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December 2013
Into the unknown: the story of Sydney's first visitor to Mao's China   View Summary
17 December 2013
Fifty years ago Wilbur Christiansen, a University of Sydney astronomer, became one of the first Western scientists to visit Mao's China, building links that are still active today.
ATAR Fear of Missing Out - how to avoid it   View Summary
17 December 2013
As school leavers all over Australia anxiously open their ATAR results, students from the University of Sydney are planning next year's band nights, theatre performances, quidditch matches, sporting competitions and high teas. Rather than looking at their peers' ATAR results and succumbing to the gen-Y crunch of FOMO (fear of missing out), current University of Sydney students advise leavers to follow their passions on campus to find true happiness at university and beyond.
Size matters for dog's behaviour. And so does skull shape    View Summary
17 December 2013
A variation of Short Man's syndrome applies to man's best friend, new evidence from the University of Sydney suggests.
Mourning the loss of Australia's only Nobel prize winner in Chemistry, Sir John Warcup Cornforth   View Summary
17 December 2013
The University of Sydney today acknowledged the passing of one of its most prestigious graduates, Australia's only Nobel Prize winner in Chemistry, Sir John Warcup Cornforth.
ATAR advice: follow your passions   View Summary
17 December 2013
Match your degree to what you love, not to your ATAR. That's the advice of the University of Sydney's head of undergraduate student recruitment, Kaveh Ghezel.
Christmas for children: Meeting Santa, the art of giving and hanging out with the family   View Summary
16 December 2013
Dr Marc de Rosnay, from the University of Sydney's School of Psychology, talks you through some possible concerns you might have about your children at Christmas.
Launch of our Human Centred Technology Research Group   View Summary
13 December 2013
University of Sydney Information technology experts are among the members of a pioneering British research Centre that will train the next generation of digital researchers.
Four Sydney Uni students head to Denmark on inaugural MADE by the Opera House exchange   View Summary
13 December 2013
Four of the five students headed to Copenhagen on 7 January 2014 to take part in the inaugural MADE by the Opera House tertiary exchange program between Australia and Denmark are from the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney honours Poche Centre donors    View Summary
13 December 2013
The University of Sydney today recognised two key of its primary philanthropic donors, presenting Greg Poche AO and Reg Richardson AM with honorary awards during a special ceremony in the Great Hall.
Outcry over language teacher shortages misleading   View Summary
13 December 2013
A lack of trained languages teachers is often blamed for undermining federal and state government attempts to increase the numbers of students studying languages at school. But a leading languages educator, Professor Ken Cruickshank, says these arguments are not taking into account existing alternate teacher resources such as community language schools.
Taking the heat out of jellyfish stings    View Summary
13 December 2013
A team of University of Sydney researchers has examined a host of often-used methods for jellyfish stings to determine which is the most effective.
University seeks participants for family depression study   View Summary
12 December 2013
A University of Sydney study of close relatives is set to shed new light on one of Australia's most debilitating illnesses.
University of Sydney launches new dual degrees with France's Sciences Po   View Summary
12 December 2013
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences have joined forces with Sciences Po in France to offer students new dual degree programs in 2014.
Two SCA students receive the DOMINIK MERSCH GALLERY Award   View Summary
12 December 2013
Sydney College of the Arts students Danica Knezevic and Julian Day were both awarded the annual Dominik Mersch Gallery Award at the opening of the 2013 postgraduate degree show at the University of Sydney's school of contemporary art in Rozelle on 4 December 2013.
Don't flush the goldfish! Imported fish are sicker than we knew   View Summary
12 December 2013
Australia imports an estimated 18 million ornamental fish each year, and some of those pose a disease threat to domestic fish stocks in aquariums, fish farms and even to wild fish according to Dr Joy Becker, a lecturer in the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney welcomes funding for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander education   View Summary
11 December 2013
The University of Sydney has welcomed the Australian Government's announcement of an additional $50 million in funding to help disadvantaged students, particularly Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, to attend university.
Holden's departure could spell the end of manufacturing in Australia   View Summary
11 December 2013
Holden's departure from Australia may be the card that brings the nation's entire manufacturing house down, according to the University of Sydney Business School's Dr Stephen Clibborn and Professor Russell Lansbury, who have studied the sector extensively.
Why playing trans people for laughs at Tropfest is lame   View Summary
10 December 2013
Bamboozled won best film at Tropfest on the weekend, causing much controversy.
Atop of the Bridge   View Summary
9 December 2013
University of Sydney PhD candidate James Reynolds will feature in the TV series Australia Coast interviewed atop of Sydney's iconic Harbour Bridge
Wellington Resident Gifts $15 Million for Bowel Cancer Research   View Summary
9 December 2013
A $15 million bequest from a Wellington, NSW woman will provide a huge boon for the University of Sydney's research into bowel cancer.
First Blue Mountains koala sighting in 70 years   View Summary
9 December 2013
A koala has been seen crossing the Great Western Highway near Wentworth Falls, the first record of koalas in the upper Blue Mountains since the 1940s. The sighting is encouraging news for Dr Kellie Leigh, from the Faculty of Veterinary Science at the University of Sydney who is currently mapping koalas in and around the Blue Mountains.
As engineers, we must consider the ethical implications of our work   View Summary
6 December 2013
Engineers are behind government spying tools and military weapons. We should be conscious of how our designs are used
University and Technion collaboration promises faster, more powerful next-generation computers   View Summary
6 December 2013
The NSW Government will contribute $300,000 to a photonics research project between the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) at the University of Sydney, and Technion - Israel Institute of Technology.
Statement from Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jill Trewhella on the passing of Nelson Mandela.   View Summary
6 December 2013
Statement from Acting Vice-Chancellor Professor Jill Trewhella on the passing of Nelson Mandela.
University of Sydney honours former Chancellor   View Summary
5 December 2013
The University of Sydney today honoured its former Chancellor, Her Excellency, Professor Marie Bashir, Governor of New South Wales, by naming one of its flagship medical institutes after her.
Low SES backgrounds key risk for premature births   View Summary
5 December 2013
Women who live in poorer areas, are older mothers, smokers or are Aboriginal have a higher risk of having a preterm baby, according to a University of Sydney study.
University of Sydney again tops UAC first preferences   View Summary
5 December 2013
The University of Sydney has again attracted more UAC first preferences than any other university in NSW, as well as the most preferences in the state.
Australia Awards farewell celebration   View Summary
5 December 2013
Lucy Mtonga is leaving Australia after completing her Master of International Studies at the University of Sydney. The next time she visits Australia, she hopes to do so not as a student but as a diplomatic representative for Zambia.
The Arts and Humanities given $5.5 million-plus boost by generous donor   View Summary
4 December 2013
University of Sydney alumnus and renowned Australian arts patron Kenneth Reed has donated $500,000, and bequeathed $5 million and a collection of 'Old Master' Dutch paintings, to his alma mater.
IPCC Report Co-Chair to deliver climate warning   View Summary
4 December 2013
Professor Christopher Field from the Carnegie Institution for Science will deliver his verdict on global efforts to reduce climate disasters as part of his Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers' lecture on Thursday 5 December.
Mapping Pacific maritime boundaries   View Summary
4 December 2013
13 Pacific Island countries are taking part in the Maritime Boundaries and Ocean Governance working sessions at the University of Sydney.
Students with intellectual disabilities honoured at ceremony   View Summary
4 December 2013
The Centre for Disability Studies (CDS), Sydney Medical School, recently hosted an awards ceremony for students of the Inclusive Education Program - an initiative for students with an intellectual disability.
Anne Dunn's legacy honoured with new Memorial Fund   View Summary
3 December 2013
In honour of the memory and achievements of journalism academic and broadcaster Associate Professor Anne Dunn (1950-2012), the University of Sydney's Department of Media and Communications has established the Anne Dunn Memorial Fund.
Same-sex marriage and the High Court: previewing the arguments   View Summary
3 December 2013
Professor of Constitutional Law, Anne Twomey, assesses the case for and against same-sex marriage as the Commonwealth's challenge to the ACT's legislation begins in the High Court this week.
Chinese support for collaboration in social sciences   View Summary
3 December 2013
The President of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences has welcomed the possibility of extended links with the University of Sydney.
Virtual body and images to aid diagnosis   View Summary
2 December 2013
Images of cancer cells buried deep in lung tissue have been used by biomedical engineers at the University of Sydney to help develop new medical imaging technologies that will assist oncologists with medical research and diagnosis.
November 2013
Genomics expert to assume Petre Foundation Chair of Prostate Cancer Research   View Summary
29 November 2013
Professor Vanessa Hayes will assume the inaugural Petre Foundation Chair of Prostate Cancer Research.
Marion Scrymgour honoured   View Summary
29 November 2013
The University of Sydney today awarded Marion Scrymgour, a pioneer in politics, policy and health, an honorary doctorate.
More foodies but fewer people to produce Australia's food    View Summary
28 November 2013
There is an ever-increasing shortfall of young people interested in producing Australia's food, including food for export markets according to Dr Brian Jones, from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture and Environment. Dr Jones will discuss the challenge of connecting young people with Australia's booming food production industry at an event run by the Youth Food Movement and the City of Sydney. Dr Jones designed and will lecture in the University's new Bachelor of Food and Agribusiness. commencing in 2014.
World first trial to improve prostate cancer care   View Summary
28 November 2013
Researchers and clinicians from the University of Sydney and the Northern Sydney Cancer Centre are leading a world first clinical trial using a tracking system to improve prostate cancer radiotherapy treatment.
Honouring Daw Aung San Suu Kyi   View Summary
28 November 2013
In front of a capacity audience at the Sydney Opera House, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi last night delivered her first public address in Australia after receiving honorary doctorates from the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney.
44 million stars and counting: astronomers play Snap and remap the sky   View Summary
28 November 2013
Tens of millions of stars and galaxies have been catalogued properly for the first time by Professor Bryan Gaensler, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics based in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney and Dr Greg Madsen at the University of Cambridge.
What health impacts will result from even greater urbanisation in China?   View Summary
27 November 2013
Dr Yi Hu from Fudan University School of Public Health will present analysis at the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre Annual Conference showing how changes in diet and social structures that have resulted from mass urbanisation have affected diseases in China's major cities.
Presentation of Honorary Doctorate to Daw Aung San Suu Kyi   View Summary
27 November 2013
Address by Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence at the honorary degree ceremony for Daw Aung San Suu Kyi.
Great Barrier Reef memories: First deepwater fossil study reveals reef's past and future    View Summary
26 November 2013
Research led by University of Sydney scientists Dr Liz Abbey and Dr Jody Webster, from the School of Geosciences is the first comprehensive study of its kind on the deepwater fossil reef system in the Great Barrier Reef, the results are the first analysis of the environments and timeframe the reefs developed in.
The new reality of Australia-Indonesia relations   View Summary
26 November 2013
Australia-Indonesia relations have managed to withstand several serious diplomatic crises over the years, from Australia's involvement in East Timor through to the issues of Papuan asylum seekers and differing attitudes towards Indonesian-based people smugglers. However, the current tensions caused by revelations of Australia's intelligence gathering activities in Jakarta are being played out on a rapidly shifting, and largely unchartered geopolitical canvas.
Modelling earthquakes and explosives reactions   View Summary
26 November 2013
Researchers at the University of Sydney are developing mathematical models that can help in reducing rock fracturing and soil liquefaction caused by natural or man-made disasters.
Nine months that shape your world   View Summary
26 November 2013
Join University of Sydney Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Jonathan Morris AM this Wednesday when he presents a free public talk on the health impacts of pregnancy.
How golden staph paralyses our immune defences   View Summary
25 November 2013
When golden staph enters our skin it can identify the key immune cells and 'nuke' our body's immune response.
Sydney Medical School lecturers build links with Hainan   View Summary
25 November 2013
The University's Sydney Medical School continues to strengthen partnership with China.
Bob Carr navigates Australia's relationship with China and the US on issues in Southeast Asia   View Summary
25 November 2013
Former foreign minister and Professorial Fellow at the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre Bob Carr will deliver a free public lecture to discuss the role Australia can play in Southeast Asia as China and the United States wrestle for influence in the region.
University of Sydney Business School strengthens China ties through Industry Placement Program   View Summary
25 November 2013
The University of Sydney Business School has moved to further strengthen its already significant China links by extending its Industry Placement Program to Australia's largest trading partner.
New Institute of Maternal and Child Health launched in Myanmar   View Summary
25 November 2013
The University of Public Health, Myanmar, and Sydney Medical School at the University of Sydney recently launched a joint Institute of Maternal and Child Health.
SCA's new degree offers greater career prospects for art students   View Summary
22 November 2013
From 2014 Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) at the University of Sydney is offering a new Bachelor of Visual Arts (BVA) degree. The new part-time and full-time degree will give students far greater flexibility to pursue their passion in art, in tandem with greater career prospects in the creative industries.
Researchers discover new treatment for osteoporosis   View Summary
21 November 2013
University of Sydney researchers have discovered a promising treatment for osteoporosis.
Children of War: New grant explores stories of children born of WWII   View Summary
20 November 2013
The untold stories of thousands of mixed-race children fathered from allied troops posted in Australia during World War II is the focus of a first-of-its kind ARC project led by University of Sydney researchers.
TEDxYouth@Sydney sparks ideas for change   View Summary
20 November 2013
Ideas to inspire political bystanders, combat mental illness and overcome poverty in India were some of the powerful topics explored by a passionate group of young people at TEDxYouth@Sydney.
Chronic diseases taking up more of GPs' time   View Summary
19 November 2013
GPs in Australia are working three hours less per week in direct clinical care, however they are dealing with more health problems per visit, research led by the University of Sydney shows.
A Map to World Class Dreams   View Summary
19 November 2013
The Coalition government's indigenous affairs policy should promote university education for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, Dr Michael Spence says in an opinion-piece published in The Canberra Times.
A quantum leap for quantum computing    View Summary
19 November 2013
A University of Sydney researcher's proposal has led to a new world record for the largest quantum 'circuit board' ever produced - an essential component for a quantum computer made of laser light.
Talking with doctors - views from both sides   View Summary
19 November 2013
At a free public talk hosted by the University of Sydney this Wednesday, Professor Stewart Dunn from the University's Sydney Medical School will present Talking with doctors - views from both sides.
Sharing expertise across borders   View Summary
18 November 2013
A senior lecturer at the Sydney Medical School, Dr Shailendra Sawleshwarkar, was a panel member at the 2013 Regional Pravasi Bhartiya Divas, an annual forum bringing together the knowledge, expertise and skills of the Indian community in Australia and the Pacific.
Specialist in ethical funds management awarded BOSS 'Emerging Leaders' MBA Scholarship   View Summary
18 November 2013
Omar Khan, a 34-year-old finance industry executive specialising in ethical funds management, has been awarded a coveted 'Emerging Leaders' MBA Scholarship by the Australian Financial Review BOSS Magazine and the University of Sydney Business School.
Videogames and wellbeing   View Summary
15 November 2013
To game or not to game - that is the question. Contrary to common perceptions, new research is suggesting there are definitely positive impacts associated with playing videogames.
Australia and the GFC - Why did we fare so well?   View Summary
15 November 2013
A leading corporate law expert will examine why Australia is considered internationally as one of the few success stories of the global financial crisis at a seminar on Monday 18 November.
Urbanites asked who needs nature and why?    View Summary
15 November 2013
If you live in Sydney or Melbourne, the University of Sydney wants to know how much you think your wellbeing depends on nature being a part of your daily life.
Universities have a role to play in shaping India's future   View Summary
15 November 2013
Australia has a "unique opportunity" to help India tackle its social and economic challenges, says the University's Dean of Arts, Professor Duncan Ivison.
New Senate Fellows elected   View Summary
15 November 2013
The Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Ms Belinda Hutchison, has welcomed the results of the 2013 Senate election.
The first step in a revolution to stop diabetes in its tracks   View Summary
14 November 2013
The newly-announced Australian Diabetes Council Chair of Diabetes at the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre has predicted that new research can bring about a dramatic decrease in the incidence of all types of diabetes in the foreseeable future.
University of Sydney welcomes Coalition Government review of the demand driven system   View Summary
13 November 2013
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence has welcomed the announcement by Minister for Education, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, that he had commissioned a review of the demand driven funding system for higher education, to be completed by mid-February 2014.
Prime Minister launches Australia-Indonesia Centre   View Summary
13 November 2013
Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Vice President of Indonesia, His Excellency Professor Dr Boediono launched the new Australia-Indonesia Centre today.
How the echidna lost its venom   View Summary
13 November 2013
The function of a spur on the hind leg of echidnas has been revealed by research at the University of Sydney.
Mapping the teenage mind   View Summary
12 November 2013
Imagine a classroom of normal healthy teenage girls. As many as half of them may grow up and develop anxiety and depression. But which ones will they be?
Barangaroo gambling measures do not go far enough says expert    View Summary
12 November 2013
Despite the absence of poker machines, an expert working at the University of Sydney's Gambling Treatment Clinic has major concerns about the recently approved new casino at Barangaroo, and believes that the measures put in place to protect ordinary Sydneysiders from developing gambling problems do not go far enough.
What are our responsibilities towards refugees?   View Summary
11 November 2013
Professor Joseph Carens from the University of Toronto will argue that countries like Australia need to do more to protect refugees, as part of a special Sydney Ideas talk tonight at the University of Sydney.
Burma's famous 'refugee' doctor wins Sydney Peace Prize   View Summary
8 November 2013
The founder of a clinic in Thailand that treats up to 150,000 refugees, orphans and migrant workers a year, Dr Cynthia Maung, has received the 2013 Sydney Peace Prize.
University of Sydney leads field in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research   View Summary
8 November 2013
The University of Sydney leads the field in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander research in the latest round of Australian Research Council funding, earning three Discovery Indigenous grants to pursue transformative research in gender and cultural studies, education and science.
Lack of protein drives overeating   View Summary
7 November 2013
Humans' instinctive appetite for protein is so powerful that we are driven to continue eating until we get the right amount of protein, even if it means consuming far more energy than we need, according to new research from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre.
University of Sydney helps care for Sydney's homeless   View Summary
7 November 2013
Sydney Nursing School at the University of Sydney is calling for volunteers to help assemble much-needed care packs for Sydney's homeless.
People with disabilities welcome a new life in retirement   View Summary
7 November 2013
A new manual co-authored by University of Sydney academics is available to help Australia's growing population of older people with disabilities successfully move into retirement.
Participants needed for world's largest diabetes prevention study   View Summary
6 November 2013
To combat the increasing threat of diabetes, set to become the major cause of morbidity and mortality in Australia by 2016, University of Sydney researchers are seeking participants for the world's largest ever lifestyle intervention study.
What is money in the age of Bitcoin and currency crises?   View Summary
6 November 2013
The role of money in modern societies will be explored tonight at the Sydney Ideas panel, 'What is Money?'.
University of Sydney hosts Australian Smoking Cessation Conference    View Summary
6 November 2013
New insights on smoking and mental illness, adolescent smoking, smoking in pregnancy and in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities are among the topics to be covered at the inaugural Australian Smoking Cessation Conference at the University of Sydney, from Wednesday to Friday this week.
Decision not to proceed with tax deductibility cap provides certainty for students   View Summary
6 November 2013
The University of Sydney today welcomed Treasurer Joe Hockey's announcement that the federal government will scrap the proposed measure to cap self-education expenses.
