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NOVEMBER 2012
INTRODUCTIONS
Dr Phillip Doughty
Genetics and molecular biology whiz, Dr Phillip Doughty, has recently joined the technical team on Science Road. Dr Phil was born and raised in the UK and completed his PhD in 2001 at the University of East Anglia. His next step was to the University of Sussex where he undertook research on stress and transcription looking at Streptomyces coelicolor.
Genetics and molecular biology whiz, Dr Phillip Doughty, has recently joined the technical team on Science Road. Dr Phil was born and raised in the UK and completed his PhD in 2001 at the University of East Anglia. His next step was to the University of Sussex where he undertook research on stress and transcription looking at Streptomyces coelicolor.

In 2010 Phillip began teaching in England and then moved onto teaching in Nepal! He began at the School of Biological Sciences in October as Technical Officer (Teaching Support), with a focus on molecular biology. “The role is an interesting one with new technical and organisational challenges for me” said Phillip.” I love living in Sydney and the University has a lively campus and an international reputation that I'm proud to contributor to.”
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Dr Adele Haythornwaite
Alumna of the School of Biological Sciences, Dr Adele Haythornwaite, should already be a familiar face to most. But for those who are un-familiar, it is with great pleasure that we re-welcome Adele into her new role as research assistant with Professor Mats Olsson. “I'm delighted to be asked to join the Olsson lab, and to be back in SoBS,” said Adele.
Alumna of the School of Biological Sciences, Dr Adele Haythornwaite, should already be a familiar face to most. But for those who are un-familiar, it is with great pleasure that we re-welcome Adele into her new role as research assistant with Professor Mats Olsson. “I'm delighted to be asked to join the Olsson lab, and to be back in SoBS,” said Adele. “I have really enjoyed catching up with many friends and former colleagues.”

Adele completed her bachelor’s degree at Reading University in the UK and then moved to Australia to complete a PhD with Professor Chris Dickman. Her thesis, which she completed in 2005, looked at the foraging ecology of dasyurids in the Simpson Desert. “This was quite a busy time, as I had three kids while I was doing my PhD, which slows you down somewhat” said Adele. After her PhD, she worked in Professor Rick Shine’s group until the end of 2010.

In addition to her research work, Adele is currently on the council of the Royal Zoological Society of NSW – an organisation which is holding a Grumpy Scientists forum at the Zoo this Saturday. See here for more information.
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NOTICES
 TALKS AND MEETINGS    |  
Postgraduate and Honours News
The postgraduate research showcase is on again on Thursday 8th November! This event showcases the abundant student talent in the School and allows for some constructive feedback to the students about their work. Please come and support our budding scientists.  In addition, the postgraduate excellence prize will be announced at the conclusion of the showcase. RSVP to Joanna Malyon joanna.malyon@sydney.edu.au.
The postgraduate research showcase is on again on Thursday 8th November! This event showcases the abundant student talent in the School and allows for some constructive feedback to the students about their work. Please come and support our budding scientists. In addition, the postgraduate excellence prize will be announced at the conclusion of the showcase. RSVP to Joanna Malyon joanna.malyon@sydney.edu.au.

Annual postgraduate review (APR) interviews will commence the week starting the 12th November. Students and supervisors, please ensure you know when and where your interview is taking place.

And finally, honours theses for semester one students have now been submitted, yay! The School examiners meeting to ratify these marks will take place at 2pm on Thursday 15th November. Examiners, if this important meeting is not already in your calendar, please add it!
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50th Birthday Lecture Series
Don’t miss out on the next in the series, given by Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli on Sydney’s past, present and future ecology. This lecture is free but RSVP to biorsvp@sydney.edu.au is essential.
On October 24th, the first in the series of lectures held as part of the 50th birthday celebrations, took place. Associate Professor Min Chen gave an insightful and interesting talk about light and photosynthesis. The audience was a mixture of members of the university, school children and the general public and the intimate nature of the Macleay Museum space ensured a lively question time.

Don’t miss out on the next in the series, given by Associate Professor Dieter Hochuli on Sydney’s past, present and future ecology. This lecture is free but RSVP to biorsvp@sydney.edu.au is essential.
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 VOLUNTEERS    |  
Student enrolment
It will be business as usual this year for student enrolment, with the release of Sydney Student on hold. A new roll-out date is yet to be determined but it is estimated for April/May 2013. We therefore need volunteers to help with the in-person enrolment process. Academic and general staff volunteers are needed for sessions on 21-24 January 2013. Please reply to Niki Flame (niki.flame@sydney.edu.au) by 30 November 2012 with your availability.
Work Health and Safety
An audit of the School’s work health and safety processes took place on 23 October. Many thanks to those who participated. The audit showed that we have good systems in place. Feedback will be given as soon as it is available.
An audit of the School’s work health and safety processes took place on 23 October. Many thanks to those who participated. The audit showed that we have good systems in place. Feedback will be given as soon as it is available.
The safety committee will continue to inspect laboratories and continue to help and offer advice on chemical safety and storage.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Notices
Celebrate Biology: 50th Birthday success
Media
Events
Stay connected
CELEBRATE BIOLOGY: 50TH BIRTHDAY SUCCESS
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Over 250 alumni, staff, students and their families attended the 50th birthday party of the School of Biological Sciences on Friday 19th October.
Over 250 alumni, staff, students and their families attended the 50th birthday party of the School of Biological Sciences on Friday 19th October.

The School celebrated with cake, ice-cream, drinks, a jumping castle and dancing as blue skies turned to a star-filled evening. Matt Falloon and his trained balloons proved a great hit with both children and adults alike. Squid, crocodiles, flowers and isopods appeared in his hands with a squeak and a twist – and a collective ‘wow’ of the crowd.

The Macleay Museum exhibition, The Meaning of Life, received over 120 visitors during the evening. The exhibition clearly impressed, with many guests reliving their time in the School of Biological Sciences and exclaiming over photos of themselves or classmates and colleagues.

The feedback from guests was overwhelmingly positive and we were able to re-connect with many alumni and former staff. Photos from the evening can be found in the gallery here.

The success of this event is due largely to the hard work of staff and volunteers. Many thanks and congratulations to all involved!

MEDIA
Tricking invasive rat's sense of smell and Steve Simpson on Great Southern Land.
2GB | Steve Simpson
Great Southern Land

ABC Riverina | Steve Simpson
Interview with Chris Coleman 8/10/12

ABC Gold and Tweed Coasts | Steve Simpson
Mornings with Matt Webber 11/10/12

ABC Central Victoria | Catherine Price
Mornings with Ann Jones 19/10/12

Melbourne Age | Peter Banks / Catherine Price
Undone by rat cunning

ABC North and West SA | Catherine Price
Interview on 25/10/12

Nature Research Highlights | Catherine Price / Peter Banks
Protecting prey with their odours
EVENTS
Thursday 8 November, 1.15pm-5.30pm
Postgraduate Research Showcase
Wednesday 21 November, 6pm-7pm
Futurescapes: urban ecology in a changing world
11 December
School of Biological Sciences Christmas Party
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