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Faculty of Science
 November 2016
Tuesday 29
8:30 - Short Course - R Basics : This practical course introduces you to R, one of the most powerful tools for statistical computing. Website | More Information
R is a free and extremely powerful language and software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. The course is designed for those who have no experience with R, but have a basic understanding of statistics. Those without this experience are encouraged to attend the Introductory Statistics course first.

- $570 for all except UWA postgraduate research students (GST inclusive)

- $132 for UWA postgraduate research students (GST inclusive)

For further information, please see the following link: https://www.cas.maths.uwa.edu.au/courses/rbasics

 December 2016
Thursday 01
15:00 - CANCELLED - SEMINAR - Radio galaxies and galaxy evolution : A seminar by Prof. Elaine Sadler (CAASTRO/University of Sydney) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Speaker has a medical emergency and will not be able to be in Perth on Thursday. Apologies for any inconveniences.


Radio galaxies and galaxy evolution

It is now widely recognised that radio jets powered by supermassive black holes can play a critical role in galaxy evolution by regulating the star-formation rate within their host galaxies. This talk will cover two distinct (but related) topics: radio galaxies and galaxy evolution.

I will first discuss the cosmic evolution of several different populations of radio AGN (including QSOs) over the redshift range 0 < z < 1, based on a new radio study of three fields from the GAMA galaxy survey. The second part of the talk will focus on the role of neutral gas in galaxy evolution, and the effects of AGN fuelling and feedback. Here, I will present some of the first ASKAP detections of redshifted 21cm HI absorption in the redshift range 0.4 < z < 1, and discuss what these kinds of measurements can tell us (now and in the future) about the amount and distribution of neutral hydrogen in individual galaxies in the distant Universe.
Saturday 03
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Introduction to Gaussian : Theory and Practice Website | More Information
Gaussian, Inc., in cooperation with the The University of Western Australia, is pleased to announce that the workshop “Introduction to Gaussian: Theory and Practice” will be held at The University of Western Australia in Perth, Australia from December 3 - 7, 2016. Researchers at all levels from academic and industrial sectors are welcome.

The workshop will cover the full range of methods available in the Gaussian package with emphasis on new methods and features which make Gaussian applicable to an ever widening spectrum of research applications. The workshop is structured to provide an introduction to electronic structure theory as well as a hands-on review for researchers active in the field, and will focus on methods for computing energies, exploring energy landscapes, studying molecular properties, and practical user considerations.
Tuesday 06
16:00 - EVENT - Special Psychology Colloquium: Prof Dorothy Bishop (Oxford) More Information
Special Psychology Colloquium

Tuesday 6th December 4:00-5:00pm in Bayliss MCS G.33, followed by post-talk drinks in the Psychology Courtyard.

Presenter: Prof Dorothy Bishop (Oxford)

Title: What is the reproducibility crisis and what can we do about it?


Concerns about reproducibility of research findings have been growing rapidly over the past few years, accelerated by the publication in 2015 of a paper in Science entitled “Estimating the reproducibility of psychological science”. In this talk I will discuss the evidence for poor reproducibility, and consider why this is only now being discussed when the underlying causes have been talked about for many years. I will conclude that the problem is not limited to psychology, but that to put psychology back on course as a robust science we will need to see changes not only in statistical and experimental practices, but also in the incentive structures created by funders, journals and institutions.

Speaker Bio:

Dorothy Bishop, FBA, FMedSci, FRS is a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow and Professor of Developmental Neuropsychology at the University of Oxford, where she heads a programme of research into children’s communication impairments. She is a supernumerary fellow of St John’s College Oxford. Her main research interests are in the nature and causes of developmental language impairments, with a particular focus on psycholinguistics, neurobiology and genetics. Dorothy has had longstanding collaborative links with the University of Western Australia and was awarded an Honorary DSc in 2012. Beyond psychology, she is active in the field of open science and research reproducibility, and is a member of the executive committee of the Council for Defence of British Universities. As well as publishing in conventional academic outlets, she writes a popular blog with personal reactions to scientific and academic matters (Bishopblog) and tweets as @deevybee.
Tuesday 20
9:00 - CONFERENCE - WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2017 : "Innovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning Website | More Information
Innovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning

The 2017 Teaching and Learning Forum (TLF2017) 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 trends and good practice learning and teaching in the Higher Education sector.

In 2017, the theme is "Innovation: Multiple Dimensions in Teaching and Learning" including presentations and workshops on (but not limited to) topics such as curriculum of the future; emerging learning technologies; global collaborations; STEM in higher education; graduate capabilities and students as partners.

