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WEDNESDAY 1 AUGUST 2012
NEWS
Sydney Uni in an App
The Sydney Uni App is now available on iOS and Android, and features Blackboard, library and units of study access, important dates, news, events and more. Read more
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Australian Laureate Fellowships awarded
Research leaders from Sydney Uni are pushing the boundaries of science in wildlife conservation, mathematical methods, and industrial technology.
Research leaders from Sydney Uni are pushing the boundaries of science in wildlife conservation, mathematical methods, and industrial technology.

The federal government announced this week that Professor Nalini Joshi from the School of Mathematics and Statistics joins Professor Rick Shine from the School of Biological Sciences and Professor Ben Eggleton from the School of Physics in being awarded a fellowship under the Australian Laureate Fellowship Scheme.

Professor Joshi has also been charged with helping to increase the profile of women in science via the Kathleen Fitzpatrick Australian Laureate Fellowship, which was awarded to another Sydney Uni academic, Pippa Norris, in its inaugural year in 2011.

Read the full story.
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NOTICES
Scholarships now open
Visit the Scholarships website to see what's currently available.
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Student communications survey results and winners
The Xbox and Co-op voucher have been claimed, and over 3000 of you had your say.
The Xbox and Co-op voucher have been claimed, and over 3000 of you had your say.

Congratulations to Hannah Rowley (pictured), who won the Xbox 360+Kinect. We asked what you consider to be the most important improvement, addition or innovation that we could make to student communications, and Hannah answered:

"Cleaning up the blackboard/student sites, reducing the number of times you have to log in, get more involved in facebook/ iphone app"

While runner-up Rebecca Beard won the $200 Co-Op Bookshop voucher with her answer:

"Online update of available study spaces e.g. Fisher, Carslaw = minimum time wasting if can check online where space is free".

The App was launched this week, and you'll be pleased to know that a 'single sign in' function is part of the new student portal coming online later this year, while system for checking the availability of computers is also being developed. We're also continuing to increase and improve our activity in social media, particularly Facebook, Twitter and youTube.


Top 5 results from the survey
  1. 93% of you want Uni communications via email
  2. The majority of you use Google to find Uni info, followed by the Uni’s homepage, and in-person via students and lecturers
  3. You want to see more careers, event and entertainment notices in Student News
  4. Most of you use your laptop, followed by smart-phone, then a uni computer to access uni info and content 
  5. You all want more stable, faster wi-fi!
 
We’ve passed on the survey data to the schools, faculties, IT and eLearning teams, and will keep you posted on further developments.

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Be a faculty board student rep
Did you know student representatives sit on Faculty boards? Elections are coming up soon - read this blog post from a sitting student rep for more information.
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Short-term exchange programs
Add an international element to your degree with short-term exchange.
Add an international element to your degree with short-term exchange.

If you have been concerned about fitting a traditional semester or year-long exchange into your degree, are uncertain about embarking on a long trip overseas or just want to fit in another fantastic international opportunity, these programs could be for you.

Students will study for three-to-six weeks during either the summer or winter break at one of our exchange partner universities and, in many cases, receive credit towards their University of Sydney degree.

For more information visit the Current Students website.
Call for nominations for 2012 elections for student Fellows of Senate
Elections for one undergraduate and one postgraduate student Fellow of Senate for a two-year term of office will be conducted by electronic ballot from 11 September, closing at 4pm on 9 October 2012. If you would like to nominate as a candidate, visit the Senate election website for the relevant notice of election and nomination form.
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GET INVOLVED
Volunteers needed for a men's health diet supplement study
Take part in research that aims to improve your heart and liver health using dietary supplements.
Take part in research that aims to improve your heart and liver health using dietary supplements.

Do you carry a bit of extra weight? Take part in a 12-week diet supplement study focusing on men's health, requiring no change to diet or exercise habits.

