2016: the year in Sydney Science

16 December 2016

2016 was another amazing year of discoveries, world-firsts and prize wins for the sciences at the University of Sydney. Here are some of the true highlights.

We launched Australia's first nanoscience facility

The Australian Institute for Nanoscale Science and Technology, is located in the Sydney Nanoscience Hub – the most advanced facility for nanoscience in the region.

Professor Rick Shine won Scientist of the Year and the PM's Prize for Science

But Rick wasn't the only one – many of our other researchers also won major prizes!

Our vet school ranked #1 in Australia

And moved up to be #9 in the world! 

We announced a plan to introduce maths pre-requisites

Because Australia is getting worse at maths, and we're doing something about it.

Professor Nalini Joshi addressed gender equity issues

Professor Joshi addressed the National Press Club of Australia on issues of women in STEM and helped launch the university's SAGE initiative.

We discovered the amazing potential of tassie devil milk

Our PhD student Emma Peel discovered that peptides contained in the milk of Tasmanian devils can kill some of the most deadly bacterial and fungal infections.

We launched a unique online parenting program

Parentworks - it's free, father-friendly and only online. It aims to increase the participation of both parents to improve outcomes significantly for families and society.

We were visited by a Bengal tiger (twice!)

Indira the cross-eyed tiger visited us for diagnostic imaging ahead of surgery to save her eyesight, first in July at University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and then again in November at our Camden Veterinary Hospital.

We turned bars and pubs into classrooms

For the second year in a row, we partnered with Raising the Bar and had 20 of our academics enter 20 bars to deliver 20 free thought-provoking free talks across the city of Sydney.

If you missed out, you can still listen to all the podcasts!

We helped school kids take down the most hated man in the world

With university guidance, Sydney Grammar high schoolers managed to make $750 malaria medicine for only a few dollars.

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