- SAO Public Lecture - Tourism's final frontier - Monday 9 Dec.
We are happy to announce that Prof. Fred Watson (Australian Astronomical Observatory) will give the last public lecture of 2013.
The turn of the millennium has brought a new dimension to the Space Age - one that was undreamed of only a few years ago. Thanks to a combination of visionary entrepreneurs and an ailing Russian spaceflight programme, space tourism is now a reality that is set to take off dramatically in the near future. In this entertaining and fully-illustrated talk, Fred Watson outlines what we might see as space tourism evolves into a mainstream branch of the industry. He argues that the new venture is not merely an expensive diversion for the very rich, but a necessary step in humankind's emergence as a spacefaring species.
Bio: Fred Watson has been Astronomer-in-Charge of the Australian Astronomical Observatory since 1995, but is best known for his radio and TV broadcasts, books, and other outreach programmes. He is a musician, too, with both a science-themed CD and an award-winning symphony libretto to his name. Fred was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2010. He has an asteroid named after him (5691 Fredwatson), but says that if it hits the Earth, it won’t be his fault.
Bookings are required:
Date: Monday 9 December Time: 6.00pm Venue: Swinburne University, Hawthorn Campus, ATC Building, ATC101. (NOTE: 6pm start time)
- SAO graduation
SAO graduated 4 students on 22 August 2013. Congratulations to our graduates! For our alumni list click here. For the SAO graduation photo gallery click here.
- SAO Honour Roll for S1-2013
SAO Honour Roll, which lists the top students for each SAO unit, has been updated for S1-2013. Congratulations to all.
- SAO wins 2012 Vice-Chancellors Teaching prize
SAO recently won the SUT Vice-Chancellor’s Teaching Award (Higher Education) in recognition of the Team’s highly successful astronomy online program, which uses multi-pronged practices to influence, motivate and inspire students through the:
- creation of opportunities for people throughout the world to engage in postgraduate level study in astronomy;
- design, development and utilisation of outstanding delivery strategies and materials for online education in astronomy;
- provision of ongoing support for a highly-engaged international network of astronomy students and alumni, thus fostering a sense of global community.
- SAO on Facebook
SAO now has its own Facebook page at FB: Swinburne Astronomy Online.
- FICT Excellence Awards for 2011
FICT Excellence Awards, which lists the top SAO students for each SAO program, has been updated for 2011. Congratulations to Darryl, Andrew and Brian!
- SAO wins prestigious Citation Award from Australian Government
SAO has been recognised for teaching excellence and making an outstanding contribution to student learning with a prestigious Citation Award from the Commonwealth Government. The Australian Awards for University Teaching are designed to recognise quality teaching practice and outstanding contributions to student learning. The award specifically recognises Sarah Maddison, Chris Fluke, Matthew Bailes, Virginia Kilborn, Andrew Jameson, Artem Bourov and Glen Mackie from SAO/CAS and Anne Davis, the FICT Manager of Students and Programs. For more read SUT Media release.
- Change of SAO Coordinator
After 12 years at the helm of SAO Sarah has retired as program coordinator. During this time SAO has grown into a comprehensive program offering 18 units (containing 4 Major Project units). Glen takes over as program coordinator from Sarah, but is happy to note that she will continue to teach into SAO! Thank you Sarah! We wish you well in your future astronomy endeavours.
- World University Rankings - SUT goes up into the top 400
Swinburne University of Technology has been promoted into the world's top 400 universities in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) [formerly the Shanghai Jiao Tong index) released today (15 Aug. 2012). Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson said Swinburne was entering the top 400 university rankings for the first time, having been in the top 500 since 2009. Swinburne is now ranked equal tenth among Australian universities and third within Victoria. Swinburne is also ranked in the top 100 universities in the world in Physics. For more see: SUT Media release
- State's best university for graduate satisfaction (again!)
The Good Universities Guide 2012 has rated Swinburne the best university in Victoria for graduate satisfaction, continuing a successful track record of being best in Melbourne in 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2011. Vice-Chancellor Professor Linda Kristjanson said the results, which come just two days after Swinburne was named as one of the world’s top 500 research universities, reflect Swinburne’s commitment to becoming one of Australia’s leading higher education institutions. Professor Kristjanson said that it was the third year in a row that Swinburne had made the top 500 list, confirming its reputation for high quality, focused research. “As well as being renowned for excellent learning and teaching, we also have an absolute commitment to producing world-class research that delivers new knowledge to society. “Advances in physics help us understand the world in which we live, so I am particularly proud that we are one of the top 100 universities in the world in this field,” she said. For details, follow this link.
Old News of Interest
- SAO Alumni co-authors Nature paper!
SAO alumni Trevor Barry is co-author on a Nature research paper (Volume 475, 71. 7 July 2011) "Deep winds beneath Saturn’s upper clouds from a seasonal long-lived planetary-scale storm" by Sánchez-Lavegahas et al. Trevor is a contributor to the The International Outer Planet Watch (IOPW) Team. For details visit here. Well done Trevor!
- SAO Alumni tracks Saturnian Storm for NASA!
One of Swinburne Astronomy Online's former students, Trevor Barry, has made the headlines by observing an electrical storm on Saturn from his telescope in Broken Hill. Trevor is one of only four amateur astronomers supplying regular images to the NASA Cassini team. For details visit here and here.
- SAO re-accrediation apprived for another 5 years
On 8 July 2009, Swinburne University's Academic Board approved the re-accrediation of our three degree programs for another five years. Accreditation information can be found here.
- Swinburne excels
Follow In Melbourne: SUT top ranked University for teaching and graduate satisfaction and In Australia: SUT excels in university quality report for details.
- SAO student goes into orbit!
SAO Masters student, Anousheh Ansari visited the International Space Station on 18 September 2006.