2015 AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowship

The AFGW Barbara Hale Fellowship has been awarded to Stephanie Begg, a PhD student enrolled at University of Adelaide. The Fellowship, worth $8,000, will support the project ‘Mapping the dynamic metalloproteome of Streptococcus Pneumoniae at the host-pathogen interface to reveal novel antimicrobial targets.’ of S. Pneumoniae. This is an extension of Stephanie’s PhD project which aims to understand the role that essential micronutrients, such as metal ions, play in the colonisation and persistence of S. Pneumoniae in humans.Streptococcus Pneumoniae is the world’s foremost bacterial pathogen, with the greatest burden of disease in children under five years of age and the elderly, and the long-term aim of the research is to develop new drug targets against it.

2015 AFGW Georgina Sweet Fellowship

The AFGW Georgina Sweet Fellowship has been awarded to Lilyan Panton, a PhD student enrolled at University of Tasmania. The Fellowship, worth $5,000 will extend Lily’s PhD project ‘Investigating Auditorium Acoustics from the Perspective of Chamber Orchestra Musicians’ by allowing her to undertake state of the art acoustic measurements in a further nine venues, bringing the total to the 16 concert halls used by the Australian Chamber Orchestras. These measurements have only been possible in the last few years, as it is only recently that the computing power necessary to process and store the information has become available.  As little as five years ago, these measurements had only been taken in ten venues world-wide.