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 December 2017
Saturday 02
10:00 - EVENT - TEDxUWA 2017 : The Future Blueprint Website | More Information
Welcome to TEDxUWA 2017, a multidisciplinary, full-day celebration of ideas worth spreading. Our theme for this year is: The Future Blueprint ... BLUEPRINT - noun 1. a detailed program of action that describes how something might be achieved; 2. an early-stage design plan

This year, we are focusing on showcasing a pioneering squad of speakers and performers, who'll spread their cutting-edge ideas to be added to the #TEDxUWABlueprint for a better future. Join us for a day of entertainment, excitement and enlightenment!

TEDxUWA is a 100% student-operated endeavour, based at the University of Western Australia.

Running Times: Start - 10:00am Finish - 4:00pm Please note, all times are approximate and subject to change.

About TEDx, x = independently organised event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organised events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organised TED event.
Thursday 07
15:00 - SEMINAR - Cold gas outflows and life-cycle of radio galaxies : A seminar by Prof. Raffaella Morganti (ASTRON/Kapteyn) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
AGN are episodic in nature, cycling through periods of activity and quiescence. Their life-cycle is key for understanding the impact they have on their host galaxy. On the other hand, this cycle is also the result of the intricate interplay between various, and sometimes, competing processes. The role of the gas (accretion and outflowing) is thought to be particularly important behind onset and termination of the nuclear activity.

In this talk, I will present our studies aimed at understanding the life-cycle and the role of the gas in a particular class of active nuclei: the radio-loud AGN. These studies make use of the exciting possibilities offered by the new generation of radio telescopes.

For radio AGN, their evolutionary stage (young, adult, dying, restarted) can be derived from the radio spectra and morphology, in particular by using the capabilities of new low-frequencies radio telescopes. Our search of dying and restarted sources aims at understanding the time-scale of their evolution. The study of their duty-cycle has been done in the MHz-domain using the LOFAR radio telescope and the continuum surveys that are now in progress. I will summarise the results and compare them with evolutionary models of radio sources developed by our group.

In the second part of the talk, I will present the results of our study on the effect of the radio plasma on the surrounding medium. Surprisingly, and despite the extremely energetic phenomena, these effects can be traced by the cold component of the gas using the atomic HI-21cm and the molecular (CO) components. I will describe the presence and characteristics of these fast and massive outflows and how the effect of the radio jet can be described by numerical models. I will discuss the important connection between the evolutionary stage of the radio source and the effect of the radio plasma on the surrounding ISM, particularly relevant in their first phase of life of the radio source. The results presented represent and important starting point for the large surveys (in particular of HI absorption) that are about to start with SKA pathfinders and, in the near future, with SKA.
Wednesday 13
18:00 - EVENT - Carols at St George's College : A service of readings and carols with the UWA Winthrop Singers More Information
The UWA Winthrop Singers is an auditioned student choir from the UWA Music Department, which sings regularly in the chapel of St. George's College at UWA. The choir has released several CDs and has performed extensively around WA and overseas.

This service of Christmas Bible readings, carols and hymns is so popular that we offer it on two nights - at 6pm on Wednesday 13th December and Thursday 14th December.

There is no need to RSVP but we recommend you arrive early to secure a seat. The service is approx 90 minutes duration.

We invite you to make a donation on the evening. This will be distributed evenly between the Winthrop Singers Development Fund and The Christmas Bowl Appeal. Enquiries: UWA Chaplain Michael Wood. Ph. 0435 065326.

Parking is available behind the college in Park St. and the adjacent UWA car park. No parking on college grounds.
Wednesday 20
18:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: UWA Christmas Concert Website | More Information
We invite you and your families to join us for our final concert of 2017! Set against the magnificent backdrop of Winthrop Hall, the UWA Christmas Concert will feature all your favourite Christmas classics performed by acclaimed staff and students from the UWA School of Music.

Ever wondered how Good King Wenceslas liked his pizzas?* Andrew Foote will have all the answers as he MC's the evening's proceedings, which will also feature the UWA Staff Community Choir. There will, of course, be the opportunity for the audience to sing-along to some classic carols, and balloon artists and face-painters will be on hand to keep the kids entertained.

Pack a picnic, don your Santa hat and bring the whole family along for a fun-filled musical evening!

We welcome guests from 6pm. Concert starts 7pm and finishes by 8.45pm

Please bring something to sit on (tall chairs only permitted on the grass bank).

*Deep-pan, crisp and even!

