Super science for Swinburne Uni

A hubble picture of interacting galaxies.

The evolution of galaxies will be studied at Swinburne University under new federal government funding.

Swinburne University in Melbourne, Australia, is one of 20 Australian institutions to be awarded Super Science Fellowships by the federal government.

The fellowships aim to attract and retain the best and brightest early-career researchers from Australia and around the world.

The two fellowships awarded at Swinburne are associated with a $556,800 project conducted by the Centre for Astrophysics and Supercomputing that will study the process of galaxy evolution throughout the history of the universe.

The study will combine data from the giant optical Keck telescopes in Hawaii—to which Swinburne has unique access—with radio observations from the new SKA pathfinder radio telescopes in Western Australia and simulations from Swinburne’s next supercomputer upgrade.

“The goal is to understand how hydrogen gas and dark matter come together in the Universe to form stars and galaxies,” said lead investigator Professor Karl Glazebrook.

“This will give us a unique opportunity to allow Swinburne astronomers to piece together a synergistic picture of galaxy formation from a range of facilities.”

“Providing opportunities for our most promising early-career researchers to work in areas of importance to all Australians is critical, especially as we move through the global recession,” the Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr said.

“These Super Science Fellowships will not only enable vital research in the areas of space and astronomy; marine and climate; and future industries, they will foster our brightest young minds to start or further their research careers in Australia.”

The scheme is administered by the Australian Research Council and is part of the Australian Government’s $1.1 billion Super Science Initiative, which is helping to build a stronger higher education and innovation system for the 21st century.

The Swinburne Fellowships will begin in 2011.

Adapted from information issued by Swinburne University / STScI.

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