STUDENT NEWS

TUESDAY 9 JUNE

Eye spy: Physics student makes big discovery for star-gazing scientists 

Don't be alarmed, but there are giant plasma tubes swirling above our heads. That's the major discovery made by physics undergrad Cleo Loi, beating international scientists to the punch. Scientists have for a while posited that the earth's magnetic field combined with energy from the sun would create huge tubes of plasma, but they've never before been seen – until Cleo figured out an ingenious way to use radio telescopes as giant eyes peering into the atmosphere.
Don't be alarmed, but there are giant plasma tubes swirling above our heads. That's the major discovery made by physics undergrad Cleo Loi, beating international scientists to the punch. Scientists have for a while posited that the earth's magnetic field combined with energy from the sun would create huge tubes of plasma, but they've never before been seen – until Cleo figured out an ingenious way to use radio telescopes as giant eyes peering into the atmosphere.

"For over 60 years, scientists believed these structures existed but by imaging them for the first time, we've provided visual evidence that they are really there," says Cleo, who is based at the ARC Centre of Excellence for All-sky Astrophysics (CAASTRO).

As part of her undergraduate research thesis (which won the Australian Astronomical Society's 2015 Bok Prize), Cleo arranged the Murchison Wide Field Array in the Western Australia desert to effectively function like two human eyes and see the earth's magnetosphere in 3D, leading to the detection of the elusive plasma tubes.

"The discovery of the structures is important because they cause unwanted signal distortions that could, as one example, affect our civilian and military satellite-based navigation systems. So we need to understand them," she says.

Cleoe's work was published in Geophysical Research Letters last week, and was reported in the Sydney Morning Herald and by IFL Science

Find out more
 

Join the discussion on the University's future

The University has released its first formal discussion paper for the 2016–2020 strategy conversation, focusing on undergraduate educational offerings. The ideas in this paper are intended to provoke a discussion about all aspects of our educational values and how we deliver them. We encourage you to take the time to share your thoughts on the proposals in this paper. You can submit your written comments up until 6 July. Find out more

Exams are coming ...

Exams are on the way, so use your time wisely during STUVAC and balance your study with some downtime. If you're worried about ending up like our friend here, there are some things you can do so you're well prepared and ready to perform to your best.
Exams are on the way, so use your time wisely during STUVAC and balance your study with some downtime. If you're worried about ending up like our friend here, there are some things you can do so you're well prepared and ready to perform to your best.
  • Make sure you know when and where your exams are by logging into Sydney Student (Go to My Studies > Assessments), and plan your transport to and from the uni accordingly.
  • If you experience increased anxiety ahead of exams (and let's face it, who doesn't?), have a read of CAPS's handy eBooks with information on how to manage anxiety, avoid procrastination and improve your organisational skills. There are other great resources on the CAPS website that can help you achieve mental balance in stressful times. 
If you have any enquiries regarding examinations, contact the Student Centre.

Good luck!

Generous gift means bright future for nurses

An unprecedented $10.8 million donation by the Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation will fund 12 annual scholarships to assist future nurses studying at the Sydney Nursing School. It's the largest ever donation to a nursing school in Australia, and will benefit both undergraduate and postgraduates, as well as rural, regional and indigenous students. The Wakil's amazing generosity also tipped the University past a $500 million fundraising milestone for our INSPIRED campaign. Find out more

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STUDENT LIFE

Rise above exam stress

The CAPS Exam Oasis is back to help you bounce away the bustle of exams and give you a chance to relax and recharge. Hop on the jumping castle, or warm up with hot chocolate, snacks and games under umbrella heaters. The rest is up to you!

