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APRIL 2013
INTRODUCTIONS
 POST-DOC    |  
Heng Wei (Grace)
Dr Heng (Grace) Wei has recently joined the Molecular Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics (MEEP) laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. “I will be studying the phylogeography, colony structure, and caste-determination mechanisms of local pest termites, using mitochondrial DNA and microsatellite markers,” said Grace.
Dr Heng (Grace) Wei has recently joined the Molecular Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics (MEEP) laboratory as a postdoctoral fellow. “I will be studying the phylogeography, colony structure, and caste-determination mechanisms of local pest termites, using mitochondrial DNA and microsatellite markers,” said Grace.

Grace completed a master’s degree from National University of Singapore in 2001, studying dysfunctional endothelial cells in diabetes. “It was a very exciting project and I learned cell culture, enzyme activity measurement and protein techniques from it.” She then worked in several research institutes in Singapore, America and Australia. “My research projects have been mainly focused in two fields. One is investigating the mechanisms and therapeutics of cardiovascular disease and the other is analysing cellular mRNA isoforms and translations which are regulated by micro RNA let-7.”

“I really enjoy working with different groups of scientists. So working with MEEP group and working within the beautiful campus at the University of Sydney are what inspired me to work with the School of Biological Sciences.”
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THANKS
Teaching
A big thank you to Clare McArthur, and everyone working on the new senior year units of study. It has been a mammoth effort to get the paperwork together for the Faculty Undergraduate Studies Committee.

A big thank you to Clare McArthur, and everyone working on the new senior year units of study. It has been a mammoth effort to get the paperwork together for the Faculty Undergraduate Studies Committee.

Another mammoth effort that deserves thanks is the successful roll-out of the new intermediate year units of study. This success comes on the back of a smaller team, larger classes and an interesting juggle between existing senior units and the new intermediate units. Well done!
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NOTICES
 EVENTS    |  
Keast Lecture
Beauty and the beast – the evolutionary ecology of male reproductive antics
The reproductive interests of males and females rarely coincide. The idea of reproduction as a cooperative and harmonious venture between the sexes is a fallacy - the animal world is, in fact, rife with sexual conflict. So how does this conflict play out when it comes to finding a suitable mate?
Beauty and the beast – the evolutionary ecology of male reproductive antics
The reproductive interests of males and females rarely coincide. The idea of reproduction as a cooperative and harmonious venture between the sexes is a fallacy - the animal world is, in fact, rife with sexual conflict. So how does this conflict play out when it comes to finding a suitable mate? 

Dr Bob Wong (Monash University) presents the 2013 Keast lecture. Bookings essential at biorsvp@sydney.edu.au. For more information look here.
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 WHS    |  
Safety Audit
The Safety Audit report from last year has been released. A number of recommendations arose from the audit including that incidents be reported with 24 hours and that supervisors have their corrective action plans into riskware within a week. Regular inspections will also soon be scheduled and risk controls will be reviewed annually.
Finance
There will be changes to the approvals process for credit card spending, with the Head of School set to approve each purchase. The processes and procedures for this to take place are still being negotiated. In other finance news, the internal financial auditors will start to plunge and sift through our finances in April...
Conflict of Interest and Wrongdoing
The Office of General Counsel will be running Faculty-wide Conflict of Interest and Wrongdoing policy sessions for staff. These are compulsory. Online conflict of interest forms are also being rolled out.
Student Administration
The Provost is now in charge of the Sydney Student program and a new project manager has been appointed.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Thanks
Notices
Photo competition for first-year biologists
Media
Events
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PHOTO COMPETITION FOR FIRST-YEAR BIOLOGISTS
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They say a picture tells a thousand words and in science photography we want those thousand words to educate, enlighten and explain. Out-of-focus instagram images are of no use here! This science-arty challenge was presented to our first-year biology students who took photos and videos on our new Motic digital microscopes.
See more.
MEDIA
This month - toads with a hint of bee.
ABC Illawarra | Rick Shine
Cane toad hitches a ride to Lake Illawarra
 
ABC South East NSW | Rick Shine
5:30pm News 11/3/13

Daily Telegraph Australia | Rick Shine
Hopping mad? Scientist wants more toads

Courier Mail | Rick Shine
Is he hopping mad? Scientist wants more toads

The Sydney News | Rick Shine
Hopping mad? Scientist wants more toads

4BC | Rick Shine
Importing cane toads

ABC North Queensland | Rick Shine
Regional Afternoons 12/3/13

891 ABC Adelaide | Rick Shine
Afternoons with Sonya Feldhoff 12/3/13

Zinc FM Sunshine Coast | Rick Shine
3pm News 12/3/13

West Australian | Rick Shine
Toads closing in on Broome

702 ABC Sydney | Rick Shine
Afternoons with James Valentine 25/3/13

ABC Far North | Rick Shine
Mornings with Fiona Sewell 28/3/13

ABC Radio National | Ben Oldroyd
Studies find pesticides damage brains of bees

ABC Southern Queensland | Rick Shine
Drive with Craig Zonca 8/4/13
EVENTS
12 April 2013
Graduation, 2pm
Graduation Reception, 4pm-5:30pm
10 May 2013, 1pm-2pm
Keast lecture: Beauty and the beast – the evolutionary ecology of male reproductive antics
24 May 2013, 5pm-7:30pm
School of Biological Sciences Prizes Ceremony
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