SEES News & Events 2012
|Science Graduation Ceremony||UniHall - 2:30pm Thursday 13th December 2012|
|SEES End of Year Party||The Schools annual End of Year Party to be held at Mt Kembla Hotel Wednesday 12th December 2012|
|Certificate for Outstanding Teamwork in Sustainability: UOW's Green Office Program||Chris Grange, Penny Williamson, Sandra Chapman & Denise Alsop. Environmental Champions.|
|Australian Archaeological Association Conference 2012|
The AAA Annual Conference is the major event in the professional calendar for archaeologists, including AAA members and non-members alike, along with Traditional Owners, cultural heritage managers and other related disciplines to get together, present and listen to papers and posters in order to find out about the latest archaeological discoveries, and catch up with colleagues they haven’t seen for 12 months. AAA has approximately 1000 members and the Annual Conference typically attracts about 400 delegates from Australia and overseas.
|Face of the ‘Hobbit’ to be revealed for first time by UOW’s facial anthropologist |
As a precursor to the AAA conference on 8 and 9 December, Honorary Senior Research Fellow at UOW and specialist facial anthropologist, Dr Susan Hayes, conducted fun and interactive 3D and 2D workshops in evidence-based facial approximation – which involves creating the likely facial appearance of a deceased person based on the person’s skull and soft tissues. Dr Hayes has been working on the facial approximation of the ‘Hobbit’. Read more...
|University Medal for Science awarded to Alex Tindale|
Alex Tindale has been awarded the University Medal for Science. This award provides recognition of Alex exceptional academic performance and enthusiasm throughout his degree. Congratulations Alex!
|Further congratulations: Sarah Hamylton and Christine Eriksen on promotions|
I can now also report that Sarah Hamylton has been confirmed in her appointment and Christine Eriksen has been confirmed in her position and promoted to Level C.
|Congratulations to Helen McGregor and Tim Cohen on their promotions|
It is with pleasure that I can advise that Helen McGregor and Tim Cohen have both been promoted to Level C appointments in the recent promotion round. It goes without saying that these promotions are very well-deserved.
|Congratulations to Alex Tindale on being awarded the Jim Rose prize for the best paper at the Geographical Society of New South Wales annual Honours conference.|
The NSW Honours conference was held at the University of Sydney on Friday November 16th. Alex paper was: 'Heterogeneous households: geographies of inter-ethnic intimacy in NSW'.
|Congratulations to Ashlee Clarke & Michelle Linklater. Great to see our students excelling in Coastal and marine science|
Ashlee Clarke has received the Student Research award for an enrolled student whose academic study promises to positively contribute to coastal management, at the November 2012 NSW Coastal Conference in Kiama.
Michelle Linklater won the 3 minute thesis competition at the November 2012 NSW AMSA (Australian Marine Sciences Association) event.
|New insights into early modern humans|
Small lethal tools reveal much about early modern humans
On the south coast of South Africa, scientists (including a researcher from the University of Wollongong), have found evidence for an advanced stone age technology dated to 71,000 years ago at Pinnacle Point near Mossel Bay.
|Congratulations to Nick Gill and Laurie Chisholm, and Gerald Nanson for their success in receiving ARC Discovery Grants.|
Nick and Laurie’s grant is on “Mobile ecologies, complex landscapes: cultural environmental research to understand and enhance invasive plant management in high amenity rural areas” and Gerald’s is on “Anabranching rivers: the arteries of arid Australia”.
|Congratulations to Dr Adam R Brumm on receipt of his DECRA grant|
A world of its own: earliest human occupation of the Maros karsts in Southwest Sulawesi, Indonesia
|Congratulations to Dr Alexander C Mackay on receipt of his DECRA grant|
Dwellers on the threshold: the evolution of human behavioural complexity in peripheral regions of southern Africa
|Congratulations to Chris Brennan-Horley on receipt of his DECRA grant|
Experiments in space: geospatial information technologies for cultural environmental research:
By harnessing the power of emerging digital mapping technologies, this research will extend how we understand the
relationship between humans and the environment. Specifically it will use maps to generate new knowledge across
two important yet everyday problems: bushfire management and urban quality of life.
|Earth & Environmental Sciences program celebrates 20 years of collaboration|
'Delightfully Deco' End of Year Ball
Thursday 1st November @ Portofino Function Centre, 1920-30s themed. $70pp ($75 for non-members), Pay before the mid-session recess (end of week 9) and get a $10 discount. Includes 3 course meal and 5 hour drinks package. Final payment by end of week 12.
