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TIM SCHMIDT (1993) Australian Scientist Wins The Coblentz Award. Dr Tim Schmidt, from the School of Chemistry, has won the 2010 Coblentz Award from US vibrational spectroscopy association, the Coblentz Society, Dr Schmidt is the first Australian to win the Coblentz Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 36. Dr Schmidt will be presented with his award and deliver his Coblentz Award Lecture in June 2010 at the Ohio State University International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy in the US. The international award, which has been presented annually since 1964, includes US $2,000 prize money and a US $500 travel allowance. “The Coblentz Award is a real feather in my cap and recognition of some very fundamental discoveries made over the past few years.” Said Dr Schmidt. “The previous awardees read like a who’s who in my field, so it’s great to be in such company.”
Dr Schmidt will present his Coblentz Award Lecture in Ohio on ‘Enhanced Interrogation of Radicals (laser spectroscopy and laboratory astrophysics)’ to an audience of around 500 people. “We are very much looking forward to Tim’s lecture in June. He’s a rising star in the field of spectroscopy.” Said Professor Tony Miller, Chair of the Ohio State University International Symposium on Molecular Spectroscopy. The Coblentz Society is a non-profit organisation founded in 1954, which fosters the understanding and application of vibrational spectroscopy. One of the Coblentz Society’s primary missions is to bestow recognition upon professionals for excellence in the advancement of vibrational spectroscopy. The society and award are named after William Weber Coblentz (1873-1962), who was a US scientist noted for his contributions to infrared radiometry and spectroscopy. Extract from article published in The University of Sydney, Science Alliance Newsletter.
Article published in Hornsby Advocate October, 2003.
When Anthea Spinks left Pennant Hills to backpack into Mozambique as an aid worker, her family was “terrified” for the 25-year-old.
The third world country was struggling in the wake of devastating floods and more chaos was to follow.
Eight weeks into an office job collating field data for World Bank funding applications, Ms Sprinks was thrust into the crucial role of allocating aid when the area was hit by another wave of floods.
“She was effectively doing a quartermaster’s job,” her mother Sue said this week.
“Bags of rice and blankets were arriving and she was one of two people in the office who had to work out who needed it most. She had to hit the ground running.”
The former student of James Ruse Agricultural High School did a great job and World Vision offered her a senior salaried position as an emergency aid officer, with several field workers under her control.
It was a dream come true for a girl who, at age 18, spent a year in Brazil on an exchange program.
“She said she wanted to be an aid worker when she came back from Brazil,” Mrs Spinks said.
“She lived with a well-to-do family, but they had a social conscience and encouraged her to see the poverty. I guess it set her on the road to the career she has chosen.”
Mrs Spinks said her daughter was one of a host of young idealistic Australians helping to reshape Mozambique.
“We think she’s never coming home. She has a fantastic life.
“I flew in there 10 days after September 11 and then I felt she was probably safer there than we were in Sydney. She’s doing good work and I’m proud of her.”
Dhananjayan (Danny) Sriskandarajah (1993)
Danny will be marrying Suzanne Lambert on Saturday 16th August 2003 in Trinidad, West Indies.
I don’t know if anyone else has already written about our 10 year reunion for the Class of ’93, which was held last year at Moretons on Sussex, but I wanted to say that it was absolutely fantastic to see so many people after so many years. Amazingly enough, most people had not changed very much at all, but everyone had interesting stories to tell of where they had ended up and how they got there. It was great to meet everyone’s partners and kids as well, even though I was quite surprised at how many little ones there were!
I would like to send a big thank you to the organisers Veronica, Nick, Alex and Clive. It was great fun and I hope it is less than 10 years before we all meet again.
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