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New Central Courtyard precinct a hit for the hungry
Hungry (and curious!) staff and students flocked to the new Central Courtyard to get a first glimpse at the sparkling new array of drinking and dining options, including our brand new Ubar (which is celebrating its opening with 21 days of deals).
O what a welcome
Among the first to enjoy the new Central Courtyard precinct were our new students, who were officially welcomed to Macquarie with O Week. The Student Engagement team did a fantastic job running a comprehensive (and COVID-safe) program of welcomes, workshops, events and activities to help our students get the best start, academically, personally, socially and professionally.
Thanks to all the staff and students who helped make the week such a success.
VIP visit for Biofoundry
NSW Member for Vaucluse The Hon. Gabrielle Upton MP paid a visit to the University’s Biofoundry earlier this month to see first-hand how the ARC Centre of Excellence in Synthetic Biology is coming up with solutions to global agricultural, food production, manufacturing, healthcare and environmental challenges.
With International Day of Women and Girls in Science being celebrated on 11 February, Ms Upton made sure to highlight the impressive work of women in the Centre on Twitter:
Nothing to fear with this Huntsman
While Macquarie arachnologist Dr Lizzy Lowe has been in the media talking about booming Huntsman spider populations, there’s another kind of Huntsman that our scientists are getting excited about.
The new Huntsman Telescope – located at the Siding Spring Observatory within the Southern Hemisphere’s first ‘Dark Sky Park’ – is a collaborative project being led by Dr Lee Spitler (pictured, far right) and colleagues in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, in partnership with AAO-Macquarie.
Powered by an array of Canon telephoto lenses, the telescope is capable of operating in fully automated mode: opening itself (after checking sky conditions are suitable); selecting the best target and commencing data collection.