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OCTOBER 2014
INTRODUCTIONS
 GENERAL    |  
Phoebe Armitage
Phoebe Armitage has taken up the role of technical officer with the teaching staff in the Macleay building; she will be taking over from Les Edwards.
Originally from New Zealand, Phoebe recently finished her masters in marine biology at Auckland University.
Phoebe Armitage has taken up the role of technical officer with the teaching staff in the Macleay building; she will be taking over from Les Edwards. 

Originally from New Zealand, Phoebe recently finished her masters in marine biology at Auckland University. She has a background in ecology, and has spent the last two years researching the molecular biology and taxonomy of New Zealand Seaweeds.
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 GENERAL    |  
Debbie Castle
Debbie Castle joins the School of Biological Sciences in the role of Administration Manager, filling in for Niki Flame over the next sixteen months while Niki is on secondment to the Student Administration Services project.
Debbie Castle joins the School of Biological Sciences in the role of Administration Manager, filling in for Niki Flame over the next sixteen months while Niki is on secondment to the Student Administration Services project. Debbie hopes to provide the same high level of leadership and operational management for the School that Niki has always provided.

Debbie has, for the past six years, held a similar role in the small but dynamic Unit of History and Philosophy of Science. She has a degree in modern history and a masters information science. Debbie brings with her a sound knowledge of strategic planning, change management and university policies and procedures in relation to both students and academics. Hopefully these skills will help guide the School through the next twelve months which will be a challenging and exciting period for all during the implementation of the LEES project and other initiatives in train.
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 POSTDOC    |  
Harsh Garg
Dr Harsh Garg join’s Min Chen’s group is part of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for translation photosynthesis. She completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia examining host-pathogen interactions at cellular and molecular levels.
Dr Harsh Garg join’s Min Chen’s group is part of the new ARC Centre of Excellence for translation photosynthesis. She completed her PhD at the University of Western Australia examining host-pathogen interactions at cellular and molecular levels.

“Following this, I received a National Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada visiting fellowship to work at Saskatoon Research Centre,” she said. “Then I worked as an assistant professor at Punjab Agricultural University, India where I investigated a range of projects in plant molecular biology.”

Harsh then moved to Australia and worked in the Waterhouse lab at the University of Sydney and contributed to a project entitled ‘F-box proteins & plant development’.

“My current project aims to revolutionise plant productivity by extending the solar spectrum available for photosynthesis through newly discovered chlorophyll molecules,” Harsh explained. “Ensuring food security by increasing plant productivity has always been my driving force to enter into the plant science research and hence it has been a great opportunity for me to be a part of this innovative area.”

She is specifically aiming to develop pathways to incorporate novel chlorophyll molecules into light harvesting complexes. “I will investigate antenna complexes from different photosynthetic organisms to understand how they vary in their ability to absorb different parts of the solar spectrum.”

“I am hoping to learn new research techniques while using my own skills in the exciting field of photosynthesis.”
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 POSTDOC    |  
Laura Parker
Dr Laura Parker joins the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities under the ARC Discovery Indigenous Scheme. “I did my PhD and held my previous post-doctoral research positions at the University of Western Sydney,” said Laura.
Dr Laura Parker joins the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities under the ARC Discovery Indigenous Scheme. “I did my PhD and held my previous post-doctoral research positions at the University of Western Sydney,” said Laura. “I studied the impacts of ocean acidification on oysters; including impacts on the development of their early life-history stages, physiology of adults as well as the capacity for acclimation or adaptation over multiple generations.”

Laura’s project here will investigate the impact of environmental change on larval energetics of molluscs on the southeast coast of Australia. “The southeast coast of Australia is a climate hotspot characterised by rising ocean temperatures, fluctuations in salinity and we expect in the near future ocean acidification,” she explained. “Mollusc larvae show extreme sensitivity to ocean acidification, but the impacts of other stressors remains unknown.” Laura aims to understand the response of mollusc larvae to environmental change in the hope her findings will support mollusc populations over this century.

