September 3, 2010

Baroness Susan Greenfield-Annual Florey Lecture

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, science tagged , , , , at 12:15 am by cascius

The Human Brain is now wired for change

Date/Time: Friday, 3 September 2010, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Location: Bonython Hall, University of Adelaide, North Terrace
Cost: Gold coin entry at the door with proceeds to Florey Medical Research Foundation
More information: Visit website

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August 11, 2010

Open Day-Inaugural Three Minute Thesis (3MT) Finals

Posted in Adelaide, news, Podcasts, Research, science, study, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 2:41 am by cascius

Frogs – a source of potential medicines ‘ – a three minute thesis

What is the 3MT?
It’s about developing academic and research communication skills. Research higher degree (PhD and Masters) students have three minutes to present a compelling oration on their thesis topic and its significance in language appropriate to an intelligent but non-specialist audience.

3MT Finals

When:2.30pm, Sunday 15 August 2010

Where: Scott Theatre, North Terrace Campus

To get a taste of what’s to come this Sunday, 15 Aug,  listen to one of  our contenders, Antonio Calabrese who presented his thesis, Frogs – a source of potential medicines ‘. This event showcases our postgraduates and their brilliant research endeavours.

July 27, 2010

Waite Research Institute Launch

Posted in Adelaide, news, Podcasts, Research, science tagged , , , , , , at 11:17 pm by cascius

Congratulations to the Waite Research Institute on its launch!

If you missed the launch, you can listen to Prof Roger Leigh’s talk  via this link.

June 21, 2010

Free Lecture: Winemaking – A Continuum between Art and Science?

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If you have an interst in wine and wine making, then this lecture on Monday 12th July delivered by Louisa Rose from Yalumba is a must!

Date/Time: Monday 12th July, 4pm

Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: The A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture 2010

Winemaking – A Continuum between Art and Science?

Most winemakers sit somewhere on the continuum between being pure artists or scientists.  Arguably the best wines are made by those that sit somewhere between the two; knowing where to and when to rely on their instincts and experience and when to reach for the lecture notes, text book or phone.  Without going into a debate on what is science, it’s fair to say that winemakers have different needs of the scientific and research community that fall into three main types. The “Oh my gosh something has gone wrong and I need help” type; the “I wonder what I can do to make this more efficient or understand it better” type, and the “blue sky – I never would have thought! – pure research but sometimes revolutionary” type.  This lecture will discuss these ideas and give examples where all have been or are relevant to current Australian winemaking.

The inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture is named in honour of the former Roseworthy Lecturer who is regarded as the father of Australian oenology (wine-making) education. This Lecture recognises individuals that have had an impact on the wine industry and are world leaders in the field of oenology. Alan Robb Hickinbotham (1898-1959) joined the staff at Roseworthy College in 1929 as a Lecturer in Physical and Chemical Sciences. In 1936, he established the nation’s first wine-making course which evolved into the University of Adelaide’s world-renowned Bachelor of Viticulture and Oenology which is now run at the Waite Campus. Alan R. Hickinbotham remained at Roseworthy College until 1948. His research and writing on wine-making under Australian conditions laid the foundation for a technically advanced Australian wine industry. The Hickinbotham family continued their father’s passion for wine through their ongoing interests in viticulture and wine production. The National Wine Centre has recognised the Hickinbotham family by naming its major function hall after the family while the Hickinbotham Roseworthy Wine Science Laboratory was established at the University’s Waite Campus in 1998 with the family’s support.

To be followed by drinks and nibbles

Contact: Dr Amanda Able (email), School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Business: +61 8 8303 7245

June 11, 2010

World Cup Soccer Ball – the Physics of the Jabulani

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The 2010 World Cup is about to commence and there has been a lot of speculation on the accuracy of the new soccer ball. The University of Adelaide’s Professor Derek Leinweber decided to take a closer look this new ball (Jabulani) to investigate further.

If you missed Professor Derek Leinweber’s lecture on the physics behind the new ball, listen to the podcast.

May 4, 2010

Yale University Professor presents:The evolution of the genetic code

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, science, seminar, Uncategorized tagged , , , at 6:33 am by cascius

Professor Dieter Söll from Yale University will be guest speaker at the  3rd Bob Symons lecture, ‘The evolution of the genetic code: a work in progress‘:

At the time of its elucidation the genetic code was suggested to be universal in all organisms, and the result of a ‘frozen accident’ unable to evolve further even if the current state were suboptimal. How do we see the genetic code today – 40 years after the familiar ‘alphabet’ with 20 amino acids was established?  Professor Soll, with over 470 scientific publications, has led the team which discovered selenocysteine and pyrrolysine, the 21st and 22nd amino acids which are directly inserted into growing polypeptides during translation. Based on the realization that protein plasticity is a feature of living cells, man-made expansion of the genetic code has begun by adding non-standard amino acids to the repertoire of the cell. Professor Soll will discuss these present evolutionary developments and how they underpin the creation of new organisms in the realm of synthetic biology.

