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Faculty of Science
 August 2017
Monday 07
15:00 - SEMINAR - Physics Seminar : Title: Ultrafast and Very Small: Discover Nanoscale Magnetism With Picosecond Time Resolution Using X-Rays More Information
Today’s magnetic device technology is based on complex magnetic alloys or multilayers that are patterned at the nanoscale and operate at gigahertz frequencies. To better understand the behaviour of such devices one needs an experimental approach that is capable of detecting magnetization with nanometre and picosecond sensitivity. In addition, since devices contain different magnetic elements, a technique is needed that provides element-specific information about not only ferromagnetic but antiferromagnetic materials as well. Synchrotron based X-ray microscopy provides exactly these capabilities because a synchrotron produces tunable and fully polarized X-rays with energies between several tens of electron volts up to tens of kiloelectron volts. The interaction of tunable X-rays with matter is element-specific, allowing us to separately address different elements in a device. The polarization dependence or dichroism of the X-ray interaction provides a path to measure a ferromagnetic moment and its orientation or determine the orientation of the spin axis in an antiferromagnet. The wavelength of X-rays is on the order of nanometres, which enables microscopy with nanometre spatial resolution. And finally, a synchrotron is a pulsed X-ray source, with a pulse length of tens of picoseconds, which enables us to study magnetization dynamics with a time resolution given by the X-ray pulse length in a pump-probe fashion. The goal of this talk is to present an introduction to the field and explain the capabilities of synchrotron based X-ray microscopy, which is becoming a tool available at every synchrotron, to a diverse audience. The general introduction will be followed by a set of examples, depending on the audience, that may include properties of magnetic materials in rocks and meteorites, magnetic inclusions in magnetic oxides, interfacial magnetism in magnetic multilayers, and dynamics of nanostructured devices due to field and current pulses and microwave excitations..
Tuesday 08
13:00 - CANCELLED - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Dr Michelle Watt More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.


Wednesday 09
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Prof. Stephen Hashmi - “Challenges in Gold Catalysis ” More Information
Thursday 10
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Soren Bock – Phd Student, Research Completion Seminar -UWA More Information

17:15 - BOOK LAUNCH - Book Launch: Japan's Security Renaissance by Professor Andrew L. Oros : Free Event Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre is delighted to invite you to celebrate the launch of Japan's Security Renaissance by Professor Andrew L. Oros. This book explores the influence historical legacies have on Japan's security policies since the Cold War and Prime Minister Abe's rise to power. Professor Oros will deliver a presentation addressing the impact of the three main historical legacies mentioned in his book and the effects they have on current political and policy decision making in Japan. Professor Oros' speech and the subsequent Q&A will provide an opportunity to explore the future direction of Japan's security policies in an uncertain geopolitical climate. Copies of Japan's Security Renaissance will be available for purchase at the event.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Financial Crisis and Rural Reforms in China: Implications for Australia : China in Conversatoin Website | More Information
Reforms in land ownership and the opening up to international markets have contributed to China’s successful recovery from the financial crises experienced over the last decades.

Of significance is the shift in China’s policy towards agricultural production. With only 14% of land arable and pollution and water shortages reducing agricultural land by 2%, rural Chinese people, society and agriculture have undergone economic, production and social changes to develop a more robust economy.

Join in the conversation and see how these reforms led to economic growth and how this might affect Australia’s economy and approach to agriculture in a climate of environmental and economic change.

This event is presented by the Confucius Institute in partnership with The UWA Institute of Agriculture.
Tuesday 15
13:00 - SEMINAR - Role of nervous system in sarcopenia: Age related molecular and morphological changes in murine peripheral nerves and spinal cords, and analysis of the effects of resistance exercise on old sciatic nerves : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
The Seminar: Vidya’s PhD research investigated the “Role of the nervous system in sarcopenia: age related molecular and morphological changes in murine peripheral nerves and spinal cords, and analysis of the effects of resistance exercise on old sciatic nerves”. Sarcopenia, the age-related loss of skeletal muscle mass and function, is of increasing importance as our population rapidly ages and it is essential to understand the molecular and cellular mechanisms leading to sarcopenia in order to develop targeted interventions to maintain healthy ageing. Degeneration of the nervous system is considered a major factor underlying the onset and progression of sarcopenia and substantial reorganization in the neuromuscular system contributes to the loss of motor performance. A time course study using ageing C57BL/6J mice, revealed striking age-related morphological, molecular and cellular changes in the peripheral nerve axons innervating the lower limb muscles and lumbar spinal cords, associated with the progression of sarcopenia. Another major experiment showed that while the mid-life onset on increasing resistance wheel exercise prevented sarcopenia, this exercise had little effect on the old peripheral nerves. This research published as 2 papers in 2016, 2017, provides new insight into the ageing neuromuscular system. This study also provided initial evidence of an age related changes in the spinal cord of the same mice. Collectively, these novel studies suggest that age-related morphological and molecular alterations of the peripheral and central nervous system play a significant role in the onset and progression of sarcopenia.

