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December 2009
Science Revue music video clip gains international exposure   View Summary
18 December 2009
Science RevueFaculty of Science students have created a hilarious music video clip, originally shown at the 2009 Science Revue 'Jurassic Quark', which is now gaining international exposure on YouTube and has been distributed by CSIRO communications to CSIRO staff.
Steve Simpson in Top 100 most influential people   View Summary
10 December 2009
Steve SimpsonProfessor Steve Simpson, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been named in the top 100 most influential people in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald's the(sydney)magazine.
Science student wins General Sir John Monash Award    View Summary
3 December 2009
Jonathan KummerfeldJonathan Kummerfeld, who completed his Bachelor of Science (Advanced) with first class honours and the University Medal in November 2009, has won the General Sir John Monash Award.
World-first Report Card calculates climate change   View Summary
2 December 2009
Coral fishDr William Figueira, from the School of Biological Sciences, has helped to produce the first Australian benchmark of climate-change impacts on marine ecosystems.
Associate Professor Sebastien Perrier wins Royal Australian Chemical Institute medal   View Summary
2 December 2009
Sebastien PerrierAssociate Professor Sebastien Perrier, from the School of Chemistry, has won the 2009 Rennie Memorial Medal from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
Professor Jeffrey Reimers wins Royal Australian Chemical Institute award   View Summary
2 December 2009
Jeff ReimersProfessor Jeffrey Reimers, from the School of Chemistry, has won the 2009 H G Smith Memorial Award from the Royal Australian Chemical Institute.
November 2009
Prof Ben Eggleton elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering   View Summary
16 November 2009
Professor Ben EggletonProfessor Ben Eggleton, Research Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) in the School of Physics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE).
Science student wins Rhodes scholarship   View Summary
13 November 2009
David LlewellynThe winner of the 2010 NSW Rhodes Scholarship is David Llewellyn, a University of Sydney Science Honours student with a determination to develop a vaccine for malaria.
October 2009
Two Young Tall Poppy Science Award winners in Faculty of Science   View Summary
30 October 2009
Young Tall PoppiesAssociate Professor Sebastien Perrier and Dr Timothy Schmidt, both from the School of Chemistry, have been awarded NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards from the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.
ARC funding success for Faculty of Science   View Summary
28 October 2009
Australian Research CouncilResearchers from the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney have secured $17.29 million in funding for Discovery Projects and $1.045 million in funding for Linkage Projects from the Australian Research Council, for research to begin in 2010.
Public talk: Evidence for Murder - How physics convicted a killer   View Summary
16 October 2009
Evidence for Murder: How physics convicted a killerHear Associate Professor Rod Cross, from the School of Physics, talk about his forensic physics work which provided crucial evidence for the murder conviction of Gordon Wood, at his public talk 'Evidence for Murder: How physics convicted a killer' on 19 November 2009.
Public talk: Evidence for Murder - How physics convicted a killer   View Summary
16 October 2009
Evidence for Murder: How physics convicted a killerHear Associate Professor Rod Cross, from the School of Physics, talk about his forensic physics work which provided crucial evidence for the murder conviction of Gordon Wood, at his public talk 'Evidence for Murder: How physics convicted a killer' on 19 November 2009.
Frohlich condensates and the chemistry of consciousness   View Summary
9 October 2009
Frolich condensatesResearch conducted by a first year Bachelor of Science (Advanced) student at the University of Sydney, Laura McKemmish, and her University of Sydney Talented Student Program project supervisors, Professor Jeffrey Reimers and Professor Noel Hush, along with colleagues at the University of Queensland, provides a definitive analysis of a forty year old biochemical hypothesis, by showing the conditions that Fröhlich condensates will form under.
Frohlich condensates and the chemistry of consciousness   View Summary
9 October 2009
Frolich condensatesResearch conducted by a first year Bachelor of Science (Advanced) student at the University of Sydney, Laura McKemmish, and her University of Sydney Talented Student Program project supervisors, Professor Jeffrey Reimers and Professor Noel Hush, along with colleagues at the University of Queensland, provides a definitive analysis of a forty year old biochemical hypothesis, by showing the conditions that Fröhlich condensates will form under.
