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  • RACI E-News July 2018 Dear RACI NSW Branch Members,

    The Presidents Dinner held on the 22nd June saw the celebration of scientific achievement with many wonderful, knowledgeable individuals receiving awards recognising their significance to the chemistry industry. I am pleased to present the following Award Winners: NSW Branch Presidents' Award The Presidents Award was awarded to Dr Paul Pui, this award recognises an individual for their significant contributions to chemistry and the chemical profession.

    One of Dr Paul Puis (SGS Australia) most significant achievements is his innovative classroom project which aims to demonstrate the wonders of chemistry in a real-world context. Through leading a year 9 class of all-girl future scientists through a chemical spill case, this program demonstrates how companies like SGS Australia and Qenos utilise cutting-edge science and world class safety practices to deliver results for clients. As part of the program, the industrial scientists visit classes to demonstrate chemical processes at play, explain the theoretical underpinnings and let the students explore industry equipment. The students are then given the opportunity to use their STEM problem solving skills: each

    student independently researches and devises their own emergency response. Beyond his contributions to chemistry, Paul has also contributed significantly to the RACI. He has actively served on the NSW Analytical & Environmental Group and Industrial Chemistry Group committees. He has been instrumental in running events such as Whats New in Laboratory Instrumentation, designed to help analytical chemists keep in touch with the latest instrumentation and techniques. He also recruits members for events and committees and is generally a strong advocate for the RACI.

    Inside this Issue 1 Message from the


    2 Welcome new members

    3 Calendar of Events

    4 Rowe Scientific

    5 Recipient of the 2018 Pharmaceutical Science Award

    6 NSW recipients of Queens Birthday Honours 2018

    7 HSC Chemistry Enrichment Day at Macquarie University

    8 Olle Award nominations open

    9 Science and SciLifeLabs Prize for Young Scientists

    10 International Congress on Engineering & Food

    11 RACI News Page


  • RACI E-News July 2018 PAGE 2 Paul is extraordinarily generous in providing support through his extensive professional networks, having acted as a mentor for many chemists in the industry. With the Presidents Award, he is recognised for his drive, enthusiasm and passion for inspiring those who will take chemistry into the next generation. Nyholm Youth Lecturer 2017-18 The Nyholm Lecture Series award was given to Dr Alice E Williamson for her wonderful work as a youth lecturer. The Nyholm Youth Lectures aim to share the wonder of chemistry with students from around NSW and she certainly did that. Dr Alice E Williamson is lecturer in Chemical Education and Outreach at the University of Sydney. Alice moved to Australia in 2012 to take up a position as principal synthetic chemist for the Open Source Malaria (OSM) Consortium. Alice has set up unusual collaborations with high school students and undergraduates, who have worked on the synthesis of new and existing essential medicines, publishing all of their results on the internet in real time.

    Alices Nyholm Youth Lecture series discusses Mother Natures Molecules that are good, bad or ugly, or perhaps all of the above. Together with students from Sydney to Merewether High School to Southern Cross University, she explored the chemistries of deadly toxins, essential medicines and a few things in between. She enlisted help from students with demonstrations and worked on ways to explain and understand the chemistry behind magic dissolving balloons and colour-changing liquids. She also touched on heavier topics with the students, including whether anything could ever really be chemical free, how the dose always determines the poison and the importance of chemistry for society. Alice reports that the students asked many

    wonderful questions and that she hopes that they will continue to be fascinated by chemistry and science, whatever their chosen career paths. Alice (@all_isee) is an active science communicator and co-host of the ABC Podcast Dear Science, host of Up and Atom on FBi Radio and regular guest on Dr Karls Shirtloads of Science Podcast. Ed Krajniak Memorial Award for Chemical Technology The Ed Krajniak Memorial Award for Chemical Technology was awarded to Lester Gallego, this is awarded to the top TAFE NSW student in the Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Chemical and Forensic Analysis). Originally from the Philippines, Lester Gallego moved to Australia in December 2016 and enrolled in Diploma of Laboratory Technology (Chemical & Forensic Analysis) at TAFE