Participation includes blood tests at the Heart Research Institute in Newtown, and MRI scans at your choice of either Camperdown or Hornsby. These tests are free for participants, and you will be reimbursed for your 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 on 9845 8179. Thank you to all who have participated so far.
Male volunteers needed for heat study
Males aged 18 to 45 years are invited to participate in a study involving supplement intake. You’ll complete two one-hour runs in hot conditions and be reimbursed for your time. Contact Marilyn Ong for more information.
Everyday social experiences for individuals with ASDs
If you are between 16 and 35 years with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and interested in participating in this study, please contact Ryan Chen for more information.
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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS
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Honi Soit opinion competition
The 2012 Honi Soit opinion competition is back! With a $1500 first prize, it's your chance to get your voice heard and be handsomely rewarded!
The 2012 Honi Soit opinion competition is back! With a $1500 first prize, it's your chance to get your voice heard and be handsomely rewarded!

This year's theme is: Limbo. Original and thoughtful interpretations of the topic will be highly regarded. See this year's Honi editions for style and direction of our opinion pieces.

The top three articles will receive cash prizes and be published in Honi Soit on October 10. Winners will be chosen by none other than Daily Telegraph journalist, host of the ABC's Dumb, Drunk and Racist, and Twitter extraordinaire Joe Hildebrand.

More information and competition details.
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Invite to Howard Cup
Don’t miss your chance to share a beer or a bite with John Howard, Alexander Downer and Janet Albrechtsen at the Howard Cup 2012.
Don’t miss your chance to share a beer or a bite with John Howard, Alexander Downer and Janet Albrechtsen at the Howard Cup 2012. 

The Howard Cup is an annual intervarsity debating competition hosted by the Sydney University Liberal Club, involving six NSW universities. This year’s adjudicators include John Howard, Alexander Downer, Philip Ruddock, Joe Hockey, Piers Akerman and Janet Albrechtsen. It is a rare opportunity to meet the nation's most prominent Liberals as they mingle and adjudicate the competition.

The $100 event package deal includes a bar tab and light canapes at all three rounds, plus a four-hour drinks package and canapes at the grand finals with John Howard.

Each year the Cup attracts over 200 students, so places are very limited. RSVP Alex Dore by 3 August.
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Indigenous Health Forum 2012
Prominent Indigenous health guest-speakers will discuss what is being done to help improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes
Prominent Indigenous health guest-speakers will discuss what is being done to help improve Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health outcomes.

Meet inspirational people, have a positive learning experience, and make a difference in your own career at this Sydney University Medical Society event.

Event details
When: 5.30pm, Tuesday 14 August
Where: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free, catering provided
Contact: Sally Plunkett, Sydney University Medical Society (Indigenous Health Officer)

For more information on the guest speaker panel, visit the Facebook event page.
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EVENTS
 6 AUG    |  
Life and death in India
Join New Yorker journalist Katherine Boo for a Sydney Ideas conversation titled ‘Life and death in a Mumbai undercity’.
Join New Yorker journalist Katherine Boo for a Sydney Ideas conversation titled ‘Life and death in a Mumbai undercity’

Boo is a proponent of ‘immersion’ or ‘documentary’ journalism – where the journalist lives with their subject. She has spent the last 20 years reporting from within poor communities, considering how societies distribute opportunity and how individuals get out of poverty.

For this event Boo will be in conversation with Dr Sheleyah Courtney from the School of Social and Political Sciences. They will discuss the practice of immersion journalism, daily life in an Indian slum, corruption and economic mobility in modern India, and much more.

Event details
When: 6 to 7.30pm, Monday 6 August
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free (no booking required)

For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website.
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 7 AUG    |  
Former US intelligence head talks peace in the Asia-Pacific
Admiral Dennis C Blair, former US Director of National Intelligence, will discuss the prospects for future peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.
Admiral Dennis C Blair, former US Director of National Intelligence, will discuss the prospects for future peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific region.

Blair led America’s 16 intelligence agencies during 2009 and 2010, and previously held senior positions in a number of defence policy development and analysis bodies, after a stellar 34-year career in the US Navy. He’ll discuss the significant geopolitical tensions raised by the forthcoming US-China leadership transitions, and global economic stagnation and uncertainty.

