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WEDNESDAY 8 AUGUST 2012
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Silver Fox
Australia is celebrating the Olympic silver medal won by Sydney Uni first-year, 18 year-old Jessica Fox.
Australia is celebrating the Olympic silver medal won by Sydney Uni first-year, 18 year-old Jessica Fox.

Jess won her medal in the women's canoe slalom event, while alumna Brooke Pratley has also claimed silver in the women's double sculls, and alumna Kaarle McCulloch won bronze in the women's team sprint cycling.

Visit our Olympics website to see who is competing over the next week and cheer them on!
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Catching the fog
Two Sydney Uni students are helping a parched inland village in Peru collect fresh water. Read more
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10,000 downloads and counting!
More than 10,000 people have downloaded the new Sydney Uni App, which features access to Blackboard, the Library, maps, events and more. Have you used it yet?

Give feedback | Download (iOS) (Android)
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NOTICES
Scholarships now open
Visit the Scholarships website to see what's currently available.
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Student IT update
Whether you’re new to the University or returning this semester, make sure you’re aware of all the IT services you can access.
Whether you’re new to the University or returning this semester, make sure you’re aware of all the IT services you can access.
For more information, visit the student IT website.
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University Experience Survey (UES)
Some students will receive an invitation to participate in the UES over the coming weeks. Check your student inbox for more information on this important new government survey.
Health, wellbeing and study workshops
Get the most out of student life by taking part in one of these workshops.
Get the most out of student life.

Visit 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.

Adjusting to study at university

Managing a new study environment can be challenging, particularly if you are living away from home. Learn about the skills needed to make the adjustment.

When: 1 to 2pm, Thursday 9 August

Communicating effectively in Australia (for international students)

Communicating in a second language can be a challenge. Let’s have some fun making it work! For international students or local students recently arrived from overseas.

When: 1 to 2pm, Monday 13 August and Thursday 16 August

Brain management

What is 60 percent water, shoots electricity and has all your favourite chemicals? That’s right, it’s your friendly neighbourhood brain! Discuss techniques to improve your brain’s functioning.

When: 1 to 2pm, Tuesday 14 August
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GET INVOLVED
Visit the Postgraduate Expo at Open Day
Whether it's professional development or career progression, postgrad study can help take you where you want to go.
Whether it's professional development or career progression, postgrad study can help take you where you want to go.

Explore your options and speak directly with staff about your study interests at the University’s biggest postgrad information event.

Event details
When: 12 to 4pm, Saturday 25 August
Where: Foyer, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus

For more information, visit the Open Day website.
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Participate in online Q&As with academics and alumni
Achieving medical breakthroughs, housing affordability, supporting Indigenous rights, controlling your weight, faster internet speed – what matters to you?
Achieving medical breakthroughs, housing affordability, supporting Indigenous rights, controlling your weight, faster internet speed – what matters to you?

Over the last four months you’ve visited our ‘What Matters’ website to vote on the importance of issues as diverse as social media’s influence on democracy, plain-packaging for cigarettes, the politics of climate change and more. We've had over 16,000 votes from 146 countries. Five new topics have been added this month, featuring the following experts from the University’s community.
  • Achieving medical breakthroughs – Associate Professor Hala Zreiqat 
  • Housing affordability – Associate Professor Nicole Gurran 
  • Supporting Indigenous students – graduate Jack Manning Bancroft 
  • Controlling our weight – Professor Stephen Simpson 
  • Faster internet speed – Professor Ben Eggleton.
Have your say on what matters to you – vote, share and take part in the discussion today.
Women of Indian origin needed to participate in survey
How do you seek sexual health advice?
Women of Indian ethnicity or origin who are aged between 18 and 30 and residing in Australia are invited to participate in a 10-minute survey that aims to better understand the sexual attitudes, knowledge, and sexual health help-seeking behaviour of young, Indian women. For more information, please contact Suhasini Sumithra or access the survey now.
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CAREERS
Are you interested in casual work on campus?
Student Support Services have casual positions to fill.
Student Support Services have casual positions to fill.

Notetakers: simply attend your own lectures, take legible notes, and upload them on time for cash!

Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS): third-year or higher students with skills, knowledge and expertise of their chosen discipline.

General administration duties on the Darlington Campus: email your contact details and a CV for more information.
Job of the Week
Take your career to the next level with the IBM Internship Program. Read more
How are you assessed for internship and vacation roles?
See a demonstration of sample group assessment centre activities and learn about the behaviours and responses that are considered successful. Read more
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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS
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Write for Hermes 2012
Make a submission to Hermes 2012, the literary journal of the USU. This year's theme is 'Odyssey'.
Make a submission to Hermes 2012, the literary journal of the USU. This year's theme is 'Odyssey'.

