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December 2012
Thank you to our donors   View Summary
18 December 2012
In this video we have captured the essence of what makes our community extraordinary - our people. More than 100 students, staff, researchers and professors participated and we are excited to share with you a glimpse of what makes the University of Sydney so special.
Excessive alcohol when you're young could have lasting impacts on your brain   View Summary
18 December 2012
Dr Daniel Hermens reviews the research on the effects of alcohol misuse in young people.
Discover your future at Info Day 2013   View Summary
18 December 2012
If you've just finished your HSC and looking to start uni in March, we invite you to attend the University of Sydney's Info Day on 3 January 2013.
Postcard from China: Urbanisation full speed ahead   View Summary
17 December 2012
Dr Paul Jones writes from China about how urbanisation is affecting heritage neighbourhoods and public spaces.
Tonga's first ever PhD in Nursing graduates from Sydney   View Summary
14 December 2012
Tonga's first ever Doctor of Philosophy in Nursing graduated today from the University of Sydney.
Everyone loves a falling slinky   View Summary
14 December 2012
If a slinky is not at the top of your Christmas list you might want to think again as the coiled spring toy hides a more intriguing capability.
Sydney alumnus wins 2013 Australia-at-large Rhodes Scholarship   View Summary
13 December 2012
Sydney alumnus Patrick Bateman has won the Australia-at-large Rhodes Scholarship for 2013.
Celebrating Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO   View Summary
13 December 2012
Marie Bashir has served the University of Sydney for more than 50 years, as a student in medicine and music, a lecturer, a professor, and as chancellor.
A new era for medical education begins in Sydney's west   View Summary
13 December 2012
An $11.5 million, state-of-the-art facility for the education and clinical training of students and professionals, was launched by the Governor of New South Wales today.
Iron fertilisation sunk as an ocean carbon storage solution   View Summary
12 December 2012
A University of Sydney engineer has ruled ocean iron fertilisation an uneconomical solution to carbon capture and storage despite its early promise.
Automated agriculture   View Summary
11 December 2012
Australia's potential to become the 'food bowl' of Asia has triggered a drive to develop robots for use in farming and agriculture and University of Sydney mechatronics experts are leading the way.
How can the law address climate change?   View Summary
10 December 2012
A conference this afternoon, hosted by the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law (ACCEL) at Sydney Law School, will examine how the law can deal better with the growing number of climate extremes being influenced by climate change.
A need for awareness of Pacific neighbours   View Summary
10 December 2012
Australians need to know more about our Pacific neighbours, writes Professor John Connell.
Sustainability is the new prosperity   View Summary
10 December 2012
Dr Joy Murray and Dr Christopher Dey argue that the time has come to act on climate change in their new book 'Enough for All Forever'.
University PhD candidates win two Prime Minister's Australia Asia Awards   View Summary
10 December 2012
Two PhD candidates from the University of Sydney have won a 2013 Prime Minister's Australia Asia Award.
Babies get a better chance to escape a dangerous health cycle   View Summary
7 December 2012
A promising step forward in stopping an intergenerational cycle of birth complications, diabetes and obesity associated with gestational diabetes has been made by researchers at the University of Sydney.
Postcard from Cambodia: 500 hearts and 300 soccer balls   View Summary
7 December 2012
Louise Shewan writes about the remarkable impact of the 500 Hearts project in Cambodia
PhD student wins symphony award for original composition   View Summary
7 December 2012
Claire Jordan, a composer and University of Sydney PhD candidate, is the winner of the David Harold Tribe Symphony Award for 2012.
Bringing up Baby: The Psychoanalytic Infant Comes of Age   View Summary
7 December 2012
A new book by psychologist Professor Dianna Kenny synthesises the principle theories on infant development into a coherent and illuminating framework.
University's research contribution recognised by ERA   View Summary
6 December 2012
The world-class standard of University of Sydney research has been confirmed in the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) evaluations announced today.
Ten thousand donors support the University of Sydney in 2012   View Summary
6 December 2012
The University of Sydney reached a significant milestone this week in securing our 10,000th donor for 2012, the first time in the history of the University that we have experienced support of this magnitude.
DragonFly win   View Summary
6 December 2012
Rural housing in provincial Vietnam can be hot and damp, but an innovative project developed by University of Sydney advanced engineering students may provide the solution to keeping them cool and dry.
Hot spots for world's more powerful earthquakes revealed    View Summary
6 December 2012
The locations of where the world's largest earthquakes are most likely to take place have been pinpointed with greater accuracy than ever before, by researchers from the University of Sydney.
Lifesaving kit cost less than a coffee   View Summary
5 December 2012
Volunteers have united at the University of Sydney's Great Hall for the annual Birthing Kit Assembly Day event, which is now one of the largest of its kind in Australia.
Smartphones as mini medical labs is a smart idea   View Summary
5 December 2012
Imagine your smartphone becoming a mobile medical laboratory that records and sends data for a range of research. That will soon be a reality thanks to the expertise and impatience of a University of Sydney PhD candidate.
Inaugural China Studies Centre conference explores art, history, culture and more   View Summary
5 December 2012
Two spectacular paintings by the Chinese Australian artist Shen Jiawei that fuse European and Chinese history will open the inaugural annual conference for the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney tonight, Wednesday 5 December.
What matters for cultural studies?   View Summary
5 December 2012
Nine of the most significant Australian thinkers in the field of cultural studies will sit on a powerhouse panel this Thursday to consider the state of the discipline.
Ancient genes may explain modern threat to Tasmanian devils   View Summary
5 December 2012
Tasmanian devils had low immune gene diversity for hundreds, and possibly thousands, of years before the emergence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease, researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Adelaide have discovered.
Archaic and sexist law overshadows pending arrival of a new royal   View Summary
5 December 2012
The archaic and sexist law that prefers males over females when it comes to royal succession might well soon change, writes Ann Twomey.
New University of Sydney Institute for Democracy and Human Rights   View Summary
4 December 2012
The Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR) is a major venture officially launched at the University of Sydney today with a keynote address by Professor Hilary Charlesworth.
International green economist describes his corporations of the future   View Summary
3 December 2012
Pavan Sukhdev, the man who has been described as 'nature's banker', will present a special Sydney Ideas lecture today (3 December) to share his vision of a global green economy.
Norman Haire and the study of sex   View Summary
3 December 2012
A biography of the Australian sexologist Norman Haire, entitled 'Norman Haire: a study of sex' by Diana Wyndham, will be launched tonight by the Hon Michael Kirby at the University of Sydney's Scitech LIbrary at 6.30pm.
Treating childhood cancer in developing countries less expensive than believed   View Summary
3 December 2012
The assumption that childhood cancer in developing countries is prohibitively expensive to treat is challenged by new research contributed to by the University of Sydney.
Sydney philosopher awarded one of America's highest science honours   View Summary
3 December 2012
Professor Paul Griffiths of the University of Sydney has been named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), one of the highest honours in the field.
November 2012
Chinese language - breaking the chain   View Summary
30 November 2012
The written Chinese language is like a beautiful unbroken chain of symbols, say University of Sydney researchers who are developing IT solutions that will make information extraction from Chinese text easier and faster.
Spain must embrace compromise over Catalan referendum   View Summary
30 November 2012
Kathryn Crameri analyses this week's Catalan elections.
Our people named among Sydney's most influential in 2012   View Summary
30 November 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald has recognised two leading University of Sydney academics for their world-leading research and transformative influence on government policy in a list of Sydney's most influential people in 2012.
'First' MBA scholarship winner announced after national search   View Summary
30 November 2012
Anita Mitchell, a Sydney based specialist in environmental sustainability, has been selected by Financial Review BOSS and the University of Sydney Business School as the recipient of a 'First' MBA scholarship, from a pool of Australia's brightest young business talent.
Superbugs blasted by aerosols   View Summary
29 November 2012
Blasting superbugs with tiny nano-sized antibiotics delivered via powder aerosol may be a faster, safer and cheaper way of treating respiratory infectious diseases such as pneumonia or cystic fibrosis, claim University of Sydney pharmacy researchers.
Food for thought: a fresh approach to the world's hunger crisis   View Summary
29 November 2012
Economic geographer Bill Pritchard is investigating the global food crisis.
How owning chickens can be life-changing   View Summary
29 November 2012
An ambitious project by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Veterinary Science, in partnership with the federal government, is exploring how family poultry production in Africa can be made more effective to benefit families and the wider community.
Aphrodite's Island: Australian Archaeologists in Cyprus   View Summary
28 November 2012
The unlikely connection between Cyprus, Australia and the Greek goddess of love will be explored in a free exhibition at the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum, opening on 29 November.
PhD student and musician Jeremy Rose vamps it up    View Summary
28 November 2012
Despite his passing resemblance to the Twilight star Robert Pattinson, saxophonist and PhD student Jeremy Rose is quick to clarify that his band The Vampires predates our current cultural obsession with the creatures of the night.
GPs squeezing more into 15 minute appointment   View Summary
27 November 2012
GPs are fitting much more into patient consultations than they were a decade ago but the average length of the consultation has stayed the same, research led by the University of Sydney shows.
$2 million donation to help build a sustainable future   View Summary
27 November 2012
The University of Sydney today announced it has received a generous $2 million gift to establish the Judith and David Coffey Life Lab at the Charles Perkins Centre.
Corey Payne named NSW Young Australian of the Year   View Summary
27 November 2012
University of Sydney Master of Commerce student Corey Payne has been recognised for his drive to help young people from less privileged schools and low socioeconomic areas pursue higher education through his award of the NSW Young Australian of the Year.
Economic growth "will be China's contribution to the world"   View Summary
27 November 2012
Chen Baosehng, vice-president of China's Central Party School, says the new regime aims to increase the country's economic growth as its contribution to the world.
University delegation to India highlights collaborations in science and human development   View Summary
27 November 2012
The University of Sydney's academic delegation to India will discuss collaborations in human development and scientific innovations
Kansas State University signs agreement with the University of Sydney   View Summary
27 November 2012
Kansas State University signs agreement with the University of Sydney
Celebrating 15 years of making a difference in Broken Hill   View Summary
26 November 2012
The Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH), the University of Sydney, has celebrated 15 years of helping to improve the health and lives of people in far-west New South Wales with the opening of a new $1.8 million Clinical Simulation Building by federal Health Minister Tanya Plibersek.
Abuse: ignore past at peril   View Summary
26 November 2012
Professor Robert van Krieken reflects on the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.
New weapons in the fight against cervical cancer   View Summary
26 November 2012
Associate Professor Lyndal Trevena is tackling cervical cancer in India through low-tech screening and mobile technology.
It's complicated: why our Facebook romance is fading   View Summary
26 November 2012
We're still online but the gloss has come off our relationship with the social-networking behemoth, says Laura Demasi.
University of Sydney students embrace the challenges of entrepreneurship    View Summary
26 November 2012
With the business world placing increasing emphasis on entrepreneurship and innovation, University of Sydney students are embracing new opportunities to turn their business ideas into reality.
Fifteen-year milestone, new facilities for Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health   View Summary
24 November 2012
The University of Sydney joins with community, government, and rural health organisations in congratulating Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BHUDRH) on 15 years dedication to improving the health and lives of people in far west NSW.
Australia's first truly interdisciplinary Southeast Asia-focused research centre   View Summary
23 November 2012
In the same week as the US President's historic visit to Myanmar, and Australia's participation in the East Asia summit, Foreign Minister Bob Carr today launched the nation's first truly interdisciplinary Southeast Asia-focused research centre.
Time to step up in Southeast Asia   View Summary
23 November 2012
Obama's decision to visit historic not just because of what it says about the US position on Burma and efforts to promote Asian democracy, but because of what it says about southeast Asia.
Xi Jinping's public relations test   View Summary
23 November 2012
Kerry Brown says of all the daunting challenges now facing Xi Jinping, the biggest may be whether he can connect with and mobilise the people - in a way his predecessor did not.
When is an island not an island?   View Summary
23 November 2012
In a reversal of the centuries-old tradition of explorers undertaking ocean voyages of discovery with the hope of finding new land, a scientific party has done the complete opposite.
Secrets of universe explored at new astrophysics facility   View Summary
23 November 2012
Research with the potential to lead the world in understanding the universe's secrets, including the formation of the first galaxies and the nature of dark matter, is being undertaken by astrophysicists from the University of Sydney in new premises opened this week.
Phone coaching helps weight loss, evaluation finds   View Summary
22 November 2012
An innovative NSW health service featuring coaching sessions conducted over the phone is an effective health promotion intervention, a University of Sydney evaluation has shown.
New collaboration to fight breast cancer   View Summary
22 November 2012
Physiotherapists, oncologists, psychologists, physiologists and experts in breast surgery and public health have joined forces in a new multidisciplinary research group dedicated to improving the future outcomes and overall quality of life of breast cancer sufferers.
Digital innovators showcased in Rocks Popup festival   View Summary
22 November 2012
Using technology ranging from iPads and Xboxes to projectors and typewriters, University of Sydney students have been combining design savvy and technological know-how to create exciting new works showcased at the Rocks Popup festival opening tonight, Thursday 22 November.
Myanmar-Sydney connection: student successfully presses for action in her home country on HIV/AIDS   View Summary
22 November 2012
This year has been a year of change for University of Sydney postgraduate student Yu Nandar Aung and her homeland Myanmar.
Tackling poverty one small step at time   View Summary
22 November 2012
Archana Preeti Voola researches how microfinance policies address poverty and gender inequalities.
Unis striving to bridge Asia gap   View Summary
21 November 2012
In the absence of a concerted effort from government and universities, our relationship with Southeast Asia risks being relegated to a sideshow as we rush to position ourselves in relation to China and India, writes Michele Ford.
University Centre recruiting Chairs to lead world-changing research   View Summary
21 November 2012
The University of Sydney has launched an international recruitment campaign for 10 new chair and professorial positions to spearhead its unique cross disciplinary research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Tiny particles spell major development for MS    View Summary
21 November 2012
In a breakthrough for both nanotechnology and multiple sclerosis research, nanoparticles have been used to stop the immune system attacking part of the nervous system in mice with the disease.
Former Al-Jazeera boss shares frontline experiences of the 'Arab Spring'   View Summary
21 November 2012
Former Director General of Al-Jazeera, Wadah Khanfar, will deliver his assessment of the Middle East's progress since last year's Arab Spring at the University of Sydney this Thursday 22 November in his talk 'Journalism and Political Transition in the Arab World'.
Five scholars elected to the Australian Academy of the Humanities   View Summary
21 November 2012
Five scholars from the University of Sydney have been elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, one of the highest honours available in the humanities in Australia.
'Philosopher of the Wonder' wins national teaching award   View Summary
20 November 2012
Professor Rick Benitez from the Department of Philosophy has been honoured with the 2012 Award for Teaching Excellence from the Australian Government's Office for Learning and Teaching.
Sydney College of the Arts Undergraduate Degree Show   View Summary
20 November 2012
Works by more than 200 final year students from the Sydney College of Arts are currently on display at the annual Undergraduate Degree Show.
Screening the sun   View Summary
20 November 2012
Covering up and staying out of the sun for prolonged periods of time, especially in the middle of the day, is still the best way to protect ourselves from damaging ultraviolet (UV) radiation, claims a University of Sydney researcher.
What lies beneath? Postcard from a voyage of discovery in the Coral Sea   View Summary
19 November 2012
Dr Maria Seton from the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences is on a 25-day voyage in the eastern Coral Sea. From on board she writes of her experiences.
Students take on US Presidential candidates to win a seat at Obama's inauguration   View Summary
19 November 2012
Three University of Sydney students will fly to Washington DC in January to see Obama's 2013 inauguration, thanks to a competition run by the US Studies Centre.
The rise of the Super Profs: should we be worried about celebrity academics?   View Summary
19 November 2012
Richard Miles examines the rise of the 'celebrity professor'.
Seeing maths in a new light   View Summary
19 November 2012
Mathematics professor Nalini Joshi has set up a unique exchange program with Pondicherry University in India to talk about maths in new ways.
Australians double their antidepressants   View Summary
16 November 2012
The use of antidepressants doubled in Australia between 2000 and 2011 and they now account for two out of every three psychotropic medications prescribed, a new study by the University of Sydney reveals.
Centre researcher secures rare funding grant from US health body   View Summary
16 November 2012
Researcher Professor Tony Weiss from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre has received a prestigious USA National Institutes of Health (NIH) funding grant - one of the few awarded to an Australian researcher in recent years.
The case for creating a smoker's licence    View Summary
15 November 2012
A smoker's license designed to limit access to tobacco products and encourage quitting has been proposed by Professor Simon Chapman, from the University of Sydney.
Hard labour under investigation   View Summary
15 November 2012
With as many as a 30 percent of pregnant women in Australia experiencing a caesarean birth, a study led by researchers from the University of Sydney aims to determine if there is a link between high levels of lactate in amniotic fluid and difficult labours which may end with a caesarean section.
Why social justice matters   View Summary
15 November 2012
This week a special Sydney Ideas forum will ask how social justice research can bring together practitioners, policy makers, citizens and academics in new ways to address inequality and disadvantage.
Let women fight: Dr Megan MacKenzie argues for more front-line combat roles for women   View Summary
14 November 2012
In the current issue of America's most influential international relations magazine Foreign Affairs, Dr Megan MacKenzie from the Department of Government and International Relations argues that the US military should lift their outdated ban on women serving in front-line combat.
Spring giving means brighter smiles for Bourke   View Summary
14 November 2012
Brighter smiles are becoming more common in Bourke thanks to the dental work performed by final-year students from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Dentistry.
Celebrating global achievements: 2012 honorary degrees ceremony   View Summary
14 November 2012
Read the address by Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence at the University's recent honorary degrees ceremony, when he reflected on the achievement of our academics and students in 2012.
No cold war - US will ensure China follows the 'road rules'   View Summary
13 November 2012
China and the US will never be friends but they need each other desperately, writes Professor Geoffrey Garrett.
Vaccines can have major impact on bacterial meningitis worldwide   View Summary
13 November 2012
More widespread use of the vaccines currently available to treat bacterial meningitis could have a major impact on the disease, according to a global research review led by the University of Sydney.
The problem of the missing hydrogen in the early universe   View Summary
13 November 2012
The mystery of why scientists cannot detect hydrogen in the most distant regions of the universe has been addressed by University of Sydney research.
Mind the gap in our public transport system   View Summary
12 November 2012
Maps comprehensively detailing Sydney's access to public transport show frequency of service is a major hurdle to Sydney having a viable and equitable transport system.
Shortage of national health complaints data a problem for health system   View Summary
12 November 2012
A lack of national data on health care complaints is a major obstacle to making improvements to the health care system, a study led by the University of Sydney claims.
Hu's Great Gamble   View Summary
9 November 2012
Hu Jintao is a gambler. Not just any old gambler, but the man who has just committed one of the biggest wagers in history, writes Professor Kerry Brown.
Better access to specialist neurological care for regional NSW   View Summary
9 November 2012
People in regional NSW will have remote access to multiple sclerosis clinics in Sydney thanks to a new telemedicine facility in Dubbo.
Outstanding individuals recognised in honorary degrees   View Summary
9 November 2012
An Academy Award-winning actress, a Nobel Laureate, an internationally recognised astronomer, an Australian literary icon and an exceptional Aboriginal musician will accept honorary degrees from the University of Sydney this Saturday 10 November.
Disco bacteria   View Summary
9 November 2012
Disease-causing bacteria will light up like a fluorescent shirt on a nightclub dance floor in a new rapid detection technique currently under development at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy.
History of the University nominated for Premier's Award   View Summary
9 November 2012
A book about the history of the University of Sydney has been shortlisted for the NSW Premier's Award in the Community and Regional History Prize category.
Equity Fellowships benefit the University and community   View Summary
8 November 2012
Obesity, memory, neuroplasticity, development banks and children's language are among the research areas to benefit from this year's University of Sydney Equity Fellowships.
The Life and Legacy of Bernard Smith Celebrated at Landmark Symposium   View Summary
8 November 2012
The pioneering work of the University of Sydney Power Institute's inaugural Director and founding Professor of Contemporary Art, Bernard Smith, will be celebrated at a two-day symposium starting tomorrow.
Big Bangs, Biospheres and the Limits of Science   View Summary
8 November 2012
Take a journey through the universe and beyond - to potential other universes in a 'multiverse' - when Professor Martin Rees, the UK's Astronomer Royal, presents his Sydney Ideas talk this Friday 9 November.
Students develop new scripts for Broken Hill's future   View Summary
8 November 2012
University of Sydney students are helping to stimulate a new wave of creative and sustainable industries in Broken Hill, with a plan to redevelop the town's disused Central Power Station and rejuvenate the Broken Hill Film Studio.
