Science

November 2019

A runaway star, ejected from the galactic heart of darkness
13 November 2019
Astronomers have spotted something they weren't expecting – a star that has been travelling at 6 million kilometres an hour for 5 million years. Astronomers – including scientists from UNSW Sydney –...
‘Missed opportunity’: Australia to fall short of Sustainable Development Goals by 2030
12 November 2019
Rapid progress for Australia on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals is possible and could deliver a fairer, greener, more prosperous nation in 2030 – if managed properly – new UNSW research has...
Pioneering ecologist Paul Ehrlich to present at UNSW Sydney on the sixth mass extinction
11 November 2019
Prominent scientist will tackle saving humanity from catastrophic damage to its life support systems and an impending climate change catastrophe. Professor Paul R Ehrlich, President of the Centre for...
UNSW Science professor elected to the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia
11 November 2019
The Fellowships recognise the work of top scholars who have significantly advanced research and knowledge in the social sciences. Academics from UNSW Sydney's faculties of Law, Science and Arts...
Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing 2019 announced
8 November 2019
Melissa Fyfe has won the 2019 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing with ‘Getting Cliterate’, originally published in the Good Weekend, which celebrates the clitoris and the Australian scientist...
How the mountain pygmy-possum can be saved from climate change
4 November 2019
Picture: Lee Henderson/UNSW  //Palaeontologists look to the fossil record to come up with a new strategy to save the endangered mountain pygmy-possum from becoming a climate change casualty....
It’s not ‘wild dog’ management – we are just killing dingoes
1 November 2019
Dingo or just wild dog? A new study busts the misconception that pure dingoes are extinct in NSW – and finds several ‘dingo hotspots’ around the state. Almost all wild dogs in NSW are dingoes or...
Climate scientist awarded Royal Society of Victoria’s top research medal
1 November 2019
UNSW Sydney Professor Andy Pitman AO, Director of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, has been awarded the RSV's Medal for Excellence in Scientific Research. Professor Andy Pitman AO...

October 2019

Wins for UNSW Science in 2019 NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering
30 October 2019
UNSW researchers have taken out five NSW Premier’s Prizes for Science & Engineering for works spanning from ecosystem conservation to pancreatic cancer treatment.  UNSW researchers have won half...
UNSW Professor Emma Johnston named ATSE fellow
23 October 2019
UNSW Sydney’s Dean of Science, Professor Emma Johnston, has been elected as a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technology and Engineering.UNSW Sydney’s Professor Emma Johnston is among 25 leading...
Milan Pahor receives KPMG Inspiring Teacher Award
23 October 2019
Milan Pahor from the School of Mathematics and Statistics has won the 2019 KPMG Inspiring Teaching Award in a First Year Undergraduate Program.  Now in its third year, the KPMG Inspiring...
Thirteen UNSW researchers named ARC Future Fellows
18 October 2019
The newest future fellows have been awarded $11.5 million to conduct research that will deliver significant health, scientific, environmental, social and economic benefits. UNSW Sydney academics from...
Many minds better than one: meet the dementia scientist collaborating for cognitive ageing breakthroughs
15 October 2019
Scientia Professor and UNSW SHARP Hire Kaarin Anstey believes involving people with diverse perspectives can lead to breakthroughs in ageing research, and that teamwork is crucial.   ...
Society awards top honour to UNSW palaeontologist
15 October 2019
UNSW's Professor Mike Archer is the first Australian to win the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology​'s highest prize, the Romer-Simpson Medal. One of Australia’s foremost palaeontologists and...
Marine ecologist Adriana Vergés takes out UNSW's inaugural Emerging Thought Leader Prize
15 October 2019
Associate Professor Adriana Vergés is recognised for her creative and persuasive leadership in the public interest. A marine ecologist using rigorous science and innovative public engagement...
Order found in circular molecule suggests deeper importance to brain function
14 October 2019
Scientists are rethinking the importance of an enigmatic molecule after finding intricate processes at play in its formation.Circular RNA (circRNA) – a molecule previously thought to be an accidental...
All eyes on World Sight Day
10 October 2019
This World Sight Day, we’ve compiled some of the many highlights from UNSW researchers and students working towards improving eye health.To celebrate this year’s World Sight Day, we’re shining light...
UNSW scientists design graphene filter to purify methane from biogas
10 October 2019
UNSW researchers are using ‘wonder material’ graphene to generate sustainable energy in municipal wastewater treatment plants.UNSW scientists that developed a graphene filter to improve the quality...
Overcoming stigma on World Mental Health Day
10 October 2019
This World Mental Health Day, UNSW is highlighting the ways its researchers and students are working towards improving mental health for people all over the world.World Mental Health Day, held...
New innovation network to reduce waste and improve sustainability
9 October 2019
NSW Environment Minister Rob Stokes. Photos: Isabella Moore Jobs in regional areas will be among the first products of the NSW Circular recycling and manufacturing network. NSW Planning and Public...
 Tear samples could help detect diabetes complication
8 October 2019
You’ve heard of blood tests and stool samples. Tear samples might be the next screening method to enter your doctor’s office, a new study from UNSW Sydney suggests. Tear-testing may be the future of...
Into the wild: meet the alumnus capturing Australia's wildlife
2 October 2019
The skill of being in the right place at the right time has landed this UNSW alumnus a thriving career as a wildlife camera operator, with credits including the BBC and National Geographic. Waiting...
UNSW tops Nature Index rankings
2 October 2019
UNSW Sydney has risen to the top of the prestigious Nature Index for the first time in its latest monthly update, covering outputs published in the 12 months to May 2019. Previously UNSW had been...
Kilometre-long laser takes aim at UNSW PhD student
1 October 2019
“It’s pretty surreal being at the pointy end of an almost kilometre-long laser,” says UNSW Sydney PhD candidate Oliver Paull. “Not because of any danger from the laser (even though it’s several...

