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APRIL, 2012
PROFESSIONAL STAFF
Alex Kyriazis
Alex’s smiling face is the new first point of contact for Biology students. Alex joins the front office staff as Student Administration Assistant, having recently completed a Bachelor of Communications degree from UWS. This is a part-time role which allows Alex to continue her studies in the law at UTS. She expects to gain ‘good experience in office work’ and to see employment issues and human resources in action – labour and employment law being two areas she is interested in pursuing in the legal profession.

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Dr Cecily Oakley
Cecily joins the School as the new Science Communicator. Whilst new to the School of Biological Sciences, she is not a stranger to the University, having completed both her BMedSc and PhD here. Cecily comes to us most recently from the Australian Academy of Science where she was responsible for the education and public awareness program Interviews with Australian Scientists. Prior to this, she was with Questacon, touring Australia and delivering science shows.

A huge thank-you must go out to Francesca van den Berg and Julie-anne Popple for filling in the gap between Communicators.

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VISITORS
Dr Chloé Delmas
Postdoctoral researcher, Dr Chloé Delmas from the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, is visiting Glenda Wardle and Maurizio Rossetto (Royal Botanic Gardens) for the next five months. Chloé is interested in investigating flora in ecosystems that do not exist in Europe, for instance deserts and rainforests. Whilst in the School of Biological Sciences, she plans to study the mating system of desert flowering plants. In particular, to investigate how desert plants reproduce and how often their reproduction is pollen-limited.
Postdoctoral researcher, Dr Chloé Delmas from the Université Paul Sabatier in Toulouse, is visiting Glenda Wardle and Maurizio Rossetto (Royal Botanic Gardens) for the next five months. Chloé is interested in investigating flora in ecosystems that do not exist in Europe, for instance deserts and rainforests. Whilst in the School of Biological Sciences, she plans to study the mating system of desert flowering plants. In particular, to investigate how desert plants reproduce and how often their reproduction is pollen-limited. In addition to visiting the Simpson Desert with the Desert Ecology team to study these plants, Chloé is involved researching the reproductive features of the Australian rainforest at the Royal Botanic Gardens. She says ‘Both projects are very exciting and challenging!’

Chloé is perfectly placed to study plant reproduction having completed her PhD in France in pollination and reproductive ecology. For her PhD she studied the causes and consequences of pollination failure in the Rhododendron ferrugineum shrub. This work was presented last week in a lunchtime seminar. During her stay in Australia Chloé also hopes to travel, ‘it is such a beautiful country!’

Helen Jones
Helen is the Division of Natural Sciences commercialisation theme leader from Sydnovate – the commercialisation arm of the University of Sydney. Sydnovate facilitates the collaboration between researchers and their industrial partners. Helen welcomes an opportunity to talk with Academic staff about new product and business opportunities. Find out more on the Sydnovate website.
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PHD STUDENTS
Aline Sbizera Martinez
Aline joins the School from her homeland of Brazil, lured here by ‘some of the best teaching in the world on experimental design and excellent training in research skills’. She joins Ross Coleman at the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities to begin her PhD studies. Aline’s project aims to investigate the interactions between grazing animals and intertidal habitats. She will address this aim by studying the grazers foraging patterns at the interface of rock pools and emergent rocks.

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ACADEMIC POST GRADUATE COMMITTEE
Members
This committee is now made up of the following people:
  • Murray Henwood (Chair)
  • Peter Banks
  • Mary Byrne
  • Ross Coleman
  • Neville Firth
  • Ashley Ward
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FAREWELL
Jonathon Webb
Dr Jonathon Webb will be leaving the School of Biological Sciences at the end of April to take up an academic position at the University of Technology Sydney. Jonathon first joined the School in 2002 as a post-doctoral fellow in Rick Shine’s lab. During this time he worked on a diversity of projects, including snake conservation, the impact of cane toads on wildlife and the effects of fire regimes on reptiles.
Dr Jonathon Webb will be leaving the School of Biological Sciences at the end of April to take up an academic position at the University of Technology Sydney. Jonathon first joined the School in 2002 as a post-doctoral fellow in Rick Shine’s lab. During this time he worked on a diversity of projects, including snake conservation, the impact of cane toads on wildlife and the effects of fire regimes on reptiles.