Book launch: A Natural Calling by Professor Tony Larkum   View Summary
1 October 2009
A Natural Calling: Life, Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin FoxCome to the launch of the fascinating new book 'A Natural Calling: Life, Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin Fox', by Professor Tony Larkum from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. The launch will be held on Friday 9 October 2009 in the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney from 4.30pm until 7.00pm.
Book launch: A Natural Calling by Professor Tony Larkum   View Summary
1 October 2009
A Natural Calling: Life, Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin FoxCome to the launch of the fascinating new book 'A Natural Calling: Life, Letters and Diaries of Charles Darwin and William Darwin Fox', by Professor Tony Larkum from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney. The launch will be held on Friday 9 October 2009 in the Macleay Museum at the University of Sydney from 4.30pm until 7.00pm.
September 2009
UniServe Science Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions   View Summary
29 September 2009
Science studentsFinding ways to engage science undergraduate students in their studies is an area which concerns science staff in universities across Australia. UniServe Science, at the University of Sydney, has dedicated their annual conference in 2009 to the theme 'Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions'.
UniServe Science Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions   View Summary
29 September 2009
Science studentsFinding ways to engage science undergraduate students in their studies is an area which concerns science staff in universities across Australia. UniServe Science, at the University of Sydney, has dedicated their annual conference in 2009 to the theme 'Motivating Science Undergraduates: Ideas and Interventions'.
Australian Academy of Science President to present lecture on climate change   View Summary
23 September 2009
Professor Kurt LambeckProfessor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Science, will present a public lecture at the University of Sydney titled, 'Climate Change through the lens of the geological record: the example of sea level'
Australian Academy of Science President to present lecture on climate change   View Summary
23 September 2009
Professor Kurt LambeckProfessor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Science, will present a public lecture at the University of Sydney titled, 'Climate Change through the lens of the geological record: the example of sea level'
Professor Steve Simpson named NSW Scientist of the Year 2009   View Summary
11 September 2009
Professor Steve SimpsonProfessor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences has been named as the NSW Scientist of the Year 2009 for his cutting-edge work on nutrition and its implications for ecology, evolution, agriculture and human health.
Professor Steve Simpson named NSW Scientist of the Year 2009   View Summary
11 September 2009
Professor Steve SimpsonProfessor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences has been named as the NSW Scientist of the Year 2009 for his cutting-edge work on nutrition and its implications for ecology, evolution, agriculture and human health.
2009 Science Revue: Jurassic Quark   View Summary
10 September 2009
Jurassic Quark65 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Then they all died... 65 million years later, humans rule the Earth. Coincidence? Find out at the 2009 Science Revue: Jurassic Quark.
2009 Science Revue: Jurassic Quark   View Summary
10 September 2009
Jurassic Quark65 million years ago, dinosaurs ruled the Earth. Then they all died... 65 million years later, humans rule the Earth. Coincidence? Find out at the 2009 Science Revue: Jurassic Quark.
Seven new Future Fellowships for Faculty of Science staff   View Summary
9 September 2009
Australian Research CouncilSeven Faculty of Science staff have been awarded prestigious Future Fellowships from the Australian Research Council (ARC), announced on 9 September 2009.
Seven new Future Fellowships for Faculty of Science staff   View Summary
9 September 2009
Australian Research CouncilSeven Faculty of Science staff have been awarded prestigious Future Fellowships from the Australian Research Council (ARC), announced on 9 September 2009.
Caught in the act: Andromeda Galaxy and neighbouring Triangulum Galaxy hook up   View Summary
3 September 2009
Andromeda GalaxyCaught on film for the first time ever, paparazzi to the stars - astronomers - have captured images of our nearest large galaxy, Andromeda, hooking up with its neighbour, the Triangulum Galaxy. Just like any good star gossip, the liaison was suspected previously, but these images are the first to reveal the connection between the two.
Caught in the act: Andromeda Galaxy and neighbouring Triangulum Galaxy hook up   View Summary
3 September 2009
Andromeda GalaxyCaught on film for the first time ever, paparazzi to the stars - astronomers - have captured images of our nearest large galaxy, Andromeda, hooking up with its neighbour, the Triangulum Galaxy. Just like any good star gossip, the liaison was suspected previously, but these images are the first to reveal the connection between the two.
