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2013 Australian Scholars

Senior Scholars

Dr Christopher Elvin, a Senior Principal Research Scientist with Animal, Food and Health Sciences at CSIRO in Queensland is a Fulbright Senior Scholar. Christopher will go to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Duke University in the U.S. for three months to further his research in the design and synthesis of materials for the fabrication of advanced biomedical devices.

Associate Professor Robert Shellie, ARC Australian Research Fellow with the University of Tasmania is the Fulbright Tasmania Scholar. Robert will go to Purdue University in the U.S. for three months to further his work in the development of an in-situ system for chemical measurement of environmental pollutants in remote locations.

Professional Scholars

Dr Tessa Boyd-Caine, Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Australian Council of Social Service is a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation. Tessa will go to the Foundation Center and the National Center for Charitable Statistics for four months, researching issues around building transparency and accountability for non-profit organisations.

Ms Michelle Circelli Senior Research Officer, National Centre for Vocational Education Research in South Australia is the Fulbright Professional Scholar in Vocational Education and Training, sponsored by DIISRTE. Michelle will conduct research into measuring success of adult literacy and numeracy education programs at the Californian Community Colleges Chancellor’s Office and the Office of Vocational and Adult Education in the U.S. for four months.

Dr Sarah Dalton a Paediatric Emergency Physician at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, is the Fulbright Professional Business/Industry (Coral Sea) Scholar. Sarah will investigate the delivery of Clinical Leadership Development Programs in at the Anne Arundel Medical Centre in the U.S. and look for ways to apply this knowledge to the Australian Healthcare environment.

Dr Rod Kennett, a Program Manager with the North Australian Indigenous Land and Sea Management Alliance at Charles Darwin University is the Fulbright Northern Territory Scholar. Rod will go to the Nature Conservancy in the U.S. for six months to further his research into developing new tools and strategies to support indigenous livelihoods in conservation.

Associate Professor Iona Novak, Head of the Cerebral Palsy Alliance Research Institute, is a Fulbright Professional Scholar. Iona will go to the University of California San Francisco for four months. Iona will continue her work to accelerate the rate of stem cell research aimed at finding a cure for cerebral palsy. 

 Major Clare O'Neill, Chief of Army Scholar, Australian Army is the Fulbright Professional Scholar in Australian-United States Alliance Studies, sponsored by DFAT. Clare will go to Georgetown University in the U.S. for four months to carry out research into how civil-military decision making can better meet human insecurity challenges during conflicts and disasters.

Mr A. Craig Roussac, CEO at Buildings Alive Pty Limited, and PhD candidate within the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney, is the Fulbright Climate Change and Clean Energy Scholar, sponsored by the U.S. and Australian governments. Craig will go to the University of California, Berkeley/Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in the U.S. for four months to further his research into the potential for information-based approaches to reduce energy use in commercial buildings.

Mr Andrew Tyndale, Director and Founder of Grace Mutual Limited, is a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Non-Profit Leadership, sponsored by the Origin Foundation and supported by the Australian Scholarships Foundation. Andrew will go to The Milken Institute in the U.S. for four months, to further his research in social investment with a focus on mechanisms to attract wholesale capital into the infrastructure needed for social services, such as affordable housing, aged care, disability accommodation, educational and health.

Mr Allan Young, Manager, Coastal and Natural Resources Policy, NSW Department of Planning and Infrastructure, is a Fulbright Professional Scholar in Climate Change and Clean Energy sponsored by the U.S. and Australian Governments. Allan will go to the New York City Mayor’s Office and Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the U.S. for four months to work on urban planning issues around adapting to climate change.

Postdoctoral Scholars

Dr Michelle Evans, Research Fellow at the Melbourne Business School, is the Fulbright Indigenous Scholar, sponsored by DIICCSRTE. Michelle will go to University of California (Davis), the University of Alaska (Fairbanks) and the University of Hawai’i at Mãnoa in the U.S. for six months to replicate her doctoral research, a pioneering study that investigated the phenomenon of Indigenous leadership in the arts.

Dr Andrea Gordon Research Fellow at the University of South Australia, is a Fulbright Postdoctoral Scholar. Andrea will go to John Hopkins University in the U.S. for nine months to further her research into treatment options using methadone and buprenorphine for pregnant women who are dependent on opioids.

Dr Danielle Moreau, a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Adelaide, is the Fulbright South Australia Scholar. Danielle will undertake study to quieten modern technologies such as aircraft, wind turbines and submarines, through research into airfoil noise, which is produced when fluid flow interacts with the airfoil (wing, rotor blade or fin) surface, with Virginia Polytechnic Institute for three months.

Dr Thomas Newsome, an Honorary Research Fellow of the Desert Ecology Research Group at the University of Sydney, and Senior Ecologist at the Snowy Mountains Engineering Corporation, is the Fulbright New South Wales Scholar. Thomas will further his research into the re-introduction of top-level predators (such as wolves and dingoes) in areas where they have become locally extinct, with Oregon State University and University of Washington for twelve months.

Dr Tiago Tomaz, a recent PhD graduate from the University of Western Australia is a Fulbright Western Australia Scholar. Tiago will go to the University of Illinois for a year to further his research in crop improvement through genomics, looking at ways to enhance plant tolerance to ozone at the University of Illinois for a year.

Dr Daniel Viete a postdoctoral fellow at Monash University is the Fulbright Victoria Scholar. Daniel will spend a year at the University of California – Santa Barbara testing the hypothesis that metamorphism (changes in the minerals that comprise a rock) can result from modifications in temperature and pressure conditions triggered by large earthquakes.