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Articles published in 2015

27 November 2015

Experts set Paris climate talks agenda

Experts from across the University of Sydney unpack the issues and opportunities presented by historic climate talks in Paris.

27 November 2015

University of Sydney leads Australia in QS Employability Rankings

University of Sydney graduates have been rated the most sought-after in Australia in the first comprehensive global rankings into employability. 

26 November 2015

End of year individual bonuses found to be counter-productive

New research published in the Journal of Business Research has cast doubt on the benefits of individual bonuses, recommending end of year bonuses be based on group performance

26 November 2015

University of Sydney to establish a China presence

A new centre in China will cement our place as the Australian university with the most extensive, coherent and sustainable relationship with China.

26 November 2015

Implementation the key to structural reforms in mental health

The Government has finally revealed its response to the Review into Mental Health Services conducted by the National Mental Health Commission, writes Sebastian Rosenberg.

26 November 2015

Crowdfunding drives support for Freedom Ride scholarship

As part of its record-breaking INSPIRED campaign, the University this week is inviting its local and global networks to support the NSW Freedom Ride Scholarship Fund through its new crowdfunding platform.

26 November 2015

Mapped: Mental Health Services in Far West NSW

NSW Mental Health Commissioner John Feneley today launches the Integrated Mental Health Atlas of Far West NSW, providing a region-wide view of local services and support available to people living with mental distress.

25 November 2015

Great Barrier Reef protecting against landslides, tsunamis

A tsunami has been found to have occurred up to 20,000 years ago, which could have impacted Aboriginal people living on the then fringe reef. Now the Great Barrier Reef provides a barrier to potential wave energy from submarine landslide-induced tsunamis. Details of the findings were published this week in the international journal Marine Geology.

25 November 2015

Solidarity after Paris means treating all suffering the same

It is right that Australia, and the world, stand with France against terrorism. But it is also right that we stand with terrorism's other victims, writes Professor Ben Saul. 

25 November 2015

Dancing to academic victory

Pearl Lee has won the biology category of the 2015 Dance your PhD competition with an interpretive dance on tropoelastin.

24 November 2015

Ants filmed building moving bridges from their live bodies

An international team of researchers has discovered bridges built by ants with their bodies can move from the building point, changing position as required. Applications could include the development of swarm robots for use in areas such as disaster relief and deep sea exploration.

24 November 2015

Steve Vucic wins Gottschalk Medal at Australian Academy of Science awards

Neurologist Dr Steve Vucic has been awarded the Gottschalk Medal at 2016 Australian Academy of Science awards for his pioneering research revealing processes that can trigger the motor neurone disease, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS).

23 November 2015

Exploring new frontiers in time and materiality

Scholars from the humanities and social sciences will share multidisciplinary ideas at the Australian Academy of Humanities' 46th Annual Symposium, hosted by the University of Sydney.

23 November 2015

Sharing the real stories of people with disability

She doesn't like being called 'an inspiration', but it's hard not to be impressed by the determination of Jo Ragen who has been nominated as a finalist in the 2015 National Disability Awards.

20 November 2015

An honorary fellow

Professor Archie Johnston has been recognised for his leadership in engineering with the highest membership ranking bestowed by Engineers Australia's National Council.

20 November 2015

Koala genome reveals its secrets

A groundbreaking study of the koala genome has revealed koalas are genetically diverse, indicating declining populations are the result of human-related activity rather than mating with kin. The work across a number of organisations also questioned the current recognition of the existence of three sub-species in southern and northern Australia, finding there was little evidence that there were different species.

20 November 2015

School water program to brighten smiles in remote NSW

A new pilot project aimed at improving the oral health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in three remote NSW communities is set to launch in February 2016, led by the University of Sydney's Poche Centre for Indigenous Health.

20 November 2015

Study heats up debate about electric fans

A study by the University of Sydney reveals electric fans can help prevent heat-related illness during heatwaves, contrary to public health authorities' claims that fans are dangerous when the mercury rises above 35 degrees Celsius.

20 November 2015

'Rat vision' may give humans best sight of all

Humans have the best visual capacity because our full stereo vision combines with primitive visual pathways to spot danger quickly, a study led by the University of Sydney has found.

20 November 2015

Paris attacks: France and the world should answer terror with liberty

Australia is following France's lead in rushing to assume the need for new laws. But cooler heads should prevail until we know more, writes Ben Saul.