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International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research

In this issue:

New Staff 
Wireless internet inventor honoured 
Australia-China Astronomy Roundtable
EMC News
ICRAR Travel
National SKA News:

Latest anzSKA newsletter

International SKA News
News from the SPDO
ICRAR Education Update:
Tuning In to radio astronomy
WA students have SPIRIT
Andy Thomas lands in Perth
What do Year 4s think about space? 
The MRO in Google Earth


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ICRAR welcomes new staff

ICRAR has welcomed three new staff members since the last edition of our eNewsletter.  Dr Minh Huynh joins us as the Deputy SKA Project Scientist, Dr Tobias Westmeier who will be working on science and software tools, and Dr Jan Geralt Bij de Vaat, a visiting senior research fellow who will be with us for twelve months.  If you would like to be one of our next new staff members, ICRAR has six positions currently open for application.  To apply, visit our employment page.

Wireless internet inventor honoured

Dr John O'Sullivan (right) and Professor Peter HallCurtin University has recognised Dr John O’Sullivan’s ground breaking work in astronomy and wireless technologies by bestowing him with an Honorary Doctorate of Science. Dr John O'Sullivan is Ajunct Professor of Radio Astronomy Engineering at Curtin and is involved in ICRAR's engineering activities. 

Australia-China Astronomy Roundtable

Lister Staveley-Smith and Madame Ye.  Credit: Robin BatterhamImageAstronomers from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) joined an historic Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo on Monday 2 August 2010.

Electromagnetic Compatibility News

ImageNews on EMC at ICRAR:

  • ICRAR undergoes reassessment to retain accreditation as an EMC testing body.
  • Recent EMC symposium in Melbourne, including presentations by ICRAR staff on the fundamentals of EMC and Breast Cancer Detection.
  • Upcoming EMC Symposium in Perth.

Crafty ASKAP Survey Science with CRAFT

CRAFT is a major member of the ASKAP Survey Science Projects, aimed at studying the fast-transients Universe.  Principal Investigator ICRAR's Professor Peter Hall reports on CRAFT's plans and activities.

ICRAR Travel

Dr Alan DuffySince our last eNewsletter many ICRAR staff and students have been traveling the world to meet up with collaborators, present at conferences and learn from the international research community.  Dr Alan Duffy recently spoke at the Institute of Astronomy,Cambridge Summer Conference, this year themed 'Darkness Visible', focusing on Dark Matter from every angle.

Former attendees to the Cambridge Summer Conference have included Stephen Hawking, and this year's attendance read as a who's who of astronomy and physics.  One of the conference highlights was an update from the Large Hadron Collider team on their work.  

Particle Physicists from Fermilab and CERN, as well as other underground dark matter detection experiments presented along with astronomers from the FERMI gamma ray satellite and theoretical astrophysicists like Dr Duffy who try and understand where the Dark Matter is. 

National SKA News

Latest anzSKA newsletter

SKA news from around Australia and New Zealand, including:

  • Report from the International SKA Forum in June
  • Collaborations with ASTRON in the Netherlands
  • ICRAR's Aperture Array project
  • POSSUM lead investigator awarded prestigious fellowship
  • Phase II of the MWA
  • ASKAP survey science meeting
  • Engineers Australia
  • NAIDOC week in Geraldton
  • Pulse@Parkes in Perth for National Science Week 

International SKA News

News from the SKA Program Development Office (SPDO):

  • RFI testing is underway in both the proposed SKA locations.
  • In South Africa a baseline design concept has been decided on for the MeerKAT precursor telescope.
  • You can now check for Square Kilometre Array updates on Facebook.
  • A new document has been published outlining the non-science benefits of the SKA.
  • Look out for the SKA conference stand or request that it attends a conference.

ICRAR Education Update

Tuning In to Radio Astronomy

Throughout National Science Week in August this year, astronomers and science communicators from the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) hit the road to help the public of Western Australia ‘Tune In’ to radio astronomy.    

WA students have SPIRIT

ImageA new remote access internet telescope was launched by State Education Minister Hon. Dr Elizabeth Constable at The University of Western Australia on Friday the 24th of September.  

Andy Thomas lands in Perth

Astronaut Andy Thomas, Credit: NASANASA Astronaut Dr Andy Thomas, born and bred in Adelaide, South Australia, visited Perth for a whirlwind trip full of presentations, talks and events.   

What do Year 4s think about space?

ICRAR Researcher Kevin Vinsen visited the Year 4 students at All Saints' College in Bull Creek, WA.  Read what they had to say about space before Kevin introduced them further to the wonders of astronomy!

Explore the Murchison Radio-astronomy Observatory without travelling to remote WA

ICRAR Researcher Dr Martin Meyer has created a Google Earth map of the MRO, including ASKAP antenna and Murchison Widefield Array locations.  Download the file and explore the MRO.

7 Fairway, Crawley WA 6009
(+61 8) 6488 7766
ICRAR Curtin
1 Turner Avenue, Bentley WA 6102
(+61 8) 9266 9899
The University of Western Australia Curtin University

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