2010 News archive

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December 2010
The guardianship of Earth   View Summary
17 December 2010
RenewablesThe Campus Review supplement of the Sydney Morning Herald interviews Resource Economics undergraduate Lisa Olsson and Dr Thomas Bishop, degree coordinator for the Bachelor of Environmental Systems.
November 2010
First-ever Plant Breeding Open Day a great success   View Summary
25 November 2010
Open dayMore than 230 visitors attended the inaugural Open Day for the University of Sydney's Plant Breeding Institute at Cobbitty on Friday 12 November. The Open Day marked the end of year-long Agriculture Centenary events hosted by the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
ACIAR to fund a PhD student from the Philippines    View Summary
25 November 2010
Jonathan MangmangJonathan Mangmang has been awarded a John Allwright Fellowship by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research to undertake a PhD at the University of Sydney.
ARC Future Fellowship awarded to Dr Feike Dijkstra   View Summary
20 November 2010
Dr Feike DijkstraNewly appointed Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, Dr Feike Dijkstra has been awarded an ARC Future Fellowship.
Development Economics School    View Summary
15 November 2010
University of SydneyFrom the 14-16 December our faculty will be organising the Development Economics School and is inviting PhD students, early career researchers and other interested persons who share a passion for the development challenge.
Keeping up a long tradition of Research Enhanced Learning and Teaching (RELT).   View Summary
8 November 2010
Stepping Out with Fresh IdeasTo add to the celebration of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources 100 years of teaching and research it has held its 'Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas' (SOwFI) annual undergraduate student conference from the 3-5 November in the New Law Building in Sydney University
2nd place overall for our students at 2010 Australian University Crops Competition.    View Summary
3 November 2010
2010 Australian University Crops CompetitionForty-one students and eight coaches from six Universities nationally converged on Temora, NSW for the 2010 Australian University Crops Competition. This included twelf of our students and 2 coaches.
October 2010
TRIBUTE: Dr David Smiles    View Summary
27 October 2010
Dr David SmilesDistinguished agriculture alumnus Dr David Smiles passed away on 27 October 2010
Professor Alan Randall will be joining the Faculty next year   View Summary
26 October 2010
Professor Ian RandallProfessor Alan Randall, currently of Ohio State University, will be joining our Faculty as Professor of Agricultural and Resource Economics in the New Year.
Native rice may hold key to food future   View Summary
20 October 2010
Rice paddyAustralian native rice may contain valuable genes that could help...
SOwFI Conference   View Summary
19 October 2010
SOwFI conferenceFaculty of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources 3 Day Undergraduate Student Conference
PBI Cobbitty Open Day   View Summary
12 October 2010
Bush danceFind out what makes the Plant Breeding Institute Cobbitty special at the inaugural Open Day on Friday 12 November 2010.
September 2010
New super pea to be launched at Narrabri field day   View Summary
27 September 2010
New pea A new variety of field pea with improved disease resistance will be unveiled when the University of Sydney's Plant Breeding Institute hosts the Sustainable Futures Forum and Field Day at Narrabri on Wednesday, 29 September, 2010.
Colleges Centenary Cocktail Reception   View Summary
13 September 2010
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Scholarships for new students   View Summary
13 September 2010
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Undergraduate scholarships still open   View Summary
13 September 2010
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New daisy marks 100 years of agriculture   View Summary
7 September 2010
The Daisy Crazy Centenary Daisy The Faculty has developed a larger variety of an old favourite, the Marguerite Daisy, to celebrate our centenary year, available at Australian garden centres from September.
August 2010
Our faculty members leading the way for Soil Science on all horizons    View Summary
19 August 2010
soil profileThe soil science group in the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources have not shied away from the making a significant contribution to the success of the 2000 delegate 19th World Congress of Soil Science in Brisbane recently.
Honorary Professor Bruce Sutton has a Eureka moment    View Summary
18 August 2010
Associate Prof Greg Leslie and Honorary Prof Bruce Sutton Honorary Prof Bruce Sutton is one of two University of Sydney researchers who have won 2010 Eureka Prizes - one of the nation's most prestigious science awards - in recognition of their outstanding scientific contributions
Recognition of our teaching practices at the 19th World Congress of Soil Science.   View Summary
12 August 2010
Dr Damien FieldThe Australian Soil Science Society awarded Damien Field the Best Oral Presentation prize for his talk, 'Producing the Thinking Soil Scientist', delivered at the 2000-delegate 19th World Congress of Soil Science held in Brisbane.