Tickets are free, but please book online at TryBooking

 January 2018
Saturday 20
17:15 - BOOK LAUNCH - Turbulence and Volatility: Australia's Foreign Aid and Security : Free Event Website | More Information
In an increasingly contested world between the emerging powers of the Indo-Pacific and the growing sentiment of anti-globalisation, Australian foreign policy has recently been revised in order to evolve with the rapidly shifting geopolitical landscape. Underpinning Australia’s foreign policy is the pillar of foreign aid, a critical tool that exercises Australia’s leadership in the region while promoting a vision of prosperity and stability. The Indo-Pacific region remains at the fulcrum of Australia’s aid program, spending more than 90% within neighbouring countries such as Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. At the heart of Australia’s foreign policy and aid approach is the ambition to promote prosperity, reduce poverty and enhance stability. With the growing tides of anti-globalisation and the manifestation of a new world order, however, will Australia’s foreign aid strategy remain relevant? What will the geopolitical landscape look like in the coming year and will Australia’s foreign aid continue to make a significant impact on the lives on the ground? Will foreign aid still remain a crucial part of Australia’s foreign policy strategy in an attempt to pursue its vision and ambitions? Join the Perth USAsia Centre, the City of Perth Library and the McCusker Centre for Citizenship to explore the significance of Australia’s foreign aid amidst a turbulent and volatile geopolitical environment in the coming year.
Tuesday 23
9:00 - SEMINAR - GAMSAT Preparation Courses at UWA : Simulated GAMSAT Exam with Review of Worked Solutions - Course Provided By Gold Standard Website | More Information
Gold Standard will be holding a GAMSAT Practice Test on January 23, 2018 at the University Hall. This will be followed by a review of worked solutions by Dr Brett Ferdinand on January 24, and an optional Advanced GAMSAT Topic Course on January 25.

Attendance options:

- 7 full days of GAMSAT training course from January 20 to January 25 and on March 10, 2018

- 3-day course: Science Review (Jan 20-22, 2018) or GAMSAT Mock Exam with Interactive Review (Jan 23-25, 2018)

- 1-day attendance to focus on your weak area: Bridging Course, Science Review (Day 2 or Day 3), Mock Test or Advanced GAMSAT Topic Course

All attendance course options include course handouts and small-group sessions.

 February 2018
Thursday 01
9:00 - EVENT - Teaching and Learning Forum 2018 Website | More Information
The Teaching and Learning Forum 2018 continues a 26 year tradition of bringing together educators from institutions from around Perth and beyond to discuss, share, and develop their ideas on current challenges, trends and good practice in Higher Education.

In 2018, the theme is "Student Futures" including presentations and workshops on (but not limited to) topics such as employability, graduate capabilities, internationalisation, student as partners and analytics.

Key dates

Submission of papers for review : Monday 20 November, 2017

Submission of abstracts and workshops: Monday 20 November, 2017

Early-bird registration close: Friday 12 January, 2018

Forum: Thursday 1 - Friday 2 February, 2018

Register for the Teaching and Learning Forum via the URL link listed below.
Monday 05
17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Catalysing Societal Wellbeing: Launch of Centre for Social Impact UWA Public Engagement Program : Featuring a public lecture by international guest Marian Goodman, plus introduction of 2018 engagement activities Website | More Information
You are invited to join Professor Paul Flatau, Director of the Centre for Social Impact UWA (CSI UWA) and the CSI UWA team for the launch of our exciting public engagement program and an inspiring presentation by international innovation lab facilitator Marian Goodman.

In 2018, CSI UWA together with our partners will be driving a number of new exciting activities which we hope will advance a thriving and inclusive Western Australia.

Throughout 2018, we will be extending a number of activities that seek to drive the change we wish to see. Our well loved annual Social Impact Festival (7-20 July) will be ramped up, we will be launching several more Impact Labs (ongoing processes to co-create long lasting change around social issues), as well as beginning a range other initiatives including professional development programs, the ELIAS leadership program as much more.

Come and hear our plans; we would love you to join us and be part of the process.

We believe that we have everything we need in Western Australia to shape the future we wish to see. It is about us forming stronger networks and making visible the great work that is already happening, as well as participating in meaningful processes that support us to realise the future we wish to live in. And what is that future? It's a future where all humans and their places can flourish in a society characterised by wellbeing.

Join us as we explore the concept of Catalysing Societal Wellbeing in this event and throughout the rest of our public engagement program.

