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Golden Key Scholar Profile August 2017

posted Aug 9, 2017, 9:33 PM by neil fraser   [ updated Aug 10, 2017, 6:41 PM ]

 Patrick McCauley is one of the winners of Golden Key’s 2016 Graduate Scholar Award (US$10,000). He  graduated from James Madison University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in physics and is now studying solar storms as a PhD student at the University of Sydney. Before moving to Sydney in 2016, Patrick worked as a junior researcher for the U.S. National Radio Astronomy Observatory and the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. He has (co)authored 13 articles in the world’s leading astrophysics journals, presented at a number of international conferences, and served as one of the chief observers for the X-Ray Telescope onboard the Japanese Hinode satellite. In addition to research, Patrick is passionate about public outreach. He currently works as an astronomy educator at the Sydney Observatory, where he will use the Golden Key award to develop a new exhibit on the Sun. We caught up with Patrick to ask him a few questions about his history and what the award means to him.

What does winning the Graduate Scholar Award mean to you? 
Through this award, Golden Key is allowing me to impact my community in a way that would not otherwise be possible, and I’m extremely grateful for that. Half of the money will be devoted to a new exhibit on solar storms at a local museum, the Sydney Observatory. I’m very excited to get started on that and to learn from the museum staff about the exhibit development process. We are planning to feature some of the most stunning observations of flares and eruptions alongside a hands-on activity related to electromagnetism, which is the dominant force behind solar storms. The other half of the award will be used to advance my research by allowing me to attend a skill building workshop and/or international science conference, where I can present my work and learn from leaders in the field at other institutions. Thanks again to Golden Key for making this possible!  

What inspired you to go into astrophysics?
I was inspired largely by reading Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time in high school, which had me sold after explaining how time travel is theoretically possible. I’ve since found that I love working with observational data of all types. I started working on the Sun in 2011 when I got a job at the Smithsonian, and I’m continually amazed at how beautiful our star is. There’s so much going on there and so much we don’t know about why.

Why did you choose to come to Australia for your PhD?
I’ve been fortunate to meet and collaborate with scientists from all over the world, and their influence inspired me to go abroad for graduate school. I thought it would be exciting both personally and professionally, and I focused on Australia because it has always been a leader in radio astronomy. I was interested in combining my newfound love of the Sun with my prior experience in radio astronomy, and I had heard of a new instrument called the Murchison Widefield Array in Western Australia that might allow me to do just that. I’m working now on analyzing MWA observations of solar radio bursts in combination with ultraviolet and X-ray data from instruments like the Solar Dynamics Observatory.

Is there anything else you’d like to say?
I would appreciate the opportunity to acknowledge the wonderful supervisors whose support I am so grateful for: Harold Butner and William Alexander at James Madison University, Jeff Mangum at the National Radio Astronomy Observatory, Kathy Reeves and all of the SSXG members at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, and now Iver Cairns at the University of Sydney. And of course, my partner Julie, who I’m privileged to share my time with.
Patrick giving a public talk at the Museum of Science in Boston.
Patrick giving a public talk at the Museum of Science in Boston.

Donning the Hinode hat while training for telescope operations at the
Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Japan.
Donning the Hinode hat while training for telescope operations at the Institute of Space and Astronautical Science in Japan.



The Edisons 21 Creativity Challenge - Opportunity knocking!

posted May 31, 2017, 12:19 AM by Elyse Heslehurst   [ updated May 31, 2017, 12:27 AM ]

Want to take part in the Edisons 21 Creativity Challenge?

This is an amazing opportunity for Golden Key members to:
1. Improve your creativity and problem solving skills
2. Be sponsored to attend a conference in Sydney in December
3. Work on a Australian Government funded project with Iouri Belski from RMIT

To register your interest email jennifer.harlim@rmit.edu.au before June 11.

For more information go to: www.edisons21.com

50 best entries will also win a book on creativity!





5. Golden Key - OWEEK 2017 #GKOWEEK

posted May 11, 2017, 5:12 PM by Elyse Heslehurst

Orientation Week has come and gone for another year on our Campus’ in the Asia Pacific Region and our Chapter executives were out in force spreading the word of Golden Key and implementing our three pillars, Academia, Community Service and Leadership.

We took some time to ask our University Leaders about their OWEEK experiences with Golden Key: 

“I believe it is a privilege for any university to be a part of Golden Key. Representing GK on a university level sends a message to all the university students and staffs that their university is fundamental part of a global society based on academically high-achieving students. Another reason is to inspire prospective Golden Key members to excel on their academic, leadership and community service aspirations.” 