Barack to the future   View Summary
8 November 2012
Barack Obama and his supporters in America and abroad are understandably thrilled after winning a remarkable electoral victory. They are entitled to gloat over those of us who doubted he'd win or deserved to win, writes Tom Switzer.
Food Safety Forum    View Summary
8 November 2012
Food safety and how to protect Australia's reputation for producing affordable, nutritious and safe fresh produce is the focus of a forum at the University of Sydney today.
Why Einstein was wrong on quantum theory    View Summary
8 November 2012
Professor Anton Zeilinger, from the University of Vienna and the Austrian Academy of Sciences will reveal how our world will be revolutionised by quantum systems.
Sydney Peace Prize lecture tonight   View Summary
7 November 2012
The Sydney Peace Prize lecture will be delivered this evening by Senator Sekai Holland, Zimbabwean cabinet minister and long time campaigner for the rights of her compatriots.
Playing in the bush: recreation and national parks in NSW   View Summary
7 November 2012
All of us have fond memories of NSW national parks, and a new book called 'Playing in the bush', edited by University of Sydney researchers Richard White and Caroline Ford, examines such uses of national parks and outlines their history over the 20th century.
How academics and media can work together to achieve the best results   View Summary
7 November 2012
Come and hear broadcaster Angela Catterns when she joins Professor Simon Chapman, Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer and Dr Richard Miles next Monday (12 November) to talk about how academics can get their message across in the mainstream media.
Epigenetics a factor in Tasmanian devil disease    View Summary
7 November 2012
Genes in the tumours of Devil Facial Tumour Disease gradually 'switch off' over time, say researchers at the University of Sydney.
Success across the board in latest round of ARC grants   View Summary
6 November 2012
The planet's most powerful survey telescope is among the 100-plus University of Sydney projects to receive funding in the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Grants.
Watch as America decides   View Summary
6 November 2012
After months of campaigning, more than a billion dollars spent and a rollercoaster ride of public opinion, Americans are finally heading to the polls to pick the President of the United States this Tuesday.
Key to survival of forest giants revealed   View Summary
6 November 2012
Why the Mountain Ash trees that survived the 2009 Black Saturday fires did not die from the heatwave as expected is explained by research by the University of Sydney and University of Western Sydney.
Inequality faced by parents with intellectual disabilities   View Summary
6 November 2012
Parents with intellectual disability are having their children taken away after being labelled 'unfit' and 'incapable' of parenting.
Will Australian-bred horses ever win the Melbourne Cup again?   View Summary
5 November 2012
The emphasis on breeding for speed not stamina is the reason international dominance of the Melbourne Cup is set to continue, says Associate Professor Phil McManus.
Aspirin a viable treatment for serious blood clots, study shows   View Summary
5 November 2012
Low-dose aspirin is a cheap and effective way to prevent potentially deadly blood clots in the leg or the lungs in patients who have had a previous blood clot a new study shows.
Standing tall - University honoured in science prizes   View Summary
5 November 2012
Searching for the afterglows of gamma-ray bursts and understanding how the 'vacuum cleaners' of our brains work are the research goals that have seen two University of Sydney scientists honoured for their work.
Jorgen Randers and the new limits to growth: a forecast for 2052   View Summary
5 November 2012
The author of the best-selling environmental book of all time is giving a Sydney Ideas lecture this week.
Sydney's men and Melbourne's women take victory in Australian Boat Race   View Summary
4 November 2012
Sydney and Melbourne universities divided the spoils of victory for the third year running on Sunday morning as the Australian Boat Race returned to Sydney Harbour.
Australia's reputation at risk over medical intern crisis   View Summary
2 November 2012
Some 150 international medical students don't have intern placements for next due. The situation is critical, for students and the healthcare sector, writes Bruce Robinson.
Graduating language teachers to bridge gap between Asian Century rhetoric and classrooms   View Summary
2 November 2012
A community language teacher-training program offered by the University of Sydney could be an answer to the huge gap in Australia between government rhetoric and language education.
Students focused on inspiring industry   View Summary
2 November 2012
Engineers pride themselves on being thinkers and problem solvers and today students from the University of Sydney have presented their novel ideas to more than 200 industry representatives who attended the annual Research Conversazione event.
Insights 2012: Orgasmology with Professor Annamarie Jagose   View Summary
1 November 2012
Professor Annamarie Jagose, Head of the School of Letters, Art and Media at the University of Sydney, invites guests of her Insights lecture tonight to be orgasmologists for the evening.
We're behind some Sculpture by the Sea scenes   View Summary
1 November 2012
Two works by students, staff and graduates from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning have been showcased in this year's Sculpture by the Sea, Bondi exhibition.
London Olympians to appear in 2012 Australian Boat Race   View Summary
1 November 2012
The history and rivalry between two of Australia's oldest and greatest universities will be on show again this weekend when four crews from Sydney and Melbourne universities compete in the 2012 Australian Boat Race.
How to become 'Asia literate'?   View Summary
1 November 2012
Associate Professor Michele Ford, Director of the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre, is pushing for a fundamental rethink in how Australia approaches learning about some of our closest neighbours.
October 2012
Why Sandy could be the 'October Surprise' of the 2012 presidential election   View Summary
31 October 2012
Nature has handed both candidates in the US Presidential election a perfect opportunity to look good, writes Professor Edward Blakely.
Graduate medals recognise outstanding alumni   View Summary
31 October 2012
Some of the University of Sydney's most outstanding alumni have been recognised with Graduate Medals, awarded to exceptional students who have graduated or completed requirements for their degrees in the previous year.
Including people with intellectual disability at university   View Summary
31 October 2012
A new program at the University of Sydney has opened the door to university study for five students with intellectual disabilities.
Obama and Romney heeding McGovern's call to come home   View Summary
30 October 2012
Americans agree it's time to make domestic affairs a priority, writes Tom Switzer.
Rhodes Scholar Jacob Taylor bound for Oxford    View Summary
30 October 2012
Jacob Taylor, the vice captain of the Australian Rugby Union Sevens squad, is the winner of the NSW Rhodes scholarship for 2013.
Image of a virus caught in the act   View Summary
30 October 2012
A dramatic image of a virus replicating and spreading through cells, destroying them as it goes, has been captured by University of Sydney researchers.
When Galaxies Collide   View Summary
29 October 2012
Come to tonight's Sydney Ideas lecture to hear what happens when galaxies crash into each other, and how astrophysicists go about the work of reconstructing past collisions.
University of Sydney welcomes travel concessions for international students   View Summary
29 October 2012
The University of Sydney today welcomed the NSW government's decision to enhance the attractiveness of NSW as an education destination and support the international student experience by offering travel concessions to international students.
Billion dollar skills stem from $20m gift   View Summary
29 October 2012
Multibillion-dollar mega projects like the NBN or Gorgon natural gas facility are an underappreciated new feature of the global economy, write professor Geoffrey Garrett and Archie Johnston.
A coal economy has multiple health and social risks, says major review   View Summary
29 October 2012
A major review of evidence on the impact of coal mining has highlighted serious, ongoing health and social problems and an urgent need for improvements in government coal mining policy.
Voters from 157 countries have told us What Matters   View Summary
29 October 2012
Polling for the University of Sydney's What Matters campaign, a public engagement campaign to find out what matters to Australians and people around the world, has wrapped up for 2012, having attracted more than 29,000 votes from 157 countries.
Our alumni shine in 2012   View Summary
26 October 2012
University of Sydney alumni shine in almost every conceivable area, with an impressive range of prime ministers, chief justices, astronauts, surgeons, artists, scientists and Nobel laureates graduating in the University's 162-year history.
Soviet historian receives top award   View Summary
26 October 2012
Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick from the University's Department of History has been awarded the American Historical Association's 2012 Award for Scholarly Distinction, the first recipient with a focus on Soviet history.
Sydney College of the Arts supports For Art's Sake   View Summary
26 October 2012
For the fourth year running Sydney College of the Arts will play host to For Art's Sake, a fundraising exhibition and auction for FRANS, an organisation that has been helping children and adults with a disability for over 30 years.
New book looks at the sociology of celebrity society   View Summary
26 October 2012
Celebrity culture is vacuous. Right? Actually, no. A new book, 'Celebrity Society', argues that celebrity is an important aspect of modern society, and has been for a long time.
Thank you to our donors   View Summary
25 October 2012
In this video we have captured the essence of what makes our community extraordinary - our people. More than 100 students, staff, researchers and professors participated and we are excited to share with you a glimpse of what makes the University of Sydney so special.
Gail Mabo and Dr Bryan Keon-Cohen to give 2012 Dr Charles Perkins oration   View Summary
24 October 2012
To mark 20 years since the Mabo decision transformed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights, the University of Sydney's 2012 Dr Charles Perkins AO Annual Memorial Oration will feature two speakers deeply involved with Eddie Mabo and the case that bears his name.
Pro-smoking apps for smartphones the latest tobacco advertising outlet   View Summary
23 October 2012
A study published today in the British Medical Journal has found pro-smoking content, some featuring explicit cigarette brand images, is being promoted in smartphone apps reaching millions of users worldwide, including teenagers and children.
Young digital entrepreneurs ride to victory   View Summary
23 October 2012
A team of undergraduate innovators and inventors have won the Media Architecture Biennale 24-hour student competition in Aarhus, Denmark.
Australian parents play key role in clinical trial to help babies   View Summary
23 October 2012
Parental involvement is a central element of an international clinical trial aimed at improving the survival of premature or low birthweight babies.
Record $20m gift to establish new centre for project leadership   View Summary
23 October 2012
University of Sydney graduates will be better placed to lead major infrastructure projects around the world thanks to a record $20 million donation by John Grill, one of Australia's leading business executives and a University of Sydney alumnus.
The soundtrack for the Asian Century   View Summary
22 October 2012
As part of the 40th anniversary celebrations of Australia-China diplomatic relations, the Sydney Conservatorium of Music is accompanying the Sydney Symphony on a 10-day tour of China to explore further educational links and opportunities.
The great shark debate: to cull or not to cull?   View Summary
22 October 2012
The great shark debate continues in Australia as summer approaches, writes PhD candidate Christopher Neff.
A sprint to the end of Australian horseracing as we know it - a global perspective   View Summary
19 October 2012
A new book looks at the contemporary horseracing industry and its possible future from economic, social, ethical, geographic and environmental perspectives.
Opera portrays the complex life of Daisy Bates at Ooldea   View Summary
19 October 2012
Anne Boyd, composer and professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has created an opera based on the complex character of Daisy Bates.
Medicine moves forward with NHMRC funding   View Summary
19 October 2012
A wide variety of major medical research programs have received funding in the latest round of National Health and Medical Research Council grants.
Economics that adds up   View Summary
19 October 2012
Robert Slonim discusses this year's Nobel prizewinners for economics, Alvin Roth and Lloyd Shapley.
A new approach to deadly influenza outbreaks in nursing homes   View Summary
18 October 2012
A new preventive approach to influenza trialled by University of Sydney researchers has achieved lowered rates of infection in residents and staff, fewer hospitalisations and a significant reduction in duration.
Are we 'fat-phobic'? New book says yes   View Summary
18 October 2012
A new book by University of Sydney researcher Deborah Lupton explores why the 'fat body' has become so reviled and, in extreme cases, viewed as diseased.
Agriculture professionals are crucial to tackling global issues   View Summary
18 October 2012
Media personalities Costa Georgiadis, host of ABC's Gardening Australia; Angus Stewart, alumnus and presenter on ABC's Gardening Australia; and Chris Russell, alumnus and former ABC panelist on The New Inventors are featured speakers at The Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum.
Emerging artist wins travelling scholarship   View Summary
18 October 2012
Sydney College of the Arts graduate, Mark Shorter, has won the prestigious 2012 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Artists Travel Scholarship.
Odours of mass deception - how rats learn to ignore native birds   View Summary
17 October 2012
Rats' keen sense of smell can be exploited to dramatically reduce their attacks on native birds, researchers from the University of Sydney have shown.
Elizabeth Grosz takes a look at imperceptible forces   View Summary
17 October 2012
The distinguished Australian feminist philosopher Elizabeth Grosz returns to the University of Sydney this week to deliver a Sydney Ideas lecture exploring the connections between the painter Francis Bacon and the philosopher Giles Deleuze.
Science and the slammer: the consequences of Australia's new export control regime   View Summary
16 October 2012
At this moment, Australian Parliament is considering a Bill with far-reaching and shcoking consequences for Australian research, writes Michael Biercuk.
PhD researcher dances his way to international victory   View Summary
16 October 2012
A University of Sydney scientist has outclassed ballerinas, breakdancers and flaming hula hoops to dance his way to victory in the fifth annual 'Dance your PhD' competition.
Comparing animal and human cancers for mutual benefit   View Summary
16 October 2012
A diagnosis of cancer once spelled the end for our animal companions but the launch today of a specialty cancer clinic, led by one of Australia's leading veterinary oncologists at the University of Sydney, offers new hope.
Romney finds momentum in moderation   View Summary
16 October 2012
As president, Romney would be cautious and calculating, writes Tom Switzer.
Rewriting Himalayan History: ancient oceans on the top of the world   View Summary
16 October 2012
The Himalayas could be 20 million years younger than we think, according to ongoing research at the University of Sydney's School of Geosciences.
Who will be the Interfaculty Sport 2012 champions?   View Summary
16 October 2012
Can the lawyers catch up to the teachers? All will be revealed on Wednesday when the champions of the Interfaculty Sport competition for 2012 will be decided.
China and the fifth generation leadership    View Summary
15 October 2012
A Sydney Ideas lecture this Tuesday 16 October will look at the leadership transition occurring in the Communist Party of China as the era of Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao draws to a close.
Medical School builds links with South America   View Summary
15 October 2012
Rachell Li writes about Sydney Medical School's efforts to build stronger links with partners in South America.
How ultrasound can help judge fat risk for pregnant mums    View Summary
12 October 2012
Carrying too much weight during pregnancy can place both mother and child at risk but new research from the University of Sydney has discovered that one type of fat is riskier than another for mums and unborn babies.
To reduce congestion, imagine the government charged by the kilometre   View Summary
12 October 2012
The hip pocket must be where road pricing reform commences, writes Professor David Hensher.
Hermes 2012: a literary odyssey   View Summary
11 October 2012
Budding University of Sydney writers and poets will see their work showcased alongside some of Australia's best-known literary talent with the launch of the Hermes 2012 journal on Thursday 11 October.
Tighter Defence ties will bind academics and stifle innovation   View Summary
10 October 2012
Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella argues that the Defence Trade Control Bill currently before the Senate has unintended and serious consequences for research in Australia.
A smaller club of Chinese leaders isn't good news for China or the world   View Summary
10 October 2012
Kerry Brown and David Goodman say if China's decision-makers shrink the size of their elite club, as rumoured, it would be a step backwards for a country grappling with historic challenges.
Exploring Elective Affinities: Myth, Music and Philosophy   View Summary
10 October 2012
The connections between myth, music and philosophy will be explored in a free lecture and performance at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music this Thursday 11 October.
Ethical questions take Bridget to Three Minute Thesis finals   View Summary
9 October 2012
It was a case of short and sweet for PhD student Bridget Haire who will represent the University of Sydney at this week's finals of the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition.
Brainless slime moulds can remember    View Summary
9 October 2012
Can you have a memory if you don't have a brain? The question has been answered with the discovery that brainless slime moulds use excreted chemicals as a memory system.
Student festival directors take the slow bike to the Enchanted Kingdom   View Summary
9 October 2012
A giant humans vs zombie battle, a symphonic concert of Disney classics, giant communal artworks and a slow bike race (in which the winner is the last person to finish) join more than 33 hours of comedy, 30 hours of music and 25 hours of theatre at this year's Verge Festival.
New drug shrinks brain tumours in melanoma patients   View Summary
8 October 2012
Australian researchers have given hope to patients with advanced melanoma by showing that a new drug targeting a common mutation in melanoma successfully shrank tumours that had spread to the brain.
Award-winning classical music album combines two worlds   View Summary
8 October 2012
The winner of this year's ARIA for Best Classical Album is a collaboration between leading Aboriginal musician William Barton and Matthew Hindson, an Associate Professor at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
New book explores the history of Balinese art   View Summary
5 October 2012
Bali expert and University of Sydney researcher Adrian Vickers will today (Friday 6 October) launch his new book at the Ubud Writers Festival in Bali.
Leading NSW politicians to visit University of Sydney for bilingual teaching conference   View Summary
5 October 2012
On Saturday 6 October about 500 people representing 58 languages groups will gather at the University of Sydney to discuss issues concerning second-language education.
Infectious disease risk low priority for Australian travellers   View Summary
5 October 2012
New research led by the University of Sydney's Family Medicine Research Centre reveals many Australians are inadequately protecting against potentially serious infectious diseases before travelling abroad.
So you think you can dance your PhD?   View Summary
5 October 2012
This is the fifth year of the international Dance Your PhD competition, organised by Science Magazine, which offers people who have undertaken a PhD an alternate way to explain their topic.
Brogrammers win battle of the brains   View Summary
4 October 2012
It took five hours to answer the complex mathematical problems, but a team of young algorithm whizzes from the University of Sydney conquered their nerves and their opponents to take out this year's South Pacific Regional Collegiate Programming Contest.
Innovation as a catalyst for growth   View Summary
4 October 2012
Good infrastructure could change cities says Sir David Higgins, the current Chief Executive of Network Rail (UK) who is visiting Sydney to present the 2012 Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies' Dean's International Lecture on Monday 8 October.
New facilities open up exciting future for grains research in Narrabri   View Summary
4 October 2012
New research and teaching facilities opened at the University of Sydney's IA Watson Grains Research Centre in Narrabri on 3 October, promising an exciting future for grains research.
Architecture graduate's masterplan for the London Olympic village   View Summary
4 October 2012
Just four years ago James O'Neill was an architecture student at the University of Sydney. Now the Master of Architecture graduate is working on a real life masterplan for another famous urban site, London's Olympic Village.
New book examines Fukushima disaster and its aftermath   View Summary
3 October 2012
A new book by the University of Sydney's Adjunct Professor Richard Broinowski tells the story of Japan's worst nuclear disaster and attempts by authorities to suppress, downplay and obscure its consequences.
How does Charlie Sheen help business law students understand contracts?   View Summary
3 October 2012
What do actor Charlie Sheen, comic strip star Ginger Meggs, the Big Brother reality TV show and Luna Park have in common? University of Sydney students who are currently getting to grips with the complexities of business law will be able to tell you.
Bo's woes serve as warning to new-age Chinese warlords   View Summary
3 October 2012
In the end, whatever struggles the Chinese Communist Party had with its better nature were trumped by the historic default position: when in a corner, always go for the jugular, write Kerry Brown and David Goodman.
Is there a crisis of democracy?   View Summary
3 October 2012
This Thursday sees Professor Wolfgang Merkel, Germany's leading political scientist, taking to the Sydney Ideas stage to ask whether democracies around the world are in crisis.
Who cares for the elderly?   View Summary
2 October 2012
Carers for the elderly are more likely to be female, aged 70, facing health risks, and under financial stress a Sydney Nursing School and Sydney Medical School study has found.
Sweets for the sweetly behaved not helpful for children's weight    View Summary
2 October 2012
Cutting screen time and not rewarding children's good behaviour with sweets are among the steps parents could take to reduce overweight and obesity in children before they start school, according to research by the University of Sydney.
Time to expose hate messages for what they are   View Summary
2 October 2012
Ads describing Muslims as savages raise questions on whether there is a limit to the freedom-of-speech defence, writes PhD student Amro Ali.
Biological sciences exhibition sheds light on the meaning of life   View Summary
2 October 2012
A new University of Sydney exhibition chronicles some of Australia's most significant advances in the biological sciences during the past half-century.
Award money funds exploration of link between REM and Parkinson's   View Summary
2 October 2012
A University of Sydney sleep expert will use money from a recent award to study how sleep disorders can predict the development of neurological disorders such as Parkinson's disease.
September 2012
Rabies within reach of Australia    View Summary
28 September 2012
Rabies is now present only 350 kilometres from northern Australia. If it reached our shores it would have serious ecological, public health, economic and social impacts according to Professor Michael Ward, from the University of Sydney.
The Art of the Muses: Poetry, Inspiration and Craft   View Summary
28 September 2012
"Since Homer first invoked the Muse in the opening line of the Iliad, poets have spoken of their poems as emanating from somewhere beyond themselves," notes Dr Penelope Murray, who will present a Sydney Ideas lecture on Tuesday 2 October.
Ageing and the city: chronic diseases more prevalent in city-dwellers than country counterparts   View Summary
28 September 2012
Ageing Australian city-dwellers are more likely to suffer from non-infectious chronic diseases such as type 2 diabetes, arthritis, cancer and asthma than their rural counterparts, according to new research from the University of Sydney.
