How would your kids describe what you do at work? In the lead up to Mother’s Day, we asked a bunch of CSIRO mums to tell us what their kids think they do in our labs, offices and communities around the country.
Introducing the mums of CSIRO!
Jaci Brown – Ocean Research Scientist, Marine & Atmospheric Research (Hobart). “I told my kids that I drive the crane that sits on the CSIRO wharf and now they think I am pretty cool (just between us, I’ve never even sat in a crane).”
Diagram of the MagSonic Rig showing the nozzle and chiller chamber.
Common name: Redfish. Scientific name: Centroberyx affinis.
Ingrid Appelqvist – Research Scientist, Animal Food & Health Sciences (North Ryde). “My two kids think I do a lot of ‘sciencey’ stuff and work on the computer all day and give speeches.”
Benny Kuan demonstrating some of the equations he used for the MagSonic project.
Lola Suarez of RMIT in the Airborne Research Australia plan used to do aerial surveys. Image: Suzanne Long, TERN.
Megan Fisher – Executive Manager, Intellectual Property and Licensing (Clayton). “I have two great boys – one who is 10 and the other is 4. They tell people that I am a scientist.”
Dana Bradford uses technology to help the elderly stay in their homes longer.
Jenny Hayward – Research Scientist, Energy Technology (Newcastle). “My two boys, Peter (11) and Tom (9) once told me I go to work, do a few clicks on the computer, have lunch and come home.”
Heavily infected cobs to be sorted for consumption by the farmer and his family.
Michelle Storey – Executive Officer, Square Kilometre Array (Marsfield). “My daughters are both adults and understand the nature of my work. So their descriptions would be like my own.”
Sarah Pearce – Deputy Chief, Astronomy & Space Science (Marsfield). “My kids say I’m in charge of astronomy for CSIRO! But they also describe my day to day work as sending emails and having meetings.”
Common name: Reticulate whipray. Scientific name: Himantura uarnak.
Felicity Kelly – Communications & Information Officer, Web Services (Campbell). “I train new and existing authors on our content management systems. My 6 year old thinks I help people to learn how to use the computer.”
The majestic FRV Derwent Hunter. Rigged as a schooner, it measured 72ft, had a 72HP diesel engine and distinctive red sails.
Robyn Victory – Editorial Panel Secretary & Publications Officer, Plant Industry (Black Mountain). “My kids have a pretty good idea what I do at work because both of them worked at CSIRO for a while. My husband Anthony works here too – leading a colleague to dub me ‘The Mother of All Victories’.”
Megan Clark – Chief Executive (Campbell). “My children understand what I do, but the only time my daughter Erin got excited about my job was when Daft Punk announced they loved our telescope at Narrabri and would launch their album in Wee Waa.”
Are you ready for Temoprary Tattoo Day? Image: Flickr/deepwarren
Jo Porter – Learning & Development Consultant, Human Resources (Dutton Park). “My two boys (aged 2 and 4) say that when I’m at work I concentrate on my desk! This provoked a really nice conversation about what I actually do!”
Welfare agencies are seeking to gain a more complete understanding of hard-to-measure impacts on people’s lives.
Karina Clement – Communication Manager, Manufacturing Materials and Minerals (Clayton). “My kids think I work on a computer and do writing.”
Common name: Clown Triggerfish. Scientific name: Balistoides conspicillum.
Megan Fincher – Senior Legal Counsel, Legal Team (Parkville). “My kids, Rachel (10) and Marnie (7) make me sound vaguely threatening! They think I work on the computer and make phone calls to people to remind them of the law. Apparently I have lunch sometimes too.”
Daniela Polidori – Analytical Chemist, Process Science & Engineering (Clayton). “My 1 year old son is probably still too young to be wondering what I do at work, although he has shown quite an interest in my laboratory safety glasses – possibly a future engineer?”
Foxes are predators of skinks. Image: Flickr / gm_pentaxfan
Richard Poire and Rasha Kardo battled over Brachypodium in the 2012 Battle of the Plants.
Is it an octopus? Is it a spaceship?…nah…it’s only 200 microns wide!
Grass. You just want to run through it. Or lie in it. Image: Flickr / hummyhummy
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