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WEDNESDAY 3 OCTOBER 2012
NEWS
Celebrating our teachers
Congratulations to seven of our academics, including Professor Rick Benitez and senior lecturer Giuseppe Carabetta, who have received a national award for their outstanding teaching.

Celebrate World Teachers’ Day this Friday by letting us know about your great teachers.
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Verge hits campus
What do Disney, zombies and Hogwarts have in common? Find out at this year's Verge Festival, bringing comedy, music, drama and art to campus until 12 October. Visit the Verge website
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Multiple medal haul at Uni Games
Sydney Uni has finished equal-second with Monash, and three gold medals behind winners Melbourne at the Australian University Games. 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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Semester Two exams
Draft timetables for Semester Two exams are now available.
University maps upgraded
New and improved interactive maps for all University campuses are now available.
2013 handbooks
Do you need to know more about particular course rules or units of study? 2013 handbooks for each faculty are being released over the coming weeks. Find out more
Postgraduate study in Arts, Social Sciences, Education, and Social Work
Advance your career or move towards a new one with postgrad study.
Advance your career or move towards a new one with postgrad study.

Academic and professional staff will give advice about 2013 courses at this special event in the CBD, presented by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

To register or for more information, visit the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences website.
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GET INVOLVED
Volunteer for a brain MRI study
Participate in a study looking at healthy brain maturation in young adulthood.
Participate in a study looking at healthy brain maturation in young adulthood.

This study, conducted by the Brain Dynamics Centre at Westmead Hospital, involves an MRI scan, an EEG scan, questionnaires and the provision of a saliva sample. A follow-up session approximately 1.5 years later will involve completing the same components to assess the brain development changes that have taken place between your first and second visit.

To be eligible you must be physically healthy, aged between 8 and 38, and have no current or previous history of mental illness. Please contact Cassie Antees on 9845 8160 for more information.
Participants needed for low back pain study
Are you currently suffering an acute episode of low back pain (LBP)?
Are you currently suffering an acute episode of low back pain (LBP)?

Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences will investigate differences in the sensations of warmth and cold in patients with and without acute LBP. The researchers will perform several well-established tests to assess your sensory perception of warmth and cold over a 60 to 75-minute visit. Participants will be offered a reimbursement of $30. 

For further information please contact Dr Markus Huebscher on 9351 9013.
Volunteers needed for exercise study
Are you concerned about your weight and physical fitness? Would you like to receive free exercise therapy?
Are you concerned about your weight and physical fitness? Would you like to receive free exercise therapy?

The Faculty of Health Sciences and the Boden Institute of Obesity, Nutrition and Exercise are conducting a study that aims to compare different exercise strategies in reducing liver fat. To participate, you must be aged between 29 and 59 with a body mass index (BMI) greater than 25.

To participate or for more information, contact Shelley Keating on 0405 735 200.
Men's health diet supplement study – volunteers needed
Do you carry that little bit of extra weight? Take this opportunity to learn more about your health.
Do you carry that little bit of extra weight? Take this opportunity to learn more about your health.

Researchers from the Faculty of Health Sciences and the Heart Research Institute (HRI) are looking for volunteers to take part in a 12-week diet supplement study focusing on men's health – no change to your diet or exercise habits are required! Tests are at no cost to you, and include blood tests at HRI (Newtown) and MRI scans at your choice of Camperdown or Hornsby. Participants will be reimbursed for their time.

For more information, please contact Helen Parker on 0401 834 392.
Study for family members of people with depression
Do you have a close relative who is depressed?
Do you have a close relative who is depressed?

First-degree relatives (parents, siblings or children) of people with major depression (unipolar) are needed for this study. Participants must be in good health, aged between 18 and 65, and not have experienced depression themselves. 

Participation will involve approximately six hours of voluntary assessments, including an MRI scan, EEG recording (both non-invasive brain measures), computer-based activities, questionnaires, and a blood test. You will be reimbursed for your time. 

If you are interested in participating or would like more information, please contact Joanne Carpenter at the Westmead Millennium Institute on 9845 8179. Thank you to all who have participated so far.
Forum: Strategies to influence policy
This is a unique opportunity for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to speak candidly with former politicians and gain insight into how to embark on policy-relevant research.
This is a unique opportunity for postgraduate students and early-career researchers to speak candidly with former politicians and gain insight into how to embark on policy-relevant research. 

The Sydney Health Policy Network Postgraduate Student Special Interest Group invites postgraduate students and early-career researchers to the forum ‘Strategies to Influence Policy’. The forum will include presentations by three former politicians: the Hon. Dr Geoff Gallop (former premier of Western Australia); the Hon. John Della Bosca (former minster in the NSW government) and Ms Lis Kirby (former member of the Legislative Council of NSW).

Event details
When: 1.30 to 5pm, Thursday 11 October
Where: Marjorie Oldfield Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free
RSVP: Shauna Downs by 5 October

For the full program and more information, see the online invitation.
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GET CAREER CENTRED
Job of the Week
Join the Boston Consulting Group’s (BCG) 2013 Graduate Program in Jakarta. Find out more

Interested in pursuing an international career? BCG Indonesia will be holding an information and networking session on campus on 10 October. Find out more
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Sydney Festival internships
The Uni is partnering with Sydney Festival again for the 2013 season, and two paid research internships are being offered exclusively to Sydney students. Email the festival for more information.
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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS
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Surviving in share houses
Thinking about living in a share house? Enjoy a BBQ lunch and get some essential tips at the launch of the SRC's Share Survival Housing Guide, Monday 8 October. RSVP now
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New Access partner
Sydney Tower Eye has joined the Access program. See the Access website for more offers.
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Join USU Hub for your chance to win an iPad
Don't forget to register for USU Hub – the USU's new online community where you can help us to improve our programs and services. Register before 14 October for your chance to win the new iPad!
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EVENTS
 OCT    |  
US Presidential debates live
Watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head for the first time.
Watch Barack Obama and Mitt Romney go head-to-head for the first time.