Tackling the big questions of Chinese investment into Australia   View Summary
27 September 2012
Has Australia scared Chinese investors with mixed messages? Should Chinese companies be more transparent to help ease anxiety about Australian deals? These and many other challenging questions were debated this week at the 2012 Sydney China Business Forum.
Sydney students prepare for grand weekend   View Summary
27 September 2012
Six University of Sydney students will appear on two of the biggest national sporting stages this weekend in the NRL and AFL grand finals.
The journey of learning is infinite   View Summary
27 September 2012
As you leave Professor Rick Benitez's office, you're faced with a colourful lollypop sign with the word 'infin'. It's an image he wants his students to remember because of the message behind it - the journey of learning is infinite.
Pharmacists prescribe a summer camp   View Summary
26 September 2012
The mysteries of commonly used medicines, topical ointments and creams will be revealed to the students who attend the inaugural University of Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp.
Australia risks developing subclass of working poor as job quality declines   View Summary
26 September 2012
As Australia's manufacturing sector contracts, a growing number of people are joining the ranks of the working poor with jobs that are low paid, unskilled, insecure and offer few career prospects, according to researchers at the University of Sydney Business School.
How watching Pixar revealed the dark side of gloss   View Summary
26 September 2012
A eureka moment while watching a movie for the umpteenth time with his children has led a University of Sydney researcher to achieve a new insight into visual perception, which could benefit traditional artists and graphic designers.
New partnership with Qantas will mean smarter flying   View Summary
25 September 2012
The University of Sydney and Qantas have entered into a four-year partnership to develop a flight planning system that will help the airline fly optimised routes, reduce fuel consumption and improve operational effectiveness.
Overcrowding 'intolerable', complain nation's train travellers   View Summary
25 September 2012
Nearly half of the nation's train travellers complain that the level of crowding on local train services at peak times is intolerable, according to the University's latest national transport survey, released today.
Spring is the season for vitamin D deficiency   View Summary
25 September 2012
September marks the start of spring but new research reveals it is also the month when Australians' vitamin D levels are at their lowest ebb.
Curing cancer: are we nearly there yet?   View Summary
25 September 2012
How far away are we from 'the cure' for cancer? On 26 September Professor Roger Reddel from Sydney Medical School, one of Australia's leading cancer researchers, provides the big picture on cancer including the latest advances in our understanding and treatment.
Major Sydney art benefactor's artistic acclaim revealed   View Summary
24 September 2012
JW Power is best known for a fortune left to build Sydney's Power Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art, and now a University of Sydney exhibition highlights his work as early 20th century Australia's most interesting avant-garde artist.
ABC high flier's new book challenges the law of counting calories   View Summary
24 September 2012
You may have seen him taking to the sky in gliders, helicopters and hot air balloons in the ABC TV program Great Southern Land which premiered last night, but University of Sydney scientist Professor Steve Simpson will also thrill audiences with his latest book.
Mitt's 47 percent gaffe: the Romney shambles rolls on   View Summary
21 September 2012
At a certain point, Mitt Romney will have to pony up for the monocle and top hat if he wants to heighten his similarities to Rich Uncle Moneybags. Rhetorically, he's topped out, writes Nicole Hemmer.
Seven outstanding teachers recognised   View Summary
20 September 2012
Seven members of the University of Sydney's academic staff have received a national award for their outstanding teaching.
Save face over China relationship   View Summary
20 September 2012
Dennis Richardson, secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, gave the 2012 Michael Hintze Lecture for the Centre for International Security Studies. Here is an extract from the lecture.
Party drug users risking memory loss   View Summary
19 September 2012
The party drug mephedrone can cause lasting damage to the brain, according to new research led by the University of Sydney.
Dr Maurice Saxby: fairy godfather of children's literature   View Summary
19 September 2012
Dr Maurice (Maurie) Saxby AM, a distinguished alumnus of the Faculty of Education and Social Work, will delight guests this Wednesday evening with a historical tour of children's literature at the event 'An Australian Story - Maurice Saxby on Children's Literature'.
Dr Michael Spence reappointed as Vice-Chancellor at Sydney   View Summary
19 September 2012
The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, today announced the reappointment of Dr Michael Spence as the Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the University of Sydney.
Protests undermine the true message of Islam   View Summary
18 September 2012
The protests in Sydney's CBD on Saturday undermined the true message of Islam and the very message the protestors sought to defend, write Dr Ghena Krayem and Mehal Krayem.
The science of healthy ageing   View Summary
18 September 2012
What can really be done to promote longevity? Modern science can tell us an increasing amount about the ageing process, as a first step in combating many age-related conditions. It also opens the door to keeping ageing at bay.
Steve Simpson presents 'Great Southern Land' on ABC TV   View Summary
17 September 2012
Taking to the sky in gliders, helicopters, hot air balloons and anything else that will carry him, Professor Steve Simpson begins his journey across Australia this coming Sunday 23 September, in a documentary series on ABC TV looking at how humans interact with the landscape.
How genetic testing is swelling the ranks of the 'worried well'   View Summary
17 September 2012
PhD candidate Jacqueline Savard explores the growing prevalence of genetic testing and what impact they have on over-diagnosis.
Minerals Council boss to discuss looming industry challenges   View Summary
17 September 2012
The man who helped transform the Federal Government's proposed mining super profits tax into the Minerals Resource Rent Tax will this week discuss current challenges facing the sector at a free public address at the University of Sydney.
Empower a Girl: Change the World   View Summary
17 September 2012
October 11 marks the inaugural International Day of the Girl Child, a day to promote girls' rights and address the discrimination and abuse suffered by girls around the world. At a special Sydney Ideas forum this week, a panel asks: "Why is it important to have a day to formally recognise girls?"
Oz doubts US staying power    View Summary
14 September 2012
Australia will soon release a White Paper entitled 'Australia in the Asian Century'. Conspicuously absent from the analysis will be America, writes Dr John Lee.
Emotional intelligence: fact or fad?   View Summary
14 September 2012
Emotional intelligence is not the cure-all elixir for spotting who will succeed in work and life, but it is more than a useless fad, says Carolyn MacCann.
Is Chinese investment our saviour?   View Summary
14 September 2012
A special one-day forum in Sydney on 25 September will explore the opportunities that Chinese investment in Australian infrastructure presents. It will examine the challenges, the commercial and regulatory landscape and the need for collaboration given the international competition for funds.
Corridors the key to unlocking congestion   View Summary
13 September 2012
The commentary on the O'Farrell government's transport master plan has focused almost exclusively on a lack of timelines for action and any detail on where the money is coming from to pay for the projects, writes David Hensher.
Catalonia, the next state in Europe?    View Summary
13 September 2012
Kathryn Crameri discusses why there has been a surge in support for the independence of Catalonia in recent years.
Life goes on, and it's time we prepared for living into our 90s   View Summary
12 September 2012
The average life expectancy is rising fast and we need to prepare for it, writes Age Discrimination Commissioner Susan Ryan.
Zen artist Lindy Lee leads Chinatown revamp   View Summary
12 September 2012
The Sydney College of the Arts senior lecturer and contemporary artist Lindy Lee will lead a team of artists and designers - including a feng shui expert - to create a new public space in the heart of Sydney's Chinatown.
Interventions can prevent falls for over-65s, says international research   View Summary
12 September 2012
A large-scale international review involving University of Sydney researchers has shed light on falls in older people, revealing some interventions can effectively prevent falls in people over 65 and living in their own homes.
Politics at the End of the World: the future of Antarctica   View Summary
12 September 2012
Former Greens leader Bob Brown will take part in a Sydney Ideas panel discussion about the politics of Antarctica at the University of Sydney on Thursday 14 September.
How the High Court has changed Australia's constitutional balance   View Summary
11 September 2012
New South Wales' Solicitor General will this week deliver a public address discussing the highest court of Australia's history as a decision maker that shifts power away from the states and towards the federal government.
Drug and alcohol handbook responds to call from Aboriginal health workers   View Summary
11 September 2012
In a first for Australia, a handbook written with and for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health professionals has answered the call for a comprehensive resource to help clinicians address alcohol and drug issues.
Italy in the European Crisis: problems and prospects   View Summary
11 September 2012
In tonight's Sydney Ideas lecture Professor Paul Ginsborg, chair of Contemporary European History at the University of Florence, looks at the historical roots of Italy's troubled membership of the European Union.
Re-engineered master's to produce more qualified engineers   View Summary
11 September 2012
A re-engineered postgraduate engineering program at the University of Sydney has received full accreditation from Engineers Australia, making it unique in Australian universities.
The challenges of an extra lifetime in the 21st century: how to prepare for living into our nineties   View Summary
10 September 2012
In a free lecture this Wednesday 12 September, Susan Ryan, Age Discrimination Commissioner at the Australian Human Rights Commission, will discuss the obstacles presented by population ageing, one of the major challenges of the 21st century.
University of Sydney Paralympians bring home gold, silver and bronze from London 2012   View Summary
10 September 2012
Four University of Sydney athletes have won a combined haul of seven medals at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Jump in pregnancy-related cancers not all down to older mums   View Summary
10 September 2012
The rate of pregnancy-associated cancer is increasing and is only partially explained by the rising number of older mothers according to research led by the University of Sydney.
Vaccine scares and successes   View Summary
10 September 2012
On 12 September, Professor Robert Booy from Sydney Medical School will focus on both recent and historical vaccine successes and scares in the fourth talk in the series 21st Century Medicine - today's research, tomorrow's healthcare.
Silver for University of Sydney wheelchair basketball players at London 2012   View Summary
8 September 2012
Two University of Sydney athletes were part of the Australian women's basketball team that won silver at the London 2012 Paralympics, while two of our other athletes hope to add to their medal tally as the games enter their final weekend.
Day 8 Paralympics review: Ballard secures silver and Gliders to face Germany in final   View Summary
7 September 2012
Psychology honours student Angela Ballard won her second medal of the London 2012 Paralympics, while other University of Sydney athletes are on track for glory during the final weekend of the games.
Plane trees getting on your nose? The truth about hay fever   View Summary
7 September 2012
Spring brings with it hay fever and red eyes for many inner-city residents and in absence of fields of flowering grasses, people turn their attention to other possible causes.
Pacific leader says challenges demand long-term vision   View Summary
7 September 2012
Jimmie Rodgers, Director-General of the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, says long-term vision rather than short-term political expediency is needed to tackle the challenges facing the region.
Voting for the unloved   View Summary
7 September 2012
Unless you're a land developer, a candidate or a political tragic the NSW local government election next Saturday September 8 will be about as exciting as a strand of used dental floss, writes Richard Stanton.
In Charlotte, preaching to the choir may be wise for Obama   View Summary
6 September 2012
In an era of polarised American politics, it is less about attracting undecided voters and more about convincing voters who are unsure whether they will vote at all, writes Luke Freedman.
Sydney seeks Latin partners in fight against NCDs   View Summary
6 September 2012
A team of medical specialists from Sydney is visiting Latin America, looking for research partners to work on the threat to global health caused by non-communicable diseases
Day 7 review: Ballard & Porter perform well in finals and Gliders ready for USA   View Summary
6 September 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the progress of University of Sydney athletes at the London 2012 Paralympics.
Asia not all it's cracked up to be in education   View Summary
5 September 2012
We all want an internationally-competitive education system in Australia, but is the Asian model is right for us? Anthony Welch writes.
Day 6 Paralympics review: Beijing semi-final rematch looms for Gliders   View Summary
5 September 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the progress of University of Sydney athletes at the London 2012 Paralympics, with the Australian women's wheelchair basketball team still on track for a medal.
Faculty partners with ABC to examine the future of public service media   View Summary
5 September 2012
Public broadcasters and media academics from around the world have gathered in Sydney this week to debate the public media sector, an industry facing rapid change.
Gulf relations: going well but could be better   View Summary
5 September 2012
The relationship between Australia and the Gulf region was put under the spotlight at a Sydney World Program Forum today.
Inside the world of outsider scientists   View Summary
5 September 2012
The acclaimed science writer Margaret Wertheim will discuss her new book about the world of "outsider physicists", people with little or no scientific training who nevertheless have developed their own alternative theories of the universe.
Day 5 Paralympics review: Stewart & Hill eye off quarter-final   View Summary
4 September 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the first weekend of competition at the London 2012 Paralympics, where two University of Sydney athletes won bronze medals for Australia.
O'Farrell must not let outrage at the crime rob victims of support   View Summary
4 September 2012
Because of the widely shared horror at sex crimes against children, many people see the incarceration of incest perpetrators as the appropriate social response. But in many cases this ignores the unresolved needs of child victims, writes Tony Vinson.
America's crisis of confidence proves nothing is exceptional   View Summary
4 September 2012
America's optimism is shaken and its people are looking for someone to blame, writes Tom Switzer.
What matters to you?   View Summary
4 September 2012
Six leading lights of the University of Sydney community are sharing what matters most to them for the final month of the 'What Matters' campaign, which asks members of the public in Australia and around the world to cast their votes for what is most important to them.
Crash and Crisis in Contemporary Europe: Lessons from history   View Summary
3 September 2012
Historians and politicians have pondered comparisons between Europe's great depression and the rise of fascism, and the current financial crisis. Will history repeat itself? Find out at this Sydney Ideas event.
Days 2, 3, 4 Paralympics review: Bronze delight for Ballard and Watt   View Summary
3 September 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the first weekend of competition at the London 2012 Paralympics, where two University of Sydney athletes won bronze medals for Australia.
Adolescent pathways to depression: interventions, choice and treatments   View Summary
3 September 2012
On 5 September Professor Ian Hickie, Director of the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute, will outline the Institute's new clinical approach to treating adolescent depression.
Forum seeks answers to challenges facing the Pacific region   View Summary
3 September 2012
The University is hosting a forum on Friday September 7 to discuss solutions to the broad range of challenges facing the Pacific region.
August 2012
Tackling global climate change with indoor climate change   View Summary
31 August 2012
University of Sydney researchers will be looking for ways to slash one of the world's biggest single sources of energy consumption - the heating and cooling of buildings - at a state-of-the-art new laboratory.
Devil disease is immortal, new study finds   View Summary
31 August 2012
The outlook for Tasmanian devils appears even worse following breakthrough research by the University of Sydney published in PLoS One, the Public Library of Science journal, today.
Day 1 Paralympics review: Women's wheelchair basketball team glide past Brazil   View Summary
31 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the first day of competition at the London 2012 Paralympics
Paralympics opening ceremony - a tour de force for humanity   View Summary
31 August 2012
The Opening Ceremony of the 2012 London Paralympics shows our ways of talking about disability, especially in the media, still lag well behind the social transformations that are well underway and irreversible, writes Gerard Goggin.
Opportunity knocks for students to live and work in Korea   View Summary
31 August 2012
Students are being offered a chance to live and work in Korea for seven weeks at the start of 2013.
New institute puts systemic racism on the national agenda   View Summary
30 August 2012
The unveiling of the National Anti-Racism Strategy in Melbourne on Friday marked an early but significant successful engagement for the University of Sydney's newly established Institute for Democracy and Human Rights (IDHR).
Forum looks to strengthen links with Gulf states   View Summary
30 August 2012
The University is hosting an International Forum aimed at developing new projects and initiatives with the Gulf region.
University of Sydney athletes target Paralympic success   View Summary
29 August 2012
Seven University of Sydney students, alumni or sports club members are going for gold at the 2012 Paralympic Games, which get underway tonight.
Revealing elective affinities: camouflage in art and music   View Summary
29 August 2012
The importance of camouflage in music and art will be explored in a free performance seminar at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music this Thursday 30 August.
Corporate high flyers: the unintended victims of the paperless office   View Summary
29 August 2012
Office workers from all professions are experiencing unprecedented levels of neck, back, shoulder and arm pain as an unintended consequence of the paperless office, according to new research.
From solo to sociable - how locusts try to avoid cannibalism   View Summary
29 August 2012
Locusts are both solitary and social animals, and new research by the University of Sydney and international researchers suggests cannibalism has played a crucial role in the evolution of this behavioural transformation.
World leader in injury and pain research is new Dean of Health Sciences   View Summary
27 August 2012
Professor Kathryn Refshauge, an internationally recognised leader in sports injuries and musculoskeletal pain research, has commenced as the new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.
Bone, blood and cartilage regeneration   View Summary
27 August 2012
Synthetic materials developed by tissue engineers that may replace damaged bone in the body and encourage normal bone regrowth are to be discussed at a three-day international symposia being held at the University of Sydney.
University's health and medical research review looks to the future    View Summary
27 August 2012
A strategic review of health and medical research, announced by the University of Sydney today, aims to enhance collaboration, maximise benefit to the community and ensure the University maintains its leading position in the field.
Anders Breivik is guilty: the fine line between bad and mad   View Summary
27 August 2012
One of the most high profile court decisions on "madness" and crime has concluded with the conviction and sentencing of Anders Behring Breivik.
Attracting the world's best and brightest students   View Summary
27 August 2012
Ten academically outstanding international students from as far afield as Korea, the Philippines, the United States and Thailand have received Sydney Achievers International Scholarships to study at the University of Sydney.
Gender bias in economic policies: UK scholar Professor Diane Elson   View Summary
27 August 2012
Most economic policies have a marked male bias when considering them in the light of imbalanced gender relations in society, says leading feminist scholar Professor Diane Elson who will deliver the 2012 Ted Wheelwright public lecture.
Australian Melanoma Genome Project a new front in cancer fight   View Summary
24 August 2012
University of Sydney researchers are part of the Australian Melanoma Genome Project, an ambitious two-year national research program that aims to identify the common gene mutations that lead to melanoma.
About time we all cared more about marriage   View Summary
24 August 2012
One of the most heartening aspects of the otherwise divisive debate on same-sex marriage has been the recognition on all sides of politics that marriage matters, writes Patrick Parkinson.
Workers make fewer claims for psychological illnesses   View Summary
23 August 2012
Research has found that workers are significantly less likely to claim GP visits for psychological illnesses on workers' compensation than they are for physical work-related injuries such as musculoskeletal disorders.
University of Sydney taking it to the streets to discover 'What Matters' to you   View Summary
23 August 2012
The University of Sydney is taking its quest to find out what matters to people in Australia and all over the world to the heart of Sydney's CBD and the Chatswood business district to engage with our city about its concerns.
Imagine your future: Sydney students use interactive technology to inspire high school students   View Summary
23 August 2012
A team of design computing students has created an interactive screen that allows high school students to see themselves depicted in the setting of their potential future career.
Looking back at the life of our first female chancellor   View Summary
22 August 2012
Dame Leonie Kramer, the first woman to be elected Chancellor of the University of Sydney, will launch her provocatively titled memoir Broomstick: Personal Reflections at the University on Thursday 23 August.
Sydney Nursing School: are you a man who cares?   View Summary
22 August 2012
With university application closing dates approaching, Sydney Nursing School will host a 'Men in Nursing' lecture at the University of Sydney's Open Day to encourage men to considering an extremely rewarding career in nursing.
How a zebra virus killed a polar bear   View Summary
22 August 2012
New research by an international team, including Dr Simon Ho from the University of Sydney, has discovered that the mysterious death of a polar bear in a zoo in 2010 was caused by a virus found in zebras 'jumping' to the bears.
Trauma Centre division    View Summary
22 August 2012
Patients who attend regional trauma centres have less chance of surviving than seriously injured people who attend a major metropolitan trauma centre, according to a study conducted at Sydney Nursing School.
Heywood case puts China on trial   View Summary
21 August 2012
Director of the China Studies Centre, Professor Kerry Brown, examines the high-profile murder case of British businessman Neil Heywood.
Foreign Minister to launch book on Sino-Australia relations   View Summary
21 August 2012
Few would have envisaged China as our largest trading partner when Australia established diplomatic relations with Beijing in 1972, says the University of Sydney editor of a new book marking the 40th anniversary of the bilateral relationship.
Minister for Education Adrian Piccoli to share his vision for the future   View Summary
21 August 2012
The Honourable Adrian Piccoli MP, State Minister for Education, will visit the University of Sydney this Wednesday to deliver a public talk about the recent report from the NSW Department of Education and Communities 'Local Schools, Local Decisions'.
For your health's sake - don't just sit there ... stand up!    View Summary
21 August 2012
It is vital that people who sit for most of the day incorporate extra physical activity into their daily routines.
What's really wrong with Chinese investment?    View Summary
21 August 2012
It is time to start thinking about Chinese investment in light of Australia's positive experiences with foreign investment and less using alarmist innuendo of Chinese domination, writes Professor Geoffrey Garrett.
Discover your future at the University of Sydney's Open Day 2012   View Summary
20 August 2012
The University of Sydney is opening its doors on Saturday 25 August to all prospective students, their families, and friends, for our biggest event of the year - Open Day.
