AAL congratulates Professor Rachel Webster, AAL Board Chair and Head of Astrophysics at The University of Melbourne, on being appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), as part of the 2020 Australia Day Honours List.
Professor Webster was singled out for this award due to her ongoing "distinguished service to education in the field of astrophysics, to astronomical research, and to young women scientists."
In her capacity as AAL Board Chair, Rachel also sits on the AAO Consortium Board, AAT Council and the NCA.
The ACAMAR6 Workshop (scheduled between 11-14 February 2020) has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in China. AAL will update information regarding revised workshop dates as soon as possible.
For more information, visit the ACAMAR6 website here.
In late 2019, ADACS successfully deployed the astronomical calibration and imaging software, YANDASoft, onto the OzSTAR computing cluster at Swinburne University of Technology. Funded by AAL, this operation to deploy YANDASoft on OzSTAR was developed by primarily by Matthew Smith, Chandrashekar Murugeshan and Gregory B. Poole from Swinburne.
Developed by CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science (CASS), YANDASoft is a suite of applications and software used for the calibration and imaging of Interferometric Radio Telescope data. Designed to process data from the ASKAP telescope (as well as from other radio telescopes), YANDASoft was originally installed on the Galaxy Supercomputer at Pawsey, producing Terabytes of science-ready data per day from ASKAP. With support from AAL, YANDAsoft is now available via the OzSTAR supercomputer and on other HPC platforms around the world, giving ASKAP users the ability to process (or reprocess) ASKAP data outside of Pawsey facility in Western Australia.
Established by AAL in 2017, the Astronomy Data and Computing Services (ADACS) project is as a national initiative created for the benefit of all Australian-based astronomers.