2010 News archive

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December 2010
2010 Media Report   View Summary
31 December 2010
All Australian media (print, radio, tv) coverage obtained by the School of Biological Sciences
Congratulations on finishing the year!   View Summary
17 December 2010
Congratulations on finishing the year!As you plan your studies at university next year, we can help you find the tools to make the big decisions a little bit easier.
Chris Reid shows that Argentine ants can solve Towers of Hanoi   View Summary
9 December 2010
Chris ReidAn ant colony is probably the last place you'd expect to find a maths whiz, but researchers Chris Reid and Associate Professor Madeleine Beekman have shown that the humble ant is not only capable of solving difficult mathematical problems, but is even able to do what few computer algorithms can - adapt the optimal solution to fit a changing problem.
November 2010
Students Sail Aboard the Southern Surveyor   View Summary
4 November 2010
Students Sail Aboard the Southern SurveyorTwo marine undergraduate students from the School of Biological Sciences have won a place aboard the Southern Surveyor to spend five days working with Dr Sebastian Holmes sailing from Sydney to Hobart on November 3 - 7. Read daily accounts and see images of life on board the ship and what sea creatures they trawl up from the depths.
Summer Vacation Scholarship at CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics   View Summary
3 November 2010
Summer Vacation Scholarship at CSIRO Mathematics, Informatics and StatisticsCSIRO is advertising a position for a talented Science Communication student to join the Mathematics, Informatics and Statistics Division over the Summer Holidays from Dec 2010 - Feb 2011
New breakthrough links collagen and copper poisoning   View Summary
3 November 2010
New breakthrough links collagen and copper poisoningResearch by Dr Adrienne Grant and advanced biology students has shown for the first time that too much copper can poison marine animals by damaging the collagen in their body wall.
October 2010
Professor Steve Simpson awarded Wigglesworth Award for 2012   View Summary
26 October 2010
Professor Steve Simpson awarded Wigglesworth Award for 2012Professor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences has won the Wigglesworth Award for 2012 from the Royal Entomological Society for outstanding services to the science of entomology.
Professor Jonathan Losos is Visiting Murray Lecturer for 2010   View Summary
14 October 2010
Professor Jonathan Losos is Visiting Murray Lecturer for 2010This semester, the School is privileged to welcome Jonathan Losos, Professor in the Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, as the visiting Murray Lecturer for 2010.
September 2010
Professor Chris Dickman awarded NSW Scientist of the Year for Biology   View Summary
22 September 2010
Professor Chris Dickman awarded NSW Scientist of the Year for BiologyProfessor Chris Dickman has been named NSW Scientist of the Year in the "Plant and Animal Sciences" category.
What brainless moulds may teach us   View Summary
7 September 2010
What brainless moulds may teach usWork by Tanya Latty and Madeleine Beekman featured in the Sydney Morning Herald (September 4). Their article published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B shows that slime moulds behave as irrational as humans do despite being brainless.
August 2010
Some Like it Hot: Celebrating 20 years of Simpson Desert research   View Summary
20 August 2010
Celebrating 20 years of Simpson Desert researchAn exhibition, which celebrates an extraordinary ecological study of the Australian desert spanning two decades, has been launched at the University of Sydney.
Researchers from the School of Biological Sciences discover first new chlorophyll in 60 years   View Summary
20 August 2010
Researchers from the School of Biological Sciences have discovered the first new chlorophyll in overDr Min Chen has discovered the first new chlorophyll in over 60 years inside stromatolites, rock-like structures that form in shallow water.
July 2010
Born to be selfish: Capensis workers are Queen wannabees   View Summary
7 July 2010
Born to be selfish: Capensis workers are Queen wannabeesSome 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
Developmental biologist joins School of Biological Sciences   View Summary
23 June 2010
Dr Mary Byrne joins the School of Biological SciencesOn returning to Australia after 14 years in the UK and USA, developmental biologist Dr Mary Byrne takes up the position of senior lecturer in eukaryotic molecular biology and genetics in the School of Biological Sciences.
Bridget Murphy and Dr Peter Domachuk are Fresh Science 2010 winners   View Summary
15 June 2010
Bridget Murphy and Dr Peter Domachuk are Fresh Science 2010 winnersBridget 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.
