ANU applauds ARC grant recipients

Tuesday 3 July 2012

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young has congratulated all the winners of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Grants, especially the ten recipients from ANU.

Professor Young said that ANU had received a total of $3.85 million for successful applicants from the University. The projects range across a wide spectrum of university activities, and include research into the mysteries of Lake George, detecting doping in racehorses and the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in defence of Australia.

ARC Linkage Grants support collaborative research between higher education researchers and industry. Professor Young said it was particularly pleasing to see the University achieve such success in this year’s funding.

“These projects highlight the range of industry links and collaborations the University and researchers have developed. Partner organisations in this round include the National Archives of Australia, the Australian Racing Forensic Laboratory and the Australian War Memorial, and we’re delighted to be working collaboratively with these institutions in the national interest. It’s both fitting and pleasing that Australia’s national university should be playing such a significant role in national collaborations.

“This funding is a direct result of the dedication and hard work of ANU academic and general staff. The University is very proud of their achievements.

“Congratulations to all of the researchers who have received funding for their projects. I very much look forward to hearing the outcomes of their projects in years to come.”

The successful projects are:

  • Landscape evolution, environmental change and human occupation history of Lake George – an outstanding natural archive: Professor Brad Pillans
  • Serving our country: a history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the defence of Australia: Professor Ann McGrath and Professor Mick Dodson
  • Strategies for the detection of designer steroids in racehorses: Dr Malcolm McLeod
  • Improving methods of grading, transferring and facilitating translation of knowledge in population health: Professor Kaarin Anstey
  • Criminal Services and the role of place in transnational crime in Asia: Professor Roderic Broadhurst
  • Population and development in Indonesia: achieving greater certainty for evidence-based policy making: Professor Peter McDonald
  • Phylogenomic assessment of conservation priorities in two biodiversity hotspots: the Pilbara and the Kimberly: Professor Craig Moritz
  • The culture of weeds: invasion biology, identity and aesthetics in Australia: Dr Libby Robin
  • The trailblazing women and the law project: Professor Kim Rubenstein
  • Exploiting deep sub-surface temperature-induced phase-transformations for an improved approach to semiconductor laser-dicing: Professor James Williams

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