The Tall Poppy Campaign was created in 1998 by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science to recognise and celebrate Australian intellectual and scientific excellence and to encourage younger Australians to follow in the footsteps of our outstanding achievers. It has made significant achievements towards building a more publicly engaged scientific leadership in Australia.
It was wonderful to receive my Harvard Postdoctoral Fellowship award at the American Australian Association Benefit Dinner. Over 600 people gathered at Cipriani on Wall Street in New York, raising $1,679,300 for the Education Fund. I got to hang-out with lots of clever and interesting people, including former Premier Peter Beattie and Ambassador Kim Beazley.
I was awarded The 2013 University of Queensland Fellowship at the American Australian Association Benefit Dinner. The dinner recognises prominent individuals who have made significant contributions to business, economic, social and cultural relationships between the United States and Australia.
Proceeds from the dinner go towards building the Association’s Education Fund. To date, more than 190 Fellows have received awards totalling over US$4 million to pursue studies in critical fields from medical research to sustainability at top institutions such as MIT, Harvard and Princeton.
I have received an Australia Award (Endeavour Postdoctoral Fellowship) to conduct research at Harvard Medical School in 2014. I will study visual expertise in fingerprint identification and medical diagnosis.
I have received the 2013 Postgraduate Student Research Excellence Award from the UQ Psychology Head of School, Virginia Slaughter. As a result, I was invited to speak to my colleagues about my research, which was great fun.
“The prize is awarded for outstanding published research as indicated by the quality and potential impact of the research itself, as well as the relative standing of the journals within the field in which it appears.”
I have been awarded a three-year Postdoctoral Research Fellowship from The University of Queensland. The scheme aims to attract outstanding recent doctoral graduates to the University in areas of institutional research priority and includes $20,000 research support.
Please join me in congratulating Matt Thompson who has been awarded a UQ Postdoctoral Research Fellowship commencing in 2014. As we are all aware, these awards are extremely competitive and Matt’s success is an indicator of the very high quality of his research – Professor Virginia Slaughter, Head of School.
I have received The 2013 University of Queensland Fellowship from the American Australian Association, worth $40,000 (press release – Emerging Australian stars receive top prizes). I’ll spend some time at Harvard working with Jeremy Wolfe, who is Professor of Ophthalmology and Radiology at Harvard Medical School and Senior Lecturer in the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at MIT. I will receive the award at Black Tie ceremony at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.
Our Flashed Face Distortion Effect was featured in the Brain Games program on the National Geographic Channel. Unfortunately, they disregarded the fact that the faces don’t need to be presented in the periphery for the effect to work (as we described in our paper), but we are happy to see the effect being enjoyed by a wide audience.
The 40th Australasian Experimental Psychology Conference (EPC) was held at the National Wine Centre in Adelaide from 3-6 April 2013, and I presented with the rather drawn out title of: Expertise, memory, and non-analytic cognition in fingerprint matching: Experts can discriminate prints in noise, spaced in time, and in the blink of an eye. I was joined by fellow lab members Rachel Searston, Ruben Laukkonen, Jason Tangen, who also presented.