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December 2011
One step closer in the search for the Higgs boson   View Summary
16 December 2011
University of Sydney scientists working at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland have made an important step towards the discovery of the Higgs boson - a theoretical particle that physicists predict will explain why matter has mass.
Sharia operates within the legal system, new research shows   View Summary
15 December 2011
The NSW Muslim community believes Islamic law is already accommodated in Australian society without legislative change and is not seeking to establish it as a separate legal system, according to the University of Sydney's Dr Ghena Krayem.
Grant funding will lead to a healthier Australia   View Summary
15 December 2011
More effective cancer treatments, heart disease research and evidence-based health care are the focus of some of the major successful programs announced today by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... in October   View Summary
15 December 2011
In recent times the festive tradition of giving thanks seems to have been overshadowed by giving gifts, and the more the better. Professor Charles Areni discusses how retailers start getting people in the Christmas spirit as early as possible.
University of Sydney achievement and ambition inspires donors to a record 2011   View Summary
15 December 2011
While the A$20.6-million sale of a rare Picasso given to the University of Sydney dominated the headlines in June, this was just the tip of the iceberg in a record year for philanthropic giving.
Yuletides of yesteryear: a history of Christmas   View Summary
14 December 2011
Associate Professor Carole Cusack from the Department of Religious Studies gives an insight into Christmas traditions including the connection to mid-winter.
Universities join forces to widen higher education participation   View Summary
14 December 2011
Five Sydney-based universities will work together to increase the numbers of students from low socio-economic backgrounds, with the announcement of $21.2 million in Federal Government funding over four years.
Primary health care starts at the hospital door   View Summary
13 December 2011
A unique self-directed learning resource to assist nurses working in rural health acute care settings was launched on Monday 12 December.
Adult sleep shortages debunked by study   View Summary
12 December 2011
University of Sydney researchers have debunked the widespread belief that technological devices such as computers and mobile phones are increasingly eating into our sleep.
Putting the P back in P&C   View Summary
12 December 2011
Parents and Citizens' Associations face ongoing challenges engaging a broader cross-section of parents, says Dr Margot Rawsthorne from the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney professor joins leaders of Australia's first National Mental Health Commission   View Summary
12 December 2011
Professor Ian Hickie, Executive Director of the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI), has been named as one of eight commissioners to lead Australia's first National Mental Health Commission.
Alzheimer's vaccine cures memory of mice   View Summary
9 December 2011
A vaccine that slows the progression of Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia has been developed by researchers at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute (BMRI).
European Union funds groundbreaking torture prevention program    View Summary
9 December 2011
The European Union has awarded the University of Sydney 1.5 million Euros to develop a program with an unprecedented approach to torture prevention.
Star Wars-inspired bacterium provides glimpse into life   View Summary
9 December 2011
A bacterium whose name was inspired by the Star Wars films has provided new clues into the evolution of our own cells and how they came to possess the vital energy-producing units called mitochondria.
Ageing stars are slow on the outside but fast on the inside   View Summary
8 December 2011
Scientists have made a new discovery about how old stars called 'red giants' rotate, giving an insight into what our sun will look like in five billion years.
Winners in the Australian Innovation Challenge   View Summary
8 December 2011
Two of our scientists have won Australian Innovation Challenge awards for their research - Professor Marcela Bilek and her team won the Health award, while Professor Rick Shine took out the Environment award.
Behind closed doors: world-first study about how we use air-conditioners at home   View Summary
8 December 2011
A world-first research project into people's usage of household air-conditioners is now recruiting participants who live in Sydney's inner west.
Australians prefer investment in urban rail over high-speed services   View Summary
7 December 2011
More Australians want improved rail services in major cities rather than high-speed intercity rail, the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney shows.
Lending a helping hand to develop African soil information   View Summary
7 December 2011
West African soil scientists are learning how to make the most out of sub-Saharan African soil during a six-week visit to the University of Sydney.
Latin-America and Australia share Indigenous knowledge   View Summary
7 December 2011
The integration of Indigenous knowledge into university research and teaching is one of the major aims of a ground-breaking public symposium starting at the University of Sydney today.
Young Australians lack good quality fruit and vegetable knowledge   View Summary
6 December 2011
A new survey of young Australians has found one in two don't know how much fruit and vegetables to eat in a day, and even fewer know the serving sizes of common fruit and vegetables.
Changes needed to close the gap for Indigenous Australians with disabilities   View Summary
6 December 2011
Alongside high rates of incarceration, unemployment, homelessness and some of the poorest health outcomes in Australia, Indigenous people's access and use of disability services is under-representative of the total Aboriginal population.
Finding a drop in the ocean   View Summary
6 December 2011
Relief for people living with neurological disorders, mental illness and even cancers may be close at hand thanks to Australia's first cyclotron dedicated to biomedical research.
The Accessible Arctic   View Summary
6 December 2011
The University is hosting an exhibition of evocative photographs from the Arctic region of Canada.
Helmets off to legislation   View Summary
5 December 2011
Cycling levels in Sydney could more than double if laws forcing cyclists to wear helmets were repealed, according to new research.
Experts respond to the world's first WHO report on disability   View Summary
5 December 2011
Thought leaders and policy makers in the disability field from Asia and the Pacific will come together at the University of Sydney to discuss a way forward in response to the WHO's first 'World report on disability'.
Packed to the rafters: $2 kit that saves mothers and babies   View Summary
2 December 2011
More than 200 volunteers are expected to fill the Great Hall at the University of Sydney to pack $2 birthing kits that can help save the lives of thousands of mothers and babies by reducing the risk of infection after birth.
Project to target lung cancer tumours takes top ranking   View Summary
1 December 2011
A University of Sydney researcher developing significant advances in lung cancer treatments was recognised with a major award by the National Health and Medical Research Council.
Students show their creativity in architecture exhibitions   View Summary
1 December 2011
Three exhibitions will be launched this week showing the diverse creative energies of students from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.
November 2011
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences joins the Sydney Writers' Festival    View Summary
30 November 2011
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will sponsor the Sydney Writers' Festival in 2012, launching a new partnership to explore how books can transport today's 'big ideas' to a wider audience.
Compass Showcase celebrates student success in 2011   View Summary
30 November 2011
More than 500 primary and secondary school students involved in the 'Compass - find your way to higher education' program enjoyed a sunny Sunday at Compass Showcase.
Engaging China: major business forum launches   View Summary
30 November 2011
The Sydney China Business Forum has launched as a major new initiative of the University's China Studies Centre.
Burma's new democracy needs support   View Summary
29 November 2011
Few were surprised when Burma's elections last November, the first in 20 years, resulted in victory for the military-backed Union Solidarity and Development Party, writes PhD candidate Catherine Renshaw.
Indian Ocean cocktail party leaves trail of party hats behind   View Summary
29 November 2011
Our scientists have unexpectedly found traces of the supercontinent Gondwana in the Indian Ocean - in the process solving a mystery behind a large group of ocean 'mountains' known as seamounts.
Mother and baby research delivers fellowship   View Summary
29 November 2011
An associate professor who has led her field in obstetrics, gynaecology and neonatology research has been awarded a new National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Fellowship.
How do you mend a broken heart?   View Summary
28 November 2011
A study involving University of Sydney cardiac researchers has shown the loss of a loved one can really break your heart.
Unleashing the lawyers is not the answer to the question of privacy   View Summary
25 November 2011
Privacy is a fickle thing. Sometimes it's obvious, sometimes it's not, sometimes it's questionable, writes Professor Barbara McDonald.
Fellowships for excellence in the humanities   View Summary
25 November 2011
The election of University of Sydney scholars as Fellows of the Australian Academy of the Humanities recognises their outstanding contributions to the disciplines of English, archaeology and history.
Doctoral scholarship tackles lateral violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities   View Summary
25 November 2011
A new University of Sydney scholarship will support doctoral research into violence in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.
Bringing opera to the younger masses   View Summary
25 November 2011
Showing great entrepreneurial spirit, University of Sydney Arts student Louis Garrick took the initiative to start Sydney Chamber Opera with the hope of attracting a younger, trendier audience to opera.
Two NSW Science and Engineering Award winners    View Summary
24 November 2011
A professor whose has led Australia's battle against the cane toad, and a researcher who led a novel, open source research project resulting in medicine for a disease that afflicts millions of the world's poorest people, have been honoured in the NSW Science and Engineering Awards.
The world is no longer Big Tobacco's ashtray   View Summary
24 November 2011
Now that the Australian Government's plain tobacco packaging legislation has passed into law, the three tobacco transnationals which sell cigarettes in Australia are jostling to show who has the hairiest legal chest, writes Professor Simon Chapman.
Neither Qantas nor unions will get all they want   View Summary
23 November 2011
Hopefully, when the dust has cleared, Qantas, its employees and the unions can adopt a more co-operative approach to the running of this iconic Australian airline, writes Emeritus Professor Ron McCallum.
Making more sense of time    View Summary
23 November 2011
The University of Sydney has received US$1.5 million from the John Templeton Foundation to explore the nature of time and streamline worldwide academic research on the subject.
Burning Issues takes on a hot topic   View Summary
23 November 2011
Fire is integral to Australian ecosystems, but the question of how best to use fire to maintain forest health and reduce bushfire safety risk can lead to heated debate, according to a new book being launched tonight.
GPs' record card: fewer scripts, more jabs!   View Summary
22 November 2011
Two reports published from the Bettering the Evaluation and Care of Health (BEACH) program provide data on the activities of the Australia's GPs and their dealings with patients.
Network explores links with Africa   View Summary
22 November 2011
The University is helping to set up an Australia-Africa Universities Network, bringing together specialists from 15 Australian universities.
Leading the way in sustainable manufacturing   View Summary
21 November 2011
Sustainable ways to produce plastics, foams, paints and other everyday materials could be the outcome of a $10 million, four-year project about to commence at the University of Sydney.
Chinese foreign policy a complex, calculated exercise   View Summary
21 November 2011
If the recent enhancement of the Australian-American alliance is a reaction to fears the Chinese government may be more assertive in foreign policy then Dr James Reilly, from the University of Sydney, believes this is a mistaken response.
A dangerous combo - schoolies warned   View Summary
18 November 2011
Pharmacy researchers at the University of Sydney are warning HSC students to take it easy on caffeine, alcohol and smoking during Schoolies Week, particularly young women using oral contraception.
Swept under the eagle's wing   View Summary
18 November 2011
It has become clear that this was the most politically important Australian visit for a US president since Lyndon Johnson arrived in 1966 to shore up support for the Vietnam War, writes Dr David Smith.
It's all about ME   View Summary
18 November 2011
Growing food and growing jobs is the focus of MEfarm, a horticulture initiative to be launched by the Fairfield Migrant Resource Centre and supported by the University of Sydney's Professor John Crawford.
Rethinking multiculturalism    View Summary
18 November 2011
On 21 and 22 November scholars from Australia, China and Canada will gather for a major international conference at the University of Sydney to compare their countries' experiences of multiculturalism.
Putting a price on trauma   View Summary
18 November 2011
A study that has changed the way specialist trauma hospitals function has won Sydney Nursing School's Clinical Associate Professor Kate Curtis a prestigious Trans-Tasman award.
Central Station commuters to get the Blade Runner treatment   View Summary
17 November 2011
The futuristic world shown in sci-fi movies is one step closer for Sydneysiders thanks to a four-year collaborative research project by the University of Sydney and the University of Technology, Sydney.
Graduate wins UN award for Indigenous housing program    View Summary
17 November 2011
In early October University of Sydney architecture graduate Paul Pholeros won a prestigious World Habitat Award for his Housing for Health program, which aims to improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people by ensuring they have access to a safe and well functioning house, and an improved living environment.
Sydney and Sookmyung   View Summary
17 November 2011
Sydney and Sookmyung, an exhibition opening on Thursday 17 November in Seoul, celebrates a new exchange project between Sydney College of the Arts and Sookmyung Women's University in Korea.
Saving cereals: Colin Wellings wins Farrer Medal   View Summary
16 November 2011
Associate Professor Colin Wellings, from the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, has spent over 30 years saving our cereals and will receive the Farrer Medal for his world-renowned research on 16 November 2011.
A second look at The Second Sex   View Summary
16 November 2011
The authors of the long-awaited new translation of Simone de Beauvoir's The Second Sex are visiting Australia on a tour principally sponsored by the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Young Australians are engaged and active theatregoers   View Summary
15 November 2011
A major study into young Australians' attendance at live theatre, launched last night in Sydney shows a love of theatre remains alive among young people.
Student art goes on show   View Summary
15 November 2011
Members of the public can get a first look at the work of up-and-coming artists from the University of Sydney's Sydney College of the Arts at its annual Undergraduate Degree Show.
The age of the brain   View Summary
15 November 2011
On 15 November, Professor Nikolas Rose will present a Sydney Ideas talk on how our rapidly changing understanding of the brain and nervous system will change our society.
Hold the obituary - Peter Fray calls for new approach to media   View Summary
15 November 2011
Doomsday predictions about the future of the media are premature and will be proved false by a new compact between journalists, editors and their audiences, says Peter Fray.
Surveillance - what is it good for?   View Summary
14 November 2011
The Sydney Institute of Criminology will host a public forum on 14 November on the use and effectiveness of CCTV cameras.
Sunken islands could cause tectonic shift in Gondwana story   View Summary
14 November 2011
University of Sydney scientists have just discovered two sunken islands almost the size of Tasmania in the remote waters of the Indian Ocean, which were once part of the supercontinent Gondwana.
Funding new ideas: University of Sydney academics attract government funding   View Summary
14 November 2011
Our early and mid-career researchers will improve our understanding of modern China, look for new ways to battle cardiovascular disease and provide new insights into Indigenous wellbeing thanks to new government funding.
Mutant gene boosts melanoma risk   View Summary
14 November 2011
The Sydney Medical School's Associate Dean of Research, Professor Graham Mann, is one of the leaders of a project that has found some 200,000 Australians carry a mutant gene that increases their melanoma risk.
Young people finding the path back to education   View Summary
11 November 2011
The Glebe Pathways Project, developed by the University and community partners, has notched up two years of operations, making a real difference to the future of students involved.
Healthy ageing more important than aged care, expert says   View Summary
11 November 2011
Deep-seated ageism is at the core of our culture and at the heart of an unproductive government approach to healthy ageing, says Professor Hal Kendig, Director of the Ageing, Work and Health Research Unit in Health Sciences at the University of Sydney.
Shakespeare speculation and conspiracy tales   View Summary
11 November 2011
Was Shakespeare the true author of his plays? Dr Huw Griffiths, Department of English, gives his perspective.
Questioning the stigma of solitude - poetic reflections    View Summary
10 November 2011
Barry Spurr, the University of Sydney's Professor of Poetry and Poetics, will discuss the poetry of solitude and loneliness to inaugurate his chair on 10 November.
Governor General christens new boat named in her honour   View Summary
10 November 2011
A new Sydney University Women's Rowing Club boat has been officially christened by its namesake, the Governor General Ms Quentin Bryce AC.
Lessons from the life of Charles Perkins    View Summary
9 November 2011
Guests at the 11th annual Charles Perkins Memorial Oration heard personal memories and interpretations of the life of the first Australian Aboriginal man to graduate from university from the University of Sydney's Professor Shane Houston.
No room in the womb for alcohol   View Summary
9 November 2011
A flagship Indigenous health care initiative in Western Australia's remote Fitzroy Valley has received vital funding that will allow it to progress to a new phase.
Gates grant helps work on childhood malnutrition   View Summary
8 November 2011
If Shun Ning Bian's undergraduate engineering project comes to fruition, newborn babies in the developing world will stand a better chance of staving off malnutrition.
The rules of social interaction: attraction, repulsion and one close neighbour   View Summary
8 November 2011
There 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 large groups of animals and their movement.
A prescription for prevention   View Summary
8 November 2011
Medicine-related hospital admissions could be reduced by a simple initiative designed and implemented by researchers at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Pharmacy.
The political agenda of Occupy Sydney   View Summary
7 November 2011
Contrary to some media reporting, the Occupy Sydney movement has a focused and coherent political agenda, researchers from the University of Sydney believe.
Dancing their falls away   View Summary
4 November 2011
Ballroom dancing classes for senior citizens could bring back the balance and strength needed to prevent falls in elderly Australians, according to University of Sydney researchers.
Four Young Tall Poppy Science Awards for University of Sydney   View Summary
4 November 2011
Four University of Sydney scientists have won Young Tall Poppy Science Awards from the Australian Institute of Policy and Science, announced at an awards ceremony on 3 November 2011.
