An ecologist’s work to explain the impact of climate change to as wide an audience as possible has been awarded one of this year’s Eureka Prizes. The annual Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, announced Wednesday night at the Sydney Town Hall, celebrate the best in Australian science, innovation, leadership, research and science journalism. Lesley Hughes, from Macquarie University, was awarded the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research. Her free online course explains the science of climate change in straightforward terms for non-scientists – and has even received praise from some climate sceptics, who found they had been lacking a clear explanation of the science.
Australian Museum director and chief Kim McKay praised Professor Hughes for finding a way to engage people in climate science. Other winners on the night included several authors on The Conversation such as Maree Teesson, who was awarded the University of Technology, Sydney Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers. The Director of the National Drug and Alcohol Research Centre, at the University of New South Wales, was praised for developing a team that can help people suffering from substance abuse and mental health issues. Ms McKay said Professor Teesson had a “gift for guiding, nurturing and mentoring young researchers" and would take more pride in their achievements than her own. Mathematician and statistician Terry Speed, from Melbourne’s Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, won the CSIRO Eureka Prize for Leadership in Science. Prize winning photo: the birth of a seed as seen by a scanning electron microscope, artificially coloured to highlight cell outlines (blue) and nuclei (orange). Mark Talbot, from CSIRO, was awarded the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography with his image (above) that captured the birth of a seed using a scanning electron microscope. Second place was the Australian National University’s Charles Tambiah for his image (above) of a delicate marine creature known as a basket star, and third place went to Queensland Museum’s Gary Cranitch for his image (below) of a feeding manta ray. Third place: the Alfred Manta is one of the largest rays on the planet and is currently listed as vulnerable, with only a few hundred recorded in eastern Australian waters. Harry Driessen, a Grade 6 student from Croydon Public School in New South Wales, won the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize – Primary. The winner of the Australian Government Eureka Prize for Science Journalism was Sonya Pemberton, from Genepool Productions, for her documentary on vaccinations.
Jabbed – Love, Fear and Vaccines was broadcast on SBS last year and was praised by Ms McKay as a “powerful piece of science journalism”. Pemberton is currently in the United States where the documentary is being rebroadcast as Vaccines – Calling the Shots, on PBS Nova on the same date as the Eureka Prize was awarded. The University of Tasmania’s Graham Edgar and Rick Stuart-Smith won the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage Eureka Prize for Environmental Research. Adriana Downie, from Pacific Pyrolysis, won the 3M Eureka Prize for Emerging Leader in Science for her work on slow-pyrolysis technology.
Tim Lyons, from One Atmosphere, was awarded the Defence Science and Technology Organisation Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia. Jackson Huang, a Year 12 student from the Queensland Academy for Science, Mathematics and Technology won the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize — Secondary. John Kirkegaard and James Hunt from CSIRO’s Water Use Efficiency initiative and Stuart Kearns of the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) won the Department of Agriculture Landcare Eureka Prize for Sustainable Agriculture.
CSIRO’s Hendra Virus Research Team, in Geelong, won the Australian Infectious Diseases Research Centre Eureka Prize for Infectious Diseases Research for creating the first vaccine and effective human treatment against Hendra virus.
Tri Phan, from the Garvan Institute, and the Australian National University’s Steve Lee won the ANSTO Eureka Prize for Innovative Use of Technology for their patented invention of a A$2 microscope that transforms smartphones into mobile laboratories. Simon Ho, from the University of Sydney, was awarded the Macquarie University Eureka Prize for Outstanding Early Career Researcher.
The University of Melbourne’s South-eastern Australian Recent Climate History (SEARCH) team won the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Excellence in Interdisciplinary Scientific Research for their success in mapping a thousand years of Australian climate history.
The B-cell Team, at the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research, won the University of New South Wales Eureka Prize for Scientific Research for unravelling the workings of the rare, specialised cells in our blood that create antibodies to fight infection and disease. Is the water crisis in Flint, Michigan evidence that governments need a new way to make decisions? The cast of the film ‘Spotlight’ reacts after they won the Oscar for Best Picture at the 88th Academy Awards. Etichette 4 posti, avvolgibile, B&B, Beaver, Beaver Brand, campeggio, Giardino, tavolo campeggio. Event details may change at any time, always check with the event organizer when planning to attend this event or purchase tickets.
We use a Creative Commons Attribution NoDerivatives licence, so you can republish our articles for free, online or in print. It was for the same work in bioinformatics, using high quality number crunching in cancer research, that saw him awarded the Prime Minister’s Prize for Science last year.
His video, The Sound of Music, explains what sound waves are, how we hear sound and how musical instruments work. They trained and used 200 volunteer divers around the world to create the freely available Reef Life Survey on the the health of the world’s reefs. It converts plant waste products into biochar, a soil improver with potential to mitigate climate change.
