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Research Tuesdays: sharing great research with the community

Genes and Jumpers: How mobile elements in our DNA interact with genes to make us look like "us"

It's common knowledge that our genetic blueprint is encoded in our DNA, or genome. It's also commonly believed that the main component in that blueprint is genes.

But in reality genes comprise just 2% of our DNA and, paradoxically, are quite similar from species to species. So how do we account for such variety in appearances and behaviours?

The remaining 98% of the fabled double helix - largely mobile elements - would appear to be playing a key role. And research at the University of Adelaide is bringing it into focus.

In this fascinating presentation Professor David Adelson will reveal how these mobile elements affect our genes, how the genome changes over time and the impact this can have on our lives.

WHEN: Tuesday 12th October, 5.30-6.30pm
WHERE: Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre North Terrace Campus
Register online: or call: 08 8303 3692

Games Day (Fun in 1901)

What did children do for fun more than 100 years ago? A unique school holidays event suitable for ages 7-13.

When: Wednesday 6 October
Where: Urrbrae House, Waite Campus (off Fullarton Road, Urrbrae)
Cost: $12 children, $8 adults
To book: Call 08 8303 7497 or email:

Energy Futures

A public seminar series organised by the Centre for Energy Technology in conjunction with the School of Earth and Environmental Sciences.

For more info email: or visit:

When: 5.00pm each Wednesday from 6-27 October
Where: Horace Lamb Lecture Theatre, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free - all welcome. No registration necessary.

Thinking Critically About Sustainable Energy - Non-Carbon Energy Technologies

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

For more info email: or visit:

When: 6.00pm-7.30pm Wednesday 6 October
Where: The Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide
Cost: Free, but bookings essential

Into the Woods

Students and staff from the University of Adelaide's Elder Conservatorium of Music and TafeSA's Adelaide College of the Arts jointly present a production of Stephen Sondheim's fairytale musical Into the Woods.

When: 7.30pm Wednesday-Saturday 6-9 October, 5.00pm Sunday 10 October
Where: Main Theatre, Adelaide College of the Arts, 39 Light Square, Adelaide
Cost: Tickets $25, $20 concession
To book: Call Claire Oremland on 08 8303 5925

Friends of the University of Adelaide Library

Andrew Bovell: When the Rain Stops Falling. Andrew will talk about the journey of his play from the conception of the idea to its different interpretations.

When: 6.00pm for 6.30pm Thursday 7 October
Where: Ira Raymond Exhibition Room, Barr Smith Library, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Free and open to all - gold coin donation invited
To book: by Tuesday 5 October call 08 8303 4064 or email

2010 Edward Said Memorial Lecture

Israel/Palestine in the 21st Century by Tariq Ali, British Pakistani historian, novelist, filmmaker, political campaigner and commentator.

When: 5.00pm-7.00pm Saturday 9 October
Where: Elder Hall, North Terrace Campus
Cost: Tickets $18
To book: Purchase tickets online: or call 08 8333 9701

Veterinary Health Centre Community Open Day

Come and see behind the scenes at our state-of-the-art veterinary health facilities and meet our friendly vet staff.

When: 10.00am-3.00pm Sunday 10 October
Where: Veterinary Health Centre, Roseworthy Campus (approx. 50 kms north of Adelaide)
Cost: Free - all welcome

Centre for Automotive Safety Research - free seminar series

ESC & High Speed Rural Road Crashes by Jamie Mackenzie

When: 4.00pm Wednesday 13 October
Where: Art Gallery Auditorium, Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide
Cost: Free
RSVP: Please register your attendance with Leonie Witter on 08 8303 4114 or email:

ROCA (Roseworthy Old Collegians Association)

Annual ROCA Dinner, Reunion and AGM

When: 6.30pm, Friday 15 October
Where: Glenelg Golf Club, James Melrose Road, Novar Gardens
Cost: $50 ROCA members, $55 non-members
To book: Contact Dale Manson on 0418 811 233

University of Adelaide Theatre Guild presents Neil LaBute's Some Girl(s)

A moved play reading directed by John Wells

When: 7.30pm Friday 15 and Saturday 16 October
Where: Little Theatre, near the Cloisters, North Terrace Campus
Cost: All tickets $15
To book: Tickets available from the Theatre Guild on 08 8303 5999 (fee applies for credit card bookings) or on the door, subject to availability

Friends of the University of Adelaide Library and Unibooks in association with Allen & Unwin and the University of Adelaide Environment Institute

The Legacy; an elder's vision for our sustainable future by David Suzuki

When: 6.00pm for 6.30pm Thursday 21 October
Where: Scott Theatre, North Terrace Campus (off Kintore Avenue)
Cost: $20 or $15 concession + $3 booking fee
To book: Tickets available from Unibooks or Venue Tix outlets, call 08 8225 888 or go to:

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