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Celebrating Success



29 May 2009

The Faculty of Science celebrated the success of its staff with a sparkling event called Celebrating Success on 28 May 2009. Researchers and teaching staff from the Faculty were celebrated with a cocktail reception and the launch of a new book, Sydney Science, which reveals the exciting breadth of research across the Faculty of Science.

Held in the University's beautiful MacLaurin Hall, in the Main Quadrangle, Celebrating Success brought together 250 guests including the celebrated Faculty of Science staff, science media, industry leaders, science alumni and school science teachers.

Professor David Day, Dean of the Faculty of Science, congratulated staff on their success in gaining over $20 million dollars in Australian Research Council grants and $3.66 million in National Health and Medical Research Council grants starting in 2009. He also acknowledged the many awards, medals, other large grants and fellowships awarded to staff over the past year.

"Tonight is about celebrating the excellence of staff in the Faculty of Science, as well as the wonderful students. Ten and a half thousand students do at least one science unit at the University of Sydney each year, showing the size and strength of the Faculty in attracting students," said Professor Day.

"Our Faculty has also been working hard to reverse the trend of declining enrolments in science through our outreach activities to engage students early on in the sciences - at the high school and even primary school level. You can meet many of our science communicators tonight at the stands around the hall, demonstrating research."

(l-r) Professor Jill Trewhella, Professor David Day, Dr Paul Willis, Dr Chris Stewart and Dr Tim Entwistle all presented at Celebrating Success.
(l-r) Professor Jill Trewhella, Professor David Day, Dr Paul Willis, Dr Chris Stewart and Dr Tim Entwistle all presented at Celebrating Success.

Professor Day officially launched Sydney Science, a new book highlighting the diversity of science across the Faculty and showcasing how scientists from different Schools within the Faculty bring their multidisciplinary approaches to research in areas such as cancer, materials science, genetics and environmental sustainability.

"Sydney Science really is the story of science at the University of Sydney," said Professor Day.

Sarah Masters, editor and writer for the Sydney Science project, and Chris Angwin, graphic designer and publications manager for the book, were congratulated and presented with a token of appreciation for their hard work.

Dr Paul Willis, presenter and producer on ABC TV's Catalyst, spoke as an alumnus and guest speaker, saying, "It's always a pleasure to come back to the University of Sydney."

He spoke about his time as a student and, later, staff member at the University, and thanked the many scientists in the Faculty whose work he had featured in Catalyst.

Professor David Day launches the new book Sydney Science, with Sarah Masters, editor of Sydney Science, and Chris Angwin, graphic designer of the new book.
Professor David Day launches the new book Sydney Science, with Sarah Masters, editor of Sydney Science, and Chris Angwin, graphic designer of the new book.

"Professor Rick Shine was one of my lecturers when I was a student here and now I come back to film stories about Rick's work," said Dr Willis.

Talking about scientific literacy in Australia, Dr Willis said scientists were like the nucleus of an atom, and people associated with science were like electrons in close shells to the nucleus, with the general public populating electron shells at various points away from the nucleus in terms of their level of interest in science.

"A large proportion of the Australian public want to hear about your work. So don't forget - when you do your most interesting science, give me a call!"

Dr Tim Entwistle, Executive Director of the Royal Botanic Gardens Trust, spoke about his career in science and passion for science communication.

Celebrating Success, held in the University's beautiful MacLaurin Hall, brought together 250 guests including the celebrated Faculty of Science staff, science media, industry leaders, science alumni and school science teachers.
Celebrating Success, held in the University's beautiful MacLaurin Hall, brought together 250 guests including the celebrated Faculty of Science staff, science media, industry leaders, science alumni and school science teachers.

As a young scientist, Dr Entwistle also wrote regularly for The Age newspaper - "I kept this pretend journalism side to my career."

He talked about a 'Bizarre Plants' talk he gave at David Jones to five old couples as they ate their lunch and how he moved on to more effective forms of communication such as regular radio segments.

"I've had lots of opportunities to communicate about science - some may call me a 'media slut' and 'internet pest', but I encourage all of the scientists in this room tonight to go do it now! Science really is about communication."

Professor Jill Trewhella, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Research, congratulated researchers in the Faculty on their excellent science and thanked Professor David Day for encouraging multidisciplinary research.

Having completed her PhD in Chemistry at the University of Sydney, Professor Trewhella said, "Studying here gave me the research training for an international career in science that I am passionate about. I am very thankful for that and the Faculty of Science has a special place in my heart."

Professor Dietmar Müller explains research in the School of Geosciences at Celebrating Success.
Professor Dietmar Müller explains research in the School of Geosciences at Celebrating Success.

"We truly have here international leaders in numerous fields of science."

Dr Chris Stewart, from the School of Geosciences, was MC for the night introducing each speaker with informative and amusing biographies.

The night was a huge success, with Faculty staff meeting key industry leaders, science media and science teachers, and reconnecting with alumni.

To obtain a copy of the Sydney Science book, fill out the order form at: www.science.usyd.edu.au/sydneyscience.php

Guests handled stick insects with the School of Biological Sciences staff talking about research in the 'Living with a changing environment' chapter of the Sydney Science book.
Guests handled stick insects with the School of Biological Sciences staff talking about research in the 'Living with a changing environment' chapter of the Sydney Science book.

