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AUGUST 2013
INTRODUCTIONS
 POST-DOC    |  
Aleksandr Gavrin
Dr Aleksandr Gavrin recently joined Penny Smith’s lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Having completed a bachelors and masters degree in microbiology, Alex left Russia for The Netherlands and a PhD at Wageningen University. “After [my masters] I decided to change topics to plant-microbe interactions,” explained Alex.
Dr Aleksandr Gavrin recently joined Penny Smith’s lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Having completed a bachelors and masters degree in microbiology, Alex left Russia for The Netherlands and a PhD at Wageningen University. “After [my masters] I decided to change topics to plant-microbe interactions,” explained Alex. “I was focused on the developmental of the symbiotic relationship between legumes and Rhizobacteria.”

Alex continues this work at the University of Sydney. “I’m still in the field of symbiotic membrane biology,” he said. “But now I’m studying different membrane transporters and their potential involvement in the development and maintenance of symbiotic relationship of soybean and rhizobia.”

Luckily for Alex, this post-doc opportunity not only allows him to pursue an interesting scientific question, but by coming to Australia, he can also pursue his interest in travel. 
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 GENERAL    |  
Rosanna Scarvelli
Rosie returns part-time (Mon-Wed) on Monday 5th August from maternity leave. For those new to SoBS, Rosie works in the head office as the Executive Assistant/HR Administrator. Welcome back!

Rosie returns part-time (Mon-Wed) on Monday 5th August from maternity leave. For those new to SoBS, Rosie works in the head office as the Executive Assistant/HR Administrator. Welcome back!
Alex Kyriazis will role-share with Rosie, working Thursday-Friday.
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 HONOURS    |  
Second Semester Students
The mid-year start honours students have now begun. Their introductory seminars – which Ross Coleman says the students “are really looking forward to” – will be presented on 22 August at 1.30pm in DT Anderson lecture theatre. Make sure you get along and support our new students!
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CONGRATULATIONS
ARC Linkage Grant
Associate Professor Peter Banks has been successful in the latest round of ARC linkage grants
Associate Professor Peter Banks has been successful in the latest round of ARC linkage grants. The project, which will be administered by Murdoch University, investigates potential tick-transmitted diseases. The project is entitled “Troublesome ticks: a new molecular toolkit to investigate zoonotic tick-borne pathogens in Australia.”
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Great Barrier Reef Foundation funding
Professor Maria Byrne has had two projects successfully funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. One project, with Dr Will Figueira, Dr Renata Ferrari-Legorreta and a number of researchers from other institutions, will involve the use of 3-D stereo imagery to characterise potential changes in coral reefs due to disturbances like bleaching.
Professor Maria Byrne has had two projects successfully funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. One project, with Dr Will Figueira, Dr Renata Ferrari-Legorreta and a number of researchers from other institutions, will involve the use of 3-D stereo imagery to characterise potential changes in coral reefs due to disturbances like bleaching.

The other project, with Steve Doo and others, is entitled “Reef-scale Impacts of Changing Climates on Calcification by Large Benthic Foraminifera on the Great Barrier Reef.”

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation has been funded by the Australian Government's “Resilient Coral Reefs Successfully Adapting to Climate Change” research and development program. The overall purpose of the Foundation is to develop a Reef Resilience Index and each funded project will contribute to this index.
Student Prizes
A number of our graduate students have recently been awarded prizes. These include Steve Doo, Alex Little, Lizzy Lowe, Ana Bugnot, Aline Martinez and Aaron Greenville. This is a great reflection on the calibre of students we attract and nurture, well done!
A number of our graduate students have recently been awarded prizes. These include Steve Doo, Alex Little, Lizzy Lowe, Ana Bugnot, Aline Martinez and Aaron Greenville. This is a great reflection on the calibre of students we attract and nurture, well done!

Steve Doo won an American Australian Association Sir Keith Murdoch Fellowship.

Alex Little won the Young Scientist Award from the Society for Experimental Biology.

Lizzy Lowe gave the best student presentation at the International Congress of Arachnology in Taiwan.

Ana Bugnot took out the best oral presentation on temperate marine ecology at the Australian Marine Sciences Association conference on the Gold Coast. At the same conference, Aline Martinez, won best overall photograph and best seascape photograph.

Aaron Greenville won the AG Lyne award at the Australian Mammal Society Conference, for his poster titled: “Bottom-up processes modify interactions between predators in resource-pulse environments”.
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NOTICES
Library
Training sessions are being scheduled for using the reference manager EndNote, for measuring research impact and for setting up journal table-of-contents alerts. Don’t miss out!
Training sessions are being scheduled for using the reference manager EndNote, for measuring research impact and for setting up journal table-of-contents alerts. Don’t miss out!

