Eureka Prize Finalists
Two academics from the School of Physics at UNSW are finalists in this year's Australian Museum Eureka prizes – prestigious national awards that celebrate excellence in fields including scientific research, leadership, and science communication.
Scientia Professor Michelle Simmons, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Quantum Computation and Communication Technology, is nominated for the prize for Leadership in Science. She heads a team of more than 180 Australian researchers whose ground-breaking work has opened a new frontier in computing and electronics, placing Australia at the forefront of this research field.
Dr Peter Reece, of the School of Physics, Scientia Professor Justin Gooding, of the School of Chemistry, and Professor Katharina Gauss, of the Faculty of Medicine are nominated for the prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research. They have developed an optical device that can monitor the activity of a single living cell, with wide-ranging applications in drug discovery, toxin detection and personalised medicine.
Winners will be announced at the award dinner at Sydney Town Hall on Wednesday 10 September.