The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.
To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of any great awards or achievements across the University please email [email protected]
Name: Emeritus Professor Barbara York Main
Achievement: Prof. Main is the first female recipient of the Royal Society of Western Australia (RSWA) Medal since it was first awarded in 1924. She is one of two recipients of this year’s medal which is awarded every four years for distinguished work in science. As a pioneer and expert in the field of arachnology she has been an inspirational role model for women in science, where her contributions to the fields of arachnology and biology have been recognised by the award of the Order of Australia. Nineteen species of arachnids have been named in her honour.
Name: Emeritus Professor David Blair
Achievement: As a leading experimental physicist, Professor Blair has been awarded an Royal Society of Western Australia (RSWA) Medal. From 2000 he led the development of the Australian International Gravitational Research Centre which includes the Gravity Discovery Centre at Gingin, a major public outreach centre for teaching Einsteinian Physics to schools and the general public to better understand our Universe. Professor Blair has been a passionate teacher and mentor at all levels from primary school to undergraduate teaching, postgraduate supervision and public education.
Name: UWA Alumnus Dr Ben Anderson
Achievement: Dr Anderson has been named as a recipient of the 2018 BioOne Ambassador award for his research on Triodia basedowi . The award honours early-career researchers who have best communicated their specialised research beyond their immediate discipline to the public. BioOne recognizes Dr Anderson as an exemplary early career researcher and scientific ambassador.
Name: UWA Exercise Science Student Michael Wheeler
Achievement: Michael Wheeler, a PhD candidate in the School of Human Sciences at The University of Western Australia, was recently awarded a prestigious Young Investigator Award at the European Congress of Sports Sciences (ECSS) meeting held in Dublin. Michael’s project investigated the impacts ofexercise on cognition and glucose metabolism during the working day, with a focus on the added impacts of regular half-hourly breaks to avoid prolonged uninterrupted sitting. The results have implications for workplace productivity as well as for human health, particularly as prolonged sitting and inactivity are now engineered into the daily lives of most people.
Name: Dr Andrew Stafford
Achievement: Dr Stafford has been named 2018 MIMS Consultant Pharmacist of the Year by the Australian Association of Consultant Pharmacists (AACP). The award was recently presented to Dr Stafford at ConPharm in Brisbane in recognition of his commitment to excellence in the practice of Residential Medication Management Reviews (RMMRs). Dr Stafford is a Director of Dementia Training Australia at UWA.
Name: Master of Dental Public and Primary Health Student Cendra Ongkowijoyo
Achievement: Cendra has won the CISWA International Student of the Year. Cendra has demonstrated academic excellence and has contributed to enhancing the student experience both on and off campus at UWA. Cendra is an executive committee member of the Australia Indonesia Youth Association and has been an active member of the community since arriving in Perth. He has volunteered as a mentor through UWAs UniMentor program and has assisted in providing free dental treatment for underprivileged people and refugees through the Tzu Chi International Medical Association.
Name: Assistant Professor Andrew Caminschi
Achievement: The UWA Trading Room has been short-listed in the international AV Awards as Education Project of the Year. Students from UWA’s Business School have access to a state-of-the-art trading and analysis centre through the centre. It also provides access to over 400 global markets and more than four million gigabytes of historical market data, from exchanges such as the ASX, NYSE, LSE and the CME, covering over 35 million financial instruments from stocks, bonds, currencies, commodities and derivatives.
Congratulations UWA staff and students.
Jess Reid (UWA Media and Public Relations Advisor) (+61 8) 6488 6876