Fostering health partnerships with China    View Summary
5 November 2013
The health challenges that will confront China and Australia at the turn of the next decade were discussed at a recent symposium in Beijing hosted by Peking University Health Science Centre (PKUHSC) and the University of Sydney.
Postcard from Indonesia: urban informality   View Summary
5 November 2013
Dr Paul Jones writes from Indonesia about the consequences of the urbanisation process when urban form, structure and transport systems are not aligned.
University of Sydney hosts Australia's first Festival of Democracy   View Summary
5 November 2013
Some of the world's leading thinkers on democracy will converge at the University of Sydney this week for Australia's first Festival of Democracy, presented by the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.
Why are we failing young people with a disability?   View Summary
5 November 2013
Young Australians with a disability are five times more likely than their non-disabled peers to experience multiple disadvantages, including long term unemployment and social exclusion.
University of Sydney proud to honour Aung San Suu Kyi   View Summary
5 November 2013
The University of Sydney will welcome Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi to Sydney in November.
Agricultural and renewable energy achievements recognised with NSW award    View Summary
4 November 2013
Agricultural and renewable energy achievements of recognised with NSW award for University of Sydney academics Professor Thomas Maschmeyer and Professor Robert Park
Inside-Out: US prison education program to head Down Under   View Summary
4 November 2013
The founder and director of America's ground-breaking Inside-Out program, in which prison inmates and university students come together as peers in a classroom setting, will weigh up the benefits of bringing this innovative model to Australia in a special event at the University of Sydney this evening.
Cancer trends tell tale of insufficient prevention    View Summary
4 November 2013
Australians are now developing cancer at slightly higher rates but dying of the disease less often, according to University of Sydney research published in the Medical Journal of Australia.
University of Sydney and Souths Cares project puts the spotlight on university education   View Summary
1 November 2013
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from local high schools and the University of Sydney got a chance to experience life behind the scenes as filmmakers, producing a series of short films to promote better public health as part of the Framing Health project.
Man's best friend an even better employee with fivefold return on investment   View Summary
1 November 2013
Working dogs make a considerable financial contribution to Australia's rural sector, providing an impressive fivefold return on investment. This is just one insight into working dogs to be presented at the inaugural Australian Working Dog Conference to be held at the University of Sydney on 4-5 November.
Pharmacy academics ignite interest from medical technology   View Summary
1 November 2013
A medical technology start-up company led by academics from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy has opened for business after being selected for a lucrative business development program.
October 2013
Working with China for a more sustainable future   View Summary
31 October 2013
Australian companies have an unprecedented opportunity to work with China to help create a more sustainable future. This was the verdict from the Chinese and Australian speakers at the Sydney China Business Forum presented by the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre.
How kids cope with change: New findings on adaptability   View Summary
31 October 2013
A team of Faculty researchers, lead by Professor Andrew Martin, has conducted an Australian-first study into adaptability - how young people confront their ever-changing worlds.
Madsen Building reopens after chemical spill   View Summary
31 October 2013
The University evacuated the Madsen Building on Eastern Avenue this morning following a chemical reaction in a dangerous goods cabinet that led to a chemical spill.
Sounds of the stars make Dr Stello a winner    View Summary
31 October 2013
For his work studying the sounds of stars and what they reveal about their intricate inner workings the University of Sydney's Dr Dennis Stello, has won the NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year award. Dr Alexander Argyros, another academic from the School of Physics, won a NSW Young Tall Poppy award.
Heading off heart disease   View Summary
30 October 2013
Heart disease remains the number one cause of early disability and death in the western world and now, surprisingly, has also become the most frequent cause of early death in the developing world.
Trees removed on Eastern Avenue following gale force winds   View Summary
30 October 2013
The University took the difficult decision to remove several trees from Eastern Avenue this week after a Sydney red gum tree fell without warning during the heavy gales that hit Sydney on Tuesday.
Prehistoric Australians: Coming to ancient Australia   View Summary
30 October 2013
Professor Peter Hiscock will probe the mysteries surrounding Australia's first human occupants in his 'Insights' lecture at the University of Sydney this Thursday.
Australia's best export market may be right on its doorstep: ASEAN   View Summary
30 October 2013
Dr Sandra Seno-Alday from the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre and a lecturer on international business at the University of Sydney Business School discusses how Australia may be able to diversify its trade in Asia.
High school students take part in Higgs boson masterclass   View Summary
30 October 2013
Forty high school students from Sydney have taken part in an international physics masterclass at the University inspired by the discovery of the elusive Higgs Boson particle.
Demystifying Chinese investment in Australian agribusiness   View Summary
29 October 2013
Despite perceptions that Chinese investors are buying up large areas of Australian farmland, new research has found that China is not yet a major agricultural investor in Australia, and in fact, may own less than 1 percent of Australian farmland.
'Ancient brain' helps us avoid accidents    View Summary
29 October 2013
Scientists at the University of Sydney affiliate the Vision Centre (VC) have found a group of rare cells in the human brain that recognise edges - helping us to avoid accidents and recognise everything we use or see in daily life.
Australian stories through children's eyes   View Summary
29 October 2013
Award-winning author Nadia Wheatley will join Caroline Jones, host of ABC's Australian Story, for a special 'In Conversation' event at the University of Sydney this Wednesday.
Keynote address at the Sydney China Business Forum: 'Sustaining Water and the China challenge'   View Summary
29 October 2013
Chairman of Worley Parsons Mr John Grill, delivered the following keynote address at the Sydney China Business Forum, 29 October
A new way of seeing - metamaterial lens has ten times more power    View Summary
29 October 2013
A lens with ten times the resolution of any current lens, making it a powerful new tool for the biological sciences, has been developed by researchers at the University of Sydney.
Big Sugar is having its tobacco moment   View Summary
29 October 2013
Should we treat food and drinks high in added sugars like we do alcohol and demand separate areas to sell them? Dr Kieron Rooney from the Faculty of Health Sciences thinks so.
David Malouf curates Jeffrey Smart exhibition   View Summary
29 October 2013
The University Art Gallery and one of Australia's best-loved writers pay tribute to Jeffrey Smart in an upcoming exhibition of the late artist's work.
Sydney Ideas: Germaine Greer on 'White Beech'   View Summary
25 October 2013
Germaine Greer will share her experiences of rehabilitating an area of rainforest in South-East Queensland as part of a special Sydney Ideas event at the University of Sydney this Sunday.
You've been framed - keyframe technology   View Summary
25 October 2013
Important visual sequences in news, security or personal camera footage will be faster to identify thanks to a keyframe technique developed by University of Sydney researchers.
Research strengths recognised   View Summary
25 October 2013
The University of Sydney has excelled in areas of strategic priority in the latest round of funding from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).
Exploring Australia-China partnerships in sustainability    View Summary
25 October 2013
The potential for groundbreaking partnerships in sustainable energy, transport, agribusiness and water will be explored at the 2013 Sydney China Business Forum presented by the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre.
Treatment for social phobia to be used for eating disorders    View Summary
25 October 2013
A treatment which has been successfully used to treat social phobia will be used, in a world-first study at the University of Sydney, to treat sufferers of bulimia nervosa and binge eating disorder.
Inspiring Sydney Festival partnership   View Summary
24 October 2013
The University is inviting members of the community to share what inspires them about Sydney through a photo and video Instagram competition.
Type 1 diabetes alters bone marrow and pro-inflammatory white cell count   View Summary
24 October 2013
A new University of Sydney study has found that having Type 1 diabetes alters the normal communication between the human central nervous system and bone marrow, causing inflammatory effects and further disease.
Postcard from Beijing   View Summary
24 October 2013
Sandra Meiras writes from Beijing about China's grand ambitions and the University's China program.
Meet RFS volunteer Stuart Skene    View Summary
23 October 2013
Stuart Skene, an administrative officer in the Faculty of Veterinary Science and a part-time student majoring in archaeology, has been helping fight the bushfire in the Springwood area. He answered some of our questions about what it's like in the Blue Mountains at the moment.
Professorial Fellowship for Senator Bob Carr   View Summary
23 October 2013
The University of Sydney today announced Senator Bob Carr will take up a Professorial Fellowship with the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.
First patient survey on mental health initiative   View Summary
23 October 2013
The first survey of people who have been referred to a psychologist by their general practitioner is being undertaken by the University of Sydney.
A new formula for spray-drying milk   View Summary
22 October 2013
Spray-drying methods for milk based products such as baby formula or other powdered milks could be improved according to chemical engineers at the University of Sydney who have analysed current processes.
Exploring rapid HIV testing in community pharmacies and dental surgeries   View Summary
22 October 2013
In a bid to potentially increase the rates of early HIV diagnoses, University of Sydney researchers are surveying community pharmacists and dentists to gauge their support to introduce rapid HIV testing in pharmacies and dental surgeries.
The threatened future of bees is about much More Than Honey    View Summary
22 October 2013
A Sydney Ideas event highlights the challenge facing the future of honeybees with the filming of More Than Honey and a panel discussion.
NSW bushfires: support and resources for staff and students   View Summary
21 October 2013
Any staff or students who may be feeling distressed by the bushfires across NSW are encouraged to take advantage of the following services and resources.
Path to world-class education system   View Summary
21 October 2013
If China truly aspires to be a global powerhouse in the coming century, then there is one battle that it has to succeed in. That is creating a world-class education system. This is, however, one of the toughest of all the challenges it faces. Education is the ultimate investment - something that takes decades to gain a return on, one of the hardest of all social activities to measure, but one on which, uniquely, there is consensus over the paramount importance of. The future challenges globally will only be solved with a population educated to the highest possible level.
Sow the seeds for farming's future   View Summary
21 October 2013
Experts predict agriculture will soon require 6000 tertiary-qualified graduates per year - in 2011 NSW universities produced 311. In the US the percentage of farmers with a degree is in the high teens. In Australia it is less than 10 percent, writes Dr Michael Spence.
HSC maths and science on the decline   View Summary
21 October 2013
Urgent review of HSC policy, including the reinstatement of maths and science as compulsory subjects, is needed in order to curb a "disappointing" decline in the disciplines over the past decade, a new report by University of Sydney researchers has found.
University Chancellor and senior academic named among Australia's most influential women   View Summary
18 October 2013
University of Sydney Chancellor Belinda Hutchinson and Professor of Employment Relations Marian Baird were last night named among Australia's most influential women, winning their categories in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence awards.
Academics collaborate on new history of Australia   View Summary
17 October 2013
The decision to set up a penal colony at Botany Bay, Australia's involvement in the Great War and how Australian became a nation are among the topics traversed by University of Sydney academics in a newly-released history of Australia.
Postcard from Timor Leste   View Summary
17 October 2013
Lesley Harbon writes about a project linking agriculture, medicine and education in Timor Leste.
Preventing the superbug apocalypse   View Summary
16 October 2013
Everyday activities such as kissing, touching and sharing food can lead to the spread of a new kind of superbug that is as dangerous as it is resistant. At a free public talk hosted by the University of Sydney this Wednesday, Professor Jon Iredell and Associate Professor Tom Gottlieb from the University's Sydney Medical School will present Preventing the superbug apocalypse.
New human systems biology centre for Sydney    View Summary
16 October 2013
The University of Sydney and affiliate, The Centenary Institute will establish the Ramaciotti Centre for Systems Biology in 2014 following the announcement last night of the $1 million Ramaciotti Biomedical Research Award.
Voodoo, nanodiamonds and absolute zero - a beginner's guide to quantum physics    View Summary
16 October 2013
On 16 October at the University of Sydney, Professor David Reilly presents a beginner's guide to quantum physics.
Presuming Innocence: Murray Gleeson to deliver the 2013 Paul Byrne Memorial Lecture   View Summary
16 October 2013
The Honourable Murray Gleeson AC QC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia, will deliver a free public lecture at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 16 October on the topic "Presuming Innocence".
Exploring experiences of LGBTI communities in Queensland natural disasters   View Summary
16 October 2013
An investigation of how lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Queenslanders are affected by natural disasters is being undertaken by the University of Sydney and University of Western Sydney.
Scaffold Hunter heads to Google   View Summary
16 October 2013
The University of Sydney researcher behind Scaffold Hunter, prize-winning open source software, has been invited to attend the Google Summer of Code (GSoC) Mentor summit held in San Francisco, USA.
Light rail and bus rapid transport cause for optimism in Australian public transport   View Summary
15 October 2013
While two-thirds of Australians would like to see more investment in light rail, those with access to bus rapid transit are more likely to consider it a favourable option, according to the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney.
Evidence of unsustainable fishing in the Great Barrier Reef    View Summary
15 October 2013
Sea cucumber fishing in the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park shows worrying signs of being unsustainable.
UNDP Head Helen Clark delivers free public lectures this week   View Summary
14 October 2013
United Nations Development Program Administrator Helen Clark will deliver two free public lectures at the University of Sydney this week, sharing her highly influential views on the future drivers of global economic and social progress.
Top 50 philanthropic gifts include two at the University of Sydney    View Summary
14 October 2013
The contribution to Australian society made possible by two philanthropic gifts to the University of Sydney have seen them feature in a top 50 philanthropic gifts list published today.
Rewards program helps robots think for themselves   View Summary
14 October 2013
Fabio Ramos is helping to produce a new breed of intelligent robots with applications more ambitious than vacuuming the floor or dealing with unexploded bombs.
Photons on demand now possible on hair's width optical chip   View Summary
11 October 2013
breakthrough in photonics that will help create extremely compact optical chips, a hair's width in size and delivering a photon at a time, has been achieved by researchers from the University of Sydney.
Mechanical engineering student wins the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013   View Summary
11 October 2013
Mechanical engineering student Leticia Luiz at the University of Sydney has been presented the NSW International Student of the Year Award for 2013.
University Chancellor and academics among the AFR's 100 Women of Influence   View Summary
11 October 2013
The University of Sydney Chancellor and three members the University's academic community have been named among Australia's most influential women as finalists in the Australian Financial Review and Westpac Group 100 Women of Influence awards.
Experts discuss progress towards ASEAN goals   View Summary
11 October 2013
The dream of an ASEAN Community has a long way to go before it becomes a reality for the people of Southeast Asia, according to the keynote speaker at a University of Sydney forum.
Young opera stars take Figaro to the fifties   View Summary
10 October 2013
Australia's next crop of opera stars is bringing a touch of the zeitgeist to classic opera the Marriage of Figaro by setting it in the age of prosperity, pin-up girls and poodle skirts: the fabulous 1950s.
Sydney Ideas: WikiLeaks insiders reveal ongoing media challenges   View Summary
10 October 2013
Why would a former diplomat run for Senate in the WikiLeaks party? What would it be like to have lunch and dinner with Julian Assange in prison? How did newspaper editors decide on what leaked documents to publish when they became available? An expert panel will answer these questions at a free event at the University of Sydney this Friday. Panelists including Professor John Keane, Adjunct Professor Peter Fray, Dr Alison Broinowski, Dr Arne Hintze and Dr Benedetta Brevini will provide insider accounts into the workings of the controversial whistleblower group while taking a look at the challenges faced by the media in an age of increased transparency.
Overcoming the blues for older people with illnesses   View Summary
10 October 2013
A study exploring the treatment of depression in older people with a range of health problems is being undertaken by the University of Sydney.
New research centre sheds light on Western Sydney's most pressing health issues   View Summary
9 October 2013
The University of Sydney is bringing its most innovative and visionary multi-disciplinary research and education centre to Western Sydney to find real-world solutions to some of the most pressing health issues in the region: obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The Charles Perkins Centre Nepean, based at Sydney Medical School's Nepean Clinical School, will bring together internationally recognised health and medical researchers with experts from fields as diverse as architecture, social sciences and engineering to find practical approaches to help ease the burden of chronic disease.
News for one of the most deadly cancers   View Summary
9 October 2013
Melanoma is the most common form of cancer for people under the age of 45 years. Even though it only represents 2 percent of all skin cancers, it is responsible for almost 80 percent of skin cancer related deaths. At a free talk on Wednesday October 9 two leading researchers from the University of Sydney will provide insights into breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of the disease that one in 20 people in Australia will develop.
Call for new approach to koala conservation   View Summary
3 October 2013
Land management practices must change to protect vulnerable koala populations, according to new University of Sydney research published today in the international biodiversity and ecology journal, Ecography.
Postcard from Myanmar: Professor Michele Ford   View Summary
3 October 2013
Sydney Southeast Asia Centre director Michele Ford writes about her first of many visits to Myanmar.
Simulating reality    View Summary
3 October 2013
Feats such as the successful salvage of the stricken Costa-Concordia are in part due to computational mechanics designed by Australian engineers according to University of Sydney engineering experts who will host the inaugural Australasian Conference for Computational Mechanics this week 3-4 October.
More food not the solution to malnutrition    View Summary
2 October 2013
Despite two decades of increased agricultural productivity there has not been a corresponding drop in malnutrition rates. Two new multidisciplinary projects at the University of Sydney hope to address this challenge.
Musicians suffering for their art   View Summary
2 October 2013
Most of Australia's finest musicians are suffering for their art, according to new University of Sydney research.
Back pain: time to get it right   View Summary
1 October 2013
On any given day in Australia, one quarter of the population is suffering back pain, and nearly 80 per cent of adult Australians will experience back pain some time during their lives.
Ageing impacts rational decision-making   View Summary
1 October 2013
Older adults are more likely to make poor financial decisions and inconsistent choices than any other age group, a new study by researchers at University of Sydney, New York University and Yale's School of Medicine has found.
Empowering young leaders at TEDxYouth@Sydney   View Summary
1 October 2013
The University of Sydney is bringing TEDx to a new generation as the principal partner of TEDxYouth@Sydney.
Do-not-resuscitate: the benefits of an early decision    View Summary
1 October 2013
Providing information about do-not-resuscitate instructions to terminally ill patients leads to fewer of them dying in a hospital environment, a University of Sydney study has found.
September 2013
Tackling the challenges of Colombia's dizzy heights   View Summary
30 September 2013
Older people living in the rural highlands of the Andes region are at higher risk of falls and fractures than in other South American countries. The University's Ageing Bone Research Program has teamed up Colombian partners to tackle this unique health care.
Abbott Government urged to focus on mental as well as physical health of Australian workers    View Summary
30 September 2013
The University of Sydney's high-profile Happiness, Health and Wellbeing at Work Conference is this year expected to call on the Abbott Government to give priority to mental health in the workplace as it conducts its promised review of mental health services.
The politics of brinksmanship: Abbott heads to Indonesia   View Summary
30 September 2013
Ahead of this week's summit between Australian and Indonesian political leaders in Jakarta - Abbott's first foreign trip as prime minister - both sides have publicly fired shots across the bow, argues Professor Adrian Vickers.
New generation of farmers and advisers tried and tested   View Summary
27 September 2013
Using specialist software, grading grain, determining yields, analysing soil, identifying weeds and managing business were just some of the agricultural skills tested at the 2013 Australian Universities Crop Competition.
Board game created by students helps fight rabies in Southeast Asia    View Summary
27 September 2013
The United Nations is partnering with the University of Sydney to manufacture a board game that educates children in Asia about the risk of rabies, a disease that kills over 30,000 people each year in Asia. The game was created by a group of postgraduate students from the University's Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Global Health Law Conference tackles medical tourism and alcohol advertising   View Summary
27 September 2013
The pitfalls of Australia's boom in medical tourism, the ongoing struggle to deliver HIV prevention and treatment, the lax regulation of alcohol advertising and the complexities of managing tuberculosis are among the ethically and legally challenging areas up for discussion at Sydney Law School's Global Health and the Law conference next week.