Soil Science Alumni Survey    View Summary
10 August 2010
Hillgrove landscapeThe Faculty of Agriculture is constantly looking for opportunities to promote its alumni and their wide range of capabilities and achievements. We also rely on the expert advice and feedback we receive from our alumni to tailor our current curricula to meet the current and future needs of the sector.
Narrabri PBI Events   View Summary
9 August 2010
Aerial photo Join alumni and friends, and the general public, at two memorable events at the Narrabri Plant Breeding Institute in late September.
Graduate Options Expo (22 September)   View Summary
3 August 2010
one of six hundred scholarshipsWhether you're interested in courses for professional development, you'd like to further your career or you just want to learn for the love of it, there is something on offer for you as a postgraduate at the Faculty.
July 2010
PG Students visit major World Congress of Soil Science   View Summary
31 July 2010
World Congress of Soil ScienceSome of our Postgraduate students, Brendan Malone, Kanika Singh, Irshad Bibi, Nabeel Khan Niazi and Uta Stockmann are preparing presentations for the upcoming 19th World Congress of Soil Science in Brisbane.
16th SUNFix Symposium    View Summary
28 July 2010
SUNfix logoThe 16th SUNFix Symposium was held as usual on the last Friday of June last month. For the first time the Symposium was held in the Australian Technology Park. Since 1995, the Symposium has been held in the Watt Building
Prof Bruce Sutton has been shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes   View Summary
27 July 2010
2010 Eureka PrizesEight University of Sydney academics have been shortlisted for the 2010 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.
Give your career a kick start!   View Summary
27 July 2010
Flyer photoMeet a variety of employers in agriculture and hear them give their insights into what it's really like to work there, what the variety of opportunities are and how students can apply for jobs.
Scholarship Opportunities for Undergraduates   View Summary
15 July 2010
New StudentsStarting university can be a difficult time, not least because of the financial burden and extra costs associated with being a student. The Faculty is here to help you through this transition with a range of scholarship opportunities for future students.
Applications open for Internships in China   View Summary
15 July 2010
China-Australia Chamber of Commerce (AustCham)There is a new opportunity for Australian students to undertake internships in China with leading Australian businesses. Sectors include: environmental economics, commerce/business, environmental science and many more.
Faculty Researchers Achieve ARC Linkage Grant Success   View Summary
2 July 2010
BushfiresResearchers from the Faculty were successful in the Federal Government's recently announced second round of Linkage Projects, totalling over six hundred thousand dollars over the next three years.
June 2010
2010 Inaugural Agriculture Alumni Award Presentation   View Summary
17 June 2010
Centenary Gala DinnerThe 2010 inaugural Faculty Alumni Awards were announced at the Centenary Gala Dinner held on Saturday 5 June in the Great Hall.
Centenary Research Symposium   View Summary
10 June 2010
One of the speakers: Dr Meredith WilkesThe Faculty's annual Research Symposium held on Friday 4 June 2010 attracted more than 260 people from across industry, Faculty alumni, current and staff and students.
Centenary Gala Dinner   View Summary
8 June 2010
The Great Hall during the Centenary Gala DinnerThe event was extremely popular and the Great Hall was full, accommodating over 400 diners, who were predominantly seated in their year groups. As part of the event three Faculty Alumni Award recipients were honoured.
100 Years. 100 Stories.   View Summary
8 June 2010
Marie and Ken Hutton (BScAgr '46)Take a look at the Centenary Booklet released on the Agriculture Centenary Weekend. It is a glimpse into the first 100 years of agriculture at the University of Sydney.
May 2010
Centenary Open Day Program   View Summary
31 May 2010
Open DayJoin alumni, friends and family for Back To Agriculture Open Day on Saturday 5 June 2010, 11am - 3pm, in the Quadrangle, The University of Sydney
Top researchers to speak at Sydney Ideas   View Summary
29 May 2010
Pedro Sanchez (left) and Per Pinstup-Andersen (right)Two of the world's leading researchers will be speaking at the University this fortnight. Dr Per Pinstrup-Andersen and Dr Pedro Sanchez will join the public lecture series Sydney Ideas as part of the Faculty's Centenary celebrations.
Faculty Celebrates 100 Years of World-Changing Agriculture   View Summary
24 May 2010
Lucy Lloyd (BSc Agr '43) with Peter Pryke (BSc Agr '46)The University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources is celebrating its Centenary throughout 2010 with a diverse program of events.
Congratulations to our new Graduates and Prize Winners    View Summary
3 May 2010
Graduation Ceremony April 2010The Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources held its graduation ceremony and annual Scholars Reception on Friday 30 April.
