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WEDNESDAY 22 AUGUST 2012
NEWS
Open Day 2012
Do you know someone who wants to join us? The Uni opens its doors on Saturday 25 August to all prospective students, and their families and friends, for our biggest event of the year. Find out more
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New Dean of Health Sciences
Professor Kathryn Refshauge, an internationally recognised researcher in musculoskeletal pain and injury, is the new Dean of the Faculty of Health Sciences. Find out more
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NOTICES
Scholarships now open
Visit the Scholarships website to see what's currently available.
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SSA fee update
The University has just started its next round of consultation on uses for the 2013 Student Services Amenities (SSA) fee. Check your student email this Friday 24 August for your chance to give feedback.
Communication and social skills for uni
Students with an autism spectrum disorder are invited to a workshop to help them develop communication skills and confidence when socialising at uni. Find out more
Study skill workshops
Get the most out of student life by taking part in one of these free workshops.
Get the most out of student life by taking part in one of these free workshops.

Please arrive at the Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) office (Level 5, Jane Foss Russell Building) 10 minutes prior to start of each workshop. For more information call 8627 8433.

Time Management

Learn practical ways to better manage time that you can start using straight away. 

When: 1 to 2pm, Thursday 23 August

Building Skills for Postgraduate Research Success

Develop the psychological skills and attitude that will help you sustain successful research efforts (even during the tough times).

When: 10am to 12pm, Monday 27 August

Enrol online
 
Procrastination

Do you leave your assignments to the last minute? Are you always finding something else to do when faced with study? This workshop will help you deal with the worry of study and get the job done.

When: 1 to 2pm, Tuesday 28 August
Staying on track sessions
Get advice for staying on track with your studies. Sessions will be held every day next week (27–31 August) at 1pm. Students placed on the Academic Progression Report (Stage 1, 2 or 3) can have an attendance slip signed – just bring your student card. Find out more
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GET INVOLVED
$2500 Three-Minute Thesis competition
The Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is an opportunity for postgraduate research students to present their research topic to a non-specialist audience in an engaging way.
The Three Minute Thesis (3MT) competition is for postgraduate research students to present their research topic to a non-specialist audience in an engaging way.

You could represent the University in the 3MT final at the University of Queensland and be in the running for $2500 in prize money!

Entrants have just three minutes to present a compelling presentation on your thesis topic and its significance. 3MT is a great way to practise explaining your research to people who are not familiar with your field, meet other students from across the University, and hear about their research. Most importantly, it’s about having fun!

Visit our Three-Minute Thesis website for more information.
Volunteers needed for a study on takeaway meals and drinks
This study will investigate eating and drinking habits, with a focus on takeaway meals and drinks.
This study will investigate eating and drinking habits, with a focus on takeaway meals and drinks.

Anyone aged between 18 and 39 years, in any form of part-time or full-time paid employment, is eligible to participate.

Participation involves completing two food diaries and three online questionnaires about how much, where and what types of takeaway meals and drinks you consume, and other questions about your diet. The questionnaires will take about 1.5 hours to complete in total, and you will be reimbursed for your time.

To enquire about participating, please contact Rochelle McCook at the Faculty of Science with the email subject 'Study on Take-Away Meals And Drinks (SoTAMAD)', or call 9351 5010.
Volunteers needed for a study of social interactions
Volunteers will be asked to participate in a brief social interaction with another person, and to complete some short questionnaires and computerised tasks.
Volunteers will be asked to participate in a brief social interaction with another person, and to complete some short questionnaires and computerised tasks.

The study takes place over one hour on Camperdown Campus, and participants will be compensated for their time. For more information and to register, please complete this School of Psychology survey.
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GET CAREER CENTRED
Postgrad Expo
Want to gain a competitive edge in your career, discover emerging industries or gain insights into new careers? Visit the Postgrad Expo at Open Day. Find out more
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An internship with a difference
Recent alumna Eleanor June Smith is undertaking an internship that places students and graduates in with native title representative bodies. Applications for 2013 close on 31 August. Find out more
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Sports and entertainment internship
Join sports and entertainment industry company Octagon’s graduate program. Find out more
LinkedIn is the new resumé
What does your LinkedIn profile say about you? Get practical tips for improvement from our experts. Find out more
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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS
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The reinvention of gravity: responses to the USU art collection
What happens when you give a piece from the USU art collection to a current artist as their starting point for a new work?
What happens when you give a piece from the USU art collection to a current artist as their starting point for a new work?

Event details
When: Opening night 6pm, Thursday 30 August. Exhibit runs until 14 September. There will be an artists’ talk at 1pm on Thursday 6 September.
Where: Verge Gallery, City Road, Jane Foss Russell Plaza, Darlington Campus
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Blue Awards
Do you know someone who has contributed to the University of Sydney Union in an extraordinary capacity?
Do you know someone who has contributed to the University of Sydney Union in an extraordinary capacity?

The University of Sydney Union Blue Awards recognise active members who have created a memorable student experience on campus. Application forms are available on the USU website or by contacting 9563 6159. Nominations close on 21 September.
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EVENTS
 23 AUG    |  
Law distinguished speaker on multilateralism
Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Dean of the Sorbonne Law School in Paris, presents ‘Multilateralism in international trade law’.
Professor Hélène Ruiz Fabri, Dean of the Sorbonne Law School in Paris, presents ‘Multilateralism in international trade law’.