Research shows involvement in the arts has wide-ranging benefits for young people   View Summary
27 September 2013
A joint study by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work and the Australian Council for the Arts has found that engagement in the Arts benefits students not just in the classroom, but also in life.
A step closer to beating the 'flu'   View Summary
26 September 2013
University of Sydney researcher, Dr Benjamin Tang, will investigate the causes of influenza pneumonia after being awarded a prestigious and highly competitive Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Foundation Award.
Stuttering: the elephant in the classroom   View Summary
25 September 2013
Stuttering is going undiagnosed in Australian classrooms, causing a raft of lifelong social anxiety problems, warns a world-leading University of Sydney expert.
Dr David Suzuki to address environmental challenges in the Great Hall   View Summary
25 September 2013
Dr David Suzuki, one of the world's most respected environmental activists, will speak at the Great Hall tomorrow evening in a special event co-presented by the newly launched Sydney Environment Institute and Sydney Ideas.
Musical notes falling on deaf ears   View Summary
25 September 2013
French horn players are not heeding warnings to protect their ears during rehearsals and performances according to a study released by a collaborative research team from the University of Queensland and the University of Sydney.
Why diets fail - University of Sydney medicine lecture series to kick off tomorrow   View Summary
25 September 2013
The reasons behind why diets usually fail will be shared in the first of a series of medicine lectures being hosted by the University of Sydney each Wednesday from tomorrow to 27 November. The talks are free and open to the public.
The dragon awakes - colossal explosion from supermassive black hole at centre of galaxy revealed    View Summary
24 September 2013
Two million years ago a supermassive black hole at the heart of our galaxy erupted in an explosion so immensely powerful that it lit up a cloud 200,000 light years away, a team of researchers led by the University of Sydney has revealed.
A reminder: there is life beyond the HSC   View Summary
23 September 2013
As an HSC sufferer, survivor and perpetrator, I have learnt that there are a few things to remember about the HSC, said Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence in the Sydney Morning Herald.
Secrets of the sandstone unveiled at Quarantine Community Day   View Summary
20 September 2013
University of Sydney archaeologist Dr Annie Clarke will shed light on the enigmatic sandstone inscriptions at Sydney's former Quarantine Station as part of the Family Fun Day at Q Station Sydney Harbour National Park - Manly this Sunday 22nd September.
University of Sydney announces new Doctor of Medicine - MD program   View Summary
20 September 2013
The University of Sydney has today announced a new Doctor of Medicine (MD) program starting in 2014 which will allow postgraduate medical students to enhance their research experience.
Professor Elaine Baker appointed as UNESCO Chair   View Summary
20 September 2013
Professor Elaine Baker, from the School of Geosciences, has received the prestigious appointment of a UNESCO Chair in ocean governance from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, starting in mid-September 2013.
Robotics will change market landscape   View Summary
19 September 2013
Robotics can offer the Australian agricultural industry the chance to regain its competitive edge in the global marketplace, according to Professor Salah Sukkarieh from the University of Sydney.
Is China's non-interference policy sustainable?   View Summary
19 September 2013
While the US, UK and France pushed for intervention in Syria and Russia noisily blocked them at every turn, China was in the background, saying very little. As Kerry Brown of the University of Sydney argues, today's Chinese diplomats are following a well-worn path.
Reverse Colombo needs cash to match Asia ambitions - Groundwork must be done for the plan to succeed   View Summary
18 September 2013
Julie Bishop has a vision - the incoming foreign minister wants to change the way Australia engages with the Asia-Pacific. How? By sending large numbers of Australian undergraduates to study and work in the region as part of their degree. Bishop is thinking big.
Menzies Centre for Health Policy new appointment   View Summary
18 September 2013
The Menzies Centre for Health Policy and HCF Research Foundation have joined forces to attract Associate Professor Adam Elshaug.
Philosophy is not a 'ridiculous' pursuit. It is worth funding   View Summary
18 September 2013
"My work was targetted by a Coalition MP, who described our research as 'ridiculous' - but philosophy is work, and the discipline is crucial to helping us understand our world": Professor Paul Redding responds to criticism in an op-ed originally published in the Guardian
Major UK art show features University of Sydney academic    View Summary
18 September 2013
The work of artist and senior University of Sydney lecturer Danie Mellor is included in the exhibition Australia, billed by the Royal Academy of Arts as the most significant survey of Australian art ever shown in the United Kingdom.
World-first study finds midwifery care costs less and delivers equally safe care   View Summary
17 September 2013
A world-first University of Sydney randomised controlled trial comparing continuity of midwifery care throughout pregnancy with standard public hospital care found that caseload midwifery reduced interventions in birth and reduced costs.
Workers dissatisfied with open plan offices   View Summary
17 September 2013
Most people are dissatisfied with having to work in an open plan office, University of Sydney research has found.
Time off after school can reap benefits at university   View Summary
17 September 2013
Students who take a gap year achieve more highly at university than students who enter university straight after school and mature age students.
'Sticky tape' for water droplets mimics rose petal   View Summary
17 September 2013
Nanoparticles that look like raspberries can trap tiny water droplets and prevent them from rolling off surfaces. The applications of this technology include reducing condensation in plane cabins and making certain medical tests easier without hi tech equipment.
Sydney graduates receive Cambridge scholarships   View Summary
17 September 2013
Two graduates from the University of Sydney have received scholarships to complete research into solar cells and cognitive science at the University of Cambridge.
Quad bikes a major source of trauma in Victoria   View Summary
16 September 2013
The significant trauma associated with quad bikes in Victoria has been highlighted in a University of Sydney co-authored study published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.
Australian businesses support undergraduate scholarships honouring businessman James Strong   View Summary
16 September 2013
Six perpetual undergraduate scholarships at the University of Sydney, supported by a number of leading Australian companies, will commemorate the long and distinguished career of renowned Australian businessman James Strong AO.
FT ranking confirms University of Sydney Business School as global leader in management education   View Summary
16 September 2013
The University of Sydney Business School's position as a world-class centre for management education has been confirmed in the latest global rankings published by the highly respected London based newspaper, the Financial Times (FT).
University of Sydney welcomes alumni to Cabinet   View Summary
16 September 2013
The University of Sydney today congratulated the three alumni who will be Cabinet Ministers in the newly elected Abbott Government, Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey and Malcolm Turnbull.
Lawyer, ethicist, doctors and academics denounce attempt in Tasmania to ban infant circumcision   View Summary
13 September 2013
A report by the Tasmanian Law Reform Institute calling for a ban on infant circumcision has been denounced by a lawyer, an ethicist, senior public health experts and paediatricians.
University of Sydney Business School offers nation's leading Executive MBA program - AFR BOSS rank   View Summary
13 September 2013
The University of Sydney Business School Global Executive MBA has been ranked as the nation's leading Executive MBA program by the Australian Financial Review's BOSS Magazine.
Sydney Environment Institute takes holistic approach to tackling climate change   View Summary
13 September 2013
Some of Australia's leading sustainability thinkers across a broad spectrum of disciplines will join forces to seek innovative solutions to climate change with the launch of the new Sydney Environment Institute (SEI) at the University of Sydney next Tuesday 17 September.
Stoners beware: exercising might lead to a positive drug test   View Summary
12 September 2013
Exercise is essential to a healthy lifestyle, but new research led by the University of Sydney shows that for cannabis users, it could also lead to positive drug tests. Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the main intoxicating ingredient in cannabis, has a strong affinity for fat tissue. Most of the THC consumed when cannabis is smoked ends up being rapidly transferred from the bloodstream into fat cells, where it accumulates and can lie dormant for weeks or even months.
Professor Bryan Gaensler wins Scopus Young Researcher Award   View Summary
12 September 2013
Professor Bryan Gaensler, Director of CAASTRO - the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, based in the School of Physics - has won the 2013 Scopus Young Researcher Award for the Physical Sciences.
Doubtful double 'D' poll   View Summary
11 September 2013
Before the election, Tony Abbott ruled out negotiating with independents or minor parties if he didn't achieve a majority in the lower house. But the pain Julia Gillard experienced in bargaining for the votes of three independents in the house is likely to be magnified for Abbott in getting six or more votes from a motley crew of micro parties in the Senate, says Professor Anne Twomey.
Doubtful double 'D' poll   View Summary
11 September 2013
Before the election, Tony Abbott ruled out negotiating with independents or minor parties if he didn't achieve a majority in the lower house. But the pain Julia Gillard experienced in bargaining for the votes of three independents in the house is likely to be magnified for Abbott in getting six or more votes from a motley crew of micro parties in the Senate, says Professor Anne Twomey.
Screening for minor memory changes will wrongly label many with dementia, warn experts   View Summary
10 September 2013
A political drive led by the UK and US to screen older people for minor memory changes (often called mild cognitive impairment or pre-dementia) is leading to unnecessary investigation and potentially harmful treatment for what is arguably an inevitable consequence of ageing, warn University of Sydney experts in in a paper published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) today.
Monkey Business: Researchers discover primitive forms of wealth   View Summary
10 September 2013
Comparisons between the stock market floor and a zoo are not far from the mark, according to a new study published today in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS). A team of researchers, including Dr Agnieszka Tymula from the University of Sydney's School of Economics, has found evidence of increased risk-taking amongst the 'wealthier' of our primate relatives, suggesting an evolutionary link to human sensitivities around affluence levels.
University of Sydney students win top sculpture awards   View Summary
10 September 2013
University of Sydney postgraduate students have taken out the two top awards from more than 240 entries at the 2013 Willoughby Sculpture Prize.
Energy Chief Calls for Greater Policy Certainty   View Summary
9 September 2013
Origin Energy CEO Grant King last week delivered the 2013 Kevin McCann Lecture on Energy and Resources Law.
Department of History celebrates History Week 2013   View Summary
9 September 2013
The role of alcohol in Australian society, the Vietnam war moratoriums and the creation of farm colonies for 'subnormal' boys and men are just some of the topics up for discussion as part of the Department of History's involvement in History Week 2013.
Tourists' pictures of the past: how Australians realised their past was worth visiting   View Summary
9 September 2013
In a free Sydney Ideas talk for History Week 2013, the University of Sydney's Associate Professor Richard White will explore how tourists came to realise Australia's past as a destination worth visiting.
Spam challenged by Game Theory   View Summary
6 September 2013
A new anti-spam model using repetitive games theory has been developed by University of Sydney information and technologies researchers.
Election 2013 Essays: It's the economy, stupid   View Summary
5 September 2013
Professor Colm Harmon discusses the true deficit of this campaign: clear, rational economic thinking and policy.
Professor Rick Shine wins Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers   View Summary
5 September 2013
Professor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science, won the prestigious Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers.
Sydney joins international partners on clean energy project   View Summary
4 September 2013
Sydney researchers are working with partners from Saudi Arabi and China on a project to develop new membrane technology for use in the oil and gas industry.
University of Sydney welcomes commitment to preventative health   View Summary
4 September 2013
The University of Sydney today welcomed the Australian Government's commitment to a new partnership research centre which will address challenges of preventing the epidemic of chronic disease.
Stakes high in Australia-China trading game   View Summary
4 September 2013
This election campaign has been remarkable for the almost total absence of discussion of China, argue Dr Michael Spence and Professor Kerry Brown.
Developed countries use resources at greater rate than reported   View Summary
3 September 2013
The amount of raw material needed to sustain developed countries' economies is significantly greater than current indicators suggest.
Carbon Nanotubes wins three minute thesis   View Summary
3 September 2013
A civil engineering postgraduate student studying carbon nanotubes, Kate McDonell, will represent the University of Sydney in the Trans-Tasman Three-minute Thesis (3MT) competition later this year after winning the University's finals of the competition.
August 2013
University of Sydney welcomes 27,000 visitors to Open Day 2013   View Summary
31 August 2013
The University of Sydney on Saturday thanked the future students, their families, members of the community and University staff who helped to make Open Day 2013 a tremendous success.
Media students give candidates a lesson in political communication   View Summary
30 August 2013
With several high-profile gaffes marking the federal election campaign to date, more than 70 postgraduate media students from the University of Sydney have hit the campaign trail to teach local candidates the value of effective political messaging.
University of Sydney welcomes appointment of Gabrielle Upton to Minister for Sport and Recreation   View Summary
30 August 2013
University of Sydney Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence today congratulated Gabrielle Upton MP on her promotion to the Cabinet position of Minister for Sport and Recreation in the NSW Government, and welcomed Cronulla MP, Mr Mark Speakman, into the role of Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills.
Get a glimpse of campus life at University of Sydney Open Day 2013   View Summary
29 August 2013
From seeing a 3D map of the imagined lands in Game of Thrones to extracting and comparing the DNA of your favourite foods, you will be amazed by what you can do at the University of Sydney's largest event of the year - Open Day.
Bestselling author Sarah Dunant shares the secrets of her historical fiction   View Summary
29 August 2013
In order to capture the mystery and allure of Renaissance Florence, acclaimed historical fiction author Sarah Dunant visited churches, archives, museums and art galleries across Italy. Now the bestselling writer will reveal the processes behind the richly realised depictions of her much-loved novels at a special Sydney Ideas and Power Institute event at the University of Sydney this Thursday 29 August.
Timely predictions for financial sector   View Summary
29 August 2013
Australian companies will soon be able to make time series predictions of their financial data to within a fraction of a second thanks to the creation of mathematical algorithms and computer systems under development at the University of Sydney.
Endless Cloud double edged sword   View Summary
29 August 2013
Hybrid or multi-cloud deployment is the most cost effective and efficient method for a business to manage abundant cloud computing resources, cloud computing experts at the University of Sydney say.
Renowned political activist Susan George to deliver the 2013 Ted Wheelwright Lecture   View Summary
28 August 2013
One of the world's leading political thinkers and human rights activists, Susan George, will speak out against the growing influence of "illegitimate corporate power" in a keynote address at the University of Sydney this Thursday 29 August.
Evaluation of major parties' work and family policies released   View Summary
28 August 2013
Balanced policies addressing more than just paid parental leave are required to recognise the evolving needs of Australia's families, an evaluation of work and family policies by academic experts from 18 universities including the University of Sydney has concluded.
Outstanding teachers recognised   View Summary
28 August 2013
Congratulations to the nine colleagues from five different faculties who have received national recognition for their outstanding teaching.
Conservatorium undergraduate wins top piano competition   View Summary
27 August 2013
Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Tony Lee added to his growing list of accolades on Saturday night when he took out the top prize in Australia's foremost trans-Tasman piano competition.
Cultural day offers a taste of Japan   View Summary
27 August 2013
The Department of Japanese Studies is presenting a free cultural day in the New Law School Building to showcase Japanese arts and culture this Thursday (29 August).
Australian team recognised for responsible gene stewardship   View Summary
27 August 2013
Gene Stewardship prize awarded to researchers at three Australian institutions this month including researchers from the University of Sydney.
Have your say on future student accommodation at University of Sydney Open Day   View Summary
27 August 2013
The University of Sydney has invited students to sleep over on campus to test drive its new affordable student accommodation, with five different design concepts to be replicated on campus at Open Day 2013.
Poverty: the missing issue of the election campaign   View Summary
27 August 2013
"It's the economy, stupid" is once again the refrain of the upcoming federal election. But there is a lot more to handling the economy than managing deficits and balances. Choices about how money is spent matter enormously, especially for those who are most marginalised and vulnerable, argues Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer and Madeleine Finn.
Students profit from overseas business experience   View Summary
26 August 2013
The University of Sydney Business School is giving students the chance to gain overseas business experience as consultants for Australian companies in emerging markets such as Brazil, India and Vietnam.
Teaspoons, Mick Jagger and convict torture instruments: how tourism shaped Australia's history   View Summary
26 August 2013
The breastplate worn by Mick Jagger in the 1970 film Ned Kelly will join an eclectic collection of Australian tourist souvenirs and kitsch memorabilia in a new exhibition at the University of Sydney's Macleay Museum exploring tourism's surprising role in helping Australians understand their history.
Sour Susie takes ALP campaign from nice to nasty in 30 seconds   View Summary
26 August 2013
Kevin Rudd and the Labor Party have taken off the gloves and come out swinging. But their latest campaign ad may just have hit below the belt, says Professor Charles Areni.
UN finds Australia commits 143 violations of international law   View Summary
23 August 2013
Australia has committed 143 serious violations of international law by indefinitely detaining 46 refugees for four years on the basis of their 'adverse security assessments' issued by ASIO, according to a finding by the UN Human Rights Committee. Professor Ben Saul, a professor of international law at Sydney Law School and barrister, said that these decisions demonstrate the grave lawlessness of Australian policies on refugees.
Open knowledge in Australia: making it useful, useable and used    View Summary
23 August 2013
Sydney Ideas event: Dr Rufus Pollock, co-founder of Open Knowledge Foundation officially opens chapter in Australia and announced University of Sydney's Dr Mat Todd as a Sydney ambassador.
Student-built racing car goes on show at Open Day 2013   View Summary
23 August 2013
A working formula racing car designed and constructed by mechanical engineering students will take centre stage at University of Sydney Open Day.
21st Century Medicine: today's research, tomorrow's healthcare   View Summary
22 August 2013
The 21st Century Medicine Lecture Series will showcase the work of leading researchers at the University of Sydney's Medical School, starting on Wednesday, September 25.
Symposium examines child health and nutrition worldwide   View Summary
22 August 2013
Nutrition and its influences on child health worldwide will be examined from several international perspectives at a major symposium to be held by the University of Sydney's School of Public Health on Friday, 23 August, 9am to 12.30pm.
John Bell and Andrew Upton join University of Sydney to build teacher confidence in the Arts   View Summary
22 August 2013
The Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney has enlisted two legends of Australian theatre - John Bell and Andrew Upton - to help promote the importance of the Arts in education.
Australia deserves better leaders' debates - and here's how we can do it   View Summary
22 August 2013
Nick Rowley analyses the prime ministerial debates ahead of the federal election.
Natural hazards expert joins School of Geosciences   View Summary
22 August 2013
Natural disasters expert Associate Professor Dominey-Howes has now joined the School of Geosciences in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney.
Opening addresses at the Disability Action Plan launch    View Summary
22 August 2013
Disability Action Plan launch: Addresses by Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum and the Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence.
Vietnamese - Australian exchange brings research and economic benefits   View Summary
22 August 2013
Teaching collaboration between University of Sydney and Hue University, Vietnam to teach a Bachelor of Agricultural Economics in Vietnam.
Public transport innovations offer a way out of the jam   View Summary
21 August 2013
New research in efficient and sustainable public transport offers solution to traffic jams.
Centres for Research Excellence funding announced   View Summary
21 August 2013
World-changing collaborative research in the areas of youth mental health, metabolic health and sleep medicine have seen three research teams at the University of Sydney funded for five years as NHMRC Centres of Research Excellence (CREs).
A valuable lesson   View Summary
21 August 2013
Provost Professor Stephen Garton responds to an opinion article published in The Sydney Morning Herald.
Australia's 'most awesomest' comedy band perform at Open Day 2013   View Summary
20 August 2013
Two thirds of Australia's 'most awesomest' comedy band, the Axis of Awesome, will entertain guests at a free concert at the University of Sydney's Open Day 2013.
Free forum to call for recognition of South Sea Islanders   View Summary
19 August 2013
The University of Sydney will next week co-host a Sydney Ideas forum calling for formal recognition of Australia's South Sea Island people.
Major report finds poverty absent from political debate   View Summary
19 August 2013
With the economy once again dominating media coverage and public anxiety in the lead-up to the federal election, a new campaign by leading academics is urging Australians to consider how decisions on expenditure will affect poverty.
