November 2, 2010

October information night for teachers – podcast

Posted in Podcasts, schools, science at 12:55 am by mseyfang

This podcast is a recording of the opening remarks by Professor Bob Hill at an information night for teachers held on October 26th. Professor Hill is the executive dean of the faculty of sciences. His remarks give background to the iPad Enhanced Learning in First-year Sciences (ELFS) plan and address the ‘ten big questions’ around which the faculty will structure its offerings.

More information on the iPad ELFS plan and the information night available on the faculty website.


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 11, 2010

World Cup Soccer Ball – the Physics of the Jabulani

Posted in news, physics, Podcasts, Research, science tagged , , , , , , , , , , , at 6:45 am by cascius

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.

April 15, 2010

ASELL Science Workshop

Posted in Adelaide, Podcasts, Research, schools, science, seminar tagged , , , , , at 1:00 am by cascius

The ASELL Science Workshop was held on the 6th-9th of April 2010 at the University of Adelaide. It involved the disciplines biology, chemistry and physics. Universities were invited to send 2-person teams (one academic and one student). Thes workshop included a mixture of discussions and laboratory-based activities. Each team showcased one experiment from its home institution. Up to 4 teams from each institution per discipline were allowed to attend. Institutions were encouraged to submit experiments they considered good or experiments that needed major improvement.

Listen to the podcast from the workshop.

January 28, 2010

Science pre-enrolment podcasts

Posted in Podcasts, science, seminar, study tagged , , , at 5:14 am by cascius

If you missed the pre enrolment session for Science, fear not. You can download the podcasts here:

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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November 27, 2009

Naked Scientist visits Waite

Posted in Adelaide, Podcasts, Research, science at 6:26 am by cascius

‘Naked Scientists’ Chris Smith recently visited the School of Agriculture, Food and Wine at the Waite campus to interview  Prof. Mark Tester about the great research going on there.

The podcast, ‘Science Down Under’  is ready for download right now.

September 18, 2009

Podcast – Prof Fulvio Melia public lecture

Posted in Adelaide, news, Podcasts, Research, science, seminar, social at 5:24 am by cminge

Keys_to_the_universeFor anyone who missed last night’s terrific free public lecture, make like a gravitron escaping from a spinning black hole and get a move on to download the podcast!

Podcast: Cracking the Einstein Code: Relativity and the Birth of Black Hole Physics

Speaker: Prof Fulvio Melia

Stay tuned for announcements of the next Keys to the Universe lecture in the series!

September 16, 2009

Free Public Lecture -Fulvio Melia

Posted in Adelaide, news, Podcasts, Research, science, seminar, social at 12:54 am by cminge

Picture 6The University of Adelaide’s School of Chemistry & Physics presents a free Public Lecture…

Cracking the Einstein Code – Relativity and the Birth of Black Hole Physics” presented by Fulvio Melia, Professor of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Arizona and Associate Editor of the Astrophysical Journal Letters

Thursday 17 September at 6pm Napier Lecture Theatre 102

Level 1 Napier Building (follow the signs), University of Adelaide, North Terrace

Admission: Free

Prof Fulvio Melia will present the exciting account of how Albert Einstein’s mathematical code for general relativity was cracked. Albert Einstein’s theory of general relativity describes the effect of gravitation on the shape of space and the flow of time. But for more than four decades after its publication, the theory remained largely a curiosity for scientists; however accurate it seemed, Einstein’s mathematical code—represented by six interlocking equations—was one of the most difficult to crack in all of science.

That is, until a twenty-nine-year-old Cambridge graduate solved the great riddle in 1963. Roy Kerr’s solution emerged coincidentally with the discovery of black holes that same year and provided fertile testing ground—at long last—for general relativity. Today, scientists routinely cite the Kerr solution, but even among specialists, few know the story of how Kerr cracked Einstein’s code.

Fulvio Melia offers an eyewitness account of the events leading up to Kerr’s great discovery. Cracking the Einstein Code vividly describes how luminaries such as Karl Schwarzschild, David Hilbert, and Emmy Noether set the stage for the Kerr solution; how Kerr came to make his breakthrough; and how scientists such as Roger Penrose, Kip Thorne, and Stephen Hawking used the accomplishment to refine and expand modern astronomy and physics. Today more than 300 million supermassive black holes are suspected of anchoring their host galaxies across the cosmos, and the Kerr solution is what astronomers and astrophysicists use to describe much of their behavior.

By unmasking the history behind the search for a real world solution to Einstein’s field equations, Melia offers a firsthand account of an important but untold story. Sometimes dramatic, often exhilarating, but always attuned to the human element, Cracking the Einstein Code is ultimately a showcase of how important science gets done.

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