Researchers Wins Australian Fellowship
Published on September 23, 1993
OHIO STATE PHYSICS RESEARCHER OFFERED $240,000 PRIZE COLUMBUS -- A post-doctoral researcher in physics at The Ohio State University has been offered the prestigious Queen Elizabeth II Fellowship by the Australian government. The award has come just in time for Ross McKenzie to join his sister "Down Under," as last year she was also awarded one of the five-year fellowships for research. McKenzie, a Columbus resident, (43211), 32, and his older sister, Judith McKenzie, 35, each were selected from an international pool of researchers to be among the 15 fellows chosen each year to work at an Australian university. The award, roughly equivalent to the American National Science Foundation's National Young Investigator's prize, amounts to approximately $240,000 (U.S. equivalent) over a five-year period and covers salary, research expenses and overhead. Though Judith has already accepted her award, Ross has not yet decided. Both are Australian by birth, but have spent their academic lives elsewhere. Ross has been with Ohio State's physics department and Center for Materials Research for four years while Judith has been at Oxford University in England. If Ross accepts the award, he and Judith will have fellowships in the same city, Sydney -- just 200 miles from Canberra, where their parents live. Both McKenzie parents hold Ph.D.s: Mr. McKenzie's doctorate is in chemistry, while Mrs. McKenzie's is in biochemistry. Judith's field of study is archaeology, and her award will fund research on the architecture of Alexandria, Egypt. Ross, who works closely with Ohio Eminent Scholar John Wilkins at Ohio State, was offered the award to study the electrical properties of a new generation of materials. These materials are plastics that can be made to conduct electricity as metals do and that have applications from carpets to computers. The award is to work in the School of Physics at the University of New South Wales, the best place for materials research in Australia, according to McKenzie. In addition to his research, McKenzie is teaching a physics course called "The World of Energy" to non-science majors at Ohio State this quarter. # Contact: Ross McKenzie, (614) 292-8003, 261-1492 Written by Sarah Williams [Submitted by: REIDV (email@example.com) Thu, 23 Sep 93 11:50:32 EST] All documents are the responsibility of their originator.