When: 16, 17 and 18 June, 11am–3pm
Where: Anderson Stuart lawns, Eastern Avenue

Verge Awards: entries now open

Passionate about photography? Is literature your life? Or are you mad for music? The University of Sydney Union's Verge Awards give you the chance to exhibit your creative talents on campus with $10,000 of prizes to be won. Whether you wield a pen, paintbrush, camera or musical instrument – this is your chance to showcase your creative passion. Open to all students. Find out more
SUPRA moves Holme
The Sydney University Postgraduate Representative Association offices are now located on Level 2 of the Holme Building, on Science Road. Find them here
Careers Centre job of the week: Graduate health management trainee
This is a fantastic opportunity for graduates from a wide range of degrees to pursue a long-term career in the ever-changing and challenging health sector. Find out more on CareerHub
New on-campus accommodation opening Semester 2
Flatmates driving you mad? Tired of the traffic or public transport hassles that blight your commute to campus? You might be interested to know the University's brand-new (so new, they're still applying the finishing touches) on-campus student accommodation hubs are open for Semester 2 applications. Be one of the first to enjoy the features of the Queen Mary Building and Abercrombie Student Accommodation, including fantastic onsite facilities, 24-hour support and an exciting residential life program. Find out more

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GET INVOLVED

MADE by the Opera House: 2016 applications now open

The Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, or MADE by the Opera House, celebrates the special connection between Australia and Denmark first forged by Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece. Each summer, five Australian students spend six weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark exploring Utzon's great works and collaborating on a multidisciplinary project. Four students from the University of Sydney took part in the inaugural exchange last year.
The Multidisciplinary Australian Danish Exchange, or MADE by the Opera House, celebrates the special connection between Australia and Denmark first forged by Jørn Utzon’s masterpiece. Each summer, five Australian students spend six weeks in Copenhagen, Denmark exploring Utzon's great works and collaborating on a multidisciplinary project. Four students from the University of Sydney took part in the inaugural exchange last year.

The exchange is open to Australian students who will have completed their second year of an architecture, engineering, or design (built environment) degree by 31 December 2015. Applications close 9 July 2015.

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Pursue your musical desires with a short course at the Con

Let your inner muso free with the Conservatorium's Open Academy – an entertaining, challenging and inspiring way to get into the world of music. These short courses give you the skills and knowledge to pursue your musical interests, satisfy curiosity, or find a creative outlet for your talents in a collaborative group learning environment. Find out more
Lend Lease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship
The Sydney Harbour Bridge is one of Australia’s most famous icons. Not only is it a stunning attraction but it's also a vital artery of the city’s road and rail network. It also happens to be the brainchild of University of Sydney alumnus John Bradfield, who began his studies as one of only three students in the School of Civil Engineering in 1886. 

As Deputy Chancellor of the University (in 1942), Bradfield worked with the NSW Department of Public Works on the Bridge's design, and has since been regaled as the father of modern Sydney. Now, in 21st century Sydney we're searching for the next student visionary to carry Bradfield's great legacy.

Believing there is another Bradfield in our midst, the University of Sydney and Lend Lease have come together to create the Lend Lease Bradfield Urbanisation Scholarship. 

Here's the fine print. 

The scholarship is worth $10,000 per annum for the rest of the recipient’s degree, including an appending honours year.

The winning student will have the next great urbanisation idea for Sydney and a passion for seeing it realised in our city. To be eligible, applicants must be in their first or second year, studying in either the Faculty of Engineering and IT; Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning; the University of Sydney Business School; or the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, as well as undertaking studies related to urbanisation. 

Find out more and apply now
Winter School applications closing soon
Need to catch up on a subject? Fast track your degree? Or interested in trying something new? Check out the 40+ subjects on offer at the University of Sydney Winter School. Applications close 18 June.

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EVENTS

 3–14 JUN  | Sydney Film Festival

 9 JUN  | Films at Fisher: The Lost Patrol (1934)

 10 JUN  | The development of Timor Leste’s health system: Dr Merita (Metha) Monteiro

Dr Merita (Metha) Monteiro is a Timorese doctor who is now Director of Infectious Diseases in Timor Leste’s Health Ministry.

She is one of more than 800 Timorese doctors, trained by the Cubans with an emphasis on primary care, preventive health and social medicine.

Dr Merita will talk about the development of and challenges for her country’s health system. 

When: Wedensday 10 June, 12 – 1pm 
Where: Seminar Room, Level 6, Charles Perkins Centre

 13 JUN  | An evening with Dr Cornel West

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