“I was inspired to come and work at the University of Sydney because it is so research intensive and has a culture of creating new knowledge. I have admired the calibre of both the researchers and research that has come from the Centre for Research on Ecological Impacts of Coastal Cities and feel privileged to be joining the Centre.” Welcome Laura!
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 HONOURS    |  
Semester Two
A belated welcome to our new Honours students: Alec Simmonds, George Wood, Teresa Gambowski, Matthew Byatt and Jordan Smith.
A belated welcome to our new Honours students: Alec Simmonds, George Wood, Teresa Gambowski, Matthew Byatt and Jordan Smith. Good luck with the experimenting. My tip: keep good records; it makes it much easier to write up!
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FAREWELL
Danny Liu
Dr Danny Liu, associate lecturer in the School, is leaving to take up a position at Macquarie University as their ‘Lecturer in Academic Practice’. “I’ll be helping to develop and extend Macquarie’s quality teaching,” said Danny.
Dr Danny Liu, associate lecturer in the School, is leaving to take up a position at Macquarie University as their ‘Lecturer in Academic Practice’. “I’ll be helping to develop and extend Macquarie’s quality teaching,” said Danny.

Danny’s initial association with the School was a project with the Overall lab during his first year as an undergraduate student in 2003. He then went on to do Honours and a PhD, again with Professor Overall.

In his current role, Danny coordinates and teaches hundreds of junior biology students. For which, he has won a number of awards, including the Vice Chancellor’s Award for Outstanding Teaching, the University Co-operative Bookshop Excellence in Teaching Award, the Office of Learning and Teaching Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning and the Australian Society of Plant Scientists Teaching Award. Phew! Macquarie Uni are lucky to have him! “Macquarie has a good balance between teaching and research,” said Danny. “I’m excited to go and expand my horizons at a university that values teaching quality.”

“I’ve loved working with the students here”, said Danny. “It’s a real privilege to walk alongside them as they develop confidence, keep feeding their curiosity, and continue to challenge their own boundaries.” When asked what he might miss, he said “working with staff that are committed to the same goal and who go above and beyond for their students – this includes demonstrators, tech and admin staff, and academics alike.”
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CONGRATULATIONS
Eureka Prize
Associate Professor Simon Ho has been awarded the 2014 Eureka Prize for Early Career Researcher at a gala dinner held in Sydney’s Town Hall. This award recognises Simon’s contribution to the field of evolutionary biology. Read more.
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NSW Science and Engineering Award
Professor Ben Oldroyd has received the 2014 NSW Science and Engineering Award for Excellence in Biological Sciences (ecology, environmental, agricultural and organismal). This award recognises Ben’s significant contributions to understanding how honey bee societies and regulated and policed. Read more.
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Student presentation awards
Both Helen Smith and Lizzy Lowe have won conference speaking prizes in the past few months. Helen presented her work at the 5th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management in China and won the Integrative Zoology Exceptional Speakers Prize.
Both Helen Smith and Lizzy Lowe have won conference speaking prizes in the past few months. Helen presented her work at the 5th International Conference on Rodent Biology and Management in China and won the Integrative Zoology Exceptional Speakers Prize. Read more on page six of the alumni newsletter.

Lizzy presented her work entitled ‘Spider communities in cities: have we underestimated the biodiversity value of private gardens’ at the Ecological Society of Australia meeting in Alice Springs. She received the third ESA-Wiley Prize for outstanding spoken presentation.
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CONTENTS
Introductions
Farewell
Congratulations
Campus Flora
Media
Events
Stay connected
CAMPUS FLORA
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Explore the campus in a whole new way with Campus Flora. A new teaching and learning app, developed by Dr Rosanne Quinnell, our undergraduate students and the eResources unit, is now available at the iTunes store. https://itunes.apple.com/au/app/campus-flora/id918408102
MEDIA
The media report is scurrying with spiders this edition. Yet lightly flavoured with a smattering of Ebola, diet discussions, lizards and cats – all rounded off by a reassuring dose of cane toads.
The Conversation | Simon Ho
Hendra virus to basket stars – Eureka Prize finalists announced

ABC | Steve Simpson
Catalyst: Gut reaction part 1

The Australian | Rick Shine
Tasty toxins set trap for cannibal tadpoles

The Conversation | Oliver Griffith
Lizards help us find out which came first: the baby or the egg?

