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New research to develop a measurement of soil mineral sensors

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Congratulations to Dr Roman Kostecki who was awarded the research funding from SAGIT (South Australia Grain Grower Funding Research Solutions). Roman will work closely with A/P Glenn McDonald from School of Agriculture, Food and Wine to develop a method to measure soil mineral N in real time.

Adelaide High School students welcomed at IPAS

On Wednesday 21 November 2018, IPAS was delighted to welcome a group of high achieving STEM students from Adelaide High School.

The students were welcomed and guided to the Precision Measurement Group Labs by Dr Ben Sparkes before headed to the Bio Sensing Lab by Dr Jiawen Li. They were also shown the ground floor fabrication facilities by Mr Evan Johnson and Lijesh Thomas before travelling to the top of the building to see the 2.5 um laser labs with Mr Nathaniel Bawden and Dr Ori Henderson-Sapir.

All the best for our STEM students and looking forward to welcoming you to the IPAS community in the future!

IPAS Star Trek Tractor beam featured in Physical Review Applied

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IPAS researchers led by Dr Philip Light and PhD Student Ashby Hilton have created an infrared tractor beam – or light-driven energy trap – for efficiently guiding into and confining atoms inside a hollow optical fibre. The work is opening the way for new quantum experiments that may lead to new secure communications or advanced sensing technologies. This innovative research has received several interests from major media outlets such as: The Advertiser, The Lead, UK Daily Mail and was invited for the interview with ABC Radio.

High-efficiency cold-atom transport into a waveguide trap
A.P. Hilton, C. Perrella, F. Benabid, B.M. Sparkes, A.N. Luiten, and P.S. LightPhys. Rev. Applied 10, 044034 – Published 12 October 2018.
DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevApplied.10.044034

 

R U OK? Day at IPAS

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On Tuesday 12th September, in support of the national charity R U OK? IPAS proudly hosted a special seminar to raise mental health awareness. The seminar was led by Student Life Counselling Support and provided all staff and students with helpful tips and advice on how to initiate conversations with people  in difficulty and how best to support mates and loved ones. Following the seminar, IPAS members celebrated #R U OK? Day with a get-together over pizza and drinks sponsored by IPAS Science Network.

R U OK? is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to inspire and empower everyone to meaningfully connect with people around them ad support anyone struggling with life.  R U OK? Day is a national day of action, held on the second Thursday of September each year. This year it is September 14, 2017.

But every day at IPAS, we believe that excellent communication and creativity should not be limited just to our scientific endeavors, but should extend to all aspects of our relationships with each other.  This seminar was a great opportunity to reflect on the need to provide a supportive, caring work environment to make sure all IPAS members
“R OK” every day and at work.

LIGO & Miniprobes featured in Making a difference – Outcomes of ARC Supported Research

Making the first two pages in the “Making a difference – Outcomes of ARC supported research” publication, Detecting Gravitational Waves  & Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer were proudly featured in the “Understanding Our World and Translating Fundamental Research” section. This publication is a snapshot of some of the outstanding research outcomes derived from research projects funded by the Australian Government through the Australian Research Council (ARC) National Competitive Grants
Program (NCGP).

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Detecting Gravitational Waves – the most exciting discovery in fundamental physics for decades was firstly announced in 2016 which has opened a new window in astronomy. These discoveries have opened up new possibilities in exploring the universe through its most enigmatic objects: black holes, while at the same time testing our current understanding of the physical laws underpinning the universe. Prof Peter Veitch and A/Prof David Ottaway are leading the Research being carried out at the University of Adelaide node of the new ARC Centre of Excellent for Gravitional Wave Discovery, OzGrav.

Smart Needle To Make Brain Surgery Safer project lead by Prof Robert McLaughlin had developed a revolutionary tiny imaging probe encased within the brain biopsy needle to allow surgeons to avoid  at-risk blood vessels which can potentially fatal. This device contains a tiny fibre-optic camera using shining infrared light and combined with smart image processing software to alert surgeon potentially damaging vessels. Professor Christopher Lind, Consultant Neurosurgeon successfully did a pilot trial with 12 undergoing neurosurgery.

Congratulations to both LIGO and Miniprobes team!

 

 

Measuring up!