ABOUT THE GUEST SPEAKER Marian Goodman (South Africa) directs Programs and Capacity building for the Presencing Institute, working closely with Otto Scharmer in designing and delivering training programs and innovation labs around the world - including Presencing Foundation and Advanced Programs (Brazil, South Africa, Germany, Asia, USA); and international cross-sectoral labs such as the ‘Global Wellbeing Lab – Transforming Society & the Economy’, a collaboration with the GIZ Global Leadership Academy (Germany) and the GNH Centre (Bhutan). The Global Wellbeing Lab was hosted between 2013 and 2016, with 49 participating global leaders in the field of Wellbeing from 17 countries and 5 continents. A number of Wellbeing Society prototypes and intiatives were launched including cultivating a ”Civic Learning Ecosystem” in Europe, a Global Wellbeing Lab Network and WE 7 (Wellbeing Economies) – an alliance of the world’s leading well-being economies.

Marian is Associate Facilitator for Leaders Quest (UK), and in South Africa she designs and leads executive education programs for Graduate Schools of Business as well as numerous clients in business, government and civil society.
Tuesday 13
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - How Remembering Causes Forgetting : A public lecture by Professor Amy H. Criss, Psychology, Syracuse University Website | More Information
Humans rely on memory at nearly every moment: we use our memories of the past to predict the future, and memory is essential to our concept of self. Nevertheless, our memory for the details of events is imperfect. Some details of an event are forgotten and other details can be falsely remembered. One other striking characteristic of memory is that that act of remembering can change what is being remembered: retrieving events from memory changes our memory of those individual events.

In this talk Professor Amy Criss, Head of Discipline of Psychology at Syracuse University and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow, will explain how the effects of retrieval on memory can be understood using carefully designed experiments, and show that the accuracy of memory for an event declines as we repeatedly recall that event. She will also discuss how theories of memory can be expressed as computational models, and how we can use computational models to understand how forgetting is caused by remembering.
Monday 19
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Maintaining a Healthy Heart: the Benefits of Exercise for Women Website | More Information
Although cardiovascular disease develops 7 to 10 years later in women than in men, it is still the major cause of death in women. Exercise and physical activity are a highly effective means of decreasing the risk of heart attack, stroke and dementia. These talks, presented by the School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA, will address questions related to the most appropriate types of exercise to impact on cardiovascular health and symptoms in women across the lifespan.

Cardiovascular Disease in Women: the Benefits of Exercise - a talk by Professor Maria T.E. Hopman, Professor of Physiology, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen.

The risk of heart disease in women is often underestimated due to the misperception that females are ‘protected’ against cardiovascular disease. The under-recognition of heart disease and differences in clinical presentation in women lead to less aggressive treatment strategies and a lower representation of women in clinical trials. Understanding the role of risk factors and the pathophysiology of ischemic heart disease in women will contribute to in a better prevention of cardiovascular events.

Exercise for the Management of the Menopause - a talk by Professor Helen Jones, Cardiovascular Exercise Physiologist, Liverpool John Moores University.

The menopause is a significant life event that is characterised by a reduction in the hormone oestrogen. The impact of this oestrogen reduction on health and everyday life is huge. The menopausal transition, which lasts 1-5 yrs, is associated with an increase in cardiovascular disease risk. Nevertheless, the primary symptom of the menopause is hot flushes which affects everyday life of the women considerably. This talk will outline how improving fitness with exercising training has a positive impact on improving menopausal symptoms, blood vessel and skeletal muscle health, all of which contribute to reducing cardiovascular disease risk, even if the exercise training begins during the menopausal transition. Finally, the talk will make recommendations for females exercising during the menopausal transition.
Tuesday 20
17:45 - PUBLIC TALK - Christine Milne and Fiona Stanley discuss 'An Activist Life' Website | More Information
Join two outstanding female leaders as they share the motivations, challenges and achievements of their life in activism.

Christine Milne was the leader of the Australian Greens from 2013 to 2015. She is now the Global Greens Ambassador. Her political biography, 'An Activist Life', is the story of a high-school English teacher from northwest Tasmania who became a fiery environmental warrior, pitted against some of the most powerful business and political forces in the country.

Professor Fiona Stanley AC, FAA, FASSA is the Founding Director and Patron of the Telethon Kids Institute, Director, ANDI (Australian National Development Index) at the University of Melbourne and a spokesperson for the Climate Council, Doctors for the Environment Australia and 350.org, on the health effects of climate change. For her research on behalf of Australia's children and Aboriginal social justice, Fiona was named Australian of the Year in 2003.

The conversation will be facilitated by environmental historian, Associate Professor Andrea Gaynor, who recently co-edited 'Never Again: reflections on environmental responsibility after Roe 8' (with Peter Newman and Philip Jennings).

Following the conversation, there will be an opportunity to purchase Christine Milne's book and ask her to sign your copy.