Date/Time: Monday 24th May, 4pm
Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus
School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: The Bob Symons Lecture 2010
Contact: Dr Amanda Able, School of Agriculture, Food and Wine, University of Adelaide, Business: +61 8 8303 7245

At the time of its elucidation the genetic code was suggested to be universal in all organisms, and the result of a ‘frozen accident’ unable to evolve further even if the current state were suboptimal. How do we see the genetic code today – 40 years after the familiar ‘alphabet’ with 20 amino acids was established? Of course, the ‘genetic code’ is the product of its interpretation by the translational machinery and it is only static as long as the components of this machinery do not evolve or are strictly conserved between organisms. Professor Soll, with over 470 scientific publications, has led the team which discovered selenocysteine and pyrrolysine, the 21st and 22nd amino acids which are directly inserted into growing polypeptides during translation. Based on the realization that protein plasticity is a feature of living cells, man-made expansion of the genetic code has begun by adding non-standard amino acids to the repertoire of the cell. Professor Soll will discuss these present evolutionary developments and how they underpin the creation of new organisms in the realm of synthetic biology.

April 1, 2010

Women In Science Fellowships (2010) – L’Oréal Australia

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L’Oreal Australia is offering three (3)  $20,000 Fellowships. The  Fellowships are intended to help early-career women scientists to consolidate their careers and rise to leadership positions in science.

Criteria:

  • The Fellowships are awarded to women who have shown scientific excellence in their career to date and who have an appropriate research plan that will be assisted by the one-year Fellowship.
  • L’Oréal Australia are looking for women who have completed their PhD in the last five years (allowance is made for maternity leave).

Full criteria for eligibility, application instructions and profiles of past Fellows are online at http://www.scienceinpublic.com.au/loreal.

The L’Oréal Australia For Women In Science Fellowships are now in their fourth year and are supported by the Australian Academy of Science and the Australian National Commission for UNESCO.

The Fellowships are highly competitive and potential nominees are encouraged to read the brief profiles of past recipients before applying.

Applications are open until midnight Monday 3 May, 2010.

PLEASE NOTE: Applications  will only be accepted via the online form.

What are you waiting for? Apply now!

February 10, 2010

Paying their way

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, science, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:00 am by cascius

David Sly recently interviewed Dr Bob Hill about the Faculty of Sciences’ commercial partnerships. These partnerships have yeilded millions of dollars in research funding for the Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide and this in turn has allowed the Faculty to recruit the best of the best from around the world. A few examples include Professor Andy Lowe from the UK who heads up the Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity which focuses on plant change biology; Professor Corey Bradshaw, Research Director of Ecological Modelling who is conducting joint research with South Australian Research and Development Institute at West Beach; Professor Barry Brook, director of the Research Institute for Climate Change & Sustainability, whose blog BraveNewPlanet has attracted more than 500,000 hits.

Read the Adelaide Review article for more details.

Please note the following important fact corrections for the article:

  • The Faculty of Science attracted approximately $60 million, not $160 million through research grants in 2009
  • The correct title and spelling of Professor Tanya Monro’s surname (not Dr Munro). Dr Monro heads up the Institute for Photonics & Advanced Sensing (IPAS)

December 18, 2009

Rob Morrison at ‘re-launch’ of Aust Science Communicators (sa chapter) at RiAus

Posted in Adelaide, news, Podcasts, science tagged , , at 1:27 am by cascius

Earlier this week, Dr Rob Morrison delivered a brief prose in the style of C.P. Snow, in which he examined the ill-health and work ethic (amongst other things) of Charles Darwin. This was part of the re-launch of the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Science Communicators association, held at the beautifully refubished RiAus.

Darwin Illness

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December 7, 2009

Podcast:From the Big Bang to the Dark Side of the Universe

Posted in Adelaide, news, science tagged , at 6:29 am by cascius

Are there completely new groups of particles as suggested by supersymmetry? What is the nature of astrophysical dark matter? What are the fundamental particles of Nature and how do they compose the world in which we live?

If you missed this exciting lecture, you can listen to it on our podcast.

Lecture: “Modern Subatomic Physics: From the Big Bang to the Dark Side of the Universe ”

Speaker: Professor Tony Thomas, Australian Laureate Fellow and Elder Professor of Physics at the University of Adelaide

Podcast: “Modern Subatomic Physics: From the Big Bang to the Dark Side of the Universe ”


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