Aussies in America

And another request for ideas.

1. We’re pulling together a list of leading Australian scientists working in the US. The beginnings of our list is copied below. We’re interested in some of the leaders, and then in a few early career researchers. The results of this exercise will be published in the first quarter of 2010. We’re not trying to be definitive but want to identify some of the movers and shakers eg Blackburn, Trounson, Gibbs etc

2. We’re keen to hear of any Australian scientists who will be attending and/or speaking at the AAAS in Washington DC in February. We’re exploring some promotional opportunities for Australian science there.

Here’s the start of our expats list:

i. Elizabeth Blackburn, Professor of Biology and Physiology, University of California, San Francisco, born in Tasmania, Nobel Prize in 2009 for work on telomerase — ;

ii. Richard Gibbs, Director, Human Genome Sequencing Center, Baylor College of Medicine, human x-linked diseases —

iii. Alan Trounson, President, California Institute of Regenerative Medicine, pioneer of IVF —

iv. Vikki Meadows, astrobiologist, University of Washington, Principal Investigator for the Virtual Planetary Laboratory Lead Team of the NASA Astrobiology Institute.

v. Jillian Banfield, Professor at Berkeley, works on bacterial and material behaviour under extreme conditions relevant to the environment and the Earth, a L’Oreal laureate — And young scientists

vi. Natalia Galin, doctoral student in electrical engineering, measuring thickness of snow on ice – University of Tasmania/University of Kansas

vii. Deanna D’Alessandro, post-doctoral fellow, working at Berkeley and University of Sydney on molecular sponges to soak up carbon —


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