At an Australian Academy of Social Sciences dinner in Canberra last night, I was lucky enough to winÂ theirÂ 2006 Early Career Award, jointly with Jennifer Hudson, aÂ Macquarie University psychologist who does some very cool workÂ on anxiety disorders in children.
It also gave a bit of an insight into ASSA, an organisation that works to promote cooperation across the social sciences. As a lapsed political scientist (my undergraduate degree was in government at Sydney Uni), and then as a lapsed lawyer, it was nice to be reminded of the potential for cooperation across the disciplinary silos. Or feisty argument (at one point I had the chance to introduceÂ my Sydney University lecturer Linda Weiss, who writes on strategic trading, to economist Max Corden).
There were 24 new ASSA fellows who were inducted (induced?) into the academy last night, of whom 8 were women. One was Don Weatherburn, the DirectorÂ of theÂ NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research. As a university student in the early-1990s, I recall hearing him talkÂ on radioÂ in a factual, dispassionate way about crime statistics. The way in whichÂ he always draw his conclusions from the data shaped my desire to get into research one day. All in all, an interesting night.