State’s top scientists on a roll

15/04/2016 - 11:54

Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Western Australian Science Hall of Fame, which recognises the outstanding work of the state’s scientists.

SCIENCE LEGEND: Nobel Prize winner Barry Marshall was among the inaugural inductees into the Western Australian Science Hall of Fame. Photo: Attila Csaszar

Nominations are being sought for the 2016 Western Australian Science Hall of Fame, which recognises the outstanding work of the state’s scientists.

The hall of fame was established in 2007 to recognise exceptional lifelong contributions science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Scitech established an honour board in 2008 to showcase the inductees and raise the profile of their achievements.

Notable inclusions are: Cheryl Praeger, whose groundbreaking work included pioneering research into symmetry in graphical models; former University of WA vice-chancellor Alan Robson, whose early research on the mineral nutrition of plants and soil fertility contributed to the prosperity of farming communities; and former WA chief scientist Lyn Beazley, who built up an internationally renowned research team that focused on recovery from brain damage.

Other winners include plant biologist Stephen Hopper, and medical researchers Ian Constable and Fiona Stanley. The inaugural inductees were Barry Marshall and Robin Warren, who shared the Nobel Prize for Medicine for their groundbreaking research into the cause of ulcers.

Perhaps Rostrata Primary School science teacher Richard Johnson might be in the running? He was recently named as one of 10 finalists in the 2016 Global Teacher Prize, but lost to Palestinian high school teacher Hanan Al Hroub, who won a $1 million prize.

Bail out for Freo

THE popularity of the historic Fremantle Prison as a novelty fundraising venue continues this week with youth-focused charity Whitelion’s launching its inaugural ‘Bail Out’.

Melbourne-based Whitelion, a national charity established to support disadvantaged and at-risk youth, wants to raise $100,000 from the event, which involves registered participants seeking donations to reach a minimum $1,000 to bail them out of prison.

Whitelion has arranged to have members of the Australian women’s hockey team, the Hockeyroos, take part, one their few public outings before they depart for the 2016 Olympics in Brazil.

The event follows in the footsteps of Convicts for a Cause run by various Rotary clubs in Pert,h which seeks to raise about $120,000.

Wheelchair challenges

ENTERING its third year, the Wheelchair Challenge is aiming to increase its focus on schools participation after finding success in that field in 2015 after broadening the event from its initial corporate target.

Hale School was the top fundraiser last year in the Wheelchair Sports Association WA’s event with $13,411, followed closely by a host of corporate executives such as Frasers Property Australia general manager WA Tony Perrin.

The Wheelchair Challenge requires people to spend just one day of their life in a wheelchair.

The Community Wheelchair Challenge involves a goal of raising a minimum of $1,000 and, in the case of the Corporate Wheelchair Challenge, the minimum fundraising commitment is $5,000. Both challenges will run through the year and culminate on International Day of People with Disability in December.

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