Professor Elizabeth New (2000) honoured in the Australia Day awards with an OAM Celebrating Excellence: Professor Elizabeth New (2000) honoured in the Australia Day awards with an OAM for her “service to science as a researcher in chemical biology and molecular imaging". We proudly celebrate the achievements of Professor Elizabeth New (2000), one of our eminent alumnae, whose ground-breaking contributions in the fields of chemistry and academic research, and commitment to nurturing the next generation of scientists, have earned her this prestigious award. Professor New’s commitment to excellence and mentorship has inspired countless young scientists. As a dedicated educator and mentor, she has cultivated a nurturing environment where intellectual curiosity thrives, instilling in her students the values of rigorous inquiry, innovation, and perseverance. Beyond her scientific research and exemplary teaching, Professor New is dedicated to fostering diversity and inclusion within the scientific community. Through her advocacy and mentorship initiatives, she has worked tirelessly to dismantle barriers and create pathways of opportunity for underrepresented groups, ensuring that the scientific community reflects the humanity it serves. When Professor New was announced as one of the inaugural winners of our 2020 Young Alumnae Award, she stated that “At MLC School we were taught that we could make an impact in any area in which we chose to work, and I think that mindset was important in my decision to pursue studies in science and a career in academia, rather than other careers commonly seen as more lucrative.” Professor New embodies the values of leadership, integrity, and compassion that lie at the heart of MLC School. Her dedication to advancing her field and making a meaningful impact on society epitomizes the ethos of service and responsibility that we strive to engender in all our graduates. As we extend our congratulations to Professor New on her achievements, we also express our profound gratitude for her dedication, spirit, and enduring legacy of excellence. Her journey stands as a testament to the power of integrity, perseverance, and the unwavering pursuit of knowledge.