The 2015 Hugh Rogers Fellowships were awarded to:
Adam Brodie-McKenzie is a teacher at the University High School in Melbourne. Mr Brodie-McKenzie first completed a Bachelor of Laws at the Australian National University. His interest in teaching led him to complete his Masters in 2011 at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education. With the financial help of the Hugh Rogers Fellowship Adam will bring the New Civics approach to learning back to the Australian Curriculum. By studying at Harvard, where New Civics is a specialisation, Adam will research best practice and form differentiated curriculum to help first/second generation young Australians feel they are a part of Australian society. ‘New Civics’ is a broader, more realistic view of civic engagement: what motivates and empowers such action – and also what inhibits it.
Dr Sridhar Ravi from the School of Aerospace Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering at RMIT plans to use his City of Melbourne Hugh Rogers Fellowship to collaborate with researchers at Harvard University. Sridhar's research will target the locomotion of Mosquitoes. Specifically, identifying their vulnerabilities once airborne – in order to combat the public health problems associated with mosquito populations and develop control mechanisms. Rather than the traditional pathogenesis or chemical approach, Dr Ravis mechanical studies will consist of a number of experiments that will probe the critical parameters of mosquito aerial behavior. Dr Ravi gained his PhD in Aerospace Engineering from RMIT in 2008, and has since worked on research projects both internationally and domestically. Dr Ravi was a Post-Doctoral research fellow in 2012 at Harvard University, and hopes to reconnect with his colleagues to collaborate and research on this major public heath issue.
Bowel cancer is the second most common cancer in Australia. Bowel cancer risk is determined by an individual’s underlying familial risk, personal characteristics and exposures to environmental factors. Current screening guidelines use only age and simple family history to stratify individuals to different regimens. Aung Ko Win is currently a research fellow at the Melbourne School of Population and Global Health, The University of Melbourne. He plans on using his fellowship to build on his knowledge of risk modelling for bowel cancer using family data that will be useful for prediction of personalised cancer risk to any individuals, not only to those with high-risk genetic mutation. The Hugh Rogers Fellowship offers the chance to collaborate with other professionals from Harvard University, and develop his research skills and techniques as well as the understanding on aetiology and pathogenesis of cancers. Aung Ko Win aim is to develop a comprehensive model that will deliver an accurate individual risk prediction for bowel cancer to facilitate more appropriate screening recommendations to reduce the burden of disease.