Multilateralism (cooperation and conflict management among states) seems to deserve a reflection because it is called into question. This multilateralism, devised during the last third of the 19th-century and having made amazing progress during the 20th, not only knows heavy tensions but is also questioned. Could it be outdated?

Event details
When: 6 to 7pm, Thursday 23 August (registration from 5.30pm and lecture followed by cocktail reception)
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free, registration essential

To register or for more information, visit the Sydney Law School website.
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 29 AUG    |  
Mentoring leads to opportunity
Join a live online Q&A with alumnus Jack Manning Bancroft, founder of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) mentoring program.
Join a live online Q&A with alumnus Jack Manning Bancroft, founder of the Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) mentoring program.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students are less likely to complete high school than their peers. Does this matter to you?

When Jack launched AIME four years ago, it had just 25 participating students. Today, the program mentors close to 1000 students across Australia’s east coast. Have any of the school students gone on to be mentors? How can you get involved?

If you have questions for Jack, send them to what.matters@sydney.edu.au, or post them in the comments section of his 'What Matters' page, where he'll respond during a live online forum next Wednesday.

Event details
When: 12pm, Wednesday 29 August
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 30 AUG    |  
From locusts to obesity
More people on earth suffer from eating too much than too little – does this matter to you? Join a live online Q&A with Professor Stephen Simpson.
More people on earth suffer from eating too much than too little – does this matter to you? Join a live online Q&A with Professor Stephen Simpson.

The study of locusts’ eating habits sounds like an unlikely starting point for the study of human obesity. But it was this research that led Professor Simpson to discover some of the factors that allow people to overlook their inherent nutritional wisdom and become obese.

What is ‘nutritional wisdom’? What is the right balance of protein, carbohydrate and fat in our diet?

If you have questions for Professor Simpson, send them to what.matters@sydney.edu.au, or post them in the comments section of his 'What Matters' page, where he'll respond during a live online forum next Thursday. 

Event details
When: 12pm, Thursday 30 August
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 6 SEP    |  
Health systems and population ageing in the Asia-Pacific
How are regional healthcare systems responding to changing social, economic and political conditions?
How are regional healthcare systems responding to changing social, economic and political conditions?

Professor Kai Hong Phua from the National University of Singapore will speak on the topic of ‘Health systems and population ageing in the Asia-Pacific region: challenges and policy options for the future’ at the 2012 ST Lee Lecture.

Event details
When: 6pm, Thursday 6 September (refreshments will be available from 5.30pm and at the conclusion of the lecture)
Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: mchp@sydney.edu.au by Friday 31 August

For more information visit the Menzies Centre for Health Policy website.
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US convention watch
Join the United States Studies Centre for live coverage and expert analysis of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's acceptance speeches at their parties' national conventions.
Join the United States Studies Centre for live coverage and expert analysis of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney's acceptance speeches at their parties' national conventions.

The Republican and Democratic national conventions kick off soon. Watch the presidential candidates' speeches live, and hear from our expert panel at the United States Studies Centre. The detailed schedules of each convention are yet to be released – so save the following dates in your diary, register to attend, and we will keep you posted of the details.

Republican National Convention
When: 10am to 12.30pm, Friday 31 August

Democratic National Convention
When: 10am to 12.30pm, Friday 7 September

Both events will be covered live at the United States Studies Centre, Institute Building, Darlington Campus. American-themed food will be provided!

Places are limited, so register now to avoid disappointment.
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Essay competition: US foreign policy
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Free kung-fu workshops
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IDEAS WORTH SPREADING
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You can help some of our researchers, students and alumni get to the TED world stage. Find out more
STUDENT BLOG
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Have you raised your thesis right, and are you ready to let it go? Honours student Alex is preparing her 'baby' for the big, bad world. Read her blog
NEED HELP USING THE LIBRARY?
Check out the program of classes available and register today.

For on-the-spot help, visit the information desk in any of our libraries.
ESSAY COMPETITION: US FOREIGN POLICY
Enter now for the chance to be published in an international foreign policy journal and win an iPad!
Enter now for the chance to be published in an international foreign policy journal and win an iPad!

What foreign policy issue should be the focus of the winner of the 2012 US presidential election, and why?

The winning essay will be published in the next issue of international foreign policy journal American Review, and the author will receive an iPad. Runner-up prizes include iTunes gift cards and subscriptions to American Review.

Brought to you by the United States Studies Centre’s uselectionwatch12.com and American Review, this competition is exclusively open to undergraduate students studying in Australia. Entries close on Monday 24 September 2012. Enter now
GET YOUR MUSIC IN A ‘VOXPOP’ VIDEO!
Help put the tunes of the people behind the voices of the people.
Help put the tunes of the people behind the voices of the people. 

Counselling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is running a competition open to any University of Sydney students who can write a 3–4 minute instrumental song. The winners will have their work featured and credited in an upcoming CAPS ‘voxpop’ video, where students talk about their experiences on campus.

See the CAPS website for more details.
FREE KUNG-FU WORKSHOPS
Back by popular demand, the Confucius Institute is offering two free kung-fu workshops.
Back by popular demand, the Confucius Institute is offering two free kung-fu workshops.

When: 6.30 to 8pm, Thursday 23 and Thursday 30 August
Where: Drama Studio 427, Old Teachers' College, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free
Bookings: Confucius Institute
SYDNEY UNI IN AN APP
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