This event is presented by: UWA Institute of Advanced Studies, Boffins Bookshop and the Greens WA.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Personality, Values, Culture, Evolution – why are we similar and yet so different? : Public lecture by Ronald Fischer, Center for Applied Cross-Cultural Research, Victoria University of Wellington Website | More Information
Humans are complex social beings. Curious observers through the ages have noted the dramatic differences in human behaviour around the world. How similar or different are our personalities? To understand human behaviour, an integrated perspective is required – one which considers both what we regularly do (our personality traits) and what motivates us (our values). Traits and values have been studied separately in psychology and related disciplines, yet, what we do (our traits) must somehow be related to what we hold dearly (our values). Furthermore, how can we make sense of both the proposed similarities and differences in personality and values that have been reported by travellers, philosophers and more recently in large survey studies?

In this talk, Professor Fischer, Co-Director of the Center for Applied Cross-Cultural Research at Victoria University of Wellington and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow, will use an evolutionary perspective to address these challenging questions. He will present an integration of personality and human values into a functional framework that highlights how both psychological processes are driven by mechanisms in our brains and related to our genes. Equipped with these insights, he will then tackle why we sometimes encounter different personalities and values in some parts of the world, but also debunks the myth of large cultural differences in personality. Deep down, we are all similar and an evolutionary perspective can tell us when, where and why we may behave and value things differently. He will present a gene-culture coevolution model of personality and values that shows how genes, economics, social conditions, and climate jointly shape personality. Finally, he will provide some examples that can help people to reflect on who they are and what makes us all so fascinatingly similar, and yet different.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Exercise and your Heart: Risks and Benefits Website | More Information
It is generally understood that exercise and physical activity are important lifestyle factors that maintain the health of your heart and arteries and decrease the risk of the most prevalent and debilitating diseases in the Western World, namely heart disease, stroke and dementia. But distinct “doses” and types of exercise impact the benefits derived - and there may even be a risk in overdoing it.

These talks, presented by the School of Human Sciences (Exercise and Sport Science) and the Institute of Advanced Studies at UWA, will address the relative risk and benefits of exercise across the lifespan.

Exercise and the heart: can you overdose? - a public talk by Professor Keith George, Associate Dean for Research, Scholarship and Knowledge Transfer (Faculty of Science) Liverpool John Moores University.

The cardiovascular benefits of exercise are well known to nearly all of the global population. Indeed some have called exercise the cardiovascular “polydrug”. If you could wrap exercise up into a pill you would makes billions of dollars and likely win a Nobel Prize. But - if exercise were a drug it would be required to go through multiple levels of trials related to safety and efficacy – there is no FDA process for exercise. Within this process we would ask questions like; (1) is there a linear dose-response curve between exercise volume and cardiovascular health benefit? (2) are there any negative side effects of exercise? and, (3) can you overdose on exercise? This talk will address current data in relation to cardiac dysfunction and damage associated with taking large acute doses of exercise.

Screening Athletes to Avoid Sudden Cardiac Death - a talk by Dr David Oxborough, Clinical Cardiac Physiologist and Reader in Cardiovascular Physiology, Liverpool John Moores University.

Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in a young, seemingly healthy, athlete is a devastating event with current data suggesting that between 1: 40,000 and 1: 100,000 athletes will die from an inherited cardiac disorder. In response to these tragic events, pre-participation cardiac screening has now become mandatory for many sporting organisations across the globe with the aim of identifying those athletes at risk. The athlete’s heart responds to exercise through physiological adaptation, however this normal response often creates a diagnostic challenge when attempting to differentiate from inherited cardiac disease. This talk will present the current data on SCD in athletes, highlight the conditions that are responsible and demonstrate how decades of research into the athlete’s heart have helped to improve the sensitivity and specificity of cardiac pre-participation screening.
Thursday 22
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The criminalization of inter-racial sex and white male suicide in South Africa, 1950-1985 : A public lecture by Susanne M. Klausen, Professor of History, Carleton University, Ottawa Website | More Information
Upon winning power in 1948, the National Party (NP) immediately set out to end miscegenation in South Africa. The NP proclaimed that a central tenet of proper white sexuality was avoidance of sexual contact with people of different “races.” Many men ignored this injunction and the new government placed primary responsibility for miscegenation on them – white men who lacked “color consciousness.”

In 1950 the NP government passed the Immorality (Amendment) Act that criminalized extra-marital sex between whites and other races. The Act unleashed the police and courts to punish men who persisted in having sex with black women and the women with whom they were caught. Tens of thousands of people of all races were prosecuted for contravening the law and the vast majority were white men and their black so-called accomplices. Many served time in prison, though not in equal proportion. Lacking resources required to access legal counsel, more black women than white men went to jail. However, white men were subjected to another, unique type of punishment: intentional shaming by public exposure that accompanied arrest and subsequent trials. For many men, the emotional suffering induced by shaming was so intense they committed suicide, leaving behind families forced to carry their shame.

