TSP Feature: Inspirers and the Inspired


The inspirer: Bryan Gaensler

Having always been fascinated by science ever since he was a small child, Professor Bryan Gaensler has come full circle from inspired TSP student to inspirer of the next generation of TSP students. His students regularly cite him as an inspiring supervisor, lecturer and mentor. “I'd like to think it's because I am enthusiastic, and because I show them how to take the equations and theories they've learned in class and apply them to interesting and novel situations,” said Professor Gaensler.
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The inspired: Alison Hammond

“The process of working under a supervisor and to a timetable mirrors the reality of many jobs and was relatively new to me. I think the TSP projects were valuable for this experience they gave me, whatever job I am in later on.” Alison chose Professor Bryan Gaensler as her Honours supervisor for her research in astronomy. “I was inspired by Bryan's vision for the Honours project I undertook with him. He emphasised how the work was new, why it was important, and how helpful it could be to the astrophysical community,” said Alison.
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The inspirer: Julie Harrison

Bringing science to life for students at St Ives High School, Julie Harrison makes a conscious point of showing students the applicability and practicality of science in broader contexts. “I consider science to be an integral part of our everyday life – from our naturally investigative natures to the fact that scientific laws and theories explain and govern our existence. Science is dynamic and is not just learnt from a textbook – it has to be experienced,” said Julie.
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The inspired: Marcello Solomon

“It is very rare to find teachers who are passionate about the subjects that they teach. Mrs Harrison's style of teaching demonstrated that there was more to chemistry than just memorising the relevant HSC syllabus dot points, and her enthusiasm played a large role in my decision to continue on with chemistry at university.”
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