Keynote Speakers:

Professor Teresa (Teri) Balser, Dean, Teaching and Learning, Curtin University

Professor Adam Bridgeman, Director of Educational Innovation at The University of Sydney

Key Dates:

Submission of papers for review - Monday 14 November, 2016

Submission of abstracts and workshops - Monday 28 November, 2016

Early-bird registrations close - Friday 6 January, 2017

Forum - Thursday 2/Friday 3 February, 2017

Inquiries: Curtin Learning Institute - [email protected]

 January 2017
Tuesday 17
9:00 - EVENT - UWA ConocoPhillips Science Experience’ : UWA's 3 day Science Experience for current year 9 & 10 students More Information
The UWA three-day ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a wonderful opportunity for current year 9 and 10 students to participate in hands-on workshops, meet knowledgeable and enthusiastic scientists and current students, get to know others with an interest in STEM fields, experience what it’s like to be a university student, and discover the rich variety of careers that can come from having a degree in science or engineering. Activities include: • Phantastic Physics • The ‘Heart’ of Science • Rocks are too hard – let’s break something else… • Cosmic Conversations: Radio Astronomy and the SKA • Maths: Game Theory • The Magic of Chemistry show • The Society of Petroleum Engineers

Register now at https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/when-where/wa/university-of-western-australia-perth.

Dates: 17-19 January 2017. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: $120.00.

Any queries? Please contact [email protected] Tel: 6488 8744.
Friday 20
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Robyn Strauss: Establishing causality for Cdkn2a loss in liver progenitor cell transformation as a mechanism for hepatocarcinogenesis More Information
Saturday 28
9:00 - COURSE - GAMSAT Course: Live Science (Section 3) Review & Mock Exams by Gold Standard GAMSAT : Conquer GAMSAT Section 3 Through Problem-based Learning with an Experienced GAMSAT Expert! Website | More Information
Gold Standard GAMSAT will be running a GAMSAT course for 6 consecutive days from January 28 to February 2, 2017. Focus on the most frequently tested topics in the GAMSAT. Learn GAMSAT strategies from a medical doctor with 6 years of GAMSAT teaching experience and author of the Gold Standard GAMSAT Textbook (available in your local uni bookshops). Small group sessions during breaks allow individual preparation concerns to be addressed.

A full day, proctored GAMSAT mock exam is also scheduled on March 11 to assess and strengthen your mental endurance, as well as test-taking skills, days before the real exam.

This is our 7th year in a row to hold live GAMSAT preparation courses on UWA campus. Ace the GAMSAT by learning from an experienced GAMSAT expert!
Monday 30
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Christine Miller, Omics Marketing Manager from Agilent Technologies (Santa Clara, California,USA) More Information
Title: Harnessing Multi-omics Approaches in Biological Research

 February 2017
Wednesday 01
15:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Adam Bridgeman: Personalised learning and support in large chemistry classes More Information
Thursday 09
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Dr. Ramesh Premnath, Publishing Editor, Applied Sciences, Springer Nature Singapore Pte Ltd : "Publishing with Springer" More Information

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Setting the rhythm for cell division in plants : Public Lecture by Prof Christine Foyer, Leeds University, UK Website | More Information
All are welcome to this public lecture, "Setting the rhythm for cell division in plants" by internationally renowned researcher Professor Christine Foyer.

Register online at www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register
Saturday 11
10:00 - OPEN DAY - Lions Eye Institute Open Day : LEI's New $5M hi-tech clinic - The gift of sight More Information
Have a chat with LEI's Managing Director Professor David Mackey. Meet the staff and clinicians at the new $5M Hi-tech clinic. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art Outback Vision Van. Try the simulator glasses that mimic eye diseases. Everyone welcome to learn about the special gift of sight.
Wednesday 15
16:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Public Lecture: Maria Vlasiou Website | More Information
The 2017 AMSI-ANZIAM Lecturer Maria Vlasiou will give a public lecture at UWA as part of the Mathematics and Statistics Colloquia Series. All are very welcome to attend.

Title: Queues on Interacting Networks

Abstract: We have all had the unpleasant experience of waiting for too long at some queue. We seem to lose a significant amount of time waiting for some operator to reply to our call or for the doctor to be able to see us. Queues are the object of study of queuing theory, i.e., the branch of applied mathematics that studies models involving a number of servers providing service to at least one queue of customers. Queues are an example of a stochastic process and a group of connected queues is an example of a network.

In this talk, we will give a brief overview of the area of stochastic processes, ranging from classroom examples to their impact on industry and technology. We then introduce networks with interacting architectures and look at different architectures through examples. The aim is to give an idea of the mathematical challenges that these interactions create and the importance of incorporating this level of detail in mathematical analysis.
Thursday 16
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Dennis Power - Nickel-Catalysed Imine Cross-Coupling Reactions and the Development of Antibacterial Agents More Information

12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Tessa Swain: Exploring the combinatorial effects of epigenetic modifiers upon the mammalian genome using CRISPR-dCas9 More Information
Tuesday 21
16:00 - EVENT - Psychology Colloquium: Prof Martin Eimer (Birkbeck College, University of London) More Information
Psychology Colloquium Tuesday 21st February 4:00-5:00pm in Bayliss MCS G.33, followed by post-talk drinks in the Psychology Courtyard (or, in bad weather, the Psychology Common Room, 2nd floor of main psychology building)

Presenter: Prof Martin Eimer (Birkbeck College, University of London)

Title: Face perception and face recognition in developmental prosopagnosia.