Sculpture by the Sea work maps weather with sound   View Summary
4 November 2011
An engineering student from the University of Sydney has co-created an audio installation that portrays weather patterns with sound for this year's Sculpture by the Sea exhibition in Bondi.
Fellowships recognise excellence in research   View Summary
4 November 2011
University of Sydney academics have been recognised for their outstanding research contributions by being elected Fellows of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia.
Noam Chomsky delivers Peace Prize Lecture    View Summary
3 November 2011
Noam Chomsky, the American linguist, social scientist and human rights campaigner and this year's winner of the Sydney Peace Prize, delivered the City of Sydney Peace Prize lecture at Sydney Town Hall last night.
Preserving individual freedom: Bernhard Schlink    View Summary
3 November 2011
On 3 November, the famous novelist Professor Bernhard Schlink, currently a visiting law lecturer at the University of Sydney, will discuss the challenge of preserving individual freedom in the modern democratic state.
Learn and laugh with the University of Sydney at the Sydney Festival   View Summary
3 November 2011
The University of Sydney is proud to once again be a leadership partner of the Sydney Festival in January 2012.
Climate change and humans caused extinction of Ice Age mammals   View Summary
3 November 2011
In the largest study of its kind, scientists including the University of Sydney's Dr Simon Ho have unravelled the factors that caused the extinction of iconic Ice Age mammals such as the woolly rhinoceros and woolly mammoth.
Graduation ceremony tops week of activities in China   View Summary
2 November 2011
A University delegation has completed a week of activities in China, culminating in a graduation ceremony for 200 students in Beijing.
Postcard from Xinjiang: Dr Peter Jia   View Summary
2 November 2011
Dr Peter Jia from the University's China Studies Centre writes about his experiences working at an archaeological dig in Xinjiang, China.
Blue-Sky grants benefit medical research   View Summary
1 November 2011
Two medical research projects have received Blue-Sky funding from the Sir Zelman Cowan Universities Fund.
Latin America and China: beyond trade and investments?   View Summary
1 November 2011
On 1 November, a Sydney Ideas talk at the University of Sydney will look at China's interaction with Latin America and what the possibilities are for extending beyond their economic relationship.
University of Sydney grant success to have real-world impact   View Summary
1 November 2011
University of Sydney researchers will pursue breakthroughs across the broadest range of disciplines in Australia thanks to new government funding announced on Tuesday.
October 2011
Sydney's men snatch victory in Australian Boat Race   View Summary
31 October 2011
Some of the top rowers in Australia made a splash on Sunday 30 October when the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry hit the Yarra River for the Australian Boat Race between Sydney and Melbourne universities.
Discovery offers new hope for drug addiction treatments   View Summary
31 October 2011
Users of heroin and other addictive opioids may be spared from distressing withdrawal symptoms in the future thanks to a research breakthrough by University of Sydney scientists.
Cyprus pays tribute to Sydney archaeologists   View Summary
31 October 2011
The President of the House of Representatives of Cyprus has paid tribute to the University of Sydney's archaeological team for revealing evidence of one of the country's most important cultural sites.
Golden opportunity for muscle disorders   View Summary
31 October 2011
Finding treatments or even a cure for lifelong, unrelenting muscle disorders such as muscular dystrophy and motor neuron disease will be the focus of a new national research centre.
A community of difference: University of Sydney honours its alumni   View Summary
31 October 2011
At the annual Alumni Awards last week, the University recognised alumni who have pioneered neuroscience techniques, improved food security in developing countries, and inspired young people from low socio-economic areas of Sydney to engage in tertiary study.
Party drug's brain tricks explained for first time   View Summary
28 October 2011
One of our researchers has for the first time explained why the street drug mephedrone is potentially such an addictive substance.
Top rowers prepare for Australian Boat Race   View Summary
28 October 2011
Some of the top rowers in Australia are preparing to make a splash on Sunday 30 October when the Melbourne-Sydney rivalry hits the Yarra River for the Australian Boat Race between Sydney and Melbourne universities.
Questioning the role of banks and bank regulation   View Summary
27 October 2011
What banks and bank regulation are for will be the topic of debate by a distinguished panel of academics, policy makers and regulators on 28 October at the University of Sydney.
Tiny teeth in tatters   View Summary
27 October 2011
The tiny teeth of some of our toddlers are rotting and dental researchers at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Dentistry are poised to start the second phase of a long-term study to find out why.
Where film, art and architecture meet   View Summary
26 October 2011
The floors, walls and ceilings of the CarriageWorks foyer will act as a giant muse for a one-night-only exhibition exploring the intersection between avant-garde film, art and architecture as part of the 2011 Sydney Architecture Festival.
Dr Karl is the face of YouTube Space Lab competition   View Summary
26 October 2011
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, is the face of the YouTube Space Lab competition for the Asia Pacific region, which challenges 14 to 18 year-olds to design an experiment that can be conducted in space.
Professor Sheila Dow delivers EL 'Ted' Wheelwright Memorial Lecture   View Summary
26 October 2011
The renowned post-Keynesian economist Professor Sheila Dow will discuss banking and economic policies in the wake of the global financial crisis in a public lecture at the University of Sydney on 27 October.
Shark hunts a Hollywood response to real horror   View Summary
25 October 2011
PhD candidate Christopher Neff argues that the problem with recent shark attacks in West Australia is not that the public should not be concerned; it is that they are being offered a political solution to a public safety problem.
Beautiful suffering: the image of catastrophe   View Summary
25 October 2011
On 25 October a talk asks what is at stake in photography of suffering and catastrophe.
Sydney Science Forum: an explosive night of molecular gastronomy   View Summary
25 October 2011
Audiences will go on a culinary adventure of foams, froths and frozen treats when Professor Hervé This, one of the two fathers of molecular gastronomy, presents at the Sydney Science Forum.
Bang! Students set off party poppers with mousetraps   View Summary
25 October 2011
Sixty teams of first-year engineering students at the University of Sydney have battled it out in the 'Penny Project', a competition based on the Rube Goldberg concept that required them to build an overcomplicated device with one very simple purpose: to crack a party popper.
Unexpected bequest a boost for agricultural sustainability   View Summary
24 October 2011
Research into sustainable agricultural science has been given a huge boost with the announcement of a major bequest to the University of Sydney.
Experts debate how to manage Australia's $1 trillion superannuation savings   View Summary
24 October 2011
Superannuation gives workers a direct interest in the profitability of industry. Does the presence of worker representatives on superannuation trustee boards affect the way financial decisions are made? Or is the raison d'être of industry super funds purely to secure lower fees and better returns?
What will a digital future bring for imagination and the humanities?    View Summary
24 October 2011
On 25 October, a Sydney Ideas talk at the University of Sydney contemplates the future of literature, creativity, story-telling and the role of the humanities in the digital age.
The Griffins' Canberra, Burnham's Chicago, Garnier's Lyon: The Perfect City on the Edge of World War   View Summary
21 October 2011
On Friday 21 October a Sydney Ideas talk at the University of Sydney looks at the early 20th century creation of the architectural design of Canberra.
Staff, students and community turn out to learn cooking basics   View Summary
21 October 2011
The University of Sydney today hosted hundreds of staff, students and community members in a giant cooking school with Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food Ambassador and renowned chef, Ian Curley.
Major gift will help fight colorectal cancer   View Summary
20 October 2011
A generous donation to the University of Sydney will enable further research into colorectal cancer, one of the major health problems in Australia.
Framing Gravity at the Sydney College of the Arts   View Summary
20 October 2011
A new exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts is showcasing the talent of artists with a disability, addressing the underrepresentation of these artists in the sector.
Melbourne and Sydney rivalry hits the Yarra   View Summary
19 October 2011
The Melbourne–Sydney rivalry will take to the Yarra River on Sunday 30 October when the cities' leading universities go head to head in the Australian Boat Race.
Should a first-born girl reign over her brother?   View Summary
19 October 2011
Should Prince William's first-born child, if a daughter, become queen or should she be supplanted by a younger brother, asks Associate Professor Anne Twomey.
Star chef Ian Curley to take Sydney 'back to cooking basics'   View Summary
19 October 2011
The University of Sydney's new centre researching solutions to obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease will team up with Jamie's Ministry of Food Australia on Friday to transform the University's historic Quadrangle lawns into a giant cooking school for renowned chef Ian Curley, who will serve up a feast of three 'hands on' healthy cooking classes.
Rod Tiffen, Wendy Bacon and Peter Timmins on government media enquiry   View Summary
19 October 2011
On 19 October at the University of Sydney a panel of experts in government, media and law will discuss the federal government's media enquiry.
Letting the neighbours watch your energy use   View Summary
19 October 2011
Reducing domestic electricity consumption could be as simple as putting a blackboard outside your home to show the neighbours how much energy you are using each day.
Protein key to curbing overeating and preventing obesity   View Summary
18 October 2011
Including 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 University of Sydney has found.
Faith and development: should they still be connected?   View Summary
18 October 2011
Do faith and religion have a role in international aid and development? On 19 October the University of Sydney will debate the appropriate international role of faith-based organisations in providing assistance to those in need.
International agricultural rights movement facing new challenges    View Summary
18 October 2011
As October 16 marked World Food Day, Alana Mann from the University of Sydney reflected on a global social movement struggling to assert rights over food.
Making a healthier Australia: Sydney expertise leads national funding round   View Summary
17 October 2011
The health and medical research endeavours of the University of Sydney have been recognised by the National Health and Medical Research Council with the highest amount of funding received by any Australian university.
University marks 250th repatriation of Aboriginal ancestral remains   View Summary
17 October 2011
The University of Sydney today hosted a special ceremony for the 250th repatriation to community and country of Aboriginal ancestral remains.
WHO patient safety initiative led by University of Sydney academic   View Summary
17 October 2011
A University of Sydney academic is behind a new World Health Organization guide that targets health complications and even deaths that occur as result of human error during patient care.
Peter Wolnizer appointed chair of the International Accounting Education Standards Board   View Summary
14 October 2011
The outstanding international reputation of the University of Sydney Business School has been further strengthened with the appointment of Peter Wolnizer OAM as chair of the International Accounting Education Standards Board
A 30-year journey from radical social work to social justice   View Summary
14 October 2011
Last night Professor Jude Irwin reflected on more than 30 years of social work and called for a reassertion of the social justice values that are essential to good social work practice.
Conservatorium students hit the big stage   View Summary
14 October 2011
Sydney Conservatorium of Music composition students will showcase their new works at a concert at the Sydney Opera House this weekend.
South Asians and Europeans react differently to common drugs   View Summary
14 October 2011
A PhD student has discovered the different diets and lifestyles of South Asians compared to Europeans could lead to the two groups requiring very different doses of medicines.
Staying at school until 17: good for some but not for all?   View Summary
13 October 2011
On 13 October in the latest Education Heresies lecture, Susan Groundwater-Smith criticises the one-size-fits-all orthodoxy of having Australian students remain at school until age 17.
Research calls for government funding to boost NSW cycling   View Summary
12 October 2011
On Australia's national Ride to Work Day researchers from the University of Sydney are calling on the NSW government to increase its support for cycling.
Budding artists exhibit at SCA   View Summary
12 October 2011
High school art students from disadvantaged backgrounds have been inspired by contemporary artists to create an exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts.
News, online participation, and social change in China   View Summary
12 October 2011
The growing use of mobile and online media in China has brought about a profound change in the dynamics between the public, the news media and the government, says Dr Joyce Nip.
Sydney researcher wins Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year   View Summary
12 October 2011
Associate Professor Min Chen, from the School of Biological Sciences, has won the Science Minister's Prize for Life Scientist of the Year.
Study supports students not repeating a school year   View Summary
11 October 2011
A University of Sydney study published in this month's issue of the British Educational Research Journal, makes new findings of better outcomes for students who do not repeat a school year.
Attitude to child discipline smacks of ambivalence   View Summary
10 October 2011
Is it right or wrong to smack a naughty child? Emeritus Professor Kim Oates weighs in on divisive question.
The debate over comfortable Buddhist monks   View Summary
10 October 2011
On 11 October in a Sydney Ideas event, learn why Buddha would not have had a problem with modern monks living a comfortable life.
Media frenzy may harm child in Bali   View Summary
10 October 2011
Australians are understandably concerned about the 14-year-old boy currently being held in a Balinese jail, but we should not rush to judgement, argues Dr Simon Butt.
Aura of Eden Park makes the All Blacks invincible   View Summary
7 October 2011
Statistics say the New Zealand All Blacks will be invincible in the rest of the 2011 Rugby World Cup.
The Con join Circus Maximus extravaganza   View Summary
7 October 2011
Sydney Conservatorium of Music students will join forces with the Australian Army Band this Saturday for the City of Sydney's Art and About festival month.
Churning galaxy is a snake pit   View Summary
6 October 2011
A pit of writhing snakes—that's what the first picture of turbulent gas in our Milky Way looks like, finds the University's Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics in an article published in Nature today.
Philanthropy supports prostate cancer research   View Summary
6 October 2011
Underfunding and lack of awareness has prompted Australian philanthropist Daniel Petre to donate $2 million to the University of Sydney.
David Malouf on the work of artist Jeffrey Smart   View Summary
6 October 2011
A free talk this Friday 6 October by celebrated Australian author David Malouf will mark the launch of Jeffrey Smart: Unspoken at the University Art Gallery.
Sydney student named runner-up in Trans-Tasman 3 Minute Thesis   View Summary
5 October 2011
The University of Sydney's Suzie Ferrie has been named runner-up in the Trans-Tasman Three Minute Thesis competition, overcoming 41 other students to take home the $2000 prize.
Improving early detection of breast cancer   View Summary
5 October 2011
The University of Sydney, in partnership with BreastScreen NSW and Ziltron, has developed a pioneering web-based program that has the potential to reduce breast cancer mortality and morbidity.
An anthropologist's perspective on dealing with climate change   View Summary
5 October 2011
In her Insights lecture on Thursday 6 October the University of Sydney's Professor Linda Connor asks what contribution anthropology can make to understanding climate change.
A Confucian perspective on China's political legitimacy    View Summary
4 October 2011
On 5 October, international expert on China Professor Daniel Bell will discuss the legitimacy of Chinese government.
September 2011
Thailand's election and the new government: a turning point?    View Summary
30 September 2011
On 30 September, Sydney Ideas presents a talk by two leading Thai scholars, Professor Pasuk Phongpaichit and Dr Chris Baker, on the current political situation in Thailand.
On the rise at 50   View Summary
30 September 2011
As one of Australia's oldest agricultural institutes is poised to celebrate 50 years of grains research, its scientists are perfecting new wheat grains that could produce healthier and more nutritious bread.
'Science education is our future': Nobel Prize winner Sir Harry Kroto   View Summary
30 September 2011
On 4 October Sir Harold Kroto, recipient of the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1996, will present on his belief that science education is essential to society's future success and survival.
Costly treatment 'ineffective for babies'   View Summary
30 September 2011
A worldwide study involving University of Sydney researchers has concluded that a costly and controversial treatment for neonatal sepsis is ineffective.
New perspectives on the Asia-Pacific War   View Summary
29 September 2011
On 30 September a Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences symposium will look at the immediate consequences of the war and the longer term developments that have helped or hindered reconciliation.
Donation makes cutting-edge research possible   View Summary
29 September 2011
Sufferers of multiple sclerosis and other diseases of the nervous system will soon benefit from new research thanks to a state-of-the-art piece of equipment donated to University of Sydney researchers.
Minister Ferguson delivers Kevin McCann lecture   View Summary
28 September 2011
Martin Ferguson, Minister for Resources and Energy and Minister for Tourism last night spoke at the University of Sydney on how resources and energy are at the heart of structural change in Australia's economy.
Australians reject carbon tax on bus fuel   View Summary
28 September 2011
Almost two-thirds of Australians don't want the federal government to include fuel for buses in the carbon tax scheme, the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney shows.
How online technology helps us love our work too much   View Summary
27 September 2011
"Online connectivity consummates the middle-class infatuation with work," argues Melissa Gregg in her new book 'Work's Intimacy'.
China's Latin moves cause concern in Washington   View Summary
27 September 2011
China's growing involvement in Latin America is being watched with trepidation in Washington, says ARC Future Fellow Dr Adrian Hearn.
Helping health professionals with the difficult questions   View Summary
26 September 2011
We are launching a new website to help health professionals deal with the wide range of challenging ethical and legal issues they constantly encounter in their work.
