Research Bites: past sessions

16 October 2014

Tash Hamilton (Veterinary Science)
Breeding the racehorse: is performance really in the genes?

Motivated by my longstanding love of racehorses my research as a veterinary scientist investigates the extent to which genetics plays a role in certain traits.

Kate Robertson (School of Letters, Arts and Media) Australian artists and the problem of place
Edmund Capon believes Australian artists remain unknown overseas because their work is "too strongly defined by place" (SMH 10.9.2014). This recalls the recurrent debates immediately pre- and post-federation about what Australian art is. Many Australians living abroad didn’t subscribe to the patriotic landscape tradition, yet were successful across both continents.

Lizzie Lowe (School of Biological Sciences)
How urbanisation effects wildlife, the spider story

Urbanisation is drastically altering landscapes and driving localised species extinctions. My research looks at how some species can survive and even thrive in cities. I study the responses of spiders to anthropogenic change to gain a better understanding of the mechanisms underlying the success of urban exploiters.

Zhiyong WANG (Information Technologies)
Multi-media computing

In this talk, I will describe my research interests with several examples such as image retrieval, video summarization, human action recognition, image enhancement and their potentials to other researchers.

21 August 2014

Dr. Shawn Wilson
Sydney Medical School - Indigenous Health Research Sub-Dean for Rural Health
Incorporating Indigenous philosophy into Indigenous research practice

Professor Linda Barwick
Sydney Conservatorium of Music
The centrality of song

Dr. Victoria Grieves
School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry
Approaching critical Aboriginal theory: philosophy, wellbeing, family, history, epistemology and entrenched disadvantage

Associate Professor Maree Hackett
George Institute
Validation of a depression screening tool for use with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians

Associate Professor John Evans
Education and Social Work
Pedagogical factors enabling success in elite level team sport for Indigenous Australians

Professor Michael Ward
Vet Science
Mad Dogs and Satellites up North: What's the Connection?

Dr. Richard Seymour
Discipline of International Business
Teaching To Research and Teaching To Teach - Action Research and Engaged Entrepreneurship Practice in Remote & Rural Australia

Professor Rebecca Ivers
George Institute for Global Health
Injury - a neglected epidemic? Development of a research program in injury in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

26 June 2104

Dr Bruce Isaacs (School of Letters, Art and Media)
Future Cinema: Technology and Images

I am currently investigating how cinema has evolved through digital production technologies. In this talk, I will briefly outline a major research project looking at the use of virtual technologies in Hollywood production.

Dr Tina Bell (Agriculture and Environment)
Up in smoke – carbon balance and bushfires

We are all familiar with the devastation and loss that bushfires can cause in Australia. To mitigate the spread of bushfires, land managers are required to put more and more prescribed or planned fires into the landscape. Our research describes how carbon pools change with prescribed burning and how carbon balances in forests are affected.

Associate Professor Michael Anderson (Education and Social Work)
Applied theatre as research in a variety of contexts

Applied Theatre as Research refers to performance based (dramatic) approaches to doing research with hard to reach groups. The approach used dramatic techniques such as role and audience participation to engage communities in research relating to difficult issues in communities (including family violence, public health issues, post-crisis contexts and community harmony). This brief talk will explain the approach and demonstrate the applications of applied theatre as research in a variety of contexts.

Emeritus Professor Frank Nicholas (Veterinary Science)
Unlocking the sheep genome through international collaboration

Back in 2006, an International Science Linkages (ISL) grant from the ARC catalysed the re-formation of the International Sheep Genomics Consortium. This grant gave Australia a leading role in the consortium and leveraged many more dollars of funding from other countries, resulting in a very productive international collaboration from which each participating country (including Australia and its many sheep breeders and producers) is now reaping substantial rewards.

Dr Cameron Webb (Marie Bashir Institute of Infectious Diseases and Biosecurity)
Why are kangaroos and wallabies critical for outbreaks of mosquito-borne disease?

Associate Professor Richard Payne (Chemistry)
Therapeutic Proteins via Chemical Synthesis

Dr Mitch Bryson (ACFR)
Low-cost and ultra-high resolution maps using kite aerial photography

For over a hundred years, Kite-based Aerial Photography (KAP) has been used as a technique for gaining high-resolution pictures of the environment in applications such as archaeology, geology and agriculture. This talk will discuss how KAP is being combined with cutting-edge image processing techniques to provide land managers and scientists with low-cost, high-resolution maps for applications ranging from intertidal ecology to coastal geomorphology.

22 May 2014

Associate Professor 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.

Professor 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.

Associate Professor 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.

Associate Professor Paul Young (Woolcock)
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?

Associate Professor 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.