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.
Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking has officially finished for 2014. Thousands of students passed the course, and tens of thousands more completed most of the Episodes. For the final assignment, people used what they’d learned in the course to change the world. Here is just a taste of their stories:
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.
Think101x: The Science of Everyday Thinking went live this week to more than 75,000 students. In the course, we explore why people believe weird things, how they form and change opinions, and how we can make better decisions.
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.