“It’s a spectacular year for Australia,” AIR editor Marc Abrahams said. “Congratulations.”
While Australian laureate David Rentz was physically handed the Ig Nobel Prize in Biology (“for discovering that a certain kind of beetle mates with a certain kind of Australian beer bottle”) by seven genuine Nobel laureates at Boston’s Harvard University, fellow Australian winner Paul Maruff toasted his victory at a resort in far north Queensland.
“I was bemused when I heard the news, but it has cachet, ” said Dr Maruff, a psychologist with CogState, a Melbourne firm specialising in designing clinical trials of drugs aimed at improving intellectual impairment.
Hence, his award-winning collaboration on the effects of a full bladder on decision-making.