Welcome from the HoS
Welcome to the School’s mid-year newsletter. As you will see in the stories below, the School is very much in the thick of the academic year. We welcomed over 150 new students to the School in March this year and our total student cohort is now well over 500 students! Our very active student societies are doing much to engage with both new students and our industry partners and it was great to see the MATSOC Industry Night attract so many students and alumni as engaging speakers.
Congratulations are in order to Professor Veena Sahajwalla who was recently made a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science. This is the highest achievement in Science in Australia and Veena’s award is richly deserved for her highly innovative and socially important work in material recycling. It was also great to see one of our recent alumni, Holstein Wong win a prestigious award for her work in resource engineering.
On Monday 18th June we welcomed our 2017 graduating students (undergrad and postgrad) and their guests for a reception to mark this momentous day in their lives. We were very pleased to welcome parents, relatives and friends of our graduates, especially those who travelled from outside of Sydney and, in some cases, from overseas.
Next month the School will be hosting an alumni networking evening on August 22nd. It will be a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with old friends and colleagues and to network new contacts. We are fortunate that our Dean of Science, Professor Emma Johnston, will be in attendance to speak at this event. If you haven’t already, please RSVP via the link at the base of this newsletter.
Finally, from September 9th to 15th I am co-chairing the 19th International Microscopy Congress at the ICC in Sydney. This quadrennial meeting is very much the World Cup of microscopy conference and I am delighted that we will have two Nobel Laureates (Dan Shechtman and Joachim Frank) as plenary speakers. Dan Shechtman winning the Nobel prize for Chemistry for his work on quasicrystals. This promises to be a fantastic meeting and anyone with an interest in microscopy should attend.