Dear alumni and friends

Welcome to your April edition of eSydney. Nominations are closing soon for the 2010 Alumni Awards program. The Awards are a great way to recognise the extraordinary difference our alumni make in Australia and around the world. I encourage you to visit the Alumni Awards website and nominate a candidate before Friday 30 April 2010.

We would also appreciate your feedback on the University's 'Green Paper', a discussion document that outlines preliminary thinking about the strategic opportunities ahead for the University. This process will feed into the development of an options paper, based on widespread consultation that the University will use to underpin its next Strategic Plan. See the news story below for further details.

Kind regards
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni and Community Engagement
Your chance to make a difference
Thanks to the generosity of alumni and friends, growing numbers of students and academics are able to achieve their potential. Read more

The University's Green Paper
Alumni and friends of the University are encouraged to comment on the University of Sydney 2011-2015 Green Paper, with the deadline for comment being 19 April 2010. Read more
Indigenous mentoring program milestone
A record number of University of Sydney students has volunteered to mentor Indigenous high school students through the AIME Mentoring Program, with 1500 students signing up - beating the existing record of 990 from 2007. Read more
In other news ...
> Scientists in hot pursuit of first new drug for global killer in 50 years
> Alumna and Nursing Dean appointed to expert group advising WHO
> Building for bushfires
Eighteenth Annual Kingsley Laffer Memorial Lecture
Monday 19 April (6pm)
Executive Manager of Industrial Relations for Qantas, Sue Bussell, will speak to ‘Turbulent Times - a practitioner’s perspective of Industrial Relations in Aviation’. More …
Sydney Ideas | Social Entrepreneurship in Obama’s America
Tuesday 20 April (6.30pm)
Social entrepreneurship has mushroomed in the past 30 years and people around the world are creating sustainable enterprises driving change and lifting up communities. More …
Sydney Ideas | Darwin and Intelligent Design
Thursday 22 April (6pm)
Are evolutionary theory and belief in God necessarily in conflict? Professor Elliott Sober addresses this question by considering what biologists mean by saying that mutations are "unguided", and will discuss Darwin's views on God and Christianity. More …
E&B | Powered By Research
Friday 23 April (7.15 to 9am)
‘Risky Business: The Psychology of Strategy in Uncertain Times’ … Find out why normally, clear headed, rational managers with a wealth of information at their fingertips so often make absurd business decisions at the first Powered By Research Breakfast for 2010. More …
Lecture | The Robots are Coming!
Tuesday 27 April (6pm)
Will robots take over the world? Robotics challenges researchers to create intelligence and apply it in a useful form in machines that make our lives easier, more productive and safer, with great strides made in the past decade and much more to come in the next 50 years. More …
Dr Karl's 'Never Mind the Bullocks, Here's the Science'
Wednesday 28 April (5.45pm)
Australia’s favourite science ‘guy’, Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, will present his latest swag of super science stories with the opportunity to ask Dr Karl those burning science questions that you’ve been pondering for years. More …
USITAA Discussion Forum on the Australian Internet Filtering Scheme
Wednesday 28 April (6.30 for 7pm)
What will the proposed Internet Filtering scheme mean for Australia? Debating this topic in-depth will be a panel of experts, including the main author of the report to Government on the Feasibility of ISP Level Content Filtering. More …
Sydney Ideas | Out of Iran
Thursday 29 April (6pm)
Professor Dan Potts is currently leading an excavation team in the Mamasani district of the Fars province in Iran. He will speak about what it's like being in Iran in the current political climate, what it's like to work there, and Iran's significance in the modern and ancient worlds. More …
Lecture | Climate change and health
Tuesday 4 May (6 to 7.30pm)
A 2009 report published in the Lancet highlights climate change as 'the biggest global health threat of the 20th century'. More …
Fundraising luncheon for Indigenous scholarships
Thursday 6 May (12.30 to 2.30pm)
The Chancellor's Committee warmly invites all alumni and friends to attend a fundraising luncheon at NSW Parliament House to raise funds for our Indigenous students to proceed to postgraduate studies. More …
Study Day | Culture and Creativity in the Renaissance
Friday 7 May
Join the Centre for Medieval Studies for a Study Day on Culture and Creativity in the Renaissance. The themes will be: Narrative, Sound, Belief, Women and Art. More …
Lecture | A World Court of Human Rights
Thursday 13 May (4pm)
The idea of a World Court of Human Rights is not entirely new, however since 1947 it has not been realised. Professor Manfred Nowak, one of the most significant scholars and experts of the international Human Rights field, will speak about how such a court might work. More …
Lecture | Australian Agriculture: redesigning for resilience
Friday 14 May (4pm)
The Australian agriculture industry has undergone decades of belt-tightening and pressure to perform. Dr John Williams, Natural Resources Commissioner for NSW will highlight Australian agriculture's great challenge, the fundamental redesign of agriculture in the landscape. More …
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UK | Sydney Ideas International
Thursday 20 April (7.15pm)
The University of Sydney UK Alumni Association (USUKAA) invites you to a presentation by Professor Bryan Gaensler of the School of Physics who will discuss 'The Dish, the Desert and the Dawn of the Universe'. More ...
Hong Kong | Sydney Ideas at the China Club
Tuesday 20 April (7 to 9pm)
The Hong Kong Alumni Association invites you to join them for a Cocktail Reception with Professor David Goodman, all welcome. More ...
Malaysia Alumni Reception
Saturday 1 May (4 to 6pm)
Dr Michael Spence, Vice-Chancellor and Principal, cordially invites all alumni to attend the Malaysia Alumni Reception to be held at the Hilton Kuala Lumpur. More ...
UK | Alumni Reception at the House of Lords
Thursday 1 July
Join us for the premier UK Alumni event of the Summer at the USUKAA Summer Reception at the House of Lords. More ...
US | SUGUNA Conference in Chicago
Thursday 12 August - Sunday 15 August
Plan your summer holiday early and book your flights for the Windy City! The SUGUNA (Sydney University Graduates Union of North America) Annual Conference will take place in Chicago, Illinois, from Thursday August 12 to Sunday August 15, 2010. Register before June 15 and save! More ...
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If you think you're ready to advance your existing career or move into a new one, consider postgraduate study at the University of Sydney. With hundreds of study opportunities to choose from, you'll join a supportive community that thrives on passion, intellect and the satisfaction that learning inspires. More ...
International House Worldwide Alumni Reunion in Philadelphia
Fri 25 to Sun 27 June

To celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the International House Worldwide movement we invite all IH Sydney Alumni to a reunion of all International House alumni from around the world as we gather at International House Philadelphia. More ...
New courses at CCE

The Centre for Continuing Education (CCE) is pleased to announce a range of exciting new Visual Arts courses in collaboration with Sydney College of the Arts (SCA) and held at their studios on the beautiful campus at Rozelle. For further information on CCE courses, please visit their website or telephone weekdays between 9am and 5pm on 02 9036 4789.
1980 Medical Reunion
Sat 1 May

International House Reunion
Fri 25 to Sun 27 June
Classical Fantasies:
The Age of Beauty

Until December 2010

The re-discovery of Pompeii and Herculaneum in the 1730s and the subsequent rise of Neo-Classicism in the second half of the 18th century, the Classical past became a powerful influence on thought and the material appearance of the everyday world. More ...

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