For Art's Sake: fundraising for disability support   View Summary
23 September 2011
For the second year the Sydney College of the Arts will host For Art's Sake, an exciting fundraising exhibition and auction of over 400 works of art, including by artists Reg Mombassa, Garry Shead and Mike Worrall.
Nursing a direction on policy   View Summary
23 September 2011
Why nurses get to implement health policies but so few are involved in developing them is at the heart of a roundtable conference being held in Canada this month, to be attended by two Sydney Nursing School professors.
William Henry Fox Talbot and the invention of photography   View Summary
22 September 2011
On 22 September Sydney Ideas looks at the celebrated 19th century pioneer of photography, William Henry Fox Talbot.
Testing times: how NAPLAN is disadvantaging students and teachers   View Summary
22 September 2011
University of Sydney education expert Professor Peter Reimann is deeply concerned about Australia's NAPLAN.
Three minute thesis winner heads to Trans-Tasman finals   View Summary
21 September 2011
Explaining your research thesis can be challenging at the best of times, so imagine having to do it in just 180 seconds to an audience who know nothing about your field.
Social Ecology and Wild Law - rethinking our attitudes to nature   View Summary
21 September 2011
This week Sydney Ideas presents events at the University of Sydney on two major figures of the environmental movement whose thinking challenges us to reconsider our relationship to nature and to each other.
A night of memories, drama and feasting with John Bell    View Summary
21 September 2011
One of Australia's most loved and distinguished actors and directors, John Bell, an alumnus of the University of Sydney, will reflect on his life and career at a special dinner to be held in the Great Hall on 24 September.
24-hour programming people   View Summary
20 September 2011
Student and professional software developers are invited to race against the clock at the University of Sydney this weekend at a 24-hour 'hackathon'.
The role of law in fighting non-communicable disease   View Summary
20 September 2011
The UN needs to consider how the law can help in the fight against non-communicable diseases, says a University of Sydney law expert.
Urbanisation in Papua New Guinea   View Summary
20 September 2011
Hear about the challenges facing planned urbanisation in Port Moresby, PNG, in a free talk on Wednesday 21 September.
How our liver kills    View Summary
20 September 2011
Our livers can fight back against the immune system - reducing organ rejection but also making us more susceptible to liver disease, report scientists from the University of Sydney's Centenary Institute.
The role of the reviewer in the age of Twitter   View Summary
19 September 2011
How do you choose a movie, restaurant or concert? On 20 September Sydney Ideas is holding a panel discussion on the changing role of the professional reviewer.
Public schools provided the moral centre    View Summary
19 September 2011
Ailing public schools need more than just financial help to survive, writes Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Sherington.
Student's restaurant serves up insight into refugee experience   View Summary
16 September 2011
A pop-up restaurant that brings patrons face-to-face with issues confronting refugees has been created by University of Sydney student Elle Formica and her mentor, actor Miranda Otto.
Unravelling the Hindi biopic and its place in Indian cinema    View Summary
15 September 2011
On 15 September in a Sydney Ideas talk, a recognised world expert on Indian cinema will looks at the place of biographical pictures in Indian cinema.
Putting the public back into public education   View Summary
15 September 2011
On Thursday 15 September Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Sherington will speak on what he sees as a crisis in public education, which has been "in trouble for more than two decades".
Quad bike death prompts call for action    View Summary
15 September 2011
Another quad bike death has prompted University of Sydney public health expert Associate Professor Tony Lower to again call for modification to the bikes' manufacture.
Are employers getting the balance right?   View Summary
14 September 2011
A paper being delivered at the Happiness, Health and Wellbeing @ Work Conference explores what make us a society of stressed, unhappy workers.
A conversation with Rwandan genocide survivor Leah Chishugi   View Summary
13 September 2011
On 13 September, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide describes her remarkable personal story then joins a conversation on rebuilding communities and recovering from trauma.
China's wake up call for Australian business   View Summary
13 September 2011
The University has released the first result of the strategic cooperation between its China Studies Centre and KPMG Australia to create unique business intelligence reports for doing business with China.
Trading partners seek a closer relationship   View Summary
13 September 2011
A business delegation from Chile has visited the University to discuss opportunities for future engagement.
Vice-Chancellor says essential student services under threat   View Summary
13 September 2011
The Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sydney, Dr Michael Spence, has urged federal politicians to support the passage of the Higher Education Legislation Amendment (Student Services and Amenities) Bill 2010 through the Senate.
Do we need a right to privacy?   View Summary
12 September 2011
On 12 September Sydney Law School brings together some of Australia's foremost experts to discuss how the law can navigate the fine line between rights to privacy and fundamental freedoms of expression.
CAASTRO: a new way of looking at the sky   View Summary
9 September 2011
The sky is no longer the limit, with CAASTRO - the new ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics - launching on 12 September 2011.
Shedding new light on eugenics   View Summary
9 September 2011
The first ever world history of eugenics, co-edited and with contributions from academics at the University of Sydney, has received the Cantemir Prize for outstanding books in the humanities and social sciences.
Sydney Underground Film Festival   View Summary
9 September 2011
Two Sydney College of the Arts filmmakers are the brains behind the successful Sydney Underground Film Festival, which opened last night.
Comparing weight loss programs: results are in   View Summary
8 September 2011
An international study of overweight and obese adults has found participants in a commercial weight loss program lost significantly more weight.
"Use your passion to make a difference," UN Secretary-General tells University of Sydney students   View Summary
8 September 2011
United Nations Secretary-General His Excellency Ban Ki-moon visited the University of Sydney on Thursday to discuss his priorities for the changing world with students, encouraging them to "think big" and make a difference in the world.
The manufacture of emotions    View Summary
8 September 2011
Manufacturing Emotions, a symposium at the University of Sydney asks how much control humans have over the creation of emotions.
ANSTO and the University of Sydney renew vows   View Summary
8 September 2011
One of Australia's longest running and most successful scientific collaborations is set to continue between the University of Sydney and the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
University of Sydney finalists all take home gold from the Eurekas   View Summary
7 September 2011
All of the University of Sydney finalists at last night's Eureka Prizes took out the top prize in their category, from a physicist leading research into faster and more energy efficient communications technologies, to a team of veterinary scientists exposing questionable ethics in the racing industry.
From the margins to the mainstream: disability art today   View Summary
7 September 2011
On Thursday 8 September, di Maria will present 'From the Margins to the Mainstream: Disability Art Today', a talk on how people with disabilities can express themselves through art.
Young Freedom Riders deliver the Indigenous message   View Summary
7 September 2011
Hundreds of ideas on constitutional reform, gathered from Indigenous communities during a recreation of the 1965 Freedom Ride, were today presented to government at a University of Sydney event.
Singapore workshop looks at the issues behind biomedical research   View Summary
7 September 2011
Sociologist Catherine Waldby is working with colleagues from Singapore on a project looking at the social and ethic issues behind East Asia's boom in biomedical research facilities.
A call to action for the sake of Australia's kids    View Summary
6 September 2011
A new report by Sydney Law School's Professor Patrick Parkinson, launched as part of National Child Protection Week, sounds a call to action to address a number of serious challenges facing the wellbeing of Australian children.
All a Twitter to improve regional health   View Summary
6 September 2011
Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are being used by a group of Indigenous healthcare professionals to promote healthier outcomes in rural and regional Australia.
ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year Award   View Summary
5 September 2011
A Sydney Conservatorium of Music alumnus yesterday took out the title of ABC Symphony Australia Young Performer of the Year, a springboard for many of Australia's finest classical performers.
Technology may decide the battle of the financial giants   View Summary
5 September 2011
Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo, Shanghai, Sydney - which of the regional powerhouses will become Asia's dominant financial centre? Experts including Sydney economist Alex Frino will discuss the issue at a symposium in Singapore on Thursday.
How we came to eat for pleasure - historical transformations in food culture    View Summary
5 September 2011
A free Sydney Ideas talk will trace the evolution of medieval food culture, which shifted from diet to delight from the 15th century onwards.
Australian mammals take on antibiotic-resistant bugs   View Summary
2 September 2011
The Australian wallaby and platypus could turn out to be key weapons in fighting the growing health threat of multidrug-resistant bacteria, a team involving University of Sydney researchers has discovered.
An astronomer's guide to the extreme cosmos   View Summary
2 September 2011
Award-winning Professor Bryan Gaensler, internationally recognised for his groundbreaking work, has published his first book.
Chaos in the walled garden: China's Great Firewall and thriving internet culture   View Summary
2 September 2011
On 5 September at a Sydney Ideas talk, learn about what makes China's internet and social media so different from ours.
Book takes aim at personality fakers   View Summary
1 September 2011
A new book co-authored by a University of Sydney researcher argues that faking in personality testing poses some big problems for employers, who use tests to select job candidates.
August 2011
Tackling non-communicable diseases and sustainable development   View Summary
31 August 2011
On 1 September, a world-leading public health expert will give a Sydney Ideas talk on an issue of critical worldwide importance -- non-communicable diseases and sustainable development.
University of Sydney joins forces with Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food   View Summary
31 August 2011
The University of Sydney has joined forces with Jamie Oliver's Ministry of Food Australia to serve up a feast of healthy cooking classes on Friday 21 October, as part of Sydney's famed international food festival, Crave.
Major gift funds cutting-edge scientific research   View Summary
31 August 2011
A generous gift of $5 million from one of Australia's leading businessmen will enable the University of Sydney to make major advances in the exciting new field of nanoscience.
A woman for our times: Hannah Arendt    View Summary
30 August 2011
In a Sydney Ideas talk on 31 August, Associate Professor Danielle Celermajer will discuss philosopher Hannah Arendt's continuing relevance and her unique contribution.
Talking English: making connections in rural NSW   View Summary
30 August 2011
Conversations about Hamlet, Blade Runner, Frankenstein and more flew between high schools in western regional NSW last week when University of Sydney lecturers visited to talk about HSC texts.
Education holds the key to regional growth   View Summary
30 August 2011
The University has hosted an International Forum looking at the importance of higher education and research to the social and economic development of the Asia-Pacific region.
Spend less on older therapies and the new ones will be more affordable   View Summary
29 August 2011
The key challenge for the government is not to find extra funds for new medicines and therapies, but to spend less on existing ones, writes health economist Associate Professor Philip Clarke.
High school students to debate killing of bin Laden   View Summary
26 August 2011
Sharp-witted high school students will debate whether the killing of Osama bin Laden has made the world a safer place as part of the University of Sydney's Open Day on Saturday 27 August.
All eyes on new lab   View Summary
26 August 2011
Re-programming the eye's cells and finding neurological or stem cell solutions to vision loss and blindness will be the focus of a new laboratory at the Save Sight Institute.
Postcard from Kenya   View Summary
26 August 2011
Tim Siegenbeek van Heukelom has just returned from a six-month research trip in Kenya as part of his PhD studies into food security at the University of Sydney's Centre for International Security Studies.
Festival fever: University of Sydney alumni hit Edinburgh   View Summary
26 August 2011
August in Edinburgh means festival time - and University of Sydney alumni are making a splash on and off stage this weekend in very different ways as the city erupts with performances and new ideas.
Teaching the teachers    View Summary
25 August 2011
Giving experienced teachers the skills to mentor new teachers is the aim of a course being taught onsite for the first time at Beverly Hills Girls High School by the University of Sydney.
Using music to cross cultural boundaries   View Summary
25 August 2011
A group from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music will travel to the Northern Territory to work with Aboriginal primary school children using songs in the local language.
Kicking around study options for life after football   View Summary
24 August 2011
South Sydney Rabbitohs football players Ben Ross and Rhys Wesser are contemplating life beyond rugby league with an eye to studying at the University of Sydney.
The inevitable rise of China - hype or reality?    View Summary
23 August 2011
A cover article in the latest edition of Foreign Affairs by the University of Sydney's Dr Salvatore Babones outlines why predictions of China's rise may be seriously flawed.
Demand for double dissolution election is wide of the mark   View Summary
23 August 2011
Truckers' demands for a double dissolution election have no way to succeed, writes Associate Professor Anne Twomey.
Attorney-General speaks on religious freedom    View Summary
23 August 2011
NSW Attorney-General Greg Smith will explore the appropriate balance between religious freedom and laws that prohibit discrimination and vilification in a public address at the University of Sydney on 24 August.
Anzac Bridge redesign wins students the popular vote   View Summary
22 August 2011
An innovative plan to tack two extra lanes onto the Anzac Bridge has won two University of Sydney engineering students the popular vote in a corporate engineering competition and $4000 each.
A new spider for the web   View Summary
22 August 2011
A revolutionary new chip that uses little energy and operates at ultrafast speeds for telecommunications and computing is set to replace the power-hungry and expensive equipment that is currently the core of the internet.
Australia and Korea share expertise in water resouce management   View Summary
19 August 2011
Australian and Korea are sharing expertise in one of the biggest challenges facing the world - how to deal with the growing pressure on water reources.
How courage can help students learn and achieve   View Summary
19 August 2011
Teaching students how to bring courage into their day-to-day school life can improve their learning, performance, and engagement at school.
Print is at the root of good news   View Summary
18 August 2011
An Australian enquiry into media bias would ignore the bigger crisis facing newspapers in the digital age, writes Dr Penny O'Donnell and Dr David McKnight.
Scientists open new window into the brain   View Summary
18 August 2011
An unexpected finding about the brain may have implications for better understanding of states such as sleep, epilepsy and anaesthesia.
Dangers from the microbial world   View Summary
18 August 2011
Biological agents, anthrax and other suspicious powders will be under the microscope this Friday at a symposium dedicated to bio-threats.
Technology tethers free radicals   View Summary
17 August 2011
A new platform technology has been developed by University of Sydney physicists that can be used in areas as diverse as disease detection through to biofuel production.
People in conflict zones among most at risk of hunger   View Summary
17 August 2011
A University of Sydney expert says people living in conflict zones are the most vulnerable to the ever-increasing cost of food.
Asia's economic growth must be equitable, says ADB President   View Summary
17 August 2011
The President of the Asian Development Bank, in a speech at the University, has warned that the region's economic growth must be equitable and environmentally sustainable.
Insights into Malthus and the peopling of America and Australia   View Summary
17 August 2011
On 18 August, the University of Sydney's Professor Alison Bashford will discuss how Robert Malthus, Britain's original political economist, used the news NSW colony to build his late 18th-century ideas on population.
Secret papers reveal Indonesian tactics in West Papua   View Summary
16 August 2011
Australia should cease its support of the Indonesian military and reconsider military aid to Indonesia until recebt reforms spread to West Papua, says the latest University of Sydney report.
Lord Byron: early modern celebrity and spoiled child of fame   View Summary
16 August 2011
On 17 August Associate Professor Will Christie from of the University of Sydney Department of English will give a Sydney Ideas talk on 'The Spoiled Child of Fame: Lord Byron, Poetry and Celebrity'.
Insurance scheme needs more information   View Summary
15 August 2011
We need to ensure the National Disability Insurance Scheme gets it right for people with disabilities, writes Associate Professor Roger Stancliffe.
Why this love triangle works   View Summary
15 August 2011
Professor Geoffrey Garrett writes about Australia's economic balancing act between the US and China.
After 20 years, male and female GPs still practise differently   View Summary
15 August 2011
University of Sydney research has found female GPs see more female patients and younger patients and are more likely to consult on psychosocial issues than their male counterparts.
China Studies Centre hosts Professor Gilbert Rozman    View Summary
15 August 2011
On 16 August, distinguished scholar of international relations Professor Rozman will talk on 'East Asian National Identity Gaps: their causes and consequences'.
Democracy withers as leadership goes missing   View Summary
12 August 2011
Bankers' greed is beginning to rip the guts out of democracy, writes Professor John Keane.
University of Sydney scientists shortlisted for Eureka honours   View Summary
12 August 2011
Seven individuals and a team from the Faculty of Veterinary Science have been named as finalists in the 2011 Eureka Prizes, commonly referred to as the Oscars of Australian science.
Do we need a nanny state? A Sydney Ideas and Intelligence Squared debate   View Summary
12 August 2011
The proposition that we need a nanny state will be debated by high-profile speakers in a special Sydney Ideas event on 16 August as part of the IQ² Australia Debate series.
The real rat race   View Summary
11 August 2011
Sydneysiders sometimes feel swept up in the rat race, but there's a real rat race coming to bushland around Sydney Harbour when University of Sydney ecologists introduce native bush rats, called boguls.
