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12 March 2020

Saving a language through song

Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Sydney Environment Institute Fellow, Dr Genevieve Campbell, has been researching Tiwi song language. Focusing on documenting endangered song sets and the creation of new works, this research is essential for the preservation of the language.
04 March 2020

Evolution and spine shape may predispose you to back problems

The reason many humans experience pain in their lower back can be found in our evolutionary past, according to new research from a team of bioarchaeologists at the University of Sydney, Simon Fraser University and the University of Liverpool.
04 March 2020

Marie Sklodowska-Curie fellowship to fund gender equity research

The struggle for equality of history's most famous woman of science will be at the forefront of Dr Millicent Churcher's mind when she undertakes a research project on gender equity at the Freie Universitat Berlin in Germany.
27 February 2020

New era for historic Nicholson Museum

After 160 years the University's Nicholson Museum is shutting its doors and moving the collection to the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
25 February 2020

University of Sydney sociologist bound for the IAS in Princeton

Associate Professor Sonja Van Wichelen has been invited to join the prestigious Institute of Advanced Study in Princeton (IAS), which counts Albert Einstein and J. Robert Oppenheimer among its past members.
21 February 2020

The huge history of big hair bows

Hair bows may seem like cutesy accessories, but their facade is deceptively simple. Honorary research fellow in in digital cultures, Dr Fiona Andreallo, unravels the meaning behind the grosgrain.
17 February 2020

Fatal Woman, The Origin of Evil, and other tantalising tales

They may sell for 30 cents at the local op shop, but classic crime books - especially their cover art - warrant appreciation. Criminologist and artist Dr Carolyn McKay outlines their appeal.
10 February 2020

Oscars retrospective: Steven Spielberg's Jaws

Though now controversial for its portrayal of sharks as man-eaters, Jaws was - and remains - a groundbreaking cinematic feat. Film studies expert Associate Professor Bruce Isaacs explains what makes it a classic.
06 February 2020

University of Sydney Library seeks its next Printer in Residence

Talented letterpress printers and artists are invited to apply for the 2020 Printer in Residence Program, an 8-week residency that provides a unique opportunity to develop works using the Library's Albion Press workshop.
30 January 2020

Not just for laughs: 3 new ideas about humour

Funniness is culturally, contextually, and personally dependent, as highlighted in three pieces of quirky University of Sydney research.
23 January 2020

Back to school: 6 tips from our experts

What can parents and educators do to support students starting school? With the new school year around the corner, University of Sydney experts in education, child psychology and children's health provide evidence-based tips.
19 December 2019

University of Sydney joins SCRIPTS Centre of Excellence

University of Sydney social scientists will help address fundamental questions about the development of politics and society as part of a new multimillion-dollar cross-university research project.
17 December 2019

Four things you might not know about Christmas

Think you know everything about Santa Claus and the myriad traditions that surround him? Professor Carole Cusack, from the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Sydney, shares some festive season facts that may surprise you.
17 December 2019

The science of Star Wars - and how it has changed movies forever

How sound is the science of Star Wars? What will the end of franchise mean for fans? University of Sydney experts in film, pop culture and astrophysics weigh in.
09 December 2019

Sydney's newest museum reaches a major milestone

This morning the University of Sydney held the topping out ceremony for the new Chau Chak Wing Museum, marking a major milestone towards the official opening next year.
09 December 2019

#TrophySkulls and genuine fakes

From paintings looted by Nazis to human remains traded on Instagram, the Palgrave Handbook on Art Crime provides a peek into a mysterious world.
03 December 2019

The scholarship that helped a young musician follow her passion

For Sydney Conservatorium student Gemma Lawton, a donor-funded scholarship provided much-needed support through illness and injury.
29 November 2019

Vale Clive James

Following the recent passing of Clive James, the University of Sydney pays tribute to our alumnus's time at Sydney and his lasting cultural impact.
28 November 2019

Gift of Australian paintings from art-loving alumnus

Sixty-three paintings by Australian artists including notable works by Tom Roberts, Arthur Streeton, Roy de Maistre, Ethel Carrick Fox, Emanuel Phillips Fox and Margaret Preston will go on display in the Chau Chak Wing Museum.
26 November 2019

Sydney College of the Arts Graduation Exhibition

Immerse yourself in the talent of Sydney College of the Arts graduates at the 2019 SCA Graduation Show. Opening night Tuesday 26 November.