Payments can be made to any committee member (find us at the Members BBQ's!) and the Groundswell drop box, near the staff pigeon holes in building 41 level 1 (email email@example.com & notify us to check it).
|All new Mori S15 crawler-mounted drill rig.|
|Congratulations to Sandra Chapman on receipt of a Safety Leadership Award, in the 2012 Workplace Health and Safety Awards.|
Sandra has received a Safety Leadership Award for her sustained contributions relating to improving the management of hydrofluoric acid (HF) across the University. As many may already be aware, HF is a particularly hazardous acid, which if inappropriately used can result in serious injury or death. It remains, however, an extremely important compound for a wide range of laboratory applications across faculties.
|Ancient tooth may provide evidence of early human dentistry|
Researchers, including Visiting Professorial Fellow at the University of Wollongong (UOW), Claudio Tuniz, may have uncovered new evidence of ancient dentistry in the form of a 6,500-year-old human jaw bone with a tooth showing traces of beeswax filling. Read more...
|2012 Citation for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning, Presented to Heidi Brown & Laurie Chisholm by Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching, Learning and Equity) at UTS.|
Congratulations to Laurie Chisholm, Marji Puotinen & Heidi Brown on receipt this national citation released to the Media 17th September by the Honorable Senator Chris Evans. See the media release "Australia's top university staff honoured" or visit the OLT for a full list of recipients. Read more...
|Annual SEES Postgraduate Retreat|
This year, the retreat will be held at a new venue: Koloona Conference Centre in the Shoalhaven, about 1.5 hours from Wollongong (15 minutes from Nowra). We are scheduled to arrive on Wednesday 26 September at 4pm; and to depart on Friday 28 September at 2pm. For those who are teaching, this is during the mid-session break.
As in the past, it is anticipated that all postgraduate (research) students will attend – both Masters and PhD are welcome. All staff (including general staff) are also welcome. Contact Natascha Klocker for more information.
|Eureka Prizes 2012 Finalist|
Outstanding Young Researcher
Dr Zenobia Jacobs
|Wollongong Isotope Geochronology Lab (WIGL) - Web page now on line.|
|Thursday 23rd August, Week 5, 12:30pm Geology Lab, FREE Pizza for those who attend. More info on available positions coming soon.|
|Sunday 19th August, end of Week 4, 4 South Coast Wineries: ONLY 50 PLACES AVAILABLE! $40pp ($45 for non-members), Pay before 3rd August (end of week 2) and get a $10 discount. Final payment by end of week 3.|
|Putting a face to the bones|
Thursday 9th, @ City Diggers from 7:30pm, $7pp and all money raised goes to a charity to be chosen by the winning team!
Congratulations to Emily O'Gorman on the publication of this new book:
Congratulations to Lesley Head, Jennifer Atchison and Alison Gates on the publication of this new book:
|GCC Best Team Photo winner - SEES About|
|Congratulations on successful ARC Linkage Project grants.|
Dr Anthony Dossetto with colleagues at ANU for the project entitled “Landscape evolution Landscape evolution, environmental change and human occupation history of Lake George - an outstanding natural archive”
Dr Tim Cohen with colleagues at Griffith for the project entitled “The big flood: will it happen again?”
