Prestigious accolades received by VSNi associates

Congratulations to our esteemed associates, Arthur Gilmour and Brian Cullis, who have both received recognition for their work in the fields of genetics and biometrics.

Arthur Gilmour awarded the Helen Newton Turner Medal

Arthur Gilmour, an elected fellow of the Association of the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG) and one of the original developers of the ASReml software package alongside Robin Thompson and Brian Cullis, was awarded the Helen Newton Turner Medal for his ‘contributions to Australian Animal Genetics and the improvement of Australian livestock’.

This award was established in 1993 in memory of dedicated sheep geneticist, Helen Newton Turner, whose career with CSIRO was dedicated to research into the genetic improvement of sheep for wool production.  The Medal is intended to encourage and inspire those engaged in animal genetics.

Gilmour expressed his gratitude, describing the accolade as “The big surprise of the year”.

Brian Cullis receives the E.A. (Alf) Cornish Award

Brian Cullis, inaugural Professor of Biometry, Grains Research and Development Corporation & CSIRO at University of Wollongong and highly-regarded VSNi collaborator, is amongst this year’s awardees of the E.A. (Alf) Cornish Award in recognition of his  ‘long-time’ service as a member in the Australasian Region to the International Biometric Society and to the advancement of biometry.

The award was established by the Society in 2011 at the regional conference in Kiama, New South Wales, and is named after E.A. (Alf) Cornish, who was the first (vice) president of the Australasian Region, from 1948-1950, and IBS President during 1956-1957.


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