STUDENT NEWS

THURSDAY 1 MAY 2014

Charles Perkins Centre Open Day – 14 May 

The Charles Perkins Centre brings together the brightest students and researchers from a range of disciplines to shed new light on tackling obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions. It's all about doing things differently – and we want you to come and check it out! 

Come along to the Charles Perkins Centre Open Day on Wednesday 14 May to get a real taste of what the centre is all about and celebrate an exciting new chapter for our University.
The Charles Perkins Centre brings together the brightest students and researchers from a range of disciplines to shed new light on tackling obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and related conditions. It's all about doing things differently – and we want you to come and check it out! 

Come along to the Charles Perkins Centre Open Day on Wednesday 14 May to get a real taste of what the centre is all about and celebrate an exciting new chapter for our University

On the day, you can take a tour of the stunning building, find out more about the Charles Perkins Centre and chat to some of its world-leading researchers.

You can also enjoy a free healthy lunch, get active with a free group fitness class and create your own smoothie with nothing but pedal-power. You could win an iPad or gym membership just by getting involved.

Teaching began in the Centre's new hub in February and the first of more than 750 researchers will start to move into the building in May. As a student, you have the chance to work alongside the Centre's researchers by applying for the  Summer Scholarships program. You can find out more about the work of researchers by coming along to free lunchtime lectures held in the Centre's hub on Tuesdays.

Charles Perkins Centre Open Day 

When and where: Wednesday 14 May, 11am–2pm. Charles Perkins Centre Research and Education Hub, Camperdown Campus
 

Sydney's Wonder Woman graduates at 93

The graduation of Australia's oldest PhD student, Elisabeth Kirkby, left us inspired last week. The 93-year-old has been star of 70s soapie Number 96, a politician, a radio broadcaster and an Order of Australia Medal recipient – and she's not slowing down any time soon. Her thesis was a comparative study of the Great Depression and the Global Financial Crisis – both which she lived through. Elisabeth's secret to success? "Use it or lose it!" Find out more

Shooting the stars

If you want to study a distant star in detail, you literally need to go to extreme lengths. That's just what Paul Stewart, a PhD student with the School of Physics, along with his supervisor, Dr Peter Tuthill, did to take second place in the 2014 Canon Extreme Imaging Competition.
If you want to study a distant star in detail, you literally need to go to extreme lengths. That's just what Paul Stewart, a PhD student with the School of Physics, along with his supervisor, Dr Peter Tuthill, did to take second place in the 2014 Canon Extreme Imaging Competition.

Paul and Peter each received Canon vouchers valued at $3000 and $1000 respectively, for their entry ‘Postcards from the Solar System’s Edge’, which demonstrated a clever method that used shadows of starlight cast by the rings of Saturn on NASA’s CASSINI spacecraft to reconstruct two-dimensional images of stars.

“Starlight, travelling as a wave, is bent and spread out as it passes the hard edges within the rings of Saturn,” explains Paul, who is interested in a career of research in the space industry.

“This occurs in much the same way as waves in the ocean being bent around a headland or breakwater. By observing this spread out starlight using NASA's Cassini spacecraft, and understanding the way light behaves, we can work backwards to determine the shape of the star emitting the light,” he says.

The competition, run by Canon Information Systems Research Australia (CiSRA) and Sydney’s Powerhouse Museum, encourages students to go above and beyond the realm of convention imaging to create and invent new ways of using imaging science to develop technologies of the future.

“I think Paul's project was hugely fun, particularly for a guy like Paul, who lives, breathes and dreams space technology,” said Dr Tuthill.

“He spent quite a lot of time working with spacecraft scientists at Cornell University in Upstate New York,” says Dr Tuthill. “Paul really thrives in this collaborative team environment, so much so that he is almost a de facto member of the CASSINI science team now, visiting regularly and working on various issues with the data.”

“Just thinking about the way his project works is pretty inspiring. Instead of using a telescope to make images of the stars, he is using the rings of Saturn themselves in place of a lens or mirror.”

Senior General Manager of the CiSRA Image and Video Research Centre, Dr Geoff Woolfe, praised the quality of the entries and the innovative thinking behind them.

