May doctoral Dean's list announced

The Dean's list is a formal record and public acknowledgement of those doctoral graduates whose theses have been judged by their examiners to be of exceptional quality and whose work makes an outstanding contribution to their field of research.

We congratulate the following graduates on their inclusion in the Dean's list, announced in April 2018:

Jason Long

Doctor of Philosophy in Music

Closed-loop control systems feed information about their output back into the control stream and are utilised in positioning, temperature, and speed control systems. In a musical performance, a biological closed loop is invoked where players continuously listen to their instrument's sound and adjust their actions in order to achieve their desired performance. Jason Long's research investigates applying these closed-loop audio feedback techniques to several musical robots to equip them with new expressive capabilities, interactive applications, musical accuracy, and greater autonomy. The capabilities of these robotic instruments are demonstrated through quantitative evaluations and composing original musical works specifically for the instruments.

Supervised by Dr Jim Murphy, Professor Dale Carnegie and Dr Ajay Kapur

Clare Markham

Doctor of Philosophy in Accounting

Cost-benefit analysis (CBA) is based on a series of highly subjective decisions, yet its outputs are widely regarded as objective and neutral. Clare Markham’s research investigates this apparent contradiction through analysing discourses of cost and cost-benefit in arguments made for and against funding Herceptin (trastuzumab) for early breast cancer. Clare’s study argues that CBA’s perceived objectivity may be explained in part by the psychological comfort offered by CBA’s implied promise that difficult resource allocation decisions may be made through calculation and expertise alone, and suggests some ways to reactivate awareness of CBA’s contingency.

Supervised by Professor Judy Brown, Professor Trevor Hopper and Professor Ian Eggleton

Taitusi Taufa

Doctor of Philosophy in Chemistry

The discovery of new drugs can no longer rely primarily on terrestrial resources, as they have been heavily exploited for more than a century. Instead, researchers of natural products chemistry have focused their research on a variety of biologically active compounds from marine species, particularly sponges, which have been proven to be a promising source of new natural products for drug discovery. Taitusi Taufa's research involves a structure-guided investigation of Tongan and New Zealand marine sponges. In his study, Taitusi isolates and identifies the structures of several new biologically active sponge-derived natural products, some of which possess interesting anti-cancer properties that will guide development of new lead compounds in the future.

Supervised by Associate Professor Peter Northcote and Dr Rob Keyzers