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July 2010 Issue
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Research Tuesdays: sharing great research with the community

We're born like that: New research shows males and females approach risk-taking differently even in utero

An incredible new chapter has been revealed in the still unfolding story of human in-utero development.

Research at the University of Adelaide's Robinson Institute has shown the human fetus is able to deliberately slow and modify its development in response to a sub-optimal maternal environment, such as if the mother has a pre-existing disease or suffers extreme stress.

This increases its chances of survival. But remarkably, only female fetuses use the ability. Males instead "roll the dice" and attempt to continue growing at their normal rate, placing them at greater risk should further complications arise.

Associate Professor Vicki Clifton discusses this fascinating growth mechanism and its possible implications for managing pregnancy.

Don't miss this special event.

WHEN: Tuesday 13th July, 5.30pm-6.30pm
WHERE: Lecture Theatre 102, Napier Building, North Terrace Campus


Register online: or call: + 61 8 8303 3692

Fridays Uncorked 2010

The National Wine Centre of Australia invites you to celebrate the end of the week with a series of Fridays Uncorked. Sponsored by Charles Melton Wines.

When: 4.30pm Friday 2 July
Where: National Wine Centre of Australia, corner of Hackney and Botanic Roads, Adelaide
Cost: FREE including cocktail food

MBA Alumni Association (MBAAA) - Networking Breakfast

When: After 7.30am Wednesday 7 July (first Wednesday of every month)
Where: East Terrace Continental Café (between North Terrace and Rundle Street, Adelaide)

Free Public Lecture

The Tibetan Question: Between East and West by Professor Wang Hui (Professor of Chinese literature and history, Qinghua University).

A leading member of China's "New Left" movement, Wang Hui is acknowledged as one of the top 100 public intellectuals in the world.

Presented by the Confucius Institute of the University of Adelaide in conjunction with the 18th Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia.

When: 1.00pm-2.00pm Wednesday 7 July
Where: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free, but registration is essential
RSVP: Call +61 8 8303 4798 or email:

Thinking Critically About Sustainable Energy

Sustainable Energy: Fossil Fuel Future - interactive discussions about the future of fossil fuels.

Part of a new public seminar series organised by the Centre for Energy Technology in conjunction with the Royal Institution of Australia.

For more information email: or visit:

When: 6.00pm-7.30pm Wednesday 7 July
Where: The Science Exchange, Exchange Place, Adelaide
Cost: Free, but bookings essential

Inaugural A.R. Hickinbotham Lecture

Winemaking - A Continuum between Art and Science? by Louisa Rose (Yalumba).

This lecture is named in honour of Alan Robb Hickinbotham, the former Roseworthy lecturer who is regarded as the father of Australian oenology (winemaking) education. This lecture recognises individuals that are world leaders in the field of oenology.

When: 4.00pm Monday 12 July
Where: Auditorium, Plant Research Centre, Waite Campus
Cost: Free

Centre for Automotive Safety Research seminar series

Speeds of Vehicles in South Australia by Craig Kloeden

The Centre for Automotive Safety Research invites you to a series of seminars addressing major topics in the fight to reduce road trauma and highlighting the latest research.

The seminar will examine how vehicle speeds on different road types in South Australia have changed between 2002 and 2009.

When: 4.00pm Wednesday 21 July
Where: Art Gallery Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please register your attendance with Leonie Witter on +61 8 8303 4114 or email:

Energy Futures - Climate Change

Part of a new public seminar series organised by the Centre for Energy Technology in conjunction with the University's School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

For more information email: or visit:

When: 5.00pm-7.00pm Wednesday 28 July
Where: Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome. No registration necessary for this series.

John Bray Law Network

Chief Justice's Shield Quiz Night with Quiz Master Peter Goers

When: 7.00pm-11.00pm Saturday 7 August
Where: Bonython Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: $25 per person; $250 per table tables of 10 preferred)
Bookings: Call Astrid Macleod on +61 8 8431 2487 or email:

John Bray Law Network

John Bray Oration with speaker Mr Graham Leung

When: Monday 13 September
Where: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free
Bookings: Call Astrid Macleod on +61 8 8431 2487 or email:

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