ANU academics among Australia's most influential women

2 October 2014

Two Australian National University academics have been named in The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards.

Dr Susan Harris-Rimmer of the ANU Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy, and Professor Lisa Kewley, Associate Director of the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics, have been included in the list which celebrates outstanding women from a variety of sectors.

Professor Kewley was recognised for innovation and won her place on the list by leading an ambitious ANU research program that looks at how oxygen builds up in galaxies over time.

"It's a great pleasure to be included on a list with so many amazing women," Professor Kewley said.

"I work in a male dominated field so I think it's important for young woman to see that it is possible to hold leadership positions and have a family as well."

Dr Harris-Rimmer was included in the Global category for her work on transnational diplomacy and has recently won a prized Future Fellowship from the Australian Research Council (ARC) to explore the relationship between gender and diplomacy.

"It's a great honour to be included. Influence is an interesting concept, and I think as ANU academics our influence is in the power of our ideas," she said.

ANU Vice-Chancellor Professor Ian Young said both women were deserving of the recognition.

"The ANU is fortunate to have so many outstanding woman making key contributions to the University," he said.

"I would like to thank Dr Harris-Rimmer and Professor Kewley for their hard work and congratulate them for their achievements."

Both winners will now be invited to a gala event at Sydney Town Hall later this month where an overall winner for the 2015 The Australian Financial Review and Westpac 100 Women of Influence Awards will be announced.

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