The University of Sydney
Dear alumni and friends

In the coming weeks, you will receive an email about The University of Sydney 2012 Alumni Census. This survey will help us to better understand and tailor services to our alumni and friends, and provide the University with important information about your views. Your support by filling out the Census would be greatly appreciated – and you will go into the draw for a return airfare for two from Sydney to Singapore!

Check out our new SAM online website, and test your Sydney Uni knowledge with our online quiz. You’ll also find new interactive features including videos and bigger, brighter photos. Prefer to receive SAM in your inbox? Why not go green and subscribe to the online edition, you’ll need your alumni ID number.

With kind regards
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni Relations and Events
Sydney Uni Olympians take medals at London 2012
University of Sydney Olympians have already notched up three medals between them after graduate rower Brooke Pratley won silver in the women's double sculls final, adding to silver for kayaker Jessica Fox and bronze for track cyclist Kaarle McCulloch. Visit the University's Olympics website for the latest news, profiles and program of events.
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ARC Future Fellowships recognise groundbreaking research
Early- and mid-career researchers at the University will help us manage climate change and food security, improve our detection of money laundering schemes, and increase the wellbeing of mothers and newborns thanks to new government funding.

Early- and mid-career researchers at the University will help us manage climate change and food security, improve our detection of money laundering schemes, and increase the wellbeing of mothers and newborns thanks to new government funding.

Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Science and Research, has announced 209 Australian Research Council Future Fellowships totalling $151 million to provide research opportunities to some of the world's best mid-career researchers.

The University of Sydney received 22 of these, the largest single cohort of any institution.

"I would like to congratulate our Future Fellowship recipients," said Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) Professor Jill Trewhella. "It is fabulous to see our mid-career researchers recognised with these Fellowships. These really are important for the University in that they go some way towards securing the future of world-class research here and in Australia broadly."

Among the 22 Future Fellows from the University of Sydney are:

Dr Jane Ford, Northern Clinical School, Sydney Medical School for
tracking blood and blood products for a healthy start to life.

This project will aim to track blood and blood products from supply to recipient and improve safe and appropriate blood product transfusions for mothers and newborns. Tracking blood will assist in early identification of adverse outcomes. Identification of at-risk women and babies will allow early prevention and treatment.

Professor Seokhee Hong, Faculty of Engineering and IT
Algorithmics, for visual analytics of massive complex networks.

The project will provide new scalable algorithms for visual analytics of massive complex networks. These fast algorithms will enable security analysts to detect abnormal behaviours such as money laundering, biologists to understand protein-protein interaction networks, and support software engineers' new ways of understanding large software systems.

Associate Professor Jennifer Milam, Department of Art History and Film Studies, for visual cosmopolitanism, national identity and imperialist ambitions in garden spaces.

This project will contribute to current debates about the globalisation of art by tracing the concept back to artistic practices and aesthetic theories of the enlightenment through a focus on experience within the eighteenth-century garden.

Dr Budiman Minasny, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment, for
dynamic soil landscape carbon modelling.

Soil is the largest terrestrial store of carbon. This project will enhance our understanding of the causes and controls of spatial and temporal variations of soil carbon which is crucial for managing climate change, food water and energy security and for maintenance of biodiversity.

The Future Fellowships scheme began in 2009, to increase the opportunities for highly qualified mid-career researchers to continue working in Australia. For more information on the new Fellows and their research, visit the Australian Research Council website.
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What Matters to you?
We've added five new topics to our What Matters campaign, so get involved and let us know what's most important to you.

We've added five new topics to our What Matters campaign, so get involved and let us know what's most important to you.

Our new topics are:
  • Preventing human rights abuses 
  • Reducing childhood obesity 
  • Averting global conflict  
  • Using robotics to improve safety 
  • Identifying athletic genes 
Do these issues matter to you?

Go to to join the conversation, follow the polls and share what you are passionate about by voting.

What matters to you, matters to us.
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In other news ...
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Breakfast with Cameron Clyne

Join us to hear Cameron Clyne, Chief Executive Officer of NAB and a Director of the NAB Board, talk about his journey from a liberal arts education to the top of the corporate financial world in Australia. Register online
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Comedy Debate 2012
Come and watch the alumni team battle it out with top student debaters, where sharp minds – and even sharper wits – are on display for your entertainment and amusement! It's alumni versus students and the motion is 'We should chase idle dreams'. Find out more
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Local and Global: A celebration of our history and future
Join us in Canberra for this special event to learn how the University of Sydney contributes to the thinking about two separate, yet equally important topics in the forefront of Australia’s consciousness. Find out more
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Sydney China Business Forum 2012
The forum will discuss the need for an Australian strategic response to the anticipated rise of Chinese capital seeking investment, to maximise opportunities for the Australian infrastructure and resources sectors. Find out more

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Sydney news
Sydney events
SAM online
Regional events
Open Day 2012
2012 Book Fair
Alumni Orchestra
Heavenly Schubertiade
Restoration epic
Social media
Stay connected with the University by "liking" us on our Facebook page to hear about the latest news, events and special offers available.
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Your July edition of SAM online is ready for you to explore.
Beijing | 12 August
Alumni seminar and drinks

Shenzhen | 25 Aug
Alumni drinks

Hong Kong | 25 Aug
Alumni beachside BBQ

London | 29 Aug
Alumni drinks

Canberra | 7 Sept
Alumni drinks

Hobart | 14 Sept
Alumni dinner
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Learn about the courses on offer and discover what life at Sydney is really like on Saturday 25 August. Find out more
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From 8–12 September, the Book Fair Sydney waits for is on again. Funds raised go to important University projects. Find out more
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Do you play an instrument but have no opportunity to perform with other people? Express interest in joining our Alumni Orchestra a new initiative to connect graduates, staff and friends of the University through the love of music. If you would like to join us, email Steve Knox, or visit our website.
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This concert, presented by Sydney University Graduate Choir and Orchestra on 19 August in the Great Hall, presents Schubert's sacred choral music. Find out more
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Get a behind-the-scenes-look at the dramatic 18-month restoration of the Great Hall, which is nearing completion. Watch video here
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