Fellowships shed light on 21st-century democratisation and the history of Australian racial thought   View Summary
10 August 2011
University of Sydney academics will throw new light onto the impact of democracy and our understanding of human difference thanks to two new Australian Laureate Fellowships announced by the federal government today.
Preventing crime through design   View Summary
10 August 2011
On 12 August, the Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney explores the use of the built environment to prevent crime.
Synthetic biology: the next generation of genetic modification   View Summary
9 August 2011
Find out how synthetic biology is allowing scientists to reprogram life from manufactured genomes at a free Sydney Science Forum talk at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 10 August.
Local artists take part in San Francisco sister city exhibition   View Summary
9 August 2011
Josephine Starrs, from the Sydney College of the Arts, is one of two Sydney artists exhibiting as part of the Inaugural San Francisco Sister City Biennale, opened by Lord Mayor Clover Moore last week at Carriageworks, Sydney.
A star is torn   View Summary
8 August 2011
A University of Sydney researcher was part of an international team of astronomers that has observed an incredibly rare event that occurs once every 10,000 years per galaxy.
US adrift as Obama outflanked by tea party zealots   View Summary
8 August 2011
Gridlocked Washington is incapable of showing any leadership to revive its flatlining economy, writes Professor Geoffrey Garrett.
Robotics a hot topic as delegation visits Latin America    View Summary
8 August 2011
The use of advanced robotics engineering in the mining industry is one of many areas of interest for a University delegation visiting Chile and Brazil this week.
Aged care overhaul must consider informal carers   View Summary
8 August 2011
Recommendations to keep Australia's ageing population at home instead of in aged care facilities will put further pressure on unpaid and mostly female carers, says a University of Sydney expert.
Plants may lose less water under global warming than expected, scientists find   View Summary
5 August 2011
Some plants may use less water under global warming, says a University of Sydney scientist involved in a major study published in the journal Nature.
Social change in China: a China Studies Centre event   View Summary
5 August 2011
Two new books on the impact of rapidly changing social conditions in China, written by academics from the University of Sydney's China Studies Centre, will be launched on 9 August at the University.
Bauhaus International at Sydney College of the Arts   View Summary
5 August 2011
A breathtaking show of Bauhaus-inspired architecture 'Neues Bauen International 1927/2002' has opened at the Sydney College of the Arts, the result of an exciting collaboration.
A healthy beginning can prevent overweight and obesity   View Summary
4 August 2011
Breastfeeding and 'tummy time' in a child's first year of life improves their likelihood of growing up to be a healthy weight, finds University of Sydney research.
OECD chief to deliver education message at international forum   View Summary
4 August 2011
Aart de Geus, Deputy Secretary-General of the OECD, will speak at an international forum next week about the importance of universities in shaping the future of the Asia Pacific region.
University of Sydney Business School does its part to end hunger   View Summary
4 August 2011
The University of Sydney Business School has joined forces with not-for-profit agency Foodbank Australia to help them achieve their goal of eliminating hunger in Australia.
Has industrialisation helped to cause the obesity epidemic?   View Summary
4 August 2011
Academics from the University of Sydney and Shanghai Jiao Tong University will host an innovative public forum on Thursday 4 August to analyse how increasing urbanisation has impacted our society and health.
University of Sydney launches new scholarship to support high-performing international students   View Summary
4 August 2011
Up to 60 high-achieving students from around the world will benefit from a new scholarship scheme to study at the University of Sydney.
Breaking down communication barriers between health professionals and Indigenous people   View Summary
4 August 2011
An innovative Indigenous online teaching resource launched will help improve communication between health professionals and Indigenous people.
Sydney Law School debates the rights of foreign investors    View Summary
3 August 2011
Sydney Law School is holding a special event on Wednesday 3 August to discuss the important legal implications of a major policy shift by the federal government.
Stopping snoring cuts heart attack risk, researchers find   View Summary
3 August 2011
Sleep apnoea patients who are successfully treated have lower blood fat levels and a reduced risk of heart attack than people who are left untreated, University of Sydney researchers have found.
'Common room of the future' launches at the University of Sydney   View Summary
3 August 2011
The University of Sydney has teamed with Microsoft Australia to bring its students an innovative new 'TechLounge' that will encourage them to get creative and interact with the latest technology and each other.
Loving life at the Bar: Dr David Bennett, alumnus and barrister   View Summary
3 August 2011
Being a barrister is like "being paid for eating chocolate" according to Dr David Bennett QC, who will present his case in the latest Sydney Law School Distinguished Speakers lecture on Thursday 4 August.
Sydney Law School reports on recall elections   View Summary
2 August 2011
The Constitutional Reform Unit of Sydney Law School has reported on the NSW government's proposal to introduce 'recall elections' for state parliament.
Pioneering psychologist kicks off Key Thinkers   View Summary
2 August 2011
A lecture on one of the 20th century's most famous psychologists will kick off this year's Sydney Ideas Key Thinkers series on Wednesday 3 August.
Soils to society: the unseen power beneath our feet   View Summary
2 August 2011
Find out how human health is intrinsically linked to soil health, and how we are in danger if we don't effectively manage soil, at Professor John Crawford's free Sydney Science Forum talk at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 3 August.
Engineers build new bridge to India   View Summary
1 August 2011
The Faculty of Engineering and IT is signing a memorandum of understanding with Anna University in Chennai.
Researchers and practitioners debate key labour law issues   View Summary
1 August 2011
Leading labour law and industrial relations researchers and practitioners will debate key issues confronting labour law at the 19th Annual Labour Law Conference, taking place today.
Dr Chris Brown cuts ribbon on $4.9 million Camden Campus upgrade   View Summary
1 August 2011
Celebrity vet Dr Chris Brown officially opened the $4.9 million Stage 4 Nepean Lodge and Nepean Hall Student Kitchen upgrade last week.
Pulitzer Prize winner Thomas Friedman to address students   View Summary
1 August 2011
Students will engage with multiple Pulitzer Prize winner and New York Times columnist Thomas Friedman when he delivers a special guest lecture at the University of Sydney.
July 2011
Tequila plant could fuel vehicles and help reduce emissions   View Summary
29 July 2011
Large scale farms of the plant used to make tequila could be established in Australia's arid inland as a novel and greenhouse-friendly solution to our transport fuel problems, finds a University of Sydney academic.
Children encouraged to play outside for National Tree Day   View Summary
29 July 2011
Pioneering research in children's play has led Professor Anita Bundy in the Faculty of Health Sciences to be selected as spokesperson for National Tree Day, Sunday 31 July.
Minister Combet backgrounds carbon legislation at University of Sydney   View Summary
28 July 2011
The Minister for Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, Greg Combet, will visit the University of Sydney on Thursday to address students and staff at Sydney Law School.
Researchers understand why smokers' lungs don't get better   View Summary
28 July 2011
Cigarette smoke fundamentally alters airway tissue in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and the damage lasts long after a smoker quits, finds University of Sydney research.
Travel into space with NASA astronaut   View Summary
28 July 2011
Dr Greg Chamitoff, NASA astronaut and Adjunct Professor at the University, will bring to life the final flight of the Space Shuttle Endeavour at a special Sydney Ideas event on 2 August.
Cholesterol drug may help diabetes sugar levels   View Summary
27 July 2011
A medicine designed to improve levels of 'good' cholesterol may also help control blood sugar in people with diabetes who are taking cholesterol-lowering drugs, according to a University of Sydney research.
Stars of Australian screenwriting share their insider's perspective   View Summary
27 July 2011
Some of Australia's most accomplished screenwriters are sharing their professional insights in a Department of English course at the University of Sydney this semester.
Win for agriculture resource economist   View Summary
27 July 2011
Resource economist, Dr Niggol Seo has been awarded the Agricultural and Applied Economics Association's prestigious Outstanding Article Award for his publication focussing on climate change and South American farming.
Journal honours for University's criminologists   View Summary
26 July 2011
Two scholarly articles by academics at the Sydney Institute of Criminology have been acknowledged with prestigious awards.
The relationship between history and biography    View Summary
26 July 2011
The Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences will launch their Insights 2011: Inaugural Lecture Series with an exploration of the relationship between biography and history.
Con composers hit new highs    View Summary
26 July 2011
Undergraduate and postgraduate composers at Sydney Conservatorium of Music continue to collect accolades for their original work from competitions held nationally and around the globe.
A philosophical approach to climate change   View Summary
25 July 2011
Justice and morality are important parts of the climate change debate, writes Professor Rosemary Lyster from Sydney Law School.
Lessons from experimental economics on how we get along   View Summary
25 July 2011
A Sydney Ideas event on 27 July will present the perspective of experimental economics on cooperation in humans.
Student violinist Emily Sun is on the rise   View Summary
22 July 2011
Second-year Sydney Conservatorium of Music student Emily Sun has added another string to her bow thanks to her central role in a critically acclaimed documentary 'Mrs Carey's Concert' recently screened across Australia.
National recognition for teaching excellence   View Summary
22 July 2011
Teaching excellence and an innovative program that provides timely, individual feedback to students have been recognised in the 2011 national awards from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council.
AIME higher for National Hoodie Day 2011   View Summary
21 July 2011
The University of Sydney's Professor Shane Houston, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services), and Professor Derrick Armstrong, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education), have swapped academic robes for blue hoodies to show support for today's Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience National Hoodie Day.
Harvard and University of Sydney co-host immigration summit   View Summary
21 July 2011
Immigration policy is the focus of a high-level international conference on 22 July, co-hosted by the United States Studies Centre and Sydney Law School in association with Harvard University.
Libby Gleeson first Writer-in-Residence for Faculty of Education and Social Work   View Summary
21 July 2011
Award-winning author and educator Libby Gleeson has been announced as the inaugural Writer-in-Residence for the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Sydney.
Something to smile about    View Summary
20 July 2011
Oral specialists at the University of Sydney's Faculty of Dentistry believe they have developed a program which will stop tooth decay in its tracks.
Increasing physical activity of people with intellectual disability   View Summary
20 July 2011
The University of Sydney, in partnership with two leading Australian disability service providers, is embarking on a project to increase the level of physical activity in adults with intellectual disability.
Researcher receives leading NSW cancer research award   View Summary
20 July 2011
University of Sydney researcher Professor Roger Reddel has been awarded the Outstanding Cancer Researcher of the Year at the Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.
KPMG and University of Sydney research to strengthen China business ties   View Summary
20 July 2011
China is likely to shape our economic future more than any other country and businesses that are not engaged with China need a China strategy, says a preview of new research by KPMG and the University of Sydney China Studies Centre.
Microsoft grant boosts stroke, cardio disease detection devices   View Summary
19 July 2011
A $100,000 Microsoft fellowship awarded to a University of Sydney lecturer in the emerging field of bioelectronics will accelerate the development of electrical devices used to diagnose and monitor stroke and cardiovascular disease.
Concession fare restrictions could reduce public transport crowding   View Summary
19 July 2011
The NSW government should consider reducing crowding on public transport by restricting non-workers' concession fare use to off-peak hours, the University of Sydney's Chair of Public Transport says.
Sydney Nursing School turns knowledge to action   View Summary
19 July 2011
'Knowledge to Action' is Sydney Nursing School's theme for this year's Research Week, 18 to 22 July 2011.
Heatwave: the challenges of climate change in aged-care facilities   View Summary
18 July 2011
A University of Sydney researcher will develop life-saving recommendations for aged-care patients during her innovative research project into heatwave responses, which was recently awarded a Climate Change Adaptation Research Grant.
Cancer patients to receive cutting edge treatments faster    View Summary
15 July 2011
Cancer patients will now benefit from new scientific breakthroughs and treatments much sooner, thanks to a multimillion dollar program announced by the NSW government that University of Sydney researchers are playing a key role in.
Nick Cowdery remembers victims of crime in the Matt Laffan address    View Summary
15 July 2011
On 18 July former NSW Director of Public Prosecutions Nicholas Cowdery QC will deliver the address 'Forgotten Victims: criminal justice remembers' at the University of Sydney.
Indigenous science scholar wins leadership award at International Science School   View Summary
15 July 2011
Joelene Puntoriero from the Northern Territory has been awarded the coveted Mulpha Leadership Award at the University of Sydney.
Nursing duo receive Churchill Fellowships   View Summary
15 July 2011
Two Sydney Nursing School academics have been awarded 2011 Churchill Fellowships enabling them to develop their nursing expertise at overseas locations.
Sydney professor honoured by top UK engineering body   View Summary
14 July 2011
The University of Sydney's Professor Yiu-Wing Mai has been elected as an international fellow of the UK Royal Academy of Engineering in recognition of his groundbreaking work in the field of advanced materials and fracture mechanics.
New type of simulation program to guide policy development   View Summary
14 July 2011
The University of Sydney is this month running an intensive course on agent-based modeling, the first of its kind outside the United States.
Biology and journalism teaching networks receive $1.5 million funding boost   View Summary
13 July 2011
Two teaching bodies at the University of Sydney have been funded by the Australian Learning and Teaching Council to strengthen learning and teaching networks over the next two years.
Type 2 diabetes is on the rise all over the world   View Summary
13 July 2011
Dr Lesley Russell writes about the crushing impact of the growing type 2 diabetes epidemic.
Harry Potter saves history    View Summary
11 July 2011
Professor Ann Curthoys from the Department of History believes the Harry Potter book sare important for their powerful emphasis on history as a "form of useful knowledge and as a powerful allusion".
Tammar wallaby's clever immune tricks revealed   View Summary
11 July 2011
Until now, it was a mystery why many marsupials have two thymuses — key organs in the immune system — instead of one. Dr Emily Wong from the University of Sydney may have found why.
Sookmyung and Sydney: a partnership in art   View Summary
8 July 2011
An exhibition showcasing the work of professors and students from the Sookmyung Women's University, Korea, opened on Thursday night at the Sydney College of the Arts, the visual arts faculty of the University of Sydney.
AA, addiction and the Professor   View Summary
8 July 2011
Addiction psychiatrist and University of Sydney professor, Stephen Jurd, has put his practice on hold to produce the off-Broadway hit Bill W and Dr Bob at Sydney's CarriageWorks theatre.
Sydney joins new national Centre of Excellence for International Finance and Regulation   View Summary
8 July 2011
Academics from the University of Sydney Business School and Sydney Law School have joined a consortium that will contribute to international efforts to avoid a recurrence of the global financial crisis.
Rural revival needs more planning than $7000 handouts   View Summary
7 July 2011
There are better ways to encourage people to move from congested cities to regional areas than the NSW government's $7000 rural relocation incentive, argues one of the authors of a book being launched today on regional migration.
Our exposure to surveillance includes medicine, popular culture and the workplace   View Summary
7 July 2011
On 8 July the University of Sydney's Surveillance and Everyday Life Research Group is holding an event looking at our exposure, as individuals, to surveillance.
Students support social inclusion in Sydney's inner west   View Summary
6 July 2011
Students from the University of Sydney are undertaking a community project in Sydney's inner west to address social barriers to learning faced by young people.
Exhibition offers clues on mysterious pre-Roman civilisation   View Summary
6 July 2011
A new exhibition at the University of Sydney offers insight into a once dominant but enigmatic ancient Italian civilisation.
Resilience: can our environment keep bouncing back?   View Summary
6 July 2011
Questions about the future of world environmental systems will be discussed at a Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources symposium this Friday 8 July.
The large hadron collider and the mysteries of particle physics   View Summary
5 July 2011
In a Sydney Ideas talk on 7 July Professor Clark, Director of the Department of Nuclear and Particle Physics at the University of Geneva, will share some of the mysteries that remain in particle physics, where our science breaks down.
Tallis was right! Numbers predict home win for QLD   View Summary
5 July 2011
A statistical analysis of State of Origin results predict a Queensland win tomorrow night, says a University of Sydney Business School Professor who analysed wins and losses since the series began in 1980.
Transforming agriculture with real options   View Summary
4 July 2011
A project aimed at determining the thresholds at which Australian farmers may need to transform their industry in response to climate change has secured University of Sydney researchers a prestigious $250,000 national grant.
University of Sydney exhibition links aboriginal activism and art   View Summary
4 July 2011
An upcoming exhibition at the University Art Gallery tracks activism and Aboriginal art since the 1960s Freedom Ride, when students set the stage for the nation's Indigenous rights movement.
Building for the future   View Summary
4 July 2011
The University of Sydney has joined forces with the City of Sydney Council and big business in a bid to cut carbon emissions and improve the sustainability of buildings in the nation's largest city.
Indigenous students win record number of science school scholarships   View Summary
4 July 2011
The eight Indigenous Science Scholars attending this year's 36th Professor Harry Messel International Science School is the largest cohort of Indigenous students to attend the event in its 49-year history.