'Energy poverty' a growing problem   View Summary
20 August 2012
Low-income households in Australia are increasingly at risk of "energy poverty", a situation in which a household must spend more than 10 percent of its disposable income on energy bills, according to new research.
Alumni vs Students Comedy Debate: 'We should chase idle dreams'   View Summary
20 August 2012
Should we chase idle dreams? Join the 2012 Alumni vs Students Comedy Debate and find out.
New book brings historic East Arnhem land photos home   View Summary
17 August 2012
Six years of research into the recorded history of the Yolngu people comes home today with the launch of a book of historic photographs compiled by the University of Sydney's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island research fellow, Dr Joe Gumbula.
How do we live with climate change?   View Summary
17 August 2012
Join Professor Dale Jamieson from New York University as he delivers a free Sydney Ideas talk 'Living with Climate Change' at the University of Sydney.
Accidental breakthrough on the puzzle of atmospheric acids   View Summary
17 August 2012
In a classic example of an accidental scientific breakthrough a University of Sydney research team may have solved the mystery of why there is more non-industrial acid in air than anyone can explain.
Postcard from Papua New Guinea: Associate Professor Paul Jones   View Summary
17 August 2012
Asia-Pacific urban researcher Paul Jones writes about his participation in a ceremony held in the PNG highlands to mark two major events of national significance.
Political subtext in manga comics   View Summary
16 August 2012
An international symposium convened by the Department of Japanese Studies will explore the comic world of Japanese Manga as a medium for political debate.
Big Tobacco crashes at first legal hurdle on plain packaging   View Summary
16 August 2012
This morning Australia's High Court dismissed the plain tobacco packaging case brought against the Australian government by the world's largest tobacco companies. The companies had challenged the government's new law - due to be fully implemented from December 1 this year.
Artful algorithms   View Summary
16 August 2012
Money laundering and other suspicious behaviours will become more detectable with the refinement of a 2D graphic visualisation tool currently under development at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Sydney talent take 'ideas worth spreading' to world stage   View Summary
15 August 2012
Global ideas forum TED, whose past speakers include former world leaders, Nobel Prize winners and people who transformed the modern technological world is within the sights of three University of Sydney staff and three of our alumni, and you can help to get them there.
Tai Chi improves health and quality of life for COPD sufferers   View Summary
15 August 2012
A new University of Sydney study has found Tai Chi can be an effective form of exercise therapy for people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), improving exercise capacity and quality of life.
The challenges of preparing the health workforce of the future    View Summary
15 August 2012
The challenges in creating the health workforce of 2025 including the role of universities
Sydney improves in latest world rankings   View Summary
15 August 2012
The University of Sydney has again been rated among the world's top 100 universities, rising three places to 93 in the latest Academic Rankings of World Universities.
University of Sydney taking it to the streets to discover 'What Matters' to you   View Summary
14 August 2012
The University of Sydney is taking its quest to find out what matters to people in Australia and all over the world to the heart of Sydney's CBD and the Chatswood business district to engage with our city about its concerns.
Medal madness for University of Sydney   View Summary
13 August 2012
University of Sydney Olympians have finished with a total of eight medals - one gold, three silver and four bronze - at the 2012 London Olympic Games following four medals in the final three days of action. It was our second most successful Olympic campaign ever after Sydney 2000.
Developing a more rounded and work-ready PhD graduate   View Summary
13 August 2012
For Fulbright scholar and University of Sydney PhD candidate Dominick Ng there would be a certain irony in completing his degree without adequate communication skills.
New talk series tackles 21st century medicine   View Summary
13 August 2012
How to avoid the health risk of sitting down all day, what to eat to prolong your life, the best ways to tackle teenage depression, an overview of vaccination and what our progress is on tackling cancer are just some of the topics to be covered in a new series of talks presented by Sydney Medical School.
University of Sydney welcomes its first super-resolution microscope   View Summary
13 August 2012
The University of Sydney has welcomed the first ground state depletion (GSD) super-resolution microscope in the Southern Hemisphere, which will enable researchers to see materials at a cellular level and open the way for improvements in the diagnosis of diseases including cancer.
From Elvis to Lady Gaga: Music and culture collide in innovative new course   View Summary
13 August 2012
There is no denying the worldwide cultural influence of American popular music and rock 'n' roll. In an innovative new course from the United States Studies Centre, the sexual, racial and gender aspects of this mega-industry will be examined through the eyes of some of the music industries biggest influencers.
New China studies head embraces unique bilateral relationship   View Summary
13 August 2012
Australia's dealings with China have a "unique" immediacy, closeness and urgency, says the incoming Executive Director of the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre.
Australia's men take K4 gold at London 2012   View Summary
10 August 2012
Australia's rowing 'oarsome foursome' may have just missed out on victory at London 2012 last weekend, but on Thursday their kayaking equivalents, including a University of Sydney alumnus, snatched a surprise gold in the kayaking four.
Sleek Geeks go regional   View Summary
10 August 2012
Answering questions such as 'How do people get blue eyes?' and 'Will we ever colonise Mars?' the Sleek Geeks - Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer - talked science with school students all over NSW at a special video conference this week to celebrate National Science Week in NSW.
London's bridge is not one too far    View Summary
10 August 2012
The university rankings system could learn from the London Olympics, writes Deputy Vice-Chancellor (International) Professor John Hearn.
Day 13 Olympic review: Super Stewart secures kayak gold at Eton Dorney   View Summary
10 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the latest action at the London 2012 Olympics.
Mars no limit for earthling engineers   View Summary
10 August 2012
Exploring Mars with roving robotics may become a virtual reality for remote and rural students as part of a program underpinning the National Broadband Network (NBN)-Enabled Education and Skills Services Program.
Leading researchers to present their work on labour law   View Summary
10 August 2012
The Fair Work Act Review, worker's rights in the crisis-riddled Euro Zone, and industrial upheavals at Qantas will all be scrutinised during the 20th Annual Labour Law Conference this Monday 13 August.
An artwork to watch out for   View Summary
9 August 2012
A work co-created by Rob Saunders, a lecturer in design computing in the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, was short-listed for the National New Media Art Award.
Improved blood doping detection protects sport and athletes   View Summary
9 August 2012
Improvements to the accuracy and relevance of the test for blood doping by a University of Sydney researcher could soon put an end to finger pointing, weak excuses and suspicion in elite sports.
Day 12 Olympic review: Price is right for semi-final sailing spot   View Summary
9 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the latest action at the London 2012 Olympics.
Balance and strength training in everyday tasks can prevent falls in older people   View Summary
9 August 2012
Balance and strength training integrated into everyday routines could reduce falls in older people by almost a third, according to a new University of Sydney study.
From Enlightenment to Irrelevance? The Failure of Western Social Science   View Summary
9 August 2012
In a Thursday night lecture on 8 August, Professor Colin Wight will argue that the social sciences have failed to achieve their initial lofty goals as set out by the thinkers of the Enlightenment.
How safe is your future? The threat of nuclear weapons   View Summary
8 August 2012
Colonel Valery Yarynich, a 30-year veteran of the Soviet Strategic Rocket Forces, will be presenting a talk today to mark the launch of the Human Survival Project, an initiative of the Centre for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney.
The importance of the arts in meaningful education   View Summary
8 August 2012
In this opinion piece Arnold Aprill, a Fulbright Senior Specialist and this Thursday's Sydney Ideas speaker, argues that in an information age characterised by innovation, creativity and a constantly changing body of knowledge, the arts must be central to the curriculum.
Day 11 Olympic review: Stewart surges into kayak final   View Summary
8 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the latest action at the London 2012 Olympics.
Sleek Geeks go live with a science spectacular   View Summary
8 August 2012
It's a National Science Week launch like no other as Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer - Australia's favourite Sleek Geeks - put the band back together in a spectacular stage show celebrating science on Monday 13 August at the Sydney Town Hall.
Animal crowd control: the 'collective mind', locust cannibalism and other insights   View Summary
7 August 2012
Discover the principles underlying how shoals swim in synch, flocks fly in formation and herds hurry in harmony when Professor Iain Couzin from Princeton University presents a free public talk.
High time for heritage street art   View Summary
7 August 2012
Justin Trendall, chair of printmedia at the Sydney College of the Arts, welcomes the City of Sydney's recent initiative to create a register of significant works of street art, including graffiti.
Journalism at the speed of bytes   View Summary
7 August 2012
In a turbulent media landscape in which journalism's traditional business model has collapsed, an Australian-first survey has revealed the attitudes of 100 journalists and media executives about the dramatic transformations currently underway in newspapers and online media.
Day 10 Olympic review: Whalan and McGregor make water polo quarters   View Summary
7 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the latest action at the London 2012 Olympics, with two of our Olympians helping Australia to qualify for the quarter-finals of the men's water polo for the first time since Sydney in 2000.
Out of the fog   View Summary
7 August 2012
A parched inland village in Peru has an innovative water resource thanks to a simple 'fog harvesting' system installed by two University of Sydney honours students.
A promising step forward in prostate cancer treatment   View Summary
6 August 2012
Prostate cancer patients being treated with radiotherapy can now have their prostate position known to within 0.5mm during radiation treatment thanks to a study led by Professor Paul Keall, NHMRC Australia Fellow at the University of Sydney.
Ginger muscles in on diabetes   View Summary
6 August 2012
Ginger, the common spice and ancient Asian remedy, could have the power to help manage the high levels of blood sugar which create complications for long-term diabetic patients, a University of Sydney study reports.
Days 7, 8 and 9 Olympic review: Pratley takes rowing silver   View Summary
6 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness reports on the second weekend of competition at the London 2012 Olympics, with one of our Olympians winning silver in the rowing regatta. Other athletes were in action in the sailing, basketball, waterpolo and hockey competitions.
The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the History of Cosmopolitanism   View Summary
6 August 2012
Join this Sydney Ideas lecture by Professor Samuel Moyn on Wednesday 8 August and learn how our understanding of human rights has transformed over time.
What matters to you?   View Summary
6 August 2012
Five of the University of Sydney's academics and alumni have shared what matters most to them in the fifth month of our What Matters campaign. Now the University is calling on members of the public to cast their votes to find out what matters most to them.
Australian women take silver at Olympics rowing regatta   View Summary
4 August 2012
Sydney University Women's Rowing Club representative Brooke Pratley teamed up with Melbourne's Kim Crow to win silver in the women's double scull at the London Olympics rowing regatta on Friday.
Sydney Uni Olympians take medals at London 2012   View Summary
3 August 2012
Two University of Sydney Olympians have added to Australia's medal tally at the 2012 Olympics with our youngest Olympian, first-year student Jess Fox, taking silver in the kayak slalom. Alumna Kaarle McCulloch won bronze in the women's team sprint.
Creating bridges to higher education    View Summary
3 August 2012
The University of Sydney has teamed up with four other NSW universities in a bold $21 million initiative designed to reach more than 100,000 school students and boost higher education participation rates for low socioeconomic status communities.
Day 6 Olympic review: Fox silver and McCulloch bronze   View Summary
3 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) reports on the progress of University of Sydney Olympians as the London 2012 games approach the second weekend of competition
Katherine Boo on Life and Death in a Mumbai Undercity   View Summary
3 August 2012
On Monday Sydney Ideas will present Katherine Boo, Pulitzer prize winner and writer with The New Yorker, discussing her acclaimed first book, produced during three years of intense research at Annawadi, a makeshift settlement in Mumbai.
New hope for eyes damaged by Parkinson's disease   View Summary
3 August 2012
Scientists have discovered a new avenue for the treatment of vision loss, one of the complications of Parkinson's disease.
Artists reflect on the price of war   View Summary
3 August 2012
An exhibition sponsored by the Confucius Institute, The Price of War, showcases the work of nine prominent Chinese-Australian artists.
First clinical test for drug driving hits the road   View Summary
2 August 2012
A world-first study by the University of Sydney has used a driving simulator to provide the first clinical evidence of an association between heavy methamphetamine use and impaired driving ability.
Exchange agreements signed by Chinese university leaders   View Summary
2 August 2012
A delegation of senior executives from the C9, China's group of elite universities, has visited Sydney for talks about joint research and exchange programs.
Day 5 Olympic review: Skipper Price sails into quarter-finals   View Summary
2 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) reports on the progress of University of Sydney Olympians.
The one that got away - higher temperatures change predator-prey relations   View Summary
2 August 2012
Temperature rises can drastically alter relationships between predator and prey, including the success of invasive species, new research from the University of Sydney has shown.
New research shows Chinese direct investment into Australia no cause for alarm   View Summary
1 August 2012
A new report by KPMG and the University of Sydney aims to demystify Chinese investment in Australia.
A rose-tinted green and pleasant land   View Summary
1 August 2012
Danny Boyle's designation of 1709 as the turning point of British history in the Olympics opening ceremony offered his worldwide audience an idiosyncratic view of the nation's past, writes Professor Paul Giles.
Day 4 Olympic review: Kehoe and Cook qualify for rowing final   View Summary
1 August 2012
Andrew Tilley from Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) reports on the progress of University of Sydney Olympians.
Israel/Palestine in transition: a post-Zionist future?   View Summary
1 August 2012
In the next Sydney Ideas talk, Antony Loewenstein and Jake Lynch discuss the failure of the Israel/Palestine 'peace process' and argue that the prospect of a two-state solution is no longer viable.
July 2012
Much to admire - and fear - about a rising China   View Summary
31 July 2012
Dr John Lee from the Centre for International Security Studies analyses the rise of China.
Endless research possibilities for remarkable native plant   View Summary
31 July 2012
The exceptional research potential of a native Australian plant has been accelerated by the release today of both its DNA and RNA sequence by University of Sydney researchers and their partners.
Day 3 Olympic review: Fox fights back to make semi-final   View Summary
31 July 2012
The University of Sydney's youngest Olympian, kayaker Jess Fox, entered Olympic competition on Monday. Read our recap on the progress of Jess and other University of Sydney Olympians.
NDIS requires focus, not political point scoring   View Summary
31 July 2012
The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is an idea whose time has come, writes Professor Richard Madden.
New leadership-focused MBA to mould next generation of executives   View Summary
30 July 2012
The University of Sydney Business School has launched an ambitious and innovative Master of Business Administration (MBA) as part of its drive to enter the upper ranks of global business education.
Researchers acknowledged with Australian Laureate Fellowships   View Summary
30 July 2012
Three University of Sydney academics have been awarded prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowships by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
University of Sydney athletes in action as London Olympics get underway   View Summary
30 July 2012
Find out how the University of Sydney's Olympians got on during the opening weekend of London 2012.
Children missing out in battle against TB   View Summary
27 July 2012
The number of children diagnosed with tuberculosis only represents the tip of the iceberg, according to the University of Sydney's Associate Professor Ben Marais.
Largest-ever contingent of University of Sydney Olympians goes for gold in London   View Summary
27 July 2012
More than 30 University of Sydney athletes - students, graduates and sports club members - are preparing to represent Australia at the 2012 London Olympics and Paralympics, the University's largest-ever representation at the world's biggest sporting event.
AI and the ancient game of Go give new insight into expertise   View Summary
27 July 2012
Using a traditional Chinese board game and artificial intelligence, researchers at the University of Sydney and Charles Sturt University have gained new insight into how expertise develops.
Fat gives nanoparticles a fighting chance   View Summary
27 July 2012
Inhalable and thermo-responsive, fat-encased nanoparticles have been developed by researchers at the University of Sydney as possible treatment for lung cancer.
Five Eureka Prize finalists for University of Sydney   View Summary
27 July 2012
Four University of Sydney scientists have been selected as finalists in the 2012 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes - the largest and most comprehensive prizes for science in the country.
Living the dream: alumna reports on the Olympics   View Summary
27 July 2012
Arts and Social Sciences alumna Amanda Shalala is on her way to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in London as a reporter. A self-confessed sports addict who loves the thrill of competition, Amanda is working hard to pave the way for Australian women in sport.
Euro crisis shows ratings agencies are a problem   View Summary
26 July 2012
If every crisis requires a hero and a villain then where do ratings agencies fit on that scale, judging by their performance during Europe's sovereign debt disaster?
Lessons from the 'gene for speed'   View Summary
26 July 2012
As you prepare to watch the world's best athletes competing at the London 2012 Olympics later this week, have you thought about what distinguishes elite sprinters from long-distance athletes? Find out about Professor Kathryn North's work on the 'gene for speed'.
Ancient games: an Olympic factfile from the Nicholson Museum   View Summary
26 July 2012
As London prepares to host the 30th modern edition of the Olympic Games, the University's Nicholson Museum looks at the origins of the world's oldest sporting festival.
The spirit in nursing   View Summary
26 July 2012
Older more experienced nurses working in palliative care are more likely to include spiritual caring in their day-to-day professional activities compared to their younger counterparts in acute care, a University of Sydney study has found.
Sydney Science Forum: Sympathy for the Devil   View Summary
25 July 2012
Hear what the future holds for the Tasmanian devil as it battles with Devil Facial Tumour Disease at a Sydney Science Forum event tonight.
Learning how to jump and throw of key importance to children's health   View Summary
25 July 2012
Learning how to run, jump, kick and catch are skills many children are struggling to accomplish, with major implications for their general health, according to a landmark study led by the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney historian wins top national literary award   View Summary
25 July 2012
A landmark biography of the historian Manning Clark has won a 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Award for its author Associate Professor Mark McKenna of the University of Sydney.
ARC Future Fellowships recognise groundbreaking research   View Summary
25 July 2012
Early- and mid-career researchers at the University of Sydney will help us manage climate change and food security, improve our detection of money laundering schemes, and increase the wellbeing of mothers and newborns thanks to new government funding announced today.
International planners talk climate, carbon and cities in Sydney   View Summary
24 July 2012
More than 100 of the world's leading thinkers in the area of urban planning will be in Sydney this week to discuss the challenges of creating sustainable global cities.
'Disablism' could shape the future for young people with a disability   View Summary
24 July 2012
A new study led by the University of Sydney hopes to shed light on how the experiences of young Australians with a disability are shaped by discrimination.
London calling for Australian Olympic chief and Sydney graduate   View Summary
24 July 2012
More than 30 students, graduates or other members of the University of Sydney community will compete at this year's Olympics and Paralympics. But as the clock counts down to London 2012, another of our graduates will play a major role in helping the games to run as smoothly as possible.
Looking back at Beijing 2008   View Summary
24 July 2012
As we hope for gold-winning success from the largest-ever number of Sydney Uni Olympians at London 2012, we recall our successes at Beijing 2008.
Spin specialists meet at Sydney   View Summary
24 July 2012
Sydney is hosting a meeting of world experts in the field of spintronics, a technology that is expected to drive the next generation of faster, smaller and smarter electronic devices.
Economy class just business as usual for women in sport   View Summary
23 July 2012
Bridging the gender divide in sport still has a long way to go, writes Kate O'Halloran.
New hope for society's most challenging kids   View Summary
23 July 2012
Parents of young children who show extreme behaviour problems and a lack of empathy or remorse may find new hope from research at the University of Sydney.
Call for AIDS researchers to refocus on elderly Africans    View Summary
23 July 2012
As 20,000 participants meet for the start of the Global AIDS Conference in Washington DC today, a study by the University of Sydney underlines the need for a greater focus on older Africans living with HIV.
The British Empire between reform and repression   View Summary
20 July 2012
The next Sydney Ideas lecture will look at the history of the British Empire, in particular how the empire's subject peoples took up, adapted or rejected European ideas in light of their own traditions and beliefs.
Olympics transport: how did Sydney handle it?   View Summary
20 July 2012
The London Olympics seems paralysed with problems. The latest is protests from taxi drivers - who say they need access to special "Olympics lanes" - which have brought traffic to a halt. Is London going to cope with the millions of people about to hit its streets?
Stewart and Hill make Australian Paralympic wheelchair basketball team   View Summary
20 July 2012
Sydney Uni Wheelchair Flames representatives Sarah Stewart and Katie Hill are part of the 12-strong Australian women's Paralympic wheelchair basketball team, the Gliders.
Fox and Maley earn Olympic selection   View Summary
20 July 2012
University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder and paddler Jessica Fox was selected for the Australian 2012 Olympic Games team after a tough weekend of racing at the 2012 Oceania Canoe Slalom Championships in Penrith.
McCulloch off to London   View Summary
20 July 2012
Former University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Kaarle McCulloch will make her Olympic debut at the 2012 London Olympic Games in the Australian track cycling team.
Whalan and McGregor make water polo Olympic team   View Summary
20 July 2012
University of Sydney representatives Thomas Whalan and Sam McGregor were selected in the 13-player Australian Olympic Games Water Polo team.