August 2009
Chinese delegates visit Faculty of Science to learn about GI   View Summary
26 August 2009
Chinese delegates visit USYDA delegation of Chinese doctors visited the Faculty of Science to learn about advances in diabetes treatment, and hear from GI specialist, Professor Jennie Brand-Miller.
New neutron star discovered in The Frying Pan   View Summary
26 August 2009
Frying panDr Stephen Ng, a postdoctoral fellow in the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney, and his team have discovered an extremely rare neutron star in the Frying Pan. The star is bursting out of a supernova remnant, leaving behind it a long trail or 'handle'.
New neutron star discovered in The Frying Pan   View Summary
26 August 2009
Frying panDr Stephen Ng, a postdoctoral fellow in the Sydney Institute for Astronomy at the University of Sydney, and his team have discovered an extremely rare neutron star in the Frying Pan. The star is bursting out of a supernova remnant, leaving behind it a long trail or 'handle'.
Chinese delegates visit Faculty of Science to learn about GI   View Summary
26 August 2009
Chinese delegates visit USYDA delegation of Chinese doctors visited the Faculty of Science to learn about advances in diabetes treatment, and hear from GI specialist, Professor Jennie Brand-Miller.
Dr Kathy Belov wins prestigious Eureka People's Choice Award   View Summary
19 August 2009
Kathy Belov - Eureka People's Choice Award winnerUniversity of Sydney geneticist Dr Kathy Belov has been voted Australia's favourite scientist in the Australian Museum Eureka People's Choice Award for her work on identifying the link between the genetic make-up of tasmanian devils and contagious facial tumours threatening the species' survival.
2009 Sleek Geek film comp winners announced   View Summary
19 August 2009
Sleek Geeks Dr Karl and Adam SpencerThe winners of the 2009 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize were announced last night at the 20th Anniversary Australian Museum Eureka Prize dinner.
Dr Kathy Belov wins prestigious Eureka People's Choice Award   View Summary
19 August 2009
Kathy Belov - Eureka People's Choice Award winnerUniversity of Sydney geneticist Dr Kathy Belov has been voted Australia's favourite scientist in the Australian Museum Eureka People's Choice Award for her work on identifying the link between the genetic make-up of tasmanian devils and contagious facial tumours threatening the species' survival.
2009 Sleek Geek film comp winners announced   View Summary
19 August 2009
Sleek Geeks Dr Karl and Adam SpencerThe winners of the 2009 University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize were announced last night at the 20th Anniversary Australian Museum Eureka Prize dinner.
Faculty of Science staff win prestigious Green Globe Award   View Summary
3 August 2009
Green Globe AwardsThe development of a new assessment tool for organisations to calculate their ecological footprint has seen the University of Sydney take out the public sector sustainability category of the state's leading environmental awards.
Faculty of Science staff win prestigious Green Globe Award   View Summary
3 August 2009
Green Globe AwardsThe development of a new assessment tool for organisations to calculate their ecological footprint has seen the University of Sydney take out the public sector sustainability category of the state's leading environmental awards.
July 2009
Graveyards revealing secrets about climate change and pollution   View Summary
23 July 2009
HeadstoneA walk through a cemetery is an evocative journey telling tales of human life come and gone, but to weathering erosion specialist Associate Professor Deirdre Dragovich, graveyards can also tell a story about climate change and pollution.
Graveyards revealing secrets about climate change and pollution   View Summary
23 July 2009
HeadstoneA walk through a cemetery is an evocative journey telling tales of human life come and gone, but to weathering erosion specialist Associate Professor Deirdre Dragovich, graveyards can also tell a story about climate change and pollution.
Small Step, Giant Leap: Celebrating Apollo at 40   View Summary
15 July 2009
ApolloIt's been 40 years since the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took that "one small step" to become the first human to set foot on another world. An exhibition at the University of Sydney, Small Step, Giant Leap: Celebrating Apollo at 40, commemorates this significant anniversary.
Small Step, Giant Leap: Celebrating Apollo at 40   View Summary
15 July 2009
ApolloIt's been 40 years since the Apollo 11 mission landed on the moon and Neil Armstrong took that "one small step" to become the first human to set foot on another world. An exhibition at the University of Sydney, Small Step, Giant Leap: Celebrating Apollo at 40, commemorates this significant anniversary.
