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8 September 2015

Trifecta for ARC-funded early career researchers at 2015 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women in Science awards

The Australian Research Council (ARC) has congratulated the three Australian recipients of the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Fellowships announced today.

Acting ARC Chief Executive Officer, Ms Leanne Harvey, extended special congratulations to the three women researchers, who have all recently received funding through the ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.

The For Women in Science Fellowships are a $25 000, one-year fellowship designed to support female scientists in their pursuit of their research and scientific careers.

Marine biologist, Dr Jodie Rummer, is an ARC DECRA recipient from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at James Cook University who is studying how sharks and other fish cope with rapidly changing oceans. Dr Rummer will use her L’Oréal for Women in Science Fellowship to help determine the mechanisms sharks will require to respond and adapt to warming oceans other future ocean conditions.

Cognitive neuroscientist, Dr Muireann Irish, from The University of New South Wales, is an ARC DECRA recipient who is investigating the complex functions involved in dementia. Dr Irish will use her Fellowship to better understand how dementia affects cognitive function, to help inform the development of activities for dementia sufferers to improve quality of life and reduce burden on caregivers.

Astronomer, Dr Shari Breen, from CSIRO, is also an ARC DECRA recipient who is using the radio telescope at Parkes and a network of international telescopes to understand the life cycle and evolution of high mass stars. She will use her Fellowship to develop her use of masers (laser-like beams of intense radio waves) to investigate these stars.

“It is wonderful news to hear that these three young Australian researchers—who have been supported by the ARC during their crucial early research years—have had their work recognised with these esteemed awards,” said Ms Harvey.

“This additional support will allow them to continue making a great contribution to the advancement of science and research in Australia, and of course serve as great mentors for other young female students and researchers considering a career in science or research.”

The ARC also congratulates the inaugural New Zealand recipient, geologist Dr Christina Riesselman from the University of Otago, for her work on climate and oceans.

For more information about all recipients, visit the Loreal Australia and New Zealand For Women in Science Fellowships website. For more information about the ARC and the DECRA funding scheme, visit the ARC website.

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