Sydney Uni divers make Olympic Team   View Summary
20 July 2012
The University of Sydney will be represented by two divers at the 2012 Olympic Games, after Matthew Mitcham and Loudy Wiggins (Tourky) were named in the 10-strong diving squad that will head to London.
Three named in Paralympic swimming team   View Summary
20 July 2012
Three Sydney Uni Swim Club (SUSC) members are part of the Australian Paralympic Swimming Team.
Weir and Price off to London   View Summary
20 July 2012
Two University of Sydney students, Krystal Weir and Olivia Price, will head out onto the seas of Weymouth when competition kicks off at the 2012 London Olympic Games after being selected in the Australian Sailing Team.
Snell hoping to find elusive Olympic Gold in London   View Summary
20 July 2012
Former Southern Design Sydney Uni Flames representative Belinda Snell was selected for her third consecutive Australian Olympic Games women's basketball squad.
No-drill future for dentistry   View Summary
19 July 2012
Fear of the dentist's drill may be a thing of the past with a 'no-drill clinic' on track to be opened early next year by the Faculty of Dentistry.
Goalball glory for Blow   View Summary
19 July 2012
University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Jennifer Blow will compete at the 2012 Paralympic Games in the sport of goalball.
10 of the best selected in Olympic rowing team   View Summary
19 July 2012
A record 10 University of Sydney rowers were selected for the 46 person Australian Olympic Games Rowing team that holds an exciting mix of youth and experience.
Rivers & Butturini named in Australian Olympic hockey squads   View Summary
19 July 2012
University of Sydney will be represented in both the Australian women's hockey team and the men's team at the 2012 London Olympics, thanks to Megan Rivers and Matthew Butturini.
Let the games begin - as lack of physical activity threatens world health   View Summary
19 July 2012
On the eve of the Olympics, the world's greatest celebration of sport, a series in the medical journal The Lancet has starkly highlighted the threat a lack of physical activity poses to our health and mortality.
Early offer scheme launched for promising students   View Summary
19 July 2012
Are you a high school student passionate about a particular area of study and motivated to succeed, but worried your exam marks may not quite get you where you need to be?
Neanderthals cooked veggies and used plants for medicine   View Summary
19 July 2012
Neanderthals were more sophisticated than we'd thought previously, with the first evidence that they cooked plants for food and used plants for medicine found by an international team of scientists.
Party drug grabs brain protein   View Summary
18 July 2012
The party drug known as GHB or 'fantasy' binds to a special protein in the brain according to pharmacy researchers from the University of Sydney.
Will bugs bite at the London Olympics?    View Summary
18 July 2012
Travelling to the London Olympics? What do you expect to bring back? Some amazing sporting memories? A medal? How about some bed bug bites, or, worse still, a few bugs to kick off an infestation at home?
University hosts Oceania's largest conference on international relations   View Summary
18 July 2012
The Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS) commences today with a keynote speech from Professor Michael C Williams from the University of Ottawa, in conjunction with Sydney Ideas.
Ballard makes her fourth Paralympic Games team   View Summary
18 July 2012
Former University of Sydney Elite Athlete Program (EAP) scholarship holder Angela Ballard is part of the Australian athletics team for the London 2012 Paralympic Games.
Saving the koala - a genetic approach   View Summary
17 July 2012
Following the recent listing of koalas as a threatened species in NSW and Queensland, a team of scientists has received federal funding to undertake cutting-edge research to help with koala conservation.
How government can help us avoid shark 'attacks'   View Summary
16 July 2012
The latest fatal shark bite on a surfer is another in a string of terrible and random tragedies that have befallen Western Australia in the past two years. Yet, the hard truth is that shark attacks are a problem that cannot be fully solved, writes Christopher Neff.
First aid for dogs: learning to take care of search dogs   View Summary
16 July 2012
Paramedics and doctors, already highly trained in the treatment of human patients, will learn how to apply advanced first aid training to rescue dogs at the University of Sydney today.
The Intelligence Stairway   View Summary
13 July 2012
What is the 'intelligence stairway'? Join the found of Skype, Jaan Tallinn, at this Sydney Ideas event to find out.
Researchers urge rethink of 'Monty Roberts' horse training method    View Summary
13 July 2012
Aspects of a horse training method made famous by Monty Roberts, author of the 'The Man Who Listens to Horses', have been called into question by research at the University of Sydney.
Meet our youngest Olympian   View Summary
13 July 2012
If there's a sports gene, then 18-year-old Jess Fox probably has it. Her parents represented their countries in canoe/kayak at the Olympics, and first-year student Jess is about to do the same for Australia.
Our most decorated Olympian   View Summary
13 July 2012
Four-time Olympian Liane Tooth is one of Australia's most successful athletes.
Soil security - the next global challenge   View Summary
12 July 2012
Challenges to the health and functioning of our soil pose significant issues for the future of humanity and the planet. To examine the importance of soil, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment and United States Studies Centre are holding a research symposium on soil security.
Five years worth of undergraduates publish crocodile doc   View Summary
12 July 2012
How many undergraduate students does it take publish original research in an academic journal? Exactly 74 in the case of veterinary science students whose study on saltwater crocodile genetics is published in the Australian Journal of Zoology today.
Would you like a side of advertising with your Happy Meal?    View Summary
12 July 2012
PhD student Kathy Chapman discusses the latest episode in the regulation of junk food marketing to children.
University secures $2.1 million of AusAID funding   View Summary
12 July 2012
Seven University of Sydney projects have received funding worth $2.1 million in the latest round of AusAID's PSLP program.
Bald fact is US power is waning   View Summary
11 July 2012
With the US election just four months away, the really big problem facing Americans is how their nation is going to keep its flattering but onerous title of No. 1, writes Tom Switzer.
Bridge-building a priority for Africa network   View Summary
11 July 2012
Sydney is one of the leading partners in a consortium of Australian universities seeking to establish closer links with Africa.
Australian cycling boom? Nope - it's a myth   View Summary
11 July 2012
As the Tour de France re-excites interest in cycling, a new analysis casts doubt that there is a boom in cycling in Australia, writes Professor Chris Rissel.
Sydney College of the Arts supports Biennale projects   View Summary
10 July 2012
Cockatoo Island is home to three works made with support from the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) for the 18th Biennale of Sydney.
Students flying high at aero conference   View Summary
10 July 2012
Australia's aerospace industry is facing an exciting future, according to aeronautical and space engineering students at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Harvard expert on making life changing markets work   View Summary
9 July 2012
In the next Sydney Ideas lecture a leading economist will discuss his experiences in the US designing markets that have some of the most important impacts on our lives - school markets, job markets and health markets.
First radio waves detected from intermediate mass black holes   View Summary
9 July 2012
The first radio emissions to be detected from an intermediate mass black hole have been discovered by an international team of astronomers, including Dr Emil Lenc and Dr Sean Farrell from the School of Physics.
University of Sydney primes pipeline of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander talent   View Summary
9 July 2012
The University of Sydney is helping drive the academic achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, a report by a not-for-profit mentoring organisation has found.
University Art Gallery shows Latin America on the move   View Summary
6 July 2012
A new exhibition at the University of Sydney Art Gallery showcases the University's collection of Latin American kinetic (moving) art, a globally acclaimed genre with a low profile in Australia.
Advancing robotics   View Summary
6 July 2012
As robotic systems become more intelligent, more flexible, more autonomous and more adaptable to their surroundings, international robotics experts are gathering at the University of Sydney's Great Hall to discuss their future.
Advice for winter cold and flu blues    View Summary
5 July 2012
As many of us sniffle and cough our way through another winter, Professor Robert Booy from the National Centre for Immunisation Research and Surveillance at Sydney Medical School has some advice about colds and flu.
What matters to you?   View Summary
5 July 2012
The University of Sydney is calling on members of the public in Australia and around the world to vote for what matters most to them, with five new topics this month ranging from human rights to robotics to identifying athletic genes.
Higgs boson announcement an historic day for science   View Summary
5 July 2012
Evidence for the existence of a new sub-atomic particle resembling the long-sought-after Higgs boson was announced last night in a pair of seminars given at the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, CERN.
Higgs boson breakthrough - University student involved in research responds   View Summary
5 July 2012
University of Sydney PhD candidate Mark Scarcella is still taking in the significance of last night's announcement of evidence that the Higgs boson particle exists.
Coal curse: the black side of the subsidised resources boom   View Summary
4 July 2012
It's time for Australia to ask itself the hard questions about the real cost of energy from coal, write Stuart Rosewarne and Linda Connor.
A challenging future for the dairy industry   View Summary
4 July 2012
Continued production in the face of issues of food security, energy prices, falling fertility, environmental impacts and productivity are key questions that will be tackled at the Dairy Research Foundation 2012 Symposium.
Is science an endangered species in mass media?   View Summary
4 July 2012
Gardening offers a colourful opportunity to convey important scientific concepts says Angus Stewart, who will be delivering the next talk at Sydney Connections alumni breakfast.
ARC Linkage Grants recognise innovative research ideas   View Summary
3 July 2012
Koala conservation, lowering emissions from buildings, an evaluation of immigration policy and the better use of fruit and vegetable waste are some of the University of Sydney research projects to benefit from the latest round of Australian Research Council Linkage Project grants.
Geopark pioneer wins Hong Kong award   View Summary
2 July 2012
Sydney alumnus Dr Young Ng has won an award for his work on the development of the Hong Kong geopark.
Engineering a dream    View Summary
2 July 2012
The educational dream of six Aboriginal students will see them return to the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies for a second in-depth workshop aimed at increasing their opportunity for tertiary studies.
Peace journalism in Mexico   View Summary
2 July 2012
As Mexico awaits the outcome of its presidential election, Associate Professor Jake Lynch examines the country's allegedly manipulative media outlet Televisa, the world's largest Spanish-speaking media group.
Music scholar finds sound basis to revolutionise performance   View Summary
2 July 2012
A University of Sydney scholar has conducted groundbreaking research that could change the way pianists perform music by late-romantic composers such as Brahms, Chopin and Saint-Säens.
June 2012
Faculty sponsors the 18th Biennale of Sydney's Opening Week Symposium   View Summary
29 June 2012
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have made a further commitment to public engagement in the arts with a sponsorship of the 18th Biennale of Sydney's Opening Week Symposium, in conjunction with the Power Institute Foundation.
Friends, Romans, LEGO men! Go back in time with LEGO at the Nicholson Museum   View Summary
29 June 2012
The world's largest ever LEGO model of the Roman Colosseum and Arch of Constantine will bring history to life at a free exhibition at the University of Sydney's Nicholson Museum this July.
Last chance to see University choir before overseas tour   View Summary
29 June 2012
An award winning University of Sydney choir will hold a final concert this Sunday before embarking on an international tour where they will be performing in some of the world's most famous venues, including Westminster Abbey and at Notre Dame Cathedral.
International conference looks to the classroom of the future   View Summary
29 June 2012
Interactive worktables, robots and collaborative learning on mobile devices are are just some of the revolutionary educational approaches being discussed at this year's International Conference of the Learning Sciences, being held for the first time in the Asia-Pacific region at the University of Sydney.
Australian cycling boom a myth   View Summary
28 June 2012
There has been a decline in the per capita level of cycling in Australia, with population growth three times that of recent increases in cycling trips, according to University of Sydney research.
Sydney motorists support congestion charges   View Summary
28 June 2012
Sydney motorists are prepared to pay to reduce congestion and support public transport, according to a survey conducted by the Institute of Transport and Logistics Studies (ITLS) in the University of Sydney Business School.
Healthy eating advice for new mums can help cut child obesity   View Summary
27 June 2012
Teaching new mums about healthy eating and active play can reduce the risk of their child being overweight or obese a research study in which the University of Sydney collaborated has found.
Law teachers gather to discuss online teaching and degree changes   View Summary
27 June 2012
The growth of online legal teaching will be high on the agenda when legal academics from across Australia and the Pacific gather for the Australasian Law Teachers Association conference at Sydney Law School this weekend.
Postcard from Cambodia: Professor Chris Semsarian   View Summary
27 June 2012
Cardiologist Chris Semsarian writes about the remarkable impact of the 500 Hearts project in rural Cambodia.
Celebrating Australia's ancient music at the Con   View Summary
27 June 2012
Some of the world's oldest musical compositions will feature in a free all-day event celebrating Australia's Indigenous musical culture at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on Saturday 30 June.
Art of Darkness: Art Nouveau and Style Congo   View Summary
26 June 2012
The origins of Belgian Art Nouveau design and its relationship with the African Congo is the subject of a Sydney Ideas lecture this week.
Taxing Times   View Summary
26 June 2012
Tax officials from the Marshall Islands have spent time at the University to prepare for the introduction of a new tax system in the islands.
Churnalism on the rise as news sites fill up with shared content and wire copy   View Summary
25 June 2012
The unfolding print news crisis has an inevitable feel to those who've been studying the latest phase of restructuring in our digital media industries, write Fiona Martin and Tim Dwyer.
New Pulsford Laboratory fixates on nitrogen   View Summary
25 June 2012
David Pulsford, an alumnus of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, and an industry leader in nitrogen fixation, will be honoured with a special award from the faculty and the opening of a new lab bearing his name.
Research confirms Varroa mite bad news for Aussie bees   View Summary
25 June 2012
The worst fears of Australia's honeybee industry have been realised, with new research confirming that Australian honeybees are highly susceptible to a pest that will potentially devastate them when it reaches Australia.
Sydney Law School hosts leading Chinese law deans   View Summary
25 June 2012
An upcoming visit of deans from leading Chinese law schools will strengthen Australia' position at the vanguard of international legal alliances with China, says Sydney Law School Dean Professor Gillian Triggs.
Solo exhibition asks us to look at a shared history   View Summary
22 June 2012
New works by Danie Mellor, a lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts and one of Australia's most significant contemporary artists, are on show at the Manly Art Gallery and Museum in a self-titled solo exhibition.
Smaller drink sizes mean better health: lessons from New York City    View Summary
22 June 2012
Dr Margaret Allman-Farinelli reflects on New York City's proposed limit on the size of sugary soft drinks.
The University of Sydney, Rabbitohs and Souths Cares join forces   View Summary
21 June 2012
The University of Sydney, South Sydney Football Club and Souths Cares will work together to encourage and support young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders in the South Sydney region.
Fishing for answers about oceans past, present and future   View Summary
21 June 2012
Tonight, hear about how a hundred years of restaurant menus, old ships' logs, and tax records are just some of the sources being used to recreate a historical picture of the world's oceans and marine life.
Scan on rats in motion opens new areas of research   View Summary
21 June 2012
A way of performing PET scans on laboratory rats that are in motion is more accurate and makes possible new experiments linking brain and behavioural function.
An underground mozzie that postpones its blood feast   View Summary
20 June 2012
A secretive and exotic species of mosquito, found across much of Australia, has revealed a new twist on the insect's famous 'blood-sucking' reputation to researchers at the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney secures unique partnership with King's College London   View Summary
20 June 2012
Two of the world's leading humanities institutions in two great global cities have joined forces in a landmark agreement, providing unique research and learning opportunities for their students.
Gina Rinehart, Fairfax and the 'war' politics of the Australian right   View Summary
20 June 2012
Gina Rinehart's move on Fairfax is part of a growing momentum for Australia's political right, writes Geoff Gallop.
Have your say on Australia's relationship with China   View Summary
19 June 2012
A University of Sydney essay competition inviting anyone under 25 to write about Australia's relationship with China gives young people a chance to reflect on the history of this key bilateral relationship and ponder its future.
African agricultural managers learn from Australian experience   View Summary
19 June 2012
A delegation of African agricultural managers have visited Australia under a University of Sydney program funded by the government.
How likely is my breast cancer to recur and spread?    View Summary
18 June 2012
Over 13,500 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in Australia each year. After completing initial treatment, the immediate question for many, if not most, is - what are the chances my cancer will return?
A positive framework of inspiring women   View Summary
15 June 2012
A number of University of Sydney women are featured in a photographic project that documents 50 inspiring women who have had a positive impact on the community.
How to teach science and computing in the age of big data   View Summary
15 June 2012
Computational skills and scientific literacy are becoming increasingly critical for all Australians, write Tara Murphy and James Curran.
Five young composers present five new works for five Steinway concert grands   View Summary
15 June 2012
To mark the arrival in Australia of five new Steinway concert grands, music composition students at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music have created five new five-minute works to be played on the five pianos simultaneously.
Sydney launches strategy to boost Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander participation   View Summary
14 June 2012
The University of Sydney has unveiled a major strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education, research and engagement.
Has Australia fallen for Obama's soft power?   View Summary
14 June 2012
Obama may be helping to make America cool again, but that means little across true global divides, writes David Smith.
Project puts fair elections on the ballot   View Summary
14 June 2012
In the wake of Egypt's first democratic elections, the current Greek political crisis and the forthcoming US Presidential elections, global electoral integrity has become an increasingly significant issue.
Using the cane toad's poison against itself    View Summary
13 June 2012
An effective new weapon in the fight against the spread of cane toads has been developed by the University of Sydney, in collaboration with the University of Queensland.
The extraordinary tales behind University of Sydney antiquities   View Summary
13 June 2012
Behind every museum artefact lies a story and an exhibition at the University of Sydney tells some of the most riveting tales behind its vast antiquities collection, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
Sydney increases support for PhD students   View Summary
13 June 2012
PhD students at the University of Sydney will receive comprehensive training to help them better prepare for their future employment and to support them in necessary skill development during their candidature.
Voluntourism: the downsides of medical missions   View Summary
12 June 2012
An increasing number of doctors and other health workers from developed countries - including Australia - are packing up their mosquito nets and scalpels and heading overseas on short trips to provide health services.
Could stuttering impact your career?   View Summary
12 June 2012
A new University of Sydney study is targeting young people to find out exactly how stuttering impacts on occupational choices.
Queen's Birthday Honours 2012   View Summary
12 June 2012
University of Sydney academics and researchers have been recognised in this year's Queen's Birthday Honours for their contribution to politics, medical research and education.
Cross-cultural experiences through Chinese body art   View Summary
8 June 2012
A Sydney College of the Arts student will be body painting two models using striking motifs from Chinese folk art in a public performance of her work today, Friday 8 June.
Guerrilla graffiti paints the night at Vivid Sydney   View Summary
8 June 2012
Guerrilla graffiti projections will be roaming Circular Quay and the Opera House precinct as part of the Vivid Sydney festival, thanks to two master's students.
Boost for training of medical and health students   View Summary
8 June 2012
The first sod has been turned on the site of The Sydney Adventist Hospital's Education Centre - a $17m facility which boosts the clinical training options for the University of Sydney's health and medical students.
Biodiversity threats traced through their supply chains   View Summary
7 June 2012
Thirty percent of threatened species are at risk because of consumption in the developed world of goods such as coffee, cocoa and lumber, according to University of Sydney research.
Mystery of Tasmanian devil tumour deepens - for now   View Summary
7 June 2012
The degree of genetic difference to a tumour is not a factor in Tasmanian Devils contracting the facial tumour disease, according to research led by the University of Sydney.
How America's 'War on Women' is being waged   View Summary
7 June 2012
As momentum builds in a US Presidential election year, a Sydney Ideas panel this Friday looks towards the United States and what has been dubbed a 'War on Women'.
Handwriting help for stroke survivors at the University of Sydney   View Summary
7 June 2012
A team of researchers from the University of Sydney are putting together a training program for stroke survivors to help them regain the skill of handwriting.
Last chance this lifetime to see the Transit of Venus   View Summary
6 June 2012
See the planet Venus cross in front of the sun during the Transit of Venus today, at a public event run by the University of Sydney Physics Society. It's your last chance to see Venus transit the sun until December 2117.
Translating the Greek crisis for Australians   View Summary
5 June 2012
As the Greek financial situation threatens to envelop the whole country in political crisis, Australians with a connection to Greece are watching events unfold with a mixture of anxiety and despair.
Australian gamblers spend big online - but it's risky   View Summary
5 June 2012
Australians are spending around $1 billion annually on illegal offshore gambling sites, yet with few regulations in place they are leaving themselves open to identity fraud, being ripped off or developing gambling problems.
Ancient berry could fight diabetic blindness   View Summary
5 June 2012
The ancient Tibetan goji berry could help fight blindness caused by long-term diabetes according to studies conducted by University of Sydney researchers.
An insight into the working life of Patrick White   View Summary
5 June 2012
This Wednesday, professors Margaret Harris and Elizabeth Webby, together with research assistant Jennifer Moore, will deliver a public talk about their Australian Research Council funded project on the Patrick White manuscripts.
Feeding the world: land, hunger and human rights   View Summary
4 June 2012
This Wednesday 6 June Sydney Ideas will host a One Just World forum that asks why we can manage to produce enough food to feed everyone on the planet, and yet one in seven people go to bed hungry each night.