May 2010
Professor Rick Shine recognised by lifetime achievement award   View Summary
17 May 2010
Professor Rick Shine recognised by lifetime achievement awardProfessor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, was presented with a Lifetime Achievement award at the Australian Frog and Reptile Show, for decades of internationally acclaimed research in reptile evolution and ecology.
Planet Earth: Better Off Without Us?   View Summary
12 May 2010
Planet Earth: Better Off Without Us?To celebrate 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity, Professor Steve Simpson from the School of Biological Sciences will join some of Sydney's greatest minds in a dynamic dinner debate to argue the motion "Earth would be better off without us".
The School of Biological Sciences welcomes back expert in molecular evolution   View Summary
10 May 2010
The School of Biological Sciences welcomes back expert in molecular evolutionDr Simon Ho has joined the School of Biological Sciences as Senior Lecturer in Bioinformatics.
Biology student wins Fellowship in marine science    View Summary
4 May 2010
Biology student wins Fellowship in marine science Ana Bugnot, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been awarded a 2010 Doctoral Fellowship to do research at the Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS).
April 2010
Ocean acidification: the 'evil twin' of climate change   View Summary
30 April 2010
Ocean acidification: the ‘evil twin’ of climate changeThe School of Biological Sciences and NSW branch, Australian Marine Science Association present a public event on the 'evil twin of global warming' - ocean acidification.
Endangered quolls taught to turn their noses up at toxic toad   View Summary
19 April 2010
Researcher Stephanie O'Donnell releases a trained 'toad-smart' northern quoll in Mary River NPEcologists at the University have successfully trained a critically endangered marsupial - the northern quoll - to turn its nose up at toxic cane toads.
Dr Dieter Hochuli wins VC's Award    View Summary
13 April 2010
Dr Dieter Hochuli wins VC’s Award Dr Dieter Hochuli has been awarded a 2010 Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Research Higher Degree Supervision.
Dr. Ashley Ward featured on Catalyst   View Summary
12 April 2010
Dr. Ashley Ward featured on CatalystResearch led by Dr. Ashley Ward was featured on ABC's Catalyst on April 8, explaining that even fish can feel the effects of peer pressure when making decisions in group situations.
Dr Marianne Frommer FAA elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science   View Summary
8 April 2010
Dr Marianne Frommer FAA has been elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of ScienceDr Marianne Frommer FAA has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. Dr Frommer was elected into the Academy for her distinguished work in molecular genetics, including her invention of bisulphite genomic sequencing
March 2010
Research Selected for Faculty of 1000   View Summary
25 March 2010
Research Selected for Faculty of 1000Multidisciplinary research involving Dr. Anthony Brzoska, Professor Ron Skurray, Associate Professor Neville Firth and collaborators from Singapore, Japan and USA has been selected for Faculty of 1000.
Sydney Science Forum: Virus expert Professor Eddie Holmes on epidemics   View Summary
18 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.
Dining decisions: choosing a quality meal in a nice setting - even slime moulds do it   View Summary
8 March 2010
Dining decisions: choosing a quality meal in a nice setting - even slime moulds do itDr Tanya Latty and Associate Professor Madeleine Beekman, have found that even simple slime moulds are able to make complex comparisons of food quality and risks in environment
20 years of desert research showcased on ABC Radio National   View Summary
2 March 2010
20 years of desert research showcased on ABC Radio NationalProfessor Chris Dickman and Dr Glenda Wardle have been featured in a documentary on Radio National discussing their knowledge of Simpson Desert ecology.
February 2010
Native meat ants to diminish cane toad population   View Summary
18 February 2010
Native meat ants to diminish cane toad populationWith cat food as bait, scientists from The University of Sydney's School of Biological Sciences have succeeded in showing that native meat ants can assist in controlling the spread of cane toads.
Cane-toad sausages fed to quolls to save lives   View Summary
16 February 2010
Cane-toad sausages fed to quolls to save livesIn an innovative effort to save endangered quolls from extinction, University of Sydney biological scientist Stephanie O'Donnell is feeding them poisonous cane toad sausages.