Our RaPID collaborator from the Crick Institute in London – Louise Walport – was visiting this week (on her way to a speaking invitation at the Australian Peptide Conference) and she stopped in for a visit and to give a seminar. We managed to find a day with some good weather so that we could […]
We had a visit this week from David Doak – video game designer and architect of our new virtual reality app focused on allowing students to investigate the properties of polypeptides. Jane Allison – molecular dynamics aficionado from Auckland Uni who is involved in the project – popped over the ditch to join in our […]
Joel ventured out recently for a week of bike touring in Kyrgyzstan – place of wide open spaces, friendly people and spectacular mountain scenery (and yaks). You can read all about it (and look at the pictures) here.
Over the holiday shutdown period, Taylor jumped over the Tasman for her first New Zealand visit (in the 11th hour of her PhD of course). It was an 8 day solo adventure with a jam packed schedule. One night in Auckland, 2 days in Rotorua, a 9 hour train across the North Island to Wellington […]
Dave Gell was visiting from U Tasmania this week to determine the structure of a protein he has been working on for some time. Mario and Henry had kindly purified some protein for Dave – who’s been busy with other work – and they grew some *beautiful* and very stout looking crystals. With James Walshe’s […]
It has been 15 years or so since I’d run the Bogong to Hotham ultramarathon down in the Victorian Alps. I’ve always maintained that it is the most scenic ultra I’ve ever run in Australia, so I don’t know why it’s taken me so long to do it again! Anyway, I did get around to […]
Given the temperature today, I thought I’d head down to the Royal National Park and spend the morning wading down Kangaroo Crreek from Waterfall to Karloo Pool. Water was refreshing but almost too warm at Karloo! Then a trot back up to Heathcote and along the fire trail back to Waterfall…
Last weekend, Joel headed over to WA with rogaining companion Gill Fowler to compete in the Australian Rogaining Championships – a 24-h navigation event set in a mixture of farm and bushland near Nannup. After about 100 km of running/hiking over 24-h, Joel and Gill were pleasantly surprised to pick up the trophy for the […]
Fantastic photo of the moon setting over Sydney in the morning.
Mitchell, one of our resident crystallographers and amateur astronomers, was on the ball this morning and managed to cunningly capture the transit of Venus using his binoculars and a white surface – cool. As he noted, it was probably the last time he was going to see it in his lifetime (but you never know)…