Mid-Term Review of the Astronomy Decadal Plan Released

The Astronomy Decadal Plan Mid-Term Review (MTR) has just been completed and provides a detailed snapshot of the current state of astronomy in Australia. The report outlines a number of key recommendations for the community to help us capitalise on upcoming opportunities and navigate the inevitable challenges such opportunities bring.

The review includes sections for theoretical astrophysics and high performance computing. Key recommendations there include:

(Theory): “Over the period 2012–2015, under the coordination of ANITA, a strategic plan for theoretical astrophysics should be developed.”

(HPC) “Astronomy should build an astronomical data fabric that links high-performance resources … to create new opportunities for discovery by Australian researchers based on data flowing from telescopes like SkyMapper, ASKAP and the MWA.”

No doubt ANITA will be heavily involved in both of the above initiatives on your behalf and for your benefit. For a link to the full Mid-Term Review document head over to the online ANITA news room ( anita.edu.au/news/).

Steering Committee Vote Results

We’re pleased to announce the results of the 2011 ANITA elections. The new steering committee, as of 1st April 2011, are:

Chair

  • Darren Croton (Swinburne)

New two year terms (2011-2012)

  • David Parkinson (UQ)
  • Gregory Poole (Swinburne)
  • Daniel Price (Monash)

Continuing two year terms (2010-2011)

  • Tamara Davis (Queensland)
  • Alan Duffy (UWA/ICRAR)
  • Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne)

Student representative

  • Simon Mutch (Swinburne)

Immediate past chair

  • John Lattanzio (Monash)

Many thanks to to our outgoing steering committee members: Andrew Melatos (Melbourne), Stuart Wyithe (Melbourne), Geoff Bicknell (ANU) and Loren Bruns (Melbourne) for their work on the steering committee. Especially to Geoff, as one of the founders and who has guided ANITA for many years!

 

Town Hall Meeting

There will be a one-hour ANITA town hall meeting at the ASA in Hobart on Tuesday July 6th, starting at 1pm.

Agenda:

  1. Welcome and status report on ANITA
  2. The new ANITA newsletter
  3. New ANITA webpage and membership drive
  4. Discussion: What should ANITA be doing for you?
  5. ANITA and the community: the MTR and AAL’s HPC working group
  6. A brief overview of the gSTAR supercomputer
  7. Report: Monash nucleosynthesis summer school
  8. Report: 2010 ANITA and gSTAR workshops
  9. Announcement: The ANITA 2011 Theory Workshop in Perth

We look forward to seeing you there!

Steering Committee Vote Results

We’re pleased to announce the results of the 2010 ANITA elections. The new steering committee, as of 1st April 2010, are:

Chair

  • Darren Croton (Swinburne) – Chair

Two year terms (2010-2011)

  • Tamara Davis (Queensland)
  • Alan Duffy (UWA/ICRAR)
  • Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne)

One year term (2010)

  • Geoff Bicknell (ANU)
  • Andrew Melatos (Melbourne)
  • Gregory Poole (Swinburne)
  • Stuart Wyithe (Melbourne)

Student representative

  • Loren Bruns (Melbourne)

Immediate past chair

  • John Lattanzio (Monash)

Steering Committee Vote

Ballot for positions on the ANITA Steering Committee. All members of ANITA are eligible to vote.

The deadline is 5pm AEDT on Friday 19 Feb. 2010.

The following people have nominated for positions on the ANITA Steering Committee. (John Lattanzio is Immediate Past Chair and therefore is not elected but serves on the committee for a further 2 years.) Brief statements from each candidate are available.

Chair (1 to be elected; term 2 years)

  • Darren Croton (Swinburne)
  • Stuart Wyithe (Melbourne)

Steering Committee (6 to be elected; 3 for 2 years; 3 for 1 year). (The elected Chair will not be considered further for membership of the Steering Committee.)

  • Geoff Bicknell (ANU)
  • Darren Croton (Swinburne)
  • Tamara Davis (Queensland)
  • Alan Duffy (IVec, WA)
  • Jarrod Hurley (Swinburne)
  • Andrew Melatos (Melbourne)
  • Greg Poole (Swinburne)
  • Stuart Wyithe (Melbourne)

Student representative (term 2 years)

  • Loren Bruns (Melb) – elected unopposed

Please indicate your choices for these positions with a clear X against the names on the list above:
One X only for chair
and
6 Xs for the Steering Committee.

Then forward your email to the returning officer: John.Lattanzio@sci.monash.edu.au.