Getting a taste of the university experience   View Summary
1 July 2011
More than 400 high school students aged 15 and 16 experienced a day in the life of a university student on Thursday at the University of Sydney.
A perfect moral storm: the ethical tragedy of climate change   View Summary
1 July 2011
In a Sydney Ideas talk on 4 July, an expert on ethics, political philosophy and environmental ethics will discuss climate change as an ethical tragedy and how, from that perspective, we should address it.
June 2011
Students represent Sydney at world forum   View Summary
30 June 2011
Two Sydney agriculture students have represented the University at the AC21 student world forum in Thailand, looking at issues of sustainable rural development.
Breakthrough treatment for hurting horses   View Summary
30 June 2011
A new osteoarthritis drug combination trialled by University of Sydney researchers could significantly extend the working life of racing and other performance horses and could potentially benefit humans.
Amateur archaeologist's gift to help Australia uncover its past   View Summary
29 June 2011
The late Tom Austen Brown, solicitor and alumnus, has left a major bequest to the University of Sydney for the study of prehistory - the area that absorbed much of his life.
Honey helps heal horses' wounds, researchers find   View Summary
29 June 2011
A simple application of honey to horses' leg wounds results in smaller wound sizes and faster healing time, University of Sydney researchers have found.
Lis Kirkby, our oldest graduate   View Summary
29 June 2011
At 90 years of age, Lis Kirkby is now undertaking a PhD at the University of Sydney and will be the University's oldest ever graduate.
Sydney teams up with China's genomics experts   View Summary
29 June 2011
The University has signed an agreement with China's leading genomics centre, opening the way for a new range of joint research projects and academic exchanges.
Symposium to examine the 'common language' of health   View Summary
28 June 2011
The University of Sydney will this week hold a symposium titled 'Think Before You Measure' \to discuss the basic concepts, definitions and classifications that form our understanding of health.
Sydney academics dedicated to the student experience   View Summary
28 June 2011
Seven University of Sydney academics have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to teaching and learning with Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC) Citations.
National programming challenge targets school students   View Summary
27 June 2011
The University of Sydney is calling on high school students with a penchant for computer programming to take part in its annual programming challenge.
Kids' exposure to junk food ads unchanged despite regulations   View Summary
27 June 2011
Children's exposure to television advertising for unhealthy fast food has remained unchanged since the introduction of industry self regulation, according to new research from the University of Sydney.
Sydney integral to Collaborative Research Networks around health   View Summary
27 June 2011
The University of Sydney will forge new research and educational partnerships with fellow Australian universities as part of three Collaborative Research Networks focusing on health and wellbeing.
The social aspects of death: what does it mean to die with dignity?   View Summary
24 June 2011
The University of Sydney is welcoming academics and practitioners to the inaugural Death Down Under: Death Studies Conference on Monday 27 June and Tuesday 28 June.
Human rights and business - discussing the United Nation's new role   View Summary
24 June 2011
In an unprecedented step, the United Nations Human Rights Council recently endorsed a new set of Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights - on 27 June Sydney Law School will evaluate these new principles.
Funding available for international projects   View Summary
23 June 2011
Applications are now open for the International Program Development Fund, the University's primary source of funding for international projects.
Victorians suffer post-election drop in national transport poll   View Summary
23 June 2011
Victoria's change of government has seen confidence in the state's transport decline, the latest quarterly national transport survey from the University of Sydney shows.
Engineering alumnus receives British knighthood   View Summary
23 June 2011
University of Sydney engineering alumnus David Higgins has been awarded a knighthood in the UK Queens's birthday honours list for his contribution to London's 2012 Olympic Games.
Picasso masterpiece raises A$20.6 million to fund Sydney research   View Summary
22 June 2011
A world-class collaborative research centre at the University of Sydney will benefit from the sale of a rarely seen Picasso to be auctioned at Christie's in London.
Smoking during pregnancy increases children's heart disease risk factors   View Summary
22 June 2011
University of Sydney researchers have discovered that children whose mothers smoke during pregnancy had lower levels of the type of cholesterol known to protect against heart disease in later life.
Let's end muddled thinking on China   View Summary
22 June 2011
China's rise is ushering in a new era of strategic volatility and geo-political competition in Asia, writes Professor Alan Dupont.
Sydney's Picasso moment driven by an optimism bias   View Summary
21 June 2011
On Wednesday morning Christie's will auction a Picasso donated to the University of Sydney, writes director of development Tim Dolan.
Ancient Rome: capital of the world, mirror and metaphor   View Summary
20 June 2011
On 21 June, in a Sydney Ideas talk, Dr Paul Roche from the Department of Classics and Ancient History looks at the urban development of the ancient city of Rome and what Romans thought about their city.
World-first virtual reality study to trial new Parkinson's treatment   View Summary
20 June 2011
Researchers at the Brain and Mind Research Institute may have found a new way to help the Parkinson's disease patients who experience walking problems.
From religion to politics: why it matters if we think someone is watching   View Summary
17 June 2011
People are more likely to condemn the bad behaviour of others when they sense someone else may be watching, research by a PhD student in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Sydney shows.
Looking again at Picasso's Guernica   View Summary
17 June 2011
On 20 June Professor Timothy Clark, one of the world's foremost art historians, will take a new look at Pablo Picasso's Guernica, one of the landmark paintings of modern art.
Revolution, realism and world cinema symposium at the University of Sydney   View Summary
17 June 2011
On 21 June speakers at a symposium at the University of Sydney will investigate world cinema through the twin lenses of revolution and realism.
Doctors renew call for mothball ban to prevent brain damage in babies   View Summary
17 June 2011
Three leading University of Sydney professors have welcomed the decision to suspend the sale of naphthalene flakes for domestic use.
Coexistence of superconductivity and magnetism   View Summary
17 June 2011
Scientists from the University of Sydney are celebrating the 100th anniversary of superconductivity with a discovery of their own.
Sale of University's Picasso masterpiece   View Summary
17 June 2011
A world-class collaborative research centre at the University of Sydney will benefit from the sale of a rarely-seen Picasso to be auctioned at Christie's in London.
The future of coal seam gas: a Sydney Law School conference    View Summary
16 June 2011
On 17 June the Australian Centre for Climate and Environmental Law at the Sydney Law School will host the conference Regulating Coal Seam Gas: Implications for energy, food and water security.
Professor Bryan Gaensler speaks at TEDxSydney   View Summary
16 June 2011
Professor Bryan Gaensler, from the School of Physics at the University of Sydney and Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO), was recently invited to present at the prestigious talks series TEDxSydney.
Assignment: China - a special China Studies Centre event   View Summary
14 June 2011
On 15 June, an expert panel of China watchers will meet at the University of Sydney for a discussion on Chinese current affairs and how they are covered by correspondents.
Sydney Ideas features WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson   View Summary
14 June 2011
At Sydney Ideas on 17 June, WikiLeaks spokesperson Kristinn Hrafnsson will ask "If WikiLeaks has changed 'politics-as-usual', what has it done for media?"
Queen's Birthday Honours 2011   View Summary
14 June 2011
University of Sydney academics and officials have been recognised in fields as diverse as nutrition, commerce and archaeology in the latest round of Queen's Birthday Honours.
Is viral marketing good for you? Sydney Ideas investigates    View Summary
10 June 2011
On 14 June a Sydney Ideas event asks Is Viral Marketing Good For You? and investigates the role of new media in the public health sphere.
Sydney Nursing School goes global   View Summary
10 June 2011
Nursing as a global profession was centre of attention when Sydney Nursing School hosted an international student delegation to Australia as part of the International Scholar Laureate Program.
Meditation back to basics   View Summary
10 June 2011
Fulltime workers who used a traditional 'silent' form of meditation became much less stressed and depressed, finds research from the University of Sydney.
ARC Linkage Grants back 19 projects   View Summary
9 June 2011
Tumour targeting cancer technology, mathematics teaching in high school and energy efficient housing are just three fields which will benefit from University of Sydney research after the latest round of ARC Linkage Project grants were announced.
Duo wins top professional award   View Summary
8 June 2011
Two University of Sydney professors have been awarded top honours by the Royal Australasian College of Physicians.
How young people are reshaping the world   View Summary
7 June 2011
On 8 and 9 June the Department of Anthropology at the University of Sydney is holding a symposium on the influences young people have on modern societies.
Great Hall turns mediaeval for Runnymede Pop Festival   View Summary
7 June 2011
The luminous Gothic ambience of the University's Great Hall will be put to good use tonight and tomorrow night when it is filled with the mediaeval music, song and dance of the Renaissance Players performing the 34th Runnymede Pop Festival.
The Blue Economy: 10 Years, 100 Innovations, 100 Million Jobs   View Summary
7 June 2011
In his Sydney Ideas talk on 9 June, Gunter Pauli will discuss the Blue Economy, whose mission is to develop 100 manufacturing innovations with viable business models that could generate 100 million jobs in 10 years.
The science of sex appeal   View Summary
6 June 2011
Dr Ian Johnston from the School of Psychology will talk about the science of sex appeal on Tuesday 7 June as part of the Xchange series of talks run at The Ivy.
The dark side of 'democracy's birthplace' - revisiting Ancient Athens   View Summary
6 June 2011
On Tuesday 7 June in a Sydney Ideas talk, Dr Alastair Blanshard from the Department of Classics and Ancient History will explore the myths we tell ourselves about ancient Athens.
Indigenous songwriter remains Forever Young   View Summary
3 June 2011
The music of a little-known Indigenous country music singer has been brought to life through the research of University of Sydney postgraduate student Toby Martin, who is also lead singer of the band Youth Group.
War on terror fatigue: US and Australian attitudes 10 years after 9/11   View Summary
3 June 2011
Many Americans and Australians think the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have not been worth the cost and are not helping to win the war on terrorism, according to research by the United States Studies Centre.
Ankles, knees and backs to benefit from new research laboratory   View Summary
3 June 2011
A new Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Research Laboratory opened at the Faculty of Health Sciences last night.
Port Moresby urbanisation project gets go ahead   View Summary
3 June 2011
Dr Paul Jones from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning had his proposal for a Port Moresby urbanisation project ratified this week.
Noam Chomsky to receive the 2011 Sydney Peace Prize   View Summary
2 June 2011
The American linguist, social scientist and human rights campaigner Professor Noam Chomsky was last night announced as the 2011 recipient of the Sydney Peace Prize.
Australia's biggest security risks in the cyber world   View Summary
2 June 2011
About one in five home computers and one in 10 work computers have been taken over and used to conduct illegal activity, a University of Sydney cyber security expert says.
Chemists shed light on sun's role mixing up molecules   View Summary
2 June 2011
University of Sydney scientists have discovered a startling new mechanism where sunlight can rearrange the atoms of molecules to form new chemical substances.
The hygiene hypothesis: is cleanliness wiping out our immune system?   View Summary
2 June 2011
Too much cleanliness has been linked to the alarming rise in auto-immune and allergic diseases in the Western world, says Professor Barbara Fazekas de St Groth from the Centenary Institute.
Indigenous school students experience university   View Summary
2 June 2011
One hundred and twenty eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students had their first taste of tertiary education today with the Indigenous Students Experience Day at the University of Sydney.
Gallop to promote regional engagement through education   View Summary
1 June 2011
Professor Geoff Gallop, the Director of the University of Sydney's Graduate School of Government, has been made the Chair of the Australia Awards Board.
Welcoming outsiders at Sydney College of the Arts   View Summary
1 June 2011
In an ongoing engagement with the genre know as Outsider Art, Professor Colin Rhodes, Dean of Sydney College of the Arts, has curated of two exhibitions opening tonight.
May 2011
First steps of Parkinson's disease   View Summary
31 May 2011
Neurologists at the University of Sydney's Brain and Mind Research Institute warn 'those things that go bump or kick in the night' may be signalling early onset of Parkinson's disease.
Effective engagement: the tonic for a reconciled nation   View Summary
31 May 2011
Mick Gooda, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner, last night gave a special Sydney Ideas lecture as part of the university's Reconciliation Week events. This is an edited extract of his speech.
IT professor awarded for high performance computing work   View Summary
31 May 2011
A University of Sydney IT professor has received global accolades for his longstanding contribution to the development of the high performance computing systems.
The Last Romantic War   View Summary
31 May 2011
Sydney historian Frances Clarke sheds fresh light on the American Civil War by examining the emotions and feelings of Union soldiers as expressed in their letters, diaries and songs.
Young Australian conductor wins major international prize   View Summary
31 May 2011
Daniel Smith, a Sydney Conservatorium of Music alumnus, has won a prize in the prestigious Witold Lutosławski International Competition for Young Conductors.
Bridging the gap with Colombia   View Summary
31 May 2011
Two Colombian government ministers visited the University this week to talk to Latin American specialists about trade, education and biodiversity.
Sydney researchers secure funding to further HIV education   View Summary
30 May 2011
The University of Sydney has been successful in attracting $790,000 from AusAID to host 25 fellows for a research program in HIV/AIDS.
Cutting edge new media artists at SCA win major prize   View Summary
27 May 2011
The Art Gallery of New South Wales announced yesterday that Sydney College of the Arts lecturers David Haines and Joyce Hinterding have won the $25,000 acquisitive Anne Landa Award for video and new media arts.
Excellence award for paediatric neurogeneticist    View Summary
27 May 2011
Professor Kathryn North has been awarded the 2011 GlaxoSmithKline Australia Award for Research Excellence for her world-leading work in genetics and muscle function.
Architecture and design students light up Sydney   View Summary
27 May 2011
Three spectacular light installations created by Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning students will feature in Vivid Sydney, the festival of 'light, music and ideas', opening tonight.
Doctors and nurses key to preventing vaccine refusal outbreaks   View Summary
27 May 2011
Well-informed doctors and nurses are the key to preventing parents refusing childhood immunisations because of vaccine scare campaigns, says a University of Sydney expert in international journal Nature.
University of Sydney talks recognition for National Reconciliation Week   View Summary
27 May 2011
The University of Sydney will show its support for reconciliation as it hosts a range of free, public events to mark this year's Reconciliation Week.
Nurses contribute to cancer research    View Summary
27 May 2011
A Cancer Nursing Research Unit has been launched acknowledging the central role of specialist cancer nurses in the delivery of quality cancer services in New South Wales.
New cancer study finds benefit in old therapy   View Summary
26 May 2011
A 5000-year-old combination of gentle exercise and meditation could help treat cancer patients, new University of Sydney research has found.
Big leap in understanding frog threat   View Summary
25 May 2011
University of Sydney researchers have identified two new native parasite species causing disease among endangered Australian frogs.
Australian Poetry Library opens its digital doors   View Summary
25 May 2011
The University of Sydney and the Copyright Agency Limited have launched the Australian Poetry Library, and online library holding more than 42,000 poems by 217 Australian poets.
Goldilocks opportunity for university research funding   View Summary
25 May 2011
Dr Sean Gallagher from the United States Studies Centre looks at the Goldilocks problem with research funding: too much and it will be squandered, too little and the scale will be too small to be efficient.
New targets for reducing road deaths in Australia   View Summary
25 May 2011
The new national target to reduce both road fatalities and injuries by at least 30 percent by 2020 is a welcome move according to Associate Professor Rebecca Ivers at The George Institute for Global Health.
Rotary funds help concentration study   View Summary
25 May 2011
The ability of people to concentrate, remember or plan, is the centrepiece of a year-long schizophrenia study being conducted by researchers based at the Westmead Millennium Institute.
Should we give aid to countries whose governments are corrupt?   View Summary
24 May 2011
In this One Just World forum hosted by Sydney Ideas on 25 May, a leading panel of experts will discuss how we can help build good governance and put an end to corruption in the developing world.
Acclaimed University of Sydney biologist elected Royal Society Fellow   View Summary
24 May 2011
A world authority in early mouse development, Professor Patrick Tam from the University of Sydney, has been elected Fellow of the Royal Society, the world's oldest scientific academy.
Let's face the truth about Kinchela Boys Home   View Summary
24 May 2011
Survivors of harsh treatment, brutal punishment, deprivation and sexual abuse in the Kinchela Boys Home will be the subject of a new photographic exhibition opening today as part of Reconciliation Week at the University of Sydney's Fisher Library.
University participates in OECD anniversary forum   View Summary
24 May 2011
A senior University delegation is visiting Europe, where members will take part in a forum marking the 50th anniversary of the OECD.
