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December 2010
Bryan Gaensler in Top 100 most influential people   View Summary
9 December 2010
Top 100Professor Bryan Gaensler, from the School of Physics, has been named in the top 100 most influential people in Sydney by the Sydney Morning Herald's the(sydney)magazine.
Professor Bryan Gaensler wins Pawsey Medal   View Summary
7 December 2010
Professor Bryan GaenslerProfessor Bryan Gaensler, from the School of Physics, has won the highly prestigious Pawsey Medal from the Australian Academy of Science.
Professor Bryan Gaensler wins Pawsey Medal   View Summary
7 December 2010
Professor Bryan GaenslerProfessor Bryan Gaensler, from the School of Physics, has won the highly prestigious Pawsey Medal for 2011 from the Australian Academy of Science.
It's life, but not as we know it   View Summary
4 December 2010
Dr Nick ColemanDr Nick Coleman, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, writes about the significance of NASA's finding of a new form of bacteria that can use arsenic in place of phosphorous for its biological processes.
November 2010
Solar energy research wins $967K   View Summary
30 November 2010
Dr Tim SchmidtA team of solar energy researchers led by Dr Tim Schmidt, from the School of Chemistry, has been awarded a $487 584 grant from the Australian Government's Australian Solar Institute. Dr Raphaël Clady, part of the solar research team, has also been awarded an Australian Solar Institute Postdoctoral Fellowship.
Fields Medalist reveals The Shape of Inner Space    View Summary
10 November 2010
The Shape of Inner SpaceProfessor Shing-Tung Yau, a Fields Medal winner from Harvard University, will present a free public talk on 'The Shape of Inner Space' on Friday 26 November at the University of Sydney.
Sydney Science Forum - Beaming with pride: Celebrating 50 years of laser innovation   View Summary
5 November 2010
Beaming with PrideWe use lasers every day, but where and how? Find out when Professor Barry Luther-Davies, from the Australian National University, Canberra, presents his Sydney Science Forum - 'Beaming with pride' on Wednesday 10 November at the University of Sydney.
Beaming with pride: Celebrating 50 years of laser innovation   View Summary
1 November 2010
Sydney Science Forum - Beaming with PrideOn Wednesday 10 November, eminent laser physicist, Professor Barry Luther-Davies, will give a public lecture about the fascinating world of lasers and the way they light our modern world.
October 2010
Sidere mens eadem mutato: Charting astronomical collaboration in China   View Summary
29 October 2010
China events thumbnailSydney Astronomers have met with colleagues in China during a week-long visit, covering four cities including Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong.
ARC funding success for Faculty of Science   View Summary
26 October 2010
ARCScoring over $16.38 million worth of Australian Research Council funding for Discovery Projects and Linkage Projects, researchers in the Faculty of Science have been successful in obtaining funding for 45 Discovery Projects and one Linkage Project to begin in 2011.
University of Sydney tops science rankings    View Summary
20 October 2010
Science rankingsThe University of Sydney has been ranked first in Australia, first in the Oceania region, and 53rd in the world in the SCImago Institutions Rankings World Report 2010, which measures international rankings of scientific output.
Sydney Science Forum: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree   View Summary
15 October 2010
Lizards in an evolutionary treeHear about the amazing adaptive abilities of lizards from visiting Harvard Professor Jonathan Losos, and see a live reptile display at his Sydney Science Forum public talk on Wednesday 20 October, 2010.
Two Young Tall Poppy Science Award winners in Faculty of Science   View Summary
15 October 2010
Young Tall PoppyDr Richard Payne, from the School of Chemistry, and Dr Joanne Whittaker, from the School of Geosciences, have won NSW Young Tall Poppy Science Awards, run by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science and sponsored by the NSW Office for Science and Medical Research.
Professor Ben Eggleton represents Australia at Science and Technology in Society forum   View Summary
13 October 2010
Ben EggletonSelected as one of the most outstanding young scientists under the age of 40 by an international panel, Professor Ben Eggleton, from the School of Physics, represented Australia at the Science and Technology in Society forum in Kyoto, Japan.
September 2010
Nemesis: The search for antimatter in the Universe   View Summary
28 September 2010
Nemesis: The search for antimatter in the UniverseOn Wednesday 6 October, University of Sydney Federation Fellow, Professor Joss Bland-Hawthorn will present an intriguing insight into the creation of antimatter in the Universe.
TODAY: Graduate Options Expo   View Summary
22 September 2010
GO ExpoThe University of Sydney is holding its Graduate Options Expo today from 3-8pm, where you can explore all your postgraduate options.
