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!
Is it an octopus? Is it a spaceship?…nah…it’s only 200 microns wide!
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?”
The majestic FRV Derwent Hunter. Rigged as a schooner, it measured 72ft, had a 72HP diesel engine and distinctive red sails.
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.”
Foxes are predators of skinks. Image: Flickr / gm_pentaxfan
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.”
Lola Suarez of RMIT in the Airborne Research Australia plan used to do aerial surveys. Image: Suzanne Long, TERN.
Richard Poire and Rasha Kardo battled over Brachypodium in the 2012 Battle of the Plants.
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.”
Welfare agencies are seeking to gain a more complete understanding of hard-to-measure impacts on people’s lives.
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).”
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!”
Grass. You just want to run through it. Or lie in it. Image: Flickr / hummyhummy
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.”
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’.”
Diagram of the MagSonic Rig showing the nozzle and chiller chamber.
Benny Kuan demonstrating some of the equations he used for the MagSonic project.
Common name: Clown Triggerfish. Scientific name: Balistoides conspicillum.
Dana Bradford uses technology to help the elderly stay in their homes longer.
Common name: Reticulate whipray. Scientific name: Himantura uarnak.
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.”
Heavily infected cobs to be sorted for consumption by the farmer and his family.
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.”
Common name: Redfish. Scientific name: Centroberyx affinis.
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.”
Are you ready for Temoprary Tattoo Day? Image: Flickr/deepwarren
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.”
Karina Clement – Communication Manager, Manufacturing Materials and Minerals (Clayton). “My kids think I work on a computer and do writing.”
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