News Archive - 2014

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DHoS and Director of Teaching Dr Louise Lutze-Mann’s teaching expertise was recognised at the highest level in December 2014, when she accepted the Award for Teaching Excellence for Biological Sciences, Health and Related Studies in the discipline of Biological Sciences as part of the 2014 Australian Government Awards for University Teaching.

The award was presented at...

Many health professionals cannot correctly answer the question of where body fat goes when people lose weight.  “There is surprising ignorance and confusion about the metabolic process of weight loss,” says BABS Head of School Professor Andrew Brown.

In fact, most of the mass is breathed out as carbon dioxide. Co-author on the study is Ruben Meerman, a physicist and ABC TV science...

The US Department of Energy-funded Joint Genome Institute has awarded a US$1.5 million grant to Professor Rick Cavicchioli and his team of Antarctic investigators for their project “Seasonal variation in Antarctic microbial communities: ecology, stability and susceptibility to ecosystem change”.

The grant covers sequencing of samples that commenced being collected during the team's...

Australia's universities have climbed up the world rankings, with almost every top institution improving its standing on last year. The University of NSW has been one of the fastest rising universities in recent years, coming in at 109 this year, up 64 places since 2011. The university's vice-chancellor, Fred Hilmer, said he was pleased to see such dramatic improvement but was sceptical about...

Dr Federico Lauro has received more media coverage in relation to the scientific voyage he led during 2013 from South Africa to Singapore. During the 6500 nautical mile voyage from South Africa to Singapore, the Indigo V team regularly took measurements and collected samples of tiny marine microbes from the specially equipped yacht.

The four-month...

This time last year, BABS environmental microbiologist Professor Rick Cavicchioli was all packed up and ready to head south in early October on his third expedition to Antarctica.

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The Head of School warmly congratulated Associate Professors Mark Tanaka and Torsten Thomas on their prestigious ARC Future Fellowships in the 2014 round announced on 23 July.

The Future Fellowship scheme is highly competitive, its aim being to attract and retain the best and brightest mid-career researchers and support research in areas of critical national...

Professors Ian Dawes and Merlin Crossley have been honoured by being elected as Honorary Fellows of The Royal Society of New South Wales. The oldest learned society in the Southern Hemisphere, the Society traces its origin to the Philosophical Society of Australasia, founded in Sydney in 1821.The Royal Society's main function is to promote science in all its aspects, and to link the...

What is the Faculty of Science Info Day?

This full-day of activities is open to all high school students in years 10, 11 and 12 and is designed to give them a taste of university life as a science student at UNSW.

What happens on the day?

All the different UNSW Faculty of Science disciplines offer activities and lectures to help students determine what area of science...

In addition to being named in Time Magazine's 2014 Top 100 Influential People, Professor David Sinclair is the 2014 Australian Society for Medical Research medallist.

The ASMR is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research. This annual award recognises a researcher's career contributions to medical research, an honour shared in the past with Nobel...

Professor  David Sinclair has been named by Time as one of the 100 most influential people in the world, recognised as the geneticist who is making age reversal real. David undertook his PhD in BABS under the supervision of Emeritus Professor Ian Dawes, and is now a tenured professor and Co-Director of the Paul F Glenn Laboratories for the Biological Mechanisms of Aging at...

Research into the resurgence of Whooping Cough in recent years is a major focus of BABS academic Associate Professor Ruiting Lan. The Sydney Morning Herald covered the latest published work by the team in a story on 14 April 2014.

The study, published in Emerging Infectious Disease, analysed 320 samples of Bordetella pertussis bacteria from patients with whooping cough from 2008 to...

Ruben Meerman, whose alter ego is the Surfing Scientist, has these bio notes on his website: He is a surfer with a physics degree and a passion for all things scientific. He appears on ABC Television’s flagship science program Catalyst, and was the first resident scientist on Play School. He speaks at conferences, MC’s events, visits...

A warm welcome from BABS to all new undergrad students to the 2014 academic year. 

UNSW O-Week is designed for all new students to explore the myriad of activities and services available on campus. It runs from Monday 24 - Friday 28 February and includes an official welcome from the Faculty of Science, workshops, live entertainment and lots more!

The Faculty of Science welcome...

BABS academics and advisory staff will be at the BABS information desk in Leighton Hall in the Sci...