September 2019

Minister unveils new plastics recycling technology
26 September 2019
The revolutionary technology developed at UNSW Sydney positions Australia at the forefront of how we re-use discarded materials. A new federally funded microfactory unveiled at UNSW Sydney today is...
Earliest signs of life: scientists find microbial remains in ancient rocks
26 September 2019
Western Australia’s famous 3.5-billion-year-old stromatolites contain microbial remains of some of the earliest life on Earth, UNSW scientists have found. Scientists have found exceptionally...
How gliding animals fine-tuned the rules of evolution
23 September 2019
A study of gliding animals has challenged the idea that evolutionary innovations – adaptations that bring new abilities and advantages – spur the origin of other new body types and other...
Students battle it out at international data science competition
23 September 2019
Six teams from UNSW and Tsinghua University spent an intense two days hacking their way through a complex data science challenge, held at Australian data consultancy Servian HQ, and presenting their...
UNSW scientist first woman honoured with top chemistry prize
17 September 2019
Professor Martina Stenzel is the first woman in almost 90 years to be awarded the Royal Society of NSW's Liversidge Medal.  One of the world’s leading experts in polymer chemistry, UNSW Sydney...
Marine Biology alumna casts her net wide for career success
16 September 2019
Photo: Tashya Miranda working in the field: "It’s been really invigorating to pitch ideas to tackle topics like Sydney’s current drought, and ways we can re-use our waste resources."You will equally...
UNSW rockets up the Times Higher Education World University Rankings
12 September 2019
UNSW Sydney continues its steady progress towards its goal of becoming a top 50 global university, rising 25 places to 71st in the THE World University Rankings.  UNSW has jumped 25 spots to 71st in...
World leader in genomics joins UNSW
12 September 2019
Geneticist Professor John Mattick will join the School of Biotechnology and Biomolecular Sciences in October as the University's latest SHARP hire. One of the world’s foremost experts on the human...
Top honour awarded to three UNSW research pioneers
12 September 2019
Three leading researchers have been awarded Australian Laureate Fellowships to tackle some of the world’s big issues, including ageing, clean energy and quantum computing. UNSW academics have been...
Face facts: we need to know more about super recognisers
6 September 2019
People with superior facial recognition abilities are being recruited for surveillance and security roles while the science behind the phenomenon is having to play catch-up.Super recognisers – or...
Coastal infrastructure urgently needs a rethink, marine ecologists say
5 September 2019
How should we be building along the global coast? A framework by UNSW scientists delivers some much-needed answers.UNSW scientists have released a world-first framework for guiding the building and...
NASA and European Space Agency join UNSW in outback for training crucial for Mars 2020 missions
2 September 2019
UNSW scientists have shown a group of Mars specialists the secrets of the remote Pilbara's ancient rocks - all in preparation for NASA's and ESA's Mars 2020 missions.NASA and European Space Agency (...

August 2019

UNSW researchers awarded at annual ‘science Oscars’
30 August 2019
UNSW researchers have won coveted Eureka Prizes for their contributions to science communication and national citizen science outreach.UNSW Associate Professor Darren Saunders has won a prestigious...
UNSW in top three Australian universities for latest NHMRC funding
30 August 2019
UNSW researchers have secured $47 million for 31 world-leading projects in the latest National Health and Medical Research Council funding round.Projects to treat and prevent HIV, reduce the impact...
Recycling technology wins prestigious award
30 August 2019
UNSW Sydney’s Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) Centre has won a prestigious award for its ground-breaking recycling research in collaboration with industry partners.The 2019...
How to solve Indonesia’s ‘taboo’ mental health crisis
22 August 2019
Psychology PhD student Sandersan Onie is working on removing the stigma surrounding mental health and improving science-based interventions in his home of Indonesia.We often consider mental health in...
Tackling antimicrobial resistance: NUW Alliance to develop a joint taskforce
20 August 2019
A workshop hosted by the NUW Alliance has resulted in the creation of a joint Antimicrobial Research Taskforce (NUW-ART) involving academics from UNSW Sydney, the University of Newcastle and the...
UNSW Sydney tops ARC Research Hub grants
19 August 2019
More than $8 million worth of ARC grants have been awarded to two UNSW projects that will involve research into the major global challenges of antibiotic resistance and recyclable waste.UNSW Sydney...