Funding to help reduce pain of arthritis   View Summary
19 August 2013
A University of Sydney project which provides online support tools to arthritis sufferers to help them better manage their condition has received a funding boost from the federal government.
Funds to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students Get Prepared for university   View Summary
16 August 2013
Personalised homework and study assistance and careers information will support young Aboriginal and Torres Islander people interested in attending university, as part of the University of Sydney's Get Prepared program, which has recently received $1.35 million from the federal government.
The most important thing I've done is to teach students   View Summary
15 August 2013
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum has been teaching law for more than 41 years. One of the most important lessons he taught had nothing to do with legal textbooks.
Pharmacy academic takes nanomedicine research global   View Summary
15 August 2013
Faculty of Pharmacy researcher, Dr Wojciech Chrzanowski, has gained international attention for his groundbreaking work on biomaterial technologies, an area that seeks to enhance the integration between human cells and surgical implants.
Developing our future leaders   View Summary
15 August 2013
The University of Sydney has announced a new scholarship program aimed at developing future engineering leaders.
Senator in the city: Scott Ludlam's vision   View Summary
15 August 2013
Senator Scott Ludlam has city life and urban thinking hard-wired into his political genes, and believes that cities are becoming political laboratories, says Professor John Keane.
Tony Weiss named Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry   View Summary
14 August 2013
Professor Tony Weiss, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the United Kingdom.
Mozart's protegee unveils new chamber opera at free Sydney Conservatorium of Music recital    View Summary
14 August 2013
A new work by one of Australia's most prodigious young composers will go on show at a free recital at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music on 23 August.
Look like a Greek statue: why we aspire to the sculptured beauty of the ancients   View Summary
14 August 2013
"Yes, the Greeks gave us democracy, but they also gave us waxing salons, tanning booths and anorexia," said Dr Alastair Blanshard, who will dissect the origins of modern beauty in a public lecture at the University of Sydney this Thursday.
Inner Space: visualising the earth, mind and body   View Summary
14 August 2013
On Thursday 15 August as part of National Science Week, leading researchers from the University of Sydney and Garvan Insitute will discuss the transformational contribution visualisation techniques make to science and medicine.
China at a crossroads on the way to tax reform   View Summary
14 August 2013
Asian Development Bank vice-president Stephen Groff has called for an overhaul of China's tax system to ensure sustainable and equitable growth.
With hindsight, broadband vision will become clear   View Summary
13 August 2013
We are repeating the mistakes of the past as we debate the value and make-up of the national broadband network, fears Kai Riemer.
Surviving the game - an insight into the psychology of gambling   View Summary
13 August 2013
Australians notoriously love to gamble, with 60 to 80 percent of the population engaging on some level every year. But how many of us understand what drives us to have a flutter at the races, buy a lottery ticket or spend a night at a casino?
Sydney students use digital fabrication to create the Game of Thrones topographical map   View Summary
13 August 2013
The University of Sydney's Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning will run workshops to produce a large-scale topographical map of the imagined lands of Westeros, setting of the Game of Thrones series, using 3D printing technology at Open Day on 31 August.
Iranian dissident and scholar to discuss Islam's role in politics   View Summary
12 August 2013
One of Iran's more prominent dissidents - a senior cleric and philosopher exiled in the United States for his political opinions - will next week share his views at the University of Sydney on the role of Islam in politics.
Science Byte puts the crunch into understanding data   View Summary
12 August 2013
Zombies, the Fosbury flop and the immortal cells of Henrietta Lacks are part of an online approach to training scientists of the future in the essential skill of interpreting data.
School canteens need healthy principals   View Summary
12 August 2013
School canteens are flouting healthy eating guidelines and principals need to be held individually accountable for their school's Nutrition in Schools Policy according to a University of Sydney nutrition expert.
Researchers focus on childhood diseases   View Summary
12 August 2013
The University is talking to some of South America's leading universities about collaborative projects in emerging infectious diseases, including infections that affect newborn children.
Antibiotics are good, right? Well think again   View Summary
12 August 2013
The University of Sydney is building relationships with medical researchers at major universities in Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Jon Iredell, who recently visited Latin America to meet research partners, talks to Richard North about the potentially fatal infections that take healthy people off the street and put them into intensive care.
Scientists turn to statistics to solve Mexico's water problem   View Summary
12 August 2013
In Mexico, Associate Professor Willem Vervoort from the University of Sydney is working with local scientists to provide training in how to interpret their water data.
Simple steps help Colombian farmers on the road to recovery   View Summary
12 August 2013
Colombia's progress towards social and economic recovery has been assisted by Sydney scientist David Guest, whose intervention is helping to control a devastating outbreak of disease in one of the county's most important crops.
How best to measure the value of research   View Summary
9 August 2013
Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence asks which measure is better when it comes to judging the value of publicly supported research: 'quality' or 'impact'?
iPhone device detects heart rhythm problem that can cause stroke   View Summary
9 August 2013
A special iPhone case and app can be used to quickly and cheaply detect heart rhythm problems and prevent strokes, according to University of Sydney research.
Can environmental justice solve coal seam gas fears?   View Summary
8 August 2013
There is a serious disconnect between policymakers and community activists on the issue of coal seam gas, says David Schlosberg.
Alex McBratney wins 'Nobel prize' for soil science   View Summary
8 August 2013
The highest honour in the discipline of soil science, widely regarded as its 'Nobel prize', has been awarded to Professor Alex McBratney, from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
Citizen scientists and robot photographers join forces as National Science Week begins   View Summary
8 August 2013
The power of citizen science will be displayed when thousands of budding marine biologists use images taken by the University of Sydney's underwater robot for a collaborative science project tracking the location of kelp and sea urchin populations.
University plays a lead role in Sydney Festival 2014   View Summary
8 August 2013
For the fifth year, the University of Sydney is joining forces with the Sydney Festival to transform Sydney's cityscape with a kaleidoscopic program of performance, art and big ideas.
Symposium focuses on challenges facing South Sudan    View Summary
7 August 2013
A symposium at the University of Sydney will discuss how Australia can help in the development of South Sudan after two devastating civil wars.
Emotional stress may trigger heart attack   View Summary
7 August 2013
Heart attack survivors who live alone and people exposed to extreme stress from events such as natural disasters or sporting events are at greater risk of heart attack, according to a Heart Foundation study led by the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI).
Law professor adds support to proposed smart-card licences for smokers   View Summary
6 August 2013
Roger Magnusson from Sydney Law School has added impetus to calls for a smart-card based licensing system for adult smokers, in a commentary published in the latest issue of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).
Learning together in Timor-Leste   View Summary
6 August 2013
Staff and students from three faculties have experienced first-hand how interdisciplinary collaboration is critical in tackling global challenges thanks to a pilot program in Timor-Leste coordinated by the Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.
Mental health report finds system reform still a hope, not a reality   View Summary
6 August 2013
A landmark report co-authored by researchers from the Brain and Mind Research Institute into mental health in Australia has found that despite 30 years of reform, people with a mental illness are still treated like second-class citizens.
Boost for research and clinical care into Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders   View Summary
6 August 2013
University of Sydney researcher, Professor Elizabeth Elliott, has had critical input into the federal government's $20 million grant announced today to fund research and prevention of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD).
Travel survey leads to a healthier university   View Summary
6 August 2013
The University of Sydney wants to understand how our community is currently travelling to and from campus, and look for opportunities for change that promote active travel.
Six Eureka Prize finalists for Faculty of Science   View Summary
5 August 2013
Six scientists from the Faculty of Science have been named as finalists in the prestigious Eureka Prizes, known was the Oscars of Australian science.
University researchers and affiliates shine at Premier's cancer awards   View Summary
5 August 2013
University of Sydney researchers and its affiliated institutes have taken out six out of the 10 awards at the 2013 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.
Cloud computing researcher a star   View Summary
5 August 2013
A cloud-computing researcher at University of Sydney has been selected as among the world's top 200 young computer scientists.
New book examines the social lives of the unborn   View Summary
5 August 2013
A new book by sociologist Professor Deborah Lupton explores the way in which the unborn - human embryos and foetuses - have become increasingly public and at times potently political symbols in modern societies.
Race to code at the National Computer Science School   View Summary
2 August 2013
It will be a race to top the coding leader board when as many as five hundred high schools join the annual National Computer Science School (NCSS) challenge at the University of Sydney next week.
Culture of corruption pervades NSW Inc   View Summary
2 August 2013
Mark Findlay analyses the recent ICAC investigations into two former members of the NSW Labor Party.
The art of camouflage   View Summary
2 August 2013
An international conference and exhibition co-convened and co-curated by Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) academics, Associate Professor Ann Elias and Nicholas Tsoutas will open next Thursday at the SCA.
University of Sydney restages Australia's first conceptual art show   View Summary
1 August 2013
Australia's first conceptual art exhibition, originally staged in Melbourne in 1969, is being recreated at the University of Sydney Art Gallery.
Researchers seeking participants to measure food, mood and mind aspects   View Summary
1 August 2013
Researchers at the University of Sydney are looking at how nutrition, physical activity and also body weight can influence mood, cognition and mental health.
How bacteria 'invest' their meagre resources to bring about evolutionary success   View Summary
1 August 2013
For the first time the complex interplay between bacterial investment strategies and their outcomes has been recreated and analysed by researchers at the University of Sydney and University of Exeter.
July 2013
The 30,000th member of an Inspired community of donors   View Summary
31 July 2013
A personal knowledge of the University of Sydney as a student and teacher, and a desire to see students gain overseas experience, motivated Dr Dale Larsen to become our 30,000th donor.
Communicating after brain injury   View Summary
31 July 2013
Carers of people living with a traumatic brain injury can unwittingly over-compensate and speak too slowly or ask questions like a school teacher, says communications disorder specialist Professor Leanne Togher.
An appointment with Tokyo   View Summary
31 July 2013
The growing global interest in Australian Studies has seen Catriona Elder, a sociologist from the University, appointed as a visiting professor at the University of Tokyo.
The accelerating invader: super-speedy cane toads on the frontline   View Summary
30 July 2013
Studies that only track established populations of invasive species can underestimate the rate at which they can spread into new territory, researchers from the University of Sydney have concluded.
New autism screening technology for the BMRI   View Summary
30 July 2013
Being in an MRI can be a daunting experience. Enter the 'training scanner', a device that looks and sounds just like the real thing, to prepare young patients for the main event.
Growing uncertainty about breast cancer screening   View Summary
30 July 2013
When they were introduced over 20 years ago, national breast screening programs were a milestone in public health. But there are now serious doubts about what these programs can and have achieved, write Alexandra Barratt and Gemma Jacklyn.
Show us the data on tobacco sales   View Summary
29 July 2013
This year, for the first time, data on tobacco tax receipts and projections was missing from the budget papers. This data is absolutely critical to the evaluation of Australia's plain packaging law, says Simon Chapman
China must be part of long-term Australian political narrative   View Summary
26 July 2013
With the upcoming federal election Australia's current ambiguity toward China needs to be fixed, says Kerry Brown.
World-first WHO collaborating centre in physical activity, nutrition and obesity   View Summary
26 July 2013
A new World Health Organization centre has been launched at the University of Sydney, and aims to increase the role of prevention in reducing non-communicable diseases including obesity, diabetes, chronic lung diseases and cardiovascular diseases.
Our student debaters are world beaters   View Summary
26 July 2013
University of Sydney students have outclassed teams from 123 institutions in 15 countries to cement their position among the world's best debaters at the Australasian Intervarsity Debating Championships in Malaysia.
Messing with the royals is a crime   View Summary
25 July 2013
With the birth of a new prince, Professor Anne Twomey analyses the archaic treason laws relating to the monarchy.
The end of public religions in America?   View Summary
24 July 2013
Professor Bryan S Turner from City University, New York, will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday 31 July called, "The End of Public Religions in America: Occupy Wall Street, Tea Party politics, same-sex marriage, homosexuality, abortion, Shari'a and the growth of no religion".
Study finds introduced mosquito species active all year round   View Summary
24 July 2013
Australia has plenty of 'home grown' mosquitoes but one introduced species is active all year round, according to a three-year study by University of Sydney researchers.
Nanoscience future: Australian Institute for Nanoscience building work launched by Senator Kim Carr   View Summary
24 July 2013
Senator The Hon Kim Carr, federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and Minister for Higher Education, today launched building work on the site for the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience at the University of Sydney.
Steve Ballmer's eternal quest to rescue Microsoft   View Summary
23 July 2013
Steve Ballmer's latest reorganisation of Microsoft suggests he is no closer to turning around the company's ailing fortunes than he was 12 months ago, say Abz Sharma and David Grant.
Labor in vain: will the Rudd party reforms work?   View Summary
22 July 2013
Anika Gauja analyses today's specially convened Labor caucus meeting to decide on proposed changes to how the party selects its parliamentary leader.
Young men's mental health in crisis   View Summary
22 July 2013
The University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute has joined with the Young and Well CRC, Movember and beyondblue to tackle the mental health and wellbeing problems of young men.
MK-7: the big gun of vitamins   View Summary
19 July 2013
Oil fortified with the vitamin MK-7 could help combat brittle bones and heart disease in humans and animals. University of Sydney chemical engineers, together with industry partner Agricure Pty Ltd, have invented a cost-effective process for the production and extraction of the mighty vitamin.
Humane policy thrown overboard by dry souls   View Summary
19 July 2013
Once again the Refugee Convention has become the whipping post for political discontent about boat people and "border protection", says Professor Ben Saul.
Disability professionals examine new trends in support    View Summary
19 July 2013
The University of Sydney's Centre for Disability Studies (CDS) will host a conference bringing together disability carers from all over Australia on Monday, 22 July and Tuesday, 23 July.
China and the balance between sustainable growth and pragmatism   View Summary
18 July 2013
Trying to create a policy framework which embraces the different economic terrains that exist across China is immensely challenging, says Professor Kerry Brown
Deeper malaise threatens system   View Summary
17 July 2013
The federal government's proposed cap on self-education expenses hit a nerve as a crisis is looming for Australia's health and medical workforce education, affecting the entire life cycle of learning across all professions, says Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence
Out of Asia and Africa: new solutions to meeting the world's hunger goals    View Summary
17 July 2013
Academics from the FAculty of Veterinary Science discuss their experiences in Asia and Africa on programs to address hunger, poverty and wellbeing.
Hearing brainwaves - epilepsy EEG sonified   View Summary
16 July 2013
A simple method of converting the brainwave signals of people living with epilepsy into sound has been developed by a team of researchers at the University of Sydney.
Homeless and connected: mobile phones and homelessness   View Summary
16 July 2013
A study to be undertaken by the University of Sydney will provide valuable insights into the uses of mobile digital technology by homeless families with children and young people, two of the fastest-growing homeless groups in Australia.
Ancient crop could help safeguard world's wheat   View Summary
15 July 2013
University of Sydney researchers have contributed to development of wheat resistant to stem rust disease which can obliterate crops.
Survey asks teenagers to reveal their sexting habits   View Summary
15 July 2013
A survey just launched at the University of Sydney asks teenagers to reveal their sexting perceptions and practices.
Aussies aren't as stingy as we think   View Summary
12 July 2013
The belief that Americans are more generous with their philanthropy than Australians is inherently flawed, says Tim Dolan.
Telling Australia's 'mongrel' multiculturalism story   View Summary
12 July 2013
Political philosopher Dr Tim Soutphommasane will challenge the naysayers of multiculturalism in his new ABC Radio National documentary series, 'Mongrel Nation: The Story of Australian Multiculturalism'.
Bok Prize for research that breathes new life into astronomical images   View Summary
12 July 2013
Research using a new technique to analyse archival images from the Hubble Space Telescope has won a University of Sydney PhD student the prestigious 2013 Bok Prize.
Redfern All Blacks juniors benefit from mouth guards   View Summary
12 July 2013
Souths Juniors club, the Redfern All Blacks, this week had five grades, ranging from under 6's to under 14's, fitted out with individually moulded mouth guards in an attempt to raise awareness about the importance of oral care.
International students take their university experience home    View Summary
12 July 2013
The University of Sydney and the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) today congratulated 39 students from 13 countries including Indonesia, Vietnam, Mongolia, Rwanda and Sierra Leone on completing their Australia Awards Scholarships and associated studies at the University.
Astronaut to support aerospace   View Summary
11 July 2013
'Reach out and touch the future' says renowned aeronautical engineer and NASA astronaut Dr Greg Chamitoff who has been appointed the Lawrence Hargrave Professor of Aeronautical Engineering at the University of Sydney.
Numbers don't tell the whole story on gender diversity   View Summary
11 July 2013
Gender diversity in management goes far beyond the number of women in executive roles, argues Betina Szkudlarek.
Postcard from Thailand: deconstructing urbanisation   View Summary
11 July 2013
Dr Paul Jones writes from Thailand about how urbanisation is unfolding in a diverse and increasingly interconnected Asia Pacific region.
Dietitian appointed prestigious fellowship   View Summary
11 July 2013
The Dietitians Association of Australia (DAA) has awarded the prestigious Fellow of DAA status to University of Sydney dietitian, Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli.
Maximising the benefits of Chinese foreign direct investment   View Summary
11 July 2013
In a free event this Friday, international expert Dan Rosen will discuss how best to maximise the benefits of booming Chinese foreign direct investment.
Force of backhand whipping brings racehorse rules under further scrutiny   View Summary
10 July 2013
A new study exposes the ineffectiveness of current rules governing racehorse whip use, researchers at the University of Sydney claim.
International award for Faculty of Pharmacy academic   View Summary
10 July 2013
The Faculty of Pharmacy's Associate Professor Parisa Aslani, will travel to the United Kingdom in September to accept the 2013 Royal Pharmaceutical Society's Pharmacy Research UK Award and present a lecture on her work.
An Indonesia strategy in search of a commitment   View Summary
10 July 2013
A strategic partnership with Indonesia will not be achieved unless universities are resourced to develop the Indonesia literacy that is the cornerstone of a closer relationship between our two nations, says Michele Ford.
Jakarta passes the buck on asylum-seekers   View Summary
9 July 2013
The rhetoric of joint action on asylum-seekers is always seductive, but one should be sceptical about any effective Indonesia-led regional solution succeeding, even if it makes sense for Canberra to continue trying for one, says John Lee.
Hungry for change: law student seeks to rebuild South Sudan   View Summary
9 July 2013
Sydney law student Ladu Boyo II, a former refugee from war-torn South Sudan, plans to stand for election in his home country when he returns in 2015.
Inventing the international - the origins of globalisation   View Summary
9 July 2013
Professor of history Glenda Sluga has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship today.
Alumnus donates $5 million to support scholarships and research   View Summary
8 July 2013
The University of Sydney today announced a $5 million gift from alumnus Peter Davidson (BEc '54) to establish scholarships at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and the Sydney Medical School. The gift will also be used to support research and children's health programs within the Sydney Medical School.
University students sift through hundreds of PNG artefacts in landmark donation   View Summary
8 July 2013
Museums studies students are preparing to sift through a highly unusual donation of hundreds of Papua New Guinean artefacts from a Hungarian-Australian collector, who is returning them to their original home.
A new perspective on economic bubbles and crashes and how to avoid them   View Summary
8 July 2013
By using methods to study the interactions of particles and applying them to economics, researchers have shown that small changes can create a tipping point and lead to catastrophic changes for the whole economy.
