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Good news galore in this edition of our eNewsletter - we've had a busy few months! Also watch our for our upcoming event Astrofest - an astronomy extravaganza!
International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research
In this issue:
Welcome to the March issue of ICRAR's eNewsletter. First up, congratulations to Deputy Director Professor Lister Staveley-Smith who was awarded the 'Excellence in Postgraduate Supervision' award from The University of Western Australia. Continuing our good news issue, we've got two high achieving PhD students to celebrate as well. Jacinta Delhaize has been selected to rub shoulders with Nobel Laureates, and Morag Scrimgeour has been selected by a Nobel Laureate for the CSIRO Malcolm McIntosh bankmecu Scholarship.
We've also got some WA related news, including preparing for the data deluge and costing the world's largest supercomputer. You can learn more about black hole bullets, a boost to local industry, the science hall of fame and Australia's Federal Science Minister coming to visit. You can also catch up on anzSKA news through their latest newsletter, read about Australian Aboriginal art touring the globe and read an interview with early career researcher and microgravity experimenter, Dr Danail Obreschkow.
Finishing up the newsletter we've got news from the International SKA office on the site selection process; we're all looking forward to the final decision and announcement here at ICRAR and wish the SKA board all the best for their deliberations. Finally, there are details about our upcoming astronomy extravaganza - Astrofest which will be held in Perth on the 31st of March.

See you next time,
ICRAR

ICRAR News


Simulated image of the future Square Kilometre Array (SKA)

Scoping the cost of the biggest supercomputer

The world’s largest telescope is likely to need the world’s biggest computer to handle the incredible amount of data it will produce and ICRAR is working out how to do it without breaking the bank.

Gearing up for data deluge

The amount of computer data generated by the entire world in a whole year will need to be stored in a single day for the SKA and ICRAR is gearing up to meet that unprecedented need.

Scientists pinpoint timing of black hole activity

An ICRAR radio astronomer is a step closer to understanding how black holes can launch superfast 'bullets' of gas into space, by identifying the exact moment when these 'bullets' form.

Local firm to help explore final frontier

WA Science and Innovation Minister John Day announced Fremantle company, Poseidon Scientific Instruments has been awarded a contract to help deliver the Murchison Widefield Array.

Other ICRAR News

New Staff Members

Three new staff members have joined ICRAR since the last edition of our eNewsletter:
  • Dr Marcin Sokolowski, CAASTRO PostDoctoral Fellow;
  • Dr Adrian Sutinjo, Senior Research Fellow;
  • Mark Boulton, ICT Computing Officer.
We wish them all a warm welcome to ICRAR.

Researcher Interview


Dr Danail Obreschkow

Dr Obreschkow is working on things from working on why galaxies are where they are in the Universe through to making bubbles in microgravity and seeing what happens. Inspired by the sight of Halley's comet to never give up his love of astronomy, Danail has even created an iPhone app sharing the wonders of our Universe from the very small to the very large.

anzSKA News


anzSKA Newsletter 33

The December issue of the anzSKA newsletter is available from the anzSKA website, and the next edition will be coming out soon with all the news on Australian and New Zealand SKA work.

Ilgarijiri: Things belonging to the sky

Ilgarijiri: an exhibition of Australian indigenous art inspired by the SKA project is currently touring in Europe. Brainchild of ICRAR Deputy Director Professor Steven Tingay, Ilgarijiri brought Indigenous Australian artists together with astronomers in the desert of Western Australia, producing this amazing exhibition.

International SKA News


Deciding where to build the SKA

Did you know that Australia and New Zealand are bidding to host the Square Kilometre Array? You did? Excellent! This article may be of interest then. It outlines some of the process and what's going to happen now, straight from the SKA organisation itself.

ICRAR Education Update


Astrofest is back!

Perth's biggest astronomy event is back again in 2012. Join us on the 31st of March for telescopes, talks and everything astronomy. A fun, FREE family event with prizes to win. All details at the link.

Excellent Teachers and Excellent Students

Professor Lister Staveley-Smith has been awarded for his excellence in postgraduate supervision and student Morag Scrimgeour has been selected for the CSIRO Malcolm McIntosh bankmecu Scholarship.

ICRAR student to meet Nobel Laureates

ICRAR PhD student Jacinta Delhaize has been selected to travel to Lindau in Germany to meet and learn from more than 30 Nobel Laureates.

Other ICRAR Education News

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