2012 News archive

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December 2012
Dr Sarah Mansfield awarded a Thompson Fellowship   View Summary
13 December 2012
.Dr Sarah Mansfield is the first faculty member to be awarded a Thompson Fellowship.
November 2012
From the Ground Up - Research in the High Country and the Monaro   View Summary
27 November 2012
Professor Mark AdamsFrom carbon cycles to cattle movements, from soils to shrub growth, and from water cycles to willow tree management, find out about the research being conducted in the Monaro and High Country by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at the University of Sydney at a special forum 'From the Ground Up' to be held on Wednesday 28 November in Cooma.
2012 SOwFI Conference Wrap-up   View Summary
12 November 2012
SOwFI Posters Over two days in early November, students enrolled in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment's 4-year undergraduate degree programs presented their final-year research project findings at the annual Stepping Out with Fresh Ideas (SOwFI) conference.
Fresh Produce Safety - Building a New Paradigm    View Summary
8 November 2012
Food SafetyA forum held at the University of Sydney today will bring together local and international participants from across the fresh produce supply chain to discuss food safety and how to protect Australia's reputation for producing affordable, nutritious and safe fresh produce.
Key to survival of forest giants revealed   View Summary
7 November 2012
Mountain Ash treesProfessor Adams and Dr Sebastian Pfautsch, from the University of Western Sydney, recorded the effects of the 2009 heatwave from within Mountain Ash forest at Britannia Creek, near Warburton. Their research was published this month in the journal Oecologia.
October 2012
Fresh Produce Safety Forum - building a new paradigm   View Summary
25 October 2012
Fresh Produce Safety ForumA must attend event for everyone involved in fresh produce safety in Australia! This is a unique opportunity for all parties in the fresh produce supply chain to actively participate in this new and exciting fresh produce safety initiative.
SOwFI Conference   View Summary
24 October 2012
SOwFI ConferenceThe Conference will feature the honours projects of students completing degree programs in the fields of Agricultural Economics, Horticulture Science, Land and Water Science, Resource Economics and Science in Agriculture.
Research Forum - From the ground up   View Summary
22 October 2012
Cooma ForumResearch forum showcasing research undertaken in the High Country and the Monaro.
Distinguished Pathologist honoured for International Agricultural Research   View Summary
22 October 2012
Honorary Professor Burgess receiving the Crawford Fund MedalLester Burgess was awarded the Crawford Fund Medal for contributions to international agricultural research and development at the Crawford Fund Parliamentary Conference 2012 in Canberra last week.
Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems Workshop (SIBS)   View Summary
18 October 2012
Stable Isotopes in Biosphere Systems Workshop (SIBS)A hands-on course on the theory and applications of stable isotopes taught by lead scientists in the field.
Your country needs you!! EnvSys (Hons) open for 2013   View Summary
12 October 2012
NEW Bachelor Environmental Systems HonoursThe Faculty of Agriculture and Environment is very pleased to announce that applications are now open for the inaugural BEnvSys (Hons) program. This one year Honours program consists of an individual research project, a unit on science communication and three elective units drawn from a wide range of agricultural and environmental science discipline areas.
Agriculture Ball 2012   View Summary
11 October 2012
Agriculture Ball 2012The Dean Professor Mark Adams invites Faculty Staff and Students to celebrate the end of the academic year at the Agriculture Ball including a special farewell for fourth years
New facilities open up exciting future for grains research in Narrabri   View Summary
3 October 2012
Thumbnail of part of the new buildingNew research and teaching facilities will be opened at the University of Sydney's IA Watson Grains Research Centre in Narrabri on 3 October, opening up an exciting future for grains research.
September 2012
Johanna Couchman wins 3rd place in 2012 Crops Competition and a crops study tour to USA!    View Summary
17 September 2012
Winner Johanna CouchmanJohanna Couchman, a third year Bachelor of Science in Agriculture student in the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, won third place at the 2012 Australian Universities Crops Competition, held at Temora, NSW on 13 and 14 September 2012.
Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum   View Summary
5 September 2012
Costa GeorgiadisJoin other young professionals in agriculture, including recent graduates, at a one-day forum to connect the dots on issues of our time, including: effectively communicating the science of agriculture, the role of social media in agriculture..
August 2012
PBI Narrabri Field Day 2012 and Opening of Research Facility   View Summary
23 August 2012
IA Watson Grains Research CentreThe Dean, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Professor Mark Adams, invites you to the annual Plant Breeding Institute Narrabri Field Day on Wednesday 3 October 2012.
Jack Edwards (BScAgr) awarded RASF Rural Scholarship    View Summary
14 August 2012
RASF Chairman Michael Millner  Rural Scholar Jack EdwardsSecond year student Jack Edwards (BScAgr) received the Royal Agriculture Society Foundation Rural Scholarship at their Cocktail Party on 2 August.
Careers in Agriculture Evening 16 August   View Summary
6 August 2012
Careers in Agriculture EveningCome along to the annual Careers In Agriculture Evening, and meet a variety of employers and graduates. Find out about graduate employment, internships and work experience.
ARE Students take on global bio-economy    View Summary
1 August 2012
RD Watt BuildingTwo current Agricultural and Resource Economics students and two Alumni are looking forward to presenting papers at the 28th International Association of Agricultural Economists (IAAE) Triennial Conference
July 2012
University agriculture - our part of the agri-skills crisis   View Summary
30 July 2012
Professor Mark AdamsThe Dean of Agriculture at the University of Sydney, Professor Mark Adams has called for a number of initiatives to arrest the decline in agricultural graduates and skills across all areas of the agricultural sector including tertiary education, to increase interest in vital issues such as food supply and to remind the general population that agriculture is in the national interest.
ARC Future Fellowship success    View Summary
26 July 2012
Associate Professor Budiman MinasnyResearchers from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment have achieved significant recognition and success with Associate Professor Budiman Minasny and Dr Andrew Merchant being awarded ARC Future Fellowships
PhD STUDENTS EXCEL AS STORYTELLERS   View Summary
24 July 2012
Mana Gharun and Dr Alison AndersonEach year the Faculty Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Challenge provides an opportunity for higher degree by research students to communicate their research to a wider, non expert audience. It is designed to develop the relevant communication skills needed to effectively communicate research in engaging and appropriate language suitable for non-specialist listeners.
Nancy Roma Paech PhD Scholarships    View Summary
23 July 2012
New FAE scholarshipsThese $30,000 per annum scholarships are open for application now. Further scholarships are available and will be listed here as well.
Neanderthals cooked veggies and used plants for medicine   View Summary
19 July 2012
Neanderthal jawNeanderthals were more sophisticated than we'd thought previously, with the first evidence that they cooked plants for food and used plants for medicine found by an international team of scientists including Professor Les Copeland.
IN MEMORY OF DEREK BACON BLWSc Hons '06    View Summary
16 July 2012
.Derek Bacon graduated with Honours in a Bachelor of Land and Water Science degree from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment at The University of Sydney in 2006. Tragically Derek passed away on 9 July 2012.
ARC Linkage Project success for natural sciences   View Summary
7 July 2012
ARC Linkage Project successThree Linkage Projects have been successfully funded by the Australian Research Council across the division of natural sciences, the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, Faculty of Science and Faculty of Veterinary Science.
Honours for Agriculture Alumni   View Summary
3 July 2012
Mrs Charlotte WebbThis year the University of Sydney is celebrating a record number of 73 alumni listed on the 2012 Queen's Birthday Honour Roll.From the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment we are privileged to announce three 2012 Queen's Birthday Honour recipients.
June 2012
Researchers get first taste of new data management system   View Summary
28 June 2012
Training day at ATP Data management has become a major component of all research projects. This is because new technologies allow much faster and much more extensive data collection.
