Previous Woodward Medallists

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2018

2018 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences

Professor Cordelia Fine

2018 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology (joint awardees)

Professor Geoffrey McFadden

Professor Katherine Kedzierska

Professor Cordelia Fine of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, is awarded the 2018 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences, for her internationally-esteemed and widely debated book, Testosterone Rex (2017). This book aims to unmask and debunk pervasive myths about biological sex – that the inequality of the sexes is biological rather than cultural – and offers a highly engaging and novel account of neuroscientific and psychological discussions that speaks to a broad range of audiences.

Professor Geoffrey McFadden from the School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, is jointly awarded the 2018 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology. for his malaria research. Professor McFadden is internationally recognised for discovering that malaria parasites are related to plants and retain a vestige of the photosynthetic compartment (the chloroplast) that defines plants and algae. A major global malaria prophylactic (doxycycline) targets the structure McFadden identified and has likely saved many thousands of lives. In recent years, McFadden has sought to further understand the intricate metabolism of the malaria parasites throughout its complicated life cycle across the two hosts: humans and mosquitoes.

Professor Katherine Kedzierska, of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences, is jointly awarded the 2018 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology for her suite of work on H7N9 influenza and immunity. Her suite of articles translates basic research from mice to clinical settings, using cutting edge multi-disciplinary approaches and strong collaborative links between immunologists, virologists, clinicians, Indigenous academics, the WHO Influenza Centre and researchers in the Asia-Pacific region. Her work provides novel insights into vaccines and therapeutics to protect against severe influenza.

2017

Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences (joint awardees)

Associate Professor Kristen Rundle
Associate Professor Frederik Vervaet

Woodward Medal in Science and Technology

Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox

Associate Professor Kristen Rundle, Co-Director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies, Melbourne Law School, is a joint recipient of the 2017 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for her book exploring the legacy of noted legal philosopher Lon L. Fuller, titled Forms Liberate: Reclaiming the Jurisprudence of Lon L. Fuller.

Associate Professor Frederik Vervaet of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, Faculty of Arts, is a joint recipient of the 2017 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for his study of political structures and power in Rome, The High Command in the Roman Republic: The Principle of the summum imperium auspiciumque from 509 to 19 BCE.

Associate Professor Devi Stuart-Fox from the School of Biosciences, Faculty of Science, received the 2017 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology for her research into the biology of colour – how it is produced in nature, perceived by animals, and how the diversity of nature’s colours evolved - presented in “Accelerated speciation in colour‐polymorphic birds” in Nature 485 (2012).

2016

Associate Professor Margaret Young (Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences)

Associate Professor Stephen Leslie (Woodward Medal in Science and Technology)

Associate Professor Margaret Young, of the Melbourne Law School, was awarded the 2016 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for her book Trading Fish, Saving Fish: The Interaction between Regimes in International Law (Cambridge University Press, 2011). The book aims to reshape current theoretical and structural questions about international law while addressing urgent questions of environmental sustainability.

Associate Professor Stephen Leslie from the School of Mathematics and Statistics and the School of Biosciences, and a member of the Centre for Systems Genomics, was awarded the 2016 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology for his research into the fine-scale genetic structure of the British population. Stephen is recognised for his study using newly developed statistical approaches to reveal at unprecedented levels of detail the subtle genetic differences between peoples from different regions of the British Isles, reported in the journal Nature (519: 309-314, 2015).

2015

Associate Professor Barbara Keys (Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences)

Professor Gordon Lynch (Woodward Medal in Science and Technology)

Associate Professor Barbara Keys, of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, was awarded the 2015 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for her book Reclaiming American Virtue: The human rights revolution of the 1970s (Harvard University Press, 2014).

Professor Gordon Lynch, of the Department of Physiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, was awarded the 2015 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology for his research into treatments for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD). Professor Lynch is particularly recognised for his work in discovering the potential of heat shock proteins to ameliorate pathology in DMD reported in the paper "Hsp72 preserves muscle function and slows progression of severe muscular dystrophy" Nature 2012; 484, 394-398.
2014

Professor Sundhya Pahuja

Professor Ashley Bush

Professor Sundhya Pahuja, of the Melbourne Law School, was awarded the 2014 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences for her book, Decolonising International law: Development, Economic Growth and the Politics of Universality (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2011). The book makes an important and original contribution to understanding global inequality, and international law's role in its production and maintenance, as well as in struggles against it.

Professor Ashley Bush, of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health, was awarded the 2014 Woodward Medal in Science and Technology for his research into causes of and treatments for neurodegeneration, in particular his work defining the role of tau proteins in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease, reported in the paper "Tau deficiency induces a parkinsonism with dementia phenotype by impairing APP­mediated iron export" Nature Medicine 2012; 18(2), 291-295.
2013

Professor Anne Orford

Professor Dale Godfrey

Professor Anne Orford is the winner of the 2013 Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social Sciences. Professor Orford holds the Michael D Kirby Chair of International Law and she is also an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Melbourne Law School and is the author of International Authority and the Responsibility to Protect. The book analyses one of the most significant developments in the normative framework of international relations since the United Nations was created – the emergence of the ‘responsibility to protect’ concept.

Professor Dale Godfrey from the Department of Microbiology and Immunology in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences is the winner of the 2013 Woodward Medal in Sciences and Technology. Professor Godfrey’s work has advanced our understanding of the immune system and has the potential to be translated into improvements in disease prevention, diagnosis and treatment.
2012

Associate Professor David Goodman

Professor Ingrid Scheffer

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2011

Professor Ary Hoffmann

Professor Ivan Marusic

Dr Vicente Pérez de León

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2010

Professor Peter Stuckey

Dr Sarah Biddulph

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2009

Dr Bryan Fry

Dr Michelle Foster

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2008

Professor Frank Caruso

Professor Simon Marginson

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2007

Associate Professor Antonia Finnane

Dr Andrew Greentree

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2006

Professor Joshua Gans

Dr Stuart Wyithe

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2005

Professor Cynthia Hardy

Associate Professor Robyn Eckersley

Associate Professor Tien Yin Wong

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2004

Associate Professor Stephanie Trigg

Associate Professor John Sader

Associate Professor Stephanie Trigg, Department of English – The Woodward Medal in Humanities and Social
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Associate Professor John Sader, Department of Mathematics and Statistics – The Woodward Medal in Science and Technology

2003

Professor Paul Carter

Professor Geoff McFadden

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2002

Dr David Heckel

Professor Richard Teese

Dr David Heckel (Genetics) for discovering a gene associated with pesticide resistance in insect pests.

Professor Richard Teese (Education Policy and Management) for research on VCE
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> 2001

Dr Janice Stockigt

Professor John Hopper

Professor John Hopper, Director of the University’s Centre for Genetic Epidemiology, and Dr Janice Stockigt of the Faculty of Music, were awarded the University’s inaugural Woodward Medals. The annual awards—one in Science and Technology and one in Humanities—are for research considered to have made the most significant contribution in these fields.