Interfaculty Sport: Squash

Is it fruit? Is it an verb-indicating-to-apply-force-so-that-it-becomes flat-soft-or-out-of-shape?

No, it’s a sport. And it’s happening this Wednesday.

I have no more information so hit this link and pester Zac and Anne for information if you are interested in this elusive yet gooey sport.

Proof – A play about Science from SUDS

Sydney University Dramatic Society(SUDS) presents, 2001 Pulitzer Prize winning and 2001 Tony Award winning play, Proof. The play presents the week following the passing of mathematical genius Robert, and the attempts of his daughter, Catherine, to fulfil her own mathematical brilliance despite the pressures of expectation. The play was turned into a 2005 Hollywood film starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Gwyneth Paltrow and Anthony Hopkins. Where? The Cellar Theatre, Science Rd (opposite Wooley Building). When? 7pm – 16th-19th May & 23rd-26th May. How much?$2/3/4/5 for SUDS Members/Access/Non-Access/Student/Adult (pay at the door). Check out the Facebook event for further details.

Boogie yourself down to BBQ No. 5 Mambo-style

Wednesday this week, SciSoc will be continuing in its jive-tastic tradition of fortnightly BBQs. Preety simple really: Free Food with SciSoc T-Shirts, $2 for Access, $5 for non-Access. Find us on the Carslaw lawns just under the bridge over City Rd.

You can also pick up a copy of our newsletter the Aqua Regia, yeaah…

Just one more thing, check out the facebook event here.

Optiver Recruiting: Software Engineer Testing Day

Kick start the recruitment process by attending our testing session! If you are a penultimate or final year student and you’re ambitious, thrive in a team environment and looking for your next challenge then why not consider OPTIVER as the place to start your graduate career. Excellent opportunity with great perks (including STARTING SALARY of $75,000 + free breakfast & lunch) and work that will keep you challenged.

What you’ll do:

SOFTWARE ENGINEERS – Our systems need to be the fastest in the market, highly reliable and flexible enough to respond to changing market conditions and business needs. If you want to help develop brand new in-house trading systems, and improve existing ones, this is the job for you!

If you’re interested, kick start the recruitment process now by coming along to our drop in testing session! You will be able to complete the test in C++, C# or Java. It will take 1 hour to complete.

Testing Day Information:

Date:                           Monday 14th May 2012

Time:                          1 – 2pm

Venue:                      School of IT Lecture Theatre 123.

What to bring:       Yourself, no calculators!

Please note: Applicants must be Australian Citizens or Permanent Residents

Science Revue Auditions!

Do you like funny things? If you answered yes, you should try out for Science Revue! If you answered no, you’re lying, which is basically like acting, so you should try out for Science Revue!

Auditions are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evenings in Week 8 and 9. Check out this short video for some hilarity and details! :

For more information about Science Revue check out their Facebook group here.

Interfac Sports: Women’s Football

Ladettes, it’s time to step up for Interfac Women’s Soccer!

Lets show them what science girls can do by kicking some balls (seriously?) in the goal posts and beat the rest of the faculties starting with Pharmacy at 11am!!

We need a team of at least 6 players. Players are to provide their own boots, shin pads, water bottle etc and protective gear must be worn at all times. The games consists of 2 x 12 minutes halves.

Wear the SciSoc t-shirt or anything navy girls as this will make it a lot easier for the refs to identify and bring your scisoc competitive spirit!!

Details can be found at:

SciSoc BBQ IV: A New Hope

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away….

It is a period of civil war. SciSoc strikes from Carslaw lawns. It’s not their first victory against hunger, it won’t be their last.

The deal : Free food with T-Shirts! $2 Access and $5 Non-Access. Get your Aqua there, the finest science newsletter in all the galaxy.

Arts vs. Science Competition at Manning

Want to try your luck at besting arts students in a series of entertaining yet ultimately purposeless challenges? Come to the Art Vs. Science Extravaganza this Thursday night! (26th April 7pm at Manning) As an interesting aside, there’s alcohol and nibblies on offer! (free drink coupons yay) And it’s only $5 for access! ($10 for non-access).

For more info on the event, check it out at

The Chocolate Crisis

Presented by Professor David Guest, Faculty of Agriculture and Environment
and Galit Segev, Food Scientist & Chef

Dark, delicious and decadent, the rich flavour of chocolate has inspired passions, addictions and even literature for more than three thousand years. Cacao is produced from fruit of the tropical tree, Theobroma cacao, literally meaning ‘food of the Gods’. Not just appetising, chocolate also has health benefits – reducing blood pressure and enhancing psychological happiness.

Cacao is grown in West Africa, South America, Southeast Asia and the Pacific – areas vulnerable to threats of climate change, political instability, pests and diseases. Rapidly increasing chocolate consumption in developing Asian economies is making chocolate manufacturers anxious about meeting demand.

To counter a chocolate catastrophe, Professor David Guest’s research supports the chocolate industry by improving the sustainability of smallholder cacao production. Professor Guest’s work with farmers in Indonesia, Papua New Guinea and Bougainville shows that good farm management increases yields, resulting in improved living standards, reduced rainforest clearing, political and social stability, and securing future supplies of chocolate.

Galit Segev, food scientist and chef, will reveal the science of working with chocolate, from technique tips to practical points.

Join us afterwards for an exciting array of hands-on activities including chocolate tasting.

Event details

Date: Wednesday 18 April 2012
Time: 5.45pm – 6.45pm
Venue: Eastern Avenue Auditorium, University of Sydney
Cost: Free

To make a booking, complete the online booking form or email

Bookstore Opening Hours

The bookstore is now only open by appointment. Please contact and we will try to arrange a mutually convenient time. If your textbooks are on sale with us, have no fear you will receiving emails from us shortly if they have been sold.

If you are still looking for a textbook, and you need it urgently, you really should have bought it earlier because now you are at the mercy of those vampires who feast on student blood; brand-new textbook retailers.

The bookstore will re-open for business at the beginning of Semester 2.