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December 2011
Winners in the Australian Innovation Challenge   View Summary
13 December 2011
Winners in the Australian Innovation ChallengeUniversity of Sydney scientists have won Australian Innovation Challenge awards for their research - Professor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won the Environment award.
Star Wars-inspired bacterium provides glimpse into the evolution of life   View Summary
7 December 2011
Star Wars-inspired bacterium provides glimpse into the evolution of lifeFans of Star Wars would know of Midi-chlorians as helpful microbes that live inside cells granting the mystical power known as "The Force", but a bacterium of the same name has provided new clues into the evolution of our own cells and how they came to possess the vital energy-producing units called mitochondria.
November 2011
Professor Rick Shine wins NSW Science and Engineering Award    View Summary
24 November 2011
Professor Rick Shine wins NSW Science and Engineering AwardProfessor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won the Plant and Animal Research category of the NSW Science and Engineering Awards, announced at a ceremony at Government House on 23 November 2011.
Winner of Paris Goodsell Grant in Aid for marine ecology   View Summary
17 November 2011
Winner of Paris Goodsell Grant in Aid for marine ecologyDave McElroy is the first recipient of a Grant in Aid, created in memory of Dr Paris Goodsell, to support student research in marine ecology.
The rules of social interaction: attraction, repulsion and one close neighbour   View Summary
9 November 2011
The rules of social interaction: attraction, repulsion and one close neighbourThere are three rules that govern social interactions: attraction, repulsion and the actions of one close neighbour. Or at least that's the case for the social interactions of animals in large groups, allowing them to move in synchronised formations - some of the most remarkable sights in nature - as found by James Herbert-Read, Dr Tim Schaerf and Associate Professor Ashley Ward, from the School of Biological Sciences at the University of Sydney.
Climate change and humans caused extinction of Ice Age mammals    View Summary
3 November 2011
Climate change and humans cause extinction of Ice Age mammals In the largest study of its kind, an international team of scientists - including Dr Simon Ho - have unravelled the factors that caused the extinction of iconic Ice Age mammals such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth.
October 2011
NHMRC Grant Success for Molecular Genetics Lab   View Summary
25 October 2011
NHMRC Grant Success for Molecular Genetics LabResearch into antibiotic resistance in the superbug "Golden Staph" has been recognised in the largest round of funding for health and medical research awarded in Australian history.
Protein key to curbing overeating and preventing obesity   View Summary
18 October 2011
Protein key to curbing overeating and preventing obesityIncluding enough protein in our diets, rather than simply cutting calories, is the key to curbing appetites and preventing excessive consumption of fats and carbohydrates, a new study from the School of Biological Sciences has found.
Associate Professor Min Chen wins Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year   View Summary
13 October 2011
Associate Professor Min Chen wins Science Ministerâs Prize for Life Scientist of the YearAssociate Professor Min Chen, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won the Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year, part of the prestigious Prime Minister's Prizes for Science.
September 2011
Science Careers in the Spotlight   View Summary
28 September 2011
Science Careers in the SpotlightThis year's Ultimo Science Festival was the launching pad for a brand-new Power House Museum science communication initiative, Science Careers in the Spotlight. Presenting their "science life-story" to high school students, the program uses a panel of energetic, young scientist to inspire youngsters to pursue science and to breakdown stereotypes about who "scientists" are and what we get up to in our mysterious labs.
Professor Rick Shine wins at 2011 Eureka Prizes   View Summary
12 September 2011
Professor Rick Shine wins at 2011 Eureka PrizesProfessor Rick Shine has been named the 2011 Eureka Prize winner for Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research.
August 2011
Crossing the Southern Ocean to discover deep sea isopods   View Summary
16 August 2011
Crossing the Southern Ocean to discover deep sea isopodsDiscovering deep water isopods and examining how much plastic is in Australian waters are just some of the research topics being undertaken by Luana Lins this week, while sailing from Hobart to Freemantle on board Australia's flagship marine research vessel - the Southern Surveyor.
Professor Rick Shine shortlisted for Eureka honours   View Summary
16 August 2011
Professor Rick Shine shortlisted for Eureka honoursProfessor Rick Shine, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been named a finalist in the 2011 Eureka Prizes for effectively and consistently communicating his research to the public.
Dr Jim Haseloff is the 2011 Murray Lecturer    View Summary
8 August 2011
Dr Jim Haseloff is the 2011 Murray Lecturer This semester the School of Biological Sciences is privileged to welcome Dr Jim Haseloff and Professor Andrea Brand, from the University of Cambridge, who are visiting the University of Sydney to give public talks and engage in mentoring activities with students.
July 2011
In Memoriam   View Summary
15 July 2011
In Memoriam - Dr Paris GoodsellIt is with great sadness that we note the recent death of a member of the University of Sydney's marine ecology research community. Dr Paris Goodsell unexpectedly died last week.
