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MARCH 2014
INTRODUCTIONS
 PHD    |  
Jessica Dudley
With a background in veterinary bioscience, Jessica Dudley is ideally placed to investigate marsupials for her PhD. She completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with Honours at the University of Sydney in 2013.
With a background in veterinary bioscience, Jessica Dudley is ideally placed to investigate marsupials for her PhD. She completed a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience with Honours at the University of Sydney in 2013. “I worked on the evolution of viviparity in marsupials for my honours year,” she said. “My PhD project is an expansion of my honours project. I will be looking at the changes to adhesion that occurs in the uterine epithelium during pregnancy in a range of eutherian and marsupial mammal species.”

Jessica with be supervised by both Professor Mike Thompson and Professor Chris Murphy (Discipline of Anatomy and Histology). And what excites Jessica about biology? “I love that there are so many great unanswered questions.”
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 VISITOR    |  
(Eve) Manlika Kilaso
Eve joins the School of Biological Sciences from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), where she is studying for a PhD in Biotechnology. “I investigate epigenetic regulation of genes related to worker sterility in honey bees,” said Eve.

Eve joins the School of Biological Sciences from Chulalongkorn University (Thailand), where she is studying for a PhD in Biotechnology. “I investigate epigenetic regulation of genes related to worker sterility in honey bees,” said Eve. “Whilst here I am working with Professor Benjamin Oldroyd to investigate how DNA methylation is involved in the expression of genes that regulate ovary activation in honey bee workers.” She aims to determine the methylation pattern between activated-ovary and suppressed-ovary worker groups. “This will bring to a better understanding of ovary activation and gene action related to reproductive physiology of worker bees.”

Eve was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Thai Government to carry out her research in the Social Insects Lab for the next 18 months. “The School is well-known for biological sciences research and well equipped with facilities which are highly matched to my research project,” explained Eve when asked why she wanted to visit here. “Importantly, Professor Oldroyd has expertise and experience in honey bee research. So I hope that if I conduct research here, my work will be excellent and I will gain great publications!” We hope so too Eve. Good luck with the project.



Eve was awarded a scholarship from the Royal Thai Government to carry out her research in the Social Insects Lab. “The School is well-known for biological sciences research and well equipped with facilities which are highly matched to my research project,” explained Eve when asked why she wanted to visit here. “Importantly, Professor Oldroyd has expertise and experience in honey bee research. So I hope that if I conduct research here, my work will be excellent and I will gain great publications!” We hope so too Eve. Good luck with the project.

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 HONOURS    |  
Semester 1, 2014 intake
Sixteen new Honours students have just begun their year-long projects in the School. Their introductory talks were held last week and they all did a fantastic job.
Sixteen new Honours students have just begun their year-long projects in the School. Their introductory talks were held last week and they all did a fantastic job. 
We hope they enjoy their projects; we encourage them to stay focused even when it seems they are making no progress; we exhort them to make the most of the pool of expertise at fingertips and to participate in all activities - like TimTam Tuesdays!
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CONGRATULATIONS
ARC Centre of Excellence
Associate Professor Min Chen has been successful in a joint grant to establish an ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis. She is the chief investigator for the Sydney University node. This new Centre of Excellence intends to revolutionise plant productivity. Read more.
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Summer School and Bridging Course success
Thanks to all involved with the Biology Bridging Course and the Summer School. In particular,
Thanks to all involved with the Biology Bridging Course and the Summer School. In particular, Charlotte Taylor, who was the driving force behind the Summer School, and Danny Liu, who drove the Bridging Course. The technical staff were also wonderful, as were Aida Yalcin (technology support) and Katie Jakes (student services coordinator).

The Bridging Course received excellent reviews and had a number of exciting new developments; including the having the students make movies of meiosis. So, congratulations and thanks for the team work.
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NOTICES
New Building...
In January, the Senior Executive Group (SEG) endorsed a proposal to develop a full business case for the construction of a new building to house members of the life, earth and environmental Sciences disciplines, including the School of Biological Sciences.
In January, the Senior Executive Group (SEG) endorsed a proposal to develop a full business case for the construction of a new building to house members of the life, earth and environmental Sciences disciplines, including the School of Biological Sciences. The building would be situated near the Charles Perkins Centre. The rationale is that it will enable the University can improve its response to the major environmental challenges facing Australia and the world. Read more.
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WHS
All new Honours and PhD students need to undergo a safety induction. It is the responsibility of the student’s supervisor to ensure this has been completed.
All new Honours and PhD students need to undergo a safety induction. It is the responsibility of the student’s supervisor to ensure this has been completed.
Training Needs Analysis is the focus for safety this March and April. Find out what training you need!

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Sydney Student
Role-out of the Sydney Student program is underway. It is coming to Biological Sciences soon and those whom it affects will shortly be offered training. If you are interested in the forecast ‘go live’ dates check out the Sydney Student Program Fact Sheet.
International Student Scholarships
Twenty-eight new out-of-round international student scholarships will soon be available. The School will pay half the student fee, with the Faculty covering the rest. The supervisor will cover the student’s stipend. The aim of these scholarships is to attract top international students. Please keep this scholarship in mind if you are speaking to bright international students.
Vice-Principle Operations
A new position, Vice-Principal Operations, has been created to replace the role of Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Management), which is held by Professor Ann Brewer. This new role will lead the finance, information technology, human resources and campus infrastructure services units.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Congratulations
Notices
Media
Events
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MEDIA
702 ABC Sydney | Gee Chapman
Interview on the Mornings program 11/2/14

ABC Northern Tasmania | Eddie Holmes
Interview on Drive program 11/2/14

774 ABC Melbourne | Dieter Hochuli
Interview on Sundays program 16/2/14

The Conversation | Chris Dickman and Mathew Crowther
Want dingoes to leave people alone? Cut the junk food

Sunday Mail | Alison Gosby
Snack attacks stack on kilos

Sunday Tasmanian | Alison Gosby
Snacks at office add kilos to waistline

Sunday Herald Sun | Alison Gosby
Snacks at desks a weighty matter

Sunday Territorian | Rick Shine
Toad territory

The Australian | Steve Simpson
Protein diets ‘nearly as bad as smoking’

East Side 89.7FM | Rebecca Morris
Interview for Boiling Point on 5/3/14 

Radio National | Eddie Holmes
The emerging disease threats in Australia
EVENTS
13 March 2014, 1:30-5:15pm DT Anderson Lecture Theatre
Honours Final Seminar (Semester 2, 2013 intake)
16 May 2014, 1-2pm DT Anderson lecture theatre
Keast lecture: The thermodynamic niche
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