LEGO Acropolis open for the young and young at heart   View Summary
5 July 2013
On Saturday 6 July, the Nicholson Museum will open its doors for the young and young at heart to explore the LEGO Acropolis, a free exhibition that celebrates one of the ancient world's iconic landmarks, the Acropolis of Athens.
There's an animal in all of us    View Summary
5 July 2013
An upcoming conference will debate the fact that human beings are just one animal in the world's ecosystem, yet we live our lives as if we matter more than any other life form.
University hosts mental health reform forum   View Summary
5 July 2013
The University of Sydney this week co-hosted two wide-ranging mental health forums with the NSW Mental Health Commission and Mind Australia.
How international events played into Egypt's crisis   View Summary
4 July 2013
Egypt's road to the current crisis has been partly shaped by an obsession by Egyptian political groups in scanning for international allies, writes Amro Ali.
John Grill Centre appoints first executive director   View Summary
3 July 2013
Global expertise will be at the helm of the University of Sydney's John Grill Centre for Project Leadership with the appointment of Marc Vogts as inaugural Executive Director.
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences launches new postgrad degrees   View Summary
3 July 2013
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences has revamped its popular master's degree programs to help equip graduates for a rapidly changing world.
OECD Deputy Director for Education to speak about global tests for school students   View Summary
3 July 2013
Join Andreas Schleicher, OECD Deputy Director for Education, as he speak about global tests for school students in this free public talk.
Women kicking on in all fields   View Summary
2 July 2013
PhD candidate and former Victorian cricketer Kate O'Halloran reflects on the first ever AFL-sanctioned women's game, held this past weekend.
Diversity in consumer law around the world   View Summary
1 July 2013
The 14th conference of the International Association of Consumer Law will bring together leading minds in consumer law from every continent on the globe.
Work starts on state-of-the-art Abercrombie Precinct Project at the University of Sydney   View Summary
1 July 2013
A ground-breaking ceremony for the University of Sydney's Abercrombie Precinct Project today marked the official start of the construction phase of a $180 million, state-of-the-art facility for the University of Sydney Business School.
Focus on nanonscience at this year's International Science School   View Summary
1 July 2013
Nanoscience: Small Wonders, Big Future is the theme of this year's International Science School, which opened today at the University of Sydney.
Promoting healthier choices through food labelling   View Summary
1 July 2013
Tackling the increase in obesity, heart disease and diabetes in Australia by improving food and nutrition labelling will be the focus of a conference in Sydney on Wednesday, 3 July.
Welcome new Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Minister for Higher Education   View Summary
1 July 2013
The University of Sydney today welcomes the appointment of Senator Kim Carr as the federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research and federal Minister for Higher Education.
ARC Linkage Grants reward cutting-edge research   View Summary
1 July 2013
Innovative systems to support cancer survivors and young people with mental health conditions, new alloys to benefit the mining industry, and technology to secure water for drought-affected regions are some of the University of Sydney research projects to benefit from the latest round of Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project grants.
June 2013
Postcard from Somaliland: where sovereignty means something   View Summary
28 June 2013
Sarah Phillips, a senior lecturer at in the Centre for International Security Studies, writes from Somaliland where she is conducting research.
Vaccinations alarmingly low for preventable childhood diseases   View Summary
27 June 2013
University of Sydney researchers have found alarmingly low rates of vaccination against chicken pox and influenza in children hospitalised for these diseases.
How Sydney helped uncover Angkor's hidden history   View Summary
27 June 2013
Postdoctoral Research Associate Damian Evans recounts the project that led to the discovery of Cambodia's lost city of Angkor.
Snowden asylum claim opens another can of worms   View Summary
27 June 2013
Extradition laws are complex, and political demands by the US for Edward Snowden could hit a brick wall, says international law expert Professor Ben Saul.
DNA analysis of a horseracing legend   View Summary
26 June 2013
A new chapter in the story of Phar Lap is about to be added by the University of Sydney as it leads an attempt to sequence the famous horse's DNA.
Local students find their way to higher education at Broken Hill Learning Week 2013   View Summary
25 June 2013
More than 200 Broken Hill high school students will get a head start on their path to higher education at an innovative program to provide academic enrichment and encourage students to consider taking on university.
Why arts and science are better together   View Summary
25 June 2013
The arts and science are often thought of as polar opposites. Increasingly though, this way of doing things is not enough to prepare students for the data-drenched and volatile workplace of the twenty-first century, say Benjamin Miller and Fiona White.
Explosive content in BOMB exhibition   View Summary
25 June 2013
Few countries are as distant from Australia as the Netherlands, but at the Museum of contemporary Aboriginal Art in Utrecht a new exhibition puts Australian black and white relations under the microscope.
Is the government gagging the referendum debate?   View Summary
24 June 2013
Any prudent government that had respect for the constitutional system of government would have introduced thereferendum bill weeks ago, and ensured that it had ample time for debate, says Professor Anne Twomey.
Physicist Dr Michael Biercuk invited to Founders 50   View Summary
24 June 2013
A University of Sydney academic has attended one of the world's most exclusive technology conferences.
Fire at Unilodge Broadway affecting University of Sydney students   View Summary
24 June 2013
There was a fire in the Unilodge Broadway accommodation facility in the early hours of Sunday 23 June that caused the evacuation of all the students within that building.
University contributes to Europe-China harmony   View Summary
24 June 2013
Kerry Brown, executive director of the China Studies Centre, has chaired a meeting in Brussels to mark the tenth anniversary of the strategic partnership between Europe and China.
The secret life of 'tweeting' tumours   View Summary
21 June 2013
A breakthrough study led by researchers at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital and the Brain and Mind Research Institute has revealed how brain tumours communicate with other cells, which may lead to new treatments.
Not even George Orwell envisaged this   View Summary
21 June 2013
In 1984, George Orwell imagined a world in which surveillance technology was used only by dictators. What he didn't anticipate was society's willing integration of private information with commerce, writes Peter Marks.
A reprieve, but the Great Barrier Reef remains on death row   View Summary
21 June 2013
The Great Barrier Reef may have been spared the indignity of being listed as a World Heritage Area "in danger" this week, but the Reef's woes are just beginning, says Tim Stephens.
Australia and the World: a festschrift for Neville Meaney   View Summary
21 June 2013
A book celebrating the groundbreaking work of Neville Meaney, Honorary Associate Professor in the Department of History at the University of Sydney, is being launched next week.
11-year-old Lucia Li wins international piano award   View Summary
20 June 2013
Eleven-year-old pianist Lucia Li, a student at the Conservatorium of Music's Rising Stars program, has taken out the people's choice award as well as third prize in her age category at the Steps to Mastery competition in St Petersburg, Russia.
Making memories brings us closer to quantum computers   View Summary
20 June 2013
A breakthrough which brings us closer to solving problems more complex than any current supercomputer can address, in codebreaking, physics, and clean energy, has been achieved by researchers from the University of Sydney and Dartmouth College in the US.
Future of aged care under the microscope   View Summary
20 June 2013
A symposium addressing one of the health challenges we face as an ageing population will be hosted by Sydney Nursing School on Friday 21 June.
Refugees deserve second chances too   View Summary
20 June 2013
Professor Ben Saul analyses the Coalition's proposal to cancel the visas of foreigners who commit crimes carrying a penalty of at least one year imprisonment.
The ins and outs of taxidermy   View Summary
18 June 2013
One of the Macleay Museum's most famous residents has undergone a facelift as part of a project which has implications for natural history collections around the world.
A feline fungus joins the new species list    View Summary
18 June 2013
A new species of fungus that causes life-threatening infections in humans and cats has been discovered by a University of Sydney researcher.
Clones? Who needs them in our Parliament   View Summary
17 June 2013
One way to get fresh blood into politics may be through primary preselections, says Dr Tim Soutphommasane.
Sydney College of the Arts' Danie Mellor to head up top arts body   View Summary
17 June 2013
The Minister for the Arts, Tony Burke, has appointed Sydney College of the Arts Senior Lecturer, Danie Mellor, as Chair of the Visual Arts Board at the Australia Council for the Arts.
Review charts way forward for world leadership in health and medical research   View Summary
14 June 2013
The University of Sydney's primacy in health and medical research will be secured into the future thanks to an independent review's guidance.
University opens exchange discussions with Morocco   View Summary
14 June 2013
The University is looking at the possibility of student and staff exchanges with Morocco after a visit by Moroccan Foreign Minister Dr Saad-Eddine El Otmani.
$5.6 million for University of Sydney to lead on cultural competence   View Summary
14 June 2013
A grant of $5.6 million will support the creation of the National Centre for Cultural Competence at the University of Sydney, establishing it as the first university in the world to address cultural understanding at a whole of university level.
Seeking GP views on prostate cancer screening   View Summary
13 June 2013
University of Sydney researchers are seeking to interview around 40 urban GPs and 20 rural GPs about prostate-specific antigen (PSA) testing experiences and their current practice regarding screening patients for prostate cancer.
New Conducting Chair a 'complete musician' who worked with Leonard Bernstein   View Summary
13 June 2013
In a coup for the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, the Mexican-Spanish conductor Maestro Eduardo Diazmuñoz has been named the new Professor of Conducting and Music Director of the Conservatorium Orchestra.
The Dalai Lama speaks on education    View Summary
13 June 2013
With his customary red robes enfolding him, His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, spoke with great humour to a group of about 800 students at the Seymour Centre on Thursday, 13 June, about the purpose of education in creating meaningful lives.
Iranian elections: true legitimacy, or the country's Achilles heel?   View Summary
13 June 2013
Iranian elections have often been the country's Achilles heel, writes Naser Ghobadzadeh.
Cultural differences in children's fight against fat   View Summary
12 June 2013
NSW primary school children from Middle-Eastern and Asian backgrounds are significantly more overweight than children from English-speaking backgrounds and have lower levels of physical activity and cardiovascular fitness, University of Sydney research has shown.
Obama's security state on steroids   View Summary
12 June 2013
The great irony of Obama's presidency is that he was elected to prove government can be beneficial but he has shown just how menacing a powerful government can be, says Nicole Hemmer.
Sydney Film Festival: David Donaldson Q&A   View Summary
12 June 2013
The inaugural Sydney Film Festival director and University of Sydney alumnus David Donaldson shares his passion for film and recalls the founding days of one of the key cultural events in the city.
University strengthens its links with Laos   View Summary
12 June 2013
The Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs for Laos has visited the University, meeting members of staff from the recently established Sydney Southeast Asia Centre.
Privacy has taken a back seat amid the Opal debate   View Summary
11 June 2013
Under the Opal system, every one of your public transport journeys would be tracked and stored in an ever-growing database that holds a detailed profile of your whereabouts, writes Associate Professor Kai Riemer.
19th International Symposium on Electronic Art   View Summary
11 June 2013
Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, will present a special keynote address for the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art via live video link at the University of Sydney on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 5.30pm.
2013 Queen's Birthday Honours   View Summary
11 June 2013
University of Sydney staff who have advocated for groundbreaking changes in Australian public health, looked after the health of Australia's leading athletes, worked with young people at risk of involvement in the juvenile justice system and changed the face of maths teaching have been awarded 2013 Queen's Birthday Honours.
Free forum on children's rights marks 'World Day Against Child Labour'   View Summary
7 June 2013
A free public forum at the University of Sydney on Tuesday, held to mark the World Day Against Child Labour, offers a sobering reminder of how much we take for granted the simple joys of childhood.
Measuring carbon in soil takes a leap forward    View Summary
7 June 2013
A breakthrough in the agricultural sector's ability to measure soil carbon storage could provide a major boost to their participation in a carbon economy.
'S-HELP' for managing disasters   View Summary
7 June 2013
Disaster response teams can be impeded by chaotic communications according to University of Sydney behaviour dynamics expert Professor Liaquat Hossain.
Models of Achievement: Greater Western Sydney's role in tertiary education   View Summary
7 June 2013
A new TV documentary series 'Models of Achievement' showcases Australians from Greater Western Sydney who have changed their lives through higher education and are making some remarkable contributions to the country's future.
Stock market data mining leads the way for mining industry   View Summary
6 June 2013
Analytical methods used to predict stock market movements will be applied to Australian geological data to model the evolution of the Australian continent and pinpoint new mineral deposits.
The CASE for excellence: University of Sydney recognised at international awards   View Summary
6 June 2013
Campaigns to engage the community, attract postgraduate students and encourage fundraising have won the University of Sydney three prestigious Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) Circle of Excellence Awards.
Insights 2013: Making Economics Matter in Australian Society   View Summary
6 June 2013
How does modern economics lay foundations for social progress? And how best can we harness economics for the public good in Australia? Professor Colm Harmon consider these questions and more in his Insights lecture this evening.
Hanson wants your vote (again). Please explain   View Summary
6 June 2013
Another election, another crack at office by Pauline Hanson. Benjamin Moffitt rates her chances.
Julian Assange to give keynote for 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art   View Summary
5 June 2013
Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, will present a special keynote address for the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art via live video link at the University of Sydney on Thursday 13 June 2013 at 5.30pm.
Researchers unravel the developmental origins of immune disease   View Summary
5 June 2013
The ability to predict and implement preventative measures for common diseases, such as diabetes and asthma, even before a baby is born, is one step closer thanks to University of Sydney researchers.
Interactive public displays not being used to full potential, says research   View Summary
4 June 2013
Interactive public information displays and wallflowers have something in common, according to University of Sydney information technologies researchers: they simply sit around hoping someone will notice them.
Plastics for bags and bodies   View Summary
4 June 2013
Biomolecular engineers at the University of Sydney are creating cleaner, more cost-effective PPC polymers that promise to transform the biodegradable polymer industry.
Racism, bigotry and debate, Australian-style   View Summary
3 June 2013
There is a very Australian way to have a racism controversy, writes Dr Tim Soutphommasane.
China's respect for international law understated   View Summary
3 June 2013
The commonly held view of China as a law-breaker in international matters has been dismissed by a Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney.
May 2013
Education is the key to stamping out racism   View Summary
31 May 2013
The casual undercurrent of racism in Australia, where it exists, thrives on ignorance, says Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) Professor Shane Houston.
Answer to opal mystery shows Red Centre's links to Red Planet   View Summary
31 May 2013
The dramatic geological events that created opal, Australia's national gemstone, have been described for the first time by a University of Sydney researcher.
Robots in banana patches   View Summary
31 May 2013
Robots in banana patches could be a reality in Australian within ten years, according to a University of Sydney robotics expert who will address the banana industry's national congress this weekend.
Global warming superstar Bill McKibben at Sydney Ideas   View Summary
31 May 2013
Globally acclaimed writer, educator, activist and founder of climate group 350.org, Bill McKibben is heading to Australia as the first international stop in his 'Do the Maths' speaking tour.
Study shows link between weight gain during infancy and risk factors for heart disease   View Summary
30 May 2013
Weight gain during infancy is directly linked to increased risks of obesity, high blood pressure and arterial wall thickening later in life, and the best way to avoid this is to breastfeed, according to new research.
The critical friend: for whom does the art critic speak?   View Summary
30 May 2013
The contemporary art critic cannot say with certainty whether something is good or bad, says lecturer Oliver Watts.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students dream big at the University of Sydney   View Summary
30 May 2013
Star of the award-winning ABC TV series Redfern Now, Aaron McGrath, joined more than 200 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 24 schools as they experienced a day in the life of a University of Sydney student this week.
Future Grid Cluster announced at University of Sydney   View Summary
30 May 2013
Energy experts at the University of Sydney will lead a multimillion dollar project aimed announced jointly today by CSIRO and the University.
Nutrition Informatics   View Summary
29 May 2013
Research from the University of Sydney has identified and described emerging technologies to help individuals better understand their nutritional intake.
Forum looks at how to best work with victims of child sex abuse   View Summary
29 May 2013
Two Sydney Law School academics have added their voice to a growing tide of opposition to proposed NSW laws limiting the period in which victims of sexual abuse can make a complaint and claim compensation.
750 more student beds: University of Sydney and NSW government tackle student housing crisis   View Summary
29 May 2013
Hundreds more domestic and international students will be able to access affordable student housing as they pursue their university studies thanks to a decision by the NSW Government to sell a decommissioned health facility in Camperdown to the University of Sydney.
Medical researchers seek Latin American partners   View Summary
29 May 2013
A University delegation is visiting Chile, Argentina and Brazil to build research collaborations in infectious diseases.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students explore uni life   View Summary
29 May 2013
More than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 61 schools experienced a day in the life of a University of Sydney student.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander school students explore uni life   View Summary
29 May 2013
More than 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from 61 schools experienced a day in the life of a University of Sydney student.
The secrets of 200-year-old spiders: free talk at the Macleay Museum   View Summary
28 May 2013
In the bowels of the Macleay Museum there are more than 1100 vials of spiders. In a free public talk on Wednesday 29 May, arachnologist Helen Smith will take her audience on a journey through the collection.
China: it's time to get some perspective   View Summary
28 May 2013
For all its vision and clarity, Australia's defence white paper belies a harsh truth: our relationship with China is beset with misperceptions, write Kerry Brown and Bates Gill.
Students get hands on at Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
28 May 2013
Over four days at the recent Sydney Writers' Festival, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences marketing team ran the inaugural festival media hub, which was crewed by six media-student interns.
University seals historic agreement with OECD   View Summary
28 May 2013
Vice-Chancellor Michael Spence has signed a historic agreement that will enable Sydney students to take up internships with the OECD in Paris.
'People Like Us' challenge our preconceptions in new University of Sydney exhibition   View Summary
27 May 2013
What is it like to be an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander person today? Find out with our powerful new video exhibition.
Explore the mysteries of Stonehenge   View Summary
27 May 2013
The origins of the megalithic stones used to build Stonehenge and the lives of those who built it will be among topics discussed in a free public lecture tonight about one of the world's best known monuments.
Reconciliation Week 2013   View Summary
24 May 2013
The University of Sydney is celebrating Reconciliation Week 2013 with a host of engaging, provocative and educational public events from Saturday 25 May until Monday 3 June.
Gift incentives increase blood donations, study in Science shows   View Summary
24 May 2013
New research debunks the long-held notion that offering economic incentives to blood donors is risky, finding that virtually all economic rewards have a positive effect without compromising the safety of blood.
Vivid lights up Sydney   View Summary
24 May 2013
An inspiring range of ideas, music and light developed at the University of Sydney will be delighting audiences at this year's Vivid Festival, which runs from 24 May to June 10.
AIME visit helps to build Australia's future leaders   View Summary
24 May 2013
Former NSW Young Australian of the Year, Jack Manning Bancroft, has kick off the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, a program that dramatically improves the chances of Indigenous children finishing school.
Andrew Upton on the importance of arts in education   View Summary
24 May 2013
Andrew Upton, the artistic director of the Sydney Theatre Company, will deliver his keynote address as the artist-in-residence in the Faculty of Education and Social Work, this Tuesday 28 May.
Sydney and US researchers uncover breastfeeding timeline in Neanderthal tooth   View Summary
23 May 2013
In a major breakthrough, published today in the prestigious scientific journal Nature, researchers from the University of Sydney have helped develop a method that can be applied to fossil samples to uncover their breastfeeding habits.
Prime Minister announces major financial support for University linked Future Direction Network   View Summary
23 May 2013
Prime Minister Julia Gillard has announced a $500,000 grant to the youth support organisation Future Direction Network.
$1 million grant for multiple sclerosis research   View Summary
23 May 2013
Minister for Health and Ageing Tanya Plibersek has announced the federal government's commitment to multiple sclerosis research.
