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Faculty of Arts staff receive research excellence awards

Page last published: 28 Nov 2013

Congratulations to Dr Yann Tristant of the Ancient History department and Professor Catriona Mackenzie of Philosophy department for winning in the Macquarie University Research Excellence Awards 2013.

Dr Tristant received the Excellence in Research – Social Science, Business and Humanities award for his research on the earliest funerary boat ever found in Egypt, while Professor Mackenzie was awarded the Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership.

Highly Commended awards were also given to Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark (Ancient History), Dr Paul Formosa (Philosophy), and Dr Brent Nongbri (Ancient History).

Macquarie University's annual Research Excellence Awards recognises the excellence of the research undertaken by the University's highly committed and talented researchers across a broad spectrum of research activity.

Macquarie is on track to become one of Australia's leading research universities, and the Research Awards support this vision.

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Dr Yann Tristant, Excellence in Research - Social Sciences, Business & Humanities

The earliest funerary boat ever found in Egypt (c. 2900 BC). Archaeological excavation of a 1st Dynasty elite cemetery at Abu Rawash

The funerary wooden boat discovered in July 2012 at Abu Rawash by the Macquarie University-IFAO joint expedition dates to the reign of King Den (c. 2950 BC). It is the oldest boat ever found in Egypt. Transported for conservation to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) at Giza, the boat will soon be exhibited. Its study will greatly expand our knowledge of shipbuilding techniques in the early times of Egypt and its development over the 400 years before the famous boat of Khufu (c. 2550 BC).

Professor Catriona Mackenzie, Jim Piper Award for Excellence in Research Leadership

Catriona is professor of philosophy and Associate Dean Research in the Faculty of Arts at Macquarie University.  She is also Director of the Macquarie University Research Centre for Agency, Values and Ethics. She has been awarded numerous grants and prizes for research, teaching, and higher degree research supervision, including the 2007 Australian Museum Eureka Prize for Research in Ethics. Catriona currently serves as President of the Australasian Association of Philosophy (2013-14). From 2010-2012 she was a member of the Humanities and Creative Arts Panel of the ARC College, serving as Deputy Chair of the panel in 2011 and Chair in 2012. Catriona's research expertise is in ethics (theoretical and applied), social and political philosophy, and feminist philosophy. Her current research includes projects on autonomy, on the moral and political obligations arising from vulnerability (funded by an ARC DP grant), and on conceptions of the self.  Catriona has supervised around 40 higher degree research and honours students.

Highly Commended: Professor John Magnussen, Australian School of Advanced Medicine and Dr Jaye McKenzie-Clark, Faculty of Arts

Dual Energy CT for the non-destructive analysis of ancient ceramics

Ancient ceramics are a finite and irreplaceable resource and often the only surviving link to ancient cultures and civilisations. John and Jaye have developed a completely no-touch technique for compositional analysis instead of existing partially or completely destructive methods – they can create a growing, rather than shrinking, resource for future study.

Dr Paul Formosa, Highly Commended: Early Career Researcher of the Year - Social Sciences, Business & Humanities

Paul was awarded his PhD in philosophy from the University of Queensland in November 2008. Paul lectures in philosophy, has completed a Macquarie University Research Fellowship and is currently undertaking an ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award Fellowship at Macquarie University. Paul has a total of 29 publications, including 17 sole-authored journal articles, 7 books chapter, and an edited book. His work is highly cited and he has already attracted over $800,000 of external research funds. His research areas are in moral and political philosophy with a focus on the concepts of moral evil, Kantian ethics, respect, autonomy, justice and human dignity.

Dr Brent Nongbri, Highly Commended: Early Career Researcher of the Year - Social Sciences, Business & Humanities

Brent's scholarship combines an interest in detailed historical work in the field of ancient Christianity (papyrology, textual criticism, archaeology) with broad questions of method and theory in the study of religion and history. Brent arrived at Macquarie in 2010 as a postdoctoral fellow in early Christianity, and his time so far in the Department of Ancient History has been highly productive. He has published a number of articles revising the dates of early Christian manuscripts.  He also produced a monograph, Before Religion: A History of a Modern Concept, with Yale University Press. Brent's work has an international reputation and has been praised as innovative and important by experts in the fields of early Christianity and religious studies.