Student News
15 August 2016
Gold, silver and bronze for our athletes
In a blockbuster first week at Rio 2016 our athletes have excelled for Australia. Chloe Dalton was part of the women’s Rugby Sevens team that clinched an historic gold medal, while rowers Sasha Belonogoff and Cam Girdlestone helped power Australia to a silver medal in the men’s quad scull. Rounding out the week was rapids rider Jess Fox, who picked up a bronze in women’s kayak slalom. Their efforts mean that if Sydney Uni were a country, we’d be sitting an amazing 34th on the tally rankings – equal with Slovenial!

Keep an eye out for our other athletes as they compete this week in events, including athletics, sailing and more. And as the Olympic spirit sweeps the campus cheer on our librarians as they challenge Noosa for glory in the ‘Liblympics’.
Continuing the conversation with Linda Burney MP
After last week’s Sydney Ideas event, ‘Educating and enabling girls,’ Australia’s first Indigenous woman to be elected to federal parliament, Linda Burney MP, sat down with one of our students to talk more about the importance of access to education and how university students can help to drive change and break the cycle of inequality.
Disability Inclusion Week 2016
Save the dates – Disability Inclusion Week is coming up on 5–9 September. Head to Eastern Avenue for Monday’s launch day where you can take part in activities and learn more about organisations and services for people with a disability. There’ll be Q&A sessions, music performances, BBQs and much more, including the rocking finale for RU OK Day and a Rock’n’Roll Fundraiser at Hermann’s. Activities are happening across campuses – check out the program here.
That’s nano-tainment!
Think nanoscience is worth a song and dance? Curious as to how well our academics will translate their research into performance? Don’t miss Nanotainment on 16 August, a show-stopping event hosted by Adam Spencer as part of the Sydney Science Festival. 
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Save lives with big data
Love big data and saving lives? Students from all disciplines are encouraged to take part in SydneyHack from 9–11 September, with the challenge of reducing pedestrian deaths in NSW. With a prize pool of more than $7000 and the opportunity for paid internships at the NSW Data Analytics Centre, it’s not to be missed. Register by 29 August.
Festival wristbands under the microscope
Ever wondered what’s living on your festival wristbands? Dr Nick Coleman from the School of Molecular Bioscience invited Triple J into his lab to investigate. Watch the results here if you dare.
PhD student from the Con drums up a big win
In an epic jazz battle at the Sydney Opera House, PhD student James McLean brought the house down with a drumming performance that earned him a $20,000 cash prize and the honour of being named the 2016 Freedman Jazz Fellow. Congratulations James!
Get involved
  • You still can submit an application for the Sydney Genesis startup program and bring your idea to life. The deadline for applications has been extended to Wednesday 17 August.

  • Are you interested in performing at the Disability Inclusion Week Launch Day on Monday 5 September? If you’re a musician and would like to be a part of this great event, please contact Terri Mears, at or +61 2 8627 5067.

  • Help us name and categorise the University’s digital and technology services during your next break, and we’ll cover pizza and drinks
  • The Westmead Research Hub recently opened its doors for a student open day to learn about a range of new opportunities in research. Here’s what some students had to say about why they chose Westmead.

  • HDR students: join a focus group discussion on qualitative and quantitative research methods on Tuesday 16 August from 4pm.
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16 August Sydney Ideas, Westmead – Diabetes, heart disease, obesity: a looming healthcare crisis
16 August Nanotainment
17 August Sydney Science Forum – 2048 how future medicine will create a happier world
18 August Sydney Ideas – On the importance of time out in the era of empathy and attachment
18 August Postgraduate Business Information Session
27 August Open Day
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