If I’ve got something to give, I’ll give it

Thursday 30 November 2017
Michael Calkovics (centre rear) met Masters student Kristen Marris (centre front) during a visit to the Geochronology lab. Michael's visit was hosted by Dr Marnie Forster and Professor Gordon Lister (left front and rear).

Over the past few years, Michael Calkovics has contributed to a number of inspiring projects in medical research and astronomy at ANU.

Michael’s latest gift has allowed Earth Sciences Masters student Kristen Marris to travel to Greece to attend a structural mapping course.

Greece contains geological formations not covered by vegetation, allowing for closer study. Kristen believes Michael's donation “is an opportunity to see unique geology, on a once-in-a-lifetime trip.”

“It’s humbling to meet someone who cares that much, to help other people.”

Since returning from Greece, Kristen is using the training to conduct field studies at Mount Isa in north Queensland. Minerals found within rock layers exposed by mining are key to understanding the alteration history of the area.

Kristen will take samples back to the ANU Argon Geochronology Facility. There she’ll use argon dating techniques pioneered at ANU, combined with microstructural analysis of the minerals found within the rock layers.

Her work will help solve mysteries about the formation of Australia’s land over a billion years ago, and the changes that have occurred in the ensuing millions of years.

Michael is happy to contribute to the development of this up-and-coming scientist.

“Students are our future in science. They need to learn from people like Gordon Lister, who is brilliant in his field.

"If I’ve got something to give, I’ll give it. It brings a smile to my face to do it! Australia has brilliant scientists and brilliant students,” he said.

Read about the students’ experience in Greece on the student blog.

If you’d like to help an Earth or Marine Science student undertake fieldwork, visit the ANU Research School of Earth Sciences website.

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