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DECEMBER 2013
INTRODUCTIONS
 VISITOR    |  
Daniel Canniffe
Dr Dan Canniffe is visiting Sydney from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, UK. “My field of research is the manipulation of pigment biosynthetic pathways for the production of non-native or novel compounds,” said Dan. This work brings him to SOBS to work with Min Chen and Patrick Loughlin.
Dr Dan Canniffe is visiting Sydney from the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, UK. “My field of research is the manipulation of pigment biosynthetic pathways for the production of non-native or novel compounds,” said Dan. This work brings him to SOBS to work with Min Chen and Patrick Loughlin.

“I am attempting to engineer the production and utilisation of chlorophyll d, a far-red absorbing pigment, in the cyanobacterium Synechocystis,” he explained. “The aim is to enable the modified strain to use wavelengths of light it currently cannot capture for photosynthesis.” Dan will be here for a month on a Royal Society International Exchange grant.
 UNDERGRADUATE    |  
Summer Research Students
Many of our Summer Research Scholarship holders have begun their vacation projects. We warmly welcome them to the research side of the School of Biological Sciences and wish them the best of luck in their projects!
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FAREWELL
 ACADEMIC    |  
Peter McGee
After nearly 25 years with the School of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor Peter McGee is retiring. Peter made major contributions to the School and the University in teaching, research and administrative roles. He was one of the earliest to teach using student-centred learning and independent projects.
After nearly 25 years with the School of Biological Sciences, Associate Professor Peter McGee is retiring. Peter made major contributions to the School and the University in teaching, research and administrative roles. He was one of the earliest to teach using student-centred learning and independent projects. Peter cultivated critical thinking in his students. “I especially admire the way Peter teaches the senior students,” said Professor Robyn Overall at the Head of School morning tea.

In research, Peter made substantial contributions to the field of mycology, including his work on soil remediation and soil carbon. “Peter’s research has been marked by outreach to industry and the community,” said Robyn. “He will be missed by us, and more broadly in his discipline.”

Within the School, Peter has collaborated with Jenny Saleeba and Osu Lilje and has been a mentor to both academics and students. “He looks out for people,” said Robyn. In reply, Peter said “I’ve had an incredibly privileged existence. And my advice to our current students is to seriously think about having a career in academia. As an academic, you are in charge of your own destiny.”

Peter, thank you for all your contributions and we hope you will enjoy having more time to pursue your other interests...like swimming, yoga, art, history and photography!
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CONGRATULATIONS
ARC and NHMRC grant winners
In the last month, our academics have been awarded grants from the Australian Research Council and the National Health and Medical Research Council totalling $5,310,820. Read more.
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Promotions
Three academic members of staff have been promoted to Associate Professor. Congratulations to Mary Byrne, Penny Smith and Charlotte Taylor. Well done!
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Dr Ros Gloag, alumna of the School, has been awarded a prestigious University of Sydney Postdoctoral Research Fellowship. She will be joining the Social Insects Group in January 2014.
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NOTICES
Teaching Retreat
The School of Biological Sciences Teaching Retreat was held on Thursday 5 December in the Holme Building. On the agenda was a review of 2013 and planning for 2014.
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MEDIA
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Diets, snakes, spiders, koalas and a wellbeing survey.
The Conversation | Mathew Crowther
Fossil of giant platypus unearthed in Riversleigh

2UE | Alison Gosby

Interview on Seven News 6/11/13

7Two | Alison Gosby
Interview for the Nights program 6/11/13

ABC News Radio | Alison Gosby
Interview on Mornings 7/11/13

ABC North West WA | Alison Gosby
Interview on Mornings 7/11/13

ABC Riverina | Alison Gosby
Interview on NSW Statewide Drive 7/11/13

Canberra Times | Alison Gosby
Protein craving leads to overeating

Sydney Morning Herald | Alison Gosby
Hunger for protein may cause overeating: study

Sydney Morning Herald | Dieter Hochuli
Precautions, alertness can counter snake danger

Daily Telegraph | Rick Shine
Snakes raid the suburbs

774 ABC Melbourne | Alison Gosby
Interview on The Sunday Show 10/11/13

ABC Riverland SA | Alison Gosby
Interview on Riverland Today 13/11/13

Narrandera Argus | Mathew Crowther
Call for new approach to koala conservation

MX (Sydney) | Lucy Taylor
Time for a tree change

4BC | Alison Gosby
Interview on Weekend Nights 17/11/13

ABC Illawarra | Mathew Crowther
Interview for Statewide Afternoons 18/11/13

The Conversation | Aaron Greenville and Glenda Wardle
Will we hunt dingoes to the brink like the Tasmanian tiger?

AAP Newswire | Steve Simpson
Prof uses 1000 mice to expose food folly

The Australian | Steve Simpson
Professor uses 1000 mice to expose food folly

Sunday Herald Sun | Alison Gosby
B+S Newsflash: lack of protein drives overeating

Sunday Telegraph | Alison Gosby
Lack of protein drives overeating

Sunday Tasmanian | Alison Gosby
B+S Newsflash: lack of protein drives overeating

Sunday Times | Alison Gosby
Lack of protein drives overeating

Sunday Mail Adelaide | Alison Gosby
Lack of protein drives overeating

Readers Digest | Alison Gosby
You may scoff

Australian Geographic | Rick Shine
Ask an expert

The Conversation | Mathew Crowther
Grunt work: unique vocal folds give koalas their low-pitched voice

Radio National | Mathew Crowther
Mysteriously loud Koala calls explained
EVENTS
11 December 2013, 1pm The Grand Stand
SoBS Christmas Party
3 January 2013, 9am-4pm The University of Sydney
Information Day
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