  • RACI E-News July 2018 PAGE 3 Southwestern Sydney Institute. Finishing the 18 month course in just 12 months, he completed the course in December 2017. Lester is currently working full time as Lab Technician at Australian Laboratory Services in Rydalmere, NSW. Lester performs metals testing of food and pharmaceutical samples using inductively coupled plasma optical emission spectrometry (ICP-OES) and inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry (ICP-MS). Honorary Life Membership An Honorary Life Membership is awarded for 50 years of membership of the RACI to Dr Ken Nicol Dr Ken Nicol has had a 50 year career in Laboratory, Quality and Regulatory Affairs Management spanning the petroleum, food, pharmaceutical, telecommunications and medical device industries. Following his BSc (Hon) and PhD degrees from UNSW School of Chemistry, he spent 10 years at CSIRO Division of Food Research before moving into the food and pharmaceutical industries. While working at CSIRO, Ken lectured in Food Analysis at the then Sydney Technical College, and for his research interests, gained an MSc (Biotech) degree at the UNSW. From responsibility for gaining QMS Certification and product testing compliance in telecommunications, he moved to the medical device industry where he continued for 20 years. He was responsible for his Australian-affiliate company achieving the first CE Mark for a range of unique devices which were critical to the companys survival. Joining a second global medical device company for 10 years, he retired holding the position of Director, Asia Pacific, Quality Management & Regulatory Affairs. The Awards Dinner had an energetic vibe to the evening as members of many ages mingled and networked. The age difference spanned from 20 years of age up to 90 years of age which is amazing.

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    A special thanks is extended to Dave Sammut, Chair of the Mentoring Programme, for encouraging the mentees and mentors to attend the evening. Dave is pictured here at his best inspiring the next generation. Great work Dave!

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    Past Presidents: L to R: R Read, D Wong (President Elect) T Notaras (current), D. Edmonds,

    I Watt, R Ryan, J Warby (not pictured A Tottszer, G Batley) I would also like to thank our sponsors at DCS Technical, Foundry IP and Envirolab for their generous donation allowing the Mentees to attend and gain valuable networking skills. Other events held over the month included: TGA sponsored Forum on GMP held on Tuesday 26 June at the SMC Conference & Function Centre, 66 Goulburn Street, Sydney. This event had an epic 450 registrations and a waiting list of 70. BIG Science; A combined AIP, RACI, Royal Society and ANSTO meeting held on Tuesday 26 June at the ANSTO Discovery Centre, New Illawarra Rd, Lucas Heights. This event explored the future of the worlds most exciting STEM challenges and developments. NSW Polymer Group Field-Flow Fractionation (FFF) of polymers, proteins and nano-particles workshop held on Friday 29 June at Western Sydney University, Parramatta City Campus. All the best, Tania Notaras RACI NSW Branch President "Nurture the passion, discover the possibilities"

    L to R: Tania Notaras (President), Danny Wong (President-Elect), Joseph Bevitt (Past-President), Jon Beves (Hon Secretary), Lidia Matesic (Hon Treasurer), Robert Ryan, Dave Sammut, Renate Griffith, Andrew Jones, Suzanne Neville, Philip Gale, Adam Martin, Jonathan Ryan, David Edmonds

  • RACI E-News July 2018 PAGE 6 The next Branch Committee Meeting is to be held on Wednesday 18 July, 5.00pm via conference call. Welcome New Members. We would like to welcome all new NSW members who joined the RACI in June. As a professional membership organisation, we provide networking and special interest events during the year. Details of all Branch events can be found on the website: www.raci.org.au/branches/nsw-branch.

    Dr Daniel Twycross MRACI Cchem Dr Shelley Wickham MRACI Mr Chung Man Kim MRACI Mr Junwei Li PG Student

    In Memory of We send our sincere sympathy and condolences to the family of Mr Mal Oates FRACI CChem, one of our esteemed Honorary Life members, who joined in 1951. Mal was a founding committee member of the Pharmaceutical Science Group since its inauguration in the late 50s and a member of the NSW Branch Committee for many yea