian Academy of Science 2011 awards for scientific excellence were won by researchers at UNSW.

Honorific awards are presented to career researchers for life-long achievements and outstanding early-career researchers under the age of 40. In addition, the Academy gives awards for research support.

Two Australian Academy of Science 2011 Career research awards were awarded to:

  • Professor Ian Dance, University of New South Wales – David Craig Medal for research in chemistry.
  • Professor Colin Rogers, University of New South Wales – Hannan Medal for research in applied mathematics and computation mathematics.

Two Australian Academy of Science 2011 Early-career research awards were awarded to:

  • Associate Professor Martina Stenzel, The University of New South Wales – Le Fèvre Memorial Prize for research in basic chemistry.
  • Dr Scott Sisson and Dr Mark Tanaka, University of New South Wales – Moran Medal for research in statistics.

An Australian Academy of Science 2011 Research support award was awarded to:

  • Dr Daniel Ramp, University of New South Wales is the winner of the inaugural WH Gladstones Population and Environment Fund award for a project entitled "Engagement of a growing Australian population with kangaroos – modelling for sustainable futures."

"Several of the awards celebrate career-long contributions by some of Australia’s most distinguished researchers, others draw attention to remarkable discoveries made by younger investigators," said Academy President Professor Suzanne Cory.

"The Academy warmly congratulates each of these outstanding awardees."

Most of the award winners will receive their medals at the Academy's annual conference being held from 4 to 6 May 2011.

Ian Renner wins the E.J.G. Pitman Prize

Ian Renner, a PhD Student working with Associate Professor David Warton of the School of Mathematics and Statistics at UNSW, was awarded the E.J.G. Pitman Prize by the Statistical Society of Australia for the most outstanding talk presented by a “young statistician” at the 2010 Australian Statistical Conference.

Ian's presentation entitled “Maxed out: Poisson point process models for species distribution modelling” was judged to be the best out of 40 presentations by Australia's young statisticians. His talk demonstrated a mathematical equivalence between maximum entropy and point process modelling approaches, with significant implications, and he wowed the audience with technical innovation and excellence of presentation.

The EJG Pitman prize is named in honour of an Australian mathematician who made a significant contribution to statistics and probability theory. He was a founding member and second President of the Australian Mathematical Society and was active within the Statistical Society of Australia, which named the Pitman medal in 1978.

More information on Australian Academy of Science awards for scientific excellence and recipients can be found at: www.science.org.au/awards/