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AMP Tomorrow Makers Awards


Congratulations to Professor Trevor Johnston from Linguistics and Emma Nile, a PhD student in Cognitive Science who were individually recognised as 'Tomorrow Makers' at a gala dinner.

Professor Trevor Johnston
Born to deaf parents, and with five generations of deafness in his family, Professor Trevor Johnston has been instrumental in researching, teaching, documenting and promoting Auslan. He coined the term Auslan and helped it gain recognition as a community language, and wrote a ground breaking sign language dictionary, which has since moved online. Trevor also created a digital archive of 'real world' Auslan. With AMP's support, he is integrating the dictionary and archive into a single website.

"The benefit will be improved access to language learning resources for deaf children, their teachers, parents and the wider community," he says.

Emma Nile
Emma Nile, who is a member of Macquarie's Collective Cognition Team and affiliated with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders's Memory Program, was awarded $30,000 to further develop, test and roll out her Our Stories program, a reminiscence program for older adults living in care. This work forms part of Emma's PhD in Cognitive Science.

"When visiting my great-grandmother in residential care, I realised that asking about her past lifted her spirits. I read more on the positive impact of reminiscing and developed a program to help elderly people record their lives.

"Our Stories will help older Australians to feel valued and improve their memory, and also enable aged care staff to strengthen bonds with residents. Piloted in 2013, I'm now working to roll it out to 100 seniors a year."