|Faculty of Science Graduation Ceremony. |
Wednesday 18th July 9.45am
Congratulations to all our Graduands from SEES
PhD Graduates, July 2012
Joshua Redder Larsen
|Congratulations to David Price on his outstanding poster presentation at the AAPG Annual Conference in California.||Titled "Application of a New Process-Based Classification Scheme to Modern Mixed-Process Systems: A Case Study of the Mitchell River Delta, Queensland, Australia" the poster was judged in the top ten during the 2012 American Association of Petroleum Geologists annual conferrence.|
|Congratulations to Chris Fergusson on receiving the F.L. Stilwell Medal for the best paper published in the Australian Journal of Earth Sciences in 2010|
The award, which is judged by the Editorial Board, is for Chris’s paper entitled “Plate-driven extension and convergence along the East Gondwana active margin: late Silurian – Middle Devonian tectonics of the Lachlan Fold Belt, southeastern Australia’.
Chris has undertaken a vast body of meticulous research on the geology and geotectonics of this region and it is very appropriate that he receive this award.
|Ebbe Hayes, "Head of School" for a day!|
As incentive for SEES students to enter the 3 minute thesis competition, students were offered a chance to sit in the "Big Chair" for a day.
Colin Murray-Wallace was relegated to Ebbies postGrad cubicle.
|Congratulations to Gordon Waitt||On his promotion to Professor|
|Congratulations to Ebbe Hayes|
Who won the People’s Choice award in the Faculty of Science 3 minute thesis competition last Friday. We hear it was a very tight competition. So well done Ebbe and thankyou for representing the School in this competition.
|Congratulations to Denise Alsop who has been awarded the 2011 Quality Initiative Award||Facilities and Management Division establishing a new process where unused furniture is stored and offered to charities for collection.|
|Tony Dosseto is invited to be an Associate Editor for the journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta|
The journal Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, one of the best journal in Geochemistry
Congratulations to Bert Roberts and Adam Brumm for their respective Vice-Chancellor Awards for Research Excellence.
At the awards ceremony to be held on the 22nd June 2012, Bert will receive the Research Excellence Award for a Senior Researcher and Adam will receive the Research Excellence Award for an Emerging Researcher
|Congratulations to Dr. Nick Gill for winning this year's individual award in the VC's awards for excellence in community engagement.|
Nick's diverse engagement activities with community partners is evidenced through his teaching, research and professional activities. Nick's lengthy list of achievements and activites include his development of research relationships with the Rural Fire Service, securing funding for bushfire management education, running rural fieldtrips to encourage students to think across regional rural/urban boundaries plus founding a campus Bicycle User Group and co-organising the UOW Ride to Work Day in 2010 and 2011.
Congratulations to Christine Metusela and Gordon Waitt on the publication of this new book:
|Allan Sefton Memorial Lecture|
Friday 27 April 2012, 5:30pm
|Speaker - Dr Dan Lunney |
(Office of Environment and Heritage NSW)
Topic: The rewards of being persistent: A NSW public servant reflects on 42 years of fauna conservation
SEES Annual Prize Night
|Professor Chris Gibson's new book released by Ashgate press.|
Chris Gibson's new book titled:
|Colin Woodroffe has recently been awarded the R. J. Russell Award by the Coastal and Marine Specialty Group of the American Association of Geographers.|
Colin has received this award for his long and distinguished research contributions in the field of Coastal Geomorphology. The award was presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in March 2012.
R.J. Russell is internationally renown for his coastal geomorphological research in southern Louisiana, the Mississippi Delta and for studies of cheniers (shell accumulations on mud). He also worked on tropical coasts in northern Australia as well as the Cocos (Keeling) Islands – all regions that were coincidentally studied by Colin.
Please join with me in congratulating Colin for this achievement.
|2012 ARC Discovery Project|
Congratulations to Allen Nutman & Victoria Bennett; On their successful project application - Carbon dioxide sequestration more than 3.7 billion years ago and the oldest climate cycles
|"The Distillery" is now officially open.|
The University’s newest lab,The Distillery, was officially opened with a celebration attended by staff and students of the School of Earth & Environmental Sciences. Read more
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