Those who have words will travel. Set down, then, the story of your odyssey into time and space; into the unknown or familiar; into the real or imagined. Write about times past, present, or times yet unlived.

Submit your stories, poems, critical pieces and artistic works to hermes@usu.usyd.edu.au by 12 August. See the submission guidelines on the USU website.
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EVENTS
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21st Century Medicine: today's research, tomorrow's healthcare
Discover the latest Sydney Medical School research at this new lecture series.
Discover the latest Sydney Medical School research at this new lecture series.

Join the Medical School on Wednesday nights throughout August and September and find out about key research in six major disease and health-focused thematic areas.

For dates and more information, visit the Sydney Medical School website.
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 13 AUG    |  
Wit and Materiality: meaning in the making of Renaissance art
This lecture looks at how Renaissance artists expressed skill and wit in their crafted objects.
This lecture looks at how Renaissance artists expressed skill and wit in their crafted objects.

From techniques of marble carving to clever signatures, from raised areas of paint and gesso to jokes played with the shape of jugs, meaning often resulted from the witty as well as literal manipulation of material substance.

Presented by Professor Patricia Simons from the University of Michigan.

Event details
When: 6 to 7.30pm, Monday 13 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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 14 AUG    |  
How to turn philosophical ideas into diagrams: Chinese approaches and insights
From the mid-12th to mid-14th centuries, Confucian scholars produced diagrams from text to provide readers with tools for a different analysis of the Classics.
From the mid-12th to mid-14th centuries, Confucian scholars produced diagrams from text to provide readers with tools for a different analysis of the Classics.

International China scholar Michael Lackner explains the possible precedents of this new form of diagram.

Event details
When: 6 to 7.30pm, Tuesday 14 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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 15 AUG    |  
Healthy bones, built on demand
Join a live online forum with Associate Professor Hala Zreiqat on her innovative research into synthetic bones.
Join a live online forum with Associate Professor Hala Zreiqat on her innovative research into synthetic bones.

Can this research be applied to other parts of the body? When will we see it applied to humans, and are there any risks involved?

Email your questions or post them in the comments section of Hala's What Matters page, where she'll respond during the forum.

Event details
When: Wednesday 15 August at 3pm
Where: What Matters website
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 15 AUG    |  
The Selection of the Dalai Lama, and its political, religious and social influence in Tibet
How is the Dalai Lama chosen, and what are the implications of the process?
How is the Dalai Lama chosen, and what are the implications of the process?

This free lecture will look at the origins and theoretical foundations of the reincarnation system of Tibetan Buddhism, the history of the name ‘Dalai Lama’, the ritual formalities of the reincarnation system, and how the office of Dalai Lama as a political and religious leader has influenced government and society in Tibet.

Presented by Professor Zhang Yun, Director of the Institute for History Studies, Chinese Centre for Tibetan Studies. 

Event details
When: 4.30pm, Wednesday 15 August
Where: Lecture Theatre 448, Old Teachers College, Camperdown Campus
Cost: Free
Bookings: Confucius Institute
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 16 AUG    |  
Health Workforce 2025
Health professionals and those considering careers in the health sector; do you have an eye on the future?
Health professionals and those considering careers in the health sector; do you have an eye on the future?

How can students weigh up career opportunities in the health sector? What skills will health practitioners need to have satisfying and useful careers? What role will governments play?

Find out from our panel of experts at this special discussion.

Event details
When: 5.30pm, Thursday 16 August
Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus

To register or for more information, visit the Sydney Medical School website.
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 19 AUG    |  
Heavenly Schubertiade
Join the Sydney University Graduate Choir for an afternoon of Schubert's sacred choral music.
Join the Sydney University Graduate Choir for an afternoon of Schubert's sacred choral music.

This varied program includes Schubert’s ‘Second mass in G’ (composed at age 18), and ‘Fourth mass in C’, a splendid ‘festive magnificat’ and several smaller works for choir and orchestra.

Event details
When: 3pm, Sunday 19 August
Where: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Cost: $42, student/child $20
Bookings and further information via the Seymour Centre
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 20 AUG    |  
Literacy Stepping Stones
This free Speech Pathology Week event explores some of the latest developments in practice and research related to children’s communication and literacy.
This free Speech Pathology Week event explores some of the latest developments in practice and research related to children’s communication and literacy.