The 2nd Sino-Australian Symposium: active compounds, molecular imaging and clinical trials   View Summary
7 July 2009
The 2nd Sino-Australian Symposium: active compounds, molecular imaging and clinical trialsThe Sydney Medical School in conjunction with the University of Sydney Faculties of Science, Pharmacy and Nursing and Midwifery and in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine are holding a three-day research symposium from 12-14 August, 2009.
The 2nd Sino-Australian Symposium: active compounds, molecular imaging and clinical trials   View Summary
7 July 2009
The 2nd Sino-Australian Symposium: active compounds, molecular imaging and clinical trialsThe Sydney Medical School in conjunction with the University of Sydney Faculties of Science, Pharmacy and Nursing and Midwifery and in partnership with Shanghai Jiao Tong University School of Medicine are holding a three-day research symposium from 12-14 August, 2009.
June 2009
Top dogs: dingoes increase biodiversity of native mammals   View Summary
17 June 2009
DingoResearch by University of Sydney scientist, Dr Mike Letnic, has shown that Australia's top predator, the dingo, plays an important role in maintaining the balance of nature and that reintroducing or maintaining existing dingo populations could increase biodiversity across more than 2 million square kilometres of Australia.
Top dogs: dingoes increase biodiversity of native mammals   View Summary
17 June 2009
DingoResearch by University of Sydney scientist, Dr Mike Letnic, has shown that Australia's top predator, the dingo, plays an important role in maintaining the balance of nature and that reintroducing or maintaining existing dingo populations could increase biodiversity across more than 2 million square kilometres of Australia.
Good nutrition essential for elderly living at home   View Summary
9 June 2009
Apples and pearFederal Minister for Ageing, The Hon. Justine Elliot, will open a one-day conference, 'Ageing at Home: Nutrition and Other Aspects' on 10 June 2009, where experts will discuss present problems and possible future solutions at the University of Sydney.
Good nutrition essential for elderly living at home   View Summary
9 June 2009
Apples and pearFederal Minister for Ageing, The Hon. Justine Elliot, will open a one-day conference, 'Ageing at Home: Nutrition and Other Aspects' on 10 June 2009, where experts will discuss present problems and possible future solutions at the University of Sydney.
Sydney Science book launched   View Summary
2 June 2009
Sydney ScienceThe Faculty of Science has launched Sydney Science, a new book which reveals the exciting breadth of research across the Faculty.
Sydney Science book launched   View Summary
2 June 2009
Sydney ScienceThe Faculty of Science has launched Sydney Science, a new book which reveals the exciting breadth of research across the Faculty.
May 2009
Celebrating Success   View Summary
29 May 2009
Celebrating SuccessThe 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.
Celebrating Success   View Summary
29 May 2009
Celebrating SuccessThe 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.
Federal budget winners: marine science, space science and astronomy   View Summary
13 May 2009
Budget logoThe federal budget announcement made on 12 May 2009, includes $19.5 million for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and $160.5 million for space and astronomy research and infrastructure.
Federal budget winners: marine science, space science and astronomy   View Summary
13 May 2009
Budget logoThe federal budget announcement made on 12 May 2009, includes $19.5 million for the Sydney Institute of Marine Science, and $160.5 million for space and astronomy research and infrastructure.
Professor Norm Dancer wins Hannan Medal   View Summary
12 May 2009
Professor Norm DancerProfessor Norm Dancer, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2009 Hannan Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in mathematics.
Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy wins David Craig Medal   View Summary
12 May 2009
Professor Len LindoyEmeritus Professor Len Lindoy, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2009 David Craig Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in chemistry research.
Professor Norm Dancer wins Hannan Medal   View Summary
12 May 2009
Professor Norm DancerProfessor Norm Dancer, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2009 Hannan Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in mathematics.
Emeritus Professor Len Lindoy wins David Craig Medal   View Summary
12 May 2009
Professor Len LindoyEmeritus Professor Len Lindoy, from the School of Chemistry at the University of Sydney, has been awarded the 2009 David Craig Medal from the Australian Academy of Science. The prestigious medal is a career research award for excellence in chemistry research.
Young scientist goes to climate change conference   View Summary
11 May 2009
Greenhouse 2009Michael West, a fifth year combined Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Bachelor of Engineering student, was sponsored to attend the Greenhouse 2009: Climate Change and Resources conference in Perth in March.