NSW Scientist of the Year announced   View Summary
16 September 2010
Professor Hugh Durrant-WhyteUniversity of Sydney's Professor Hugh Durrant-Whyte - a leading robotics innovator who has played a critical role in raising the visibility of Australian robotics internationally - has been named NSW Scientist of the Year.
New biomass processing plant to improve biofuel production   View Summary
15 September 2010
Professor Brian Haynes and Professor Thomas MaschmeyerA new pilot biomass processing plant at the University of Sydney gives researchers an opportunity to improve biofuel production, taking it a step closer to becoming a commercially viable, sustainable energy source.
Sydney scientists develop new super strong alloy   View Summary
8 September 2010
Solute nanostructures on grain boundaries of the new alloyUniversity of Sydney researchers have discovered a new super-strength light alloy and had their key findings published in the prestigious journal, Nature Communications.
Nobel Prize winner presents on cholesterol transport   View Summary
6 September 2010
Professor Johann DeisenhoferHear Professor Johann Deisenhofer, winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1988, present on cholesterol transport at a special presentation at the University of Sydney on 15 September 2010.
Sydney Science Forum: Law of the Locust   View Summary
2 September 2010
Law of the LocustHear a tale of cannibals, ageing and human obesity from Professor Steve Simpson, NSW Scientist of the Year 2009, at his Sydney Science Forum public talk on 15 September 2010.
August 2010
Enter the New Scientist Prize for Science Writing   View Summary
27 August 2010
New Scientist Prize for Science WritingWrite a feature article about a scientific issue or fascinating piece of research, or express your opinion on a current scientific issue, and you could win a share of $2 500 plus the chance to be published in New Scientist online.
Dr Deanna D'Alessandro wins L'Oreal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship    View Summary
25 August 2010
Dr Deanna D’AlessandroDr Deanna D'Alessandro, from the School of Chemistry, has won a L'Oréal Australia For Women in Science Fellowship worth $20 000 for her work on new crystals that are able to capture carbon dioxide, hydrogen and other gases.
First new chlorophyll in 60 years discovered   View Summary
20 August 2010
Min ChenDr Min Chen, from the School of Biological Sciences, has discovered the first new chlorophyll in over 60 years and published the findings in the international journal Science.
Some Like it Hot: Celebrating 20 years of Simpson Desert research   View Summary
19 August 2010
Simpson DesertAn exhibition, which celebrates an extraordinary ecological study of the Australian desert spanning two decades, has been launched at the University of Sydney.
Two Eureka Prize winners for Sydney   View Summary
18 August 2010
Eureka PrizesDr John Forge, from the Unit for History and Philosophy of Science, Faculty of Science, and Honorary Professor Bruce Sutton, from the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, have both won Australian Museum Eureka Prizes, announced on 17 August 2010.
Dr Michael Biercuk awarded $US1.6 million for quantum computing research    View Summary
18 August 2010
Michael BiercukThe US National Security Agency and Army Research Office have awarded a AU$1.78 million (US$1.6M) grant to Dr Michael Biercuk, a quantum physicist in the School of Physics at the University of Sydney.
A new generation of Sleek Geeks   View Summary
18 August 2010
Sleek GeeksThe science of sound, an amusing account of how the first x-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen, an insight into the details of feathers, and the space-time continuum are the topics of the winning films in the University of Sydney Sleek Geeks Eureka Prize.
The country can't face the technological future through copper wire   View Summary
16 August 2010
optical fibreA national broadband network will have applications far beyond just faster emails and YouTube, writes Professor Ben Eggleton and Professor David Moss, from the School of Physics.
Sydney study finds false memories are common   View Summary
9 August 2010
Dr Helen PatersonMemories can't be trusted and become contaminated when people discuss their memories of an event with others, according to a University of Sydney study.
Star Meeting - Australia-China Astronomy Roundtable   View Summary
3 August 2010
Astronomy RoundtableUniversity of Sydney astronomers joined a historic Australia-China Commonwealth Roundtable on Astronomy at the Shanghai Expo on Monday 2 August 2010.
Wed 4 Aug: Public lecture by US Nobel Laureate   View Summary
2 August 2010
Dr William PhillipsDr William D. Phillips, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, will present "Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe" on Wednesday 4 August.
Some Like It Hot   View Summary
2 August 2010
Some Like It HotCome on a journey through the extraordinary 'boom' and 'bust' cycles that characterise inland Australia with Professor Chris Dickman at the Sydney Science Forum - Some Like It Hot on Thursday 12 August 2010. This free public talk, presented by Professor Dickman from the School of Biological Sciences, will examine how life persists during good times and bad, and how Australia's central deserts support rich assemblages of animals and plants.
