The College of Queensland Professors – amongst 24 new Fellows nationally – shared a few of their “eureka!” moments within the lead-up to their induction.
Queensland Brain Institute analysis workforce chief Professor Marshall recounted the day an African princess sporting a brightly colored kaftan walked into his lab, resulting in a key discovery.
“All of the shrimps within the aquaria shot ahead to wave at her,” he stated.
“I knew I had found color imaginative and prescient in a crustacean.”
Professor Marshall established that mantis shrimps have the world’s most complicated color imaginative and prescient system, with 12 chromatic channels, in comparison with people’ three.
His work has contributed to quite a lot of translational functions together with most cancers detection and reminiscence storage.
UQ’s Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology Director Professor Alan Rowan (pictured left) advised the Academy his workforce found a brand new polymer in 2011 whereas growing counterfeit-proof banknotes.
“This gel was discovered to be the primary real biomaterial, which mimics the mechanical properties of the human physique’s collagen and fibrils,” Professor Rowan stated.
“The invention has helped drive a brand new subject of stress-stiffening sensible supplies and aided in our understanding of how cells work.”
Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Peter Høj AC congratulated Professor Marshall and Professor Rowan, and famous that each have a ardour for science communication.
“Justin has made basic contributions to sensory neuroscience and ecology,” Professor Høj stated.
“These embody the invention of the world’s most complicated color imaginative and prescient system, the primary demonstration of sensitivity to circularly polarised gentle in any animal, and discoveries defining trendy visible ecology in each vertebrates and invertebrates.
“UQ can be tremendously pleased with Alan’s analysis and management on the AIBN – considered one of UQ’s ‘massive three’ bio-institutes.
“He’s well-known for his seminal work in numerous fields starting from single enzyme research, single molecule magnets, natural photo voltaic cells, biomimetic catalysis, by means of to biohybrid catalysis, biomimetic gels and polymer therapeutics.
“The analysis of Alan and his groups is more likely to be world-changing in drugs, vitality and biotechnology.”
Academy President Professor John Shine AC congratulated the 24 new Fellows for making important and lasting impacts of their scientific disciplines.
He stated 42 per cent of this 12 months’s new Fellows have been girls, and he inspired the STEM sector to proceed to nurture range in all its kinds “in order that the STEM workforce displays the composition of our society”.
He stated the Fellowship now had 559 Fellows, of whom 90 are girls.
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