Dr Charlotte Taylor wins Learning and Teaching Citation   View Summary
4 July 2011
Dr Charlotte Taylor wins Learning and Teaching CitationDr Charlotte Taylor, from the School of Biological Sciences, has been recognised for outstanding contributions to teaching and learning by being awarded an Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citation.
June 2011
The real rat race   View Summary
16 June 2011
The real rat raceSydneysiders sometimes feel swept up in the rat race, but there's a real rat race coming to Sydney Harbour bushland when University of Sydney ecologists reintroduce populations of Bogul native bush rats in July
Linkage grant success for Biology   View Summary
6 June 2011
Linkage grant success for BiologyResearch into the likely impacts of the cane toad's southern march and how to improve management of recreational fisheries in Australia is now possible thanks to funding from the Government's Linkage Project scheme.
May 2011
Associate Professor Ashley Ward wins FSBI medal   View Summary
31 May 2011
Associate Professor Ashley Ward wins FSBI medalAssociate Professor Ashley Ward, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won a medal from the Fisheries Society of the British Isles (FSBI) which recognises distinction in early career research.
Biology scoops VC and Faculty prizes   View Summary
24 May 2011
Biology scoops VC and Faculty prizesAssociate Professor Glenda Wardle, Dr Liz May, Claudio Muhlrad and Endymion Cooper have been awarded prizes for excellence in supervision, teaching and research by the Vice Chancellor and Faculty of Science.
Peter Banks is the new Associate Professor of Conservation Biology   View Summary
3 May 2011
Associate Professor Peter BanksAfter 15 years away, Peter Banks returns to the School of Biological Sciences with a large research team to take up the position of Associate Professor of Conservation Biology.
April 2011
Study provides clues for koala conservation   View Summary
13 April 2011
Study provides clues for koala conservationIn a study that hopes to boost conservation of Australia's most iconic animal, University of Sydney researchers have gained a rare insight into the habits of koalas and discovered that the vulnerable mammals are most at risk from living in small patches of bush near roads and train tracks.
March 2011
From little things big crops grow: ants and termites boost wheat yields   View Summary
30 March 2011
From little things big crops grow: ants and termites boost wheat yieldsDr Nate Lo and colleagues from CSIRO have found allowing ants and termites to flourish increased a wheat crop's yield by more than one third.
Database to predict and prevent disease from spreading a world first   View Summary
14 March 2011
Database to predict and prevent disease from spreading a world firstProfessor Edward Holmes, an internationally renowned infectious diseases expert, has won a five-year, $4 million National Health and Medical Research Council Australia Fellowship to conduct research jointly at the School of Biological Sciences and Sydney Institute for Emerging and Infectious Diseases.
Professor Rick Shine wins Walter Burfitt Prize   View Summary
14 March 2011
Professor Rick Shine has been awarded the Walter Burfitt Prize.Professor Rick Shine has been awarded the Walter Burfitt Prize, for scientific research of the "highest merit", by the Royal Society of NSW.
AINSE Winter School at ANSTO   View Summary
8 March 2011
AINSE Winter School at ANSTOAINSE is offering an all expenses paid scholarship to each of its member universities to enable a nominated student to attend AINSE's Winter School on Applications of Nuclear Techniques.
February 2011
The real social network: larger social groups make faster and more accurate decisions   View Summary
15 February 2011
Associate Professor Ashley Ward and his PhD student James Herbert-Read, from the School of BiologicaSocial networking is not just fun. New research led by Associate Professor Ashley Ward, School of Biological Sciences, shows for the first time that larger social groups make faster and more accurate decisions.
Trail and error: Leader-less ants make super efficient networks by first creating, then destroying   View Summary
15 February 2011
Ants are able to connect multiple sites in the shortest possible way, and in doing so, create efficiHow do ants form efficient transport networks that connect multiple sites, without the help of a leader? According to a new study by Dr Tanya Latty, the answer lies in trial and error: ants make as many trails as possible, then prune them back to the most efficient configuration.
It's too hot mum: baby abalone and sea urchins can't grow shells in warming ocean   View Summary
15 February 2011
Work by Professor Maria Byrne has shown that Sydney abalone and sea urchins reared in ocean conditioResearch by Professor Maria Byrne, published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B, has shown that abalone and sea urchins will be deformed - without shells or spines - if they are born in ocean conditions projected less that 100 years from now
January 2011
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 7 baby chameleons!   View Summary
7 January 2011
On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, 7 baby chameleons!It's the gift that keeps on giving - this festive season has seen the birth of baby veiled chameleons every day in the School of Biological Sciences, with an incredible seven babies born on Christmas day and many more on their way.