July 2010
ARC Centre of Excellence successes for Faculty of Science   View Summary
19 July 2010
ARC Centre of ExcellenceThe Faculty of Science has been successful in having two Australian Research Council Centres of Excellence funded from 2011 in the latest round of funding announced on 16 July 2010. The two new Centres have been funded for a total of $44.4 million from the Australian Research Council.
Sydney astrophysicist awarded top Australian fellowship   View Summary
7 July 2010
Prof Bryan GaenslerUniversity of Sydney astrophysicist, Professor Bryan Gaensler, has been awarded a prestigious Australian Laureate Fellowship by the Australian Research Council (ARC).
Professor Bryan Gaensler awarded ARC Australian Laureate Fellowship   View Summary
7 July 2010
Cape honey beeSome individuals are just born selfish, and research by Michael Holmes has shown that in Cape honey bees (Apis mellifera capensis), some workers are genetically predisposed to committing the ultimate act of selfishness - tricking other workers into raising their clonal daughter as the new queen.
Born to be selfish   View Summary
5 July 2010
Cape honey beeSome individuals are just born selfish, and research by Michael Holmes has shown that in Cape honey bees (Apis mellifera capensis), some workers are genetically predisposed to committing the ultimate act of selfishness - tricking other workers into raising their clonal daughter as the new queen.
June 2010
Michael West wins Arts vs Science writing competition   View Summary
28 June 2010
Michael WestMichael West, a current Physics Honours student completing his Bachelor of Science / Bachelor of Engineering degrees, has won SydneyTalent's Opinion Editorial Competition. Entrants were asked to write their opinion on Arts vs Science in a newspaper style opinion editorial.
Professor Geraint Lewis wins Raymond & Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at Cambridge   View Summary
23 June 2010
Geraint LewisProfessor Geraint Lewis, from the School of Physics, has been awarded the prestigious Raymond and Beverly Sackler Distinguished Visitor Fellowship at the University of Cambridge's Institute of Astronomy.
Bridget Murphy and Dr Peter Domachuk are Fresh Science 2010 winners   View Summary
15 June 2010
Fresh ScienceBridget Murphy, a PhD student in the School of Biological Sciences, and Dr Peter Domachuk, a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Physics, are Fresh Science 2010 winners. Fresh Science is a national competition that identifies new and interesting research being done by early-career scientists around the country and gives winners the chance to tell their stories to the media and other audiences.
$40 million for new Australian Institute for Nanoscience   View Summary
15 June 2010
Australian Institute for NanoscienceThe University of Sydney has secured $40 million in funding to build the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience from the federal government's Education Investment Fund, announced on 11 June 2010.
May 2010
Postgrad student has more bandwidth than most   View Summary
5 May 2010
CUDOS photoVideo conferencing and telecommunications are heading towards being instantaneous due to research being carried out by young postgraduate student, Trung Duc Vo, working in the School of Physics.
Sydney Science Forum: Energy, The Global Challenge?   View Summary
4 May 2010
Sydney Science ForumIn this free public lecture, visiting Professor David Cahen will explore the world's energy crisis and approaches to overcoming this global challenge.
April 2010
Postgraduate mid year entry options   View Summary
12 April 2010
PG mid year optionsMid year entry is available for a variety of Postgraduate coursework programs in the Faculty of Science.
Three new ARC Super Science Fellowships for Faculty of Science   View Summary
12 April 2010
ARC logoScientists in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney have been successful in gaining three of the first Super Science Fellowships from the Australian Research Council. The three Fellowships are worth $1.67 million - a considerable slice of the $27.2 million that will be spent over four years across Australia on the Super Science Fellowships.
How the sea snake got its stripes   View Summary
7 April 2010
Sea snakesWe all know that looks matter, and for snakes, a colour which works well on land has dramatically different results under water, according to a recent study by biologists from the University of Sydney. Professor Rick Shine and Dr Adele Pile from the School of Biological Sciences have discovered a sea snake's colouration can influence its susceptibility to algal fouling which can reduce swimming speed by up to 20 per cent.
US Quantum Physicist joins School of Physics   View Summary
1 April 2010
Michael BiercukDr Michael Biercuk has arrived at The University of Sydney's School of Physics via Harvard, DARPA, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Laboratories in Boulder, Colorado.
