June 21, 2010

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

Posted in Adelaide, news, Research, science, seminar, social tagged , , , , , , at 6:17 am by cascius

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


September 23, 2009

Vice Chancellors Cup – the Faculties compete!

Posted in Adelaide, news, social at 7:16 am by cminge

VC_cup1 Running shoes replaced textbooks when the University of Adelaide’s five academic faculties lined up against each other to compete for the inaugural Vice-Chancellor’s Cup!

The footrace through the North Terrace Campus was the culmination of a week-long Inter-Faculty Active Recreation Week, from September 7 to 11.

Congratulations to the winning Faculty of Engineering, Maths & Computer Science, who were presented with the Vice-Chancellor’s Cup trophy!

Loosely based on the 1980s Hugh Hudson film Chariots Of Fire, the race locally will be called ‘The Lions of Adelaide’ and, reminiscent of the film, the runners were dressed in white with designated faculty colours across their chests.

The Inter-Faculty Active Recreation Week is being organised by the Adelaide University Sports Association to boost some healthy inter-faculty rivalry, raise awareness of the Association’s clubs and activities and to promote the benefits of active recreation and a healthy lifestyle. VC_cup2

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.

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.

August 27, 2009

The Cancer Council SA Father’s Day Classic

Posted in Adelaide, news, social at 2:28 am by cminge


Sunday 6 September 2009

Look out Lance! Grab your bike and climb the mountain in the fight against cancer!

Enter the Father’s Day Classic and raise funds to help the fight against men’s cancers.

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.

May 26, 2009

Online Quiz for School Students

Posted in schools, science, social, youth at 12:15 am by cminge

ASMR logoThe Australian Society for Medical Research is about to launch the 2009 Medical Research Week®, running from May 29 – June 5 2009.

Upcoming events include:

National Tour by the ASMR Medalllist (Professor Josef Penninger), Annual Scientific Meeting, Gala Dinner,  Schools and Careers Events, Public Outreach, Awards and Prizes.

Also, the ASMR MRW® 2009 Quiz is now open! Suitable for high school-aged students (or anyone interested in medical science), there are prizes up for grabs for entering! Start the Quiz.

April 6, 2009

FREE PUBLIC LECTURE: Glass Cages for Catching Light

Posted in Adelaide, Research, science, social, Uncategorized at 1:37 am by cminge

fibreopticProfessor Philip Russell, Director of the newly founded Max-Planck Institute for the Science of Light, will be presenting a free public lecture this week.

Prof Russell will be talking about photonic crystal fibre (PCF), a hair-thin thread of glass with a ‘cage’ of tiny hollow channels running along its length. This periodic lattice makes it possible to guide light in new ways, for example, to cage it inside an empty core. In such a hollow-core PCF it is possible to eliminate the diffraction of light over km distances in empty space. By filling the core with gases, nonlinear gas-laser interactions can be enhanced by seven orders of magnitude in the best low-loss PCFs. Hollow-core PCF can also be used, for example, to laser-guide small particles, molecules or atoms along a curved path. Through its unique and varied characteristics, PCF is creating many new opportunities in diverse areas of fundamental and applied research.


Described as the Godfather of Microstructured Optical Fibres, Prof Russell always gives insightful and intriguing physics-based talks, and anyone interested is encouraged to attend!

Date: Thursday, 9 April 2009
Kerr Grant Lecture Theatre (1st Floor, Physics Building, H5 on the map)

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