April 2010
Orange Alumni Network   View Summary
30 April 2010
Professor Mark Adams and University of Sydney Alumnus Alison NichollsMore than 100 University of Sydney alumni attended a Western NSW Alumni Cocktail Reception.
New effort needed to feed the world    View Summary
22 April 2010
Greg Hertzler among the HmongMY generation grew up in fear: fear that the Soviets or the Americans would push the red button; fear that China and India would overrun the world with hungry people. Then miracles happened.
Alumni Association - Call For Nominations   View Summary
16 April 2010
Our campusNominations are now open for election of the Agriculture Alumni Association executive committee.
Carbon and Water Management Research for Australia and Mexico   View Summary
8 April 2010
Prof Jorge Etchevers, Prof Waldo Ojeda, Prof Israel Velasco, Prof John Crawford & Dr Willem VervoortThree key researchers from the Mexican College of Postgraduate Studies (Colegio de Posgraduos), and Government agency the Mexican Institute of Water Technology (Instituto Mexicano de Technologia de Agua - IMTA) have arrived in Australia to work with University of Sydney academics from the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Register for Centenary Research Symposium   View Summary
3 April 2010
CRSRegister here for the Centenary Research Symposium to be held on Friday 4th June 2010
March 2010
RSVP here for the following Centenary Celebration:   View Summary
29 March 2010
Centenary celebrationsThe Faculty Scholars Reception on Friday 30 April.
2010 Fulbright Scholar: Professor Robert Park   View Summary
19 March 2010
Prof Robert ParkProfessor Park has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright Senior Scholarship. He will research the genetic basis of resistance to a fungus caused disease known as stem rust in cereals for four months at the Cereal Disease Laboratory, St Paul, USDA
100 YEARS AND STILL GOING STRONG!   View Summary
15 March 2010
Adam Briggs, Domenic Campbell and Claire DawsonSydney University's Agriculture Faculty Welcomes First-Years in 2010
2010 Inaugural Alumni Awards. Call for nominations.   View Summary
15 March 2010
RD Watt BuildingCall for Nominations. All Agriculture alumni are encouraged to submit nominations for the Inaugural Faculty Alumni Awards across four areas of achievement - Community, International, Professional and Young Alumni.
Student perspective - growing careers   View Summary
15 March 2010
Postgraduate student Astha SinghFrom one student to another: Why is plant science so important, and how you can make a career in this fascinating area?
Centenary Research Symposium   View Summary
11 March 2010
CRSThis exciting public event brings together world experts to discuss the major environmental issues facing us today. The program will provide a fascinating perspective on the changing face of agriculture and the vital role it plays in all our lives.
February 2010
US Studies Centre announces Dow Sustainability Program   View Summary
18 February 2010
Wind_energyThe United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney is pleased to announce the launch of a three-year research program on sustainability made possible by US$2,000,000 in support from The Dow Chemical Company Foundation in the United States. The Dow Program on Sustainability in association with the Institute of Sustainable Solutions and the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources will develop strategies to combat soil degradation, which is reducing agricultural productivity around the world and increasing carbon emissions.
AGRICULTURE CENTENARY CELEBRATIONS   View Summary
11 February 2010
CentenaryJoin us throughout 2010 to celebrate 100 years of world-changing Agriculture! There are events for alumni and friends across the decades………….
Microsoft founder funds food supply research   View Summary
2 February 2010
Professor Park (on the right) inspects experimental wheat plots at Debre Zeit (Ethiopia)Professor Robert Park has received a $478,200 grant with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to develop and mentor key young scientists in eastern Africa in cereal rust pathology and resistance breeding
January 2010
Prof Mark Adams was awarded an AusAID ALAF, to work in partnership with Pacific Island neighbours   View Summary
9 January 2010
Prof Mark AdamsLate in 2009, Professor Mark Adams was awarded $275,000 under an AusAID Australian Leadership Awards Fellowship (ALAF), to run a 3 week intensive program for leaders working on climate change mitigation in Samoa and PNG. Professor Adams will be working with the Research Institute for Asia and the Pacific in implementing the program.
Agricultural Short Course facilitated for Beijing Delegates    View Summary
9 January 2010
Beijing Delegates with Prof. Gordon MacAulayIn December 2009, members of the Faculty of Agriculture Food and Natural Resources (FAFNR) took part in presenting an intensive training program on modern agricultural management for 28 Chinese delegates from a range of agricultural-focused organisations in and around Beijing.