Young scientist goes to climate change conference   View Summary
11 May 2009
Greenhouse 2009Michael West, a fifth year combined Bachelor of Science (Advanced) and Bachelor of Engineering student, was sponsored to attend the Greenhouse 2009: Climate Change and Resources conference in Perth in March.
Music and the Cosmos   View Summary
7 May 2009
Music and the CosmosMusic and the Cosmos was a magic night where science and music met at an event to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. The Sydney Science Forum and Sydney Conservatorium of Music presented the special event, featuring leading astronomers from the University of Sydney's School of Physics and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Brass Ensemble.
Music and the Cosmos   View Summary
7 May 2009
Music and the CosmosMusic and the Cosmos was a magic night where science and music met at an event to celebrate the International Year of Astronomy. The Sydney Science Forum and Sydney Conservatorium of Music presented the special event, featuring leading astronomers from the University of Sydney's School of Physics and the Sydney Conservatorium of Music Brass Ensemble.
April 2009
The Universe from Beginning to End   View Summary
24 April 2009
Professor Brian SchmidtAstronomers believe our Universe began in a Big Bang, and is expanding around us. Professor Brian Schmidt, from the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory, will describe the life of the Universe that we live in and how astronomers have used observations to trace our Universe's history back more than 13 billion years at the free Pollock Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on 30 April 2009.
The Universe from Beginning to End   View Summary
24 April 2009
Professor Brian SchmidtAstronomers believe our Universe began in a Big Bang, and is expanding around us. Professor Brian Schmidt, from the Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory, will describe the life of the Universe that we live in and how astronomers have used observations to trace our Universe's history back more than 13 billion years at the free Pollock Memorial Lecture at the University of Sydney on 30 April 2009.
The Photonic Universe - faster, further, smarter   View Summary
23 April 2009
IPOS logoThe Institute of Photonics and Optical Science was launched on 23 April 2009, drawing together expertise across the Schools of Physics, Electrical and Information Engineering, Mathematics and Chemistry, and the Electron Microscope Unit.
Yes, We Can: Catalysing Hope for a Sustainable Future   View Summary
9 April 2009
SustainabilityAs the environmental state of the planet becomes more and more uncertain, the need for sustainable solutions is essential. Hear international experts tackle the sustainability problem from a scientific, industrial and policy perspective at a free public event on Tuesday 14 April 2009 at the University of Sydney.
Yes, We Can: Catalysing Hope for a Sustainable Future   View Summary
9 April 2009
SustainabilityAs the environmental state of the planet becomes more and more uncertain, the need for sustainable solutions is essential. Hear international experts tackle the sustainability problem from a scientific, industrial and policy perspective at a free public event on Tuesday 14 April 2009 at the University of Sydney.
Learning English through science   View Summary
1 April 2009
Tohoku University studentsTen Japanese students from Tohoku University have taken part in an innovative new program to learn English through Physics and Mathematics lectures at the University of Sydney.
Around the World in 80 Telescopes   View Summary
1 April 2009
Molonglo Observatory Synthesis TelescopeThe University of Sydney's Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope is one of the telescopes featured in the Around the World in 80 Telescopes event, as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy.
Learning English through science   View Summary
1 April 2009
Tohoku University studentsTen Japanese students from Tohoku University have taken part in an innovative new program to learn English through Physics and Mathematics lectures at the University of Sydney.
Around the World in 80 Telescopes   View Summary
1 April 2009
Molonglo Observatory Synthesis TelescopeThe University of Sydney's Molonglo Observatory Synthesis Telescope is one of the telescopes featured in the Around the World in 80 Telescopes event, as part of the 100 Hours of Astronomy.
March 2009
Out of sight - the science of invisibility    View Summary
30 March 2009
InvisibilityInternationally renowned physicist, Professor Sir John Pendry, from Imperial College, London, will talk about the science of invisibility at the Sydney Science Forum on Wednesday 8 April 2009.
WHAM comes down south   View Summary
30 March 2009
WHAMNo, George Michael is not planning a reunion tour in the southern hemisphere of 1980s iconic band WHAM! Instead, a telescope called WHAM - the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper - has just been moved to Chile from the USA, with the help of University of Sydney physicist, Dr Greg Madsen.
Out of sight - the science of invisibility    View Summary
30 March 2009
InvisibilityInternationally renowned physicist, Professor Sir John Pendry, from Imperial College, London, will talk about the science of invisibility at the Sydney Science Forum on Wednesday 8 April 2009.
