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Winners of the 2012 Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC Scholarships

The two University of Tasmania students awarded the inaugural Lieutenant Colonel Harry Murray VC Scholarships 2012 were Jo Brodie, a history graduate, and Emma Nicholson, a psychology student and former RAAF officer and diplomat.

Both Jo Brodie and Emma Nicholson received first class Honours.

Jo Brodie (left) and Emma Nicholson


World War One Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau

The World War One Red Cross Wounded and Missing Enquiry Bureau, founded by Vera Deakin, daughter of former Prime Minister Alfred Deakin, was the subject of Jo Brodie's Honours thesis.

The Bureau was entirely voluntary and sought to bring news to Australian families of the whereabouts of their men who were wounded or missing and could not be located.

Thousands of soldiers still remain unaccounted for and Jo Brodie's thesis focused on the Tasmanian soldiers who are still missing.

Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Psychology student Emma Nicholson researched Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, in particular the involvement of a molecule found in the brain's fear hub, called the Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor (or BDNF). The research is highly relevant as:

  • People with lower BDNF levels may be more susceptible to post-traumatic stress disorder and other anxiety disorders.
  • Further research into BDNF and how it is linked to post-traumatic stress disorder may have implications, not only for treatment but also prevention measures, particularly for people exposed to stressful/traumatic situations such as armed forces personnel.

Emma's research could also provide an insight into people who have experienced environmental disasters such as bushfires and floods.