The awarding of Australia Day Honours to three academics was further recognition of the contribution The University of Western Australia made to its community, according to UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson.
"The fact that the University's staff have been recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours List across a range of fields is a positive reflection of what University research and teaching contributes to the well-being of our society," Professor Robson said.
Three members of staff from The University of Western Australia were named in this year's Australia Day Honours List.
Winthrop Professor Jill Milroy was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the community through the promotion and development of Indigenous education.
"As Dean, Professor Milroy has led the University's School of Indigenous Studies with distinction and also established our Centre for Indigenous History and Art in 1997," Professor Robson said. "Professor Milroy is the author and co-author of a range of journals and articles in the areas of education, native title and Indigenous studies and in 2009 won the Australian Learning and Teaching Council's Neville Bonner Award for Indigenous Education."
Academic and musician, Emeritus Professor Roger Smalley was appointed a Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for service to the arts as a composer, concert pianist, educator, mentor of emerging musicians and advocate for Australian and international new music.
Professor Smalley has been an Honorary Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor at UWA's School of Music since 2007 and a Research Fellow from the early 1970s. He is a frequent guest conductor with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra and has composed orchestral works, solo instrumental works, music theatre, chamber music and vocal works, many of which have been commissioned by organisations internationally and locally.
Adjunct Professor Barbara York Main was awarded a Medal (OAM) of the Order of Australia in the General Division for service to science and conservation as a researcher and educator in the field of arachnology (the study of spiders) and to the community of Western Australia.
Adj/Professor Main has been an honorary lecturer and graduate student supervisor in UWA's School of Animal Biology since 1979. As a biological researcher, particularly in the area of spider biology and taxonomy, she is the author of 90 research papers and four books.
The three UWA staff-members were among a number of other UWA graduates and alumni who received honours in the Australia Day Awards announced on Wednesday.
Janine MacDonald (UWA Public Affairs) (+61 8) 6488 5563 / (+61 4) 32 637 716