LUV February Meeting

Feb 2 2010 18:45

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre. Evan Burge Building, Trinity College, Melbourne University Main Campus, Parkville.

Jason King: Using django to make web apps
Daniel Price: Simulating the formation of stars

Using django to make web apps by Jason King

Django is a web framework written in python, that makes it quite pleasant to make reasonably complicated sites involving different types of information. I will be showing you how to make a simple site using django's template language, and demonstrate django's database extraction capabilities. A basic level of python is assumed.

Jason King is a former President of Linux Users Victoria, and has had various progamming jobs over the years, ranging from delphi, to php and python.

Simulating the formation of stars by Daniel Price

How stars like the Sun were formed is not well understood either observationally or theoretically. However, a great deal of progress has been made in the last decade or so. This has come not only from improvements in observational techniques and facilities, but also because of the dramatic increase in available computational power and therefore our ability to simulate the process. It is particularly important to be able to simulate the process "in action" over the hundreds of thousands or millions of year timescales relevant to the mind-boggling scales of most astrophysical objects. I will present an overview of my work on simulating the formation of stars, as well as some of the challenges of using supercomputers (and Fortran!) to model astrophysical phenomena in general.

Daniel Price was born in UK and emigrated to Australia at age 10. He Studied Science/Eng. at Monash, continuing with an honours year in astrophysics at Monash, then went to Cambridge, UK to do a PhD (finished 2004) at the Institute of Astronomy. Daniel worked in Exeter, UK for 4 years from 2004-2008 as a postdoctoral research fellow. He arrived at Monash 2008, currently on a 5-year fixed term research fellowship. Daniel enjoys living near the beach, cycling, camping, fishing, the fortune command, xkcd, and Fortran.

The Buzzard Lecture Theatre, Evan Burge Building, Trinity College Main Campus Parkville Melways Map: 2B C5

Notes: Trinity College's Main Campus is located off Royal Parade. The Evan Burge Building is located near the Tennis Courts. See our Map of Trinity College. Additional maps of Trinity and the surrounding area (including its relation to the city) can be found at

Parking can be found along or near Royal Parade, Grattan Street, Swanston Street and College Crescent. Parking within Trinity College is unfortunately only available to staff.

For those coming via Public Transport, the number 19 tram (North Coburg - City) passes by the main entrance of Trinity College (Get off at Morrah St, Stop 12). This tram departs from the Elizabeth Street tram terminus (Flinders Street end) and goes past Melbourne Central Timetables can be found on-line at:

Before and/or after each meeting those who are interested are welcome to join other members for dinner. We are open to suggestions for a good place to eat near our venue. Maria's on Peel Street in North Melbourne is currently the most popular place to eat after meetings.

LUV would like to acknowledge Red Hat for their help in obtaining the Buzzard Lecture Theatre venue and VPAC for hosting!


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