Astrophysicist Dr Danail Obreschkow from The University of Western Australia was today recognised as Western Australia’s brightest emerging scientist at this year’s Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.
Dr Obreschkow, a researcher at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), was presented with the award at a state ceremony to recognise Western Australia’s best young scientists from disciplines spanning health sciences, plant biology and astrophysics.
Dr Obreschkow was one of seven finalists, including Dr Olivier Van Aken, from the School of Plant Biology; Dr Gianina Ravenscroft, from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research; Dr Ruth Thornton, from the School of Paediatrics and Child Health and fellow ICRAR colleague Dr Ivy Wong.
Dr Obreschkow’s research centres on observations of the Milky Way and the rate stars are born into the galaxy. Studies have shown that stars are born at a rate of about one new star per year. Yet to account for all the stars above us, galaxies in the past must have been forming stars at a rate 10 to 20 times this.
This research has uncovered the role that galactic rotation plays in star formation, a discovery that has closed several big gaps in the theory of galaxy evolution.
The Tall Poppy awards are run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and recognise up-and-coming scientists who combine world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science. Many Young Tall Poppies go on to achieve even greater things and become inspiring leaders in their field.
Displaying a keen enthusiasm for science outreach, Dr Obreschkow has also produced several apps to promote astronomy to the public, delivered public presentations and often runs community star-gazing activities. His work has been featured on Channel 10, the BBC and in several newspapers.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Robyn Owens said it was wonderful for Dr Obreschkow to be recognised for his contribution to science communication and outreach in Western Australia.
“Dr Obreschkow’s work with the community to encourage greater engagement in science makes him a role model for young researchers at UWA,” Professor Owens said.
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