Dear alumni,

Welcome to the first edition of eSydney for 2009. The Year of the Ox (niu) will be a stimulating one for us with a diverse range of alumni events, compelling lecture series, exhibitions and other gatherings. We look forward to keeping you up-to-date with news from across the University as well as dates for your diary. Gung hei fat choy – and happy niu year!

Kind regards,
Tracey Beck | Director, Alumni & Community Engagement

Australia Day awards for alumni, donors and staff
The 2009 Australia Day Honours saw more than 60 alumni, donors and staff recognised for their achievements and contributions to society. Click here to view a complete listing of the 2009 alumni recipients.
Rudd opens asbestos research centre

The Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd, and NSW Premier, Nathan Rees (BA '95) jointly opened the world's first stand-alone research facility for the prevention and treatment of asbestos-related diseases. Read more

Heritage award for Cambodia specialist

An organisation founded by Dr Dougald O'Reilly, to protect Cambodia's cultural heritage, has won one of the archaeological world's most prestigious awards. Read more

In other news...

> Word of the year for 2008
> OECD Deputy Secretary-General delivers lecture (includes podcast)
> New obesity centre behind major staff recruitment

Kids Museums | Melting in the Sun
Sunday 15 February (12 to 4pm)
A fun-filled day with art. Creative activities to help children explore the world of the visual arts, based around the exhibition 'Melt'. More ...
Blue & Gold | Cricket Luncheon
Friday 20 February (12 - 3pm)
Alumni and supporters of Sydney University Sport and Fitness are invited to a Cricket Luncheon at the Tattersall's Club with the nation’s leading cricket commentators – former Test player/selector, John Benaud with journalists/broadcasters Mike Coward, Jim Maxwell and Peter Roebuck. More...
Conservatorium | Dean's Annual Gala Concert
Tuesday 24 February (6pm)
Enjoy an evening of performances by ARIA and APRA award winning Conservatorium of Music staff, international soloists, Australian 'legends' and talented Open Academy Rising Stars students. More ...
Dinner Discussion | Justice Michael Kirby
Saturday 28 February (6 - 10pm)

Join us in the majestic Great Hall for the opportunity to enjoy a three-course meal while listening to Sydney's 'enfant terrible' reflect on the lessons and experiences of his stellar and multi-faceted career. More ...

Sydney Ideas | Rex Cramphorn Lecture: Fiona Winning
Monday 2 March (6.30pm)
Fiona Winning, an independent Australian producer and writer who was at the helm of Sydney's international contemporary arts hub, Performance Space, will speak to 'Creativity & Flexibility: The Nexus between Infrastructure, Space and Art'. More ...
Sydney Ideas | Ken Yeang: Green Design and Planning
Monday 9 March (6pm)
Ken Yeang, one of the foremost eco-designers, theoreticians, and thinkers in the field, will discuss some of the key current issues in green design and planning. More ...
Museums | Nicholson Museum Study Day
Saturday 7 March (10am to 4pm)
This study day is devoted to the Parthenon, the classical temple of Athens dedicated to the goddess Athena, and will explore the architectural achievement and beauty of the sculptural adornments. More ...
Reception | Canberra Alumni Association
Wednesday 11 March (6pm)
Join the Vice-Chancellor, Dr Michael Spence (BA '85 LLB '87), catch up with old friends and meet fellow alumni at a Cocktail Reception to be held at the National Portrait Gallery. The Director of the Gallery, Andrew Sayers (BA '80), will introduce you to the many fascinating portraits which grace its walls. More ...
Lecture | Dr Karl: Science is Golden
Wednesday 11 March (5.45pm)
If you like your science dished up with a big serving of humour, don’t miss this opportunity to see Dr Karl (MB BS '87) live at the University of Sydney. More ...
Sydney Ideas | Mark Schapiro
Tuesday 17 March (6.30pm)
In his lecture 'Reporting on the Environment: A Study of Science or Power? ', Mark Schapiro, a US investigative journalist, will explore the inherent uncertainties of using scientific principles to form environmental laws and the demand for clarity by those in power. More ...
Executive Program | Strategic Financial Risk Management in a Challenging Environment
Three days: March 18-20
This unique program will give you access to the finest international business minds, practical hands-on case studies and latest industry research from the best companies in the world as well as a new network of associates facing similar business challenges. More ...
Alumni Theatre Group
The Beauty Queen of Leenane
Thursday 26 March (8pm)
This modern classic of clever twists, bitter tragedy and scathing black comedy leads to a stunning conclusion. Special alumni rate of $28 includes a pre-show drink from the bar, light refreshments and the chance to meet the cast afterwards. More ...
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Calgary Alumni Networking Reception
Friday 27 February (From 5.30pm)
Australian university alumni are cordially invited to attend a networking reception hosted by the Australian New Zealand Studies Association of North America. Professor David Haig, Australian Chair at Harvard University, will give the opening address. More ...
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Sydney Ideas free ticket offer

University of Sydney alumni are eligible for a special offer of three tickets for the price of two. Show your alumni card or quote the ID number on your card when booking. If you do not yet have a University of Sydney Alumni Card please contact us.

Tickets: Seymour Centre,
phone 9351 7940, or purchase on the night at the Box Office.

Tuesday 17 February (6.30pm)
'Is Darwinism past its
"Sell By" date?'

Professor Michael Ruse
Florida State University

View the 2009 program >>>>
Australian Federation of University Women (NSW) Scholarships

Applications are now open for the Tempe Mann Travelling Scholarship (open only to University of Sydney female postgraduate students) and the Jamieson Awards (open to any female student in NSW) who completed their first undergraduate degree in 2008. Visit the Federation's website ...

Polar artists tackle
climate change

1 February - 15 March

Through prints, photography, sculpture and a video installation, three artists share their impressions of the polar regions and how severely these fragile regions have been, and continue to be, affected by global warming. More ...

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