2013 News archive

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November 2013
44 million stars and counting: astronomers play Snap and remap the sky   View Summary
29 November 2013
StarsTens of millions of stars and galaxies, among them hundreds of thousands that are unexpectedly fading or brightening, have been catalogued properly for the first time.
ARC Discovery Project success for Faculty of Science   View Summary
11 November 2013
ARCResearchers in the Faculty of Science have been successful in obtaining funding from the Australian Research Council for 32 Discovery Projects worth a total of over $14.04 million to begin in 2014.
October 2013
Great Barrier Reef memories: First deepwater fossil study reveals reef's past and future    View Summary
11 October 2013
Jody WebsterMany people look back at their time on the Great Barrier Reef by viewing holiday snaps. Scientists have taken an even longer look back at the Great Barrier Reef via another sort of image caught in time - deepwater fossils - which reveal the important role the deepwater reef plays in the health of the whole reef.
September 2013
Professor Elaine Baker appointed as UNESCO Chair   View Summary
20 September 2013
Elaine BakerProfessor Elaine Baker, from the School of Geosciences, has received the prestigious appointment of a UNESCO Chair in ocean governance from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, starting in mid-September 2013.
Professor Bryan Gaensler wins Scopus Young Researcher Award   View Summary
12 September 2013
Bryan GaenslerProfessor Bryan Gaensler, Director of CAASTRO - the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, based in the School of Physics - has won the 2013 Scopus Young Researcher Award for the Physical Sciences.
Three students win new Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarship    View Summary
9 September 2013
Dean's International Postgraduate Research ScholarshipThree international students were welcomed into the Faculty of Science with the first Dean's International Postgraduate Research Scholarships to be awarded. The three PhD students were welcomed by Professor Trevor Hambley, Dean of the Faculty of Science, and other staff on Friday 6 September.
Professor Rick Shine wins Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers   View Summary
5 September 2013
Rick ShineProfessor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences in the Faculty of Science, won the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers, presented at the Eureka Prizes awards ceremony on 4 September.
August 2013
Two awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning   View Summary
30 August 2013
OLT logoStaff in the Faculty of Science have won two Citation Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning from the federal government's Office for Learning and Teaching: Associate Professor Fiona White and Dr Caleb Owens, from the School of Psychology, and Dr Danny Liu, from the School of Biological Sciences.
Rock Tour: Geology field trip exchange with Peking University   View Summary
22 August 2013
Geology Field TripIt was a rock tour with no guitars but plenty of geology, when Professor Geoff Clarke and Professor Jonathan Aitchison took a group of University of Sydney students on a joint field trip with staff and students from Peking University in China.
Natural hazards expert Associate Prof Dale Dominey-Howes joins School of Geosciences   View Summary
16 August 2013
Dale Dominey-HowesWith a research career studying natural hazards such as tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, tropical cyclones, heatwaves, bushfires, coastal floods and storms, Associate Professor Dale Dominey-Howes is much in demand as an expert from governments, policy makers, risk assessors, corporations and media.
Professor Tony Weiss named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry   View Summary
12 August 2013
Tony WeissProfessor Tony Weiss, from the School of Molecular Bioscience, has been named as a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry in the UK, announced in August 2013.
Bok Prize for research that breathes new life into astronomical images   View Summary
9 August 2013
Ben Pope imageResearch using a new technique to analyse archival images from the Hubble Space Telescope has won a University of Sydney PhD student the prestigious 2013 Bok Prize.
Six Eureka Prize finalists for Faculty of Science   View Summary
2 August 2013
Eureka PrizesSix scientists from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Science have been named as finalists in the prestigious Eureka Prizes, announced on 2 August 2013.
July 2013
Nanoscience future: Australian Institute for Nanoscience building work launched by Senator Kim Carr   View Summary
24 July 2013
AIN BuildingSenator The Honourable Kim Carr, federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, officially broke the ground to start building work on the site for the new Australian Institute for Nanoscience at the University of Sydney on 24 July.
ARC Linkage Project success for natural sciences   View Summary
1 July 2013
ARCSix Australian Research Council Linkage Projects have been successfully funded in the Faculty of Science and Faculty of Agriculture and Environment.
Premier Barry O'Farrell opens International Science School at the University of Sydney   View Summary
1 July 2013
International Science SchoolNSW Premier Barry O'Farrell officially opened the International Science School at the University of Sydney on Monday 1 July, welcoming 140 high school students from around the world to the two-week science school.
June 2013
Making memories - practical quantum computing is one step closer    View Summary
20 June 2013
Mike BiercukQuantum computing may one day revolutionise information processing, by providing a means to solve problems so complex that no classical computer could ever hope to solve them, with applications in codebreaking, materials science, and physics. But figuring out how to engineer such a machine, including vital subsystems like quantum memory, remains elusive.