Testosterone overprescribed, particularly for older men   View Summary
4 June 2012
Testosterone prescriptions have surged since 2006 due to promotional activity, according to University of Sydney research which also found growing overuse in older men.
Student brings sustainable urbanisation to Vivid Sydney   View Summary
1 June 2012
Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning student William Chan has turned his passion for sustainability into a brilliant artwork for Vivid Sydney 2012.
The stay-at-home dad syndrome: why do Rachel Griffiths' parenting choices make news?   View Summary
1 June 2012
The front page of the Saturday 26 May edition of the Sydney Morning Herald was dominated by a story about the actor Rachel Griffiths and her husband, artist Andrew Taylor "playing swapsies" with their family roles.
May 2012
Students band together for a one-of-a-kind concert   View Summary
31 May 2012
For the past five weeks 20 students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music have been venturing out to three Sydney schools to jam with groups of students in preparation for a concert held at the Conservatorium's Recital Hall this week.
Indigenous high school students get the university experience   View Summary
31 May 2012
Think back to your first day at university - did it involve an elite Olympic wrestler, a glass blower, a rugby league star, a guided tour of a celebrated art collection, climbing a rock wall or making and eating ice cream?
Under the influence of magnetic drugs   View Summary
31 May 2012
Pharmacists at the University of Sydney believe they have discovered a method for magnetically directing drugs through the body.
When 'madness' meets the law   View Summary
30 May 2012
Australian society's recent progress in acknowledging and understanding mental illness is yet to find its way to the criminal justice system, a University of Sydney law lecturer says.
How useful are short-term medical missions?    View Summary
30 May 2012
A study by a University of Sydney academic calls for improved transparency, implementation and policymaking around medical missions to developing countries.
Cattle parasite found throughout Australia, study finds   View Summary
30 May 2012
A parasite linked to dogs and responsible for an estimated $30 million loss to the national cattle industry each year is present throughout Australia, a University of Sydney study has revealed.
Silence, power, catastrophe: why media and democracy matter in the 21st century   View Summary
30 May 2012
In a public lecture this Thursday 31 May, Professor John Keane will call for the cracking open of the corporate culture of public-relations-induced silence that has caused human loss, and environmental and financial disasters.
Savvy students' solution can cut costs of power bills   View Summary
29 May 2012
Consumers could save on power bills thanks to an energy saving solution devised by two savvy students at the Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies.
Helping Indigenous students achieve their potential   View Summary
29 May 2012
Jack Manning Bancroft, founder of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) and one of Australia's youngest CEOs, has achieved a great deal since his days at the University of Sydney.
Splitting the SKA - why a dual-site setup is a win for everyone   View Summary
28 May 2012
The Square Kilometre Array (SKA) is a concept that's been slowly growing and evolving since 1991. But recently this ambitious project took a giant leap towards reality with the announcement of a SKA site decision.
University of Sydney tackles the big ideas at TEDxSydney 2012   View Summary
28 May 2012
It was impossible to miss the University of Sydney's participation with TEDxSydney 2012.
Transit of Venus: rare objects mark a rare event   View Summary
28 May 2012
An exhibition at the University's Tin Sheds Gallery is celebrating the anniversary of that 1769 Transit of Venus, and probing the connections between science, art and culture from both a western and Indigenous perspective.
Addressing racism across Australia: panel discussion and workshop   View Summary
28 May 2012
On Wednesday 30 May, Helen Szoke, the Race Discrimination Commissioner from the Australian Human Rights Commission, will be the guest speaker in an Open Forum on the National Anti-Racism Strategy.
University of Sydney's shining lights at Vivid 2012   View Summary
25 May 2012
University of Sydney staff and students have been busy in recent weeks building giant dandelion light sculptures for this year's Vivid Sydney festival.
Her majesty's secret   View Summary
25 May 2012
One of the greatest cliches uttered about her majesty Queen Elizabeth II is that in 60 years of reigning over us, "she has never put a foot wrong". This may well be true but how do we know, writes Anne Twomey.
University of Sydney holds its largest ever Reconciliation Week   View Summary
24 May 2012
In line with our renewed momentum in the area of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander affairs, the University of Sydney will stage its largest ever program of public events for Reconciliation Week 2012.
World's biggest stroke clot-buster trial reveals patient benefits   View Summary
24 May 2012
Patients given a clot-busting drug within six hours of a stroke are more likely to make a better recovery than those who do not receive the treatment, new research has found.
TEDxSydney: Business Dean talks of survival in a G2 World   View Summary
24 May 2012
At TEDxSydney this week, the Dean of the University of Sydney Business School, Professor Geoffrey Garrett, will look at Australia's future in world not dominated by a Group of 20 or a Group of Eight but rather a G2 World in which China and the United States share political and economic power.
Same sex marriage should not be legalised   View Summary
24 May 2012
In what will undoubtedly be a controversial public debate, the University of Sydney's Professor Annamarie Jagose will be speaking for the controversial proposition 'Same-sex marriage should not be legalised' at the City Recital Hall in Sydney on Tuesday 29 May.
Alumnus Kip Williams hits the big stage   View Summary
23 May 2012
The drive from the University to the Sydney Opera House is a short one. But for Kip Williams, it represents a long, exciting journey in his budding theatre career.
Obama's health reform hangs in the balance   View Summary
22 May 2012
A dilution of President Obama's healthcare reforms by the Supreme Court would be its worst decision in more than a decade, says a visiting expert speaking tomorrow at Sydney Law School's Distinguished Speakers Program.
3D virtual reality system lights the way for University of Sydney radiation therapy students   View Summary
22 May 2012
Australia's next generation of radiation therapists will benefit from a new state-of-the-art 3D virtual reality training system at the University of Sydney.
Michael Kirby, Roddy Meagher, and the challenge of friendship   View Summary
22 May 2012
Justice Michael Kirby has spoken publicly about many controversial subjects over the years but rarely about personal friendships. On Thursday 24 May, at the next Sydney Connections breakfast, he will speak about his friendship with former fellow judge Roddy Meagher.
A debate over the length of medical education   View Summary
22 May 2012
'Does it take too long to become a doctor?' is the question asked of several medical professionals, including two of the University of Sydney's medical academics, by the Medical Journal of Australia this week.
Chair focused on innovation   View Summary
22 May 2012
Design researcher, practitioner and Australian Future Fellow, Professor Andy Dong has been appointed to the Warren Chair in Engineering Innovation at the University of Sydney.
Policy on drugs endangers youth    View Summary
21 May 2012
Drugs have become so normalised in today's youth culture the penalties just don't matter as much, write master's student Vivienne Moxham-Hall.
A necessity or a danger? Why we love and hate our credit cards   View Summary
21 May 2012
A new University of Sydney study has revealed the full extent of Australia's love-hate relationship with credit cards and those who use them.
The real cost of coal is quickly adding up   View Summary
21 May 2012
We are paying the price for cheap energy, writes Linda Connor and Stuart Rosewarne.
Engineering gender balance: female graduate numbers increasing   View Summary
21 May 2012
Mid-year figures reveal female graduates at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies are reaching record numbers.
Visions for contemporary art: Elizabeth Ann Macgregor in conversation   View Summary
21 May 2012
A Sydney Ideas event exploring contemporary art in a global context will mark an exciting new phase in the partnership between two of Sydney's most important art institutions - the University of Sydney's Power Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art.
New drug shrinks brain tumours in melanoma patients   View Summary
18 May 2012
Australian researchers have reported promising results with a new drug that shrinks brain tumours in melanoma patients. Their findings are published in The Lancet medical journal today.
Torture causes long-term harm to more than just the initial victims   View Summary
18 May 2012
Physical interrogation brutalises all involved and produces little of value, write Danielle Celermajer and Glenn Carle.
Genetic safety in numbers, platypus study finds   View Summary
18 May 2012
Platypuses on the Australian mainland and in Tasmania are fighting fit but those on small islands are at high risk of being wiped out from disease, according to a University of Sydney study.
'Next generation' cancer treatment ready for clinical trials   View Summary
18 May 2012
A new class of anti-cancer drugs which control the growth and spread of cancers and do so with minimal side effects is being developed by researchers at the University of Sydney.
Should the government decriminalise drugs? Special Sydney Morning Herald and Sydney Ideas live panel   View Summary
17 May 2012
The Sydney Morning Herald, in partnership with Sydney Ideas - the University of Sydney's premier public lecture series program - will tackle the difficult question of whether the Government should decriminalise drugs.
University of Sydney experts debate 'that' Time magazine cover   View Summary
17 May 2012
A recent Time magazine, featuring a stylised cover shot of a young woman breastfeeding her three-year-old, has caused a storm of controversy. University of Sydney academics Fiona Giles, Marc de Rosnay and Deborah Lupton consider the image and the article.
Vice-Chancellor unveils plans for Southeast Asian studies in Jakarta   View Summary
17 May 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence has announced that the University is pressing ahead with plans for a Southeast Asia Studies Centre on a visit to Jakarta.
Sydney Science Forum: Dr Karl's Brain Food   View Summary
16 May 2012
Discover why 90 percent of the cells in your body aren't your own, learn what the speed of death is and find out how the Apple logo got its bite, when Dr Karl Kruszelnicki presents his Sydney Science Forum today at the University of Sydney.
Shu-Cheen Yu returns to the Conservatorium   View Summary
16 May 2012
Soprano Shu-Cheen Yu will present some of her favourite Chinese folk songs when she performs at the Conservatorium of Music on Sunday 27 May.
The extraordinary tales behind University of Sydney antiquities   View Summary
16 May 2012
Behind every museum artefact lies a story and a new exhibition at the University of Sydney tells some of the most riveting tales behind its vast antiquities collection, the largest in the southern hemisphere.
How to avoid a global food crisis   View Summary
16 May 2012
The world faces a major challenge in the coming decades as global food demand is poised for unprecedented growth, writes visiting professor Chris Barrett.
NAPLAN a threat to the arts in education   View Summary
16 May 2012
Professor Robyn Ewing is one of 100 academics campaigning against NAPLAN. Read her argument here.
Chinese archaeology proves early East-West links   View Summary
15 May 2012
The vast but little known north-western Chinese region of Xinjiang has presented a University of Sydney archaeologist with exciting new evidence of early contact between China and the West.
Gambling not an addiction say University of Sydney researchers   View Summary
14 May 2012
Many people talk of problem gambling as an 'addiction' but work coming out of the University of Sydney's Gambling Treatment Clinic suggests that this may not be the case.
Occupy the Sydney Writers' Festival with John Keane   View Summary
14 May 2012
The internationally renowned democracy expert, Professor John Keane, will join a special Sydney Writers' Festival panel discussion on Thursday 17 May in the University of Sydney's Great Hall on the future of the Occupy movement.
A Flock of Dodos: free film screening tonight   View Summary
14 May 2012
There are still seats left at a free screening tonight of a probing yet humorous documentary on the debate between believers in intelligent design, and the scientists who support evolution theories.
Throwing new light on the great Ern Malley hoax   View Summary
14 May 2012
In the age of e-books, an original 1944 paper copy of the modernist magazine 'Angry Penguins', containing all the Ern Malley poems, will be on display for the duration of the Sydney Writers' Festival at the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney.
Meditation linked to better wellbeing and health, including mental health   View Summary
11 May 2012
The experience of 'mental silence' is linked with better health outcomes and greater wellbeing according to a University of Sydney study.
An ex-interrogator talks about torture   View Summary
11 May 2012
In what promises to be a challenging Sydney Writers' Festival event, Danielle Celermajer, director of the University of Sydney's Torture Prevention and Human Rights programs, will be in conversation with Glenn Carle, a former CIA interrogator and the author of 'The Interrogator: A CIA agent's true story'.
Alcohol's impact on babies - UN looks at Australian experience   View Summary
11 May 2012
An Australian film depicting the life of a young boy exposed to alcohol during his mother's pregnancy was shown at the United Nations headquarters in New York yesterday.
Picture books are not just kids' stuff, say artists-in-residence   View Summary
11 May 2012
Children's picture books are a specialised art form, and a public lecture by writer Nadia Wheatley and illustrator Ken Searle aims to encourage deeper appreciation of the genre among parents and educators.
University of Sydney announces partnership with TEDxSydney   View Summary
10 May 2012
For the first time the University of Sydney is partnering with TEDxSydney, the annual event of 'Ideas worth spreading'.
Study exposes secret world of porn addiction   View Summary
10 May 2012
A major study from the University of Sydney has shed light on the secret world of excessive porn viewing and the devastating effect it has on users and their families.
Responding to the needs of disadvantaged rural communities   View Summary
10 May 2012
Young children and families in the Broken Hill area will benefit from a number of new health clinics to be established as a result of federal government budget funding for the University of Sydney.
Federal budget 2012: expert reaction   View Summary
9 May 2012
Three University of Sydney experts give their views on the 2012 Federal Budget.
A new clue to predicting pre-eclampsia   View Summary
9 May 2012
An indication of whether a mother will develop pre-eclampsia, the most common and severe pregnancy-related disease, has been identified by a University of Sydney study.
Turning the tide on the state of Indigenous literature   View Summary
9 May 2012
The Faculty of Education and Social Work in partnership with the Koori Centre is launching its series with Indigenous Australian writers and thinkers, Turning the Tide, with the inaugural event in association with the Sydney Writers' Festival in The Great Hall on Thursday 17 May.
Bulldogs star shows local students the path to university   View Summary
8 May 2012
Star Bulldogs Rugby League player Corey Payne will encourage young people in Sydney's south-western suburbs to take on university at a free event this Wednesday 9 May at Revesby Workers Club.
Wish list for Wayne Swan: what the experts want from the budget    View Summary
8 May 2012
Two University of Sydney experts have advocated what they would like to see from the 2012 Federal Budget.
New measurement tool for clinical trials to help children with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease   View Summary
7 May 2012
An international study led by the University of Sydney has the potential to improve the design of clinical trials for the treatment of Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease, a disorder of the peripheral nervous system.
Year 3 kids find their way to higher education   View Summary
4 May 2012
Almost 700 students aged eight and nine got their first hands-on experience of life on campus this week at the Year 3 Introduction to University Day, part of the University of Sydney's Compass 'Find your way to higher education' program.
Behind every great voice   View Summary
4 May 2012
Dr Rowena Cowley, a senior lecturer in Voice and Opera at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and President of the Australian National Association of Teachers of Singing, reflects on the TV ratings phenomena 'The Voice'.
Australia's disappearing sea snakes   View Summary
4 May 2012
Australia's sea snakes may be more in danger of extinction than previously thought, marine scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies say.
Buff and polish for Bourke's oral health   View Summary
4 May 2012
The art of cleaning and protecting teeth is taken for granted, claim University of Sydney dentists, and there is a need to refocus on basic oral hygiene skills particularly in remote Australia.
Nursing Mental Health Policy and Practice   View Summary
4 May 2012
How to build resistance and strengthen families living with mental illnesses is the focus of a Churchill Fellowship study tour to be undertaken by Associate Professor Kim Foster from the Sydney Nursing School.
New history examines university's role as a public institution   View Summary
3 May 2012
A new history of the University of Sydney examines Australia's oldest university's track record as a secular institution serving the public interest and one of the colony's earliest hubs of philanthropy and social inclusion.
Body clock genes unravelled   View Summary
3 May 2012
International travellers, shift workers and even people suffering from obesity-related conditions stand to benefit from a key discovery about the functioning of the body's internal clock.
Did dingoes kill the thylacines?   View Summary
3 May 2012
Direct attacks by introduced dingoes may have led to the extinction on the Australian mainland of the iconic marsupial predator, the thylacine, a new study involving University of Sydney researchers suggests.
What matters to you?   View Summary
3 May 2012
Five of the University of Sydney's most prominent academics and alumni have shared what matters most to them in the second step of our What Matters campaign.
What it takes to make a working farm dog   View Summary
1 May 2012
The secret to breeding a successful working farm dog is the focus of a new national University of Sydney study.
Climate crusader Anna Rose to speak at Sydney Connections Breakfast   View Summary
1 May 2012
Prominent climate change activist, Anna Rose, will speak at the Sydney Connections Breakfast next Thursday 10 May about the latest episode in her mission to spread the word about global warming.
US Studies Centre joins global soil crisis talks   View Summary
1 May 2012
Members of the United States Studies Centre's Soil Carbon Initiative put their case for increased attention to global soil security at the United Nations in New York last week.
April 2012
Don't scrap junk mail -- research says it works   View Summary
30 April 2012
There's no reprieve in sight for Australian letterboxes bombarded with junk mail, with new University of Sydney research showing that junk mail is enormously effective in boosting in-store sales.
Telling Chinese Stories   View Summary
30 April 2012
Since 2008 the People's Republic of China has increasingly focused on 'telling the China story', notes Professor Geremie Barmé - China expert, filmmaker and presenter of tomorrow's Sydney Ideas lecture.
2012 Endeavour Australia Awards   View Summary
30 April 2012
Two University of Sydney PhD students will continue their research overseas after being awarded Prime Minister's Australia Asia Awards in the 2012 round of the Australia Endeavour Awards.
Economics columnist Ross Gittins awarded honorary doctorate   View Summary
30 April 2012
The University of Sydney has awarded an Honorary Doctorate to Ross Gittins, the Sydney Morning Herald journalist who has been economics editor at the newspaper since 1978.
Tiny crystal revolutionises computing   View Summary
26 April 2012
A tiny crystal that enables a computer to perform calculations that currently stump the world's most powerful supercomputers has been developed by an international team including the University of Sydney's Dr Michael Biercuk.
Grant success for leadership-building programs   View Summary
26 April 2012
The University has received more than $3 million in funding from 15 successful applications in the latest round of the Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship program.
Could the Mekong's water destabilise Asia?   View Summary
26 April 2012
Southeast Asian nations surrounding the Lower Mekong Basin should put construction of hydro-electric dams on the Mekong River on hold if they want to avoid a human security disaster, says a University of Sydney PhD candidate.
Moving in the right direction for better aged care   View Summary
26 April 2012
The Government's aged care reforms are a landmark for setting valuable directions for better care. It's the first such major initiative in more than 25 years - but there's a long and uncertain road ahead, writes Professor Hal Kendig.
University of Sydney architect named president of peak body    View Summary
26 April 2012
Paul Berkemeier, an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, will become the next president of the Australian Institute of Architects.
A new insight into horse flu   View Summary
24 April 2012
The management of influenza outbreaks in horses will directly benefit from research by the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.
How your eyes deceive you   View Summary
24 April 2012
Researchers have thrown new light on the tricks the brain plays as it struggles to make sense of the visual and other sensory signals it constantly receives.
Fostering a multidisciplinary approach to HIV/AIDS education in developing nations   View Summary
24 April 2012
A cross-disciplinary team from the University of Sydney has won an Australian Leaderships Awards Fellowships grant to host a delegation of health sector representatives from four developing nations.
Students need to be 'switched on' to maths, say researchers   View Summary
23 April 2012
The decline in children's participation in mathematics can only be reversed by tackling a complex mix of factors, including positive and negative attitudes of parents, peers and teachers, new research has found.
Give older workers a $1000 makeover to help them find work   View Summary
23 April 2012
How much body work does $1000 buy? In many ways this is a more sensible question than how many jobs will be created for people over 50 by offering workplaces small sums of money to hire them, writes Dr Leanne Cutcher.
Historic university building recognised as part of Australia's heritage   View Summary
23 April 2012
A small octagonal timber building originally used by veterinary science lecturers when demonstrating to students on cows and horses has won a major heritage award from the National Trust of Australia today.
A new approach to obesity and diabetes treatments   View Summary
20 April 2012
A new book produced by the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre has challenged existing approaches to diabetes and obesity treatments and presented a strategy with the potential to revolutionise the way our society approaches weight management.
Good looks and charm valued over qualifications and experience in fashion retail   View Summary
19 April 2012
In another win for beautiful people, a University of Sydney study has revealed that fashion retail managers consider good looks and charm to be significantly more important for their staff than qualifications or experience.
Study sparks health fears for IVF children   View Summary
19 April 2012
The first IVF birth worldwide was in 1978, and so the oldest IVF children are now adults. Will they have the same health outcomes as those conceived "naturally", asks Professor David Celermajer.
International House marks 45 years of welcoming students from around the world   View Summary
19 April 2012
The University of Sydney's International House celebrated its 45th anniversary with a gala event held at the house on Sunday, 1 April, 2012.
Home security on rise as intruder risk falls   View Summary
19 April 2012
Despite the headline-grabbing fixation with gun crime, we received some positive crime news this week with the release of the 2011 NSW Crime Statistics.
Tell it to the whispering walls, says Sydney artist   View Summary
19 April 2012
A whispering scene in Fellini's classic film 'La Dolce Vita', famous whispering walls in India, and a fascination with technology, language and codes are all influences behind the latest installation by the Sydney College of the Arts' Robyn Backen.