WHAM comes down south   View Summary
30 March 2009
WHAMNo, George Michael is not planning a reunion tour in the southern hemisphere of 1980s iconic band WHAM! Instead, a telescope called WHAM - the Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper - has just been moved to Chile from the USA, with the help of University of Sydney physicist, Dr Greg Madsen.
Australia's most endangered snake might need burning    View Summary
25 March 2009
Broad-headed snakeConserving Australia's most endangered snake - the broad-headed snake - might mean lighting more bushfires, University of Sydney ecologists have proposed.
Communications breakthrough given a green light   View Summary
25 March 2009
Green lightA seemingly impossible sparkle of green light from a silicon chip has opened up a whole new field of possibilities for communications devices, including exponentially shrinking the hardware needed to guarantee high quality internet connection.
Australia's most endangered snake might need burning    View Summary
25 March 2009
Broad-headed snakeConserving Australia's most endangered snake - the broad-headed snake - might mean lighting more bushfires, University of Sydney ecologists have proposed.
Communications breakthrough given a green light   View Summary
25 March 2009
Green lightA seemingly impossible sparkle of green light from a silicon chip has opened up a whole new field of possibilities for communications devices, including exponentially shrinking the hardware needed to guarantee high quality internet connection.
Professor Scott Kable wins Fulbright Senior Scholarship   View Summary
19 March 2009
Professor Scott KableProfessor Scott Kable, from the School of Chemistry, has won a 2009 Fulbright Senior Scholarship to visit the University of Wisconsin, USA, for six months.
Professor Scott Kable wins Fulbright Senior Scholarship   View Summary
19 March 2009
Professor Scott KableProfessor Scott Kable, from the School of Chemistry, has won a 2009 Fulbright Senior Scholarship to visit the University of Wisconsin, USA, for six months.
Six super students select science at Sydney University   View Summary
18 March 2009
UAI 100 students.Six outstanding students who scored a UAI of 100 in their Higher School Certificate have enrolled in science degrees at the University of Sydney, with five starting in March 2009 and one to start in March 2010.
Six super students select science at Sydney University   View Summary
18 March 2009
UAI 100 students.Six outstanding students who scored a UAI of 100 in their Higher School Certificate have enrolled in science degrees at the University of Sydney, with five starting in March 2009 and one to start in March 2010.
Investing in plant research for Australia's future   View Summary
16 March 2009
Plant Energy BiologyThe ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, with nodes at the University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and Australian National University, has been awarded a $9.8 million renewal of funding by the Australian Research Council.
Investing in plant research for Australia's future   View Summary
16 March 2009
Plant Energy BiologyThe ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, with nodes at the University of Sydney, University of Western Australia and Australian National University, has been awarded a $9.8 million renewal of funding by the Australian Research Council.
Measuring the age of stars much older than the sun   View Summary
12 March 2009
Kepler spacecraftScientists from the School of Physics are leading research to measure the ages of stars that are much older than our sun, using data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, which launched on 6 March 2009.
Measuring the age of stars much older than the sun   View Summary
12 March 2009
Kepler spacecraftScientists from the School of Physics are leading research to measure the ages of stars that are much older than our sun, using data from NASA's Kepler spacecraft, which launched on 6 March 2009.
Science is golden ... and free!   View Summary
9 March 2009
Dr Karl in AntarcticaDr Karl Kruszelnicki, Australia's favourite 'science guy' and Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney, will present Science is Golden on Wednesday 11 March 2009, as part of the Sydney Science Forum series.
Science is golden ... and free!   View Summary
9 March 2009
Dr Karl in AntarcticaDr Karl Kruszelnicki, Australia's favourite 'science guy' and Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney, will present Science is Golden on Wednesday 11 March 2009, as part of the Sydney Science Forum series.
February 2009
A disturbing set of numbers   View Summary
18 February 2009
Dr Nalini JoshiDoing maths with a pencil and paper is what's needed, not shiny new laptops, writes mathematics professor Nalini Joshi in The Australian.
A disturbing set of numbers   View Summary
18 February 2009
Dr Nalini JoshiDoing maths with a pencil and paper is what's needed, not shiny new laptops, writes mathematics professor Nalini Joshi in The Australian.
