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Today's date is Saturday, October 21, 2017
School of Computer Science and Software Engineering
 October 2017
Monday 16
14:00 - SYMPOSIUM - The Clever Country: The importance of investing in regional and remote students Website | More Information
This symposium brings together a panel of experts from across Australia to discuss ways to support regional and remote students to succeed in higher education. The purpose is to explore the value of investing in higher education from the perspective of the individual, community and the university sector and to question what we need to do to become a truly ‘clever country'.

The symposium will feature the following panel of experts:

Professor Grady Venville Chair (Dean of Coursework Studies, The University of Western Australia)

Tim Shanahan (Chair, WA Regional Development Trust)

Professor Sally Kift PFHEA (President, Australian Learning and Teaching Fellows, Former DVC – Academic, James Cook University)

Professor Steven Larkin (Pro Vice-Chancellor, Indigenous Education and Research, University of Newcastle)

Vicki Ratliff (Director, Equity Policy and Programmes, Australian Government Department of Education and Training)

Professor Sue Trinidad (Director, National Centre for Student Equity in Higher Education)

The symposium will be held in The University Club of Western Australia Auditorium, and refreshments will be provided. Attendance is free, but tickets are limited so RSVP is essential. Reserve your ticket here: http://bit.ly/2xunNxe
Thursday 19
13:00 - FREE LECTURE - Discussions on New Discoveries in Gravitational Wave Search : This lecture will discuss the progress of gravitational wave discoveries. More Information
The first detection of gravitational waves from binary black holes was made in September 2015. This not only confirmed Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity, but also marked the beginning of a new era of gravitational wave astronomy. In recognition of the promising revolutionary effect of this discovery in astrophysics, in October 3, 2017, the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded to the three pioneers in the field, Rainer Weiss (MIT), Kip Thorne and Barry Barish (Caltech). Since the first discovery, three more confirmed detections of gravitational waves from binary black holes have been announced. In September 2017, for the first time, the Virgo detector in Italy and the two LIGO observatories in US made a joint three-detector detection. On October 16th, a new breakthrough is to be announcement that is considered by many as revolutionary as the first detection.

The three groups in the UWA node of Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) contributed to these discoveries ranging from instrumentation, signal processing, theory, to electromagnetic follow up observations. This lecture will discuss the progress of gravitational wave discoveries with focus on the new event as well as the UWA contributions.

The speakers will be joined by Dr. Clancy James, Prof. David Coward and Prof. Chris Power, for a panel discussion.
Friday 20
13:00 - TALK - Mathematics Meets Art: Early Renaissance Art and the Need for Perspective Website | More Information
Not only did the early Renaissance painters seek to improve their methods of spatial illusionism, they believed that sophisticated knowledge of geometry was integral. Leon Battista Alberti (1435) believed the first requirement of a painter was to know geometry, whereas Piero Della Francesca went to great lengths to reduce painting to principles of perspective and solid geometry.

Join Dr John Bamberg of the UWA School of Mathematics and Statistics to see how perspective art leads to interesting mathematics. We will see that there is more than meets the eye when we explore the geometric properties of perspective.

John Bamberg grew up north of Melbourne, and completed a BSc (Hons) in pure mathematics at La Trobe University in 1999. He came to UWA in 2000 to study for a PhD under the supervision of Prof Cheryl Praeger and Prof Tim Penttila, in the subject of finite group theory (the mathematics of symmetry). His first postdoc began in 2004 (an ARC Postdoctoral Discovery grant) with Tim Penttila, which lead him into another branch of mathematics; finite geometry. In 2006, John was awarded a Marie Curie fellowship at Ghent University (Belgium), where he lived for nearly three years, before returning to Perth to begin another postdoc in collaboration with Gordon Royle and Michael Giudici. In 2012, he was granted an ARC Future Fellowship (at UWA), and as of the beginning of 2017, he has evolved into a regular teaching and research member of the university.

Campus Partner: School of Mathematics and Statistics
Wednesday 25
11:00 - WORKSHOP - NHMRC Project Grant Workshop More Information
This workshop will help those new to applying for Project Grants to plan their application. We'll also cover how applications are assessed, with input from a recent Grant Review Panel member. RSVP: Via Eventbrite

Monday 30
11:00 - WORKSHOP - NHMRC New Grant Program: Workshop & Further Information More Information
Presentation and question/answer session with DVCR Prof Robyn Owens, and Faculty of Health & Medical Sciences Associate Dean-Research, Prof Hugh Barrett

 November 2017
Thursday 16
8:45 - CONFERENCE - 2017 Australian Institute of Physics WA Postgraduate Conference Website | More Information
This year's Australian Institute of Physics WA postgraduate student conference will be held at the University of Western Australia on Thursday November 16. Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided. For detailed information, go to bit.ly/2xtfA0G. Register at bit.ly/2ytIPQk.

- All PhD, Masters and Honours students at WA institutions are invited to present their research on the day by giving a 10-12 minute talk. We are currently receiving abstracts, which can be sent to Philipp at p.schoenhoefer@murdoch.edu.au until the 31st of October. See more information about abstracts below. Register through the 2017 Conference eventbrite page.

- 3rd year physics students conducting research are invited to present their work via poster presentation. The specifics will depend on the number of abstract submissions. Third years need only register their interest by emailing p.schoenhoefer@murdoch.edu.au before the 31st of October.

In the event of a large number of abstracts being submitted, some talks may be assigned to a session of 3-minute-thesis style presentations. In this way, we hope to be able to give the majority of students the opportunity to present.

This year the 2017 WA Postgraduate Conference will be held on the same day as the AIP AGM and annual dinner at the University Club of UWA. All conference participants and guests are welcome to register for both the AGM and dinner as well (register at bit.ly/2gmDgMU).

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