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School of Animal Biology
 May 2012
Tuesday 29
13:00 - SEMINAR - The regulation of brain temperature in mammals and factors affecting the daily rhythm of body temperature. : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series Website | More Information
The Seminar: The seminar will focus on the two main areas of research conducted in the comparative and thermal physiology lab; the mechanism and use of selective brain cooling in some animals, and the variation in the circadian rhythm of core body temperature (and what it might mean). When it was first discovered selective brain cooling was promulgated as an adaptation that protected a thermally vulnerable brain during heat exposure. Over the last few years we have shown that this does not seem to be the case because the only time free-living animals get very hot is during exercise, and during exercise selective brain cooling is not activated. Rather the mechanism seems to have a direct effect on water use for thermoregulation in hot conditions, via panting and sweating. Thus the selective importance of the mechanism is quite subtle and is related to water economy rather than to thermoregulation per se.

Traditionally it is accepted that small mammals have all the machinery required to be homeothermic (maintain a constant, high body temperature), but for reasons of energy economy occasionally abandon homeothermy and enter torpor or hibernation. Large mammals are considered to be strict homeotherms. Data we have collected from a range of ‘large’ mammals suggests that energy balance can effect homeothermy in them too, suggesting that thermoregulatory patterns in animals form a continuum rather than a strict dichotomy. We use these data to show, though, that a better homeotherm performs better on several measures of animal performance, including growth and reproduction. Whether this is a cause and effect relationship remains to be established.

The Speaker: Shane Maloney is a Professor in the School of Anatomy, Physiology, and Human Biology at the University of Western Australia. He did his PhD at the University of New South Wales on thermal biology of the emu followed by a post-doctoral fellowship in the Brain Function Research Unit at the University of the Witwatersrand, where he focussed on brain temperature regulation in mammals. Since 1999 he has been at the University of Western Australia where his research centres on environmental physiology in man and other animals, with a focus on heat balance, energy use, and the mechanisms of thermoregulation.

 June 2012
Thursday 07
10:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - The "all you can eat" guide to the Three Minute Thesis : Three Minute Thesis: A comprehensive guide to preparing and presenting a compelling 3MT talk Website | More Information
The Three MInute Thesis (3MT) is a fun and challenging event that encourages the communication of research to a wide audience. The UWA 3MT competition finals will be held on 25th July and this presentation is a comprehensive guide to the preparation and presentation of a compelling 3MT talk. The presenter, Simon Clews,is an experienced 3MT judge who has championed the 3MT competition in Australia and internationally.

13:30 - EVENT - Postgraduate Showcase 2012 : 'Frontiers in Agriculture' Website | More Information
Each year The UWA Institute of Agriculture hosts an annual Postgraduate Showcase where selected postgraduate students in the area of Agriculture and related Natural Resource Management present their research findings. The Postgraduate Showcase brings together some of UWA’s outstanding PhD students at an advanced stage of their research. It highlights relevant research and progress being made in the area of Agriculture and Natural Resource Management at UWA.

The event encourages interaction and networking between industry, prospective employers, funding bodies, external and internal IOA partners, and postgraduate students undertaking research in agriculture and related areas.

16:00 - SEMINAR - CMCA Seminar Series More Information
X-ray crystallography is a method of determining the arrangement of atoms within a crystal. This talk will briefly outline the technique used in the determination of crystal structures with special reference to small molecules. The instrumentation which is available to researchers at UWA for diffraction experiments will also be described. A number of results from such experiments will be presented including examples of crystal structures from the various research areas within UWA.
Friday 08
15:00 - PUBLIC TALK - I Lay My Ear to Furious Latin: Listening for Bees in Urban Environments : Public talk with Tarsh Bates and Susan Hauri-Downing Website | More Information
Where do native bees live in contested urban environments? How has the colonisation and urbanisation of Perth affected native bee populations? What is the nature of the human/bee interactions and what cultural roles do they play? In the context of a global honey bee crisis, Australian colonisation, and disappearing habitats, a current art/science residency is investigating the nature of bee populations in urban areas. Whilst there is much publicity surrounding the global disappearance of the European honey bee, little attention has been paid to native bee populations and habitats.