People with developmental prosopagnosia (DP) show severe face recognition deficits that typically emerge in early childhood, without any apparent neurological damage. It is still unclear which aspects of face processing are impaired in DPs, and in particular whether their face recognition deficits reflect problems in face perception or impairments at later post-perceptual processing stages. In this talk, I will present and discuss recent findings from studies where behavioural measures of face perception and recognition were combined with event-related brain potential (ERP) measures. These studies provide strong evidence that early visual-perceptual stages of face processing operate differently in individuals with DP as compared to age-matched control participants. On the one hand, the generic face-sensitivity of the face-selective N170 component to upright faces is preserved in most DPs, suggesting intact neural discrimination between faces and non-face objects. On the other hand, individuals with DP show atypical modulations of the N170 component in response to non-canonical faces (faces presented upside-down, faces with scrambled internal features, and contrast-inverted faces). These atypical N170 modulations are very systematic, and also appear to be linked to individual differences in face recognition abilities. Their presence suggests that face perception in DP is poorly tuned to the canonical features of prototypical upright faces. This may be the major visual-perceptual cause for the face recognition deficits in DP. I will also discuss the impact of this early perceptual deficit on subsequent face recognition processes in DP, based on studies that employed electrophysiological markers of detecting face identity repetitions or changes, and ERP measures of explicit face recognition.

Speaker Bio:

Martin Eimer is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Brain and Behaviour Lab at Birkbeck, University of London, UK. His main research areas are visual attention and working memory, and face processing and its impairments in prosopagnosia. He has published more than 200 research articles, has held numerous research grants, and is a Fellow of the British Academy and the German National Academy of Sciences.
Wednesday 22
8:45 - STUDENT EVENT - Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony - Science; Engineering, Computing and Mathematics : This Ceremony is also open to Student Exchange and Study Abroad students studying in Science or Engineering Science units Website | More Information
The Commencement Ceremony is your official welcome to the University by the Vice Chancellor, the Guild President, and the Noongar Welcome to Country. This is an important event that you are strongly encouraged to attend.

Students will be grouped by faculty and MUST be seated by 8:15am sharp for the start of the ceremony.**

*As this is an open air venue, please be sure to wear a hat and sunscreen and bring a water bottle.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Science and commercialization : School of Human Sciences (APHB) Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: The goal of this presentation is to make the scientific and medical communities aware of the pressures to merge their efforts into developing business opportunities and intellectual properties. If one considers that scientists and physicians likely represent the top five percent of intelligencia in society, it does seem reasonable to call on this community to focus energies on technology development to support job creation and tax revenues for governments. This presentation will address some of these issues and concerns with merging academia and the business world.

The Speaker: Dr. Bloebaum was a pararescueman in the USAF and served in Vietnam. Upon leaving the service, he completed his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Lindenwood University. He was awarded the Rotary International Scholarship in 1976 and chose the University of Western Australia where he completed his PhD in Human Biology and Anatomy. He did his postdoctoral fellowship at UCLA in the Department of Orthopaedics. His first academic appointment as an Assistant Professor at the University of Southern California (1980-1983). He became a Research Assistant Professor at Arizona State and Director of Basic Research at the Harrington Arthritis Research Center from 1984-1987. In 1987 Dr. Bloebaum moved to the University of Utah where he became Co-Director of the Bone and Joint Research Lab and eventual Research Professor of Orthopaedics, Bioengineering and Biology. He was awarded the Margret and Albert Hofmann Chair in Orthopaedic Research in 1996. His research interests have been in skeletal attachment of implants to bone, bone adaptation, biomaterials, scanning electron microscopy, tissue-implant interfaces, total joint replacement, implant forensics, osteolysis, and articular cartilage. He has directed a research team at the University of Utah to develop an osseointegrated implant system for warfighters and veteran amputees since 2005. He has served in numerous review panels (NIH, DOD, VA). His military decorations and awards include: Distinguished Fly Cross, Air medals (three oak leaf clusters), Vietnam Service Medal. Academic: Sirot Prize, Paul B. Magnuson Award, Clemson Award in Applied Research.
Thursday 23
9:30 - STUDENT EVENT - Science Orientation Day 2/2 (Science majors other than Health and Medical Sciences majors) : Optional for Student Exchange and Study Abroad students Website | More Information
On Day 2 of orientation you will continue with a series of fun and informative activities and events that will prepare you for uni life. You will also learn more about the Faculty of Science and how the Faculty aims to enrich your ‘student experience’ by offering a wealth of wonderful opportunities.

What to bring:

* A mobile device if possible (i.e. tablet, Smartphone or laptop) * Hat and water bottle * A willingness to learn and have fun!

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