RMIT researchers and experts have been recognised at the University’s annual Media Stars awards, a celebration of academic impact in the national and international media.
The Media Star of the Year 2015 was jointly awarded to five members of the MicroNano Research Facility, who received their widespread media coverage for their incredible world-first developments in nanotechnology.
Professor Kourosh Kalantar-Zadeh, Dr Madhu Bhaskaran, PhD researcher Philipp Gutruf, Dr Hussein Nili Ahmadabadi and Dr Sumeet Walia were applauded by peers for their extraordinary contributions to RMIT’s mission of shaping the world through innovation, industry partnerships and research.
Vice-Chancellor Martin Bean CBE presented the award to the team, whose research and developments featured in publications ranging from the Smithsonian and Time Magazine to Mashable and Wired.
Addressing all the University’s top media performers, Martin thanked them for sharing their research and expertise with the broader community through their engagement with the media.
“Nothing makes me prouder than hearing ABC or AW plug RMIT expertise,” he said.
“I’m routinely blown away by the breadth and depth of media coverage, from Melbourne to Moscow.
“To every academic here tonight, thank you for the work that you do. It is deeply appreciated and respected.”
Research from the MicroNano Research Facility that featured prominently in the media this year included high-tech gas sensing capsules that can send data from inside the gut directly to a mobile phone; wearable sensor patches that detect harmful UV radiation and dangerous toxic gases; an electronic long-term memory cell that mimics the human brain; and boosting the performance of mobile phone cameras with nano-earthquakes.
The Media Star of the Year awards were established in 2004 to recognise academic staff who contribute to the University's profile and reputation, through engaging with the media on their research and areas of expertise.
About 400 RMIT academics featured in news stories in national and international media outlets in the past year.
The 2015 Winners and Finalists
Media Star of the Year – MicroNano Research Facility
Rising Media Star – Dr Melinda Jackson, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences
Global Media Star – Dr Binoy Kampmark, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Community Impact Media Star of the Year – Adjunct Professor Rob Hulls, Centre for Innovative Justice
Business Media Star – Professor Sinclair Davidson, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
Finalists – Associate Professor Con Stavros, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing; Alan Oxley, APEC Study Centre
Design and Social Context Media Star – Professor Joseph Siracusa, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
Finalists – Associate Professor Jenny Martin, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies; Professor Jeff Lewis, School of Media and Communication
Science, Engineering and Health Media Star – Dr Oliver Jones, School of Science
Finalists – Dr Merv Jackson, School of Health and Biomedical Sciences; Dr Sridhar Ravi, School of Engineering
Research Media Star – Dr Kate Westberg, School of Economics, Finance and Marketing
Public Commentator Media Star – Professor Jago Dodson, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
The 2015 Top Media Performers
- Professor Bruce Wilson, European Union Centre
- Professor Michael Buxton, School of Global, Urban and Social Studies
- Associate Professor Lisa French, School of Media and Communication
- Adjunct Professor Peter Norden, School of Global Urban and Social Sciences
- Gordon Farrer, School of Media and Communication
- Vincent O'Donnell, School of Media and Communication
Story: Chanel Bearder