Working with the world   View Summary
23 May 2011
Applications are being sought for the 2012 round of the International Program Development Fund.
Carthage, the city of memories   View Summary
23 May 2011
In a Sydney Ideas talk on 23 May, Dr Richard Miles from the Department of Classics and Ancient History will discuss how the memory of Carthage as Rome's greatest and most dangerous enemy continued to colour its portrayal by Roman and Greek authors.
Architecture accolade for University of Sydney   View Summary
23 May 2011
A University of Sydney building is the only Australian building to be honoured in this year's prestigious Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) International Awards.
Honorary doctorate for India leader, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam   View Summary
23 May 2011
The University of Sydney recently awarded an honorary doctorate to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India and a distinguished scientist and technologist.
Sydney physicist achieves measurement milestone   View Summary
23 May 2011
Research into the most sensitive measurement of force yet recorded has earned University of Sydney physicist Dr Michael Biercuk a National Measurement Institute Prize for excellence.
Social networking may prove key to overcoming isolation of older adults   View Summary
23 May 2011
The University of Sydney is leading an investigation into the use of online social networking tools and other technologies to combat social isolation and increase community engagement in older Australians.
University of Sydney helps write the history of Australia   View Summary
20 May 2011
University of Sydney historians are the standout performers in a special edition of 'History Australia', the journal or the Australian Historical Association.
Deepwater Horizon: what happened and what next?   View Summary
20 May 2011
On Monday 23 May, examine the causes and consequences of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill through a review of the findings of the National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling.
'Wrestling' with Manning Clark    View Summary
20 May 2011
A landmark biography of Manning Clark, one of Australia's most famous historians, has been written by one of its leading historians, Associate Professor Mark McKenna of the University of Sydney.
Nine Years, Nine Exhibitions: Curating Tate Modern    View Summary
19 May 2011
Jessica Morgan, who has curated exhibitions seen by millions, will discuss her nine years at Tate Modern in London at the University of Sydney on 20 May.
Final chapter of Man Booker International   View Summary
19 May 2011
Philip Roth was unveiled as the fourth winner of the Man Booker International Prize at the Sydney Writers' Festival yesterday.
Tobacco lobby's plain-pack threat not based on reality   View Summary
18 May 2011
The global tobacco industry sees plain packaging as arguably the greatest threat it has ever faced, writes Professor Simon Chapman.
An essential addition to debate on constitutional reform   View Summary
18 May 2011
On 19 May, Sydney Law School will launch the Constitutional Reform Unit, a groundbreaking research body aimed at supporting a more informed public debate on changes to Australia's constitutions.
University of Sydney taxonomist finds new fish   View Summary
18 May 2011
A University of Sydney taxonomist has identified two new species of vibrant dottyback reef fishes.
Iconoclastic composer and musician Michael Nyman joins The Con   View Summary
17 May 2011
Sydney audiences will have the rare opportunity to hear distinguished composer and musician Michael Nyman on 27 May at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
NSW Premier's Award for Libby Gleeson's lifetime achievement   View Summary
17 May 2011
Libby Gleeson, an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Social Work and an alumna of the University of Sydney has been recognised in the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards.
An Artistic Focus on China    View Summary
16 May 2011
In a Sydney Ideas talk on 17 May, Professor Xiaobing Tang from the University of Michigan will discuss experimentation in the development of modern Chinese printmaking.
The deck is loaded in Obama's favour   View Summary
16 May 2011
Bin Laden's death does not make Obama's re-election inevitable, but Obama and his opponents know he can play the bin Laden card whenever it is needed, writes Professor Geoffrey Garrett.
Is a sustainable and prosperous India possible?   View Summary
16 May 2011
On Thursday 19 May, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former president of India, will share his vision of a sustainable and prosperous India at the University of Sydney.
University of Sydney expert developing next generation biofuels   View Summary
16 May 2011
The University of Sydney's Professor Thomas Maschmeyer is behind cutting edge research that could fuel the aviation industry from sustainable energy sources in the not too distant future.
Indigenous graduates pave the way   View Summary
13 May 2011
A group of Indigenous health workers from across Australia flew to Sydney to accept their Graduate Diplomas in Indigenous Health Promotion on Friday 13 May.
The global village of Chinese literature   View Summary
13 May 2011
From 15 to 18 May, the University of Sydney will bring together leading Chinese writers and literature scholars from across the world for a conference titled 'Contemporary Overseas Chinese Literature: theory and practice'.
A gift that keeps on giving   View Summary
13 May 2011
A new season at the Seymour Centre featuring some of Australia's most exciting small and emerging theatre companies underlines the enduring importance of philanthropy to universities and the arts.
Sydney strengthens research links with China   View Summary
13 May 2011
Sydney's relationship with China has been deepened and strengthened by the recent visit of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella.
Rudd optimistic about Africa's future   View Summary
13 May 2011
Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd, speaking at an International Forum at the University, said he was confident Africa could realise its full potential in the 21st century.
Living below the line to fight poverty   View Summary
12 May 2011
University of Sydney staff and students are the leading fundraisers in a campaign to increase awareness of extreme poverty.
Winning new line in irrigation   View Summary
12 May 2011
A remarkable irrigation system that uses salt water and the natural energy produced by plants took out the best invention award in last night's episode of The New Inventors.
Sea of Hands art winner   View Summary
12 May 2011
The University of Sydney offered a unique opportunity to Sydney College of the Arts students and recent graduates by calling for entries to create a design for the 2011 Sea of Hands for National Reconciliation Week.
How this budget put welfare to work   View Summary
11 May 2011
The significance of this year's budget is about restructuring the relationship between welfare and work, both in official policy and in the public's mind, writes Michael Rafferty.
Capturing CO2   View Summary
10 May 2011
A team of leading researchers from some of Australia's top universities and research institutes will join forces to develop new ways to capture and transform carbon dioxide.
Architecture students' world-beating design   View Summary
10 May 2011
Two University of Sydney Master of Architecture students have won first prize in the Barcelona 2011 International Architecture Competition, beating 500 other entries.
Celebrating Australian novelist Alex Miller   View Summary
10 May 2011
Australian author Alex Miller has written a personal memoir to present at the first international symposium on his work, being held at the University of Sydney on 14 May.
Star student takes out coveted Bok Prize   View Summary
9 May 2011
Barnaby Norris from the University of Sydney's School of Physics has won the 2011 Bok Prize for the Best Honours Thesis in astronomy across all Australian universities.
Sydney Ideas keeps an eye on surveillance   View Summary
6 May 2011
Is surveillance the stuff of nightmare or a necessary part of contemporary life? Find out at this Sydney Ideas talk on Tuesday 10 May.
Sleep researcher wins prestigious international award   View Summary
6 May 2011
Professor Ron Grunstein has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to sleep research and sleep medicine by the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.
Health Sciences celebrates excellence    View Summary
6 May 2011
Gabi Hollows was among the nearly 100 award recipients recognised by the Faculty of Health Sciences at its awards night on Wednesday 4 May.
Professor receives top scientific honour   View Summary
5 May 2011
University of Sydney Emeritus Professor Noel Hush was elected a member of the prestigious US-based National Academy of Sciences (NAS) for his excellence in original scientific research.
Psychology gets high world ranking   View Summary
5 May 2011
The School of Psychology has been ranked at 11 in the world in the recently released QS World University Rankings, compiled by Quacquarelli Symonds, the careers and education research firm.
Kevin Rudd to address Africa Forum   View Summary
5 May 2011
Foreign Minister Kevn Rudd will address an International Forum at the University to speak about Australia's growing engagement with Africa.
Figurehead comes to light within al-Qa'ida's most dangerous franchise   View Summary
5 May 2011
Is it possible someone could pick up where Osama Bin Laden left off? Sarah Philips from the Centre for International Security Studies writes.
Portraits in the digital age: Julia Gillard opens show in Korea   View Summary
4 May 2011
Given our love affair with the human face it is not surprising that portraiture is one of the oldest and most popular genres in the visual arts, says curator and University of Sydney academic, Dr Kathy Cleland.
Best and brightest research showcase at state parliament   View Summary
4 May 2011
Fourth-year honours graduates from the Department of Government and International Relations last night stepped into the hothouse of political debate to present their theses at NSW Parliament House.
International Council of Nurses gets a taste of Australian health workforce reform   View Summary
4 May 2011
Two University of Sydney nursing professors will host a forum at the 2011 International Council of Nurses (ICN) Conference to be held this week in Malta.
Deepening Australia's climate debate - a collaborative approach   View Summary
3 May 2011
A symposium on climate change on Friday 6 May is a collaboration between the University of Sydney's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, the International Journal of Water and the Natural Sequence Farming Association.
Wrap yourself up on Mummies' Day for free   View Summary
2 May 2011
Handle a 2500-year old Egyptian amulet, wrap yourself up like a mummy, learn how to write your name in hieroglyphs and learn about all things ancient Egyptian during this free Mother's Day event at the Nicholson Museum this Sunday.
Planting trees arrests koala decline, study finds   View Summary
2 May 2011
University of Sydney researchers have gained a rare insight into the habits of koalas, discovering simple tree planting may be the solution to expanding their habitat and allowing their populations to grow.
April 2011
Mexico City: from a vision splendid to the world's first megacity   View Summary
29 April 2011
Archaeologist Ben Churcher will explore the rise and fall of the once-great Aztec capital of Tenochtitlan in a free public talk at the Nicholson Museum this Sunday 1 May.
Healthy planet, healthy people   View Summary
29 April 2011
A workshop at the University will look at how two of the biggest issues facing the world today - tackling climate change and improving global health - can be addressed as one problem.
Indigenous art honours for SCA artist   View Summary
28 April 2011
Sydney College of the Arts lecturer Danie Mellor, one of Australia's most acclaimed contemporary artists, has had his work described as providing a meeting place between colonial and Indigenous voices.
Let wisdom of youth lead social agenda   View Summary
27 April 2011
Let's form policy with deference to the people who have something at stake, writes University of Sydney student Michael Koziol.
Sale of donated Picasso to benefit University of Sydney science   View Summary
27 April 2011
The upcoming auction of a Picasso masterpiece donated to the University of Sydney will fund research into obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Australian-led research in nanotechnology a huge breakthrough   View Summary
27 April 2011
Groundbreaking research in quantum light source led by the University of Sydney will result in information speeds many times faster and data that is almost impossible to hack.
Mexican foreign policy expert visits University   View Summary
27 April 2011
Rafael Fernandez de Castro, a foreign relations adviser to President Calderon of Mexico, is speaking to the University's Latin America expert group on Friday.
Islamic Reformation: a University of Sydney international symposium   View Summary
21 April 2011
From 28 April the University of Sydney will hold a three-day symposium exploring the diversity and relevance of Islamic Reform movements, particularly in relation to gender rights.
Pesticide ban threatens world food security, expert warns   View Summary
21 April 2011
Food supplies for millions of people and the crops of millions of farmers are at risk if a commonly used pesticide is banned worldwide, a University of Sydney professor warns.
Kids' screen time a predictor of future health problems   View Summary
20 April 2011
University of Sydney researchers have found children who spent the most time watching TV had narrower arteries in the back of their eyes, increasing their chances of health problems in later life.
Top NSW schools selected for Harvard well-being research   View Summary
20 April 2011
In the first study of its kind in Australia, students at two public high schools will take part in a trial of positive psychology programs aimed at improving students' well-being.
New shapes in granular movement   View Summary
20 April 2011
University of Sydney researchers have discovered new patterns in the movement of granular mixtures with findings that could assist the study of oil and gas recovery and CO2 geo-sequestratrion.
Migration research out of step   View Summary
20 April 2011
A University of Sydney professor has revealed that research on migration and diversity has experienced a significant drop, despite the expanding and diversifying migration to Australia since the 1990s.
Students cook up a storm with MasterChef runner-up   View Summary
19 April 2011
Residents at Sydney University Village can say goodbye to frozen meals and takeaways as they prepare for cooking classes with MasterChef's Callum Hann on 20 and 21 April.
Heavy, fast and furious: stars of the Milky Way   View Summary
18 April 2011
A University of Sydney astronomy team has developed a way of finding the truly massive stars in the Milky Way.
The blue future: the robotic exploration of the oceans   View Summary
18 April 2011
Learn how robots are revolutionising ocean exploration in this Sydney Science Forum on Wednesday 20 April.
Several cancers underrepresented in clinical trials   View Summary
18 April 2011
Several cancers with a high burden of disease are not receiving the clinical trial investment they require, according to a University of Sydney study.
Theatres of violence: crime, true crime and fictional crime   View Summary
15 April 2011
On Monday 18 April, the Sydney Institute of Criminology will examine the relationship between real crime and fictional violence.
American grace: how religion divides and unites America   View Summary
15 April 2011
In a talk for Sydney Ideas on Monday 18 April, leading US political scientist Robert Putnam will discuss how religion divides and unites America.
Learning lessons from positive psychology in education   View Summary
15 April 2011
National and international experts in positive psychology in education will meet at the University of Sydney this weekend.
Sydney College of the Arts' Ben Quilty wins Archibald   View Summary
15 April 2011
Ben Quilty, a graduate and research affiliate of Sydney College of the Arts at the University of Sydney has won Australia's most famous art prize.
Indigenous quit smoking program trains 1000   View Summary
14 April 2011
A University of Sydney program aimed at cutting high smoking rates in Aboriginal communities has trained its one thousandth health worker.
Young art students explore creativity at MCA and SCA   View Summary
14 April 2011
Twelve aspiring high school art students are taking part in a special four day art-making workshop hosted by the Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA).
The struggle for power in the Indian Ocean   View Summary
14 April 2011
India and China are engaged in a power struggle over control of the Indian Ocean, according to Dr Chandan Mitra, guest speaker at an International Forum at the University.
Cooperation in cancer research   View Summary
13 April 2011
A theory of cell cooperation in cancer has earned two University of Sydney researchers a 2011 Human Frontiers of Science Program Grant.
Turning the everyday into art   View Summary
13 April 2011
Garbage bags, plastic straws and cocktail umbrellas are just some of the pieces on show at the Sydney College of the Arts as part of its April exhibition program.
Uncanny landscapes: acclaimed American photographer Gregory Crewdson   View Summary
13 April 2011
Gregory Crewdson, professor of photography at the Yale University School of Art, will discuss the full scope of his work at a Sydney Ideas talk on Friday 15 April.
US media fellowship awarded to ABC journalist   View Summary
13 April 2011
The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has awarded its inaugural media fellowship, in partnership with the World Press Institute, to ABC journalist Siobhan Heanue.
The uses and abuses of NSW crime statistics   View Summary
12 April 2011
The Sydney Institute of Criminology at the University of Sydney is holding a special briefing session on the reporting of crime statistics.
Joan Carden Award 2011   View Summary
12 April 2011
The Joan Carden Award 2011 has been won by soprano Emma Moore from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music.
Government funding cuts to research funding: short term gain, long term pain   View Summary
12 April 2011
The threatened cuts to the National Health and Medical Research Council will have far greater consequences than anticipated, say the George Institute for Global Health.
Professor Mark Adams on fire risks and management in Victoria   View Summary
12 April 2011
Professor Mark Adams, Dean of the Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources at the University of Sydney, has written an opinion paper of his views regarding fire risks and their management in Victoria's high country.
Intensive look at infectious diseases   View Summary
11 April 2011
Infectious diseases that can be found in hospital intensive care units will be the focus of a new Centre of Research Excellence.
"Nobel Prize" for political science won by Professor Pippa Norris   View Summary
11 April 2011
Pippa Norris from the University of Sydney has won what is popularly known as the Nobel prize for political science.
PM must deliver to mentally ill   View Summary
11 April 2011
The time has come for the Gillard government to turn its rhetoric on mental health into action, writes Professor Ian Hickie.
Great Hall hosts the First-Year Book Club   View Summary
8 April 2011
The University of Sydney's Great Hall will host its first ever book club meeting on 12 April when Kate Grenville discusses her highly acclaimed novel The Secret River.
Unprincipled ads just subtract from government messages    View Summary
8 April 2011
Political advertising has crossed the line and now subtracts from the government's message, writes Professor Rod Tiffen.
Astronomers discover Kepler's trinity   View Summary
8 April 2011
NASA's revolutionary Kepler satellite has discovered a unique triply eclipsing triple star, reports an international team of astronomers featuring the University of Sydney.
The future of Australian editing   View Summary
7 April 2011
For a Sydney Ideas event on Tuesday 12 April, a panel of highly experienced editors from a range of media formats will discuss both what has changed in Australian media and what the future holds.
