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Congratulations to Dr. Kira Westaway for winning one of the Science Gongs for her research with the homo floresiensis.

photo credit: Ryan Somma

Hobbit researchers win science gong
Sydney Morning Herald, 29 October 2009

Unravelling the mystery of Indonesia’s hobbit-sized humans and discovering ways to prevent dementia have helped two Sydney researchers win one of Australia’s top science gongs.

Dr Michael Valenzuela and Dr Kira Westaway were jointly named most outstanding scientist for NSW/ACT at the The Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

The pair received a medal and $1,500 at a gala event in Sydney on Thursday, while 16 others were also awarded for their research in areas covering climate change, skin cancer, obesity and body tissue engineering.

The awards, now in their 10th year, recognise high achievers in the early stage of their careers making major breakthroughs across all scientific fields.

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