New Pulsford Laboratory recognises outstanding alumnus    View Summary
24 June 2012
Pulsford LaboratoryDavid Pulsford, an alumnus of the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, and an industry leader in nitrogen fixation, will be honoured with a special award from the Faculty and the opening of a new lab bearing his name.
African post-harvest managers learn from Australian experience   View Summary
9 June 2012
Postharvest A delegation of African post-harvest managers have visited farms, research institutes and industry organisations in the Murray Irrigation Area of NSW over three days to learn about management of maize and rice, under a University of Sydney program funded by the Australian Government.
2012 Faculty Alumni Award Winners    View Summary
5 June 2012
FAE Alumni Awards Cocktail ReceptionThe Faculty Alumni Awards for 2012 will be presented by the Dean Professor Mark Adams at the Annual Awards Cocktail Reception held on Friday 22 June in The Great Hall
May 2012
New Postgraduate Scholarships on Offer   View Summary
16 May 2012
New PG ScholarshipsSix new postgraduate scholarships of $30,000 per annum are being offered by the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
16th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference   View Summary
16 May 2012
16th ANFCThe 16th Australian Nitrogen Fixation Conference will be held at Q Station near Manly, Sydney on 24th-27th June, 2012, hosted by the Australian Society for Nitrogen Fixation and the SUNFix Centre for Nitrogen Fixation, University of Sydney.
Inspiring Agriculture at the Royal Easter Show   View Summary
16 May 2012
Inspiring Agriculture at the Royal Easter ShowFaculty staff attended the annual 2012 Careers in Agriculture Expo at the Royal Easter show last month. The day featured a series of short talks from the RAS Youth Group for school students that highlighted the range of careers and pathways to working in the industry.
Tequila plant could fuel vehicles and help reduce emissions    View Summary
15 May 2012
Agave researchLarge scale farms of the agave plant used to make the drink tequila could be established in Australia's arid inland as a novel and greenhouse-friendly solution to Australia's transport fuel problems, a University of Sydney academic has found.
Student Landcare plants another 1000 trees at Arthursleigh   View Summary
14 May 2012
Landcare weekend 2012The weekend was cold and frosty in Marulan, NSW, but this did not deter about 27 students and 3 staff of the Faculty to plant another 1000 trees at the University rural property Arthursleigh.
Faculty Celebrates Excellence   View Summary
8 May 2012
MacLaurin HallThe Chancellor, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO, was the special guest at the annual prize and scholarship evening on Friday 4 May 2012, in MacLaurin Hall, for the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
April 2012
The Global Food Security Challenge in the Coming Decades (Sydney Ideas Lecture, 16 May)   View Summary
24 April 2012
Professor Chris BarrettHow will the world meet the food needs of roughly 9 billion people by 2050 that will require significant productivity gains in agriculture, improvements to the livelihoods of the world's poor, substantial reductions in post-harvest losses and food waste, while dealing with land and water scarcity?
Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarships   View Summary
18 April 2012
ScholarshipsApplications for the Woolworths Agricultural Business Scholarship 2012 are now open!
5th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping    View Summary
18 April 2012
5th GLobal Workshop on Digital Soil MappingThe 5th Global Workshop on Digital Soil Mapping was held 10-13 April 2012 at the Vet Conference Centre, the University of Sydney. The workshop was a biennial program of the Digital Soil Mapping Working Group of the International Union of Soil Sciences.
Sydney Science Forum: The Chocolate Crisis   View Summary
5 April 2012
Sydney Science Forum: The Chocolate CrisisDark, delicious and decadent, the rich flavour of chocolate has inspired passions, addictions and even literature for more than three thousand years. However, a chocolate supply crisis may be looming. Hear how Professor David Guest, from the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, is helping counter a chocolate catastrophe when he gives his Sydney Science Forum talk - The Chocolate Crisis - on 18 April.