New hope for treating persistent anorexia treatment    View Summary
23 May 2013
Patients with severe and enduring anorexia nervosa will not only stick with treatments but can make significant improvements with just a slight modification of the standard goals and methods of treatment.
Sea of Hands carries Australia to a brighter future   View Summary
22 May 2013
The University's front lawns will be brightened with the colours of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander flags in the name of reconciliation next week, thanks to a bold design for the Sea of Hands public art installation.
Study seeks a broad perspective on internet pornography    View Summary
22 May 2013
University of Sydney research into the little-studied area of internet pornography aims to provide an up-to-date insight into a part of Australia's contemporary sex life.
Students to advise Chinese enterprises as part of unique MBA module   View Summary
22 May 2013
In a tertiary education first, students in the University of Sydney Business School's new MBA program will advise Chinese enterprises wanting to invest in Australia or do business with Australian companies.
With vaccination rates stable, 'no jab, no play' rules are beside the point   View Summary
22 May 2013
The "no jab, no play" campaign is flawed, say experts Julie Leask and Hal Willaby.
Professor Ron McCallum patron for people with disability   View Summary
22 May 2013
Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum AO, former Dean of Sydney Law School has been named as this year's Patron for International Day of People with Disability.
Eyes on the sun    View Summary
21 May 2013
Exposure to sunshine as a small child is crucial to the development of a healthy eye, according to results of long-term myopia study conducted by University of Sydney researchers.
Crash risk among young drivers linked to less sleep   View Summary
21 May 2013
Young drivers who do not sleep enough are at significant risk of having a car crash, according to a new study published today in JAMA Paediatrics by University-affiliate the George Institute for Global Health.
Leading art critic Michael Fried in Sydney   View Summary
21 May 2013
Join renowned art historian and critic Professor Michael Fried on why has photography become such a captivating form of contemporary art.
Executive development must better equip future leaders - experts tell HR forum   View Summary
21 May 2013
The traditional approach to executive development in Australia is failing to fully equip leaders for the challenges of the future, according to two of Australia's leading experts in the field of management education.
University wins national museums award   View Summary
20 May 2013
The University of Sydney's flagship museums magazine 'MUSE' last night earned a prestigious national award.
NSW Young Australian of the Year shows local students the path to university   View Summary
20 May 2013
NSW Young Australian of the Year 2013 and former rugby jeague star Corey Payne will join a host of current students to encourage local kids to take on university at a free event on Wednesday 22 May at Revesby Workers' Club.
Reconciliation Week 2013    View Summary
20 May 2013
The University of Sydney is celebrating its rich Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ties by kicking off Reconciliation Week 2013 with a host of engaging, provocative and educational public events.
Time Exposures: 60 Life Portraits on display   View Summary
17 May 2013
The extraordinary lives of 60 influential Australians will be on display in a new photography exhibition at the University of Sydney's Fisher Library.
Cannes beckons engineer   View Summary
17 May 2013
A short film created by a University of Sydney engineering student has been selected for showing at this year's Cannes International Film Festival.
Budding engineering leaders   View Summary
17 May 2013
Engineering graduates from the University of Sydney are meeting Australia's shortage in engineering skills with leadership and innovation.
The right to be different   View Summary
17 May 2013
Are you capable of interacting positively with people who do not look like, talk like, move like, think like, believe like, act like, live like or love like you? It's a question Professor Tawara Goode, Director of the National Centre for Cultural Competence from Georgetown University helped to answer during her visit to the University last week as the first visitor of the Wingara Mura Visiting Thinkers series.
How cyanide-eating butterflies led to Charles Perkins Centre appointment   View Summary
16 May 2013
"Nutritional ecology is so central to every aspect of life that it should be considered a foundational part of biology in the same way evolution is," says Professor David Raubenheimer, the first chair appointed to the Charles Perkins Centre.
Volcano adventurer takes the heat out of new labs for the Charles Perkins Centre   View Summary
16 May 2013
It's hard to know what Dr Ian Garthwaite is more excited about: relaying his volcano adventures from around the world, or the new research environment being created by the 'hub' for the Charles Perkins Centre.
Power professor joins University of Sydney   View Summary
16 May 2013
Australia's electricity supply could be more efficient, reliable and accommodating of more renewable energy but we are facing a shortage of power experts, says our newly appointed Professor Joe Dong.
Does upsetting China matter?   View Summary
16 May 2013
Professor Kerry Brown asks: what are the costs these days of hurting the feelings of the Chinese people?
China: what we think we know is wrong   View Summary
16 May 2013
There's been too much lazy categorisation. It's time to get microscopic about power in China, says Kerry Brown.
Sydney Law School leads successful constitutional talks in Myanmar   View Summary
15 May 2013
A Sydney Law School-led workshop in Yangon last week, attended by politicians and decision makers across Myanmar's political spectrum, has agreed to promote constitutional reform in that country.
Australian BREAST moves overseas   View Summary
15 May 2013
A web-based training tool for reading mammograms developed by researchers at the Faculty of Health Sciences is poised to be implemented across the globe.
Data mining takes opal mining into the 21st century   View Summary
15 May 2013
The first digital opal map for the Australian continent, showing where gem-quality opal is most likely to be found, has been created by a team of researchers at the University of Sydney.
'TED talks for teachers' comes to University of Sydney   View Summary
15 May 2013
This Thursday the University of Sydney will be the first tertiary institution to host a TeachMeet get-together, a dynamic and informal network of teachers that connects through Facebook and Twitter and meets to share ideas about teaching.
Piano student already winning over the world's stages   View Summary
15 May 2013
Tony Lee, a student of piano at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, has taken out the first prize in the under 24 category of a major international piano competition in Paris.
Asthma study finds children being stigmatised in India   View Summary
14 May 2013
A University of Sydney study has found that children with asthma in India are the victims of myths and misconceptions that prevent them receiving effective treatment.
Reuniting with the Sydney Film Festival to celebrate 60 years   View Summary
14 May 2013
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney has announced its cultural partnership with the Sydney Film Festival, reuniting the university with the festival on its 60th anniversary.
Improving Australia's foreign aid to the world   View Summary
14 May 2013
Four University of Sydney researchers have been awarded funding grants in the AusAID Development Research Awards Scheme (ADRAS).
Sydney Rotary club supports health in Timor-Leste   View Summary
14 May 2013
A painting by His Excellency Xanana Gusmão, Prime Minister of Timor-Leste, will be displayed at a fundraising dinner at Government House on Thursday, 16 May.
Partnership in sleep-disordered breathing    View Summary
14 May 2013
The University of Sydney and ResMed Limited have announced a new partnership that includes significant and long-term funding of research at the University.
University events unveiled in 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival Program   View Summary
13 May 2013
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney will feature in a dynamic series of panels, presentations and workshops at the 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival.
Inadequate infection control by vets widespread   View Summary
13 May 2013
The infection control practices of veterinarians are inadequate with almost 50 percent of vets contracting infections from animals during their career, research led by the University of Sydney has found.
Risky business - new study seeks to probe gambling mindset    View Summary
10 May 2013
A new University of Sydney study explores how individuals perceive the risks associated with gambling.
Managing ADHD through play   View Summary
10 May 2013
Children make sense of the world through play, say University of Sydney paediatric occupational therapists, who have developed a play program to teach essential life skills to children diagnosed with ADHD.
New community-led program launches to tackle barriers to driver licencing   View Summary
10 May 2013
A new program, launched by University of Sydney affiliate The George Institute for Global Health, will provide extra support to help young Aboriginal people overcome barriers to obtaining a driver licence.
Vale Ralph Panebianco   View Summary
10 May 2013
Ralph Panebianco, founder of University of Sydney landmark Ralph's Café, has sadly passed away.
Indigenous students from the Rabbitohs   View Summary
9 May 2013
Last week, the University of Sydney welcomed the first cohort of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students to visit the University through its partnership with the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
Planting seeds on the front lawn for tomorrow's students   View Summary
9 May 2013
The University of Sydney's iconic front lawns became a giant outdoor classroom for 700 eight- and nine-year-olds yesterday.
Latest university rankings confirm our place among the world's best   View Summary
9 May 2013
Eighth in the world in education, equal ninth in accounting and finance, and 10th in the world in law are among the impressive results confirming the University of Sydney's meteoric rise in international rankings, according to the latest QS World University Rankings.
Sydney College of Arts mid-year enrolments now open   View Summary
8 May 2013
Performance art, installations and interactive works by Sydney College of the Arts postgraduate students will be on display at the SCA's information night this evening.
Mozzies motivate the movements of microbats   View Summary
8 May 2013
Mosquitoes have a valuable ecological role to play as a prey item for insectivorous bats, research contributed to by the University of Sydney has found.
A new approach to judging the impact of invasive species   View Summary
7 May 2013
The impact an introduced species can have on Australian native animals should take into account possible long-term stress not just numbers of outright deaths, University of Sydney research has shown.
Former Malaysian Chief Justice to speak at Sydney Law School   View Summary
7 May 2013
Malaysia's judiciary has been damaged by involvement in that country's political scandals in recent years but is reforming itself to restore its reputation and credibility, its former Chief Justice and upcoming Sydney Law School Distinguished Speaker says.
Not even free and fair elections can easily solve Malaysia's problems   View Summary
7 May 2013
It is commonly said that elections in many of Southeast Asia's fledging democracies are sometimes free and other times fair, but never both, writes John Lee.
Cyclist's benefit from helmets clearly shown   View Summary
6 May 2013
Cyclists who don't wear a helmet are almost six times more likely to suffer a severe head injury than their helmeted counterparts, according University of Sydney research published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.
Charles Perkins Centre's Academic Director honoured   View Summary
6 May 2013
The University of Sydney's Professor Steve Simpson has been announced as a new Fellow of the Royal Society.
TEDxSydney and the University of Sydney experience   View Summary
6 May 2013
TEDxSydney 2013 presents speakers whose lives embody the transformational possibilities of ideas. Fittingly, the University of Sydney was an integral part of Saturday's event, not only as a Principal Partner but also through the presence of its academics and alumni among the line-up.
Economics experts debate key issues ahead of federal budget   View Summary
6 May 2013
Just over one week before the federal government announces its contentious federal budget, a panel of economic experts will discuss the extent of the deficit at a unique debate at the University of Sydney.
University engages with key partners at Gulf forum   View Summary
6 May 2013
Sydney academics have held meetings with Middle East partners in Dubai to discuss joint projects in food and water security, robotics, renewable energy and women in leadership.
Three major donations take University of Sydney $16 million closer to $600 million fundraising goal   View Summary
4 May 2013
The University of Sydney today announced three major gifts totalling $16 million, underlining the importance of philanthropy to the future of Australian universities, on the same day it publicly launched a major fundraising campaign.
Peak hour congestion a matter of choice for many drivers, finds national survey   View Summary
3 May 2013
At least one in three drivers who commute during peak periods in most major cities could significantly reduce traffic congestion by simply choosing a different time to travel, finds a University of Sydney Business School survey.
Sydney Law School leads constitutional discussions in Myanmar   View Summary
3 May 2013
The Sydney Law School is leading Australia's charge to lay the foundations for Burmese democracy by hosting a constitutional workshop in Yangon next week.
Walls come tumbling down   View Summary
3 May 2013
In a room at Woolloomooloo's ARTSPACE the jarring banging noises coming from behind the gallery walls sound like a team of builders on the other side in the knockdown phase of a renovation.
Cancer experts converge    View Summary
3 May 2013
A major symposium hosted by the University of Sydney next Monday will profile cutting edge research from across the globe which is driving improved treatments and outcomes for cancer patients.
Help for melanoma patients   View Summary
2 May 2013
The Melanoma Institute Australia, affiliated with the University of Sydney, has announced researcher Dr Georgina Long and colleagues have been awarded a prestigious international Team Science Grant for preventative research by the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA).
Australian first study looks at identifying childhood injuries and helping parents   View Summary
2 May 2013
A major study led by researchers from the University of Sydney will examine the incidence of severe paediatric trauma for the first time in Australia and look at how to prevent serious injuries to children.
Outstanding teachers recognised   View Summary
2 May 2013
Congratulations to five individual academics, two academic teams and two faculty teams who have been recognised for their outstanding teaching and contributions towards student learning.
New exhibition considers abstraction in the third millennium   View Summary
2 May 2013
The ideas and motives behind an array of Australia's most inventive contemporary artists are investigated in the University of Sydney Art Gallery's latest exhibition.
NSW coal seam gas, coal mining, and environmental justice   View Summary
1 May 2013
At a Sydney Ideas panel discussion this Thursday, academics and community leaders will discuss the implications of coal and coal-seam gas mining, and the importance of environmental justice.
Game of Thrones on campus   View Summary
1 May 2013
Despite the unseasonal warmth last Saturday, some people passing close to the University's Quadrangle might have started to feel winter is coming thanks to Isaac Wong's carillon performance of the theme to 'Game of Thrones'.
Mouse study provides new clue to staying skinny on a high-fat diet   View Summary
1 May 2013
The mystery of why some people get fat eating high-fat foods while others can stay skinny on a diet of burgers and chips is closer to being solved.
Finding new opportunities through the Worldwide Universities Network   View Summary
1 May 2013
Mike Elliott, a PhD student from the University of Southhampton, discusses his experiences while on exchange at the University of Sydney through a research mobility program sponsored by the Worldwide Universities Network.
April 2013
Quitting smoking unaided methods examined   View Summary
30 April 2013
University of Sydney researchers want to interview people who have given up smoking 'cold turkey' as part of a major study researching the most successful quit methods.
Explosion in online consumer data collection poses major threat   View Summary
30 April 2013
A marketing expert at the University of Sydney Business School has warned of a mounting threat to privacy posed by readily available market research tools.
Student app-makers hit world stage   View Summary
30 April 2013
Three University of Sydney information technologies students have won the Microsoft Asian Cup with their BlueClover mobile phone app designed to help diabetics manage their condition.
The birth of modern political lobbying   View Summary
29 April 2013
In this special Sydney Ideas lecture, Professor Burdett A Loomis, the Fulbright Flinders Distinguished Chair for 2012, will discuss the birth of modern lobbying in the United States and similarities in Australia.
Straight from the heart: an elastic patch that supports cardiac cell growth   View Summary
29 April 2013
Scientists are a step closer to being able to repair damaged human heart tissue thanks to a world leading research collaboration between the University of Sydney and Harvard University.
No evidence H7N9 spreads between humans - but fear does   View Summary
29 April 2013
We need to ensure that the fear about the H7N9 virus is kept under wraps, says expert Professor Peter Curson.
Award winning pilchard   View Summary
29 April 2013
An academic paper by a University of Sydney information technologies engineer has been recognised by his international peers as one of the most influential contributions to reconfigurable computing in the past two decades.
Statement from the University of Sydney Medical School   View Summary
29 April 2013
The University of Sydney Medical School condemns the retrieval of executed prisoners' organs for transplantation in China and endorses the Declaration of Istanbul on Organ Trafficking and Transplant Tourism that was signed in 2008.
Government funding cuts: public statement from Dr Michael Spence   View Summary
26 April 2013
A public statement from Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, University of Sydney
Evil gene would make punishment a tricky business   View Summary
26 April 2013
Are there evil genes or is it only people who can be evil? A recent story in The Age ("Deep Divide of 'Evil Genes'") raised the question of whether criminals might evade responsibility for their crimes by blaming their genes.
New book critiques new consumer laws   View Summary
24 April 2013
Australia's recently amended product safety laws lag behind those of its major trading partners and limit public access to information on potentially risky products, the co-editor of a new book on consumer law says.
MasterChef what are you thinking?   View Summary
24 April 2013
PhD student Nancy Lee unpacks the gender stereotypes in the latest season of MasterChef.
Fulbright Roadshow at the University of Sydney   View Summary
24 April 2013
Ever wondered what it takes to be a Fulbright Scholar? On 29 April you will be able to find out when the Fulbright Roadshow rolls into the University of Sydney.
Students can become global citizens thanks to UCLA partnership   View Summary
23 April 2013
To help our students develop as global citizens, two of our faculties have joined with the United States Studies Centre to offer the chance to study at one of America's most prestigious universities.
Flu shots boosted by exercise   View Summary
23 April 2013
Exercising at the time of having a flu shot may increase the success of vaccination according to a University of Sydney researcher.
Cockie wants a smartphone   View Summary
23 April 2013
Macadamia has been hanging out in Rouse Hill while CockaMel took a day trip to Cronulla before coming home to Sydney. Meanwhile Watermelon has caught a lot of attention divebombing in Mosman.
Dalai Lama Australian visit: public statement from Professor John Keane   View Summary
23 April 2013
A public statement from Professor John Keane regarding the visit by His Holiness the Dalai Lama to the University of Sydney.
New immune cells hint at eczema cause   View Summary
22 April 2013
University of Sydney researchers have discovered a new type of immune cell in skin that plays a role in fighting off parasitic invaders such as ticks, mites, and worms, and could be linked to eczema and allergic skin diseases.
What the heart can tell us about overcoming alcohol dependence   View Summary
22 April 2013
Monitoring heart rate patterns can help identify risk and treat people who are dependent on alcohol by predicting their craving levels, researchers at the University of Sydney have shown.
Political parties only starting to get the message   View Summary
22 April 2013
Barbara Pocock and Elizabeth Hill say the Australian Work and Family Policy Roundtable findings call for a new wave of work and family reforms.
Goldner String Quartet and Sydney Conservatorium of Music announce partnership   View Summary
19 April 2013
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music has announced an exciting new collaboration with Australia's pre-eminent string quartet, the Goldner String Quartet.
Henry Lawson's original works live again   View Summary
19 April 2013
Though he has been dead for 91 years, writer and poet Henry Lawson has a new book on the shelf. Republished by Sydney University Press, Lawson's famous collection of sketches and short stories, While the billy boils, is, for the first time, published in its original form.
Sydney courts Saudi students   View Summary
18 April 2013
A group of Sydney academics from health sciences, engineering and business are attending the 2013 International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Boston Marathon attacks: a very restrained US media and online response   View Summary
17 April 2013
Dr Nicole Hemmer from the US Studies Centre looks at the restrained media and online response following the Boston Marathon attack.
The scientific legacy of 'undiscovering' an island   View Summary
17 April 2013
The 'undiscovery' of an island by a team of scientists led by the University of Sydney resulted in worldwide scientific debate, the correction of databases and a re-evaluation of the infallibility of certain information.
It takes a village to build better cities   View Summary
17 April 2013
As the NSW government white paper proposing how people should be involved in planning cities is released this week, a new exhibition at the University of Sydney looks at how that question has been answered in countries around the world.
Howard fails in his defence of road to war   View Summary
17 April 2013
John Howard's decision to commit Australia to the 2003 Iraq war remains as indefensible as it was 10 years ago, says PhD student Malcolm Jorgensen.
Statement regarding the Dalai Lama   View Summary
17 April 2013
Acting Vice-Chancellor Stephen Garton gives a statement regarding the Dalai Lama.
Tweeting our way to heart health   View Summary
16 April 2013
Real-time social phenomenon, Twitter, can be a powerful tool to help prevent heart disease and improve health practices, according to a group of researchers affiliated with the University of Sydney.
International scholarships give a Sydney experience   View Summary
16 April 2013
Some of the world's brightest students studying in a wide variety of fields are enjoying a Sydney experience, thanks to this year's Sydney Achievers International Scholarships and Dr Abdul Kalam International Scholarships.
A Nobel opportunity for PhD scientist   View Summary
16 April 2013
A chance to interact with Nobel Prize winners in the field of chemistry has been awarded to Lara Malins, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, who will join around 500 early career research scientists from around the world.
