Dustin Madison

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  • Q. What country were you staying in? Australia
  • Q. What university were you attending/doing research at? was a research institute rather than a university. I was at the CSIRO/ATNF facility in Epping, near Sydney.
  • Q. How long were you there? Four and a half months
  • Q. What sort of research were you doing? was helping to develop methods by which point-like sources of gravitational waves can be studied by pulsar timing arrays. I focused primarily on gravitational wave bursts with memory
  • Q. Did being abroad influence the kind of research you’re doing?  I learned several things that influenced what I was doing at the time and I gained many ideas for current and future projects.
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing about being abroad? Day in day out, I would say it was getting to experience all of the birds in Sydney.  They’re unlike anything we have in the US.  They’re really quite amazing.
  • Q. What’s your favorite new phrase from the language? Well, the language is English, but the man I worked with most directly, George Hobbs, was British, and commonly described questionable things as “dodgy”.  I’ve adopted this phrase.
  • Q. What’s the hardest thing about being abroad? Sydney is a really expensive place to live.
  • Q. What did you do in your free time? read books, exercised, and travelled around the Sydney area
  • Q. What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? Probably Manly, a beach community in North Sydney.
  • Q. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen or done while abroad? red bellied black snake just hanging out in the gutter on the side of the street right near where I was staying.
  • Q. What advice would you offer others going abroad? for a long enough time that you’ll be able to build relationships with the people you work with.
  • Q. What skills have you learned abroad? I’m a better collaborator than I was before.  I’m a better multi-tasker.
  • Q. Is there anything you’d do differently or anything you wish you’d have known? would have worked harder because the Australians are very capable and generous collaborators.