Skip to content
Curtin University
Note to staff

25 July 2014


Premier’s Science Awards finalists

I am delighted to advise that two Curtin University researchers have been shortlisted amongst 13 finalists for the 2014 Premier’s Science Awards.

Professor Steven Tingay, Director of the Curtin Institute of Radio Astronomy (CIRA) has been named a finalist for the top award – Scientist of the Year.

Dr Ryan Loxton from the Department of Mathematics and Statistics was named a finalist for the Woodside Early Career Scientist of the Year.

Curtin also has two PhD candidates who are two of the three finalists in the ExxonMobil Student Scientist of the Year: Mark Zammit from the Department of Imaging and Applied Physics and Thomas Russell from CIRA.

This is an excellent result for Curtin and I wish our finalists all the very best for the awards announcement on 21 August.

Australian Research Council funding

It also gives me great pleasure to advise you of Curtin’s success in the latest Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellowships round, the outcomes of which were announced on Wednesday.

Future Fellowships are highly competitive and Curtin has received almost $3 million in new funding for four Fellowships. I congratulate all the successful candidates. Being successful in this very prestigious and competitive scheme is a major achievement.

Curtin’s new Future Fellowship recipients and projects are listed below and a full list of results is available at the ARC website 

Professor Lishan Liu
Project title:Novel nonlinear functional analysis methods for singular and impulsive boundary value problems
Funding total: $726,552

Dr James C Miller-Jones
Project title: Feeding the faintest black holes: the nature of low-luminosity accretion
Funding total: $647,526

Dr Irene Suarez-Martinez
Project title:Unravelling the nanostructure of atmospheric black carbon
Funding total: $641,804

Dr Xuan-Ce Wang
Project title: Roles of deep-Earth fluid cycling in the generation of intra-continental magmatism
Funding total: $760,804

  1. Paul Nicholls July 25, 2014 1:02pm

    Congratulations to our Curtin researchers on these major achievements. Proud to be part of Curtin when our quality is well recognised.

  2. Igor Bray July 26, 2014 6:31am

    I’d like to take this opportunity to acknowledge that much of the above success could not have happened without the contribution of Curtin as a whole. A few years ago Curtin chose to invest heavily in Physics and Astronomy ( This was only possible due to the profits from the outstanding teaching that happened across the entirety of Curtin. To put it more bluntly I am very conscious that our activities are cross-subsidised by other parts of the University. We cannot compete on student numbers, but we give back through our research excellence. What makes Curtin great is the complementarity of its activities: areas of teaching strength combined with areas of research strength, working for the benefit of the whole.

    Gratefully yours,

    Igor Bray

    Head, Physics, Astronomy and Medical Imaging Science

  3. Elijah Mahama July 28, 2014 12:27pm

    Congratulations!! Obviously these are great achievement for the researchers and school as a whole. It paves the way for more of such achievements.

Leave a Reply

You are welcome to leave a comment which will be visible to all visitors to this site.
Please log in to post a comment.