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 25, 2010

Are ‘refined’ carbohydrates worse than saturated fat?

Posted in Adelaide, Research, schools, science, seminar tagged , , , , , , , , , , at 6:07 am by cascius

The Inaugural Innovation in Food Lecture

Date/Time: Monday 6th September, 4pm

Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: Innovation in Food Lecture 2010

Speaker: Professor Jennie Brand-Miller, University of Sydney

Are ‘refined’ carbohydrates worse than saturated fat?

The take home message from health authorities for the past three decades has been ‘eat less fat, especially saturated fat’. Now a new paradigm is arising: that the processed carbohydrates which replaced the energy from fat, may increase the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease more so than fat – a finding that has enormous implications for the Australian food and agricultural industry.  Both quantity and quality of carbohydrate are relevant to the debate. The rate of digestion and absorption of carbohydrates is assessed as their ‘glycemic index’ (GI). This lecture will focus on well-designed studies demonstrating that carbohydrates that are slowly digested and absorbed (i.e. low GI carbs) are good for health and reduce risk factors associated with lifestyle-related diseases such as diabetes. Improving carbohydrate quality is therefore a better approach to health and sustainability issues than ‘ditching the carbs’. Professor Jennie Brand-Miller is recognised for her work on carbohydrates and diabetes. Her books under the series title The New Glucose Revolution have sold over 3.5 million copies worldwide and appeared in 12 languages.

The inaugural Innovation in Food Lecture was established to recognise individuals making significant research advances in the areas of food, health and nutrition. The Lecture was named for the world class FOODplus Research Centre which is a joint venture between the Functional Food group at the University of Adelaide’s Waite Campus and the Child Nutrition Research Centre at the Women’s and Children’s Health Research Institute. FOODplus is undertaking research linking sustainable agriculture, food and nutrition to improve human health. This research fosters economic relationships with industry and coal-face agriculture, creates research sustainability and translates nutrition research into food products with real health outcomes.

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

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.

December 3, 2009

School of Agriculture, Food and Wine shines…

Posted in news, Research, schools, science tagged , , at 6:41 am by cascius

…at the ARC Research Showcase

Deputy Vice-Chancellor & Vice-President, Professor Mike Brooks attended the Australian Research Council’s annual research showcase and grant announcement event at Parliament House on Monday 26 October. The Showcase display, designed by Adelaide Research & Innovation, featured agricultural research success stories, including special tasting samples of the baking benefits of FR Durum Wheat by Colin Jenner and developments in almond breeding quality and yield by Michelle Wirthensohn, all projects currently under investigation at the University’s Waite Campus. Professor Mike Brooks, together with Professor Mark Tester also had the opportunity to discuss the new Plant Accelerator development with Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research.

Below is an image featuring Minister Carr and Mark Tester.

November 15, 2009

2009 Ecology & Evolutionary Biology Honours Student Presentations

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, schools, science, youth at 11:21 pm by cascius

It may have been Friday 13th and 40 degrees outside but the atmosphere in the Benham lecture theatre was one of quiet anticipation.

8 slightly nervous Honours students presented their final seminars to their peers, staff and supporters. Questions were handled with aplomb and there was mass sigh of relief once if was all over was!

Congratulations to Jess, Belinda, Corey, Chris, Adam, Liz, Sarah and Imogen!

2009 honours students

Belinda Gordon, Chris Butcher and Liz Maciunas

Honours student and supervisor

Corey Barrett and Assoc. Prof Sue Carthew

September 28, 2009

Kate Selway – There’s More To It

Posted in Adelaide, Awards/Prizes, news, Research, schools, science at 2:33 am by cminge

The Department of Trade and Economic Development (DTED) have launched their campaign “There’s more to it“.

The campaign is designed to promote career pathways into professional, para-professional and trade roles in the defence, resources and technology industries and is targeted at year 9 & 10s state-wide.

Kate Selway is a graduate of the University of Adelaide and a winner of the 2008 Young Achiever of the Year award. She is currently working as a Research Associate in the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

September 10, 2009

Roseworthy Open Day 2009

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, schools, science, social, study, vet, veterinary, youth at 1:09 am by cminge


For anyone wanting information about studying Animal Science or Veterinary Science, the Roseworthy campus is having its annual Open Day this Sunday 11am – 3pm.

There will be plenty of experts around to answer your questions about these degrees, as well as showcasing the exciting research and teaching facilities! You can take a tour and see the sights, including the construction of the School of Animal and Veterinary Sciences teaching hospital.

For more information about how to get to Roseworthy, as well as a campus map, please visit the campus page.

September 1, 2009

New Research Clusters in Agriculture, Food and Wine

Posted in Adelaide, jobs, news, Research, schools, science at 7:16 am by cminge


Congratulations to the school of Agriculture Food and Wine –  It’s a website!

You can view all the brand new pages full of research information, project details and contact resources for:

Please check them out – and let us know what you think!!

August 24, 2009

OPEN DAY 2009 – What a day!

Posted in Adelaide, news, schools, science, social, study, youth at 3:03 am by cminge

Slime at Open DayWell, Open Day is over for another year. Our 2009 event saw huge numbers of visitors come to the Sciences Marquee to try some exciting hands-on activities. And information was distributed throughout the day about degree and career options for people considering University study.

All of the Open Day talks will soon be available for download as both podcasts or vodcasts (with the powerpoint slide presentations) – stay tuned!

Anyone seeking information about studying science at the University of Adelaide is welcomed to contact the Faculty of Sciences too!

August 11, 2009

OPEN DAY 2009!

Posted in Adelaide, news, schools, science, seminar, social, study, Uncategorized, vet, veterinary, youth at 7:33 am by cminge

openday09The University of Adelaide Open Day is this Sunday the 16th of August!

Open Day offers a variety of information, colour and entertainment right across the campus! From the full suite of academic talks and displays to the Short Film Festival. There’ll be music and food, sports and club demonstrations, drama and orchestral rehearsals and plenty of SCIENCE!!

The North Tce Campus will be open from 10am-4pm. Download the booklet outlining all the events, and we look forward to seeing you on Sunday.

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