The engineer and ex-Navy diver invented the Pegasus lightweight helicopter buoyancy device that inflates within a second to save lives following a helicopter crash at sea. His video – below – on phantom limbs explains the puzzling neurological disorder and the complexity of the human nervous system.


They developed methods that allow grain farmers to add more than 50% extra wheat yield from the same water supply. His work on molecular clocks will help biologists explain how quickly different organisms evolve. The Arcade Building, 800 Olive Built in two stages in 1906 and 1918, the massive gothic revival Arcade Building was unusual in that it featured six stories of retail space in addition to offices.
Link, FAIA The second annual meeting of the Missouri Chapter of the American Institute of Architects was held at the Mercantile Club in St. Louis' jewelry trade and the longtime headquarters for the PET corporation, the building suffered as retail activity moved away from downtown and PET relocated to its own new building in 1969.
By 1978 the Arcade's owners couldn't afford to make repairs to its elevator system resulting in the abandonment of all but the building's first floor.
Now, following a complete redevelopment by Dominium as a mix of housing as well as space for Webster University, the lights are back on at the Arcade and there are strong indications that the success of this project will soon catalyze the rehabilitation of other important buildings along Olive such as the Chemical, Union Trust and Railway Exchange. Ironically, because the building was such a basket case and, up until now had never been remodeled, its historic interiors were remarkably intact.
Great pains were taken to restore features like the faux tile finish in the grand arcade space and three truckloads of newly fabricated terra cotta were commissioned to repair damaged portions of its iconic façade. Louis’ Union Station (an 1891 competition-winning design in partnership with Edward Cameron) selected for his caricature from the 1905 book entitled St. Trudo had worked on components of other rehabs in the past, this building was to be his first complete project. This rehab is a great example of how neighborhood organizations, such as the Skinker DeBaliviere Community Housing Corporation (which had worked for years to find a buyer and also provided construction financing) and a dedicated resident can work together to make a real difference.
After the interior and exterior walls were re-pointed, burned walls and floor joists replaced and the stairs completely rebuilt from the basement to the third floor, the rehab was ready to begin! This home could easily have become a vacant lot without the tenacity, skill and neighborhood pride of Mr. The interior of the building was in horrible condition, full of abandoned furniture, clothing, trash, rotten food, and, well, other things. Jennifer Sims Taylor who submitted the nomination suggested that if we gave an award for most improved odor, this building would have won it as well.
The interiors were stripped of their dropped ceilings of moldy acoustical tile, smoke-stained faux wood paneling and water damaged, crumbling plaster. A brand new commercial kitchen was installed and a new bar was fabricated from wood salvaged from demo. The original front door for the south storefront was found in the basement and reinstalled as a component of a complete storefront restoration. During interior demolition the original doors to the side entry at the rear of the south wall were found enclosed in the wall. These were restored and put back in place and all of the windows throughout were replaced with new historic replica wooden sash. Louis News Company, this building was later associated with Kessler Fur Company and then the Bluestein Bride's House. Dan Cook who had recently moved his office and medical equipment manufacturing business downtown and was looking for another opportunity to invest in the neighborhood. Cook wanted to return the building to its original appearance by restoring the terra cotta storefront that had been covered with marble cladding in 1950. This was in part for aesthetic reasons, but also because the marble was badly cracked and chunks were beginning to fall into the street.
The terra cotta was still intact on the side of the building in the alley, but the installation of the marble had destroyed it on the primary façade so replacement panels had to be custom fabricated based on surviving examples and a historic image. The historic tiled entry from Kessler Furs was found hidden beneath layers of flooring and carefully restored as were the original pressed tin ceilings throughout. The pigeons were evicted, windows were repaired or replicated, the brick walls were cleaned, pointed and areas damaged during the 20th century storefront modification were re-laid. The building was given all new systems including an upgraded elevator, wiring, mechanical, plumbing, hvac, and each floor provided with an ADA restroom.
Today, the building is once again occupied by businesses including what was perhaps the first dentist office to relocate downtown to serve its growing residential population. While the rehabilitation of downtown's enormous office and manufacturing buildings tends to get the most attention, these more modest scale buildings are critically important to restoring street-level vitality because they provide smaller spaces that are accessible to a wide range of uses.
At the point when the rear wall was gone, the interior burned, and the parapet falling into the street, 3320 had, at least per the building commissioner, reached the point of no return.
While we never like to lose a building, the former owner had already demonstrated an interest in demolishing both of his properties, the arsonist was still lurking nearby, and 3318 Wisconsin was languishing in the hands of the LRA. Enter Patty Maher who held her nose and purchased the buildings after the previous owner succeeded in doing enough damage to the center building for the city to approve its removal.