March 2010
Learning English through science   View Summary
29 March 2010
Tohoku UniversityThirteen Japanese students from Tohoku University have taken part in an innovative program to learn English through Physics and Mathematics lectures and customised tutorials at the University of Sydney in March 2010.
How Australia lost New Zealand: computer model explains abyss between the two countries   View Summary
29 March 2010
Australia and NZ mapThere are thousands of jokes exploring the cultural differences between Australia and New Zealand - but what about their geological divide? Geoscientists from the University of Sydney have created a mathematical computer model that calculates the immense forces of nature that tore New Zealand away from Australia 100 million years ago and say a similar process may be underway in South America.
Three new Fellows elected to Australian Academy of Science   View Summary
26 March 2010
Australian Academy of ScienceThree staff from the Faculty of Science were elected as Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science on 24 March 2010. Dr Marianne Frommer, from the School of Biological Sciences, Professor Jeffrey Reimers, from the School of Chemistry, and Professor Elaine Sadler, from the School of Physics, were honoured as three of Australia's leading scientists.
Celebrate Earth Hour with SpaceSoc   View Summary
22 March 2010
SpaceSocSpaceSoc will be holding an astronomy viewing night on the university lawns outside the Main Quadrangle to celebrate Earth Hour on 27 March 2010. Bring your own telescope or come and have a look through one of SpaceSoc's and enjoy the magnificent views of the night sky that Sydney has to offer.
Sydney Science Forum: Virus expert Professor Eddie Holmes on epidemics   View Summary
9 March 2010
On the Origin of EpidemicsCome to the first Sydney Science Forum for 2010, where one of the world's leading experts in virus evolution, Professor Eddie Holmes, will address the issue of global epidemics. This free talk will be held on Thursday 18 March 2010.
Professor Ben Eggleton wins Scopus Young Researcher of the Year - Physical Sciences   View Summary
4 March 2010
Ben EggletonProfessor Ben Eggleton, from the School of Physics, has won the 2010 Scopus Young Researcher of the Year Award for Physical Sciences.
Launch of the Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education   View Summary
1 March 2010
IISME launchMaking science and mathematics education engaging and innovative has never been more important in Australia. The University of Sydney launched its Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education on 26 February 2010 to transform science and mathematics education.
February 2010
Dining decisions: choosing a quality meal in a nice setting - even slime moulds do it    View Summary
25 February 2010
Physarum polycephalumWe all like a top quality meal in a nice setting, but new research by University of Sydney scientists, Dr Tanya Latty and Associate Professor Madeleine Beekman, has found that even simple slime moulds are able to make complex comparisons of food quality and risks in environment, deciding when the lure of a top quality meal overcomes a risky feeding environment.
How ecoliterate is a five year old?   View Summary
18 February 2010
Penguin drawingCan five year old children understand something as complex as ecology? Do they grasp the concept of biodiversity? With dwindling ecosystems and vanishing species a troubling feature of the last two decades, can we teach conservation and sustainability to children from their very first day in the classroom?
Cane-toad sausages fed to quolls to save lives   View Summary
16 February 2010
QuollsIn an innovative effort to save endangered quolls from extinction, University of Sydney biological scientist Stephanie O'Donnell is feeding them poisonous cane toad sausages.
Dr Tim Schmidt first Australia-based scientist to win the Coblentz Award   View Summary
9 February 2010
Dr Tim SchmidtDr Tim Schmidt, from the School of Chemistry, has won the 2010 Coblentz Award from US vibrational spectroscopy association, the Coblentz Society. Dr Schmidt is the first scientist working in Australia to win the Coblentz Award, which is presented annually to an outstanding young molecular spectroscopist under the age of 36.
January 2010
Prof Tony Weiss appointed Chair of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology for ARC College of Experts   View Summary
29 January 2010
Professor Tony WeissProfessor Tony Weiss, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences, has been appointed Chair of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology for the Australian Research Council's College of Experts.
Professor Jennie Brand-Miller wins 2009 Sir Kempson Maddox Award    View Summary
27 January 2010
Jennie Brand-MillerProfessor Jennie Brand-Miller, from the School of Molecular and Microbial Biosciences at the University of Sydney, has won the 2009 Sir Kempson Maddox Award from the NSW branch of Diabetes Australia.
Sydney scientists discover hundreds of star quakes: First results from NASA's Kepler Mission    View Summary
5 January 2010
Star quakesAstronomers at the University of Sydney are using data from NASA's Kepler Mission to learn more about the future fate of the Sun. After 300 days of intense investigation since the Kepler spacecraft launched in 2009, the scientific team behind Kepler is announcing the first results from the mission on 5 January 2010.