AusAID grant to boost Mongolian public sector transparency and accountability   View Summary
18 April 2012
The University of Sydney Business School has won a prestigious AusAID research grant that will see it export its capability-building expertise to Mongolia.
Sydney Law School invites you to scrutinise crime figures   View Summary
18 April 2012
Why has burglary in NSW more than halved and motor vehicle theft dropped by almost two-thirds in the last 10 years? The University of Sydney's Institute of Criminology invites you to find out why.
Success on the road to a career in oral health   View Summary
18 April 2012
Being a mature-age student with no Higher School Certificate did not stop Jacinda Matthews becoming the first person in her family to graduate from university.
Art Unlimited goes on show   View Summary
18 April 2012
Six artists who work from studios in a former gaol in the Victoria town of Geelong are featured in an exhibition opening this week at the Sydney College of the Arts' Callan Park Gallery.
Breakthrough in solar cell efficiency   View Summary
18 April 2012
Low cost solar cells suitable for rooftop panels could reach a record-breaking 40 percent efficiency following an early stage breakthrough by a University of Sydney researcher and his German partners.
Get online and discuss What Matters to you   View Summary
17 April 2012
Celebrated artist and University of Sydney alumnus Ben Quilty will chat online with members of the public today about why support for the arts is a critical issue as part of the 'What Matters' campaign.
The looming chocolate crisis?   View Summary
17 April 2012
A chocolate supply crisis may be looming says Professor David Guest, from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney.
Reality bytes for high school teachers   View Summary
16 April 2012
An educational initiative designed by Google has the potential to produce brighter, smarter computer students at tertiary level, according to the University of Sydney's information technology experts.
Public forum to scrutinise Finkelstein recommendations   View Summary
13 April 2012
A public forum at the University of Sydney will examine the outcome of the recent Finkelstein Inquiry into the news media, scrutinising the politics of recommendations and whether they are likely to be successfully implemented.
Uncovering a secret weight-loss trick from the galaxy's biggest stars   View Summary
12 April 2012
Putting all dieters to shame, the red giant stars of our galaxy lose many times the entire mass of the Earth every year, and the riddle of how has finally been solved by University of Sydney researchers.
University of Sydney taxonomist names new family of fish   View Summary
12 April 2012
A University of Sydney taxonomist has built on the research of Emperor Akihito of Japan, perhaps the world's best known ichthyologist, to classify a new family of fish.
World-first study shows thongs could be better for kids' feet than other shoes   View Summary
12 April 2012
Australia's favourite footwear are under the spotlight, with a world-first study from the University of Sydney indicating thongs may not be as bad for children's feet as their reputation suggests.
Celebrating research wins   View Summary
12 April 2012
Academics across the University of Sydney are starting to explore new ways to tackle some of the big issues of the 21st century thanks to their success in attracting external research funding throughout 2011.
Australia-first meeting tackles unacceptable maternal and child health in Burma   View Summary
11 April 2012
Unacceptably high maternal and infant mortality rates in Burma are being addressed for the first time in Australia at a conference at the University of Sydney today.
Joseph Beuys exhibition at University Art Gallery   View Summary
10 April 2012
Australia's largest public collection of the work of Joseph Beuys, one of the late 20th century's most influential artists, has gone on show at the University of Sydney's Art Gallery.
Matrix and veterinary science know-how creates a cutting-edge model   View Summary
10 April 2012
A company that worked on the film The Matrix has developed groundbreaking technology which will help University of Sydney veterinary students improve their surgical desexing skills.
Fatty acids fight cancer spread   View Summary
10 April 2012
Tiny agents found in omega-3 could potentially be used to block the path of primary cancer tumours, preventing the advance to secondary stage cancers according to pharmacy researchers at the University of Sydney.
School shoes lose traction as best option for kids' feet   View Summary
10 April 2012
Parents spend a lot of time and money picking out the perfect school shoes for their children, but a University of Sydney study is questioning whether the traditional solid, sturdy shoe is the best choice.
PhD student selected to meet Nobel Laureates   View Summary
5 April 2012
Grace Shephard, a PhD student in the School of Geosciences, will join early career research scientists from around the world for a special event featuring 25 Nobel Laureates.
Elite athletes ambivalent on sports advertising    View Summary
5 April 2012
A majority of elite athletes would not support their promotion of alcohol and junk food, a study by the University of Sydney has found.
Our rising stars shine in Beijing   View Summary
5 April 2012
Two young students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will be spending this Easter in Beijing competing in the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, commonly regarded as the 'Olympics for young violinists'.
South American visit pays dividends   View Summary
5 April 2012
On a visit to South America, Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence has signed an agreement on behalf of Australia's leading research universities that will bring more Brazilian students to Australia.
New ultra-small laser opens up a world of possibilities   View Summary
4 April 2012
Computing and medicine are among the many fields which could be revolutionised by a new form of ultra-small laser.
Fizzy drinks a predictor of future health problems   View Summary
3 April 2012
Scientists can already see damage in the eyes of children who have been drinking fizzy drinks and eating too many carbohydrates, according to a world first study.
Endeavour Award winner studies the politics of immigration   View Summary
3 April 2012
Canadian researcher Stephen Larin will conduct a six-month study into immigration policies in Australia and Canada after winning an Endeavour Award to work at the University of Sydney.
Catastrophic climate risks and the role of Disaster Law   View Summary
3 April 2012
On 28 March the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) released its full report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX).
Rediscovering the Hanging Garden   View Summary
3 April 2012
English literature professor Margaret Harris was a key agent behind the publication this week of Patrick White's lost novel 'The Hanging Garden'.
Breakthrough virus research recognised by award   View Summary
2 April 2012
The discovery of how a particular virus can persist in a latent state for the life of the human host has won the 2012 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Medical Research.
$2.1 million grant to clinical trials registry    View Summary
2 April 2012
The Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek, has announced a grant of $2.1 million to the Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry (ANZCTR), located at the University of Sydney.
The Blue Economy solution to manufacturing's doldrums   View Summary
2 April 2012
This week's Sydney Ideas speaker, international global entrepreneur Gunter Pauli, will update us on his plan to create 100 million jobs over 10 years without hurting the environment.
Head of NASA to speak at the University of Sydney   View Summary
2 April 2012
The head of NASA, Charles F Bolden Jr, will speak at a public event at the University of Sydney co-hosted by the US Studies Centre, CAASTRO (ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics) and the US Consulate General this Wednesday 4 April.
Community forum on revolutionary reform to disability services   View Summary
2 April 2012
Close to 100 local residents attended a community forum on the National Disability Insurance Scheme at the University of Sydney last week. Hosted by the federal Minister for Health, Tanya Plibersek and the Every Australian Counts Campaign, the forum included a panel of experts from the University who spoke on the importance of the proposed scheme.
March 2012
What makes a difference to you?   View Summary
30 March 2012
The University of Sydney is using its most prominent academics and alumni to find out what Australians care about and give the wider community a better idea of the impact of its work.
Joan Carden Award 2012   View Summary
30 March 2012
The Joan Carden Award for 2012 has been won by mezzo soprano Agnes Sarkis. Agnes holds an Advanced Diploma of Opera from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and is currently in the first year of study for a Graduate Diploma of Music (Opera).
Students thrive with University of Sydney mental health festival and census   View Summary
30 March 2012
University is often remembered as a time of parties, relaxation and fun but students Australia-wide also experience a surge in mental health issues in their university years. To help raise awareness of the challenges this presents, the University of Sydney is launching its inaugural Thrive Festival.
Personal best goals may help close achievement gaps for at-risk students   View Summary
30 March 2012
Personal-best goals for at-risk children such as those with attention deficit hyperactive disorder may be one way of closing the achievement gap in schools, according to new research.
University events revealed in Sydney Writers' Festival program   View Summary
30 March 2012
The University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has teamed up as a partner with the iconic literary event in 2012 to offer a diverse range of panel-led discussions and workshops with leading authors and researchers.
Helping Laotians adapt to rapid change    View Summary
29 March 2012
Human geographers and international public health experts from the University of Sydney are collaborating on a project to help people in Laos adjust to large-scale environmental changes, with a research grant of $1.4 million from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
Taxis are getting worse, latest transport survey finds   View Summary
29 March 2012
More than one in two Australians believe that taxi services in their local areas are deteriorating, according to the University's latest quarterly national transport survey.
'Impossible' problem solved after non-invasive brain stimulation   View Summary
29 March 2012
Brain stimulation can markedly improve people's ability to solve highly complex problems, a recent University of Sydney study suggests.
Dr Bates Gill is the new CEO for the US Studies Centre   View Summary
28 March 2012
Dr Bates Gill has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of the United States Studies Centre.
Sydney appoints China experts   View Summary
28 March 2012
The University of Sydney has appointed two internationally regarded experts to head up its new China Studies Centre.
Current coal seam gas approach not covering risks   View Summary
27 March 2012
Australia would greatly benefit from a "slow down and learn approach" to managing possible risks from coal seam gas extraction , argues Professor Alan Randall from the University of Sydney.
Time for no-fault vaccination compensation    View Summary
27 March 2012
David Isaacs, Professor of Paediatric Infectious Diseases, has called for the introduction of compensation for those who suffer a serious adverse reaction to vaccination.
Endothelium research receives $4 million of support   View Summary
27 March 2012
Sydney doctor and philanthropist Tom Wenkart yesterday donated $4 million to endow the University of Sydney Wenkart Chair in Endothelium Medicine at the Centenary Institute.
Challenging questions as the Asian Century begins   View Summary
27 March 2012
Asian Development Bank Vice-President Stephen Groff has spoken at the University about the challenges facing the region at the start of the Asian Century.
The health risk of too much sitting down    View Summary
27 March 2012
A study led by the University of Sydney has found that adults who sat 11 or more hours per day had a 40 percent increased risk of dying in the next three years compared with those who sat for fewer than four hours a day.
Preventing the distress and pain of lymphoedema   View Summary
27 March 2012
Researchers from the University of Sydney, Royal North Shore Hospital and the University of Queensland have announced the largest study yet into lymphoedema, a disorder affecting up to 30 percent of people undergoing treatment for some cancers.
Buddhism and Neuroscience: a problematic dialogue   View Summary
26 March 2012
Professor Bernard Faure from Columbia University will deliver a Sydney Ideas talk on Tuesday night on the emerging dialogue between neuroscience and Buddhism.
Fake Fish Distribution: an album with a great hook    View Summary
26 March 2012
Dr Oliver Bown, a musician and a lecturer at the University of Sydney's Design Lab, has released an album of electronic music in 1000 digitally unique versions.
Codes of human settlement would make safer communities   View Summary
26 March 2012
We need guidelines based on geo-science to tell us where to build our townships, Edward Blakely writes.
Ethical business model is the way forward   View Summary
23 March 2012
Joseph Bozich, founder of Knights Apparel, will be speaking at a public event on how manufacturing companies can offer a sustainable pathway out of poverty for workers without sacrificing profitable business practises.
Cage or free range? Don't put too much stress on housing system   View Summary
22 March 2012
Free range hens are not necessarily less stressed than cage or barn housed hens, a new study from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney has found.
University of Sydney academics' perspectives on Kony 2012   View Summary
22 March 2012
The Kony 2012 video is a social media phenomenon that has been viewed over 100 million times since being launched earlier this month.
Let customers lie? Research says maybe   View Summary
22 March 2012
Honesty may be the best policy, but new research from the University of Sydney suggests that consumers feel more satisfied if they lie and get what they want than if they tell the truth.
Study reveals unacceptable use of whips in racing   View Summary
21 March 2012
Evidence of the unacceptable use of whips in thoroughbred racing and the inability of stewards to adequately police Australian whip rules has been documented in University of Sydney research.
New laboratory will fast track weapons against TB    View Summary
21 March 2012
A $1.2 million biosecurity laboratory which opened in Sydney this week will allow researchers to double their efforts to understand and combat tuberculosis.
Gold used as safe driver of cancer drug   View Summary
21 March 2012
Gold nanoparticles can be used as delivery vehicles for platinum anticancer drugs, improving targeting and uptake into cells, according to new research.
FoFa opt-in clause will preserve Australians' wealth   View Summary
20 March 2012
The opt-in requirements of the federal government's current reforms for the financial advisory sector, write a University of Sydney financial regulation expert.
Attracting the world's best students to the University of Sydney   View Summary
20 March 2012
Twenty-one academically outstanding international students will study at the University of Sydney this year after being announced as the inaugural recipients of the Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and the Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.
Will local autonomy improve public schools?    View Summary
19 March 2012
For the past 25 years, Australian education has been steadily reshaped on market lines, writes Professor Raewyn Connell in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Not the Kony way to be heard   View Summary
17 March 2012
Despite its obvious flaws, the Kony 2012 campaign carries important lessons, Dr Danielle Celermajer writes in a Canberra Times editorial.
Fulbright scholar will help computers understand us better   View Summary
16 March 2012
Research into how computers can better understand human language has won University of Sydney PhD candidate Dominick Ng a Fulbright Scholarship to spend eight months studying at UC Berkeley in the US.
Equity Fellowships help to see 'trees and the wood'   View Summary
16 March 2012
University of Sydney academics have been recognised with Equity Fellowships to support them in focusing fully on research.
Biomedical research advances through new Institute   View Summary
15 March 2012
The Institute of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (BMET) will be officially opened this evening at the University of Sydney and will significantly advance this highly multidisciplinary research for life sciences and medicine.
Educational Heresies: Are markets good for education?   View Summary
15 March 2012
In the same week the NSW Government announced a series of reforms including the devolution of budgetary control to school principals, Professor Raewyn Connell will deliver the first lecture for 2012 in the Educational Heresies Series entitled, "Are Markets Good for Education?"
Sydney jumps in the rankings - again   View Summary
15 March 2012
The University of Sydney has jumped to be ranked among the top 50 universities in the world in the latest annual Times Higher Education World Reputation Rankings.
Schools of Jazz band together at the Con   View Summary
15 March 2012
Next week the Sydney Conservatorium of Music welcomes Princeton University Jazz to Australia where students from the two jazz schools will undertake a week-long intensive exchange of musical and cultural ideas.
Funding program launched for international research projects   View Summary
15 March 2012
The Univdersity has launched the International Program Development Fund for 2012.
Finkelstein gets a bad press   View Summary
14 March 2012
Wild claims that Finkelstein's recommendations on media regulation increase the threat of government censorship are wrong.
Rare French bow exhibition visits Sydney   View Summary
14 March 2012
Eighty of the finest French violin, viola and cello bows - some worth a quarter of a million dollars and more - will be on show in Sydney later this week at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Meet the students: proud young sisters   View Summary
14 March 2012
Emily Johnson has just joined the University of Sydney through the Cadigal Alternative Entry Program and is two weeks into her Bachelor of Arts degree, following in the footsteps of her big sister, second-year Arts student Alicia.
New light on Botticelli's beauty: Discoveries at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan   View Summary
13 March 2012
Dr Annalisa Zanni, director of the Poldi Pezzoli Museum, Milan, will present a Sydney Ideas lecture tonight on famed Italian painter Botticelli.
A new way of looking at the sky   View Summary
13 March 2012
Australian astronomers are leading the way with a revolutionary approach to studying the cosmos which looks at huge parts of the sky all at once, to answer some of the big questions about our universe.
Warming up before flu vaccine could boost effectiveness   View Summary
13 March 2012
You might have heard of warming up for a football match, but researchers from the University of Sydney are hoping that warming up for a flu vaccine could improve its effectiveness and reduce illness and death in the elderly.
Root cause of dental phobia   View Summary
12 March 2012
Women in their forties are more likely to have dental anxiety than any other age group according to a University of Sydney study into dental anxiety and phobia.
Why do some heavy drinkers get liver cirrhosis and some don't?   View Summary
12 March 2012
The US government is investing $2.5 million in a Sydney-based study to determine the role of genetics in alcoholic liver disease, a silent epidemic that costs $3.8 billion a year in Australia alone.
The annihilating effects of space travel   View Summary
12 March 2012
Long distance space travel could create the ultimate 'killer entrance', devastating your destination and anything around the arriving spacecraft, according to Professor Geraint Lewis and two honours students from the University of Sydney.
Music of the universe   View Summary
9 March 2012
By exploring the connections between astronomy and music, Professor Bryan Gaensler, from the University of Sydney, will introduce a chamber music concert celebrating Galileo.
How open source could help malaria treatment    View Summary
9 March 2012
Dr Mat Todd, from the University of Sydney's School of Chemistry, recently led a meeting to discuss the application of the open source model to discovering drugs to treat malaria.
Asian origins of Machado-Joseph disease revealed   View Summary
9 March 2012
Knowledge of a disease prevalent among Northern Territory Indigenous communities has been overhauled thanks to research contributed by the University of Sydney's Garth Nicholson.
International Women's Day: Blue Stockings, Babies and Bank accounts   View Summary
8 March 2012
Young women, middle-aged women and older women should be inspired by what has been achieved in the past by active women and their advocates: a speech by Professor Marian Baird for International Women's Day 2012
Rozelle to become Sydney's newest art hotspot   View Summary
8 March 2012
Sydney College of the Arts, dLux Media Arts, Artereal Gallery and Paper Plane Gallery have joined forces to create a new arts precinct in Sydney.
Cartilage repair gel gives injuries a sporting chance   View Summary
8 March 2012
A cartilage gel being developed by tissue engineers and biochemists at the University of Sydney could bring increased mobility to people living with debilitating sports injuries.
Behavioural adaptation in the face of climate change   View Summary
8 March 2012
Climate change challenges us to rethink the whole narrative of human progress and a range of unsustainable political and social practices, says Professor David Schlosberg who will deliver the inaugural 2012 Insights lecture tonight.
University of Sydney expert to lead civics and citizenship education in Australia   View Summary
7 March 2012
If people fully understood how the Prime Minister was elected they would not have been caught up in the media hype brought about by the recent Labor leadership challenge, says one of our experts in civics and citizenship.
University seeks new links with South America   View Summary
7 March 2012
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence is leading an Australian university delegation to South America next week.
Risky homes still being approved on Australia's coast   View Summary
7 March 2012
New homes are being approved in Australia's coastal zones under controls that haven't been updated to account for climate change impacts, warns a report launched today.
A cure for all ills of the pharmaceutical benefits scheme   View Summary
7 March 2012
The Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme is much criticised for being slow to accept new treatments, but this reluctance is understandable in view of the great risks involved, writes Danielle Celermajer and Thomas Pogge.
Technology weighing down Australia's corporate briefcase   View Summary
7 March 2012
The executive briefcase in Australia is getting heavier, with new research from the University of Sydney showing that most executives carry "technology toolkits".
Novel partnership could transform breast cancer diagnosis   View Summary
6 March 2012
An innovative University of Sydney research partnership with private enterprise could see a radical change in how breast cancer is diagnosed, with the possibility to improve detection rates.
Apprentice electricians are underpaid and undervalued, finds research   View Summary
6 March 2012
Despite Australia's critical shortage of skilled workers, many trade apprentices are living on a wage that falls below the poverty line and is barely higher than the unemployment benefit, according to new research.
Problems with TGA transparency says study   View Summary
5 March 2012
The Therapeutic Goods Administration's record on medical device regulation lacks transparency according to research led by the University of Sydney.
Super Tuesday in US Studies Centre's sights   View Summary
5 March 2012
The US presidential primary calendar comes to a head this Wednesday 7 March, when 10 states vote on which Republican should challenge Barack Obama for the American presidency.
Micro visit by EU Commissioner   View Summary
5 March 2012
EU Commissioner Maire Geoghegan-Quinn has visited the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility, the first stop on a tour of Australia's leading science research centres.
What do human rights demand from you and me?   View Summary
5 March 2012
This Wednesday the Yale University political philosopher Thomas Pogge looks at the big questions confronting all of us concerned with human rights and global justice.
Aquatic robot audits health of seabed   View Summary
2 March 2012
The watery depths of Western Australia's Ningaloo coast will be audited by marine engineers and scientists this week using an aquatic robot and technology developed by University of Sydney mechatronic experts.
Medical researchers recommend male circumcision   View Summary
2 March 2012
Penile cancer, HIV, HPV, syphilis and kidney inflammation are among a number of medical conditions whose risk can be lowered by the practice of infant male circumcision, says a study led by the University of Sydney.
Sydney welcomes Tohoku University students one year after tsunami   View Summary
1 March 2012
Just one year after the Japanese earthquake and tsunami devastated their region, a group of students from Tohoku, Japan, have arrived at the University of Sydney to undertake an intensive English language course that uses concepts from maths and physics to teach the language.
No method in traffic madness    View Summary
1 March 2012
Tourists often assume the chaos on Vietnam's roads does not translate to a high crash rate. Nothing could be further from the truth, writes Anna Hollows.
