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LCU Contributes to the CSIRO Alumni Scholarship 2016

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2016 recipient of the CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics – Ms. Brianna Ganly (centre) with Dr Dave Williams Executive Director at CSIRO (left) and Ms Leanne Harris, General Manager of Laboratories Credit Union (right). Photo: Edith Chow

LCU would like to Congratulate Ms. Brianna Ganly of the University of New South Wales for being awarded The CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics for 2016.

Bianna is undertaking her PhD studies with CSIRO Mineral Resources in conjunction with the UNSW. Although the main objective of her thesis is to develop new methods for measuring the metal content in unprepared rock samples for the Australian mining industry, she discovered that the University of Guelph PIXE (Particle Induced X-ray Emission) group in Canada shares the same interests in improving measuring the element content of unprepared samples. The group is led by Professor Campbell, a world leading expert on PIXE, who is also a co-investigator on the Mars rover Curiosity’s APXS instrument.

The scholarship will fund Brianna to visit Canada and perform particle size experiments with access to specialised equipment, including a proton beam line which has recently been designed to emulate the Curiosity APXS as closely as possible. The results of these PIXE experiments will hopefully increase the understanding of particle size effects in a way that can be applied to improving XRF analysis of ore. 

The CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics is awarded annually in commemoration of Drs John Dunlop, Don Price, Tony Farmer and Gerry Haddad, all former CSIRO physicists tragically lost in a helicopter crash in 2013. Colleagues, CSIRO alumni, friends and family congregated at CSIRO Lindfield on 21st March to celebrate the lives and legacies of the four great men and to congratulate this year’s recipient of the scholarship. They were delighted to receive a report from Ms. Claire-Elise Green, the 2015 recipient, who used her scholarship to visit the Max-Planck-Institut für Radioastronomie to collaborate on their Chilean radio telescope data to study the birth of stars. As a result of her visit, Claire-Elise jointly published a paper with Max-Planck and was offered a post-doctoral fellowship when she completes her PhD.

The CSIRO Alumni Scholarship in Physics is a post-graduate travel scholarship, to be used to fund travel costs to visit and/or conduct research in an overseas or interstate institution such as a University or research establishment of international standing in the field of proposed research. It is coordinated by a panel of current and former CSIRO research scientists on behalf of the CSIRO Alumni – an organisation established to maintain an enduring relationship between CSIRO and former staff facilitating scientific and commercial networking, mentoring, and social & community connectivity.

For further information about membership and events:

Scholarship webpage:

Donations to the scholarship fund:


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