University congratulates Australian Academy of Science Fellows

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The latest Australian Academy of Science Fellows will be announced tonight.

Outstanding University of Melbourne scientists will be formally inducted as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science this evening in Canberra.

Professors Warren Alexander, David Balding, Mark Cassidy, John Hamilton, Kerry Landman, and David Karoly were elected to the Academy by their peers, in recognition of the significance of their research to their respective fields.

University of Melbourne Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Jim McCluskey said the election of the new Fellows reflects the world-class research capability at the University.

"I’d like to congratulate each new Fellow on this outstanding achievement," Professor McCluskey said.

"Election to the Australian Academy of Science is fitting recognition for a lifetime of hard work dedicated to your research.”

Professor David Balding is co-developer of the Balding–Nichols match probability formulae that allow for population genetic effects in the evaluation of DNA profile evidence. He is a pioneer of computational methods for inferring demographic history and detecting the effects of selection and has made important contributions to methods for genetic association analyses.

Professor Mark Cassidy is Dean, Professor of Civil Engineering and Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow, Melbourne School of Engineering. Professor Cassidy’s research has underpinned safe and economic construction of offshore oil and gas platforms. His research contributes to unlocking vast offshore reserves of stranded gas, where the geotechnical response of the seabed sediments is poorly understood.

Professor John Hamilton has made significant molecular and translational contributions to the field of inflammation. He has shown how colony stimulating factors (CSFs) control macrophage lineage numbers and function in inflammation; mainly in the contexts of arthritic disease and inflammation-associated pain. He discovered the role of CSFs in inflammation, pioneered cell signalling studies for the CSFs

Professor Kerry Landman is a leader in internationally recognised applied mathematics devoted to cross-disciplinary research and real-world problems. The distinguishing feature of Professor Landman’s achievements is the development of a broad spectrum of inventive models, which provide a fundamental understanding of how complex processes interact to produce experimentally observed behaviour.

Professor Warren Alexander is an internationally recognised medical researcher notable for his discoveries in molecular haematology, particularly in regulation of platelets and blood stem cells and negative regulation of cytokine signalling. A medical researcher at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, Professor Alexander has a sustained record of outstanding quality and consistent recognition of his research excellence by his peers.

Professor David Karoly is internationally recognised as a world leader in climate dynamics and climate change science. His research has led the development of methods for the detection and attribution of climate change, most recently for extreme climate events. Now at the CSIRO, Professor Karoly is also an international leader in the public communication of climate science.