Science staff and alumni receive Australia Day honours

14 February 2013

Faculty of Science staff and alumni were among those from the University of Melbourne Community who were recognised for their contributions to society in this year’s Australia Day Awards.

Professor Peter Hall (Mathematics and Statistics) was made an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) “for distinguished service to mathematical science in the field of statistics through international contributions to research, as and academic and mentor, and through leadership of advisory and professional organisations”.

Professor Hall said he felt a little awkward and embarrassed on receiving the award.

“At least in terms of non-research contributions, my achievements have been possible only because of the groups I've worked with, and so it is a little awkward to be singled out,” he said.

“On the other hand, it is nice to know that someone notices.”

Professor Marilyn Renfree (Zoology) was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (OA) “for distinguished service to biology, particularly through leadership in the research into marsupial reproduction, and to the scientific community through contributions to professional organisations.”

Professor Renfree, whose research is in the area of marsupial reproduction and development, said she was “honoured and humbled” to receive the award.

“It is a tribute to my many students and collaborators who have participated in our research”, she said.

Other Science staff and alumni who received Australia Day Honours include:

Emeritus Professor George E Rogers, MSc (1951), BSc (1949) was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO) “for distinguished service to biochemistry through contributions to tertiary education and leadership of research into the molecular structure and growth processes of wool and hair”.

Mr Mitchell D Anjou, MOptom (1986), BOptom (1983) was made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) “for significant service to optometry and public health, particularly in the Indigenous community, as a researcher, clinician and educator.

Ms Rachel S Noble, BSc (Hons) (1992) received a Public Service Medal (PSM) “for outstanding public services as Australia’s National Security Chief Information Officer”.

For a full list of University Community recipients of Australia Day honours please see: http://alumni.unimelb.edu.au/my-network/australia-day-honours

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