Sydney Morning Herald | Lizzy Lowe
City spiders are fitter and more fertile

The Conversation | Dieter Hochuli and Lizzy Lowe
City spiders are getting bigger – but that’s a good thing

Discovery News | Lizzy Lowe
Some spiders row bigger in urban areas

United Press International | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders prefer the city life

Gizmodo | Lizzy Lowe
Hot, bright cities are spawning gigantic spiders

Smithsonian | Lizzy Lowe
Friendly neighbourhood spiders get bigger in cities

Live Science | Lizzy Lowe
City spiders are bigger, more fertile than country cousins

Australian Geographic | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders in the city are bigger

Wired | Lizzy Lowe
Cities are making spiders grow bigger and multiply faster

ABC Science | Lizzy Lowe
City spiders bigger than country cousins

Business Insider Australia | Lizzy Lowe
Australian Golden Orb Weaving Spiders grow bigger and have more offspring in urban areas

Science Codex | Lizzy Lowe
Orb-weaving spiders living in urban areas may be larger

Freenewspos | Lizzy Lowe
Cities are making spiders grow bigger and multiply faster

CityLab | Lizzy Lowe
The urban environment is creating super-sized spiders

Science Newsline | Lizzy Lowe
Orb-weaving spiders living in urban areas may be larger

BBC Nature News | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders ‘do better’ in cities, study shows

ABC News 24 | Lizzy Lowe

2UE Sydney | Lizzy Lowe

ABC Perth | Lizzy Lowe

Mail on Sunday | Lizzy Lowe
Bright lights, big spiders: Researchers say city life is breeding giant arachnids

The Telegraph | Lizzy Lowe
Scared of spiders? They grow bigger in the city

CBS News | Lizzy Lowe
City spiders bigger, more fertile than those that live in the country

Independent | Lizzy Lowe
Cities are breeding bigger spiders, say scientists

I F**ING LOVE SCIENCE | Lizzy Lowe
Cities are making spiders bigger

Kansas City Star | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders get bigger when they live in the city, study finds

Zee News | Lizzy Lowe
City spiders getting bigger, multiplying faster

Business Standard | Lizzy Lowe
Cities making spiders grow bigger and multiply faster

New Scientist | Lizzy Lowe
Swelling Australian cities harbour even bigger spiders

Radio National | David Raubenheimer
‘Protein decoys’ blamed for obesity pandemic

891 ABC Adelaide | Lizzy Lowe

612 ABC Brisbane | Lizzy Lowe

5AA Adelaide Breakfast | Lizzy Lowe

Sunday Tasmania | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders fat and happy in the city

Malaysian Digest | Lizzy Lowe
City spiders are getting bigger, say scientists

Die Welt | Lizzy Lowe
Exotische Krebsarten wandern in Deutschland ein 

ScienceBlogs | Lizzy Lowe
City life makes bigger spiders

New Sarawak Tribune | Lizzy Lowe
Australian spider grows bigger in city, study

Sudan Vision Daily | Lizzy Lowe
Australian spider grows bigger in city: study

Arab Times Kuwait | Lizzy Lowe

Taipei Times | Lizzy Lowe
Certain Australian spiders thrive in cities, grow bigger

The China Post | Lizzy Lowe

New Statesman | Lizzy Lowe
City living is making spiders bigger, study finds

French Tribune | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders grow fatter, reproduce faster in urban atmosphere: study

NZ Herald | Lizzy Lowe
Aussie city spiders getting bigger (but it’s OK)

Daily News | Lizzy Lowe
Scared of spiders? They grow bigger in the city

ABC Radio Alice Springs | Oliver Griffith

星岛环球网 | Lizzy Lowe
热岛效应 让城里的蜘蛛比乡村大?

Philly | Lizzy Lowe
Spiders get bigger when they live in the city

The Korea Herald | Lizzy Lowe
Australian spider grows bigger in cities: study

Taringa! | Lizzy Lowe
¿Están las ciudades volviendo más grandes a las arañas?