Traffic control for a new era of high speed internet   View Summary
15 February 2009
Ben EggletonProfessor Ben Eggleton and his team in the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwith Devices for Optical Systems, School of Physics, have developed a photonic integrated circuit that can not only increase internet networks speeds making them 60 times faster, but can act as traffic monitors to keep the speed high and error-free.
Traffic control for a new era of high speed internet   View Summary
15 February 2009
Ben EggletonProfessor Ben Eggleton and his team in the Centre for Ultrahigh bandwith Devices for Optical Systems, School of Physics, have developed a photonic integrated circuit that can not only increase internet networks speeds making them 60 times faster, but can act as traffic monitors to keep the speed high and error-free.
Best Psychology PhD award    View Summary
9 February 2009
Australian Psychological SocietyDr Nadine Kasparian has won the Australian Psychological Society's 2008 Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology Award for her PhD research in the School of Psychology.
Best Psychology PhD award    View Summary
9 February 2009
Australian Psychological SocietyDr Nadine Kasparian has won the Australian Psychological Society's 2008 Excellent PhD Thesis in Psychology Award for her PhD research in the School of Psychology.
Make science entertaining and win a share of $15 000!   View Summary
4 February 2009
Dr Karl and Adam SpencerEnter the University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer, who entertain audiences around Australia with their Sleek Geeks show, invite young Australians to make a short film about any scientific topic.
Make science entertaining and win a share of $15 000!   View Summary
4 February 2009
Dr Karl and Adam SpencerEnter the University of Sydney's Sleek Geeks Science Eureka Prize: Dr Karl Kruszelnicki and Adam Spencer, who entertain audiences around Australia with their Sleek Geeks show, invite young Australians to make a short film about any scientific topic.
January 2009
Bugs on drugs - chemical cause of locust swarms identified   View Summary
30 January 2009
Locust on Science coverProfessor Steve Simpson, from the School of Biological Sciences, with scientists at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, have found the neurochemical cause of locust swarms. Their research is the cover story in the prestigious journal Science.
Bugs on drugs - chemical cause of locust swarms identified   View Summary
30 January 2009
Locust on Science coverProfessor Steve Simpson, from the School of Biological Sciences, with scientists at Oxford and Cambridge Universities, have found the neurochemical cause of locust swarms. Their research is the cover story in the prestigious journal Science.
Five new Professors in science   View Summary
20 January 2009
Sandstone stepsFive Associate Professors in the Faculty of Science have been promoted to Professors: Professor Arthur Conigrave, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences; Professor Kate Jolliffe, from the School of Chemistry; Professor Brendan Kennedy, from the School of Chemistry; Professor Geraint Lewis, from the School of Physics; and Professor Dietmar Muller, from the School of Geosciences.
Five new Professors in science   View Summary
20 January 2009
Sandstone stepsFive Associate Professors in the Faculty of Science have been promoted to Professors: Professor Arthur Conigrave, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences; Professor Kate Jolliffe, from the School of Chemistry; Professor Brendan Kennedy, from the School of Chemistry; Professor Geraint Lewis, from the School of Physics; and Professor Dietmar Muller, from the School of Geosciences.
Astronomy innovation is a world first   View Summary
16 January 2009
Joss Bland-HawthornProfessor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Federation Fellow in the School of Physics, with colleagues at the Anglo-Australian Observatory and Redfern Optical Components, are transforming astronomy with their innovative new light filter system for telescopes.
Astronomy innovation is a world first   View Summary
16 January 2009
Joss Bland-HawthornProfessor Joss Bland-Hawthorn, Federation Fellow in the School of Physics, with colleagues at the Anglo-Australian Observatory and Redfern Optical Components, are transforming astronomy with their innovative new light filter system for telescopes.
International Year of Astronomy Essay Competition    View Summary
15 January 2009
IYA Essay CompetitionShintaro Tsuruta, a current Bachelor of Science student, has received a Commendable Effort certificate in the Space Generation Advisory Council's International Year of Astronomy Essay Competition.
International Year of Astronomy Essay Competition    View Summary
15 January 2009
IYA Essay CompetitionShintaro Tsuruta, a current Bachelor of Science student, has received a Commendable Effort certificate in the Space Generation Advisory Council's International Year of Astronomy Essay Competition.