The celebrated Faculty of Science staff are:

Associate Professor Margaret Allman-Farinelli

Professor Sally Andrews

Dr Ehsan Arabzadeh

Dr Hisham Abu-Raaya

Dr Elaine Baker

Professor Clive Baldock

Dr Stephen Bartlett

Professor Tim Bedding

Associate Professor Madeleine Beekman

Professor Max Bennett

Professor Marcela Bilek

Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn

Professor Alex Blaszczynski

Associate Professor Filip Braet

Professor Jennie Brand-Miller

Associate Professor Adam Bridgeman

Ms Sandra Britton

Dr Eleanor Bruce

Professor Phyllis Butow

Dr Julie Cairney

Professor John Canning

Professor Iain Campbell

Associate Professor Dee Carter

Professor Ian Caterson

Dr Michael Cavanagh

Dr Jennifer Chan

Dr Margaret Charles

Dr Shami Chatterjee

Dr Min Chen

Professor Richard Christopherson

Professor Geoff Clarke

Associate Professor Colin Clifford

Professor Arthur Conigrave

Dr Stuart Cordwell

Associate Professor Guy Cox

Associate Professor Scott Croom

Professor Max Crossley

Professor Merlin Crossley

Dr Liza Cubeddu

Emeritus Professor Ian Curthoys

Dr Daniel Daners

Professor David Day

Dr Chris Dey

Professor Christopher Dickman

Dr Holger Dullin

Dr Audrey Dussutour

Dr Adriana Dutkiewicz

Dr David Easdown

Professor Ben Eggleton

Dr Tom Ferenci

Dr Judith Field

Dr Neville Firth

Dr Alister Funnell

Professor Bryan Gaensler

Dr Ofer Gal

Dr Baptiste Gault

Dr David Gell

Associate Professor Georg Gottwald

Dr Tony Grant

Professor Anne Green

Professor Mitchell Guss

Ms Vanessa Gysbers

Professor Ruth Hall

Professor Trevor Hambley

Associate Professor Justin Harris

Professor Peter Harrowell

Dr David Hawes

Associate Professor Brian Hawkett

Dr Anthony Henderson

Ms Jenny Henderson

Professor Philip Hirsch

Dr Dieter Hochuli

Dr Alex Holcombe

Dr Andrew Holmes

Associate Professor Andrew Hopkins

Associate Professor Pauline Howie

Dr Toby Hudson

Dr Luke Hunter

Dr Slade Jensen

Professor Kate Jolliffe

Professor Nalini Joshi

Dr Ilona Juraskova

Professor Scott Kable

Dr Ian Kaplin

Associate Professor Michael Kassiou

Professor Cameron Kepert

Professor Madeleine King

Dr Laslzo Kiss

Dr Sabine Kleitman

Professor Philip Kuchel

Dr Boris Kuhlmey

Dr Ann Kwan

Dr Stephen Kwong

Dr Maryanne Large

Professor Maryanne Large

Professor Tony Larkum

Professor Peter Lay

Dr Stella Lee

Professor Manfred Lenzen

Professor Geraint Lewis

Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy

Dr Chris Ling

Dr Zongwen Liu

Associate Professor Joel Mackay

Professor Thomas Maschmeyer

Associate Professor Tony Masters

Associate Professor Andrew Mathas

Associate Professor Jacqui Matthews

Professor Rod McDonald

Professor Iain McGregor

Professor David McKenzie

Associate Professor Phil McManus

Dr Catherine Mills

Dr David Moss

Professor Dietmar Müller

Dr Dominic Murphy

Dr Mary Myerscough

Dr Klass Nauta

Dr Melissa Neave

Dr Jeff Neilson

Dr Tim Newsome

Dr Hannah Nicholas

Professor Ben Oldroyd

Associate Professor Kostya (Ken) Ostrikov

Dr Richard Payne

Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier

Dr Ben Phillips

Dr Simone Piccinin

Dr Adele Pile

Dr Leon Poladian

Dr Hans Pols

Dr Melanie Price

Associate Professor Bill Pritchard

Professor Leo Radom

Professor Peter Reeves

Associate Professor Lou Rendina

Dr Patrice Rey

Dr Dean Rickles

Dr Elizabeth Rieger

Professor Simon Ringer

Professor John Robinson

Professor Peter Robinson

Dr Peter Rutledge

Professor Elaine Sadler

Dr Timothy Schmidt

Dr Maria Schumacher

Dr Maria Seton

Associate Professor Frank Seebacher

Associate Professor Manju Sharma

Professor Rick Shine

Professor Steve Simpson

Professor Ron Skurray

Professor Allan Snyder

Dr Lilian Soon

Professor Catherine Stampfl

Dr Dennis Stello

Dr Greg Sword

Dr Charlotte Taylor

Dr Mat Todd

Professor Stephen Touyz

Professor Jill Trewhella

Associate Professor Peter Tuthill

Professor Tony Underwood

Dr Kevin Varvell

Professor Sergey Vladimirov

Associate Professor Michael Walker

Dr Ashley Ward

Professor Gregory Warr

Dr Charles Warren

Professor Peter Waterhouse

Dr Martin Wechselberger

Professor Anthony Weiss

Associate Professor Mike Wheatland

Dr Melanie White

Dr Fiona White

Dr Jean Yang

Dr Wai Kong Yeoh

Professor Ruibin Zhang

Dr Rongkun Zheng


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