Over the past few months, I’ve been working in a team with Laurie Yutuc (Bachelor of Commerce), Vishal Uppal (Bachelor of Commerce / Science) and Megh Mankad (Bachelor of Science / Law) as part of the Hult Prize. We were challenged to create a social enterprise that could “restore the rights and dignities of 10 million refugees by 2022.”

By Anthony Makragelidis (Bachelor of Commerce/Law)

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This month, Sydney Ideas presented a keynote talk by American theoretical biologist and complex systems scientist Professor Stuart Kauffman, entitled ‘Beyond physics: the emergence and evolution of life’.

Professor Kauffman is best known for his research on the origin of life, arguing that natural
selection is not the only mechanism underlying the emergence of biological systems, and that
self-organisation, a process where some global order spontaneously arises from local interactions
among components of a system, plays an essential role as well.

By Emanuele Crosato

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This summer I exchanged 40 degree heat, days at the beach and a long university break with five weeks of study in Umeå, where it averaged -10 degrees, getting dressed in the morning involved rugging up in a minimum of 5 layers and where I had one of the most valuable experiences of my life. Together with 13 other Sydney education students, we travelled for over 26 hours to reach in Umeå, Northern Sweden’s largest city. On arrival we were met with knee deep snow and some of the most gorgeous scenery I’ve ever seen.

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My name is Grace Henry and I am a fourth year Bachelor of Engineering Honours (Chemical and Biomolecular) student at Sydney University. This year I was fortunate enough to receive a MIPPS (Major Industrial Placement Project Scheme) Scholarship and placed with Dow Chemical in Saudi Arabia.

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by Anastasia Mortimer

On Tuesday 21 February 2017 , Sydney Ideas presents a special public lecture by Dr. Kyle Powys Whyte, which will discuss Dr. Whyte’s work on climate and environmental justice and writings on the #No DAPL movement.

In the lead-up to the event, I spoke to Dr. Whyte about his research on the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL). I am incredibly honoured to have this opportunity, not just because Kyle has published invaluable research on the DAPL, but because over the past year I have followed the case and Kyle’s research closely.

The case of the DAPL is a familiar story, one which marks the continued dispossession and oppression of First Nations people in resource development decisions.

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My heart is pounding as I make my way from Hanoi Airport to my hotel in the front passenger seat of a car that is speeding along a highway and darting haphazardly through traffic, at times centimetres away from a collision. Looking into the distance through the hazy air I can see the bright lights of Hanoi city looming closer and the reality of living and working in a foreign country for a month slowly begins to dawn on me.

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As undergraduate vet students, marching dutifully from wildlife lectures to clinical pathology tutorials to overnight shifts caring for racehorses, rabbits and rottweilers, we were told that our degree could take us anywhere. We would be open-minded, multi-skilled problem-solvers. Little did I know, however, that within four years of graduating with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science I would be taking a job on a research project aiming to improve children’s nutrition in rural African communities.

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