All screenings will include a pizza lunch, and US Studies Centre experts will be on hand to provide analysis and answer questions after each debate.

Event details
When: 4, 12, 17 and 23 October
Where: The US Studies Centre, Institute Building (H03), Darlington Campus

Registrations are essential.
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 4 OCT    |  
Is there a crisis of democracy?
How have globalisation, migration, the global financial crisis, increasing inequality and individualisation affected democracy?
How have globalisation, migration, the global financial crisis, increasing inequality and individualisation affected democracy? 

Professor Wolfgang Merkel, one of Germany’s best-known political scientists, examines the quality of our current democracies in light of recent events, such as the Eurozone crisis.

Event details
When: 6 to 7.30pm, Thursday 4 October
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free, no booking required

For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website.
 9 OCT    |  
Improving cardiovascular disease in older people
Risk of cardiovascular disease increases with age, but are older people receiving appropriate care?
Risk of cardiovascular disease increases with age, but are older people receiving appropriate care?

In this presentation Dr Jesse Jansen, a postdoctoral research fellow within the Screening and Test Evaluation Program at the Sydney School of Public Health, will discuss how she will examine decision-making and communication aspects of absolute cardiovascular disease risk assessment and management among older adults (over 75 years old).

Event details
When: 1pm, Tuesday 9 October
Where: Norman Gregg Lecture Theatre, Edward Ford Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free

For more information, visit the Events website.
 11 OCT    |  
Foreign direct investment in Australia and China
How does the test of ‘national security’ and ‘national interest’ affect foreign investment in Australia and China?
How does the test of ‘national security’ and ‘national interest’ affect foreign investment in Australia and China? 

Professor Vivienne Bath, Sydney Law School's Director of the Centre for Asian and Pacific Law at the University of Sydney will examine what impact public opinion and the concepts of national interest and national security have on foreign direct investment.

Event details
When: 6 to 7pm, Thursday 11 October
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free, registration essential

To register or for more information, visit the Sydney Law School website.
 5-6 NOV    |  
Low frequency photonics – bridging the gap
Optics and photonics researchers from around the world will gather on campus for this symposium.
Optics and photonics researchers from around the world will gather on campus for this symposium.

This symposium will focus on the application and future directions of the mid-infrared, terahertz waves and microwave regions of the electromagnetic spectrum. A key goal is to seek ways to bridge the gap between near infrared photonics and the optics at these longer wavelength regions, critical to many existing and future applications.

Event details
When: 5 and 6 November, registration from 9am
Where: Webster Theatre, Veterinary Science Conference Centre, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free, registration essential

Organised by the Institute of Photonics and Optical Science (IPOS). For more information, visit the IPOS website.
 14 NOV    |  
Health reform: what have we achieved and what have we learned?
This is a unique opportunity to hear from three former chairs of health reform initiatives in hospital care, prevention and primary care.
This is a unique opportunity to hear from three former chairs of health reform initiatives in hospital care, prevention and primary care.

The conference speakers – Professor Christine Bennett, Professor Rob Moodie and Dr Anthony Hobbs – chaored health reform initiatives commissioned by the Australian government in 2008 and 2009. They will offer their views on what has been achieved, what remains to be done, and what we have learned from the organisational upheaval and realignment.

Following the presentations, conference participants will have an opportunity to ask questions in a discussion facilitated by Professor Geoff Gallop, Director of the University's Graduate School of Government. Participants will then be invited to join workshops exploring key health policy issues.

Conference details
When: 8am to 6pm, Wednesday 14 November
Where: New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: $275, concession $165

To register or for more information, visit the Sydney Health Policy Network website.
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CONTENTS
News
Notices
Get involved
Get career centred
Student organisations
Events
International learning and teaching
Pedal for a free brekkie
Alumni shine in Venice
Sport and fitness short courses
Preston Sturges and Cary Grant
Create your own masterpiece
Sydney Uni in an app
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INTERNATIONAL LEARNING AND TEACHING
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This year's Master of Human Rights and Democratisation students come from all over the world and have engaged with a broad range of international lecturers. Find out more
PEDAL FOR A FREE BREKKIE
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Cycle to campus on Wednesday 17 October for National Ride2Work Day.
Cycle to campus on Wednesday 17 October for National Ride2Work Day.

Dust off your saddle and grease up your chain for the ride into Uni and get a free breakfast for your efforts (plus some surprise giveaways).

The University has improved bike rack facilities to encourage cyclists and support cycling as a transport option to and from Uni. Find out more about riding in and parking your bike on campus.

Event details

When: 7.30 to 9.30am, Wednesday 17 October
Where: Eastern Avenue, Camperdown Campus
Register now
ALUMNI SHINE IN VENICE
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Media and Communications alumni Nick King and Sophie Wiesner have had their short film Marla premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Watch the trailer
SPORT AND FITNESS SHORT COURSES
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Choose from golf, pilates, fencing, stand-up paddle boarding, scuba diving and surf camp. Find out more
PRESTON STURGES AND CARY GRANT
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Learn about these Hollywood legends with ABC TV's own legendary movie critic, David Stratton. Find out more
CREATE YOUR OWN MASTERPIECE
Ever wanted to learn Chinese brush painting and calligraphy? Find out more
SYDNEY UNI IN AN APP
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Access to Blackboard, the Library, maps, events and more. Download now on iOS or Android.
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