Medals awarded to nuclear waste forms researcher and the late Professor George Collins

The Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering (AINSE) has awarded a Gold Medal for excellence in research to Dr Emily Reynolds (University of Sydney) and posthumously to the late Professor George Collins.

The Gold Medal acknowledges researchers who have been supported by AINSE. It may be awarded jointly to collaborating researchers. One of the medals is reserved for graduate students, including those who have recently completed their PhD projects. 

"This year was particularly special because we awarded two medals," said Michelle Durant, AINSE Managing Director. 

Emily Reynolds

The first medal awarded was to Dr Emily Reynolds of The University of Sydney (below right), who synthesises materials relevant to nuclear waste forms. 

She joined the Goodwin Group as an early-career Research Fellow in the Department of Chemistry, University of Oxford in December 2015 after completing her PhD. Reynolds was unable to attend the ceremony. Dr Gordon Thorogood, Reynold's ANSTO co-supervisor and mentor accepted the award on her behalf.

AINSE Gold Medal
Family of the late Professor George Collins (left to right) Christopher, Elodie, Evelyn, Alexi with Ms Michelle Durant, Managing Director of AINSE and Dr Gordon Thorogood, ANSTO

The second Gold Medal was awarded posthumously to the late Professor George Collins. 

Professor Collins made a significant impact at ANSTO and the broader Australian research community. He was a prominent supporter of AINSE, sitting on on the AINSE Council from 2002 to 2008, and a member of the AINSE Board.

"Professor Collins played a significant leadership and mentoring role for AINSE, " said Durant.

The family of the late professor Collins attended the event.  His widow Evelyn, and children Christopher, Alexi and Elodie accepted the gold medal on his behalf.

Professor Collins made a significant impact to ANSTO and the broader Australian Research community and was a prominent supporter of AINSE. Professor Collins was on the AINSE Council from 2002 to 2008, including being on the AINSE Board, and played a significant leadership and mentoring role for AINSE. Professor Collins family attended the event, with wife Evelyn, and children Christopher, Alexi and Elodie accepting the gold medal on his behalf.

 

 

 

Published: 08/12/2016

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