December 24, 2010

Podcast from Dec22nd iPad ELFS information night

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:19 am by mseyfang

Listen to 10 minutes of edited hilights from the December 22nd iPad Enhanced Learning for Firstyear Sciences night.

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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.

May 12, 2010

Mid-Year Science Postgraduate Scholarships Available

Posted in Awards/Prizes, jobs, Research, science, study, Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , at 2:37 am by cascius

The Faculty of Science at the University of Adelaide  is offering mid – year scholarships for the Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and Divisional Scholarships.

Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and Divisional Scholarships are available to domestic students who have completed an Australian Honours degree or equivalent at the level of 2A or above.

Value: approximately $22,500 per annum (2010 rate), tax free for up to 3 years (indexed annually).

For information on mid-year research projects available within the Faculty of Science, please click here.

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 6, 2010

What’s a POGIL? Listen to this interview to find out

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 5:07 am by cascius

POGIL stands for ‘Process Oriented Guided Inquiry Learning’  and is  as an alternative instructional approach for  university instruction. While the focus will be on science instruction, the conceptual framework is applicable to all discipline areas.

Intrigued?

Listen to this  interview by Alan Carrington to find out more about POGIL.

Fulbright Scholarships for study/research in the United States for 2011

Posted in Uncategorized at 3:02 am by cascius

The Fulbright Scholarship Program is one of the largest and most prestigious educational scholarship programs in the world. Established by the United States government in 1946, it now exists between the U.S. and 150 countries.
The Australian-American Fulbright Commission is supported by the Australian and U.S. governments and a variety of corporate sponsors.

Between 20-25 Fulbright Scholarships(A30,000-A$45,000) are annually granted to Australian Postgraduates, Senior Scholars, Postdoctoral and Professional Scholars and a similar number of Postgraduate and Senior Scholarships for Americans to study in Australia.

WHEN: Tuesday 20 April, 2.15-3.15pm

WHERE: Seminar Room, Adelaide Graduate Centre, Level 6, 115 Grenfell Street at the University of Adelaide.

PRESENTER: Dr Joe Hlubucek, Executive Director, Australian-American Fulbright Commission.

This presentation is for Australian citizens who are current honours and postgraduate students and academic staff, who are interested in study or research in the United States.  A focus of the presentation this year will be the Fulbright South Australia Scholarship.

Look here for further information on Fullbright.

For more information on the 2010 Australian Fulbright Scholars please go to the following link on the Fulbright website:

If you are interested in attending this information session,please advise Anne Witt by Friday 16 April 2010.

March 9, 2010

Genetics & Epigenetics of Flowering-Inaugural Keith W Finlay Lecture

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Date/Time: Monday, 22 March 2010, 4:00 pm

Location: Plant Research Centre Auditorium, Waite Campus

School of Agriculture, Food & Wine Named Lecture Series: The Keith W Finlay Lecture 2010

Genetics and Epigenetics of Flowering

Speaker: Dr Liz Dennis, CSIRO Fellow, CSIRO Plant Industry

Dr Dennis is internationally recognised as a leading plant molecular biologist. Her contributions include defining the molecular pathway for low oxygen response in plants, studying cotton fibre development and unlocking the secrets of the regulation of flowering. Flowering is one of the most critical stages in the life of a plant. Genes controlling flowering time have been identified in both Arabidopsis and cereals and their regulation in response to environmental cues studied. Epigenetic regulation of genes is emerging as a major player in controlling development and response to environmental conditions. One of the best studied examples of epigenetic regulation occurs during vernalisation – the promotion of flowering by cold. Research by Dr Dennis and her team in both Arabidopsis and cereals, has shown that epigenetic regulation of genes prevents vernalisation responsive plants from being triggered to flower by the long days of autumn and flowering. In recognition of her contribution to plant molecular biology, Dr Dennis has been asked to deliver the inaugural Keith W Finlay Lecture.

Keith Warren Finlay was employed as the Senior Plant Breeder and Crop Geneticist at the Waite Campus of the University of Adelaide in 1955. During his time at the Waite (1955-1969), Finlay was responsible for building the reputation and scale of the Waite’s cereal breeding programs through his mechanical innovations and collection of large numbers of barley and wheat cultivars. After leaving the University, Finlay was the Deputy-Director General of the International Centre for the Improvement of Wheat and Maize influencing the development of plant breeding internationally. He died in 1980.

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

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)

January 20, 2010

Study Science at The University Adelaide

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:21 am by cascius

Watch and listen to a 2009 Honours Graduate about studying Science at The University of Adelaide!

December 11, 2009

Why you should study Science at the University of Adelaide

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , at 6:36 am by cascius

The Faculty of Sciences at the University of Adelaide offers a wide range of study options. Whether you want to learn about agriculture, chemistry, genetics, geology or marine biology there is something for you in the Faculty of Sciences.

Listen to Studying Science to find out more about some careers you may never have associated with Science!

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