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Edition Number 403. Updated Tuesday, 01 April 2014

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Synchrotron scientist wins Fulbright Scholarship

A scientist from the Australian Synchrotron in Melbourne has been presented with a Fulbright Professional Scholarship in Nuclear Science and Technology.

Dr Mark Boland plans to use the $40,000 scholarship to study at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory at Stanford University in California with the aim of extending the Australian Synchrotron's capabilities to collect real-time information about processes at a rate of a trillion a second.

Dr Boland said this would enable Australian scientists to examine chemical processes with thousands of times more detail than currently possible.

"I'm honoured to have been chosen for this prestigious scholarship," he said.

Research project at Stanford

"My studies in the US will help Australian scientists to continue keeping pace with the world's best."

The Australian Synchrotron is currently capable of collecting data at the nanosecond timescale, and scientists from around Australia, New Zealand and further afield are using the Synchrotron's powerful and unique capabilities to find better ways to tackle important diseases, develop new methods for energy production and storage, and enable businesses to improve their products and manufacturing processes.

Director of the Australian Synchrotron, Professor Andrew Peele said Mr Boland was an outstanding researcher and a great example of the high quality of Australian Synchrotron employees and Australian scientists in general.

The Fulbright Program is the world's largest educational scholarship program, operating between the United States and more than 155 countries worldwide.

The Australian-American Fulbright Commission promotes educational and cultural exchange between Australia and the United States, primarily through the Fulbright scholarships.

Dr Boland is the Australian Synchrotron's Principal Accelerator Physicist and is also an Honorary Senior Fellow at the School of Physics at the University of Melbourne, and a member of the Australian Academy of Science Expert Working Group on Future Science - Accelerator Science.

Dr Mark Boland, left, and Professor John Dodson. Photo: Australian Synchrotron


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