“We are very impressed with not only the calibre of local talent that we have in Australia, but also the clear enthusiasm and passion that these students posess,” said Dr Woolfe. 

See some examples of ‘Postcards from the Solar System’s Edge’ and find out more about the Extreme Imaging Competition.

TEDxSydney takes city by storm

TEDxSydney 2014 took place on Saturday, 26 April at the Sydney Opera House and, as Principal Partner, the University of Sydney team was there to capture and enjoy the action.

It was a spectacular day with 16 speakers, including our very own Clio Cresswell, delivering talks to a full house of some 2200 attendees plus an additional 300-strong crowd in the Studio that the University hosted on the day.

TEDxSydney 2014 took place on Saturday, 26 April at the Sydney Opera House and, as Principal Partner, the University of Sydney team was there to capture and enjoy the action. 

It was a spectacular day with 16 speakers, including our very own Clio Cresswell, delivering talks to a full house of 2200 attendees plus an additional 300-strong crowd in the Studio that the University hosted on the day.

You can catch up on the action by watching the recording of the full live stream here.

To celebrate our partnership with TEDxSydney 2014, we asked you 'what's your greatest lesson to share?' Take a look at our time-lapse video to see how our on-campus Wall of Lessons was transformed into an 18-metre-long masterpiece over three days!

Photo courtesy TEDxSydney 2014. Photo: Enzo Amato

Sydney is numero uno for International students

Friendly people, beautiful beaches and a diverse community make Sydney the most popular city in the world for International university students, according to the 2014 Global Cities Index. Sydney beat more than 140 cities to the top spot, including New York, Paris and London. The University of Sydney has more than 10,000 enrolled International students from 53 countries. Find out more

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GET INVOLVED

Your chance to shine – Vivid at the University of Sydney

Are you a budding digital artist? Want to see your work lit up as part of Vivid at the University of Sydney? Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas that illuminates the city's iconic architecture. For the first time, the University will take part by transforming into an interactive canvas of student art and performances to mark this year’s National Reconciliation Week.

Are you a budding digital artist? Want to see your work lit up as part of Vivid at the University of Sydney? Vivid Sydney is a unique annual event of light, music and ideas that illuminates the city's iconic architecture. For the first time, the University will take part by transforming into an interactive canvas of student art and performances to mark this year’s National Reconciliation Week. 

Vivid at the University of Sydney will feature free events and live entertainment celebrating Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and young people in creative industries. 

Save the dates (27 May - 3 June 2014) in your diary and join us on campus for the event. To find out more about having your work featured, contact Laura Minchella
SUSF boot camp
Do you need to kick-start your fitness or are you ready to take on a new challenge? Try out a Boot Camp class with Sydney Uni Sport & Fitness. The next round of classes begins on Monday 5 May. Find out more

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STUDENT ORGANISATIONS

 USU  | Board elections are coming

The nine nominated candidates for USU’s student board have now been announced. Elections will take place on Wednesday 21 May, and five of the nominated candidates will be elected as Board Directors. Find out who they are. USU are also looking for enthusiastic and dedicated people to help out with the elections as Polling Officers. This is a great opportunity to develop your communication and customer service skills (and get paid at the same time). Applications close Friday 2 May. Find out more
DJ comp final
Dance and watch your fellow students battle it out to become the next big thing on the DJ scene. The best of the best will hit the decks to mix and scratch their way to the top in the Grand Final of the Sydney Uni DJ Comp. When and where: Thursday 1 May, Hermann's Bar, 4pm. Find out more
Best of USU revues
Each year students team up with their faculty friends to put on a year-in-review of original sketch comedy, music and dance. For two nights only, this is your chance to see all the best bits of the 2013 University of Sydney Revues season reworked and re-staged into a brand-new mashup with a hotshot cast drawn from across the faculties. Add in a live band and you’ve got a showcase of University of Sydney comedy that’s not afraid to bare it all! Friday 9 and Saturday 10 May, Seymour Centre. Find out more

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CAREERS AND FURTHER STUDY

Winter school subjects released

More than 50 subjects are on offer at the Sydney Winter School, running in July. Browse the list to find subjects that can accelerate your program, catch up a failed subject and balance your timetable – or challenge yourself and study something new. Enrolments open 12 May. Find out more

Medicine and Dentistry information evening

Interested in graduate medicine or dentistry? Come along to the Medicine and Dentistry Information Evening to find out about the admissions process and chat to current students.

