Sydney Science Forum: Lizards in an Evolutionary Tree

Professor Jonathan Losos, Harvard University

Lizards are an extraordinarily old and diverse group of animals. Around since the beginning of the Age of Dinosaurs, lizards (including snakes, which are evolutionarily derived from lizards) have more species diversity than do mammals. Lizards live in almost all parts of the world and show a myriad of different adaptations for living in different environments. Many species are easy to observe in the wild and study in the laboratory, making them ideal organisms for investigating the origin and maintenance of biological diversity.

When 5:45pm – 6:45pm, Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Where Eastern Avenue Auditorium
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Inter-Faculty 5km run

Represent science students in the Inter-Faculty 5km run!

We get points for every person that runs! So report to the grandstand on oval #1 for registration at 3pm! We will also need 2 volunteers to help out with marshalling.

Please remember to wear a GREEN shirt to the game!

When Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Where Oval #1
Application Please email SciSoc Sports Reps Craig Hughes and Ruby Kwong with your availability.

Making Sense of Death

Confirmed Panel Members:
Robert Hannah (3rd year student – mathematics and physics)
Iggy Ridley-Smith (3rd year student – mathematics and physics)
Iain Hart (7th year student – mathematics, music and French)

We are looking for more panel members and we would love to make a spot of time for you to voice yourself! Please email with your full name, year, majors and one paragraph describing your position.

The “Making Sense of …” forum series is back by popular demand! This is a series of students forums to discuss and share how we, as budding scientists, make sense of everything around us with or without religious influences, and why some see contradiction while others see complement between science and religion.

This time, we’re going to put our heads together again to tackle a even tougher issue: “Making Sense of Death”. Death is not something we generally want to think or talk about, but if it is really the end, the finish line and the inevitable then avoidance is not only silly but futile.

To explore these questions, SciSoc and EUScience jointly invite you to discuss your ideas about death and the (non)existence of the after-life with a panel fellow science students. Come along and hear their experiences, ask them questions and share your own ideas!

When 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wednesday, 11 August 2010
Where Chemistry Lecture Theatre 2

Time, Einstein and the Coolest Stuff in the Universe

Professor William D. Phillips (National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland)

At the beginning of the 20th century Einstein changed the way we think about nature. At the beginning of the 21st century Einstein’s thinking is shaping one of the key scientific and technological wonders of contemporary life: atomic clocks, the best timekeepers ever made. Such super-accurate clocks are essential to industry, commerce, and science; they are the heart of the Global Positioning System (GPS), which guides cars, airplanes, and hikers to their destinations.

Today, atomic clocks are still being improved, using atoms cooled to incredibly low temperatures. Atomic gases reach temperatures less than a billionth of a degree above Absolute Zero. Super-cold atoms are at the heart of Primary Clocks, accurate to better than a second in 100 million years. Such atoms also use, and allow tests of, some of Einstein’s strangest predictions.

Professor William D. Phillips, winner of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics, will give a lively, multimedia presentation, including experimental demonstrations and down-to-earth explanations about some of today’s most exciting science.

When 6:30pm-8:00pm, Wednesday, 4 August 2010
Where The Seymour Centre
Cost FREE for USYD students (SID required)
$20 Adult/$15 Concession
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Making Sense of Our World

Matthew Wardrop (honours student – physics)
Emily Fang (3rd year student – biochemistry)
Dominic Balasuriya (honours student – computer science)
Robert Hannah (3rd year student – mathematics and physics)
David Rizzuto (3rd year student – computer science and mathematics)

How you live is largely determined by how you physically and spiritually make sense of the world around you. But how do you fit all the pieces together in this post-modern, relativistic society amidst all the different voices on the contradicting or complementing nature of science and religion?

To explore these questions, SciSoc and EUScience jointly invite you to discuss why you choose to reject or embrace Christianity with a panel fellow science students. Come along and hear their experiences, ask them questions and share your own ideas!

When 1:00pm-2:00pm, Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Where New Law School Seminar Room 107

Pitch Your Ideas!

Innovative science and technology often means business. However, the scientists who develop these innovations often lack the resources and funding to bring their ideas into the business world.

So you think you’ve got a great idea? Science House is giving you the opportunity to pitch it to a panel of New York angel investors.

Five pitch slots are available and the best applications will be selected. Please send a summary of your idea, its business model and a trial presentation to Dalibor Frtunik.

A sample presentation and other helpful material are here.

When 9:00am, Friday, 23 April 2010
Where New Law School Lecture Theatre 104

Science House is an organisation with the mission of bringing together scientists, entrepreneurs and investors to promote and advance science and technology.