Research Bites: past sessions

22 May 2014

Assoc Prof Georg Gottwald (Maths)
Data assimilation: a method is looking for applications

I will briefly describe a method which aims at calculating the best possible estimate of a state given different pieces of information, none of which you completely trust. This can be used to determine unknown parameters in models for life sciences.

Prof Alison Betts (Archaeology)
Colonisation Theory and How Wheat may have come to China

I am looking at the mechanisms of cultural transmission that may have introduced wheat domesticated in Western Asia into the economies of early rice growing communities in China.

Assoc Prof Teresa Davis (Business School)
Children and Online Marketing: The case of the Branded app

I will highlight one aspect of a multi platform examination of how food brands develop online 'relationships' with child consumers. The branded app is fast becoming a cheap, mass means for marketers to directly target cognitively vulnerable young consumers.

Assoc Prof Paul Young (Woolcock)
Title – ecr2star - engaging young researchers to become the next research leaders

ecr2star is an international network of Early Career Researchers from across the world set up by Sydney’s Associate Prof Paul Young to provide a virtual and real meeting place for ECRs to talk, share ideas and get together. In short, through its website, it is a great way of researchers finding each other for all types of collaborations.

Dr Nick Coleman (SMB)
Microbes as a solution to pollution

Pollution is an unfortunate consequence of industrialisation. Thankfully, our microbial friends offer some solutions to this problem. I will present some examples of recent research on pollutant biodegradation in my laboratory. Research into microbes that can biodegrade pollutants leads to practical methods for cleaning up contaminated sites; it also provides insights into how organisms evolve to meet chemical challenges in their environment.

Dr Jo Gillespie (Geosciences)
Geo-legal Landscapes: creating and shaping our world

Law responds to environmental problems while geography describes them. Societies craft the way we interact with our surroundings through the law. Yet, the places and spaces we inhabit are not devoid of meaning; norms exist prior to the imposition of laws. What happens when regulations neglect spatial realities?

Assoc Prof Mat Todd (Chemistry)
Open Source Drug Discovery

Secrecy is typically a major part of the discovery of new medicines, the internet however enables a radically more efficient collaboration medium - "open source", in which all details and ideas are shared. My group is applying this capacity to experimental science and we have founded the Open Source Malaria Consortium. I will present the unusual features of this approach along with some current needs of the consortium.

Dr Arlie Loughnan (Law)
Responsibility in Criminal Law

The principle of criminal responsibility lies at the heart of our criminal justice systems. My work provides a systematic analysis of criminal responsibility in the context of the NSW criminal law.