Questioning the authority of science   View Summary
6 April 2011
A special Sydney Ideas roundtable discussion at the University of Sydney on Friday 8 April will discuss the authority of science: is science just another voice in the policy debate?
Disastr Hotel: how would Sydneysiders react?   View Summary
6 April 2011
Sydney artist DV Rogers will live in a post-disaster shelter system for 14 days in the grounds of the University of Sydney as part of the new exhibition 'The Right to the City'.
Information Age to be faster, smarter, greener thanks to CUDOS   View Summary
6 April 2011
The new $23.8 million ARC Centre of Excellence for Ultrahigh Bandwidth Devices for Optical Systems (CUDOS) was launched today by Senator Kim Carr, Federal Minister for Science.
University hosts forum on India   View Summary
6 April 2011
Indian journalist and politician Dr Chandan Mitra will be one of the speakers at an India Forum at the University on 13 April.
Power play in Yemen   View Summary
5 April 2011
Sarah Phillips from the Centre for International Security Studies writes about the ongoing power struggle in Yemen.
Ways of seeing: reforming the humanities   View Summary
5 April 2011
A free public Sydney Ideas lecture on Thursday 7 April will discuss the need for humanities to better engage with the wider world.
Sydney announces senior Indigenous appointment   View Summary
4 April 2011
Professor Shane Houston has been appointed as Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Strategy and Services) at the University of Sydney.
A different vision of the computer world   View Summary
4 April 2011
In a Sydney Ideas event on Wednesday 6 April, Theodor Nelson, a pioneer of information technology, will describe the alternative possibilities for our computer world.
Ancient Greece children's discovery day   View Summary
1 April 2011
Dress up as a hoplite soldier, handle artefacts up to 2500 years old, write your name in Greek and learn about ancient myths and legends at Ancient Athens: A Children's Discovery Day on Sunday 3 April.
The Con Open Day 2011   View Summary
1 April 2011
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music is throwing open its doors to the community this Saturday 2 April, in a fun-filled, free day out for the whole family.
On the road again: Pollie Pedal 2011   View Summary
1 April 2011
The 2011 Pollie Pedal is underway with politicians from both sides of the house leaving Canberra for a week on the road.
March 2011
New Dean of University of Sydney Business School   View Summary
31 March 2011
Professor Geoffrey Garrett, currently CEO of the United States Studies Centre, has been appointed as the next Dean of the University of Sydney Business School.
Giant stars reveal inner secrets for the first time   View Summary
31 March 2011
University of Sydney astrophysicists are behind a major breakthrough in the study of stars known as red giants, finding a way to peer deep into their cores.
University of Sydney replicates Mars Rover for Powerhouse Museum   View Summary
31 March 2011
An operational model of NASA's Mars Exploration Rovers built at the University of Sydney will give high school students firsthand experience of robots that have provided invaluable data on the red planet.
Australian among International Book Prize finalists   View Summary
30 March 2011
An Australian writer is among the finalists for the Man Booker International Prize 2011, announced at the University of Sydney today.
From little things big crops grow: ants and termites boost wheat yields   View Summary
30 March 2011
CSIRO and University of Sydney scientists have found allowing ants and termites to flourish increased a wheat crop's yield by more than one third.
Greater labour market security will enhance Australia's economic performance   View Summary
29 March 2011
On Wednesday 30 March, six leading international speakers will present at a Global Forum on Employment Relations organised by the University of Sydney's Workplace Research Centre.
Law School moots world - and wins   View Summary
29 March 2011
Sydney Law School students have prevailed over 130 other competing teams to win the highly prestigious Philip C Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition.
Exhibition tells history of red dyes from cochineal to chemistry   View Summary
28 March 2011
A new exhibition at the University of Sydney's Macleay Museum reveals the intriguing history of procuring red dyes, weaving together tales of trade, Spanish conquests and chemistry.
Fear and poor information increase cervical cancer risks   View Summary
28 March 2011
Some girls are missing out on the cervical cancer vaccine because of fears related to the vaccination process, a study by researchers at the University of Sydney and the Children's Hospital at Westmead has found.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Dean's Gala Concert    View Summary
28 March 2011
Red carpet and a Balinese gamelan ensemble set the tone for an evening of surprises and exciting talent as guests arrived for the annual Dean's Gala Concert at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music last Wednesday 23 March.
Theatre, democracy and the end of distraction: working in the margins to make a difference   View Summary
28 March 2011
Associate Professor Peter O'Connor believes that theatre can be more than a distraction from the world - it can help fundamentally reshape it.
Primary students get a head start on uni life   View Summary
28 March 2011
Six hundred students aged eight and nine will get a taste of life on campus when they attend the Year 3 Introduction to University Day, part of the University of Sydney's Compass - Find your way to higher education program.
University of Sydney switches off for Earth Hour   View Summary
25 March 2011
The University of Sydney will show its commitment to an environmentally sustainable future by switching off its lights for Earth Hour this Saturday 26 March.
2011 Australian Achievement in Architecture Awards   View Summary
25 March 2011
Professor Anna Rubbo from the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning has been presented with the Neville Quarry Architectural Education Prize for 2011 in recognition of her exceptional commitment to architectural education on a global scale.
Australian Academy of Science fellowships   View Summary
25 March 2011
Three University of Sydney academics were recognised as among Australia's leading scientists this week when they were admitted as Fellows into the prestigious Australian Academy of Science.
Economic boom shows no sign of flagging   View Summary
25 March 2011
World Bank economist Ivailo Izvorski says the economic boom in the East Asia and Pacific region shows no sign of flagging.
World TB Day: experts warn about increase in drug-resistant tuberculosis   View Summary
24 March 2011
Tuberculosis experts at the Centenary Institute, affiliated with the University of Sydney, warn that the greatest threat to TB control is the steady rise of a new multi-drug resistant super strain.
The Chinese model of state capitalism: appeals and limitations   View Summary
24 March 2011
In the Sydney Ideas lecture on 28 March, Professor Suisheng Zhao from the University of Denver will explore to what extent China has provided a distinct model of modernisation and both its appeals and limitations.
High salt diets damaging Australian men's sex lives   View Summary
24 March 2011
Getting across to men just how bad salt is for their health was the focus of a debate hosted by the University of Sydney's George Institute for Global Health yesterday as part of World Salt Awareness Week.
Speedy toads advance theory of evolution   View Summary
23 March 2011
Speed and the mating habits of the Australian cane toad are set to expand the theory of evolution, according to University of Sydney research.
Do pre-conceived expectations impact on doctor analysis of X-rays?   View Summary
23 March 2011
A University of Sydney study has not found any evidence that a clinician's ability to read X-rays is skewed by what they expect to find.
Analysis calls for greater clinical role in e-health   View Summary
23 March 2011
A survey of IT experts by the University of Sydney lends further weight to calls to halt the rollout of the NSW Clinical Information System FirstNet.
Rural independents to feel the squeeze   View Summary
22 March 2011
The Nationals look likely to win back three seats from rural independents in this week's election, writes Associate Professor Rodney Smith.
Welcoming Con students to the community   View Summary
22 March 2011
On Tuesday 22 March, the University of Sydney will be welcoming as alumni the students from the Sydney Conservatorium of Music who graduated prior to 1990, before the Con became part of the University.
The changing landscape of international law and Distinguished Speakers program   View Summary
22 March 2011
Sydney Law School announces two major lectures, featuring Sir Michael Wood of the International Law Commission and The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP.
Call for a better policy vision for hearing and sight impaired   View Summary
22 March 2011
Preliminary results from a University of Sydney study have shown up to 80 percent of people with vision loss also have mild or moderate hearing loss.
NSW residents not optimistic about short-term transport improvements   View Summary
21 March 2011
NSW residents are not confident transport in their area will improve in the 12 months following the state election, the latest national transport survey from the University of Sydney indicates.
A zero sum game   View Summary
21 March 2011
New light has been shed on the 150-year-old math puzzle known as the Riemann hypothesis, say mathematical physicists at the University of Sydney.
A new hub of writing activity for University of Sydney students   View Summary
21 March 2011
A teaching and research partnership between Stanford University and the University of Sydney has led to a new program to address the writing performance of students.
With hand on heart, and heart in stomach, US takes on Libya   View Summary
21 March 2011
The military action against Libya marks a major foreign policy shift for US President Barack Obama, writes Professor Geoffrey Garrett of the United States Studies Centre.
Fellowship rewards leaders in Indigenous health and welfare   View Summary
18 March 2011
Future leaders in Indigenous health and welfare have been recognised with the presentation of this year's Rowan Nicks Russell Drysdale Fellowships.
Aviation sensor protectant wins Amelia Earhart fellowship   View Summary
18 March 2011
A breakthrough that could save the aviation industry billions of dollars has won a University of Sydney PhD student an international award honouring aviation's most famous pioneering woman.
The Right to the City: redefining city living   View Summary
18 March 2011
An exhibition and symposium on reinventing life in our cities will be on at the University of Sydney's Tin Sheds Gallery in April.
Centenary Institute takes out heart award   View Summary
18 March 2011
Professor Jennifer Gamble, from the University of Sydney's Centenary Institute, has received a National Heart Foundation award for her work on the surprising, positive changes ageing has on special blood vessel cells.
Israeli scientists share 2011 Sir Zelman Cowan research prize   View Summary
18 March 2011
Two researchers from Hebrew University of Jerusalem share the 2011 Sir Zelman Cowen Universities Fund Prize for Medical Research.
Sydney filmmaker reveals Chernobyl stories   View Summary
17 March 2011
A preview screening of Precarious, a documentary art film by Sydney College of the Arts senior lecturer Merilyn Fairskye about the aftermath of the Chernobyl explosion, will be shown this Friday 18 March at 7pm at the University of Technology, Sydney.
Sorrow and Sadness Ceremony shows support for grieving students   View Summary
17 March 2011
Student Support Services at the University of Sydney will tomorrow hold a Sorrow and Sadness Ceremony to show support for students affected by the recent events in Japan.
Shark attack or shark accident? Rethinking the shark menace in Australia   View Summary
16 March 2011
The use of beach netting, the public image of sharks and opportunities for new outlooks on sharks and beach recreation will be discussed at a debate at the University of Sydney next Monday 21 March.
Database to predict and prevent disease from spreading a world-first   View Summary
16 March 2011
How diseases like swine flu and bird flu might arrive in Australia and spread could be accurately predicted in the future thanks to a world-first database that will be developed at the University of Sydney.
Man Booker International comes to the University of Sydney    View Summary
16 March 2011
The University of Sydney will host the announcement of the finalists for the fourth Man Booker Prize International 2011.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music Open Day   View Summary
15 March 2011
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will welcome the public on Saturday 2 April for its annual Open Day.
Realising our potential in the arts and Australian education   View Summary
15 March 2011
Sydney Theatre Company's Artistic Directors Cate Blanchett and Andrew Upton will tonight launch The Arts and Australian Education: Realising Potential, by Professor Robyn Ewing from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Education and Social Work.
NSW Archaeology On-line launches today    View Summary
15 March 2011
Researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at the University of Sydney, in partnership with local professional archaeologists and the University Library, have created NSW Archaeology On-Line - the first resource of its kind in Australia.
On a screen near you, the history of the world   View Summary
15 March 2011
Scientists at the University of Sydney have developed software which allows users to look back over millions of years of the Earth's history.
Online sports betting has created new generation of problem gamblers   View Summary
14 March 2011
The rising popularity of internet sports betting is changing the face of the problem gambler, reports the University of Sydney's Gambling Treatment Clinic.
Cervical cancer vaccine causing confusion   View Summary
14 March 2011
The public 'recruitment' campaign promoting Gardasil has done little to educate adolescent girls about the cause of cervical cancer, University of Sydney researchers have found.
Support for staff and students   View Summary
14 March 2011
Following the recent natural disasters, the University is offering support and counselling to anyone who may have been affected.
Young people with developmental disabilities to benefit from $5.2m NHMRC grant   View Summary
14 March 2011
The University of Sydney will lead a new large scale study into mental health problems in people with developmental disabilities, following a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) Program Grant.
2011 Fulbright scholars dedicated to improving the world   View Summary
11 March 2011
Three University of Sydney graduates have been recognised for their work in moral philosophy, international diplomacy, and women's and children's welfare with 2011 Fulbright Scholarships.
Free University of Sydney talk on grapevine yellows   View Summary
11 March 2011
A University of Sydney engineer will next week outline his efforts to curtail the notorious "grapevine yellow" in one of Italy's great grape growing regions.
Slavery, evil deeds and re-thinking the past   View Summary
11 March 2011
What is 'evil', and what makes ordinary people do terrible deeds? Find out at this Sydney Ideas lecture on Wednesday 16 March.
Public forum on Wikileaks and the right to know   View Summary
11 March 2011
The Sydney Peace Foundation is co-presenting a public forum on Wikileaks and the Australian government's response to it.
US alliance research project welcomed   View Summary
11 March 2011
The US Studies Centre at the University of Sydney has welcomed Prime Minister Julia Gillard's support for a major research project to be led by the Centre into the Australia - United States alliance.
Sydney Conservatorium of Music hosts concert for Christchurch   View Summary
10 March 2011
The Sydney Conservatorium of Music will host a special fundraising event this Sunday 13 March to support the Australian Red Cross New Zealand Earthquake appeal.
Return of stolen Cambodian treasures start landmark agreement   View Summary
10 March 2011
Dr Dougald O'Reilly from the University of Sydney's Department of Archaeology has worked closely with the Australian Government to return looted Cambodian antiquities to the Cambodian government.
China challenge will bind us closer to Washington    View Summary
10 March 2011
If the 20th century Australia-US alliance was born to contain the Soviet Union, the focus of the 21st century alliance will surely be China, writes Professor Geoffrey Garrett.
Renowned Chinese novelist to speak at Sydney   View Summary
10 March 2011
Renowned Chinese novelist Yan Lianke will speak at the Confucius Institute at the University of Sydney on Friday 11 March.
Cane toad aversion research attracts major award   View Summary
10 March 2011
University of Sydney research has been recognised in a prize awarded by the British Ecological Society for a paper by a young author.
Four climate change positions in one day    View Summary
10 March 2011
Professor Rod Tiffen examines the government's continually changing approach to climate change.
It's deluded to think we're the only apple of America's eye   View Summary
9 March 2011
We are deluded if we think Australia is a major player in Washington policy circles, writes Tom Switzer from the US Studies Centre.
The revitalisation of Australia's Indigenous languages   View Summary
9 March 2011
A new book to be launched this week describes the ongoing struggle to keep Indigenous Australian languages alive.
The mayor who put his city on the map with buses   View Summary
8 March 2011
The man who transformed Colombia's capital city into a shining example of how buses can improve a city will deliver a free presentation co-hosted by the University of Sydney this Friday.
The heroes and villains of the Labor Party   View Summary
8 March 2011
Today's embattled Labor Party could learn a lot from the sweeping success of their counterparts a century ago, according to a new book by the University of Sydney's Dr Nick Dyrenfurth being launched this Thursday.
World glaucoma week focuses on eye testing   View Summary
8 March 2011
More than half of Australia's glaucoma cases remain undiagnosed, according to the University of Sydney's Professor Paul Healey.
Opposition needs to accentuate the positive and say what it plans to do in government   View Summary
7 March 2011
The NSW state opposition may be ahead in the opinion polls, but they are not doing enough to present a strong alternative, writes Associate Professor Rodney Smith.
Getting transport basics right takes more than rail   View Summary
7 March 2011
The political focus on rail does not give NSW a high-quality public transport service offering value for money and quicker travel times, says the University of Sydney's Chair in Public Transport.
Sydney an Employer of Choice for Women eight years in a row   View Summary
7 March 2011
Fellowships for female academics, professional development programs and leading maternity and parental leave schemes have ensured the University of Sydney retains its status as an Employer of Choice for Women in 2011.
Art Month at the SCA   View Summary
4 March 2011
The Sydney College of the Arts will host a dynamic series of exhibitions and events as part of Art Month Sydney during March 2011.
Mistake for the West to intervene   View Summary
4 March 2011
After decades of arms sales to their oppressors, Arab protesters are rightly sceptical about our support, writes Professor Colin Wight.
Discovering the spring in elastin   View Summary
2 March 2011
An international team of scientists led by the University of Sydney has solved the structural puzzle of the main component of elastin, the protein that gives our vital organs their ability to expand and contract.
The risky business of innovation: a new framework for risk management   View Summary
2 March 2011
Traditional techniques of risk management are unable to keep up with technological advancements, argues a new book by the University of Sydney's Professor Alan Randall.
