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SEPTEMBER 2013
INTRODUCTIONS
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Jemma Geoghegan
Dr Jemma Geoghegan recently joined Eddie Holmes’ lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Having completed an honours degree at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, Jemma travelled to Dunedin, New Zealand, where she graduated with a PhD from the University of Otago.
Dr Jemma Geoghegan recently joined Eddie Holmes’ lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Having completed an honours degree at the University of Strathclyde, Scotland, Jemma travelled to Dunedin, New Zealand, where she graduated with a PhD from the University of Otago. Last year Jemma was working in the United States as a research associate at New York University’s Department of Population Health.

Jemma is a newly appointed Charles Perkins Centre postdoctoral fellow, working also with the Integrated Systems Lab group. “I was inspired to come to the University of Sydney because of its world-renowned reputation as a leader in research,” said Jemma. “I was particularly intrigued by the vision of the Charles Perkins Centre, which aims to ease the burden of some of the world’s most problematic diseases through developing cross-disciplinary collaborations and by translating research into real solutions for individuals.” Jemma’s research will focus on using mathematical models to help inform how movement patterns of humans and animals may impact the dynamics of disease transmission.
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Steven Hawes
New PhD student, Steven Hawes, will be a familiar beardy face for many in the School. Steven’s PhD project is with Will Figueira, with whom he also completed Honours. Steven’s academic background was initially in pure maths and computer science, which he studied at Adelaide and Flinders Universities.
New PhD student, Steven Hawes, will be a familiar beardy face for many in the School. Steven’s PhD project is with Will Figueira, with whom he also completed Honours. Steven’s academic background was initially in pure maths and computer science, which he studied at Adelaide and Flinders Universities. “After spending several years working in the IT sector as a programmer, I decided it wasn't for me and set my sights on a career change,” explained Steven. “I then studied part-time at Sydney University doing a bachelor’s degree and honours in Science to achieve this goal.”

Steven’s PhD project follows on from his Honours work and will look at the how marine meta-populations in tropical and temperate habitats are connected through larval dispersal. When asked why he chose Biology, Steven answered “As with everyone else who studies biology, I am excited about the world around me. I have a passion for observing and understanding patterns in nature, which is probably a hangover from studying mathematics.”
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Eveline Rijksen
Eveline joins the Desert Ecology Research Group having completed both an undergraduate degree in biology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in conservation biology at the University of Kent, UK.
Eveline joins the Desert Ecology Research Group having completed both an undergraduate degree in biology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands and a master’s degree in conservation biology at the University of Kent, UK. “My master’s research was focused on quantifying and optimising reptile survey methodology,” she said. “Afterwards I worked as a field ecologist on several wildlife projects in Botswana, Tanzania and Namibia.”

Eveline’s PhD work is under the supervision of Chris Dickman. Her project aims to quantify the effects of predation on habitat use, daytime territorial behaviour and nocturnal behaviour in two dragon species in the Simpson Desert. “I'm hoping to provide some insight in the mechanism behind the display of conspicuous and divergent reptile behaviour.”

“For me, working in biology combines all I want in a job - asking challenging questions, answering some of them, working off the beaten track, a colourful variety of colleagues - it's an easy choice.”
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Xiuling Shi
Dr Xiuling Shi joins Mary Byrne’s lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Xiuling completed a PhD in biological sciences at Auburn University, Alabama USA.
Whilst at the University of Sydney, Xiuling will investigate plant ribosomal proteins. “I'll try to figure out what role the ribosome, and translation, play in plant fertility."
Dr Xiuling Shi joins Mary Byrne’s lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Xiuling completed a PhD in biological sciences at Auburn University, Alabama USA.

Whilst at the University of Sydney, Xiuling will investigate plant ribosomal proteins. “I'll try to figure out what role the ribosome, and translation, play in plant fertility,” she said. “I came to the University of Sydney because I'm very interested in the project I'll conduct here and would like to join the group of dedicated biologists here at SoBS.”
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FAREWELLS
Goodbye and good-luck
Last month we farewelled: web and multimedia administrator Kerem Daldal, post-doctoral fellow Helena Skar and school manager Niki Flame (but only for a little while).
Last month we farewelled: web and multimedia administrator Kerem Daldal, post-doctoral fellow Helena Skar and school manager Niki Flame (but only for a little while).

Kerem has headed off into the corporate world after spending four and a half years with the School. He has done a wonderful job with our website – we are very sorry to see him go but we hope he enjoys the challenges of a new job.

Niki Flame is on secondment to the student centre until the end of the year to work on the Sydney Student Program. While she will be missed, we know that Niki will be ensuring the program works for us and our students.

