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MEI Online: People News: Australasia: August 26th 2003


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:: JKMRC Researcher Kym Runge Wins Smart Women -Smart State Award

An international expert in the field of mineral flotation has won the research scientist category of the inaugural Smart Women -Smart State awards.

Representing The University of Queensland's Julius Kruttschnitt Mineral Research Centre, metallurgical engineer Kym Runge was selected as one of five winners of Smart Women -Smart State awards held at the Queensland Museum on 21 August. The awards recognise the achievements of women in Queensland, and their leading role in the field of science, engineering and information and communication technology.

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Smart Women -Smart State award winner in the research scientist category Ms Kym Runge with her trophy

The awards were presented by Queensland Premier Mr Peter Beattie and the Minister Assisting the Premier on Women's Policy Ms Wendy Edmond.

Kym was short listed into a final group of ten across four award categories from 175 entries. She won equal first place in the research scientist category with medical researcher Dr Joanne Aitken who is the Director of the Epidemiology Unit with the Queensland Cancer Fund.

Co-presenter of the awards, Queensland parliamentary secretary Dr Lesley Clark, said Kym is not only a leader in her field of scientific endeavour but a worthy ambassador for Queensland science on an international stage.

Kym said it was a great honour to win a Smart State award. "It's encouraging to see that the Queensland Government is supporting the work of women in the fields of science and engineering, particularly in the minerals industry where women are underrepresented,Kym said. "I'm optimistic that by being recognised with this award, other women will be encouraged to consider minerals engineering as a career choice.

She said the award was also an acknowledgement of the calibre of her research colleagues at the University of Queensland and internationally who were also working towards a fundamental understanding of the mineral flotation process.

Kym was presented with a trophy, a framed certificate and a cheque for $2500.




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