Event details
When: 5 to 6.30pm, Tuesday 7 August
Where: MacLaurin Hall, the Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free

To register or for more information, visit the US Studies Centre website.
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 8 AUG    |  
Universal rights in the history of cosmopolitanism
Join Professor Samuel Moyn from Columbia University for a Sydney Ideas talk titled ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the history of cosmopolitanism’.
Join Professor Samuel Moyn from Columbia University for a Sydney Ideas talk titled ‘The Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the history of cosmopolitanism’.

Professor Moyn will revisit the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) with an eye to judging its place in the history of ‘cosmopolitanism’ (a concept of belonging to all parts of the world). Typically, it is read as the fulfilment of cosmopolitan aims. Moyn argues that since various cosmopolitanisms have competed through recorded history, the UDHR should be regard as expressing one universalist vision among others. The puzzle from the present day is that it was so peripheral to its contemporaries. This talk investigates why.

Co-presented with the Institute for Democracy and Human Rights.

Event details
When: 6 to 7.30pm on Wednesday 8 August
Where: New Law Lecture Theatre 106, Law School Annexe, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free (no booking required)

For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website.
 9 AUG    |  
Putting the arts at the centre of curriculum
Join Arnold Aprill from Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) for a Sydney Ideas event titled ‘Putting the arts at the centre of curriculum and schooling’.
Join Arnold Aprill from Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) for a Sydney Ideas event titled ‘Putting the arts at the centre of curriculum and schooling’.

CAPE founder Aprill will demonstrate what happens when the arts assume their rightful place at the centre of 21st-century education. This presentation will include examples of effective practice and descriptions of educational policies that make these successful strategies possible.

Co-presented with the Faculty of Education and Social Work.

Event details
When: 4.15 to 5.45pm, Thursday 9 August
Where: New Law Lecture Theatre 104, Law School Annexe, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free (no booking required)

For more information, visit the Sydney Ideas website.
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CONTENTS
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Notices
Get Involved
Student organisations
Events
Welcome to Semester!
Sydney at the Olympics
Inspiring the next generation of leaders
Student blogs
Ordering student notes
Links
WELCOME TO SEMESTER!
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Got questions about starting Semester 2?
Got questions about starting Semester 2?

The University of Sydney has a range of online resources to help with your studies and student life. Here are our top 5 links that we recommend you bookmark!

1. The ‘current students’ page has quick links to student email, Blackboard and student admin.

2. The ‘student life’ page has links to our Facebook and Twitter communities, the student blog, and the various student organisations.

3. The ‘student IT’ page has information about computer availability, setting up wifi, your Unikey account and more.

4. The ‘student services’ page has links to information about disability access, counselling, careers, scholarships, financial assistance and more.

5. The ‘student safety tips’ page has important security and wellbeing information in 8 languages.

For all other enquiries, contact your faculty or the Student Centre. We hope you enjoy your first semester at the University of Sydney.
SYDNEY AT THE OLYMPICS
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The 2012 London Olympics have begun! Cheer on our Sydney Uni athletes and discover our Olympic history. Read more
INSPIRING THE NEXT GENERATION OF LEADERS
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Sydney Business School has launched an ambitious and innovative Master of Business Administration (MBA).
Sydney Business School has launched an ambitious and innovative Master of Business Administration (MBA).

The program was launched on Monday 30 July by the Dean of the Business School, Professor Geoffrey Garrett, and the initial cohort of students will begin their study in February, 2013.

"Launching our world class MBA is a core element of our strategy for becoming a global top 50 business school within five years." Professor Garrett said.

Find out more about the new Sydney MBA.
STUDENT BLOGS
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This week, Jess takes us on a tour of the Olympic village, Sidd reviews the App, and Tom checks out the new MBA.
ORDERING STUDENT NOTES
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Order online, check when your notes are in stock, and avoid the queues! Read more
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