Jul, 02 2012
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Welcome reception for new CEO to the USSC, Dr Bates Gill

On Monday, 25 June 2012, AAA along with the US Consul-General to Sydney, Niels Marquardt welcomed Dr Bates Gill and his wife Sarah Palmer to Sydney with a lovely reception at the Consul's-General residence.

Dr Gill officially commences his appointment as the CEO to the US Studies Centre in October 2012, replacing Professor Geoff Garrett.

In attendance was the US Ambassador to Australia, Jeffrey Bleich with his wife Rebecca Bleich; Lucy Turnbull AO; former Prime Minister, the Hon. Bob Hawke AC; Hon. Warwick Smith AM; Peter Grey, Austrade; newly appointed Australian Consul-General to Los Angeles, Karen Lanyon along with over 70 esteemed members from AAA's corporate base.

The evening was a great success and AAA would like to thank the US Consul-General and his wife Judi for their hospitality.

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AAA Congratulates Graham Macdonald (AM) for receiving an Australian Queen's Birthday Honours of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to one of our board members, Emeritus Professor Graham Macdonald (AM) who received an Australian Queen's Birthday Honours in the General Division of the Order of Australia for "service to biomedical research in the areas of hypertension and renal disease, to medical education, to the promotion and awareness raising of organ donation, and as a mentor".

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2012-2013 Australia - US AAA Fellows

We are proud to announce that this year AAA received over 75 applications from distinguished candidates for the 2012-2013 Fellowship Program to the U.S. Our renowned judging panel who flew from around the globe gathered in Melbourne and Sydney last week to conduct the interviews. Stay tuned. AAA will advise of the outcome in the following issue of its' newsletter.

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Happy 4th of July

4th of July is just around the corner.

Check out our events page to find out more and join in on the celebration!


UPE10 Symposium - Next City: Planning for a new energy and climate future

Date: 24 - 27 July 2012
Time: 6:00pm
Location: University of Sydney

Following the successful City of the Future Conference held in 2010, the US Studies Centre have joined with the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning at the University of Sydney to host the International Urban Planning and Environment Association’s 10th Symposium (UPE10). The Symposium will be held in Sydney, Australia from 24-27 July 2012.

With Key Note Speakers, Tom Murphy (Former Mayor of Pittsburgh and Fellow, Urban Land Institute), Professor Frederick Steiner, (Dean of the School of Architecture and Henry M. Rockwell Chair in Architecture, University of Texas) and Tom Wright (Executive Director of Regional Plan Association, New York).

For additional information or to register, visit

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AAA Fellow Spotlight: Fiona Soper

Fiona Soper was the successful recipient of the 2011 Alcoa Foundation Fellowship in the field of Plant and Soil Ecology. Fiona is currently obtaining her PhD at Cornell University in Ithaca, USA in which she is examining the basic controls and patterns of greenhouse gas emissions and nutrient dynamics during forestation of subtropical grasslands.

Fiona believes that the AAA fellowship has allowed her to obtain data which has revealed some interesting and unexpected effects of grassland to forest transitions on the emission of key greenhouse gases from soils. This research was recently presented in front of a national scientific audience and Fiona is planning on obtaining additional samples to further explore the consequences of this transition.

Fiona advised that the AAA Fellowship has enabled her to make invaluable progress toward achieving her PhD and elucidating the dynamics of a landscape transition that is both widespread and economically significant throughout Australia, the USA and many other subtropical regions. Fiona’s ultimate goal is to apply the results from her research to understanding this process on a global scale, and to better predict and manage this widespread transition and its environmental and economic effects. Fiona further added that her “ultimate goal is to contribute to knowledge-based management of environmental issues by founding and running my own research team. Additionally, I see high quality tertiary science education as being essential to maintaining Australia’s strong tradition of environmental research. The experience and training I am receiving in the USA is instrumental in preparing me to be a more effective mentor and teacher to the next generation of students”.


Memory, Place and Diaspora: Five US-based artists speak


Date: Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Time: 6:00pm - 7:15pm
Venue: US Studies Centre, Institute Building (H03), City Road, University of Sydney
Cost: Free but registration is essential

The US Studies Centre is delighted to host a special event for the Biennale of Sydney, in conjunction with the National Institute for Experimental Arts at the University of New South Wales' College of Fine Arts.

Binh Danh, a Vietnamese-American artist, and the members of Postcommodity (four Native American artists working with installation and sound) will present their work in conversation with Phoebe Scott from the National Art School and Brenda L. Croft, a Senior Research Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts.

Visit the offical site for additional information and registration.


After the Great Recession: Recovery or Stagnation?

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Date: Tuesday, 3 July 2012
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Basement Theatre, The Spot. 198 Berkeley Street
University of Melbourne Parkville Campus
Cost: Free
Registration: RSVP online here

The Faculty of Business and Economics will be hosting a public lecture by globally renowned Nobel Prize winning economist U.S Professor Dale Mortensen from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

Professor Mortensen's lecture will review the effects of the 2007-8 financial crisis on unemployment known as the Great Recession and provide explanations for the slow subsequent recovery of employment.

Fore more information click here


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