Researchers from The University of Western Australia have dominated the list of finalists for this year's Western Australian Science Awards.
UWA staff members Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger, Professor of Mathematics and Australian Research Council Federation Fellow; and Professor Peter Quinn, Director, International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research and Premier's Fellow in Radio Astronomy are two of the three finalists in the Scientist of the Year category.
UWA has taken out all three finalist positions in The Young Scientist of the Year, with Dr Swaminatha Iyer, Deputy Director, Centre for Strategic Nano-Fabrication and ARC Federation Fellow; Dr Kevin Pfleger, from the UWA affiliate, the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research; and Professor Eric May, Chevron Chair in Gas Process Engineering.
And in the category of Excellence in Science Communication Outside the Classroom, the UWA-based ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology is a finalist.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson congratulated the finalists for their significant achievement.
"This recognition reinforces the University's place as the pre-eminent research and teaching institution in the State and is a testament to the excellence of our academics and students," Professor Robson said.
"The finalists announced today build on the success of UWA staff in 2008 when Professor Jorg Imberger was named Scientist of the Year, Dr Ben Corry won Young Scientist of the Year, SymbioticA took the Premier's Prize for Excellence in Science Communication Outside the Classroom, and Jacinta Delhaize was named Science Student of the Year."
The 2009 Science Award winners will be announced on December 2.
Simone Hewett (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 7797 / (+61 4) 20 790 097