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November 2016
SIfA EMCR Workshop 2016: Bring your skills into the world   View Summary
28 November 2016
Following the success of its first edition, SIfA presented the 2nd Early & Mid Career Researcher (EMCR) Workshop, held on Wednesday 23rd of November 2016 at the Charles Perkins Centre, University of Sydney.
2017 Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal goes to Prof Joss Bland-Hawthorn   View Summary
18 November 2016
Professor Bland-HawthornAnother important award - the 2017 Thomas Ranken Lyle Medal - goes to Professor Bland-Hawthorn, SIfA director, in recognition of his extraordinary contribution to Australian science. A month ago, he was awarded the 2016 NSW Premier's Prize for the Excellence in mathematics, earth sciences, chemistry and physics category.
Book Launch Event: " A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos"   View Summary
16 November 2016
Book CoverTo celebrate the publication of the new book by SIfA cosmologists, Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes "A Fortunate Universe", the School of Physics has organized a book launch event hosted by Dr Karl Kruszelnick. The event will be in the Messel Lecture Theatre at the Sydney Nanoscience Hub on Friday 25th of November, starting from 6.30 to 8.30 pm
A Fortunate Universe: Life in a Finely Tuned Cosmos   View Summary
2 November 2016
Book CoverCambridge university Press has recently published a new book by SIfA cosmologists, Geraint Lewis and Luke Barnes. Titled "A Fortunate Universe", the book tackles one of the strangest concepts in modern physics, namely why do the physical properties of the universe appear to be fine-tuned for the existence of complexity and life.
October 2016
Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn winner of NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering   View Summary
18 October 2016
Professor Bland-Hawthorn Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn has been awarded the NSW Premier's Prizes for Science & Engineering, in the category Excellence in Mathematics, Earth Sciences, Chemistry and Physics.
September 2016
Hunstead Lectures-Mark Krumholz: Star Formation   View Summary
30 September 2016
The Sydney Institute for Astronomy proudly presents the first series of the prestigious Hunstead Lectures, funded by a generous gift to the University of Sydney - the Dick Hunstead Fund for Astrophysics.
'Starving' black hole returns galaxy Mrk 1018 to the shadows   View Summary
16 September 2016
For the second time since it was first observed in 1974, a nearby galaxy with a supermassive black hole at its centre has mysteriously changed - from a dim galaxy to a "Type 1" galaxy until suddenly returning to the shadows. University of Sydney PhD candidate Rebecca McElroy is the lead author of a new international discovery paper that suggests why: the black hole is being starved of fuel.
July 2016
Game-changer for astronomical instrumentation   View Summary
28 July 2016
Spiral GalaxyThe SAMI team from the University of Sydney and the AAO win the Peter McGregor Prize for achievement and innovation in astronomical instrumentation.