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    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Leading scientists receive medals on International Museum Day

    Deputy Premier, Treasurer and Minister for State Development and Trade
    The Honourable Andrew Fraser

    Thursday, May 19, 2011

    Leading scientists receive medals on International Museum Day

    Acting Arts Minister Andrew Fraser has announced the recipients of the 2011 Queensland Museum Medals.

    “Congratulations go to our first Chief Scientist Professor Peter Andrews AO and Australia’s foremost expert on land snails Dr John Stanisic who last night received their awards,” Mr Fraser said.

    “Professor Andrews and Dr Stanisic have joined a select group of medal recipients which includes Sir David Attenborough, the late Steve Irwin and Vince O’Rourke AM.

    “Medal recipients are leading experts in their field and spend their lives dedicated to researching and advancing our understanding of our environment and our world.”

    The medal recipients, normally announced on 20 January but delayed this year because of the floods, were instead fittingly presented last night on International Museum Day.

    Queensland Museum CEO Dr Ian Galloway thanked the Governor of Queensland and Patron of the Queensland Museum Foundation, Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AO, for presenting the medals.

    “The Queensland Museum Medal was introduced by the Board of the Queensland Museum in 1987 to honour individuals who have made a significant contribution in a field relevant to the museum,” Dr Galloway said.

    “Professor Andrews is at the forefront of initiatives to develop the Australian biotechnology industry and is a strong advocate for the commercialisation of Australian science and research.

    “Appointed as Queensland’s first Chief Scientist in 2003, Professor Andrews has since dedicated himself to championing opportunities in the area of tropical science, increasing research and development investment in Queensland, facilitating a culture of collaboration between government, industry and research institutions, and encouraging young Queenslanders to pursue a career in science. He retired as Chief Scientist in 2010.”

    Dr Galloway said Dr Stanisic served as a passionate advocate for conserving invertebrate biodiversity and highlighting their important role as environmental indicators in ecosystem management.

    “Dr Stanisic is Australia’s foremost expert on land snails, having held the position of Curator of Molluscs at the Queensland Museum from 1980 to 2006,” Dr Galloway said.

    “During his 26 years at the museum, Dr Stanisic was instrumental in building the land snail collection from just over 10,000 to more than 200,000 specimens. The Queensland Museum now holds Australia's most significant land snail collection.”

    Dr Stanisic is also now an Honorary Research Fellow at the Queensland Museum and Research Associate of the Australian Museum, as well as Director and Principal Biodiversity Scientist at BAAM Pty Ltd – a specialist fauna and habitat consultancy firm.

    Media contacts:
    Arts Minister Rachel Nolan’s Office – 3836 0552
    Queensland Museum – Louise Sturgess 0434 565 852/Sarah Perrott 0417 741 710