In this year's Australia Day Honours list announced on Australia Day, January 26, Australian Lithuanian Stasys (Stan) Šutas from Geelong was awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) for service to the Lithuanian Community of Geelong. He has been very active in the Australian Lithuanian Community over many years and his work has already been recognised with the Meritorious Service Award for service to the Lithuanian Community by the Victorian Multicultural Commission in 2006. Lithuania has also honoured him with Republic of Lithuania awards - the Medal (1998), the Community Olympic Award (2000) and the Gold Medal (2004).
Stasys Šutas. Photo courtesy Stan Šutas' Facebook
Also in this year's Australia Day Honours list a distinguished Australian scientist with a significant involvement with Lithuanian science, Professor Chennupati Jagadish from the Australian National University (ANU), was one of the recipients of Australia's very highest honour, the Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia. His award was for eminent service to physics and engineering, particularly in the field of nanotechnology. In 1995 Prof. Arūnas Krotkus from the Semiconductor Physics Institute in Lithuania spent 3 months at ANU working with Prof. Jagadish and the collaboration has continued. Prof. Jagadish has visited Lithuania a number of times and currently he is on the Committee of International Advisors to the Center for Physical Sciences and Technology (CPST). CPST was formed in 2010 to create the largest scientific research institution in Lithuania, through the amalgamation of four scientific research bodies three in Vilnius - the Institutes of Semiconductor Physics, Chemistry and Physics - and the Physics Textile Institute in Kaunas.
Professor Jagadish. Photo courtesy anu.edu.au