ProBarry Inglis Medalfessor Andre Luiten was honoured today by the National Measurement Institute as he received the 2017 Barry Inglis Medal.

Presented by Dr Barry Inglis PSM himself, the medal recognises outstanding achievement in measurement research and excellence in practical measurements.

Dr Inglis is the president of the international body that defines the units and measurement scales for science (CIPM) and was the first CEO of the National Measurement Institute.

IPAS Seminar: Commercialisation

Francois DuvenageThis week’s IPAS seminar will be presented by Francois Duvenage, titled “Commercialisation: Are You Ready“.

Francois is a Commercial Manager within Adelaide Enterprise.

Event details:
Thursday, 6th July, 3:30-4:30 pm
Level 2, The Braggs Meeting Room

ARC Linkage Grant to Support Biodiversity in Naracoorte Caves

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Congratulations to IPAS members, Dr Lee Arnold and Adjunct Professor Nigel Spooner for their successful $669k ARC Linkage Project to establish an unprecedented record of biodiversity and environmental change during the Quaternary in the Naracoorte Caves.

The caves of Naracoorte provide a rare opportunity to investigate multiple biological and environmental records spanning a key period in earth history. The study will integrate investigations on all aspects of the preserved deposits, employing new approaches in geochronology, palaeontology and geochemistry to develop a truly comprehensive reconstruction of regional-scale palaeoecological and palaeoenvironmental histories.  Comprehensive understanding of long term patterns is key to our understanding of future impacts of climate change and biodiversity loss.

A full list of successfully funded ARC Linkage programs can be found here.

IPAS Seminar: Dr Stephen Warren-Smith

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Dr Stephen-Warren Smith

This week’s IPAS seminar will feature Dr Stephen Warren-Smith, who will be presenting  his work involving “Sensing with Micro/Nano-Structure Optical Fibre“.

Stephen is currently a Ramsay Fellow within the Optical Materials and Structures group.

Event details:
Thursday, 1st June, 3:30-4:30 pm
Level 2, The Braggs Meeting Room
 

Welcome Elodie and Mel

We have just finished the process of hiring and are pleased to announce that three new staff members are joining the IPAS team. 
 
elodie-janvier1IPAS Strategic Research Development Manager – Ms Elodie Janvier
The Strategic Research Development Manager is responsible for providing leadership and contribute to the ongoing research capacity development of IPAS. Elodie will ensure IPAS researchers target key programs and will coordinate pre- and post-award administration of competitive research grant applications and awards, manage the internal grant programs, including the IPAS Pilot Projects and Travel funding programs. She will take a leading role in the development of strategies and initiatives to enhance grant application quality and help the Institute and its researchers strengthen their external profile and demonstrate impact.
 
Prior to starting her career in Research Management, Elodie worked as a Scientist and Engineer for multinational Companies, Laboratories and Governmental Organisations in France and Germany. The combination of her experience in carrying out Research & Development projects in the academic, defence and industrial sectors, together with her expertise in Quality Management makes Elodie a perfect fit for IPAS. 
 
mel-mcdowallIPAS Grant Writer / Science Communicator – Dr Mel McDowall
Reporting to Elodie, Mel will work closely with Institute researchers under Elodie’s direction to ensure submission of grant applications and fellowship applications of high quality.   She will collate  and maintain the IPAS databases,  promote key funding streams, updates and other opportunities through the IPAS newsletter and work with the Marketing and Communication Branch and researchers to enhance knowledge of IPAS research members achievements. She will also assist in the design and marketing of IPAS events for external stakeholders.
Mel has a research background, spanning basic science, agriculture and medical sciences. She is also passionate about science communication and outreach and has written articles for numerous different websites such as “The Conversation” and “I Quit Sugar” and has been involved in public outreach campaigns for “Your Fertility” and “Science Meets Parliament”.


IPAS Project Manager – Starting 24 April 2017 – To be announced soon
The IPAS Project Manager will provide specialised project management for IPAS research projects secured with industry, government, and defence customers. The role will be customer facing and provide a critical communications conduit between clients and our research teams. The IPAS Project Manager will contribute to the development of masterplans, schedules and milestones for projects so that large research teams have an effective resource and expertise planning and are thus able to deliver on projects within budget and on time.  The IPAS Project Manager will  enhance the delivery of projects by interfacing with external parties and key stakeholders within the University.