Special guests speakers include Karen Trengrove, founder of Learn2Communicate, and Dr Tricia McCabe, Senior Lecturer in Speech Pathology at the University of Sydney.

Event details
When: 6 to 8pm, Monday 20 August
Where: S Block, Cumberland Campus, 75 East Street, Lidcombe

For more information, visit the Events website.
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 30 AUG    |  
Alumni versus Students Comedy Debate: We should chase idle dreams
Bring your family and friends and get ready for a night of laughs!
Bring your family and friends and get ready for a night of laughs! 

Our top student debaters battle it out with a crack alumni team. Sharp minds – and even sharper wits – will be on display for your entertainment and amusement! Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence (BA ’85 LLB ’87) and multi-talented media star Adam Spencer (BA ’92) are back to defend the alumni title, with Gates Scholar and dual University Medallist, Fiona Roughley (BA Hons ’06 LLB ’08). Their inspired arguments for the motion – that we should chase idle dreams – will be matched point-for-point by our talented, hand-picked student debaters, with inevitably hilarious results!

Moderated by comedian Julie McCrossin (BA ’76 DipEd ’77).

Event details
When: 6 to 8pm, Thursday 30 August
Where: The Great Hall, The Quadrangle, Camperdown Campus
Cost: $20, staff and alumni $15, students $10
Book now
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 6 SEP    |  
Sydney Connections Breakfast: Cameron Clyne
Cameron Clyne, Group Chief Executive Officer of National Australia Bank, discusses 'Leadership in challenging times – building a strong reputation and a stronger culture'.
Cameron Clyne, Group Chief Executive Officer of National Australia Bank, discusses 'Leadership in challenging times – building a strong reputation and a stronger culture'.

‘Sydney Connections Breakfasts’ take place four times a year and enable alumni to kickstart their workday, catching up with friends and colleagues over a delicious breakfast, with plenty of 'food for thought'.

Event details
When: 7.15 to 8.45am, Thursday 6 September
Where: The Four Seasons Sydney, 199 George Street, Sydney
Cost: $35 for alumni, staff and students of the university, $45 for friends or guests, tables of eight can be booked for $280
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CONTENTS
News
Notices
Get Involved
Careers
Student organisations
Events
Welcome to Semester
Represent students
Postgrad presentation skills
The Library's Great Book Swap
Learn Chinese Martial Arts Moves with Confucius Institute
Get social!
Event change: Peace and stability in the Asia-Pacific
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WELCOME TO SEMESTER
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Vice-Chancellor Dr Michael Spence welcomes you to Semester 2.
REPRESENT STUDENTS
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Did you know there are student representatives on faculty boards? Nominations are open now. A current rep explains the benefits of participation.
POSTGRAD PRESENTATION SKILLS
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Are you thinking about entering the Three Minute Thesis competition? Check out last year's winner and sign up for this great presenation seminar on 15 August.
THE LIBRARY'S GREAT BOOK SWAP
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Your favourite books can be donated at any University Library to help raise much-needed funds for the Indigenous Literacy Project. Read more
LEARN CHINESE MARTIAL ARTS MOVES WITH CONFUCIUS INSTITUTE
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Want to move like Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan or Jet Li?
Want to move like Bruce Lee, Jacky Chan or Jet Li?

Instructor Niu Hongguang began martial arts training at the age of five, holds a master's degree in Chinese Martial Arts, and has won several international Chinese martial arts competitions. 

Previous students have found the course well structured, easy to follow, and heaps of fun.

When: from 16 August

Cost: $144 for students of the University of Sydney

To register or for more information, visit the Confucius Institute website.
GET SOCIAL!
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Have you explored the Uni's social media channels?

YouTube: 350+ research, real-world impact stories and campus-life clips.
Facebook: 50,000+ students, alumni and staff – liking, commenting and sharing content.
Twitter: 11,000+ followers – get yourself RT'd!
EVENT CHANGE: PEACE AND STABILITY IN THE ASIA-PACIFIC
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Please note: this event has been rescheduled, and those previously registered will need to re-register.
Please note: this event has been rescheduled, and those previously registered will need to re-register.

Admiral Dennis C Blair, former US director of national intelligence, will discuss this topic with former Australian minister for defence, Robert Hill AC at a free public event.

Event details
When: 5 to 6.30pm, Monday 13 August
Where: Lecture Theatre 101, New Law Building, Camperdown Campus
Cost: free

To register or for more information, visit the United States Studies Centre website.
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