Dr Helena Skar, who was working with Professor Eddie Holmes, has finished her position. We wish her all the best and thank her for both her research work and her participation in our outreach programs.
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CONGRATULATIONS
Eureka Prizes
Professor’s Rick Shine and Steve Simpson were both finalists for this year’s Australian Museum Eureka Prizes. Rick was in the Outstanding Mentor of Young Researchers category, which he ultimately won! And Steve was a finalist in the Promoting Understanding of Australian Science Research category. Read more.
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Min Chen
Min Chen has recently won two prestigious awards for her work on chlorophyll-f. She has been awarded the Robin Hill Award from the International Society of Photosynthesis Research and the Peter Goldacre Award from the Australian Society of Plant Scientists. Read more.
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Danny Liu
Another double winner, Dr Danny Liu has received a federal government's Office for Learning and Teaching citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, as well as a Teaching Award from the Australian Society of Plant Scientists. Read more.
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Intermediate BIOL units
Strong and positive feedback was received in the Institute for Teaching and Learning surveys for first semester intermediate units of study. Congratulations and thanks go to the academics, technical staff and demonstrators who worked on and delivered these classes.
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NOTICES
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Building Safety Officers
“Who is the safety officer for my building” you ask? Three brave souls have volunteered for this role – Mark Ahern in Edgeworth-David and Macleay (A11 and A12), Matt Day in Heydon-Laurence (A08) and Michael Joseph in Carslaw (F07).
“Who is the safety officer for my building” you ask? Three brave souls have volunteered for this role – Mark Ahern in Edgeworth-David and Macleay (A11 and A12), Matt Day in Heydon-Laurence (A08) and Michael Joseph in Carslaw (F07). These “policeman of safety” will be performing random WHS audits of office and laboratory space.

In addition, Michael and Matt will work on other WHS matters, mostly in the areas of chemical safety and hazardous waste collection. Matt is also the person responsible for autoclave use training. Stay safe SoBS!
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High Risk Audit
The High Risk WHS Audit of the School is taking place in September and October. Please ensure that all your paperwork is up to date. Also, don’t forget to do your pre-purchase risk assessment, which is this month’s WHS focus.
The High Risk WHS Audit of the School is taking place in September and October. Please ensure that all your paperwork is up to date. Also, don’t forget to do your pre-purchase risk assessment, which is this month’s WHS focus. And finally, a running-stock take of “chemicals of concern” needs to be kept. These chemicals include those on the chemicals of security concern list. The Safety Committee is currently considering the most practical way to manage a running chemical stock take.
Academic Profiles online
Profiles of academics around the University have been streamlined into a single format. The Academic Profiles project takes information from a number of sources – IRMA, the HR system and the Researcher Profiles Manager application. Take a look at your profile here and ensure it is up-to-date.
Profiles of academics around the University have been streamlined into a single format. The Academic Profiles project takes information from a number of sources – IRMA, the HR system and the Researcher Profiles Manager application. Take a look at your profile here and ensure it is up-to-date. Email our Faculty contact, Charmaine Valenzuela, to add your photo etc.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Farewells
Congratulations
Notices
Warrah Weekend
Media
Events
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WARRAH WEEKEND
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Murray lecturer, Dr Bruce Stillman, was whisked away to Warrah for the weekend during his recent visit to the School. PhD student Martyna Molak was one of 15 students who attended the weekend. She said, “Bruce was quite engaged and we had some good chats about science and careers.” Photos from the weekend reveal an action packed two-days – food, beach football, frisbee, smores and sunshine.  Bruce is no stranger to the beauty of Pearl Beach, having visited as a BiolSoc member during his undergraduate degree. I wonder how much it’s changed?
Murray lecturer, Dr Bruce Stillman, was whisked away to Warrah for the weekend during his recent visit to the School. PhD student Martyna Molak was one of 15 students who attended the weekend. She said, “Bruce was quite engaged and we had some good chats about science and careers.” Photos from the weekend reveal an action packed two-days – food, beach football, frisbee, smores and sunshine. Bruce is no stranger to the beauty of Pearl Beach, having visited as a BiolSoc member during his undergraduate degree. I wonder how much it’s changed?

Students have the opportunity to participate in these mentoring weekends twice a year as part of the Keast and Murray lectureships. Academics are asked to send nominations for the 2014 Murray lecturer to Cecily Oakley by 27 September and research students are asked to nominate the Keast lecturer.
MEDIA
Condobolin Argus | Outreach
Kickstart to HSC success at Condobolin High School

Newcastle Herald | Steve Simpson
Science chews the fat

The Telegraph | Charlotte Taylor
Sydney cockatoos take over Royal Botanic Gardens

The Weekend Australian | David Raubenheimer
Cats and dogs on vegan diets give experts paws for thought

Camden Haven Courier | Outreach
A gift to science

Rouse Hill Times | Outreach
Science students get career insights

702 ABC Sydney | Dieter Hochuli
Sunday Nights with James O’Loughlin 1/09/13

The Sydney Morning Herald | Rick Shine
Advice on HIV in Armenia scores Eureka Prize

The Conversation | Rick Shine
Eureka! Australian scientists celebrated at awards night
EVENTS
16 September 2013, 4-6pm Botany Lawn
“Meet a Supervisor” Honours reception
19 September 2013, 1:30pm-5:30pm DT Anderson Lecture Theatre
Honours Final Seminar (semester one intake)
18 October 2013, 4:30pm-7:00pm Botany Lawn and Macleay Building
Back to School – Annual Alumni social
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