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February 2014

Dear alumni and friends

Welcome to the first edition of eSydney for 2014. This year promises to be a busy and exciting one for the University.

This year’s Australia Day honours provided another opportunity to celebrate the University’s excellence in service to the community. More than 70 alumni, staff, donors and friends were recognised for their achievements. Congratulations to alumnus Professor Bruce HJ McKellar, who was named Companion (AC) of the Order of Australia, the highest honour awarded, for service to science.

I would also like to acknowledge the dedication and commitment of Ms Tracey Beck as the Director of Alumni Relations and Events, who recently left the University to pursue new challenges. I am sure you will join me in expressing a warm thank you to her and wish her well in her future career.

This week we will welcome the first students to the new research and education hub of the Charles Perkins Centre, our state-of-the-art building designed to foster multidisciplinary research targeting obesity, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. We will also start work on facilities in the Queen Mary building, which will provide accommodation to over 800 students from Semester 2 next year.

Projects such as these would not be possible without the support of our alumni, donors and friends. Thank you for your continued involvement in the development of the University and I look forward to sharing many more achievements together in 2014.

Best wishes

Dr Michael Spence
Vice-Chancellor and Principal
News
University alumni, donors and staff honoured
The University extends warm congratulations to the 70 members of the University community who have been recognised for their outstanding contributions in a broad range of fields with Australia Day Honours.
Nominations open for Alumni Awards
The University's alumni community is filled with inspirational leaders, creative thinkers and outstanding achievers who are making positive differences in Australia and around the world. This is your opportunity to recognise them in the 2014 Alumni Awards.
A winning shot
Congratulations to Carolyn Watson (Figtree NSW), winner of the 2013 SAM photo competition and a new MacBook Pro. Carolyn’s photo was taken in Essaouira, Morocco where the ancient wall forms part of the city's defences.

More news
Research uncovers forgotten heroes
Our shared future with China
Scientists solve plague mystery
Loner lizards don’t light up – the social side of lizards
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Events
Sydney Ideas 2014
The University’s premier public lecture program, Sydney Ideas, is already well under way for 2014. Upcoming features as part of the writer’s festival season include conversations with novelist Lionel Shriver, Basque writer Bernardo Atxaga, Chinese poet Yang Lian, and historian of World War One, Professor Margaret Macmillan.
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International Women's Day
In celebration of International Women’s Day, the University of Sydney Business School will host an evening event on Wednesday 6 March. Hear from a panel of esteemed female business leaders who will explore the challenges and opportunities for women in leadership today.
Read more

More events
11 Feb | Sydney Ideas: Getting Ready for the Asian Century
11 Feb | Sydney Ideas: Using IT for Emotion Tracking and Interventions
13 Feb | George Winterton Memorial Lecture 2014
18 Feb | Sydney Ideas: The Enigma of the ‘Responsible’ Corporation
20 Feb | 7th Annual Michael Hintze Lecture in International Security
20 Feb | Sydney Ideas: How Nature Makes Materials
21 Feb | Melanesia: Art and Encounter
25 Feb | Sydney Ideas: Exploring the Anthropo-scenery
25 Feb | Sydney Ideas: Thomas Gaehtgens, Getty Research Institute
26 Feb | Sydney Ideas: Shui Meng, land rights activist from Lao
27 Feb | Sydney Ideas: In Conversation with Lionel Shriver
05 Mar | Sydney Ideas: In Conversation with Bernardo Atxaga
06 Mar | Sydney Ideas: Chinese Poet Yang Lian
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Alumni in the news
Gerard Stevens (BPharm '68)
Pharmacy alumnus, Gerard Stevens, founder and managing director of Webstercare, was named as Australia's sixth most innovative company for 2013 in the annual Business Review Weekly (BRW) 50 Most Innovative Companies survey. Find out more.
Kate Goodwin (BSc(Arch) '99 BArch '03)
Architecture alumna, Kate Goodwin, has recently curated the Sensing Spaces: Architecture Reimagined exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts in London. Find out more.
Anna Lau (BMedSc '06 PhD '11)

Congratulations to medical alumna, Anna Frances Lau, who was recently certified as a Diplomate of the American Board of Medical Microbiology (ABMM), one of the highest credentials that a doctoral-level clinical microbiologist can earn.


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Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Award
Paris & Geneva Industry Placement Program
Exhibition: Great novels of 1814
CCE Alumni discount
Alumni Business Directory
Faculty of Health Sciences Postgraduate Award
The Helga Pettitt FHS Postgraduate Study Award, valued at up to $1500, is now open to students who have an undergraduate degree from the Faculty of Health Sciences and are enrolled in any course of postgraduate study. Find out more.
Paris & Geneva Industry Placement Program
The University of Sydney Business School Paris & Geneva Industry Placement Programs provide a great opportunity for your organisation to have direct access to our top performing business students at no cost to your organisation. Find out more
Exhibition: Great novels of 1814
This exhibition celebrates Jane Austen’s novel Mansfield Park and works by her favourite authors: Frances Burney’s The Wanderer, Maria Edgeworth’s Patronage and Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley. Find out more.
CCE Alumni discount
Interested in learning some new skills in the new year? Take advantage of the 10% discount for alumni on enrolments with the Centre for Continuing Education. Find out more.
Alumni Business Directory
Post a listing free of charge in the AlumniOnline Business Directory or search the range of products and services. Browse this month's highlighted listings below:

| Tilt Strategies
| Document Delight
| Harradine Consulting
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