From the Acting Director: Congratulations to All

Content Image Inline Several recent events have highlighted the quality of the science that takes place at the Australian Synchrotron – and the value of research collaborations.

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Up to Speed

Content Image Inline This month our short interview features Daniel Häusermann, who heads the Australian Synchrotron’s imaging and medical beamline team. The beamline is currently being extended to provide advanced high-resolution imaging capabilities in preparation for clinical research with patients.

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User Meeting Report

Content Image Inline The 2010 Australian Synchrotron User Meeting attracted around 230 synchrotron experts, users and potential users and other interested observers to Melbourne in late November.

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The 'Nature' of Science

Content Image Inline It’s double celebration time at the Australian Synchrotron, with Nathan Cowieson and Tom Caradoc-Davies recently listed as co-authors on separate research papers published in Nature, arguably the world’s most prestigious and widely read scientific journal.

Click here to read about the ‘quality control’ process that part of our immune system must undergo before defending our bodies against pathogenic organisms.

Click here to read about a molecule that punches holes in cancer cells and cells hijacked by viruses, enabling toxic enzymes to enter and destroy the rogue cells.

Student Experiments with IR Beamline

Content Image Inline Perth teenager Darren Ng, a year 11 student at All Saints College in Bull Creek, recently became one of Australia’s youngest synchrotron users when he used synchrotron infrared microspectroscopy to help examine a series of fingermarks.


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Beamtime Applications

Beamtime submissions for round 2011/2 (June-September 2011) will open on 8 February 2011.

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Synchrotrons in the News

Could aliens live on arsenic?
Neanderthals grew up fast
Behind the scenes
Egg meets sperm
This is NO killer revelation

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TARDIS to Store Synchrotron Data

The Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO have both selected TARDIS/MyTARDIS software developed by Monash University to assist with storing and managing scientific data generated at their facilities.

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Open for Business

Content Image Inline Representatives from large and small businesses in south-east Melbourne visited the synchrotron in October 2010 for a workshop to facilitate easier business access to publicly-funded research organisations.

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Tall Poppy Award for Synchrotron User

Australian Synchrotron user Darren Goossens from the Australian National University was recently judged one of two ACT Young Tall Poppy Scientists of the Year for 2010.

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Cheiron School Report

Six PhD students from Australian universities attended the 4th AOFSRR Cheiron School in Japan in October 2010.

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Momentous Movember

Content Image InlineIn Mo-vember 2010, Australian Synchrotron staff again mo‐thballed their shaving gear and grew mo‐ustaches to raise awareness of – and funds for – prostate cancer, which kills around 3300 men a year in Australia, and beyondblue, Australia’s national depression initiative.


Events Diary

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.

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