This public lecture by Professor Susanne M. Klausen, Professor of History at Carleton University in Ottawa and 2018 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow, will discuss a major lacuna in our understanding of the apartheid social order, namely the meaning and enforcement of compulsory heterosexuality for whites. This study examines the policing of white male heterosexuality and its importance to the apartheid project.
Friday 23
14:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Muslims in the West: Is there an Inherent Clash of Values? More Information
Muslims in the West: Is there an Inherent Clash of Values?

In this lecture Professor Weller will dissect “the clash of civilisation” thesis and will critically examine the assumptions of an inherent rift between the West and Islam.

ENTRY: Free but please RSVP via email to cmss-ss@uwa.edu.au

About the speaker

Professor Paul Weller has been at the University of Derby since 1990. His role at the University involves strategically and operationally leading and managing research in the Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences, which is the University’s largest and most research-engaged Faculty. He is also strategically responsible for commercial development in the Faculty, working together with the Faculty’s Innovation and Enterprise Manager. From 2010-2012 he was partially seconded to head up a national Arts and Humanities and Economic and Social Research Council “Religion and Society” Research Programme project on “Religion and Belief, Discrimination and Equality in England and Wales: Theory, Policy and Practice, 2000-2010“.

19:00 - PERFORMANCE - Chinese New Year 2018 : Celebrate Chinese New Year with a special performance from Inner Mongolia Website | More Information
A troupe of 22 exceptional performers from Inner Mongolia Arts University will showcase authentic Chinese Mongolian tradition and folklore in a performance inspired by the vast grasslands and rich culture of their homelands.

This is a rare opportunity to experience in person the famous Mongolian Long Song, Morin Khuur (Horse-headed fiddle), Khoomei (throat singing) and other spectacular music and dance unique to Chinese Mongolian culture. This event for the whole family is brought to you by the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia and Penrhos College.

Tickets $12 Adult $5 Student/Concession Book your tickets here: www.penrhos.wa.edu.au/community/book-tickets
Monday 26
18:15 - BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch: Our Time has Come by Alyssa Ayres : Free Event Website | More Information
Please join AIIA WA and the Perth USAsia Centre with Alyssa Ayres to launch her new book Our Time has Come: How India is Making Its Place in the World. In Our Time Has Come, Alyssa Ayres considers the role India will play internationally, the obstacles it continues to face, and the implications of its rise for the United States and other nations. “We are witnessing a country chart its course to power, and explicitly seeking not to displace others but to be recognized among the club of world powers, one in which it believes its membership is long overdue.” Copies of the book will be available for purchase at a special discounted price of $30.00 from 6.15pm – 6.30pm and between 7.30pm – 7.45pm. Tickets to this event are free but registration is essential.
Tuesday 27
10:00 - FREE LECTURE - The United States and Australia: A Free and Open Indo-Pacific Website | More Information
As the US Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, stated last year in his landmark speech in India, the US and its key partners will strive to build mutually beneficial partnerships to safeguard a peaceful and stable Indo-Pacific in the coming years. This event will bring together foreign policy thought leaders from the United States, Australia, India and Japan to explore the future of the Indo-Pacific and what it means to have a free and open Indo-Pacific region. This event is a part of the Australia-US-Indo-Pacific Strategy Conference and is brought to you by the Perth USAsia Centre and the US Embassy in Canberra.Moderated by Professor Gordon Flake, CEO, Perth USAsia Centre.Please note, registrations will open at 9.30am.

 March 2018
Thursday 01
8:30 - CONFERENCE - Australia-Japan-U.S. Relations and the Indo-Pacific Symposium : Free Day Conference Website | More Information
This public symposium seeks to provide a strategic forum for policymakers, scholars, and business leaders in the region to grapple with the emergence of the “Indo-Pacific” as a regional construct. The economic rise of ASEAN, China, and India will change the existing global political and economic order. This symposium constitutes an effort to examine policy options for addressing the regional security and diplomatic problems which will emerge from these significant changes in the international system. Please note: Registrations will open at 8.00am.
Friday 02
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Free Lunchtime Concert | Adam Pinto (piano) Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

Having just launched a new CD ‘Transformation’ of works by late UWA Faculty member Roger Smalley, talented pianist and Doctor of Musical Arts candidate Adam Pinto performs a free Lunchtime Concert of works for solo piano.

Entry is free - no bookings required.

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