The Future is Agriculture and Environment @ Sydney    View Summary
3 April 2012
Faculty new nameAgriculture at the University of Sydney has a new name - the Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, reflecting the restructured research and courses offered by the previously named Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources.
Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize   View Summary
2 April 2012
Dr Karl and Adam SpencerFollowing on from its success over the past 6 years, the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize will again be offered in 2012 to primary and high school students.
March 2012
Current coal seam gas approach not covering risks   View Summary
28 March 2012
Professor Alan RandallAustralia would greatly benefit from a "slow down and learn approach" to managing possible risks from coal seam gas extraction given the near impossible challenge of modelling its impacts, argues Professor Alan Randall.
Katie Broughton is the recipient of one of the 2012 DAFF Science and Innovation Awards   View Summary
23 March 2012
Katie BroughtonKatie Broughton, one of our PhD students, attended the Outlook 2012 conference from 6-7 March in Canberra, where she received a Cotton Research and Development Corporation Award for the 2012 Science and Innovation Award for Young People in Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.
2012 AGRICULTURE RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM - SOIL SECURITY   View Summary
7 March 2012
Soil SecurityThis year's research symposium to be held on 17 July will be run in collaboration with the United States Studies Centre. It will focus on SOIL SECURITY.
Faculty welcomes the next generation   View Summary
7 March 2012
First year studentsThe Dean, Professor Mark Adams, welcomes the 2012 intake of students to the Faculty of Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources during O-Week, a rite of passage for the University's new students to experience our vibrant culture and familiarise themselves with our campus before officially commencing their studies.
February 2012
RD Watt Annual Lecture: Lessons from the Australian High Country   View Summary
28 February 2012
RD Watt Lecture The annual RD Watt Lecture commemorates the first lecture delivered to University of Sydney agriculture students in March 1911 by Australia's first Professor of Agriculture, Robert Dickie Watt. It is a tribute to his strong vision and leadership as the first Dean, as well as to 100 years of world-changing Agriculture at Australia's first University.
Graduate wins NSW Rural Women's Award for 2012   View Summary
26 February 2012
Ms Danica LeysAgriculture graduate (BSc Agr '01 Hons), and member of the University of Sydney Agriculture Alumni Association (USAAA), Danica Leys has received the 2012 Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC) Rural Women's Award.
Call for Nominations: 2012 Faculty Alumni Awards   View Summary
26 February 2012
2011 Alumni Recipient Danny Hunter (International)Nominations are invited for recognising the achievements of agriculture alumni
Carbon, water, food: quo vadis agriculture at Australian universities?   View Summary
16 February 2012
Professor Mark AdamsThis week's cancellation of the intake of students to the agriculture program at the University of Western Sydney has justifiably rung alarm bells.
2012 James S. Ashton Memorial Scholarship: Call for Applications   View Summary
7 February 2012
.Open to 2012 Year 4 students in the Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience and Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Application Closing Monday 19 March 2012
Supermarket price war on fruits and vegetables could affect growers   View Summary
2 February 2012
VegetablesDr Daniel Tan explains why the supermarket price war on fruits and vegetables could affect growers.
PhD Student Angela Dennett receives Endeavour Award    View Summary
1 February 2012
PhD student Angela DennettPHD Student Angela Dennett is the Faculty's most recent recipient of an Endeavour Award to further her studies in the USA.
January 2012
3 February: Second round enrolments for undergraduate students in our Faculty   View Summary
31 January 2012
EnrolmentThe Faculty welcomes new undergraduate students sharing in our passion for Agriculture and the environment, taking up a place in one of our applied degree programs.
Scientists get funny at Bright Club   View Summary
12 January 2012
Professor Alex McBratneyTurning science into stand-up comedy, three scientists in the division of Natural Sciences at the University of Sydney will take to the stage as part of Bright Club at the Sydney Festival over three nights in January.