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Queensland-Smithsonian Fellowships funding recipients

Year Recipient Project name Amount Project summary
2017 Dr Ashley Field, Queensland Herbarium Next generation systematics of Queensland's threatened ferns and lycophytes. $15,000 Dr Field will use a globally sampled collaborative Next-Generation DNA sequencing (NGS) dataset that is being generated by the US National Science Foundation funded GoFlag project, as well as morphological data from herbarium specimens in the US National Herbarium and other associated herbaria. This study will enable Dr Field to phylogenetically test the validity of Endangered and Vulnerable, and where possible presumed Extinct, Queensland fern species and make a more informed future assessment about whether they should be considered threatened species in Queensland.
2017 Dr Donna Hancox, Queensland University of Technology Developing Innovative Community Consultation through Co-Design Processes. $17,500 Dr Hancox will investigate the philosophy underpinning, and the impact of, co-design community consultation practices. It will also examine the potential of digital technology to create, deliver and disseminate high impact arts projects that can be deployed in a regional arts framework for Queensland. The Smithsonian Cooper Hewitt Design Museum has created and delivered such projects as part of their core business to incorporate design processes in daily life to improve the outcomes for communities and increase civic participation.
2016 Dr Andrew Rozefelds, Queensland Museum Cenozoic fossil floras from the volcanoes of southern Queensland provide new insights into the history and evolution of the modern Australian flora. $21,250 Dr Rozefelds will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to investigate the classification of Australian plant fossils and will access digitised fossil archives at the Smithsonian Institution. The classification of fossil plants from northern Australia is poorly understood and the proposed fellowship will assist in addressing this deficiency.
2016 Dr David Kopelke, Boyne Island Environmental Centre Protecting our coastal biodiversity through education. $20,000 Dr Kopelke will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Centre in Maryland to learn how this Smithsonian Institution develops environmental education programs. He will use the information gained from the fellowship to develop training courses to assist staff from environmental educational centres in developing and delivering environmental education.
2016 Ms Virginia Rigney, Gold Coast Arts Centre New culture city: Strengthening Gold Coast City Gallery within the Gold Coast Cultural Precinct to play a leading role for cultural tourism and engagement with the arts. $16,250 Ms Rigney will visit the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to study the relationship of American culture to the growth of the identity of the Gold Coast to better understand cultural tourism and to develop innovative ways for the Gold Coast community to access the Gold Coast City Gallery, including the use of digitised collections.
2016 Dr Chris Campbell, The University of Queensland The Smithsonian Learning Lab - Discover, create and share: Unpacking the collections to integrate into teaching. $21,250 Dr Campbell will visit the Smithsonian Centre for Learning and Digital Access in Washington DC to evaluate the training sessions that have been recently created for science teachers by the centre's Learning Lab. This will help prepare future science teachers by providing guidelines on how to access and utilise the Smithsonian's digital resources for teaching science.
2015 Mr Matthew Hayes, The University of Queensland Growth and interspecific competition in mangroves: The potential effects of climate change on community composition of mangroves. $21,000 Mr Hayes will visit the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Maryland and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama to investigate the potential effects of elevated carbon dioxide and nutrient enrichment on interspecific competition in mangroves.
2015 Dr Dan Bendrups, Griffith University Presenting the Pacific: A fellowship for building capacity in the practice of Pacific arts curatorship. $17,000 Dr Bendrups will visit the National Museum of Natural History in Washington DC to build capacity of managing and presenting historical music recordings and art objects pertaining to the island cultures of the Pacific.
2015 Dr Lucy Cameron, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation The role of government policy in building innovation hot-spots in the digital age. $20,000 Dr Cameron will visit the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation in Washington DC to investigate the role of digital technologies in stimulating innovative workplaces, and the implications for government policy.
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Last updated
3 November, 2017

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