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Note to staff

6 June 2014


Curtin CMST involved in search for Flight MH370

Researchers from our Centre for Marine Science and Technology (CMST) have been examining a low-frequency underwater sound signal that could have resulted from Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370.

The signal, which was picked up by underwater sound recorders off Rottnest Island could have resulted from Flight MH370 crashing into the Indian Ocean but may also have originated from a natural event, such as a small earth tremor.  However the timing has made it of interest in the search for MH370.

The national and international media have been extremely interested in these findings, and over 120 articles have appeared in on-line, print and broadcast media over the last few days related to this work. 

Our media release outlining the findings can be viewed here.

I congratulate Dr Alec Duncan and his colleagues in CMST on the important work they are undertaking to assist with search efforts.

The Conversation

Most staff will be aware of the independent news and opinion website The Conversation. The Conversation was established to provide an opportunity for Australian researchers and academics to share in-depth analysis, research and informed opinions with the broader community.

I am pleased to see that over 70 Curtin staff have already engaged with The Conversation and provided commentary in their areas of expertise.

I encourage our researchers and academics to consider contributing to The Conversation, and using it as a forum to share their work and knowledge.

The Public Relations team has been working with The Conversation to enhance our relationship and increase the number of contributing Curtin experts.  For advice in submitting potential pieces, or to find out more about how you can engage with this respected media channel, contact any member of the Public Relations team.

  1. Andrew Woods June 6, 2014 3:09pm

    Although Prof Alan Duncan is also a very nice guy, the work on MH370 was performed by Dr Alec Duncan. I’m sure they get emails intended for each other all the time. 😉

    • Colin Stirling June 6, 2014 3:23pm

      Dear Andrew,
      As you’ll see, the typo that you spotted has already been corrected. Indeed, it was fixed before I read your post and so I’ve spent the last 5 minutes trying to figure out what you meant!
      Thanks for the pick-up.

  2. Alan Duncan June 6, 2014 3:52pm

    Hi Colin and Andrew

    We do get mixed up occasionally – indeed, I almost took Alec’s interview with the BBC World Service earlier this week following a case of mistaken identity from their producer. It would have been good for my profile, but a disservice to public information :)

    • Peter Newman June 6, 2014 4:34pm

      You should try being called Peter Newman on this campus. I received a call for the DJ at 3am the other night insisting I come to a meeting immediately! I am in Germany….
      Very proud of the Curtin researchers.

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