Where and when: Wednesday 7 May, 6 to 7.30pm, Eastern Avenue Auditorium. Find out more
MBA Information Session – 9 May
Considering an MBA? Join the University of Sydney Business School for an Information Session on Friday 9 May. View the CBD campus and meet the School's MBA team.You'll also gain insights into the MBA program, which has been developed to equip managers to succeed in an increasingly complex global business environment.

When and where: Friday 9 May, 12:30 to 2pm, CBD campus Level 17, 133 Castlereagh Street, Sydney. Find out more
Interview skills workshop for international students
Not sure what's expected of you at a job interview? This workshop will see experienced career practitioners guide you through the interview process, demonstrate how to structure answers with impact and share some top tips for making a great impression. Find out more
Careerhub job of the week: graduate business / web design positions in Japan
Rakuten, Inc. is seeking business and IT graduates for entry-level positions in Japan. Find out more

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EVENTS

 MAY  | Coming up at Sydney Ideas

This week Sydney Ideas presents a talk on historic forms of architecture in Sri Lanka; UNESCO's cultural conservation efforts; and the role of women in the media during national conflicts.

This week Sydney Ideas presents a talk on historic forms of architecture in Sri Lanka; UNESCO's cultural conservation efforts; and the role of women in the media during national conflicts.

2 May – 
Palimpsest: Sri Lanka


On the island of Sri Lanka, making architecture requires one to confront a palimpsest of historical forms, materials and spaces that are complex and difficult to avoid. Sri Lankan architect, Channa Daswatte shares with us his approach to these historical conflicts. 
In this talk, examples ranging from private houses to public institutions will be discussed as a means to interrogate the following questions: How does architecture become artifact? What is the role and value of precedent today? How do sites, like their “owners,” confer meaning? Can architecture challenge historical forms while creating lenses for recognising the present?

Co-presented with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning.

7 May –­ The right to world heritage?

The year 2012 marked the 40th anniversary of UNESCO's Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. It remains the only international instrument for safeguarding the world's heritage. Professor Lynn Meskell from Stanford University uses UNESCO as the centrepiece of her talk and asks how are emergent rights to the past being presented, promoted and prevented by particular actors internationally.

Co-presented with the School of Philosophical and Historical Inquiry (SOPHI) and the School of Letters, Art and Media, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

7 May ­–­ The role of women in media during national conflicts

This event's speaker, Dr May Chidiac was a Lebanese journalist well known for her outspoken criticism of the political influence of Syria over Lebanon, when she was attacked by a car bomb causing her to lose her left leg and arm. Despite a long and difficult recovery, she defiantly returned to her role in the media. In this Sydney Ideas lecture she talks about the role of media in conflict zones and the particular insight that women journalists can bring to their work.

Co-presented with the Australian Lebanese Foundation at the University of Sydney.

 2 MAY  | Pharmacy Research Seminar Series: Jonathan Penm

 3 MAY  | Nicholson Museum free lecture: The irresistible attraction of antiquity in early cinema

 5 MAY  | Visual Music: Ivan Zavada About Music public lecture series

Visual music, as a unified form of expression, may reveal the way in which humans interpret, organise, categorise, prioritise, and process information through multimedia applications. An in-depth understanding of the creative processes involved in visual music will lead researchers to appreciate artistic discourse as a foundational social phenomenon throughout its entire range, in each and every one of its elements from the sound and image to the furthest reaches of abstract meaning; enhancing expressive content, conveying human emotion, thereby heightening and enriching the spectator’s immersive experience.

When and where: Monday 5 May, 5pm. Recital Hall West, Sydney Conservatorium of Music, Macquarie St, Sydney

Free entry, no bookings required. Complimentary refreshments after the lecture.

 5 MAY  | Lecture: can the Chinese state and NGOs co-exist?

 8 MAY  | Pharmacy Research Seminar Series: Prof Roshanak Rahimian

 11 MAY  | Mother's Day Chinese tea appreciation session

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