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Thursday, 27 February 2014
Joint meeting with the Australian Academy of Forensic Sciences - lecture, followed by dinner. This was our first joint meeting with the Academy was a very interesting and enjoyable evening.
Royal Society of NSW 2013 Scholarship winners at presentation of their work at the meetings on Wednesday 18 December 2013 and Wednesday 5 February 2014. (Left to right: Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto presented with the Jak Kelly award by Mrs Irene Kelly; John Chan and Jessica Stanley. Jiangbo Zhao was unable to present as he was out of the country at a conference.)
"Astrobiology: the latest from 'Curiosity'" - Professor Malcolm Walter
"Seven seconds of terror" was how the operators at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in the US describe the landing of 'Curiosity", the latest rover mission that landed on Mars in August last year. In the last stage of the landing, the entry vehicle hovered about 80 m above the surface of Mars and lowered Curiosity (which weighs nearly a tonne) by cranes to a gentle touch-down. Given that it can take up to 20 minutes for signals to reach Mars (or a up to a 40 minute round-trip) there is a significant delay that constrains the Earth-based control station. (Read more...)
The speaker at the Society's 1214th ordinary general meeting was Dr Matthew Todd, a Senior Lecturer in Chemistry at the University of Sydney and a leading proponent of the concept of "open science".
Dr Todd began with an example of the type of problem to which open science can provide a very practical solution. In Africa and parts of South America and Asia, the parasitic disease schistosomiasis (also known as bilharzia or snail fever) is endemic. Schistosomiasis is caused by infection by water-borne parasites that penetrate the skin and enter the bloodstream. Although the mortality rate is low, schistosomiasis is a serious chronic illness. It is particularly devastating to children – it damages internal organs, impairs growth and causes cognitive impairment. After malaria, it is the most socio-economically devastating disease in the world. (Read more...)
At a Special Meeting held on Wed 18 December, the Society adopted substantial changes to its Rules and By-Laws. The changes have modernised the Society substantially and position it to increase its contribution to the intellectual life of NSW and Australia. The new Rules and By-Laws may be found here: Rules_&_ByLaws 18_Dec_13.
The Council of the Royal Society of New South Wales is pleased to announce that the following awards have been made:
|Walter Burfitt Prize||Professor Michelle Simmons, UNSW|
|James Cook Medal||Professor Brien Holden, UNSW|
|Edgeworth David Medal||Associate Professor David Wilson, UNSW|
|Clarke Medal||Professor William Griffin, Macquarie University|
|RSNSW Scholarships||Jiangbo Zhao, Macquarie University)|
|John Chan, University of Sydney)|
|Jessica Stanley, University of Sydney)|
|Xavier Zambrana-Puyalto, Macquarie University (also the recipient of the Jak Kelly Award)|
The Society is grateful to the Advisory Panel of the Deans of Science of NSW universities, convened by the NSW Chief Scientist & Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane, for their considered advice.
The closing date for the Society's new award, the Royal Society of NSW History & Philosophy of Science Medal is 31 December 2013.
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