Postdocs providing many happy returns
NINE of Deakin University’s increasingly celebrated Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship holders came together in August as part of the 153rd birthday celebrations for Australia’s second prime minister.
“We thought it was an excellent way to bring the postdocs together, given that many of them work in different parts of the University and on different campuses,” said Alison Hadfield, Director of Deakin’s Research Services Division.
“It was an opportunity for them to share the results
of their work, and also to provide feedback on just what having the
fellowship has meant for their research, and for them personally.”
Ms Hadfield also took the opportunity to confirm that a second round of Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowships would be announced soon.
“The Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowships were
the brain child of our former DVC (Research), Professor David Stokes,” Ms
“They have already been endorsed by our new DVC
(Research), Professor Lee Astheimer as a brilliant way to increase
the University’s research activities.
“Each of the researchers featured has made a real
difference in the time they have been working within the Fellowship.
“One of the really good things about bringing nine of them together in one room was the way they were able to interact, even across such differing disciplines as the humanities and medical science.
“For instance, we had Dr Jonathan Ritchie, with
his interest in Papua New Guinea, sharing ideas on how to work together
in the future with Dr Tania Koning-Ward who has recently made a major
breakthrough in the area of malaria prevention.
The nine Alfred Deakin Postdoctoral Fellowship holders who made presentations at the seminar at the Management Centre on the Geelong Campus at Waurn Ponds were:
Dr Elizabeth Manickam – Diet and inflammation
Dr Yan Zhao – Reducing UV damage to polymer solar cells
Dr Clare Hume – Obesity resilience among the disadvantaged
(presentation made by Associate Professor Jo Salmon)
Dr Luke Henderson – Nature inspired antibiotics
Dr Nicole Oke – Migrant integration into Australia
Dr Sunil Ratnayake – Health and canola oil
Dr Jonathan Ritchie – Nation building in the South Pacific
Dr Lesley Hardcastle – Prisoner reintegration into the community
Dr Fredrick Ochanda - Mechanical behaviour of metal nano-particles
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