河北新闻网 | Lizzy Lowe
澳发现至少一类蜘蛛城市植被少处更肥壮

Discovery News | Rick Shine
Cane toad personalities key to territorial takeover

ABC Science | Rick Shine
Toad personalities key to territorial takeover

702 ABC | Lizzy Lowe

Business Insider | Lizzy Lowe
Cities are making spiders bigger

GMA Network | Lizzy Lowe
Big cities breed big spiders, study finds

ABC Darwin | Rick Shine

Radio National | John Gardiner
Interview on Ockham’s Razor

News Channel 4 KFOR | Lizzy Lowe
Cue the nightmares: city living makes spiders bigger

Yahoo! | Lizzy Lowe
Un estudio encuentra que las arañas crecen más en zonas urbanas

774 ABC Melbourne | Dieter Hochuli
Bee hives vs ants nests – which is best to live in?

4BC Brisbane | Lizzy Lowe

ABC News | David Raubenheimer

720 ABC Perth | David Raubenheimer

774 ABC Melbourne | David Raubenheimer

eFM (Seoul) | Fiona Clissold

Sydney Morning Herald | Adrian Davis
Polly wants a tracker: tags shed light on Sydney’s cockatoos

The Australian | Simon Ho
Busy times with the molecular clock

3AW Melbourne | Eddie Holmes

Smooth FM 95.3 | Eddie Holmes

702 ABC Sydney | Eddie Holmes

2UE Sydney | Eddie Holmes

HO FM | Eddie Holmes

2CC | Eddie Holmes

2GB Sydney | Eddie Holmes

ABC Classic FM | Murray lecturer
Professor Justin O’Riain

SEA FM Cairns | Ben Oldroyd

Radio National | Murray lecturer
Shark culling and croc hunting after human attack are part of the ‘wildlife wars’ occurring worldwide

2SER | Oliver Griffith
 
National Geographic | Fiona Clissold
Female flies’ previous lovers affect size of later children

The Age | David Raubenheimer
Monkey’s view on climate

Sydney Morning Herald | David Raubenheimer
Warming puts monkeys out on limb

Sydney Morning Herald | David Raubenheimer
Paleo diet hard to swallow for some

Canberra Times | David Raubenheimer
Biologists in a stew over meat in original Paleo diets

Daily Telegraph | Rick Shine
Cane toad vanguard bred for invasion

Cairns Post | Rick Shine
Toads in beeline for new turf

Hobart Mercury | Rick Shine
Cane toad ‘pioneers’ straight to the point

Illawarra Mercury | Rick Shine
Invading cane toads more direct

ABC North West WA | Greg Brown

612 ABC Brisbane | Greg Brown

Ballarat Courier | Greg Brown
Cane toad invasion on the straight and narrow

The New York Times | Eddie Holmes
Scientists rein in fears of Ebola, a virus whose mysteries tend to invite speculation

The Blaze | Eddie Holmes
Could the Ebola strain ravaging Africa mutate to become more deadly? Here’s what experts think

Yahoo News | Greg Brown
Watch out, kangaroos: poisonous can toads are evolving into even deadlier invaders

El Telegrafo | Eddie Holmes
Científicos prevén mutación de ébola

西部网 | Eddie Holmes
外媒:世卫组织推测:埃博拉病患到12月每周或增万人

The Times of India | Eddie Holmes
‘Don’t scaremonger, virus not likely to mutate any time soon’

702 ABC Sydney | Rick Shine

The Economist | Rick Shine
Straight down the line

Sydney Morning Herald | Chris Dickman
Prey at risk of extinction as fussy felines maul species’ number

2UE Sydney | Chris Dickman

702 Sydney | Chris Dickman

Radio National | Eddie Holmes

Yahoo! India Finance | Eddie Holmes
How Ebola’s 300+ mutations could make the virus even scarier

105.7 ABC Darwin | Rick Shine
EVENTS
30 October, 1pm-2pm DT Anderson lecture theatre
Postgraduate Excellence Prize finalists
31 October 2014, 9:30am The Great Hall
Graduation
6 November, 1pm-5:30pm DT Anderson lecture theatre
Postgraduate Showcase
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