Angelica Chowdhury – Edith Cowan University


“I had lots of fun working at the O Week Stall. My advice to a first year student hoping to join Golden Key would be to find their corner of passion within their degree. Find ways to incorporate what you already love into your assessments and you’ll feel more engaged in the course work you’re doing. This will enable you to naturally develop a better understanding of course content and hence, obtain the best possible grades.” 

Chare Smith – University of Wollongong


“My first O-Week with GK was a lot of fun. I had the pleasure of helping the Swinburne Executive Committee during Clubs Day by facilitating a Rubix Cube Challenge and talking to the new students about the exciting prospect of becoming a Golden Key member. The sun was shining and the energy of the crowd was high. I think that O-Week is one of the best events on the University Calendar and it was a great energy booster going into the semester ahead. With the Asia-Pacific Conference 2017 and O-Week behind us we are ready for the semester to kick into full swing and welcome new members to the Golden Key Community.” 

Sunny Penning – Southern and Western Australian, University Relations Officer.


"OWEEK is important for Golden Key because it allows the QUT Chapter to reach out to current and potential members in the QUT community. It is a chance to excite students about the opportunity to be involved in a society that empowers you, encourages growth and connects you with a network of like-minded peers."

Lauren Trickey - QUT

We very excited for the academic year ahead. If you are a first year and want to take part in the great work Golden Key does at your university. Send The Asia-Pacific Headquarters an email and we will point you in the right direction. 

4. Golden Key Asia-Pacific Programs with the I.S.T.S

posted May 9, 2017, 5:13 PM by Elyse Heslehurst

The team at the Golden Key Asia-Pacific Headquarters  are very pleased to announce some very special programs. 

Asia-Pacific Alumni Professional Development Grant-Spring

Preview Link- https://aim.applyists.net/Form/Preview/15068/11510

Program Key- GKAPAlumni

Applicant Portal- https://aim.applyISTS.net/GKAPAlumni/


Asia-Pacific Community Service Award-Spring

Preview Link- https://aim.applyists.net/Form/Preview/15070/11511

Program Key- GKAPService

Applicant Portal- https://aim.applyISTS.net/GKAPService/


Asia-Pacific Outstanding Academic Achievement Award-Spring

Preview Link- https://aim.applyists.net/Form/Preview/15072/11512

Program Key- GKAPAchievement

Applicant Portal- https://aim.applyISTS.net/GKAPAchievement/


Asia-Pacific Postgraduate Study Award-Spring

Preview Link- https://aim.applyists.net/Form/Preview/15075/11513

Program Key- GKAPPostGrad

Applicant Portal- https://aim.applyISTS.net/GKAPPostGrad/

 

Asia-Pacific Study Abroad-Spring

Preview Link- https://aim.applyists.net/Form/Preview/15078/11514

Program Key- GKAPStudy

Applicant Portal- https://aim.applyISTS.net/GKAPStudy/


For more information please click here.


 

3. A great start - Information Sessions

posted May 9, 2017, 4:41 PM by Jack Thomson

Congratulations to all of those who have recently received an Invitation Letter from Golden Key and your University. You have officially achieved outstanding academic results which has placed you in the top 15% at your University. We are so excited to celebrate your results! 

We are only a couple of weeks into the semester and the Golden Key Information Sessions have taken off swiftly. Your University Relations Officers, Jack and Sunny, have been on the go already visiting eight university campuses around the country in Ballarat, Melbourne, Brisbane, Sydney and Canberra. The Information Sessions have been well attended with lots of excited and inquisitive faces beaming in the crowd. For the last two weeks we were lucky enough to have met 242 of these excellent students and informed them about all of the benefits that are available to Golden Key members. We also had the pleasure of having the company of members of the Executive Committees Esin and Patrick (La Trobe University), Olga and Rebecca (Federation University) and hard-working advisers Deborah Cutts (Federation University) and Cate Gilpin (ACU) at our side. These experienced teams helped shed light on some of the fantastic opportunities available to students, on and off campus, in areas of community service, leadership, academic advancement and career development.

If you missed your Information Session, or thought of a question once you got home, we have put together this list of these Frequently Asked Questions for your benefit.

Thanks for having us and see you at the New Member Reception!

2. 2016 Award Recipients

posted May 8, 2017, 11:39 PM by Jack Thomson









The Team from Golden Key International Honour Society would like to say a huge congratulations to all our award recipients at the Annual Asia-Pacific Conference Gala Dinner held at the amazing Harbourside room at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Sydney’s Circular Quay. The night was filled with amazing views, a chance to network with great food and for the delegates to let their hair down after the 2017 Conference.