Native and European bees are particularly important in pollinating local flora and contribute to the unique biodiversity of the South West region. They also hold unique significance for the Nyungar community. Despite the importance of native bees, little is known about the ecological and cultural consequences of Perth colonisation and urbanisation on these insects. The relationships between bees, humans and the colonisation and urbanisation of Perth are complex. Although there are over 2,000 described native bee species in Australia, 800 of which occur in WA, most are solitary and rarely seen. Nests and habitats are destroyed through landscaping, gardening and land clearing activities. There is also concern over the displacement of native bees by feral European bees.

This talk describes a project involving artists Susan Hauri-Downing and Tarsh Bates, and the Centre for Integrative Bee Research (CIBER) at UWA which combines the different perspectives of art and science to explore human/bee interactions, ecologies and place. We will also discuss the roles of artists within science research groups and show some preliminary outcomes of the residency.
Thursday 21
16:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - New horizons in plant mitochondria group-II intron splicing : In plants, transcription of mitochondrial genes is catalyzed by single subunit phage-type RNA-polymerases in conjunction with accessory factors which aid promoter recognition. More Information
The primary transcripts must then undergo extensive processing, including the maturation of 5’ and 3’ termini, RNA-editing and the splicing of many group-II-type introns (the precise number varying by species), which lie mainly within complex I subunits but also disrupt the coding-regions of several genes encoding ribosomal proteins. The splicing of these introns is therefore essential for the expression of the coding sequences they interrupt, and thus for respiratory activity. Yet, despite the importance of proteins that influence mitochondrial gene-expression, functions have been established for only a handful of such proteins in plants. In non-plant systems, the splicing of group-II introns is facilitated by proteins encoded within the introns themselves (Maturases, Mat’s). Yet, the plant mitochondrial introns are degenerated and also lost their intron-encoded ORF. It is thus anticipated that their splicing in the organelles requires the participation of nuclear gene products. In addition, the roles of nuclear-encoded factors in mitochondrial RNA-metabolism may provide means to link organellar gene expression and function to other cellular responses to energy state, environmental stimuli, and/or developmental cues. However, the precise functions still remain largely unknown for many of these proteins in plant mitochondria. By using biochemical and genetic approaches we established the roles of different proteins in the splicing of many of the mitochondrial introns in plants. These are diverse in origin and presumably in mechanism. Defects in interactions between this class of proteins and their RNA partners have been linked to growth and developmental defects, which include reduced germination, retarded growth phenotypes and cytoplasmic male sterility.
Tuesday 26
9:00 - COURSE - Introductory Statistics : A Short Course using SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of statistics. It will be spread over three days covering material ranging from means and standard deviations to simple linear regression, and basic ANOVA. Some basic categorical data analysis will be included with the emphasis throughout being placed on applications rather than theory. The statistical package SPSS will be used to illustrate ideas demonstrated, however this course is aimed at enabling an understanding of basic statistics.

14:00 - SEMINAR - " MINDING YOUR MASSES " : Seminars on Advanced Mass Spectrometry More Information
Come and hear prominent UWA, national and international speakers give varied and fascinating insights into Innovative Discoveries in Science through Advanced Mass Spectrometry. A full list of speakers and seminar titles is available on request to [email protected]
Friday 29
9:30 - Demonstration - Hirox New Generation 3D Digital Microscope : The CMCA will be hosting a demonstration of a new 3D microscope (from Hirox) More Information
You are invited to attend this live demonstration of the new Hirox KH-8700. This will be an overview of the system and demonstration including the 3D rotary lenses, multifocal functions and a variety of unique lenses and adaptors. All are welcome to attend.