Inspiring Australia NSW Regional Science Grants Announced   View Summary
13 June 2013
Inspiring AustraliaThe 2013 Inspiring Australia NSW Regional Science Grants program has announced nine successful projects from across NSW, as part of the national strategy for engagement in the sciences.
May 2013
TEDxSydney and the University of Sydney experience   View Summary
14 May 2013
Bill Pritchard TEDxSydney thumbnail imageThe promise of the information revolution for 37 million blind people, the independence of West Papua, why food security is about more than how much food we grow, the insecurity of the digital records of our lives, and why data analysis is key to our democracy, were just some of the issues posed to more than 2200 people this Saturday at the Sydney Opera House.
Sydney Science shines in QS World University Rankings by Subject   View Summary
9 May 2013
Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by SubjectScience subjects at the University of Sydney shine in the latest Quacquarelli Symonds World University Rankings by Subject announced on 8 May 2013. The QS World University Rankings by Subject is an annual comprehensive ranking of universities across the world in 30 popular subject areas, indicating the specialist strengths of the top 200 universities internationally.
Professor Steve Simpson elected a Fellow of the Royal Society   View Summary
3 May 2013
Steve SimpsonProfessor Steve Simpson, from the School of Biological Sciences and Director of the University's Charles Perkins Centre, has been elected as a Fellow of the Royal Society, announced in London on 3 May 2013.
April 2013
Professor Nalini Joshi shares her love of maths at the Sydney Comedy Festival   View Summary
18 April 2013
Nalini JoshiBringing mathematics to a new audience in an unexpected way, Professor Nalini Joshi, from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, is taking to the stage at the Sydney Comedy Festival.
Faculty of Science is Inspiring Australia   View Summary
17 April 2013
Jackie RandlesThe University of Sydney has entered into a partnership with NSW Trade and Investment and the Commonwealth Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education to support Inspiring Australia, the Australian Government's national strategy for engagement with the sciences.
Optics innovation creates a wave of sales   View Summary
9 April 2013
Jochen SchroederAn optics innovation created by postdoctoral researcher, Dr Jochen Schroeder, from the School of Physics and CUDOS, is a technology transfer success story, creating a wave of sales for Finisar, the Australian company that has used the new technology in their latest WaveShaper product.
March 2013
Science student helps NASA investigate a stellar 'crime scene'   View Summary
28 March 2013
Cleo LoiAn undergraduate astronomy student at the University of Sydney is proud to have played her part in investigating NASA's discovery of the remains of a shattered star.
Professor Bryan Gaensler elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science   View Summary
27 March 2013
Bryan GaenslerProfessor Bryan Gaensler, from the School of Physics and Director of CAASTRO - the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, announced on 27 March 2013.
Professor Tony Weiss inducted into medical and biological engineering elite   View Summary
5 March 2013
Tony WeissThe American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has bestowed its highest honour upon University of Sydney researcher, Professor Tony Weiss, inducting him into its College of Fellows.
February 2013
Two new Cooperative Research Centres successfully funded   View Summary
19 February 2013
Cooperative Research CentresTwo new Cooperative Research Centres with nodes at the University of Sydney have been successful in gaining funding from the federal government and will start operating in July 2013.
Generous gift funds Professor Walter Stibbs Lectures    View Summary
13 February 2013
Professor Walter StibbsWith a family association to the University of Sydney spanning more than 128 years, and as a science graduate from the University herself, Margaret Stibbs knew there was no better place to make a generous donation to fund a new lecture series in memory of her eminent husband - astronomer Professor Walter Stibbs.
Listening to electrons: New method brings scaling-up quantum devices one step closer   View Summary
1 February 2013
Quantum dotsQuantum devices will revolutionise computing, offering up a whole new way of operating that will allow huge calculations to be completed that classical computers simply can't do. We're now one step closer to quantum computing becoming a reality thanks to new research led by a team of University of Sydney physicists, who have found a new way to detect changes in charges smaller than one electron.
January 2013
Two Australian Academy of Science awards for Faculty of Science   View Summary
16 January 2013
Australian Academy of ScienceThe Australian Academy of Science has recognised the research excellence of two University of Sydney scientists: Professor Peter Lay, from the School of Chemistry, won the 2013 David Craig Medal and Professor S├ębastien Perrier, also from the School of Chemistry, won the 2013 Le Fevre Memorial Prize.
Curious cosmic choreography: Small galaxies locked in a strange dance around large galaxies   View Summary
3 January 2013
Professor Geraint LewisA newly discovered form of circle dancing is perplexing astronomers; not due to its complex choreography, but because it's unclear why the dancers - dwarf galaxies - are dancing in a ring around the much larger Andromeda Galaxy.
Underwater landslides discovered off the Great Barrier Reef   View Summary
2 January 2013
Dr Jody WebsterAn extensive undersea mapping program of the Australian coast has revealed some surprises about the deep Great Barrier Reef, including a dense network of submarine canyons, the remains of numerous undersea landslide scarps where large parts of the continental slope have given way, and some areas which may be prone to future underwater landslides.