AMOEBA Ball, Nov. 2013

The annual SMB Ball - organized by the School's social committee AMOEBA - was held at the Radisson Blu Hotel in the Sydney CBD this year and carried a Great Gatsby theme. Lab members turned out in numbers and in fine style as you can see below, and the ball was also the debut gig for Joel's jazz quintet The Minor Groove - featuring Marcus McHale on drums, Sam Choi on melodica and keyboard, Neil Robertson on bass, Joel on tenor sax and the incomparable Elissa Liew on keyboard and vocals. The lab also did well in the costume awards, with Joel and Steph picking up the Best Dressed prizes, Sarah taking out one of the Most Inventive awards (she was a shoe-in!) and Tanya also winning a prize for her outfit. The evening also featured dance performances from the School's Brian Francisco and his partner Saki, who were on their way to the World Salsa Championships in Miami (where they finished a fantastic fourth!) and Pearl Lee, AMOEMBA president and modern dance exponent.

The food was good, the wine and beer flowed freely, the DJ provided plenty of tunes to dance to and a good time was had by all!

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Katschi and Mary (72kb) Posing with some people from *other labs*! (107kb) Sam and partner (95kb)
Well, what can you say! That is the costume of the night! (102kb) Shady character from the 5th floor (87kb) Krystal goes for the Greek 20s look! (100kb)
The band looking very serious about their job (142kb) Neil and the rest of the AMOEBA committee (103kb) Pearl did a fine job of getting into more photos than anyone else! (108kb)
Stacy made a comeback for the ball! (113kb) Reece with two ladies on his arms (109kb) Didn't anyone tell him you don't wear checks with checks...? (119kb)
Neil and Sam (104kb) The serious bass player (80kb) The less serious keyboard player! (120kb)
Marcus on drums (sans shoes). (137kb) The girls in blue (112kb) ...and Sarah! (112kb)
Table 1 (151kb) And he winner of Best dressed woman on the night - Steph! (101kb) Spider jazz girl studies her lines (137kb)
Table 2 (157kb) A salubrious collection of essential School staff (and Pearl again!). (155kb) Flyp relates an amusing little story about yeast-two-hybrid to Elise. (133kb)
Elissa in full song - Time for the sax solo (145kb) Elise and Neil (111kb)
Entree (74kb) Table 3 (136kb) Table 4 (138kb)
Table 5 (how many were there?!) (130kb) The band - The Minor Groove... (102kb) Spider jazz girl gets in on the photos (94kb)
Iain with the prizes (plenty of copies of the Great Gatsby!). (92kb) Best dressed boy (you could have fooled me). (124kb) The lab sweeps the costume prizes! (94kb)
Brian and Saki take to the floor in preparation for their World Salsa Champs (84kb) ...and Pearl does her thing too! (88kb) Tanya coaxed onto the dance floor (104kb)
The protein design team gets into the groove (101kb)