What's motivating child's play?   View Summary
16 April 2013
Altering parents' and teachers' notion of risk taking behaviour can significantly increase children's physical activity suggests a study lead by University of Sydney researchers.
Documentary examines US military post-cold war   View Summary
15 April 2013
A new documentary filmed, written and produced by the recently appointed Centre for International Security Studies director tracks the evolution of the world's largest defence force as it seeks to redefine itself after the Cold War.
Doctors are the key to flu vax uptake   View Summary
15 April 2013
The advice given by health care providers is crucial in persuading pregnant women to get vaccinated against influenza, according to a University of Sydney study published today in the Medical Journal of Australia.
University events unveiled in 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival Program   View Summary
15 April 2013
Members of the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney will feature in a dynamic series of panels, presentations and workshops at the 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival.
Can we still trust the media?   View Summary
12 April 2013
In his first public event as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Sydney, Peter Fray, the former publisher and editor-in-chief of The Sydney Morning Herald, will chair a Sydney Ideas panel discussion that will focus on the matter of trust in the media.
Fashion and orientalism: a history of cross-pollination   View Summary
11 April 2013
A new book by Adam Geczy, an artist and a lecturer at the Sydney College of the Arts, is the first comprehensive survey of Orientalism in fashion.
Science needs more women   View Summary
11 April 2013
Scientists strive always to be fair and impartial but there’s one aspect of our work that is rife with bias and subjectivity: gender distribution, argues Bryan Gaensler.
Ventilating Vietnam   View Summary
11 April 2013
An innovative ventilation program designed by University of Sydney advanced engineering students will be trialled this week in Vietnam.
Four of the best and brightest bound for Cambridge   View Summary
10 April 2013
One student and two alumni are on their way to University of Cambridge after being awarded highly prestigious scholarships from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
Lecture on how the US constitution impacts the President's clout   View Summary
10 April 2013
The United States' constitution gives its President almost free reign on foreign policy but makes it extremely difficult to make changes on the domestic front, says a US constitutional expert visiting the Sydney Law School.
To understand China's foreign policy, look to World War II   View Summary
9 April 2013
To understand China's foreign policy, we need to look back to its neglected contribution during World War II under Chiang Kai-shek, writes Rana Mitter.
University academic to lead new centre to help dementia sufferers   View Summary
9 April 2013
Associate Professor Susan Kurrle is leading a new federal government funded centre which will deliver improved quality of care for people with dementia in hospitals, community settings and residential care facilities.
Optics innovation an industry success   View Summary
9 April 2013
An optics innovation by a University of Sydney researcher has been a financial and technology transfer success story creating a wave of sales for Finisar, the Australian company that has used the new technology.
Early stuttering intervention: speaking is living   View Summary
9 April 2013
An online treatment program for children who stutter is currently being developed by Health Sciences researchers at the University of Sydney.
Are people really staring at you?    View Summary
9 April 2013
People often think that other people are staring at them even when they aren't research led by the University of Sydney has found.
Energy warning for the Asian Century   View Summary
9 April 2013
Asia's lust for energy will be devastating for the environment unless governments adopt a radical change of thinking, says a new report by the Asian Development Bank.
Go8's meet the 'China 9'   View Summary
8 April 2013
Two of our PhD candidates are part of an Australian universities' delegation headed for China to create stronger academic bonds.
China meeting will be vital for Gillard's standing   View Summary
8 April 2013
Conversations Prime Minister Julia Gillard has in Boao with the new Chinese elite are crucial in setting the template for future diplomatic relations, says executive director of the China Studies Centre Kerry Brown.
Getting serious about global sustainability   View Summary
8 April 2013
How do I live my life in a sustainable, ethical way? Anyone who has asked themselves this question will be interested in tonight's Sydney Ideas talk by Professor Olivier Jolliet, a Professor of Environmental Health Sciences at the University of Michigan.
We must stamp on the cockroach of racism   View Summary
8 April 2013
Like the cockroach it resembles, racism thrives on the crumbs of indifference and improving our civic hygiene is the best response, says political philosopher Tim Soutphommasane.
Differential hearing difficulties cause kids to fall behind at school   View Summary
5 April 2013
Some children who have trouble learning in the classroom have difficulty switching their listening attention and so have trouble following a conversation from one talker to the next, according to a University of Sydney study published online in Nature Scientific Reports.
Racing start for two-year-old thoroughbreds not detrimental   View Summary
5 April 2013
In the lead-up to the Golden Slipper, University of Sydney researchers have undertaken the most comprehensive study yet to determine whether the age at which thoroughbreds start racing has an effect on the length of their career.
Myanmar seeks Australian advice on managing its resources-led economic revival   View Summary
5 April 2013
The world's media has not overlooked the monumental reversal in Myanmar's international relations and there is clear evidence that the country's economy is also set for a rapid turnaround, argues Nigel Finch.
Evidence piles up for banning trans fats    View Summary
4 April 2013
Banning trans fats in food is one of the most effective ways to prevent some of the world's biggest killer diseases but many governments do not think these bans work, finds a University of Sydney study published in the Bulletin of the World Health Organization today.
Recollections hard for victims - and professionals   View Summary
4 April 2013
Support services must be available for victims who come forward for the royal commission into institutional responses to child sexual abuse, says Emeritus Professor Kim Oates.
Why men can't be feminists   View Summary
4 April 2013
Professor Annamarie Jagose will join a panel discussion this Sunday 7 April at the Sydney Opera House, where she will debate the proposition "Men can't be feminists" as part of the Ideas at the House program All About Women.
Quad bike fatalities costly but manufacturers fail to act   View Summary
4 April 2013
Two University of Sydney research papers have highlighted the costs associated with fatal quad bike incidents and compared the behavior of the quads industry in opposing safety improvements to that of tobacco companies.
Flu prevention campaign needs updating   View Summary
3 April 2013
The NSW Department of Health's influenza public health poster campaign should be updated to reflect current best practice in flu prevention, according to a University of Sydney epidemiology expert.
Models made for science   View Summary
2 April 2013
An intriguing exhibition at the University of Sydney's Macleay Museum provides a rare opportunity to see models used to teach science and medicine at the University from the 1880s.
Report examines Asia's energy challenge   View Summary
2 April 2013
The Asian Development Bank's annual regional forecast, being launched at the University next week, will look at the energy challenges facing Asia and the Pacific.
March 2013
Harnessing technology to improve mental health   View Summary
28 March 2013
University of Sydney cross-disciplinary researchers are harnessing the benefits offered by advances in online technology to develop innovative programs improving mental health in young people.
Not just for war: how drones can be used for good   View Summary
28 March 2013
It's becoming rare to see or hear coverage of combat and conflict without the mention of unmanned "drones" and their use in targeted killings, says Salah Sukkarieh.
Student helps investigate a stellar 'crime scene'   View Summary
28 March 2013
An undergraduate astronomy student at the University of Sydney is proud to have played her part in investigating NASA's discovery of the remains of a shattered star.
Fighting poverty and a making profit, Business School to evaluate the results   View Summary
27 March 2013
The University of Sydney Business School is studying the commercial and moral implications of projects in India which aim to turn poverty alleviation for the nation's poorest people into profit making ventures.
How anorexia and 'bigorexia' in men relates to perceptions of masculinity   View Summary
27 March 2013
A new study published today looks at the issue of body image dysmorphia in men.
World first online treatment helps depression and heart disease   View Summary
27 March 2013
Researchers have found a 40 percent improvement in the overall health of people with both depression and cardiovascular disease after using a free online program.
Celebrate the literary with the 2013 Sydney Writers' Festival   View Summary
27 March 2013
Following resounding success in 2012, the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences is proud to once again partner with the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2013, helping to share our exciting big ideas with the literary public.
Getting to grips with Higgs boson   View Summary
26 March 2013
Why is the Higgs boson so important? Find out from physicist and author Sean Carroll.
Syria: from fight for justice to sectarian stalemate   View Summary
26 March 2013
The horror of the Syrian conflict appears to know no bounds, says Naser Ghobadzadeh.
Every dog has its day as Farm Dog Survey goes live   View Summary
25 March 2013
The Faculty of Veterinary Science is leading The Farm Dog Project to analyse ways of improving breeding, training and performance success in working dogs.
How 'Chicken Kev' has left Labor on its knees   View Summary
25 March 2013
The federal Labor Party's leadership turmoil amounts to only one thing: political self-destruction. And most of the immediate blame sheets home to one Kevin Rudd, says Tim Soutphommasane.
Australia's lamentable media diversity needs a regulatory fix   View Summary
22 March 2013
Australian media, and in particular the print media, stands out internationally among advanced democracies for its extreme concentration, argues Tim Dwyer.
Six research leaders win Fulbright scholarships   View Summary
22 March 2013
Game changing research on quantum nanoscience, greenhouse gas emissions, managing wild dingos and finding a cure for cerebral palsy are among the achievements that have won 2013 Fulbright Scholarships for one University of Sydney staff member, two PhD candidates and three alumni.
TV program helps children follow their dreams through to university   View Summary
22 March 2013
Part of the challenge of getting primary school children from under-represented communities excited about higher education is to ignite their curiosity and show them where their passions can take them. The launch of the Enquiring Minds program today addresses this challenge.
Allied in Health    View Summary
22 March 2013
Seven Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students specialising in physio, speech or occupational therapy have graduated from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Health Science on Friday 22 March.
Carers survey first of its kind   View Summary
21 March 2013
A first of its kind study in Australia is highlighting the impact of vast geographical distances and a shortage of therapists on the decisions rural carers of people with a disability make about whether to move or to stay in regional areas.
Quidditch for muggles takes off   View Summary
20 March 2013
The brooms don't fly, the quaffles aren't enchanted and the golden snitch is a fully grown person instead of a tiny flying ball, but University of Sydney student muggles are bewitched by quidditch, the magical sport made famous in the Harry Potter series of books and films.
Arab women: building peace, achieving justice?   View Summary
20 March 2013
Three women who have played prominent roles in the struggle to secure basic human rights in the Middle East will discuss women's rights in the context of the Arab Spring at a public forum at the University of Sydney tomorrow.
Ongoing political debate forces corporate world to lead on climate change   View Summary
19 March 2013
Researchers at the University of Sydney Business School say a lack of political consensus, and a series of extreme weather events have forced global businesses to engage with climate change as a key strategic risk.
Social media decreases loneliness for older adults   View Summary
19 March 2013
Social media can be an effective tool for decreasing loneliness for older Australians according to new research conducted at the University of Sydney.
Study finds soft drinks present in the home drive up consumption in school children   View Summary
18 March 2013
Primary and secondary school students are five times as likely to be high consumers of sugar-sweetened drinks, such as soft drinks, if these drinks are available in their homes, finds a new study published today.
The Death and Life of Pop Art in the 1960s Counter-Culture   View Summary
18 March 2013
Thomas Crow, Professor of Modern Art at New York University, will deliver an illuminating Sydney Ideas lecture on Tuesday 19 March on the widespread absorption of Pop Art into mainstream culture.
Mungo goes to the Grand Prix   View Summary
15 March 2013
Sydney Motorsport, a student group at the University of Sydney has been invited to display their SAE racing car at the 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix being held this weekend in Melbourne.
Home truths: are planners really to blame for our housing "shortage"?   View Summary
15 March 2013
Is Australia becoming a nation of renters, and are planners to blame? Nicole Gurran and Peter Phibbs explore.
Australia remains favoured destination for Chinese investment, but faces growing competition   View Summary
15 March 2013
The latest research by KPMG and the China Studies Centre reveals some new and potentially significant changes to Chinese direct investment in Australia.
A Pope of 'firsts' emerges from behind the smokescreen   View Summary
14 March 2013
Catholicism's 'Old Boys Club' has elected a 'Pope of firsts'. But is genuine reform of the Catholic Church possible now, asks Laura Beth Bugg.
What did Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao do for China?   View Summary
14 March 2013
With China moving to a new generation of leadership, Kerry Brown looks at the legacy of the outgoing Hu Jintao and Wen Jiabao.
Worth a note: you cannot legislate to find good teachers   View Summary
13 March 2013
A capacity to teach is something you either have in your heart or you don't, says Professor Robyn Ewing.
Why do elections fail?   View Summary
13 March 2013
What can be done about vote-rigging, bribery, coercion, voter suppression, ballot-stuffing and fraud during elections? Find out at this special lecture on Thursday night.
Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea   View Summary
13 March 2013
Filmmaker and lawyer Jessie Taylor will join Sydney Ideas for a screening of the award-winning documentary, Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea.
Mozambique President talks up education links   View Summary
13 March 2013
The President of Mozambique stressed the importance of his country's educational links with Australia on a visit to the University of Sydney
University walks the talk at TEDxSydney   View Summary
12 March 2013
Talks on our right to read informed by the experience of blindness, world hunger drawing on insights from India, and an investigation into the limits of the law's relevance, are just some of the contributions our speakers will make to TEDxSydney 2013.
From Mozambique to Sydney: escape from the poverty trap   View Summary
12 March 2013
Mozambican student Emidio Mavila sees education as the key to lifting his family and his country out of poverty.
Zygier case highlights deeper security concerns   View Summary
11 March 2013
It should be a crime for any Australian to spy for foreign regimes that threaten Australian or international security or gravely violate human rights, argues Professor Ben Saul.
Funding boost for information technology   View Summary
11 March 2013
A University of Sydney research program focussed on photonic signal processing to improve defence capability is among a handful of projects to receive federal government funding announced today by Minister for Defence Science and Personnel Warren Snowdon.
TXT2BFiT: new weight management program for young adults delivered via mobiles   View Summary
11 March 2013
Researchers at the University of Sydney have joined forces with colleagues at the University of NSW and University of Technology, Sydney to launch a world-first weight management program for young adults - to be delivered via mobile phones.
Panic is tightening its grip on our politicians   View Summary
11 March 2013
The resignation of Victorian Premier Ted Baillieu is symptomatic of a growing sense of crisis, argues Tim Soutphommasane.
International Women's Day: address by Professor Joellen Riley   View Summary
8 March 2013
Dean of Sydney Law School Professor Joellen Riley gave the following address to mark International Women's Day, 8 March 2013:
University unites with Leighton Contractors on Indigenous scholarship   View Summary
8 March 2013
The University of Sydney and Leighton Contractors have joined forces to provide a new scholarship opportunity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students studying engineering and IT.
How governments can tackle food security   View Summary
8 March 2013
A new report from the University of Sydney brings together expert research from a range of disciplines - including demography, economics, politics, climate change and agriculture - to offer policy advice on dealing with food security.
Lecture from author of historic Irish report on child sex abuse   View Summary
8 March 2013
The author of Ireland's landmark report on the Catholic Church's handling of child sex abuse claims this week told a capacity audience at the Sydney Law School of the Irish experience of dealing with these claims.
Centred on inclusion   View Summary
7 March 2013
A new centre aimed at increasing the social and economic inclusion of Australians living with disabilities will be launched tonight, at the University of Sydney by the Australian Disability Discrimination Commissioner.
African governments learn from the rights and wrongs of Australian mining   View Summary
7 March 2013
Specialists from the Graduate School of Government and the Law School have been working with government officials from a number of African countries involved in the mining sector.
The good, the bad and the ugly: Hugo Chavez and the international left   View Summary
7 March 2013
While in the mainstream media Hugo Chávez was all too often presented as some sort of villain, he was a more complex figure than this, writes Benjamin Moffitt.
Xi must smash vested interest of China's elite   View Summary
7 March 2013
We are now entering the 'fifth generation' of Chinese leadership, writes Kerry Brown.
What have we learned about Xi Jinping?   View Summary
6 March 2013
Xi Jinping is already far better understood than his predecessor Hu Jintao, says executive director of the China Studies Centre Kerry Brown.
Prime Minister launches new $20 million University of Sydney Centre for Carbon, Water and Food   View Summary
6 March 2013
Australia's first multidisciplinary research centre dedicated to tackling the nation's and region's biggest food security and environmental challenges has been launched today by Prime Minister Julia Gillard.
New milestone in Australia-China collaboration on food security   View Summary
6 March 2013
A new milestone in Australian and Chinese collaboration has been reached today with the signing of agreements between the University of Sydney and two premier Chinese research institutions to tackle the mutual challenge of food security.
The dictator and the composer   View Summary
5 March 2013
Honorary Professor Sheila Fitzpatrick reflects on the lives of vicious leader Joseph Stalin and apolitical artist Sergei Prokofiev.
Project aims to deliver growth in Indochina   View Summary
5 March 2013
University of Sydney academics are involved in a project that aims to improve the teaching of agriculture in South East Asian countries.
Study finds obesity-related gene also increases risk of melanoma   View Summary
5 March 2013
University of Sydney medical researchers have shown that a gene known to have a strong connection to obesity and other bodyweight related health issues also increases the risk of suffering from melanoma.
Researcher inducted into medical and biological engineering elite   View Summary
5 March 2013
The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has bestowed its highest honour upon University of Sydney researcher, Professor Tony Weiss, inducting him into its College of Fellows.
The history of orgasmology   View Summary
5 March 2013
Fifty years after the sexual revolution, many of us presume we know everything there is to know about orgasm, but a new book suggests it still has plenty to teach us.
A new approach to understanding research relevance   View Summary
5 March 2013
"Science is broken; let's fix it," says the University of Sydney's Associate Professor Alex Holcombe, who is part of a major new effort to improve the reliability of psychological research.
Study finds first signs of heart disease in newborns of overweight and obese mothers   View Summary
4 March 2013
The walls of the body's major artery -- the aorta -- are already thickened in babies born to mothers who are overweight or obese, according to a University of Sydney study.
Under the same stars, under one banner   View Summary
1 March 2013
Our diverse University of Sydney community will join together for the first time this year to field a float in the annual Sydney Mardi Gras.
Postcard from India: Interning in New Delhi   View Summary
1 March 2013
Eleven of our intrepid students have embarked on international journalism internships after securing prestigious fellowships.
Peter Fray: from editor-in-chief to adjunct professor   View Summary
1 March 2013
Peter Fray, former publisher of The Sydney Morning Herald, has been appointed an adjunct professor in the School of Media and Communications (MECO) in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
February 2013
Postdoctoral appointments at Sydney College of the Arts   View Summary
28 February 2013
In a first for an Australian visual arts faculty, the Sydney College of the Arts has just appointed two postdoctoral researchers.
Gay, lesbian and bisexual survey promises new insights on sexual identity   View Summary
28 February 2013
What beliefs do same-sex attracted people have about the nature and origins of their sexual orientation?
A sporting chance for those less likely to be considered   View Summary
28 February 2013
If you are born earlier in the sporting year there is a good chance the elite sports selection process will be biased in your favour, finds new research.
Gulf states should work with developing country farmers to attain food security   View Summary
27 February 2013
Arid Gulf states looking to secure their future food supply should work with farmers in neighbouring countries for mutual benefit rather than acquire the land farmers rely on to survive, recommends a PhD candidate from the University of Sydney.
Retirement because of health more likely for those outside cities   View Summary
26 February 2013
Men and women of working age, living in regional areas are more likely to be fully retired because of ill health than their city counterparts, University of Sydney research shows.
Making the invisible visible - managing massive datasets   View Summary
26 February 2013
Understanding increasingly massive data sets is challenging information technology developers worldwide, according to University of Sydney IT researchers who are hosting the annual International Pacific Visualization (PacificVis) symposium this week.
