Welcome Back!

Hopefully you have all had a wonderful Winter break and are psyched to get in to Semester 2. Or, you may have been like me and dropped a unit because I didn’t want to go to the 8am lecture this morning… Either way, just remember – it will soon be over and we can then spend 4 months frolicking in the sun. Until then, read on for the events SciSoc have in store to help you make it through semester!

Some of these events include:

– LabCoat Pubcrawl

– Fundraising Week

– BuckyBall: A Royal Affair

Good Luck!

The SciSoc Executive for 2011 just wants to take a moment to wish you all the best of luck in your impending exams.

So, best of luck to you all — and we’ll see you back and refreshed in Semester 2!

Stay tuned for exciting information about our semester 2 events:

  • SciSoc Fundraising for the Science outreach program
  • Buckyball!
  • Fortnightly BBQs!

And many more!

Bookstore, T-Shirts and You

Just a quick service announcement —

To those who have sold books through the bookstore, and are thinking “Yo, SciSoc, where’s my money, ‘yo?”

Rest assured, your cheques are coming, but we beg some patience. Unfortunately, our system with all your details is unavailable to us at the moment, and due to general busyness of our executive, we haven’t had the time to get it sorted. Expect contact in the week immediately following exams, and we promise you will get your cheque sent before the start of semester 2. If you haven’t received a cheque and it’s semester 2, contact our Treasurer, and he’ll get all up in that.

That said, now’s the time to start thinking about what textbooks you might want to unload for Semester 2! Keep your eyes peeled for a NEW BOOKSTORE SYSTEM that we’re currently planning to avoid situations like this semester — we’ll let you know what you need to do to buy and sell your old books!


Unfortunately, due to general mishap, the shirt manufacturers have sent us only medium sized shirts. If you ordered a small and are really not content with a medium, please let us know and we’ll try and see what we can sort out. Otherwise, e-mail our lovely secretary, or our ever amazingly wonderful president and VP to sort out a time to come and grab your shirt!

Receipts would be appreciated if you have them as proof of purchase!

USU, Union Board Elections and You

Hey guys,

On a more serious note than we usually give you, I’d like to take a few moments to ask something of each and everyone one of our amazing members and access card/student card holders.

Every year, as the older students are more than aware, for two weeks, we get bombarded with colourful T-shirts, pamphlets, lecture bashing, chalking, and enthusiastic people asking you about union board. Most years, people forget about it, or vote to make them leave them alone.

This year, instead of just voting for friends, for who your friends ask you to vote for, SciSoc would like you to please try and be an informed voter, and vote for the best candidates possible, and not just because someone made a campaign video that made you laugh.

This year, the University will be terminating its agreement with the union board regarding the rights to Manning and Wentworth, and there is a whole lot of uncertainty about the future of the University of Sydney Union and how everything will continue from December 31st this year.

So if you like Manning, like Access discounts, and like being part of cool things like SciSoc, please just take a few moments to read through the candidate information included in The Bull, or go to this website and find out about your future board members.

Now, more than ever, we need a strong union board who will keep fighting for you.

Don’t vote for who your friends, your tutors or your society leaders tell you to — take the time, listen to the fast talking people in bright shirts as they walk you to class, and please be an informed voter.

And, most importantly, Vote on May 25th. There’s a $5 free food voucher in it for you.

Conservation Exploration Adventuration!

Wild Mob is not-for-profit organisation that offers conservation adventure projects throughout Australia. Their projects offer a mix of conservation volunteering, hands-on environmental education and plenty of free time to explore some of Australia’s most iconic destinations.

In the upcoming uni holidays, Wild Mob is offering two conservation adventure projects. The first project focuses on marine conservation and habitat regeneration on an island in the Great Barrier Reef. The second lets students lend a hand in re-establishing an endangered wallaby and protecting the endangered bush ecosystems in central Queensland.

Avocet Conservation Project — Brilded Nailtail Wallaby Recovery
When: 7–12 July 2011
More info: http://www.wildmob.org/projects/avocet-conservation-project

Brampton Island Conservation Project — Marine Conservation
When: 29 June–4 July 2011
More info: http://www.wildmob.org/projects/brampton-island-conservation-project

Looking for a Job?

The purpose of this program is twofold: to raise money for the participating faculties via the Sydney Development Fund and to enhance communication between the University and alumni. They enjoy hearing what’s happening at The University of Sydney– particularly from a current student’s perspective – and this is an important opportunity for  you to help build closer links between the University and alumni.
For more information and to apply, click here

CHAST Lecture – The Singularity: A Philosophical Analysis

What happens when machines become more intelligent than humans? Some have proposed that a ‘singularity’ will ensue: machines will design more intelligent machines in turn, and there will be a rapid spiral to superintelligence.

Professor David Chalmers will analyse the argument for an intelligence explosion, and will also analyse resulting practical and philosophical issues. How, if it all, can we control the impact of superintelligence in a simulated world on our world? Will systems in a post-singularity world be conscious? Can we be among them?

More info here.

When 5:30 p.m., 27th May
Where Old Geology Theatre, Edgeworth David Geology Building, University of Sydney
RSVP val.morris@sydney.edu.au

T-Shirts T-Shirts T-Shirts!

Ladies and Gentlemen, Bacteria and Germs,

Please keep an eye out in your e-mails over the next few days for messages about your T-shirts — we have reason to believe they will be able to be picked up at some time this week!

“But Bec,” I hear you ask, “What if I wanted to get a stylish and sexy shirt, but didn’t because you didn’t have my size?”

“Well then!” I would reply, “Come along to the SciSoc BBQ THIS WEEK on WEDNESDAY to pick up a shirt  [$10 Access/$15 Non-Access]

All you can eat AND totally free if you’re in a smashing shirt! Plus, it’s a great way to make new friends in your lectures!”

Don’t believe me? Meet Fred over here. Fred, tell the nice people your story:

I was such a loser. It was week 11, and I didn’t have any friends in my lectures. Everyone was all “Fred, you suck and you don’t wear cool clothing”. So I went and bought a SciSoc shirt, and suddenly, I’m the coolest guy in first year chem! Thanks, SciSoc! You made me look awesome!

We sure did, Fred. We suuuure did.

$10 Access/ $15 Non-Access

Week 11 BBQ!

Come one, come all and eat until your heart is content at this week’s SciSoc all-you-can-eat BBQ! Remember: It’s FREE if you’re dressed in the amazingly eyecatching and wonderfully wonderful 2011 SciSoc T Shirt! [The rumour faerie has even said shirts ordered might be available for collection at the BBQ!]

Enjoy yummy sausage sizzles with refreshing garden salads and tasty cheese fillings. As always, vegetarian-friendly options are available and extra-friendly service is guaranteed!

When 12:00pm-1:30pm, Wednesday, 18 May 2011
Where Front of Chemistry BuildingBBQ Location Map
Cost Dressed in 2011 SciSoc T-shirt: FREE!
Otherwise: $2 Access/$5 Non-Access

Sydney Science Forum: Curious & Curiouser

Australia’s favourite science ‘guy’, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, will present his latest swag of super science stories. If you like your science dished up with a big serving of humour, then don’t miss this opportunity to see Dr Karl live at the University of Sydney. Get the lowdown from Dr Karl, and find out just what keeps him Curious & Curiouser!

At the end of the talk, you’ll have the opportunity to ask Dr Karl those burning science questions that you’ve been pondering for years…

When 5:45pm – 6:45pm, Wednesday, 11 May 2011
Where Eastern Ave Auditorium, University of Sydney
RSVP science.forum@sydney.edu.au