 July 2012
Friday 06
16:00 - SEMINAR - PaLM Seminar Series (RPH) 2012 - Doctor Keith Giles Seminar presentation More Information
All welcome to attend the School of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 2012 Seminar Series (RPH). On a weekly basis we have local/guest speakers presenting to a wide audience typically in the fields of immunology, molecular biology and cancer related research. This week we are privileged to have a local speaker. Doctor Keith Giles from the Laboratory for Cancer Medicine, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research presenting on "Regulation of epidermal growth factor receptor signalling in cancer by microRNA-7". The event is sponsored by Life Technologies and light refreshments are provided. For further inquiries please contact using the provided email. Look forward to seeing you there!
Monday 09
13:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - Towards a blueprint of leaf development in C3 and C4 plants : The establishment of the C4 syndrome requires alterations in leaf anatomy, biochemistry and leaf development. More Information
We hypothesize that the massive changes in C4/C3 related gene expression are controlled by a subset of transcriptional regulators, which are essential for C4 photosynthesis establishment and/or maintenance. We analyze the Cleome genus, which includes closely related C4 (Cleome gynandra) and C3 (Cleome hassleriana) species and exhibits phylogenetic proximity to the model species Arabidopsis thaliana.In order to elucidate the regulatory network behind the C4 syndrome in Cleome we are employing two strategies: (i) A single candidate gene approach derived from a global comparative analysis of transcriptome data sets of C4/C3 species (including Cleome hassleriana and gynandra) generated by 454 and Solexa sequencing, which targets will be further described biochemically and genetically (e.g. via over-expressor and knock-out lines in Arabidopsis thaliana) and (ii) co-expression analysis for the identification of the regulatory modules which will include a developmental gradient of photosynthetic and a subset of non-photosynthetic tissues.
Wednesday 18
10:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - The Transition from Health to Sickness - the role of plant hormones in underpinning plant pathogen virulence strategies : Speaker will also present at CSIRO Floreat on previous day. More Information
"Our research focuses upon how the virulent bacterial phytopathogen Pseudomonas syringae establishes disease in the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. P. syringae delivers a suite of ~ 30 effector proteins into the plant cell." Detailed abstract available [email protected]
Thursday 19
13:30 - EVENT - The UWA Institute of Agriculture Industry Forum 2012 : Foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land and agri-business: challenges and opportunities Website | More Information
Join us in an afternoon of information and debate about one of agriculture's hottest current topics: Prominent industry leaders will discuss foreign ownership of Australian agricultural land and agri-business, its challenges, opportunities and its potential impacts on farming families and agricultural industries. For program details and speakers click on the link below.
Friday 20
15:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Donna Franklin: CREATURES OF THE FUTURE GARDEN : Public talk as part of SymbioticA's friday seminar series Website | More Information
This talk will present the theories and curatorial decisions behind a recent exhibition by Donna Franklin as a part of her PhD research at Edith Cowan University. The exhibition included works of local, national, and international interdisciplinary artists. The artworks selected for the exhibition will be discussed in relation to Franklin’s interest in the communicative role the arts plays: In particular as a site of interrogation into aspects of “systemic colonisation” and the “life world” concerning future cultural engagement with non-human life (Habermas, 1970). Creatures of the Future Garden as an exhibition aimed to engender the development of gallery spaces that facilitate multiple uses: As a site of conservation, wilderness and education (Gessert). Franklin is seeking audience opinion regarding the exhibition and workshop presentations with the intention of generating further interest in animal welfare, the environment, science and arts, in as many diverse contexts as possible. This puts into practice Franklin’s passion for generating real-time experiences with non-human life, and hands-on education, as strategies to explore the natural world and examine biotech futures. Exhibiting Artists: Dr Trish Adams, Tarsh Bates, Donna Franklin, George Gessert, Alexandra Daisy Ginsberg, Kirsten Hudson, Svenja Kratz, Angela Singer, The Made Generation: Gary & Susie Cass, Jesse Brown, Nicholas Lozanovski, Sasha Whittle.