Maths and girls   View Summary
26 February 2013
The percentage of girls studying no maths for their HSC has more than doubled in the past decade, a report co-authored by University of Sydney researchers shows.
In conversation with Ahdaf Soueif   View Summary
25 February 2013
This Tuesday's Sydney Ideas hosts an evening with Egyptian writer and Booker Prize nominee Ahdaf Soueif.
Brave new world: O-Week directors take cues from Carroll   View Summary
22 February 2013
The University of Sydney Union's (USU) O-Week is the largest student-run event in Australia, and 2013 directors Kristy Samal and Robby Maygar want to take new students 'down the rabbit hole' into campus life.
How digital technology will shape the future of the film industry   View Summary
22 February 2013
A University of Sydney film studies lecturer and author of upcoming book 'The Orientation of Future Cinema', assures movie lovers that the rise of digital film production does not spell the end of the art of making films.
Leadership program focuses on tackling the spread of disease   View Summary
22 February 2013
A group of Indonesian vets are developing the leadership skills needed to tackle the spread of devastating animal diseases such as bird flu.
Tiny planet outside our solar system a big surprise   View Summary
21 February 2013
The detection of a tiny planet has shown for the first time that stars in our galaxy are able to host much smaller planets than anything seen in our own solar system.
Cervical cancer screening shouldn't start until 25   View Summary
20 February 2013
There's virtually no difference in cancer incidence between women aged 20-24 years who screened are and those who are not, argue three experts.
Zygier spy case gets ever curiouser   View Summary
20 February 2013
Israel might question whether its long-term security interests are best served by alienating its closest friends, writes Professor Ben Saul.
Senator Kim Carr initiates better collaboration between government and researchers   View Summary
20 February 2013
In a move to create an environment where greater use can be made of government data the Federal Minister for Human Services, Senator the Hon Kim Carr, visited the University of Sydney today.
University principal partner for TEDxSydney with a food twist   View Summary
20 February 2013
The University of Sydney is the principal partner of TEDxSydney 2013, the annual event of 'Ideas worth spreading' which this year includes an innovative focus on food and sustainability.
Supercomputers used to supercharge antioxidants   View Summary
19 February 2013
The future of keeping ageing-related diseases at bay lies with the supercomputer according to scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Free Radical Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of Sydney.
Israel Folau aligns with Sydney Uni, creates new scholarship   View Summary
18 February 2013
NSW Waratahs new recruit Israel Folau has linked with Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) for the 2013 season.
Ancient teeth reveal modern tooth decay   View Summary
18 February 2013
Prehistoric and medieval skeletons have revealed the incidence of dental decay could be worse than ever because of a decline in modern human's oral microbiota levels.
Lunch and dinner with Julian Assange, in prison   View Summary
18 February 2013
University of Sydney academic and Director of the Sydney Democracy Institute, Professor John Keane has published an op-ed in The Conversation regarding his interview with Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange.
Tasmania: the Tipping Point?   View Summary
18 February 2013
This Tuesday's Sydney Ideas event asks thinkers and doers from Tasmania and beyond to examine whether Tasmania has reached a 'tipping point'.
Images in the extreme   View Summary
15 February 2013
A synthetic image produced from the data of the dust shell around the red giant star W Hydrae, has earned a team from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science first prize in the annual Canon Australia's Extreme Imaging competition.
For health's sake, time to take on food giants   View Summary
14 February 2013
Alcohol and processed food companies are using the same tactics as Big Tobacco to increase profits at the same time as endangering our health, argues Bruce Neal.
The University's cupids   View Summary
14 February 2013
Early arrivals to the University of Sydney's historic Quadrangle on Thursday found that Cupid had been busy preparing for Valentine's Day.
Steering US to the left   View Summary
14 February 2013
The climate is changing in Washington. That's the message of the President's first State of the Union address since his re-election.
States royalties likely to be in Fed's sights as flaws aplenty emerge in mining tax   View Summary
13 February 2013
PhD candidate Ainsley Elbra explores why the mining tax has generated much less income than expected.
University of Sydney front-runner for student support and services   View Summary
13 February 2013
The University of Sydney has topped a National Union of Students league table rating universities on their use of a student fee dedicated to improving campus life and providing student services.
Postcard from Korea: The Day the Earth Stood Still   View Summary
13 February 2013
Danielle Young writes from South Korea, where she is a fourth-year Media and Communications student undertaking an international fellowship at TBS radio in Korea.
Honour roll 2012: University of Sydney celebrates student success   View Summary
12 February 2013
The University of Sydney today recognised the success of hundreds of its high-achieving students during the 2012 academic year.
Triple triumph for Classics student in Australasian Society for Classical Studies prizes   View Summary
12 February 2013
For the second year running, the Department of Classics and Ancient History has enjoyed a clean sweep of undergraduate prizes awarded by the Australasian Society for Classical Studies (ASCS). But for the first time ever, a single student has won all three of the prestigious awards.
The globalisation and signficance of Chinese porcelain   View Summary
11 February 2013
The first Sydney Ideas talk for 2013 looks at the Chinese invention of porcelain, an indispensable part of Chinese civilisation.
Private health insurance and the illusion of choice   View Summary
11 February 2013
Research on private health insurance websites and interviews with consumers shows that messages about increased choice don't always match reality.
Interactive reconstructions map the growth of the Indian Ocean   View Summary
11 February 2013
Geoscientist Ana Gibbons is helping to shed light on how the India Ocean grew to its present size and form
Automated agriculture   View Summary
11 February 2013
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.
Landmark Buddhist catalogue provides new insights into India's ancient traditions   View Summary
11 February 2013
Dr Mark Allon's landmark catalogue of Kharosthi Buddhist manuscripts provides important insights into India's ancient traditions
Generous donation supports Refugee Language Program   View Summary
8 February 2013
When news broke that the Refugee Language Program at the University of Sydney was threatened with closure, it struck a chord not just with students and teachers in the program, but with many people in the community.
Clouds and green lining   View Summary
8 February 2013
Newly-developed cloud computing algorithms may be the solution to reducing the increasing energy consumption and cost of high performance computing networks according to Professor Albert Zomaya, IT expert at the University of Sydney.
Deadly virus discovered in bats also jumps species   View Summary
8 February 2013
Four new forms of hantavirus, one of the most virulent pathogens transmitted from animals to humans, have been identified by international research contributed to by the University of Sydney.
Study shows immigrant students succeed in education   View Summary
8 February 2013
New research shows there are relatively few differences in problem solving, mathematics and science achievement between immigrant students and non-immigrant students.
Body of Water   View Summary
7 February 2013
New video works by Anne Ferran, an associate professor at the Sydney College of the Arts, draw a connection between the small rivers and canals that were transformed in the lead-up to the London Olympics and a river in the southern outskirts of suburban Sydney.
University well represented in Cure Cancer grants   View Summary
7 February 2013
A group of 10 University of Sydney and affiliated medical institute cancer researchers have won a share in a record $3.2 million in grants awarded by the Cure Cancer Australia Foundation.
How international law shapes the world   View Summary
6 February 2013
The world should abandon many international environmental treaties and start afresh if it wishes to deal with the myriad of environmental issues it faces in the 21st century, environmental lawyer Associate Professor Tim Stephens from the Sydney Law School suggests.
New Chancellor of the University Of Sydney   View Summary
5 February 2013
Company director Belinda Hutchinson AM is the new Chancellor of the University of Sydney. She succeeds Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO who concluded her second term as Chancellor in December 2012.
Scientists study potential for large, seafloor landslides from Fraser Island to Yamba   View Summary
5 February 2013
A team of scientists from the University of Sydney have mapped deep-sea canyons and found evidence of large ancient submarine landslides between Fraser Island and Yamba that had the potential to generate a tsunami.
New light shed on cannabis, cigarette and alcohol use of young mentally ill   View Summary
5 February 2013
Around one in 10 young teens with mental health issues also drinks alcohol, smokes cigarettes, and uses cannabis on a weekly basis, said Dr Daniel Hermens from the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute.
Australia must become a regional cyber-security leader   View Summary
4 February 2013
Having a cohesive cyber policy and security centre is only a start, argue Philip Seltsikas and Max Soyref.
A five-point plan to reduce heart attack deaths in Australia   View Summary
4 February 2013
Systematic national reforms are needed to reduce the alarming number of people having a second heart attack and ensure the health-care system isn't failing those who survive the first time, argues Julie Redfern.
Free speech and other human rights: the clause that almost sank the Human Rights Bill   View Summary
1 February 2013
Anti-discrimination law lecturer Belinda Smith discusses the controversial changes to the proposed anti-discrimination bill.
Atelier Paris: the Power Studio   View Summary
1 February 2013
An exhibition of 'Paris works' by major contemporary Australian artists opens this week at the University of Sydney Art Gallery.
Listening to electrons: new method brings scaling-up quantum devices one step closer   View Summary
1 February 2013
Quantum devices will revolutionise computing, enabling huge calculations to be completed that classical computers simply cannot do.
January 2013
Top marks for artist's winning works   View Summary
31 January 2013
Works by Jenny Ihn, a postgraduate student at the Sydney College of the Arts, are now on display in a coveted exhibition space at one of Sydney's leading galleries after she took out a prestigious prize at the SCA's end-of-year degree show.
Storks, cabbage patches, and the birds and the bees - our broken sex education system   View Summary
30 January 2013
We have a million and one ways to avoid teaching or talking about sex and sexuality, write Spring Chenoa Cooper and Cristyn Davis.
Australia Day Honours 2013   View Summary
30 January 2013
Whether it be improving the welfare of veterans and medical education in Vietnam, service to the judiciary, improvements to our approaches in medicine or accomplishments on the sporting field University of Sydney staff and alumni have a diverse impact on Australian society.
New study calls for society to change the way it refers to shark behaviour   View Summary
30 January 2013
Shark experts are proposing a new system of classifying shark interactions, along with more accurate public discussion about shark risk to swimmers and divers.
Sydney Festival 2013 review: The Peony Pavilion   View Summary
29 January 2013
Professor Hans Hendrischke, from the China Studies Centre, responds to the Sydney Festival production of 'The Peony Pavilion' performed at the Sydney Opera House.
Previously unknown sleep pattern revealed in University of Sydney research   View Summary
29 January 2013
There's no need to panic if you didn't get a solid eight hours of beauty sleep last night, finds new University of Sydney research.
Perfect 10 at the Australian Youth Olympic Festival   View Summary
25 January 2013
University of Sydney student athletes won an incredible 10 medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival (AYOF) held in Sydney last week.
Pharmacy attracts students from far far away   View Summary
25 January 2013
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students from as far as away as Humpty Doo in the Northern Territory attended the inaugural University of Sydney Pharmacy Indigenous Camp held this week.
Despite tough lessons for Australian miners, transparency should still be a goal   View Summary
25 January 2013
Two recent events have highlighted the potential pitfalls of miners doing business in developing states, says Ainsley Elbra.
For change, look to China's non-state sector   View Summary
24 January 2013
Kerry Brown says China's successful transformation into a middle-income country will depend largely on the performance of its next growth driver - the private sector.
Informing women on breast cancer overdiagnosis   View Summary
24 January 2013
In a study exploring women's responses to being told about overdiagnosis in breast cancer screening, most women felt the information was important and could enable them to make choices.
Inauguration speech a real source of climate change hope   View Summary
24 January 2013
President Obama's inauguration speech this week presented a source of real hope for all those concerned about global climate change, says Nick Rowley.
It's a dog's life when man's best friend becomes his fattest   View Summary
24 January 2013
The rising incidence of obesity in humans and dogs seems to be linked, says Christopher Degeling.
Adam Spencer 'primed' to speak at TED   View Summary
23 January 2013
A standout audition where he shared his lifelong passion for prime numbers has seen University of Sydney alumnus and Sleek Geek, Adam Spencer selected to present at the 2013 annual TED conference, to be staged in the US in late February.
Social media puts the public in public health information dissemination   View Summary
23 January 2013
Micro-blog-based services such as Twitter could be a promising medium to spread important information about public health.
Regular aspirin use increases risk of age-related eye disease   View Summary
23 January 2013
Researchers have found that regular aspirin consumption is associated with an increased risk of neovascular age-related macular degeneration - a leading cause of blindness in older people.
From Rwanda to Mali: France's chequered history in Africa   View Summary
23 January 2013
Why the French intervention in Mali? Associate Professor Bronwyn Winter explores.
Reshaping America   View Summary
22 January 2013
Throughout American history, only a few presidents have brought about truly lasting transformational change, and Barack Obama is aiming to be one of them.
Playing to win the fight against rabies - a board game that can save lives   View Summary
22 January 2013
A group of postgraduate students from the Faculty of Veterinary Science have created a board game to educate children about rabies.
ADHD medication can slow growth in teenage boys   View Summary
21 January 2013
Adolescent boys with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to be shorter and slimmer than their same-age peers, according to a new study published in the Medical Journal of Australia today.
What Arts students really do: satirical video pokes fun at stereotypes   View Summary
21 January 2013
In an increasingly competitive global student market, it can be difficult for universities to cut through the crowds and stand out, especially when the degree you are promoting is prone to being negatively stereotyped.
Barack Obama on notice to come good with same bad hand   View Summary
21 January 2013
On the eve of his second inauguration and the grand balls that will surround it Barack Obama has told the influential website Politico: "People who know me know I'm a pretty friendly guy. And I like a good party."
Many massacres later, Obama gets serious on gun law reform   View Summary
18 January 2013
David Weisbrot tackles the difficult issue of gun control in America.
Two Australian Academy of Science awards for Faculty of Science   View Summary
17 January 2013
The Australian Academy of Science has recognised the research excellence of two University of Sydney scientists: Professors Peter Lay and Sébastien Perrier from the School of Chemistry.
Stars light the path to Uni   View Summary
17 January 2013
Benjamin Pope is preparing to start a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013 after an amazing 2012 that saw him work with a Nobel Laureate, observe the work of world leaders in astrophysics and travel to an observatory in Hawaii.
Fresh produce safety website launched   View Summary
17 January 2013
A website dedicated to all aspects of food safety for the fresh produce industries of Australian and New Zealand launches today.
Sydney Law School appoints new dean   View Summary
16 January 2013
Sydney Law School's new dean Joellen Riley would like to imbue in her students the deep engagement with the law she experienced while studying at Oxford University in the mid-1990s.
Students aim to challenge stereotypes on Indian study tour   View Summary
16 January 2013
It's traditionally the time of year when Australia and India are locked in fierce competition at the stumps. But two University of Sydney students hope to broaden the two nations' partnership beyond a cricketing one as they embark on a comprehensive study tour of India.
Meet Michelle Lim: Ballerina and budding psychologist   View Summary
16 January 2013
Dancing ballet by day and studying by night was a way of life for Michelle Lim for five years.
Australian safe sex to save African lives   View Summary
16 January 2013
A new condom company, founded by a recent University of Sydney Business School graduate, is offering Australians the opportunity to help "save a life" in Africa each time they have safe sex.
Engineering a future   View Summary
16 January 2013
Two students from Far North Queensland have made the 2,750-kilometre trip to be part of the Indigenous Australian Engineering Summer School (IAESS) at the University of Sydney.
Whatever happened to 'waste not, want not'?   View Summary
14 January 2013
As part of the Sydney Festival's talks program, renowned sustainability expert Professor John Crawford from the University of Sydney's Charles Perkins Centre will join a panel of experts to address the question "Whatever happened to 'waste not, want not?'"
Australian shooters restock private arsenal to pre-Port Arthur numbers   View Summary
14 January 2013
New research from the University of Sydney shows that Australians destroyed more than a million guns in response to shooting massacres but imports have restored the stockpile to the level it was at before the Port Arthur massacre in 1996.
Chlamydia threat to untouched koala population   View Summary
14 January 2013
An outbreak of koala chlamydia in the Southern Highlands also poses a threat to a completely unaffected colony in Campbelltown, says the University of Sydney's Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre.
In the Eruptive Mode   View Summary
14 January 2013
Amro Ali from the Department of Government and International Relations responds to the Sydney Festival production 'In the Eruptive Mode', on now at the Seymour Centre until 27 January 2013.
Sydney Festival 2013 review: Murder   View Summary
11 January 2013
Dr Huw Griffiths from the Department of English responds to the Sydney Festival production, Murder, on now at the Seymour Centre until 19 January 2013.
Sydney Festival 2013 review: The Blind Date Project   View Summary
11 January 2013
Dr Carina Garland from the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies responds to the Sydney Festival production The Blind Date Project, on now at the Seymour Centre until 20 January 2013.
Too hot to sleep? Here's why   View Summary
11 January 2013
Professor Ron Grunstein explains why it's difficult to sleep on hot nights.
Not only humans wilt in heat - developing heat tolerant crops   View Summary
10 January 2013
With heatwaves predicted to increase in intensity and duration, the importance of heat tolerant crops is becoming increasingly urgent.
Realist defence nominee rescues US foreign policy from Pax Americana ideal   View Summary
10 January 2013
The nomination of Chuck Hagel as the new US defence secretary marks an important turning point in American foreign policy, argues Tom Switzer.
A Political Ecology of Youth and Crime   View Summary
10 January 2013
A new book co-authored by Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) Derrick Armstrong proposes a new way of thinking about youth crime.
New respect for Richard Nixon, 'the man of many masks'   View Summary
9 January 2013
Research associates from the US Studies Centre Tom Switzer and Nicole Hemmer reflect on the 100th anniversary of Richard Nixon's birth.
First Alzheimer's case has full diagnosis 106 years later   View Summary
9 January 2013
More than a hundred years after Alois Alzheimer identified Alzheimer's disease in a patient an analysis of that original patient's brain has revealed the genetic origin of their condition.
Whiff of desperation as tobacco lobby loses its puff over packaging   View Summary
8 January 2013
Plain packaging is working, says professor of public health Simon Chapman.
Stirring Sydney's cultural soul with Sydney Festival 2013   View Summary
7 January 2013
The University of Sydney with its strong belief in the role of the arts, culture and the life of the mind, will once again help stir Sydney's cultural soul as a major partner of the Sydney Festival 2013.
Underwater landslides discovered off the Great Barrier Reef   View Summary
4 January 2013
An extensive undersea mapping program of the Australian coast has revealed some surprises about the deep Great Barrier Reef, including a dense network of submarine canyons, the remains of numerous undersea landslide scarps where large parts of the continental slope have given way, and some areas which may be prone to future underwater landslides.
Meet our students: Ashe DeBiasio   View Summary
4 January 2013
Ashe DeBiasio intended to major in mathematics when she started her Bachelor of Science, but a first-year biology course saw her change direction completely.
Early offer scheme welcomes first cohort of promising students   View Summary
4 January 2013
The University of Sydney has welcomed the first cohort of students from the first Early Offer Year 12 Scheme (E12), designed to assist students who have been financially disadvantaged during their time at school
Curious cosmic choreography: Small galaxies locked in a strange dance around large galaxies   View Summary
3 January 2013
A newly discovered form of circle dancing is perplexing astronomers; not due to its complex choreography, but because it's unclear why the dancers - dwarf galaxies - are dancing in a ring around the much larger Andromeda Galaxy.
Meet our students: Philip Chan   View Summary
3 January 2013
When Philip Chan moved interstate to study at the University of Sydney he knew it would be an adventure, but he didn't predict quite how far afield his degree would take him.
Coral, cubism and the Colosseum: University of Sydney museums this summer   View Summary
2 January 2013
The University of Sydney's museums have something for all kids during the summer holidays, with each holding an activity day Friday in January, targeting children aged six to 12.