Birth of a baby planet   View Summary
2 March 2011
University of Sydney astronomer, Professor Peter Tuthill, is one of an international team of astronomers who have announced a major step forward in the quest to find planets in orbit around distant stars.
Life and death in Antarctica   View Summary
2 March 2011
Tim Jarvis, environmental scientist and explorer, will recount his recent expeditions and share his environmental findings when he speaks at the University of Sydney on Wednesday 16 March.
What's on at The Con   View Summary
2 March 2011
Hundreds of concerts, recitals, masterclasses and other special events will be on offer to the public this year as part of the Sydney Conservatorium of Music's 2011 Concert Calendar.
February 2011
The reality behind The King's Speech   View Summary
28 February 2011
The hype around The King's Speech has highlighted the devastating impact that stuttering can have on an individual's development and reinforces the need for further research in this area.
Addressing the needs and rights of persons with disabilities   View Summary
28 February 2011
Internationally acclaimed scholar in the disability field, Professor Tom Shakespeare, will dissect the idea of 'mainstreaming disability' at a public lecture at the University of Sydney on Thursday 3 March.
Promoting animal-friendly research   View Summary
25 February 2011
A new method of studying cerebral malaria that avoids animal testing has been recognised by an award at the University of Sydney.
International award for Digital Harlem   View Summary
25 February 2011
Digital Harlem, a website created by University of Sydney history professors and its Archaeological Computer Laboratory, has been recognised for its world-class innovation with the ABC-CLIO Online History Award.
Help at hand for developing countries   View Summary
25 February 2011
Experts from the Faculty of Health Sciences have received assistance from AusAID to tackle problems in developing countries.
Fiction and why we read it: breakfast with David Malouf   View Summary
24 February 2011
Internationally acclaimed Australian author Dr David Malouf will discuss the importance of fiction at the University of Sydney's Graduate Connections Breakfast on Wednesday 9 March.
First PhD for China scholarship program   View Summary
23 February 2011
A student funded through the University of Sydney's China Scholarship Council PhD program is the first to graduate with a PhD from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.
Sydney Law School establishes first Chair of Indigenous Law   View Summary
23 February 2011
Sydney Law School has announced the establishment of its first Chair of Indigenous Law, made possible by a generous gift of $1 million from law firm Gilbert + Tobin.
Mammograms catch second breast cancers early   View Summary
23 February 2011
The results of a cohort study published in this week's Journal of American Medical Association highlights the need for mammograms in women with a history of breast cancer.
A sculpture you can't see: the chemistry behind the art   View Summary
23 February 2011
A University of Sydney professor is at the forefront of cutting edge work creating complex and beautiful molecular structures that, until recently, could only be made at a life-sized scale.
"Children and adults are different forms of Homo Sapiens" Alison Gopnik   View Summary
21 February 2011
Leading psychologist and philosopher Alison Gopnik will present a Sydney Ideas talk on Thursday 24 February on the groundbreaking developments in psychology, neuroscience and philosophy which are revolutionising our understanding of how very young children see the world.
Great Barrier Reef sheds light on ice sheet collapse   View Summary
21 February 2011
Limestone terraces could give hints on a "tipping point" that could trigger catastrophic climate change in the greenhouse in future, according to new research from the University of Sydney.
First-Year Book Club to facilitate community of big ideas   View Summary
21 February 2011
Nine and a half thousand free copies of Kate Grenville's The Secret River will be handed out to all incoming first-year undergraduate students for the inaugural First-Year Book Club.
International focus on crisis in West Papua   View Summary
21 February 2011
An international conference on West Papua is being held at the University of Sydney on 23 and 24 February.
New research makes compelling case for bowel cancer screening program   View Summary
21 February 2011
New research published in the Medical Journal of Australia today shows the Federal Government could give all Australians aged 50 to 74 access to a life-saving bowel cancer test for as little as $80 million.
Sydney musos a net sensation   View Summary
18 February 2011
A group of Sydney Conservatorium of Music graduates has clocked up more than one million hits on YouTube for its instrumental cover version of Lady Gaga's song 'Telephone'.
Global soils uncovered at Bogor meeting   View Summary
18 February 2011
The University of Sydney is behind a global initiative to bring soil knowledge into the digital age and help the international battle to secure food resources and tackle climate change.
Faculty of Health Sciences a key site for collecting the 'Aussie' accent   View Summary
18 February 2011
The Faculty of Health Sciences is one of four Sydney-based 'AusTalk' recording sites which will facilitate the country-wide collection and preservation of the Australian accent.
Sex, race and online dating   View Summary
18 February 2011
Sex and race and how they interact on dating sites is the subject of a panel discussion presented by the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney.
Paediatric surgery research still in infancy, researcher says   View Summary
18 February 2011
On average, some 1600 surgeries are performed on children each year in Australia, compared to the five to six million surgeries carried out on adults, according to University of Sydney PhD student Richard McGee.
The challenge of making yourself heard in a democracy   View Summary
18 February 2011
As Egypt grapples with the challenges of creating a new democracy, the Sydney Democracy Initiative presents a public lecture on the problems of political representation on Thursday 24 February.
24 hours of soccer for flood victims   View Summary
18 February 2011
Sydney Uni Sport and Fitness (SUSF) will hold Australia's first 24-hour football match this Saturday to raise money for victims of the Queensland floods.
"Obscene" magazine covers revisited    View Summary
16 February 2011
Artist Jim Anderson, one of the editors of the infamous Oz Magazine, has re-imagined some of his most provocative works for this new exhibition at the Tin Sheds Gallery.
Agreement a positive step on slow road to change   View Summary
16 February 2011
In implementing healthcare reform, we must not forget the need for greater emphasis on prevention, writes Professor Stephen Leeder.
Clue to fracture treatment in mice   View Summary
16 February 2011
A naturally occurring protein may hold the key to treatments for osteoporosis, report University of Sydney researchers.
Honour roll 2011   View Summary
16 February 2011
The University of Sydney today recognised the success of hundreds of its high-achieving students during the 2010 academic year.
Indigenous research partnership applauded   View Summary
14 February 2011
Australia's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Social Justice Commissioner has launched the first Social Justice and Native Title Reports, applauding the work of the University of Sydney's researchers.
Crisis management: lessons from Enron   View Summary
14 February 2011
Changes in an organisation's email traffic are a potential predictor of looming crises, an analysis of the infamous demise of Enron Corporation has found.
NHMRC honours Professor Chris Semsarian in 10 of the Best Research Projects for 2010   View Summary
11 February 2011
Professor Chris Semsarian from the Centenary Institute and University of Sydney is one of the researchers to be highlighted in the 10 best research projects for 2010.
Survivors may hold key to beating anorexia   View Summary
11 February 2011
A University of Sydney psychology researcher is seeking participants for a study to understand how patients recover from chronic anorexia nervosa.
Leader-less ants make super efficient networks   View Summary
11 February 2011
Ants are able to connect multiple sites in the shortest possible way and create efficient transport networks, according to a University of Sydney study.
The Freedom Ride rides again   View Summary
11 February 2011
This Saturday 12 February, a group of students from the Central Coast of New South Wales will retrace Charles Perkins's historic Freedom Ride of 1965.
Troubled waters   View Summary
11 February 2011
Sydney engineer Mike Jakuba was one of the scientists who took part in the underwater investigation to track the extent of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the worst environmental disaster in US history.
Australia must lead global move towards soil security   View Summary
11 February 2011
Top international soil scientists have called on Australian governments and industry to lead the world in collaborating with farmers to increase soil carbon for improved soil security.
Mooters are winners for Sydney Law School   View Summary
9 February 2011
A team from the University of Sydney has won the national competition of the 2011 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Competition.
Politicians tarnish a tradition of tolerance   View Summary
9 February 2011
Professor Duncan Ivison from the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences writes that politicians are tarnishing the ideal of multiculturalism.
Lack of progress is hard to swallow   View Summary
9 February 2011
Professor Stephen Leeder from the Menzies Centre for Health Policy writes about the frustrations of health care reform.
Peter Singer address on ethics and evolution   View Summary
9 February 2011
The internationally renowned Australian philosopher Peter Singer will deliver a Sydney Ideas lecture at the University of Sydney on 9 February on whether understanding evolution helps us to understand ethics.
New clinical school a first in a private hospital   View Summary
9 February 2011
The University of Sydney's first private hospital clinical school, at the Sydney Adventist Hospital (SAN), is to be officially opened today by the Chancellor of the University and Governor of NSW, Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC CVO.
International conference on Romanticism   View Summary
7 February 2011
The creation of the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia, at the University of Sydney, will be celebrated this month with a major inaugural conference.
Babies risk brain damage: call for a national ban on mothballs containing naphthalene   View Summary
7 February 2011
Experts at the University of Sydney have called for a review of the safety of mothballs containing naphthalene, due to the proven risk of brain damage in some babies.
Love, lust and the science of attraction   View Summary
7 February 2011
At the Australian Museum this Tuesday night, Dr Patricia Weerakoon from the University of Sydney will elucidate scientific explanations behind love and sex.
Do medicines cause road crashes?   View Summary
4 February 2011
University of Sydney researchers are using an advanced driving simulator to investigate whether painkillers and relaxants increase the risk of having a car crash.
Academic heavyweights taking Government and International Relations from strength to strength   View Summary
4 February 2011
The Department of Government and International Relations will enjoy an invigorating change with the arrival of three distinguished new Professors in 2011.
Human Rights Award for Julian Assange   View Summary
4 February 2011
The Sydney Peace Foundation has awarded its gold medal for peace with justice to WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange.
"Googleganger" is the Word of the Year   View Summary
4 February 2011
Macquarie Dictionary has announced "googleganger" as the Word of the Year 2010.
The aged care sector should throw its weight behind reform recommendations   View Summary
3 February 2011
Lofty aspirations for healthcare reform have hit uncertain times in the gridlock of federal relations and lack of clear political mandates, writes Professor Hal Kendig.
Flash of fresh insight by electrical brain stimulation   View Summary
3 February 2011
Are we on the verge of being able to stimulate the brain to see the world anew - an electric thinking cap? Research from the Centre for the Mind at the University of Sydney suggests that this could be the case.
Call for Australian citizens to get involved in Government decision-making   View Summary
2 February 2011
Australians overwhelmingly rejected Prime Minister Gillard's plans for a Citizens' Assembly to decide future climate change policy, but can 'deliberative democracy' make a contribution to modern government?
It's not just cricket   View Summary
2 February 2011
There was a different spin on the ball when Sydney University Cricket Club hosted a friendly twenty20 match against celebrity touring team, Compton Cricket Club.
Retirement funds affected by depression and mental illness   View Summary
2 February 2011
Depression and mental illness have a significant financial impact on people who retire early due to these conditions, a study led by the University of Sydney has revealed.
Laneway Festival returns to Sydney College of the Arts   View Summary
2 February 2011
For the second year in a row, the cutting edge one-day music festival, St Jerome's Laneway Festival, will be held at the Sydney College of the Arts in Rozelle.
January 2011
Sydney rates well above world standards in ERA evaluation   View Summary
31 January 2011
The University of Sydney has been rated at or above world standard in the 2010 Excellence in Research for Australia evaluation program.
Graduate to head Australian Dental Association   View Summary
31 January 2011
An alumnus of the University of Sydney, Dr Shane Fryer, has been elected as the Federal President of the Australian Dental Association.
Study reveals futility of whipping racehorses   View Summary
31 January 2011
Whipping racehorses is pointless and does not make a difference to the outcome of the race, new research from two University of Sydney veterinarians has revealed.
Australia Day honours for the University of Sydney   View Summary
27 January 2011
A number of people associated with the University of Sydney have received Australia Day 2011 honours.
Sydney Festival review: Food Chain   View Summary
27 January 2011
Food Chain transport the Sydney Festival audience into a savage forest, where bears have the upper hand on humans.
Larger groups make better decisions   View Summary
25 January 2011
A study at the University of Sydney shows for the first time that larger social groups make faster, safer and more accurate decisions.
Sydney Festival review: The Tracker   View Summary
25 January 2011
If this night was anything to go by, the Sydney Festival's series A Night at the Quad has been a resounding success.
Sydney Festival review: One Night the Moon   View Summary
24 January 2011
Exploring the relationship between film and music, the Sydney Festival's Night at the Quad series presents Australian films shown in tandem with talks and performances from their composers.
Student perfects the science of a perfect coffee   View Summary
21 January 2011
A University of Sydney student has combined her knowledge of science with her love of coffee to win the Australasian Specialty Coffee Association NSW Barista Championship
Prestigious gallery awards student exhibition space   View Summary
20 January 2011
The Dominik Mersch Gallery is once again supporting emerging artists by collaborating with Sydney College of the Arts to provide an exhibition space for one of its postgraduate students, Lucas Davidson.
Stamp of approval for famous graduates   View Summary
20 January 2011
Three famous women alumni of the university will be celebrated in commemorative Australian stamps.
Free Chinese New Year activities for kids   View Summary
18 January 2011
Free activities for children during Chinese New Year.
Sydney Festival review: My Girlfriend's Boyfriend   View Summary
18 January 2011
Review of My Girlfriend's Boyfriend comedy show at the Seymour Centre.
Art and the naked body   View Summary
18 January 2011
Nudity and the naked form are being explored in a University of Sydney Art Gallery exhibition.
Sydney Festival review: Wu Man   View Summary
18 January 2011
Chinese pipa virtuoso Wu Man played at the Great Hall on Sunday 16 January as part of this year's Sydney Festival.
The hunter and the hunted   View Summary
17 January 2011
Christopher Neff is the first doctoral student in the world to focus on the politics of shark attacks.
Call to embed arts in school curriculum    View Summary
14 January 2011
A new review of research by the University of Sydney's Professor Robyn Ewing calls for the Arts to be embedded in all academic disciplines.
Con alumnus joins YouTube Symphony Orchestra   View Summary
14 January 2011
Sydney Conservatorium alumnus, 23-year-old Mathisha Panagoda, has been selected to form part of the YouTube Symphony Orchestra, which was recently formed from more than 2000 applicants from around the world.
High school students create Facebook alternatives   View Summary
12 January 2011
High-school students from across Australia this week presented four alternatives to Facebook in their final day at a University of Sydney summer school.
Medical training in critical condition    View Summary
12 January 2011
Professor Bruce Robinson has written an opinion editorial for the Sydney Morning Herald on medical internships.
Childhood obesity plateaus   View Summary
12 January 2011
Childhood obesity in NSW appears to have levelled out, according to a University of Sydney survey released this week.
Scholarships still available for students with a passion for sustainability    View Summary
12 January 2011
2011 scholarships are still available from the University of Sydney's Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources
Mathematician wins first Christopher Heyde Medal    View Summary
11 January 2011
Dr Anthony Henderson, from the University of Sydney's School of Mathematics and Statistics has won the 2011 Christopher Heyde Medal.
Future of food policy must start at home    View Summary
10 January 2011
Long accustomed to plentiful and affordable meat, fish, fruit and vegetables, Australians may have to get used to higher prices as the soaring cost of agricultural staples suggests an era of cheap food is coming to an end.
Vote for 2010 Word of the Year   View Summary
7 January 2011
The University of Sydney's Macquarie Dictionary lab staff have been collecting all the new words to emerge in 2010 and will announce the Word of the Year in the annual update of the Macquarie Dictionary Online in February.
Online survey targets internet gambling    View Summary
7 January 2011
An online survey addresses the lack of knowledge about the social and economic impacts of internet gambling.
Heart researcher wins prestigious international award    View Summary
7 January 2011
Professor Phillip Barter has been recognised for his outstanding contribution to atherosclerosis research including the understanding of cholesterol regulation.
Scholarships awarded to top female students   View Summary
6 January 2011
Two University of Sydney students awarded scholarships from the Australian Federation of Graduate Women (AFGW)
NSW Government announces $2.5 million funding boost for US Studies Centre   View Summary
5 January 2011
NSW Treasurer and Minister for State and Regional Development Eric Roozendaal has announced a $2.5 million funding boost for the United States Studies Centre.
Findings could lead to new test for Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)    View Summary
5 January 2011
Researchers from the University of Sydney's Centenary Institute have identified gene mutations that impair kidney function leading to a rare kidney disorder known as dicarboxylic aminoaciduria (DA).
In memory of former Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown   View Summary
4 January 2011
The distinguished former Vice-Chancellor Professor Gavin Brown has died aged 68.