JumpStart Your Science Career!

It’s never too early to be thinking about the next step in your career, so prepare yourself by doing your research, asking questions and attending some of the careers events on offer this year! You will also have the opportunity to hear from industry representatives and recent Science graduates who were in your shoes not too long ago!

Join us for a conference style careers information evening designed for Science students from all disciplines. Come and meet employers and industry professionals from a variety of backgrounds and industries to get the answers to all of your career related questions.

We have representatives from Morgan Stanley Australia, Bureau of Meteorology (BOM), Heart Research Institute (HRI), Stockland, Westmead Institute for Cancer Research and Taronga Zoo Conservation Society – just to name a few! You are also invited to network and mingle with presenters over complimentary drinks and canapés at the conclusion of the sessions.

It’s FREE to attend, so register now and come along for some careers advice to get ahead of the rest!

When 5:15pm-7:30pm, Thursday, 16 September 2010
Where Level 1, New Law School
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About the Sessions

Careers in Finance and Investment Management

Attention maths and statistics students! You are invited to come along and talk to representatives from the banking and finance industry about the graduate positions on offer for science graduates.We also have Terry Miu (B Sci Adv Maths, 2009 graduate) coming to speak about her experience in a graduate position at Morgan Stanley, a global investment bank with an office in Sydney.

Careers in Sustainability

Do you have a passion for the environment and an interest in conserving it for future generations? Sustainability is a key global issue and as a result governments and large organisations are seeking to employ individials to develop and implement solutions to the complex problems facing an increasingly resource-constrained society.

Find out more about working in this sector and the skills required from Stockland’s Manager of Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, Ms Christina Hughes. Ms Samantha Mostyn, Directorof the Institute for Sustainable Solutions, will also be discussing her extensive experience within the Sustainability sector where she sees future demand.

Psychology Outside of the Clinic

If you are working towards a psychology major but aren’t sure you want to be a clinical psychologist this session will provide you with information about your options within the corporate world. Psychology graduates are in demand in areas such as market and social research, organisational psychology and human resource management.

Representatives from the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS) will be presenting information about working in this exciting area as well as useful hints and tips on how to identify and present your related skills.

Careers in Science Communication

What do Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, Warrick Angus from Taronga Zoo Conservation Society and Paul Willis, TV Science reporter and producer have in common? They are all science communicators who help improve science literacy within the community. You will hear their perspectives and advice on science communication as a career at this session as well as some hints and tips on how to find jobs and work experience in this area.

A Career in Science Teaching

Want to impact the lives of hundreds of young Australians? Want to inspire our next generation of scientists? Teaching will allow you to do this everyday.

Hear from Trent Wallis, a Sydney Science graduate who is now working as a science teacher at Sydney Grammar School and also holds the position of Deputy Director of the Australian Science Innovations Chemistry Olympiad Program.

Rose Khalilizadeh from Teach for Australia, will discuss the opportunities available to science graduates through their teaching program that enables you to train to become a teacher and obtain full salary, benefits and qualifications at the same time.

Careers in Biomedical Research

Make your dream of finding the cure to a disease a reality- with a career in biomedical research. Untangling the mechanisms of how diseases occur, progress and treatment is an incredibly rewarding field with the potential to impact millions of lives around the world.

Dr Clare Hawkins from the Heart Research Institute (HRI) will provide useful information about the biomedical industry as well as hints and tips on how to find graduate positions.

Renee Simms, Research Assistant with the Leukaemia Cell Therapies Group at Westmead Institute for Cancer Research, will provide an insight into what it is like working within this exciting industry.

Where Can a Physics Degree Take Me?

If you are studying Physics and would like to know more about your options after graduation, then come along to this session to hear from inspiring leaders working in research and industry.

Matt Francis (B Sci/BA Hons, 2004 graduate) will talk about his career path and his current role at the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) in the Ionospheric Prediction Service branch, where he works on space weather monitoring and prediction systems.

Professor Marcela Bilek (Physical Scientist of the Year 2002) will share her experience of how she became a leading researcher in Applied and Plasma Physics as well as advice for those seeking a career in research.

Careers in the Resources Industry

To find out more about career opportunities in the resources industry, come along to this session and hear from science graduates who are now working in the areas of mining, geology and geoscience.

Speakers include Charmaine Thomas, a geoscientist at Woodside Petroleum who will soon be returning to Sydney to commence her PhD investigating basin prospectvity.

Peter Buckley will talk about his work experience in the WA gold industry, underground mine geology, exploration management in gold and base metals across Australia and iron ore exploration in NSW and QLD.

Where in the Brain is Creativity?

Prof. Arne Dietrich (American University of Beirut)

Creativity is the fountainhead of human civilizations. All progress and innovation depend on our ability to change existing thinking patterns, break with the present, and build something new. Progress, however, in any field of science, depends on a clear conception of the topic under study and a toolkit of methods that enables researchers to tackle specific questions in an empirical manner. Since the pioneering work of Guilford half a century ago, the experimental study of creativity has been plagued by the lack of both. We know very little about the mechanisms, cognitive or neural, that give rise to creative thinking.