Franklin is currently a PhD candidate (Philosophy) and academic in Cultural History and Theory at The School of Communication and Contemporary Arts, Edith Cowan University. Her various research projects investigate the role art/science collaboration has in generating public awareness and debate raised by developing biotechnologies or investigates ecology environment. She has a particular interest in creating artworks that explore an engagement with the non-human, such as fungi, plants and animals. During her Master of Arts, she was awarded an artist residency at SymbioticA: Centre for Excellence in Biological Arts, UWA. She has collaborated with scientists and artists to produce artworks and conduct art/science workshops for festivals, galleries and schools. Selected exhibitions include: Animals People: A shared environment POP Gallery Brisbane 2011, Signs of Change Form Gallery 2010, SuperHuman RMIT Melbourne 2009, Biotech revisited EAF 2008, Skin to Skin FAC08. Techno Threads Science Gallery Dublin 2008, ARS Electronica Festival 07, Mycologia Mundaring Arts Centre 2007, Second Skin ENTRY06 Vitra Design Museum Germany and Taiwan 2007, BEAPworks06 Australia, Hatched 05 PICA, BEAP04.
Tuesday 24
9:00 - COURSE - Linear Regression and ANOVA : A Short Course using IBM SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with knowledge of basic statistics who want to learn more about regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA).

The course is hosted by the Centre for Applied Statistics and we offer discounted rate fees to UWA Graduate Research Students.

Fee information is available on our website cas.maths.uwa.edu.au. Please register online.
Wednesday 25
12:00 - Competition - Three Minute Thesis Final : 10 PhD students will explain their research and its significance in just 3 minutes each. Website | More Information
The 3MT competition challenges research students to give a dynamic and engaging presentation about their research and its significance in a way that can be understood by everybody. The audience will select the "People's Choice" winner.
Thursday 26
9:00 - COURSE - Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis : A Short Course using IBM SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with knowledge of basic statistics who want to learn more about how to analyse binary or survival data.

The course is hosted by the Centre for Applied Statistics and we offer discounted rate fees to UWA Graduate Research Students.

Fee information is available on our website https://www.cas.maths.uwa.edu.au/courses. Please register online.
Friday 27
16:00 - SEMINAR - PaLM Seminar Series (RPH) 2012 - Professor Charles Watson Seminar presentation More Information
All welcome to attend the School of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine 2012 Seminar Series (RPH). On a weekly basis we have local/guest speakers presenting to a wide audience typically in the fields of immunology, molecular biology and cancer related research. This week we are privileged to have a local speaker. Professor Charles Watson from the school of Health Sciences, Curtin University presenting on "The genetic map of the hindbrain - why you should avoid using the terms 'pons' and 'medulla'". The event is sponsored by Life Technologies and light refreshments are provided. For further inquiries please contact using the provided email. Look forward to seeing you there!
Tuesday 31
17:00 - EVENT - Mother's eating habits affect her daughters' milk production : Public lecture on the effects of fetal programming and their transmission to offspring Website | More Information
What makes a healthy start to life? This is the single overarching question and focus of the NRCD, a New Zealand government-funded Centre of Research Excellence, bringing together leading scientists from six organisations across New Zealand to answer this question. Acting Director, Prof Hugh Blair, is leading several projects investigating the effects of fetal programming on later life productivity in sheep and cattle and the possibility that these programming effects may be transmitted between generations. His public lecture examines how this applies to sheep, focusing on how a mother's eating habits affect her daughters' milk production.

 August 2012
Wednesday 01
14:00 - SEMINAR - In Vivo Pre-Clinical imaging using Optical Light More Information
With the recently acquired IVIS Lumina and Maestro instruments at UWA, researchers now have the ability to longitudinally and non-invasively monitor cancer (and other disease states) in small animal models using optical light. This seminar is intended to provide a high-level overview of the capabilities on the instruments, as well as answer any user specific questions. Focus areas will include: Monitoring tumour growth, Stem Cell research and Atherosclerosis, Tracking gene expression

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