Being granted fellowship of a learned academy is a measure of prestige that recognizes expertise and research quality. Fellows are elected by peers and work to advance scholarship and public interest in their respective academic areas.
Professor Sharon K. Parker is an Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and a Professor within the UWA Business School. She is a co-Director of the Accelerated Learning Laboratory at UWA, a recent past Associate Editor of the Journal of Applied Psychology, and a Fellow of the Society for Industrial and Organisational Psychology.
Professor Parker's research includes topics such as job and work design, employee well-being and stress, organisational change, employee proactivity, positive psychology, and job performance.
Professor Parker is the past Director of the Institute of Work Psychology. Her work has supported practice and policy in the USA, UK, and Australia.
Professor Jenefer Blackwell's major research interest has been in using genetics to understand host susceptibility and resistance to infectious diseases, focusing on neglected tropical diseases.
Her research has involved collaborations in many tropical countries, including India, Brazil and The Sudan. Her research has focused on the interplay between host and parasite genomes, and has included genome-wide approaches both to identifying genetic risk factors in humans, and in identifying potential vaccine candidates by screening hundreds of novel vaccine candidates based on the Leishmania genome sequence.
Following her return to Australia in 2007, she extended her interests into understanding obesity and type 2 diabetes in Aboriginal Australians through the use of genome-wide association studies, and has also been active in promoting the translation of Next Generation sequencing for the diagnosis of rare diseases.
Professor Ian Small, Western Australia's 2014 Scientist of the Year, is interested in understanding plant genes and metabolism. His work towards understanding how plant energy processes are controlled is aimed towards optimising the use of plants in agricultural and environmental applications.
Professor Small followed his PhD in 1988 at Edinburgh University with a career at France's National Agronomy Research Institute (INRA). In 2005, he was awarded a WA State Premier's Research Fellowship, moving to Perth to become Director of the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.
Professor Small's early work contributed significantly to the development, patenting and commercialisation of technology now used globally to grow canola crops. He is perhaps best known for the discovery and characterisation of the pentatricopeptide repeat (PPR) family of proteins that are important for controlling plant fertility in hybrid crop breeding.
Professor White’s research has transformed geotechnical practice in pipeline engineering throughout the offshore sector. He has developed new field and laboratory techniques to measure engineering properties of seabed sediments that are relevant to pipeline design; led joint industry projects that have transformed the geotechnical understanding and design methodology for pipelines throughout the offshore oil and gas sector; and pioneered a revolutionary flume for assessing pipeline and seabed stability during storms.
Professor White gained his PhD from Cambridge. He is a former ARC Future Fellow and was WA Young Scientist of the Year (2011).
Professor Jane Lydon is the Wesfarmers Chair of Australian History at The University of Western Australia. Her research interests are Australian history and heritage, Aboriginal history, history and photography. Her research centres upon Australia's colonial past and its legacies in the present.
Her books include Eye Contact: Photographing Indigenous Australians (Duke, 2005) and Fantastic Dreaming: The archaeology of an Aboriginal mission (AltaMira, 2009), which won the Australian Archaeological Association's John Mulvaney Book Award in 2010. Her most recent book The Flash of Recognition: Photography and the emergence of Indigenous rights (NewSouth, 2012) won the 2013 Queensland Literary Awards' History Book Award.
She currently leads the Australian Research Council-funded project Globalization, Photography, and Race: the Circulation and Return of Aboriginal Photographs in Europe (DP110100278). Four major European museums are project partners: the University of Oxford's Pitt Rivers Museum, the Cambridge University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, the Musée de Quai Branly in Paris and the Museum Volkenkunde in Leiden.
Professor Hankey is recognized nationally and internationally for excellence in medical and health science in the field of stroke research. He has a number of international and national awards as well as more than 300 publications in which he has made major advances in the field of stroke prevention particularly. He has shown how blood thinners prevent recurrent stroke. He is an outstanding leader in his role as Professor of Neurology, University of Western Australia as well having global roles such as World Stroke Organization board member and editorial consultant for one of the world’s leading journals, The Lancet.
Professor Hankey is an associate editor of Circulation, editorial consultant for The Lancet and The Lancet Neurology, consulting editor for the International Journal of Stroke, Section Editor (Neurovascular and Neurodegenerative Diseases) of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology (JACC), and member of the editorial boards of Stroke, the Cochrane Stroke Review Group, Cerebrovascular Diseases, Neuro-epidemiology, and International Review of Thrombosis.
Christobel Saunders is a surgeon and cancer researcher, recognised as a leader in both surgical practice and research in Australia and internationally. This is demonstrated through her portfolio of research publications (over 150), successful grants (over $25m), translation of research into practice (such as guideline development and obtaining government funding for new treatments) and executive membership of a large number of professional, governmental and policy groups (e.g. College of Surgeons, Cancer Australia, State government). Moreover, her passion for improving patient outcomes means she is heavily involved with health advocacy via Cancer Councils and Breast Cancer Network Australia.
W/Professor Saunders has been closely involved in strategic planning and management of health cancer services in Australia for the last decade as Board member and Advisory Council member of Cancer Australia, past President of Cancer Council WA (2009-2013), and locally as author of the WA Health Cancer Services Framework and first A/Director State-wide Cancer and Palliative Care Network.
W/Professor Saunders has substantially contributed to many clinical aspects of breast cancer research including clinical trials of new treatments, psychosocial, translational and health services research. W/Professor Saunders is active in several areas of surgical oncology cancer research, with a particular emphasis on breast cancer.
Professor Alan Dench was educated at the University of Western Australia and at the Australian National University. His main research interest is the grammatical description and historical reconstruction and comparison of Australian Aboriginal languages, especially those of Western Australia. He has published grammars of three languages of the Pilbara - Panyjima, Martuthunira and Yingkarta - and is writing a description of Nyamal. He has also collected materials in Kurrama and Yinhawangka, and has worked on aspects of Noongar.
He has at different times served as the Head of Linguistics, Head of the School of Humanities, and Executive Dean of the Faculty of Arts at UWA. He is currently Dean of Graduate Research and Postdoctoral Training at UWA. He is a member of the Executive of the Council of Deans and Directors of Graduate Studies, Australia (DDoGS) and chairs the Go8 Deans of Graduate Studies.