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Source: State of Tasmania Government

6 November 2020

Michael Ferguson,

Tasmania’s STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) leaders have been celebrated at the fifth annual Tasmanian STEM Excellence Awards today.

The Tasmanian STEM Awards acknowledge our local scientific achievers and inspire others by showcasing innovative achievements across the core fields of study and research.

This year Professor Michael Breadmore from the University of Tasmania was awarded the Premier’s Tasmanian STEM Researcher of the Year prize for his outstanding and sustained research in analytical chemistry.

Dr Hoang Phan from the Menzies Institute for Medical Research received the Tasmanian Young STEM Researcher of the Year award with her research into health inequalities in the management and outcomes of stroke.

Professor David Bowman from the University of Tasmania was awarded the Tasmanian STEM Communicator of the Year award for his exceptional science advocacy in response to the 2019-20 Australian Black Summer bushfire crisis.

Trudy Ward of Rokeby Primary School, and Glenn Carmichael of St Michael’s Collegiate School, received the Tasmanian STEM Primary Teacher of the Year and Secondary Teacher of the Year awards respectively, for inspiring their students through STEM inquiry.

The 2020 Minister’s STEM Innovation of the Year Award was awarded to the University of Tasmania for their ‘OxyGenie’ neonatal automated oxygen control system. Their patented algorithm enables a ventilator to “learn” how to optimise the needs of each infant.

The 2020 Tasmanian STEM Awards reflect the quality and capability of our science, technology, engineering and mathematics professionals, communicators and educators, particularly their deep connection with the Tasmanian community and its future.

The Tasmanian STEM Awards are supported by the Tasmanian Government, Inspiring Australia and the University of Tasmania.

For more information on the Tasmanian STEM Awards or winners contact Sarah Bayne at the University of Tasmania 0419 472 539 or at Sarah.Bayne@utas.edu.au

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