Australian Synchrotron user Matthew Hill, from CSIRO’s Materials Science and Engineering division, is one of six early-career researchers to receive a Victoria Fellowship 2010 from the Victorian Government.

The eligibility dates for the Australian Synchrotron Thesis Medal 2010 have been extended to cover the period from 1 July 2008 to 30 June 2010 (instead of 1 July 2009 to 30 June 2010). The new deadline for applications is Monday 18 October 2010.

Praise for crystallography team
Under extreme pressure
Black holes in outer space
AIDS drug could also combat herpes virus
Close to the bone
Measuring the risk
Towards lead-free electronics

Accurate knowledge about the distribution of transition metals such as calcium, iron, manganese and zinc could help resolve key medical, biological and environmental questions such as how much atmospheric carbon dioxide could be sequestered within the deep waters of the earth’s oceans.

The details of a hidden self-portrait by celebrated Australian painter Arthur Streeton have been revealed in a new collaboration between art and science. The joint investigation will encourage further use of synchrotron techniques for studying artists’ materials and methods, assisting art restorers, and providing new evidence in cases where the identity of an artist is unclear.

Beamtime submissions for round 2011/1 (January-May 2011) closed on 6 October.

This month our short interview features Richard Farnsworth, head of information technology and computing at the Australian Synchrotron. The synchrotron’s longest-serving employee, Richard will leave the Australian Synchrotron in October 2010, and his contributions to the facility will be missed!

Outstanding research undertaken by Australian Synchrotron users contributes to the facility’s ongoing success. Our user community and scientific staff produce research results that have the potential to transform medicine, industry and other areas in the future.

Researchers in Melbourne and Hobart recently took advantage of an opportunity to learn more about some of the exciting facilities and techniques available to all Australian researchers.

Synchrotron-related events in Australia and overseas.