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New Life Member, Em. Prof. Angela Arthington
New Life Member, Em. Prof. Angela Arthington

On 18 June 2022, Emeritus Professor Angela Arthington accepted Council’s offer of Honorary Life Membership. Life Membership can be conferred either for outstanding service to the Society or for significant eminence in scholarship. Prof. Arthington eminently qualifies on both counts. […]

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Seismology
Seismology

On 3 May 2022 Council member Col Lynam presented on the current state of seismology in Queensland and introduced a recently-published database covering more than 50 years of seismic events. The database – of seismic events from 1866 to 2007 […]

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Call for papers and thesis abstracts, 2022 Proceedings
Call for papers and thesis abstracts, 2022 Proceedings

Papers are invited for the Proceedings of The Royal Society of Queensland, Volume 131. Details on the Proceedings page. Short communications, student abstracts and opinion pieces are welcome, as well as conventional research articles. The 2022 edition will feature an […]

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Boomerangs and stone tools – Eva Martellotta
Boomerangs and stone tools – Eva Martellotta

Archaeologist Eva Martellotta has been investigating the use of hardwood boomerangs to modify the edges of stone tools. An analysis of ethnographic reports over the past 170 years has revealed that Australian Aboriginal communities were using boomerangs to modify the […]

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Snippets about Members and their activities

Vale Dr Alan Bartholomai AM (1938-2015)

Alan was Director of the Queensland Museum from 1969-1999, the longest serving Director in its history. Dr Bartholomai oversaw the relocation of the Queensland Museum from Fortitude Valley to South Bank Cultural Centre.

A renowned authority on Cretaceous era fish and Cenozoic marsupials, Dr Bartholomai is well-known by the public for his work in describing the Australian dinosaur Muttaburrasaurus with Ralph Molnar.

Dr Bartholomai was a member of the Royal Society of Queensland and served as President. An obituary will be published in the 2017 issue of the Society’s Proceedings.

Forthcoming Events

10 November 2022  -  10 November 2022

Annual General Meeting

4pm for 4.15pm on Thursday 10 November, online event.

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Check Queensland Science Network for events by other scientific and citizen science bodies.

Recent Awards and Congratulations

Prof Sean Ulm honoured

Professor Sean Ulm honoured again

Fellow of the National Academy

Assoc. Professor Sean Ulm

On 1 December 2015 the Australian Academy of the Humanities announced that Member Associate Professor Sean Ulm has been elected a Fellow.  Prof. Ulm is a Cairns-based ARC Future Fellow in the College of Arts, Society and Education, James Cook University.  The Academy describes him thus: “A specialist at the forefront of human-environmental studies in Aboriginal archaeology, particularly from coastal contexts in northern Australia and the Pacific, Ulm’s work is credited for recasting the nature of coastal occupation models from the Holocene period by integrating accurate climate models with forensic analysis of coastal sites.  He is highly regarded for his coordination of multidisciplinary expertise in the investigation of the prehistoric coastal record.”
We congratulate Sean on this important recognition of the scholarly influence and quality of his work.

UQ Gatton Gold Medal

PP Paul Sattler

Past President Paul Sattler OAM was awarded the University of Queensland Gatton Gold Medal at a ceremony on the campus on 15 December 2015.  Among a career lifetime of other achievements, Paul’s pioneering work in identifying regional ecosystems and applying this science in the 1990s as a tool for augmenting the National Park estate was a primary basis for the award.  In his acceptance address, Paul – himself a graduate of Gatton College – highlighted the need for a multidisciplinary approach in managing contemporary issues such as rangeland management, climate change, salinisation of soils and food security. Congratulations, Paul!