All water and sewer pipes had to be dug out and replaced as did plumbing and electrical throughout. Holes in the roofs had allowed water to rot floors and joists and the slope of what remained had sent a cascade over both rear walls for years resulting in the need to take them down completely and relay the brick. Energy Star products were employed throughout and both homes achieved a 50 HERS Efficiency rating. As usual, the twin scourges of water damage and stupid decisions were the source of many of the buildings problems.


It had large holes in the bathroom floors, rotten joists in many areas on each floor, the front porch roof connections were completely rotten and pulling away from the house. What little plaster remained was riddled with cracks and mold, and the exterior brick walls were also in poor condition. Long-term water infiltration had collapsed much of the interior structure, resulting in the need to replace about half of the floor joists and rebuild the rear wall.
After rehab had begun, a heavy rainstorm caused a substantial portion of the brick and terra cotta cornice to fall into the front yard, but the project remained on track. Properties that are critical to the historic fabric, but that have been passed over by initial waves of rehabilitation because of their severely deteriorated condition.
Fortunately, non-profit developers like DeSales exist in part to take on the challenges that others will simply avoid. Increasingly we are seeing such scattered site, multi-unit efforts being targeted at problem blocks and areas where historic fabric is incomplete.
Such efforts on behalf of community development corporations like DeSales are making enormous strides restoring density while actively pursuing economic diversity in revitalizing neighborhoods. Sarah Street, this building was originally constructed for the Remington Rand Corporation in 1957. It is believed to be one of the first buildings ever designed by Gyo Obata upon inception of the firm. Louis Cultural Resources Office as one of the most important buildings (out of 2,300 resources) that were recorded by a comprehensive survey of midcentury architecture in the city.
Historic Sanborn maps show that this shotgun home was originally constructed with a front room of brick with a frame rear portion.
The frame section had burned and was torn down during the course of an aborted previous attempt at redevelopment that left the rear wall of the property open to the elements for a decade and the building abandoned to the city for back taxes.
For years the Benton Park Community Housing Corporation and Alderman Ortmann kept the wrecking ball at bay while shopping the home to a veritable clown car of potential developers. Using the building's original footprint as a guide, a redevelopment was planned that included the rehabilitation of the original front room with a newly reconstructed rear portion.
This allowed the original block face to remain intact while creating a product that would be marketable. In order to qualify for historic rehabilitation tax credits, the new portion of the home couldn't overwhelm the original section, which meant that instead of building a second story, the addition would have to have a finished basement.
It is also a fantastic example of how historic rehab development can rebuild our city's tax base. Considering the home last sold for $300 and is currently listed for nearly $400,000, you would think that city leaders might consider reallocating some of their demolition budget for stabilization. When construction began, portions of the east wall were bowing out more than 30 inches above a public sidewalk-a condition that if left unchecked for much longer could have led to an emergency demolition. In addition, the entire south wall had to be reconstructed due to related structural problems. At least one previous developer hoped to rehab this building around 2008, but abandoned his project after gutting the interior leaving the building unstable without interior walls and holes in the floors. In addition, there was no demand for commercial space in the middle of this residential neighborhood west of the Morganford business district, but development as residential space was a challenge because the building is literally built on the property line. This meant no yard space, off-street parking, or even code compliant rear stairs, which would have to step down across the property line. Nearby neighbors were very excited to see this building finally being renovated in part because the previous owner had left a construction waste dumpster abandoned on the street taking up room and advertising the vacant condition of the building to any drug dealers that were paying attention. Interior spaces were restored to their historic dimensions before again being re-tooled for modern office use. The original show room window bays were re-opened and fitted with replica steel-sash industrial windows and the upper story configured into apartments that make maximum use of the abundant natural light that once made the show rooms glow. By 1931, the company had a central location downtown as well as two suburban branches at the southern and northern fringes of the city here on Manchester and on Bartmer Avenue near the U.
At that point, the building was converted into a 20th century incarnation of a Dickensian work house call center hellscape where dreams came to die. Coming off the success of their renovation of the Artists Guild on North Union, the Schuchards were looking for a new historic space to repurpose as an event venue. Like so many other award winners, the Schuchards are undiagnosed serial rehabbers who move from building to building leaving a trail of gleaming renovations and economic vitality in their wake.
When they acquired the building, the storefront had been blinded by an inexplicable faux tudor growth. In addition, there had recently been about a foot of water in the basement and there were horrible mold problems.
The decision to add a massive clerestory above the staircase at the rear of the building was a game changer that allowed natural light to flood into the space.



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