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Life and environmental sciences

20 December 2021

University of Sydney awarded top honours at science education awards

The Faculty of Science has won Gold in this year’s QS Wharton Reimagine Higher Education Awards for Sydney Science 2021, an online initiative that has revitalised first-year science units and engaged more than 4000 students.
20 December 2021

Nutritional qualities of starch depend on the way it is digested

Starch digestion is a complex process that begins in the mouth and ends in the guts, all the while releasing glucose that provides energy for all tissues and organs and nutrients for vital gut bacteria.
13 December 2021

Black Summer bushfire season cost farmers up to $5 billion

Associate Professor Tina Bell and Chuan Huang from the School of Life and Environmental Sciences call on more support for farmers to protect their land and livelihoods.
08 December 2021

Prof Tony Weiss elected to the US National Academy of Inventors

Professor Tony Weiss becomes the first academic from the University of Sydney to be elected as a Fellow of the US National Academy of Inventors.
10 November 2021

InnoHK: Using deep data to tackle global public health problems

Established with support from the Office of Global Engagement, the hub is part of the Laboratory of Data Discovery for Health, a joint project led by the University of Hong Kong in collaboration with the University of Sydney, University College London and the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
03 November 2021

Sydney takes top honours in the 2021 Prime Minister's Prizes for Science

University of Sydney researchers have been awarded three scientific research and innovation awards in the prestigious Prime Minister's Prizes for Science 2021 for work on COVID-19, combatting addiction and breakthroughs in healing tissues and organs.
19 October 2021

Sydney scientist named 2021 NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year

Outstanding contributions in the field of conservation biology have seen Dr Ayesha Tulloch named overall 2021 NSW Young Tall Poppy of the Year by the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.
14 October 2021

Lone changer: fish camouflage better without friends nearby

While gobies aren't the only fish with camouflage abilities, new research shows that their colour change is influenced by their social context: they transform faster and better when alone. This is likely an adaptive, stress response to perceived threat from predators.
30 September 2021

Koala genome data released in push to protect vulnerable species

With support from Australian federal and state governments, releasing the genomic data will help New South Wales in its steps to double the koala population by 2050.
24 September 2021

NSW boosts research funding to manage scarce water resources

Associate Professor Willem Vervoort is helping to coordinate new research initiatives to monitor complex river systems to better understand how water is used in NSW.