Prime Minister's Top Prize for Science

27 October

Science Minister Kim Carr has recognised the achievements of two early career scientists who were awarded 2009 Prime Minister’s Prizes for Science on Wednesday, 28 October 2009.

Each prize recipient received a silver medal and $50,000.

The 2009 Science Minister’s Prize for Life Scientist of the Year was awarded to veski innovation fellow Professor Michael Cowley, "for his contribution to our understanding of obesity, diabetes and metabolism," Senator Carr said.

"The biotech company founded by Professor Cowley is trialling four obesity treatments, and his team at Monash University in Melbourne are developing therapies to break the connection between obesity and heart disease and diabetes.

"For her early career achievements in modelling nanoparticles, Dr Amanda Barnard received the 2009 Malcolm McIntosh Prize for Physical Scientist of the Year.

"Using supercomputers, Dr Barnard is creating (virtually) and testing the interactions of nanoparticles - this is critical work in this rapidly emerging field. Dr Barnard and her CSIRO colleagues hope to predict which nanoparticles will work most efficiently and which could be dangerous.

"Science and research, including the natural sciences, the humanities, arts and social sciences, are fundamental elements of a 21st century economy. They all underpin continuing improvements in living standards that Australians expect and deserve.

"Tonight we celebrate the stars of science – their achievements are an inspiration that will enrich the lives of all Australians."

The Prime Minster also announced three award winners, John O'Sullivan for the $300,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Science, Allan Whittome for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Primary Schools and Len Altman for the $50,000 Prime Minister’s Prize for Excellence in Science Teaching in Secondary Schools.

Full details can be found online at: www.innovation.gov.au/scienceprizes.

Source: Office of Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science & Research

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