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FEBRUARY 2013
Dear alumni and friends

Welcome to your first edition of eSydney for 2013, I hope you had a safe and happy time during the festive season.

On Monday, Senate announced the appointment of alumna Belinda Hutchinson AM, as our new Chancellor. A prominent company director with a distinguished career in business, Ms Hutchinson is also recognised for her efforts beyond the corporate world, where she has created new horizons for women and supported a range of philanthropic causes. Find out more

The Sydney Ideas program is already under way for 2013, and currently features topics ranging from pop art and Egyptian literature to the history of Chinese porcelain and climate science. Most lectures are free, and alumni receive one free ticket to any paid Sydney Ideas event held at the University. We also have some wonderful things planned for the year, so "like" us on Facebook to stay in touch and keep up to date.

With kind regards

Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni Relations and Events
Division of Alumni and Development
SYDNEY NEWS
2013 Australia Day Honours
The University extends its congratulations to the 60 alumni whose contributions to Australia have been recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours.

The University extends its congratulations to the 60 alumni whose contributions to Australia have been recognised in this year's Australia Day Honours.

The Hon Tom Uren (DArch 2002) has been awarded the highest honour, being named Companion in the General Division of the Order of Australia (AC), "For eminent service to the community, particularly through contributions to the welfare of veterans, improved medical education in Vietnam and the preservation of sites of heritage and environmental significance."

As Minister for Urban and Regional Development in the Whitlam Government, Uren initiated many projects that have had a deep impact on Australian cultural life, including the development of the Australian Heritage Commission and the restoration of derelict inner city areas such as the Glebe Estate and Woolloomooloo. He also played a significant role in halting the building of a freeway through Glebe, and his advocacy for tree planting contributed to the development of Greening Australia.

Find out more

View the full list of alumni who received 2013 Australia Day Honours.
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Alumnus Adam Spencer 'primed' to speak at TED
A standout audition where he shared his lifelong passion for prime numbers has seen University of Sydney alumnus and Sleek Geek, Adam Spencer selected to present at the 2013 annual TED conference, to be staged in the US in late February.

A standout audition where he shared his lifelong passion for prime numbers has seen University of Sydney alumnus and Sleek Geek, Adam Spencer selected to present at the 2013 annual TED conference, to be staged in the US in late February.

Spencer was part of a group of University alumni, students and professors who auditioned during the Australian leg of a worldwide search conducted by TEDx organisers in 2012. Watch his presentation above.

The worldwide search took in 14 cities across the globe, including Amsterdam, Bangalore, Doha, Johannesburg, London, Nairobi, New York, São Paulo, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, Tokyo, Tunis and Vancouver.

In 2012, the University of Sydney partnered with the Sydney offshoot of TED, TEDxSydney, for the first time ever as exclusive education partner.

TED2013 will be staged from 25 February to 1 March in Long Beach and Palm Beach, California and will be watched online right across the globe.

Click here to view a video of Adam Spencer's talk.
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Call for honorary award nominations
Each year, the University of Sydney recognises exceptional achievement by conferring an honorary degree and outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

Each year, the University of Sydney recognises exceptional achievement by conferring an honorary degree and outstanding service to the University by awarding the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

Nominations for the 2014 honorary degrees and honorary fellowships  are now invited,  and will be accepted by the Senate until 30 April 2013.

Honorary degrees have been conferred by the University of Sydney since 1952, when His Excellency Lieutenant-General Sir John Northcott KCMG CB MVO, Governor of NSW and Official Visitor to the University 1946–52, received a Doctor of Letters honoris causa. Since then, honorary degrees have been awarded to Dame Joan Sutherland AC DBE, Her Excellency Quentin Bryce AC, and one of Sydney College of the Arts' most successful graduates, Marc Newson.

Most recently, on  10 November 2012, the University awarded honorary degrees to actor Cate Blanchett, double platinum musician Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu, Astronomer Royal Lord Martin Rees, Nobel Prize-winning pathologist Robin Warren, and author Kate Grenville.

The title of Honorary Fellow of the University has been awarded since 1985, and is awarded to individuals who have supported the interests and welfare of the University, promoted its academic purposes, fostered links between it and other institutions, enlarged education opportunities within it for people with limited prospects and assisted with resources. This year, Sydney alumna  Emeritus Professor Ann Sefton AO from the Sydney Medical School will be awarded with the title of Honorary Fellow of the University.

Nominations addressing the relevant criteria need to be sent to Dr William Adams, Secretary to Senate, by 30 April 2013. Details regarding eligibility to be nominated, the selection criteria and preparing/submitting nominations are available at the  honorary awards website.
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Stars light the path to Uni
Alumnus Benjamin Pope is preparing to start a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013 after an amazing 2012 that saw him work with a Nobel Laureate, observe the work of world leaders in astrophysics and travel to an observatory in Hawaii.

Alumnus Benjamin Pope is preparing to start a PhD at the University of Sydney in 2013 after an amazing 2012 that saw him work with a Nobel Laureate, observe the work of world leaders in astrophysics and travel to an observatory in Hawaii.

Having completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Sydney, Ben spent 2012 finalising his honours thesis, for which he received a University medal, and spent part of the year on exchange to the University of California, Berkeley.

