Celebrating success

South Australia’s sole 2019 admission to the Australian Academy of Science is a Flinders alumna, and our PhD candidate wins history essay award with fascinating paper.

Alumna and academic elected Fellow

Professor Maria Makrides

Flinders alumna and Academic Status holder Professor Maria Makrides, who completed her Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics and PhD in Medicine at Flinders University, has been elected a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science.

South Australia’s only new Fellow to be admitted to the academy in 2019, Professor Makrides’ research changed international food laws and set infant nutrient recommendations worldwide.

A SAHMRI Theme Leader for Healthy Mothers, Babies and Children, professor Makrides leads the Child Nutrition Research Centre based at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital and is a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Principal Research Fellow and also Professor of Human Nutrition, University of Adelaide.

Paper on ‘dubious’ boarding house sees history win

Anita Stelmach relieving her prize

PhD student Anita Stelmach won a Wakefield Press History Essay Prize at the History Council of South Australia’s annual awards on Friday 31 May, for her essay Mrs Gleiber’s Boarding House: a “rendezvous for the lowest characters” in early twentieth-century Adelaide’.

One of two 2019 winners for the annual prize, her paper analysed the decline of an Adelaide boarding house in the early twentieth century, which became increasingly targeted by authorities for its class of guests and perceived immoral activities.

Hosted by the City of Adelaide in the Town Hall’s Queen Adelaide Room, the annual awards marked the end of a successful History Festival and were presented by Lord Mayor Sandy Verschoor.

Flinders has a history of punching above its weight in the annual festival, with last year’s student essay prize won by Flinders PhD candidate Sandra Kearney, and 2018 Historian of the Year going to Dr Romain Fathi, following Professor Philip Payton’s win in 2017.

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