February 2012
Student life gets healthy at Orientation Week 2012   View Summary
29 February 2012
While many people associate student life with parties and junk food, the University of Sydney is offering its students an alternative with a healthy living focus at this year's Orientation Week.
The Culture of Surveillance: Who's watching whom, now?   View Summary
29 February 2012
Today's world would have astonished and disturbed George Orwell says Canada's Professor David Lyon, who will deliver a public lecture at the University of Sydney this week.
India's Agriculture Minister visits the cream of the crop at Cobbitty   View Summary
29 February 2012
India's Agriculture Minister has visited the Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbitty to hear about work on the development of disease-resistant and drought-tolerant crops.
No Love Lost Between Labor and Rudd   View Summary
28 February 2012
In light of Kevin Rudd's spectacular defeat to Prime Minister Julia Gillard in the Labor Party leadership ballot yesterday, Tom Switzer opines on how Rudd became so loathed in his own party.
Industry leader accepts chair's role at Engineering Sydney   View Summary
28 February 2012
Former chief executive officer of Leighton Holdings Limited, David Stewart, has accepted the role of chairman of Engineering Sydney, the University of Sydney's industry-aligned body that collaborates and develops partnerships with business leaders and organisations.
An anatomy of writing and politics, memory and democracy   View Summary
27 February 2012
Javier Cercas, Spain's most celebrated contemporary writer, will deliver a Sydney Ideas lecture in the University's Great Hall this Wednesday 29 February.
Orientation Week 2012 gets students into the swing of university life   View Summary
27 February 2012
Live entertainment, student society activities and information sessions will help more than 10,000 new students get into the swing of university life as Orientation Week kicks off today across University of Sydney campuses.
Top marks to Gonski review for its focus on children, schools and teachers   View Summary
27 February 2012
Dr Helen Proctor reviews the Gonski review as part three of a Herald series that asks: ''What could the Gonski review mean for parents choosing a school 10 years from now?''
Broken Hill City Council and the University of Sydney   View Summary
27 February 2012
Broken Hill City Council and the University of Sydney further cemented their commitment to educational, research, professional and service learning development in the region by signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) at the Broken Hill University Department of Rural Health (BH UDRH).
Rudd, Gillard and the painful death of consensus   View Summary
24 February 2012
The real game in the Rudd/Gillard leadership respill is not leadership but power, writes Dr Richard Stanton.
Report shows strength of our China connections   View Summary
24 February 2012
A new report confirms that Sydney has enjoyed a deeper engagement with China than any other Australian university over the past decade, measured by joint publications.
World-renowned scientist to head multidisciplinary centre tackling 'lifestyle diseases'   View Summary
24 February 2012
A world-renowned scientist whose research spans why locusts swarm to the dietary causes of ageing and human obesity has been appointed Academic Director of the newly named Charles Perkins Centre, the University of Sydney's new multidisciplinary centre specialising in obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Rising stars concert a bright weekend idea    View Summary
23 February 2012
The first of a series of free concerts in 2012 by some of Australia's leading young musicians will be held this Saturday 25 February at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Gareth Denyer wins Life Technologies Education Award   View Summary
23 February 2012
Associate Professor Gareth Denyer, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, has won the 2012 Invitrogen Life Technologies Education Award from the Australian Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Indigneous family film screens in Berlin   View Summary
23 February 2012
A short film about an Indigenous family living a technologically engaged life to the north-east of Darwin has been screened in the prestigious Berlin international film festival.
Why Gender Matters: A Sydney Ideas forum   View Summary
22 February 2012
Professor Sara Ahmed is one of five scholars discussing the topic 'Why Gender Matters' at this week's Sydney Ideas forum.
Solution proposed to suffering caused by horse nosebands    View Summary
22 February 2012
Professor Paul McGreevy, Faculty of Veterinary Science, has suggested a solution to the suffering caused by over-tight horse nosebands used in equestrian competition, which cause stress, reduced blood flow and ultimately deformed nasal bones.
Omega-3 linked with reduced risk for smallest babies    View Summary
21 February 2012
Omega-3 fatty acids may have a role in preventing heart attack or strokes in adults who were small at birth, according to University of Sydney researchers.
iPads show the way forward for medical imaging    View Summary
21 February 2012
Results of a University of Sydney study show tablet computers such as the iPad are as good as standard LCD computer screens when used as secondary display devices for viewing medical imaging. Secondary display devices can be used by doctors who move from patient to patient in hospital wards.
University opens door for brightest Chinese students   View Summary
21 February 2012
Effective immediately, the University of Sydney has determined that students who have completed the China National Education Entrance Examination (the Gaokao), and who have attained a Tier One result, may apply directly for admission into an Undergraduate program at The University, provided they meet the University's English language and special entry requirements.
Do we needlessly fear sharks and spiders?   View Summary
20 February 2012
A free University of Sydney seminar suggests our fear of snakes, sharks and spiders has more to do with history, politics and culture than science.
Surveillance in everyday life   View Summary
20 February 2012
The Surveillance and/in Everyday Life: Monitoring Pasts, Presents and Futures conference will draw together international experts to discuss a range of technological developments and related social implications
How Max Dupain might have helped save Darwin    View Summary
17 February 2012
As the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin on 19 February 1942 approaches, a University of Sydney expert in the history of wartime camouflage says key figures at the time were arguing for Darwin to be much better protected.
Family law amendments and family violence: has parliament finally got it right?   View Summary
17 February 2012
A leading international expert will shed new light on the contentious issue of post-separation parenting legislation when Sydney Law School's Distinguished Speakers Program kicks off for 2012 on Wednesday 22 February.
Saudi meeting for breast cancer specialists   View Summary
17 February 2012
Health experts from Sydney are taking part in a breast cancer symposium in Saudi Arabia.
Black hole sheds light on how galaxies are created    View Summary
16 February 2012
A newly discovered type of black hole - an Intermediate Mass Black Hole - can help us understand how galaxies are formed.
Ask the locals: study suggests new method of identifying native species   View Summary
16 February 2012
A radically new way to determine whether an introduced species has become a native species uses the dingo as a case study.
World can reap benefits of Australia's farming skills   View Summary
16 February 2012
It is in our national interest to better support agriculture at our universities, says Professor Mark Adams, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Opinion piece originally published in the Canberra Times.
Academics pool resources to help students cope with first year maths   View Summary
15 February 2012
The University of Sydney's Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education is holding a Forum on Preparedness for First Year Mathematics today for staff from universities across Australia to share their strategies for dealing with the issue.
Honour roll 2011: University of Sydney celebrates student success   View Summary
14 February 2012
The University of Sydney has recognised the success of hundreds of its high-achieving students during the 2011 academic year, publishing its 2011 Honour Roll in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Saltwater crocodile breeders to benefit from genome sequence    View Summary
14 February 2012
The genome sequence of the crocodile has been completed by an international collaboration of scientists, including researchers from the University of Sydney.
Human 'shock absorbers' discovered    View Summary
14 February 2012
An international team of scientists, led by the University of Sydney, has found the molecular structure in the body which functions as our 'shock absorber'.
Woolcock Institute appoints new executive director    View Summary
14 February 2012
Professor Carol Armour appointed new executive director of the Woolcock Institute, which is affiliated with the University of Sydney.
Recognition for research which will create jobs and reduce carbon footprint    View Summary
10 February 2012
Professor Thomas Maschmeyer, from the University of Sydney has been awarded the 2011 Applied Research Medal.
Universities work together to guide more young children towards higher education    View Summary
10 February 2012
The University of Sydney and University of Adelaide are joining forces to encourage young children to consider going to university.
Engineering images bring life to submerged city   View Summary
9 February 2012
Photo-realistic 3D mapping and digital reconstruction of an ancient underwater city in Greece have earned a team from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Engineering and Information Technologies top honours in Canon Australia's Extreme Imaging competition.
New exhibition plunges depths of coral reefs   View Summary
9 February 2012
Coral from one of Australia's oldest collections, striking renditions of coastal marine life by Australian artists and works from students living in the reef-rich Torres Strait will help examine our treasured-yet-fragile coral reefs in a new exhibition at the University of Sydney's Macleay Museum.
The Precariat: the New Dangerous Class   View Summary
8 February 2012
As observers warn the European debt crisis could lead to global depression, and as recent Australian employment figures fall short of expectations, the arrival in Australia of economist Professor Guy Standing could not be timelier.
Libby Gleeson wins Dromkeen Medal   View Summary
8 February 2012
Libby Gleeson, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and an alumna of the University of Sydney, is to be the recipient of the 2011 Dromkeen Medal.
George Institute welcomes a new executive director    View Summary
8 February 2012
Professor Vlado Perkovic has been appointed Professor and Executive Director of The George Institute in Australia.
Comprehending West Papua   View Summary
7 February 2012
An e-book from the University of Sydney brings together a myriad of perspectives on West Papuans' quest for self-determination.
University of Sydney academics praise sunbed ban    View Summary
7 February 2012
A NSW government decision to ban solariums has been welcomed by University of Sydney researchers whose Australian Melanoma Family Study, done in collaboration with other organisations, contributed to the move.
New student leader champions rural health   View Summary
7 February 2012
Simon Reid, a third year medical student at the University of Sydney has been elected as co-chair of the National Rural Health Students Network for 2012.
Quality audit commends the University of Sydney's performance   View Summary
7 February 2012
The University of Sydney has been commended for its strong research performance and its successful efforts to build multidisciplinary and international research collaborations in a report published by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA).
Professor Ben Eggleton wins Walter Boas Medal   View Summary
6 February 2012
Professor Ben Eggleton, in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney has won the 2011 Walter Boas Medal from the Australian Institute of Physics.
Burqini revealed as Word of the Year 2011   View Summary
2 February 2012
Burqini has been selected as the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year 2011 and will be included in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online.
Laneway festival takes a new direction   View Summary
2 February 2012
Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) is launching a brand new art event as part of the 2012 St Jerome's Laneway Festival, this Sunday 5 February.
University backs dialogue with India   View Summary
1 February 2012
The University is supporting an initiative to ecourage dialogue between young leaders from India and Australia.
Sydney Festival: Best of BUG, the evolution of the music video   View Summary
1 February 2012
Comedian, music video fanatic and YouTube wrangler Adam Buxton likened his show to what you'd experience if you came round for dinner (minus the dinner) and left an appreciative audience feeling like they'd spent two hours with that geeky friend who can't wait to show you their latest internet finds.
January 2012
University of Sydney launches smoke-free campus   View Summary
30 January 2012
In a major step to ensure the health and wellbeing of all staff, students and visitors, the University has introduced a new smoke-free policy for all its campuses.
Sea cucumbers could be key to preserving coral reefs   View Summary
30 January 2012
Sea cucumbers could help save coral reefs from the devastating effects of climate change, say University of Sydney scientists.
Sydney Festival: Thyestes   View Summary
27 January 2012
Dr Robert Cowan, a lecturer in the University of Sydney's Department of Classics and Ancient History, responds to the Sydney Festival production of Thyestes.
Australia Day Honours 2012   View Summary
27 January 2012
University of Sydney academics have been recognised for the significant contributions they've made in their fields and to their communities with the latest round of Australia Day Honours, announced yesterday by the Governor-General.
New Dean of the Conservatorium of Music   View Summary
25 January 2012
Internationally renowned performer, music educator and academic, Professor Karl Kramer, has been appointed as the new Dean and Principal of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Sydney Festival: Vincent Moon   View Summary
25 January 2012
During this decidedly low-fi get-together, Vincent Moon addresses the audience as though we are all his Facebook friends.
Sydney Festival: Never Did Me Any Harm   View Summary
25 January 2012
Emeritus Professor Kim Oates from Sydney Medical School responds to the Sydney Festival production, 'Never Did Me Any Harm'.
Sydney Festival: academics reveal that sex is a laughing matter   View Summary
24 January 2012
Sex was the theme for the second late-night session of the Bright Club, the Sydney Festival event in which University of Sydney academics reveal the funnier side of their research.
Sydney Festival: Radio Muezzin   View Summary
24 January 2012
Ifdal Elsaket from the University of Sydney's Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies responds to the Sydney Festival production Radio Muezzin.
New year perspectives from the China Studies Centre   View Summary
23 January 2012
With the Chinese New Year upon us, the China Studies Centre at the University of Sydney give their perspectives on the year ahead.
Reflections on Australia Day   View Summary
23 January 2012
This Australia Day members of the University of Sydney's Department of History reflect on both the origins and current meaning of the day.
How the internet can support adolescent literacy   View Summary
20 January 2012
Letting your teenager spend time on the internet can promote their literacy development, says the University of Sydney's Dr Jen Scott Curwood.
Doubly ambitious   View Summary
20 January 2012
Kate and Ainslie Thompson share birthdays, looks and an aspiration to become engineers when they finish school. The twins are among 23 students attending this year's Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School at the University of Sydney.
Sydney Festival: 'Tis Pity She's A Whore   View Summary
20 January 2012
Associate Professor Penny Russell from the University of Sydney's Department of History responds to the Sydney Festival production 'Tis Pity She's A Whore'.
Meet our students: Lyndall Hord   View Summary
20 January 2012
Lyndall Hord will be tackling the toughest physical challenge of her life to raise much needed funds for three key issues affecting East Africa.
Meet our students: Eleanor Jones   View Summary
19 January 2012
Joining the University of Sydney debating society comes with a number of potential perks - there's the possibility of world travel and the chance to pit your intellect and wits against some of the best young minds from around the globe.
Making healthy choices easy for shoppers   View Summary
19 January 2012
FoodSwitch, an Australian-first iPhone app, has been launched recently to help shoppers make healthier food choices in the supermarket and reduce high levels of fat, salt and sugar from their diets.
Sydney Festival: Radio Muezzin   View Summary
19 January 2012
Radio Muezzin at the Seymour Centre will transport you to Egypt with a unique visual and aural multimedia experience.
Sydney Festival: I am a Camera   View Summary
19 January 2012
There is more than a little of the slide-night in William Yang's Sydney Festival performance 'I Am A Camera'.
Student artist wins Dominik Mersch Gallery Award   View Summary
19 January 2012
For the fourth exciting year the Dominik Mersch Gallery Award winner has been announced: Kevin Platt, a Master of Fine Arts student will receive the opportunity to exhibit his works in the gallery.
Meet our students: Senthorun Raj   View Summary
19 January 2012
University of Sydney student Senthorun Raj's philosophy is to follow your passions and be open to opportunities.
Sydney Festival: dancing boxers see stars in Beautiful Burnout   View Summary
19 January 2012
The Sydney Festival production of 'Beautiful Burnout', which tells the story of five young boxers who are fighting for a chance to see their name in lights, has just opened at the University's Seymour Centre.
Meet our students: William Chan   View Summary
18 January 2012
When Will Chan moved to Sydney from Brisbane, he had no idea that his degree would take him to the other side of the world. Nonetheless, that's where he ended up, with a scholarship to design new buildings in the Diepsloot slums in South Africa.
Internet gambling on the rise    View Summary
18 January 2012
Internet gambling is on the rise in Australia according to new research from the University of Sydney and Southern Cross University, with factors such as convenience and ease of access contributing to its popularity.
Meet our students: Jack Lawson   View Summary
18 January 2012
It might seem like a leap to begin your university career in French and philosophy and then switch to medicine, but it is a progression that made sense for Jack Lawson.
Sydney Festival: Babel (Words)   View Summary
17 January 2012
Dr Andrew McGarrity, who teaches Indian Sub-continental and Buddhist Studies, responds to the Sydney Festival production 'Babel (Words)'.
People with chronic illness or disability face catastrophic costs, experts warn   View Summary
16 January 2012
Australians with a chronic illness or disability face serious levels of economic hardship, according to University of Sydney research just published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
Sydney researcher wins top astronomy medal   View Summary
16 January 2012
Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, from the School of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious 2012 Jackson-Gwilt Medal by the UK's Royal Astronomical Society.
Used oil and camel fat fuel epic Aussie adventure   View Summary
13 January 2012
A team of four, including University of Sydney masters student Bob Miles, cross Australia using only biodiesel in the documentary series 'The Aussie Way Up' premiering this weekend.
$7 million injection into cancer research   View Summary
13 January 2012
Two University of Sydney research teams have received almost $7 million in NSW government funding, announced at the Bernie Banton Centre today by the Minister for Health and Medical Research, Jillian Skinner.
How will 2011 define us? Voting for the Macquarie Dictionary Word of the Year is now open   View Summary
13 January 2012
The wordsmiths at the University of Sydney's Macquarie Dictionary lab have collected all the new words which have entered the vernacular to choose a Word of the Year in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online.
Sydney Festival: I am Eora   View Summary
13 January 2012
Professor Cassandra Pybus, from the University of Sydney's Department of History, reflects on one of the Aboriginal heroes portrayed in the Sydney Festival production 'I Am Eora'.
Sydney Festival: Wisecracks at the Bright Club   View Summary
13 January 2012
University of Sydney researchers are joining forces with the Sydney Festival to bring a smile to the faces of audiences in the Famous Spiegeltent. As part of the 'Bright Club' in Sydney's Hyde Park, academics who study areas as diverse as American literature, the breeding habits of insects, consumer marketing and medieval demons are reflecting on the funny side of their research and providing nourishment for the mind in an evening where comedy and brains collide.
Predators pick prey that balances their diet   View Summary
12 January 2012
University researchers have debunked the dogma that predators aren't picky eaters, with a new study finding predator animals that are given a choice of foods will select a diet that maximises their chances of reproducing.
Why heavier people should pay more to fly   View Summary
12 January 2012
People who weigh more should pay more to fly on planes - in the same way that people who exceed their baggage allowance must fork out extra, writes Tony Webber.
Hotter homes produce smarter babies   View Summary
12 January 2012
A hotter home appears to produce babies with better cognitive abilities - but before you turn up the heater to make your baby brainier, the research was conducted on the Australian lizard by University of Sydney researchers.
Sydney Festival: Professor Houston's hopeful address   View Summary
11 January 2012
Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) this week joined MC Wendy Harmer for Sydney Festival's Hope 2012 speakers' event.
Sydney Festival: Two men, 20 instruments deliver Tubular Bells   View Summary
11 January 2012
Two multi-instrumentalists are juggling more than 20 instruments to recreate Mike Oldfield's 1973 classic Tubular Bells in a Sydney Festival performance at the University of Sydney's Seymour Centre
Sydney Festival: It's one crack after another when the List Operators for Kids do Compooters   View Summary
11 January 2012
The List Operators for Kids do Compooters - called the Lano and Woodley for under 12's - take to the Seymour Centre for Sydney Festival 2012.
New approach to diagnosing anorexia nervosa   View Summary
9 January 2012
A new approach for diagnosing patients with anorexia nervosa could have a significant impact on the treatment and recovery of sufferers, as well as reducing the strain on public health.
Sydney Festival: Students reimagine the Famous Spiegeltent   View Summary
9 January 2012
Imaginative designs by University of Sydney architecture students for a captivating sister venue to the Sydney Festival's Famous Spiegeltent will be exhibited at the Tin Sheds Gallery.
Sydney Festival: L'Effet de Serge, where monotony meets magic   View Summary
9 January 2012
The monotony of day-to-day existence is lit up with magic and humour at L'Effet de Serge, hosted by the Sydney Festival at the University's Seymour Centre.
Dancing their falls away   View Summary
6 January 2012
Ballroom dancing classes for senior citizens could bring back the balance and strength needed to prevent falls in elderly Australians, according to University of Sydney researchers.
Postcard from Dien Bien Phu: Dr Kirsty Foster   View Summary
5 January 2012
Dr Kirsty Foster writes of her international health care work in the remote town of Dien Bien Phu in northwest Vietnam.
Sydney Festival: Take a modernist walk through the University of Sydney   View Summary
4 January 2012
Some of Sydney's best examples of modernist architecture will come alive at the Sydney Festival this summer, in a walk across the University of Sydney's Camperdown Campus that intertwines art and architecture.
How good are your horse's brakes?   View Summary
4 January 2012
Professor Paul McGreevy from the Faculty of Veterinary Science is working on ways to 'check the brakes' on horses to ensure that they slow down on cue, protecting both the horses and their riders.
Smokers prefer cold turkey   View Summary
3 January 2012
With more than two-thirds of smokers choosing to quit by giving up cold turkey, a University of Sydney health research team wants to know why.
Obama still on the ropes   View Summary
3 January 2012
With the US presidential election 10 months away, Barack Obama should be in serious political trouble, writes Tom Switzer.
Max Dupain and the Sydney Camouflage Group   View Summary
3 January 2012
A fascinating and untold chapter in Sydney's history is the subject of a new book by Sydney College of the Arts lecturer Ann Elias.