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29 September 2022

Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship 2022 winners announced

Fassih Keiso (Mid-career/Established Category) and Elwira Skowronska (Emerging Category) have been awarded a combined total of $40,000 as winners of the 2022 Fauvette Loureiro Memorial Scholarship.
28 September 2022

How is birdsong composed? Listening to the Australian pied butcherbird

An international collaboration between musicians and birdsong scientists has found that in the Australian pied butcherbird songs surveyed, the order of song elements is strongly related to rhythmical timing.
16 September 2022

Early career researchers awarded $9.5m funding

The University of Sydney has received funding for 22 research projects through the Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) scheme.
09 September 2022

Barangaroo is a masterclass in planning as deal-making

Professor Dallas Rogers and Associate Professor Cameron Logan from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning examine how the redevelopment of the Barangaroo precinct on Sydney Harbour is a "world-leading example of unsolicited urbanism".
08 September 2022

Stone age surgery: earliest evidence of amputation found

A team of Indonesian and Australian researchers have uncovered the oldest case of surgical amputation to date in Borneo. The find presents a remarkable feat in human prehistory.
06 September 2022

New production of A Raisin in the Sun is an enormous achievement

Associate Professor Sarah Gleeson-White from the Discipline of English reviews the Sydney Theatre Company's triumphant production of the award-winning American classic A Raisin in the Sun.
05 September 2022

India visit to strengthen research and education partnerships

The Vice-Chancellor's week-long trip highlights India's vital importance to the University and to higher education in Australia.
01 September 2022

My favourite painting: gruesome and compelling

Professor Mark Ledbury from the Discipline of Art History introduces us to one of his favourite paintings, Jacques-Louis David's 'The Lictors Bringing to Brutus the Bodies of his Dead Sons'.
31 August 2022

Fixing Australia's teacher shortage

Professor Anthony Welch from the School of Education and Social Work examines whether bringing in more teachers from overseas, as proposed by politicians, will really fix Australia's "unprecedented" teacher shortage.
31 August 2022

What will future cities and regions look like?

Cities and regions are at a precipice. Leading researchers, practitioners, community advocates and industry heads come together in this year's Festival of 'Future' Urbanism to debate the threats and opportunities facing our cities and regional areas through live and online events, podcasts and films.
16 August 2022

How can we rethink our cities so children can get around safely?

Rebecca Clements from the School of Architecture, Design and Planning explores the contrasts between Japan and Australia when it comes to letting children travel safely around their neighbourhoods on their own.
15 August 2022

Research leadership lauded in global rankings

The University of Sydney has continued its rise in the prestigious Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) for the third straight year, placing 60 in the world.
15 August 2022

Is the consolidation of publishing houses good or bad for authors?

Dr Agata Mrva-Montoya from the Department of Media and Communications explores whether the US government's desire to stop the merger of two of the world's biggest publishers, Penguin Random House and Simon & Schuster, will help - or hinder - authors.
12 August 2022

Strange case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde filled with dark imaginings

Associate Professor Huw Griffiths, in English Literature, reviews a theatre production that recounts Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, the entire short novella by Robert Louis Stevenson, in one hour and 50 thrilling minutes.
09 August 2022

New book calls for radical overhaul of pornography studies

Pornography and its effects on consumers have been studied by academics for more than 50 years. So what have we learned? Professor Alan McKee says there are many questions that still need answers.
09 August 2022

How brain-monitoring tech advances could change the law

A world-first report from Dr Allan McCay in the Law School scrutinises advances in neurotechnology and what they might mean for the law and the legal profession.

08 August 2022

Exhibition pays tribute to landmark Australian Seashores book

An exhibition of seashore imagery pays homage to the landmark Australian Seashores text that changed how Australians viewed the coast, influencing generations of marine scientists and becoming an enduringly popular guide for general readers.

05 August 2022

Children's book profiles Professor Emma Johnston

Professor Emma Johnston is the subject of the latest edition of Aussie STEM Stars, an inspiring children's book series that celebrates Australia's experts in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
27 July 2022

$3.5m donation ensures the future of Tibetan Buddhist studies in Australia

Khyentse Foundation's $3.5m gift guarantees the future of Tibetan Buddhist studies at the University, including teaching, research and community outreach.
26 July 2022

2022 ABC TOP 5 Arts media residencies announced

Dr Sanné Mestrom, a sculptor and ARC DECRA Fellow in the Sydney College of the Arts, and Dr Mahesh White-Radhakrishnan, a musician and scholar of music and language, at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music, have each won a two-week media residency with the ABC.