Jonathon’s new position is lecturer in Environmental Science, where he will be running a new field course on Wildlife Conservation and Management. He hopes he will be able to run this course in the Northern Territory, as the Tropical Wildlife Biology and Management course he has run at the University of Sydney has been ‘a huge success with the undergraduate students’. We are sure he will be a huge success at UTS and we wish him all the best!
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CONGRATULATIONS
First Year Biology Lab
The first week of laboratory sessions for Concepts in Biology resounded with exclamations of awe and excitement. The new curriculum kicked off brilliantly with labs run in conjunction with Veterinary Science staff. Students used digital imaging to capture cells –in previous years diagrams were hand-drawn. Fun was had by both students and staff and many of the videos captured can be viewed on YouTube. Fingers crossed we can keep up this very good start.
Times Higher Education World University Rankings
The University of Sydney again ranked in the top 100 universities in the Times Higher Education world university reputation rankings for 2011-12. This year Sydney was ranked 58th, up 14 places from last year’s rank of 72nd. This puts us ahead of the University of Queensland, but behind the Australian National University and the University of Melbourne.

We do even better for Life Sciences, where the University of Sydney is now ranked in the top 50 – placing 45th in 2011-12. We join the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne and the Australian National University in the top 50.

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NOTICES
Safety
A new set of Australia-wide rules now governs Work Health and Safety (WHS, formally OHS). Known as the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, it came into effect on 1 January 2012. Changes include responsibilities to more than just employees.
A new set of Australia-wide rules now governs Work Health and Safety (WHS, formally OHS). Known as the Work Health and Safety Act 2011, it came into effect on 1 January 2012. Changes include responsibilities to more than just employees. It now includes all people on site – workers, customers, visitors, volunteers and contractors. The WHS consultation, or safety committee structure, has changed across campus. WHS now follows line management responsibility. That is, supervisors are now responsible for WHS issues within their labs and groups. Any WHS concern should be taken directly to your supervisor to resolve in the first instance.

In keeping with the line management of WHS, new committees have been formed at each level; Senior Executive Group, Faculty and School. Associate Professor Frank Seebacher has been appointed chair of the School of Biological Sciences WHS committee. The School Safety Officer will remain Michael Joseph. In addition, staff were asked to elect a Health and Safety representative to act on behalf of staff and to be independent of management. Nate Lo has been appointed to this role.

Find out more on the University's WHS website.
Note of thanks
Sonja Gillies sends her thanks for the flowers and support after the passing of Dr Chris Gillies.
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EVENTS
 FRIDAY, APRIL 27 - 2.00PM    |  
Graduation: Bachelor of Sciences
After the official graduation ceremony in the Great Hall, please join us for a champagne reception and afternoon tea in the Macleay Museum from 3.30pm. New graduands will be attending with their families and are looking forward to celebrating with their lecturers.
 FRIDAY, MAY 4 - 1.00PM    |  
Keast Lecture
Professor John Endler from Deakin University is the 2012 Keast Lecturer. Professor Endler will be delivering a lecture exploring the visual signals of Australian Bowerbirds in the Old Geology Lecture Theatre from 1pm - 2pm. The lecture will be followed by refreshments in the lawns outside Old Geology. Read more

Everybody invited! Please RSVP to Cecily Oakley
 FRIDAY, MAY 11 - 5.00PM    |  
Prizes Ceremony
In May, the School will hold its fourth annual ceremony to recognise students who were awarded prizes or scholarships in 2011. The ceremony will be held in the Holme Building, from 5:30pm – 6:30pm followed by a cocktail reception. Members of the School and guests of prize-winning students are invited to the ceremony to see the students receive their awards and hear Professor Mike Thompson provide the Occasional Address. RSVP to Rosanna Scaravilli
 FRIDAY, MAY 18 - 9.30AM    |  
Graduation: Marine Science and Environmental Sciences
 
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CONTENTS
Professional staff
Visitors
PhD students
Academic Post Graduate Committee
Farewell
Congratulations
Notices
Events
Celebrating 50 Years
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CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
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The School of Biological Sciences celebrates its 50th anniversary this year. Since its conception in 1962, when Professors Robert Crocker and Charles Birch convinced their colleagues of the value of combining Botany and Zoology into one school, the School of Biological Sciences has been focused on integrating the diverse fields of biology and promoting cooperative research. A number of events are planned including a special exhibit at the Macleay Museum, due to open in September.

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