What’s more, when it comes to mechanistic explanations at the neurocognitive level, the field of creativity is riddled with examples of myopic theorizing. Open any source on the topic, academic or otherwise, and you will find creativity linked with, say, divergent thinking, low arousal, defocused attention, right brains, sleep, lateral thinking, intentional reasoning, the unconscious, altered states of consciousness, or mental illness, to name a few of the most popular duds. The present talk will show that (1) these ideas are theoretically incoherent and (2) data using neuroimaging paradigms do not bear them out. A new approach is presented that makes more serious contact with mainstream cognitive neuroscience and evolutionary psychology.

When 6:30pm – 8:00pm, Thursday, 9 September 2010
Where Lecture Theatre 1, Wilkinson Building

About the Speaker

Arne Dietrich is Professor of Psychology at the American University of Beirut, in Lebanon. He holds a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Georgia, USA. Professor Dietrich has done research on the higher cognitive functions supported by the prefrontal cortex, focusing on the neural mechanisms of (1) creativity, (2) altered states of consciousness, and (3) the psychological effects of exercise. Professor Dietrich’s major publications include a theoretical framework for the neural basis of creativity, (Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 2004), a comprehensive review article of neuroscientific studies of creativity (Psychological Bulletin, 2010), a new, mechanistic theory of altered states of consciousness, the transient hypofrontality theory (Consciousness and Cognition, 2003, 2004), and the proposal of two new explanations for the effects of exercise on emotion and cognition. He is also the author of a textbook on consciousness (Macmillan, 2007). Professor Dietrich has given numerous invited lectures around the world and his research has been featured prominently in the international press.

Australian of the Year – Professor Patrick McGorry

When 7:00pm, Friday, 3 September 2010
Where Great Hall, University of Sydney

The 2010 Lambie-Dew Oration will be delivered by the current Australian of the Year, leading international researcher, clinician, mental health reform advocate and Sydney Medical School alumnus, Professor Patrick McGorry AO.

This year’s oration will be held at its traditional venue of the Great Hall, on Friday the 3rd of September, commencing at 7.00 pm. Refreshments will be provided from 6.00 pm. Admission is free, and we welcome all students and the general public to be part of the audience at this prized event in the Sydney University Medical Society’s calendar.

Professor McGorry’s Australian of the Year award recognised “his extraordinary 27-year contribution to the improvement of the youth mental health sector [that] has transformed the lives of tens of thousands of young people the world over.” He is currently the Executive Director of Oxygen Youth Health (OYH), Australia’s largest youth mental health organisation, Professor of Youth Mental Health at the University of Melbourne, and a founding member of the National Youth Mental Health Foundation (headspace) board. Professor McGorry’s work has played an integral role in the development of safe, effective treatments and innovative research involving the needs of young people with emerging mental disorders.

The Lambie-Dew Oration is an annual event that has been held by the Sydney University Medical Society since 1958 in honour of Charles Lambie and Harold Dew, the first Bosch Chairs of Medicine and Surgery respectively. Recent past speakers include Dr Rowan Gilles, Professor Ian Frazer, Professor Chris O’Brien, Professor Peter Doherty and Professor Marie Bashir.

If you would like further information, please contact Stuart Napier. snap6003@uni.sydney.edu.au

The Dynamic Brain

Professor Peter Robinson (Double Australian Research Council Federation Fellow)

The brain’s activity varies around the clock in response to stimuli, light inputs, and the build-up and clearance of sleep-promoting chemicals – somnogens. Signatures of brain activity have been observed for over a century and are widely used to probe brain function and disorders, often via the electroencephalogram (EEG) recorded by electrodes on the scalp, or through functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), which measures a combination of blood volume and deoxygenation.

Learn more about a quantitative physiologically based model of the working brain is described that responds correctly to the day-night cycle, somnogens, caffeine and pharmaceuticals, and generates activity in the cortex consistent with brain imaging measurements. Successful applications to numerous experiments are described, including EEGs, seizures, sleep deprivation and recovery, fatigue, and shift work. Aside from its scientific uses, this working brain model is currently finding clinical and industrial applications to brain function measurement and to prediction and monitoring of alertness.

When 7:00pm-8:00pm, Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Where The Darlington Centre
Cost FREE for members of the Royal Society of NSW
Otherwise: $5
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Where is Mental Health in the Health Reform Agenda?

Dr Lesley Russel (Menzies Centre for Health Policy)
Dr Andrew Pethebridge (St George Hospital)
David Crosbie (Mental Health Council of Australia)
Barbara Hocking (SANE Australia)

The National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement is the government’s response to the need to deliver coordinated and integrated health services. However, many professionals in the field claim that mental health has been completely left out.

Join a panel of experts to discuss the impacts of the National Health and Hospitals Network Agreement on mental health services.

When 5:00pm-6:30pm, Thursday, 20 May 2010
Where Conference Rooms, Darlington Centre
RSVP Please email mchp@sydney.edu.au