"My exchange at Berkeley solidified my intention to pursue astronomy as a career," says Ben. "I had the opportunity to work for the Infrared Spatial Interferometer group, headed by Nobel Laureate Charles H Townes: it was a rare privilege to gain laboratory experience in laser applications under the technology's inventor."

Ben majored in Physics at the University, and when the opportunity for exchange presented itself, chose Berkeley for its reputation in this field.

As he prepares for his PhD, Ben believes we're in the midst of a revolution in astronomy. "For the first time in history, astronomy can deliver hard data on the questions of how many planets there are in the galaxy, what they are like, how they develop, and most excitingly, whether any of them are habitable or may harbour life," he says.

"This project is arguably one of the most exciting in modern science and I am very keen to play my part in this endeavour".
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SYDNEY EVENTS
Courtyard Sessions at the Seymour Centre
Sydney’s best emerging live bands are playing in the Seymour Centre Courtyard every Friday night this Summer – and it’s all for free! Eat and drink from the pop-up bar and BBQ and catch our city’s best indie musicians on the outdoor stage. Find out more

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Sydney Uni Rugby turns 150
The Sydney University Football Club (SUFC) will celebrate its 150th Anniversary with many exciting events planned for the 2013 including the Buildcorp Australian Club Championship and Anniversary Dinner. Find out more
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2013 Musica Viva Festival
From April 4–7, the Conservatorium of Music will be the setting for the 2013 Musica Viva Festival, where our brightest performers will come together with the Australian Youth Orchestra and a stellar line-up of international artists.

From April 4–7, the Conservatorium of Music will be the setting for the 2013 Musica Viva Festival, where our brightest performers will come together with the Australian Youth Orchestra and a stellar line-up of international artists.

From Verbrugghen Hall concerts, featuring the stars of chamber music; through to showcases of work by students of the Conservatorium, as well as a host of other musical experiences, the Musica Viva Festival is a must-see for all music lovers.  Feature artists include pianist Lambert Orkis and cellist Pieter Wispelwey mentoring the bright young musicians.

Book now or call 1800 688 482.

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ALUMNI IN THE NEWS
Salah Sukkarieh (BE (Mechatronics) '97 PhD '00 CertEdStud '03)
Alumnus Salah Sukkarieh is leading a team to develop robotic devices that can autonomously sense, analyse and respond to their own surroundings, for future use in farming and agriculture. Find out more
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Kristina Jahn (PhD '10)
Alumna Kristina Jahn extracted cancer cells from the body and cultured in the lab and they just happened to grow into the shape of Australia. Jahn's 'Australia' is 838 micrometres wide – 4.89 billion times smaller than the real Australia. Find out more
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Ruchir Punjabi (BCST (Adv) '08)
After graduating from the University, Ruchir Punjabi started a web design business called Langoor to serve a growing band of clients in Australia and India. Find out more
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Share your story
What have you achieved since graduating from the University? Do you know of a Sydney graduate who has recently made an impact in their field? We'd love to hear about it, so submit your story to the Alumni and Friends website.
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CONTENTS
Sydney news
Sydney events
Alumni in the news
Regional events
Alumni Business Directory
Call for vintage film and apparel
CCE alumni discounts
SUSF short courses
Past events
New exhibition: Atelier Paris – The Power Studio
Social media
REGIONAL EVENTS
Hong Kong | 27 February
Alumni drinks

Shanghai | 3 March
Alumni luncheon

London | 5 March
Alumni drinks

Singapore | 14 March
Alumni drinks

Dubbo | 14 March
Save the date
Alumni reception
ALUMNI BUSINESS DIRECTORY
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Have you listed your business in the new AlumniOnline Business Directory? Post a listing free of charge or search the range of products and services, and browse this month's highlighted listings below:

| Creditcard.com.au
| Inner South Veterinary Centre
| Intentional Leadership
| ArtiFacts
| Interim Executive Search
CALL FOR VINTAGE FILM AND APPAREL
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Do you have good quality film footage of the University from 1950–1965? We are looking for footage of the buildings, lecture halls, landmarks, students, staff and cars, plus apparel from this era. Email Meghan Knox for more info before 22 February 2013.
CCE ALUMNI DISCOUNTS
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Alumni can now take advantage of the 10% discount on enrolments with the Centre for Continuing Education when enrolling online or by phone, with discounts now applied automatically.

Alumni can now take advantage of the 10% discount on enrolments with the Centre for Continuing Education when enrolling online or by phone, with discounts now applied automatically.

With more than 700 courses to choose from, there is something for everyone. To participate, register your alumni membership here or call us on 02 9036 4789 (please have your alumni membership number ready). For more information on our range of courses, head to the CCE website

SUSF SHORT COURSES
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Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness (SUSF) offer short courses throughout the year including archery, scuba diving and salsa. Find out more
PAST EVENTS
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The University brought 2012 to a close with some great events, and you can now view the highlighted photo galleries online:

| Chancellor's Farewell
| Birthing Kit Packing Day
ArtSS in the City
NEW EXHIBITION: ATELIER PARIS – THE POWER STUDIO
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View the new exhibition Atelier Paris – The Power Studio at the University Art Gallery from
4 February 2013. Find out more
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