Please email new book requests, and any other suggestions on how the library can cover your need for particular resources and tools, to Joy Wearne
Summer Scholarships
Applications are now open for the inaugural Biological Sciences Summer Research Scholarships. Please encourage eligible students to apply.
 WHS    |  
Training Needs Analysis
This August, the School Safety Committee is targeting “Training Needs Analysis”. By the end of the month, each work group will need to have submitted a plan.
This August, the School Safety Committee is targeting “Training Needs Analysis”. By the end of the month, each work group will need to have submitted a plan. Face-to-face training courses are available through CareerPath. These include training for staff who act as local emergency personnel and targeted sessions for staff and research students working with chemicals, biological agents or radiation. Plan your health and safety training now!
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 WHS    |  
Manager and Supervisor training
Another session of “WHS for Managers and Supervisors” will be scheduled in the mid-semester break for those group leaders who missed the last training. All work groups need to be talking about WHS and recording the outcomes of their discussions. The suggestion is for each group to identify the top five issues pertinent to them and develop an action plan to address them.
Audit report
The report is in...and we did well, phew. However, despite our ‘low risk’ rating a few issues need to be addressed. These include scrutiny of the distribution of corporate cards, closer attention to asset tagging and a more formal approach to off-boarding 
The report is in...and we did well, phew. However, despite our ‘low risk’ rating a few issues need to be addressed. These include scrutiny of the distribution of corporate cards, closer attention to asset tagging and a more formal approach to off-boarding (making sure all the keys etc have been returned when staff leaves the University).

In addition, the following work health safety (WHS) issues were raised.
  • Safety representatives need to be nominated for each building
  • The procedures for ordering of hazardous chemicals needs to be reviewed, this may involve using the School of Chemistry’s system
  • Emergency contacts for staff need to be recorded on myHRonline and kept up to date
  • Students travelling on University business (for conferences, field-work etc) need to have their forms signed by the Head of School in order to be covered by the University’s insurance
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Congratulations
Notices
Murray Lecture
Media
Events
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MURRAY LECTURE
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Wednesday 21 August 5:45pm
Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Registration essential

In the annual Murray Lecture, Dr Bruce Stillman, President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, will discuss how the human genome is copied and inherited each time a cell divides.
Wednesday 21 August 5:45pm
Eastern Avenue Auditorium
Registration essential

We take it for granted that our DNA replicates normally in our cells every day, but when these processes go wrong in our body's cells we can end up with abnormal cells, the wrong rate of cell replacement and even cancer. When DNA replication goes wrong in a developing baby, it can cause primordial dwarfism, microcephaly or autism.

In the annual Murray Lecture, Dr Bruce Stillman, President of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in New York, will discuss how the human genome is copied and inherited each time a cell divides. Professor Stillman's research has elucidated the mechanism of how a cycle of copying the DNA double helix is initiated and how it is coordinated with chromosome segregation during mitosis – when a normal body cell replicates its chromosomes to form two identical body cells.

Delve deep into your cells and find out how important DNA replication is to you every day.
MEDIA
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Kickstart on the Road, central rock-rats, dingoes and cane toads featured in last months media.
Northern Daily Leader | Outreach
Workshops to kickstart science studies

Northern Daily Leader | Outreach
Science gear opens doors to the future

2TM Tamworth | Kerryn Parry-Jones
News 10/07/13

The Conversation | Mathew Crowther
Australian endangered species: Central Rock-rat

ABC Wide Bay | Tom Newsome
Mornings with David Dowsett 16/07/13

Corryong Courier | Outreach
Student takes on science challenge

Champion Post | Outreach
Unique Science experience coming to Parkes

ABC Central West NSW | Outreach
Mornings with Angela Owens 23/07/13

The Weekly | Outreach
Mudgee High students kickstart science study

Riverina Leader | Outreach
Workshops generate excitement

ABC Riverina (Wagga Wagga) | Outreach
Mornings with Simon Wallace 25/07/13

WIN Wagga | Outreach
WIN News

Irrigator | Outreach
Students get a Kickstart

Daily Advertiser | Outreach
Out and about 26/07/13

The Australian | Rick Shine
Threat from athlete cane toads

ABC Far North | Rick Shine
Cane toad spread blamed on ‘runaway evolution’

The Conversation | Rick Shine
Why cane toads give us small hope for climate change

PhysOrg.com | Rick Shine
Cane toad pioneers speed up invasions
EVENTS
21 August 2013
Murray lecture: Carbon copies – inheritance of the human genome
22 August 2013
Introductory Honours Seminar (semester two intake)
31 August 2013
Open Day
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