The proceedings of the night were hosted by Sydney’s very own ‘Rechargeables’ with improvisation and humour to really make the night special. Towards the end of the night, the new team from the Asia-Pacific HeadQuarters were pleased to announce the award recipients for outstanding service, events and teamwork in 2016.

Here are some of the award winners.



1. A look back to the 2017 Asia-Pacific Conference.

posted May 8, 2017, 11:26 PM by Jack Thomson

Passion, Purpose and Persistence.

Three words that I am sure still echo in the minds of all 106 delegates lucky enough to attend this year’s Asia-Pacific Conference in Sydney at the beginning of February.

A truly inspiring line up of keynote speakers, from Paralympian and Disability Advocate Dylan Alcott to Shivani Gupta an Australian Passion Expert. Along with Gordan Zielstra and Jeremy Donovan created a platform for discussions to start among the Golden Key members. We also had the NSW Corporate Volunteer of the Year Chris Bond and the NSW Australian of the year Deng Adut on the guest panels. Both were awarded Honorary membership and donations to their charity of choice.

  Aside from the networking opportunities, a range of workshops  allowed members to update the other chapters in the region on initiatives underway. Delegates, members and advisors alike took a lot for this year’s Asia-Pacific Conference.

If you want to find out more about the conference, please enjoy this Blog by Western Sydney University’s Academic Engagement Officer, Zena or a recount by Nathan, Chapter President and Head of the Victorian Alliance. 

We would like to thank everyone involved, our host the Australian Catholic University, our major Sponsor Australian Catholic Insurance and everyone involved in making the conference so great.   

Where are they now?

Many of our undergraduate  students look for opportunities to become involved in work placements, internships and projects as part of their degree, giving them the chance to learn and develop key skills that will be valuable in their chosen career.  The Where Are They Now? is new to Golden Key APAC in the aim to add real value to this experience.  It was launched primarily to support the Golden key alumni links to Industry, mentorships, job boards and gives  new members the chance at International Internships. Please stay tuned to our initiatives site for more updates.  

If you are interested in helping support the  Where Are They Now? initiative then contact the APAC team on memory@goldenkey.org.au 

International Summit

To join in at our next major event, our Internal Summit in Las Vegas from Thursday, July 27, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Palms Resort, Nevada

Need assistance attending International Summit?  Apply for a Travel Grant!  Applications due by 17 March.

Want to be a workshop presenter at this year's Summit?  Apply  today!  Applications due 14 April. If you are unable to save the PDF, feel free to send your answers in a word document.

Looking for things to do before and after summit? Click Here  to download a list of activities and tours.

Do you need a letter for sponsorship support?  Download a sample letter. Questions?  Email Internationalsummit@goldenkey.org.

Join the 2017 International Summit Facebook page for updates. 


Welcome to our New Website!

posted May 8, 2017, 11:17 PM by Jack Thomson



Aside from the networking opportunities, a range of workshops allowed members to update the other chapters in the region on initiatives underway. Delegates, members and advisors alike took a lot for this year’s Asia-Pacific Conference.

If you want to find out more about the conference, please enjoy this Blog by Western Sydney University’s Academic Engagement Officer, Zena or a recount by Nathan, Chapter President and Head of the Victorian Alliance.

We would like to thank everyone involved, our host the Australian Catholic University, our major Sponsor Australian Catholic Insurance and everyone involved in making the conference so great.

Where are they now?

Many of our undergraduate students look for opportunities to become involved in work placements, internships and projects as part of their degree, giving them the chance to learn and develop key skills that will be valuable in their chosen career. The Where Are They Now? is new to Golden Key APAC in the aim to add real value to this experience. It was launched primarily to support the Golden key alumni links to Industry, mentorships, job boards and gives new members the chance at International Internships. Please stay tuned to our initiatives site for more updates.

If you are interested in helping support the Where Are They Now? initiative then contact the APAC team on memory@goldenkey.org.au

International Summit

To join in at our next major event, our Internal Summit in Las Vegas from Thursday, July 27, 2017 to Sunday, July 30, 2017 at the Palms Resort, Nevada

Need assistance attending International Summit? Apply for a Travel Grant! Applications due by 17 March.

Want to be a workshop presenter at this year's Summit? Apply today! Applications due 14 April. If you are unable to save the PDF, feel free to send your answers in a word document.

Looking for things to do before and after summit? Click Here to download a list of activities and tours.

Do you need a letter for sponsorship support? Download a sample letter. Questions? Email Internationalsummit@goldenkey.org.

Join the 2017 International Summit Facebook page for updates.





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