The Speaker: Vidya completed her Master’s degree in Biotechnology at Bharathiar University, India in 2005, and in 2012 started her PhD studies at the University of Western Australia in the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology, supervised by Professor Miranda D. Grounds, Professor Alan R. Harvey, Assoc/Prof Stuart I. Hodgetts and Assoc/Prof Tea Shavlakazde. Her PhD was awarded in August 2017 and Vidya is now working as a postdoctoral research associate funded by the Neurotrauma Research Program (NRP), UWA on a project to investigate the “Benefits of exercise on age-related changes in old spinal cords.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Science Education Seminar : Two seminars presented by visiting Professors Michael Reiss and Anat Zohar More Information
Seminar 1: How can we get more students to study STEM subjects once these are no longer compulsory? Professor Michael Reiss, University College London Seminar 2: Teaching higher order thinking to low achieving students: do they make a marriage? Professor Anat Zohar, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Wednesday 16
9:00 - EVENT - Global Water Conference 2017 Website | More Information
The staging of the Global Water Conference 2017 in Yangon is meant to address the issues of water supply and resources management in the SEA region. This conference is designed to facilitate the implementation of the water management policies and encouraging collaboration between those working on water resources management and water technologies, and those working on environmental, public health, economic growth and other issues.
Thursday 17
12:00 - SEMINAR - BAYLISS SEMINAR SERIES : Mark Cruickshank - Infant leukaemia – are we targeting a one-hit wonder? More Information
Friday 18
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Nadim Darwish - Towards single-molecule devices: Mechanically stable single-molecule circuits More Information

16:00 - EVENT - Psychology Special Colloquium; A product of their environment: contextual challenges faced by modern teams (William kramer) More Information
Title: A Product of Their Environment: Contextual Challenges Faced by Modern Teams


As organizations expand across time and space, teams are faced with increasing task complexity ranging from completing creative tasks with dispersed team members to safely sending humans to Mars. Although the success of these teams can result in synergistic benefits for both the organization and individuals, failure can be a financial burden or, in extreme cases, result in harm to a team member. This begs the question of how organizations can best provide the resources necessary for the 21st century team to adapt to the unique challenges that emerge from their task environment. From a more theoretical perspective, we must also understand how to capture the complex interactions of teamwork processes that are unique to each task environment. To these ends, I will present initial research that has been conducted with implications for three unique contexts: (1) engineering teams, (2) global, virtual teams, and (3) extreme teams. Using results from this multi-method, multi-study approach as a theoretical groundwork, I will discuss the next steps that are being taken to further my stream of research across these contexts and also strengthen our theoretical understanding of teams, including the impact of demographics (e.g., national culture) and their processes (e.g., leadership).


William Kramer is currently Graduate Research Assistant at Institute of Simulation and Training (IST) & Clemson University (DIGITAL Lab). He will present this colloquia as part of the selection process in recruitment of the Level B position in the School of Psychological Science.
Monday 21
14:00 - EVENT - Psychology Special Colloquium: Advice taking and advice resistance in groups (Dr. Thomas Schultz-Gerlach) More Information
Title:Advice taking and advice resistance in groups


According to conventional wisdom, advice is a simple and effective means to improve the quality of judgments and decisions. Research on advice taking supports this notion, showing that decision-makers’ accuracy improves after taking advice. However, the most robust finding in the literature is advice resistance: decision-makers do not heed advice as much as they should, given its quality, and this tendency to discount advice leads to losses in accuracy. So far, research on advice taking has almost exclusively investigated individual decision-makers, although important decisions in organizations or politics are usually made by groups. Therefore, it remains largely unclear whether or how groups differ from individuals when receiving outside advice. I will present data from three studies comparing advice taking between groups and individuals. Based on a simple prescriptive model that treats the optimal weight of advice as a function of the decision-making group’s size, I develop a descriptive model that aims to predict how strongly groups will weight advice as compared to individuals receiving the same advice. The results suggest that the advice resistance typically found in individuals persists in groups – neither aggravated nor ameliorated – and that groups take into account that “two heads are better than one” when taking advice. Based on these findings, I develop directions for future research specifically aiming at group-specific interventions against advice resistance


Thomas Shultz-Gerlach is currently Assistant Professor in the Department of Economic and Social Psychology, Georg-August-University Göttingen. Where he obtained his PhD in 2010, with his thesis: The Overutilization of non-valid advice: Why bad advice is being heeded too much. He will present this colloquia as part of the selection process in recruitment of the Level B position in the School of Psychological Science.
Tuesday 22
18:00 - EVENT - Shock Room: We do as we’re told. Or do we? : A film screening followed by Q+A panel session with Director Professor Kathryn Millard, Macquarie University; Professor Carmen Lawrence, UWA; and Dr Nin Kirkham, UWA. Website | More Information
A compelling new feature documentary, Shock Room breaks open Stanley Milgram’s dramatic ‘Obedience to Authority’ experiment and forces us to re evaluate its conclusions. In the wake of the Holocaust, Milgram wanted to understand why people inflict harm on others. In 1962, he staged his experiment. Under the guise of participating in a study on memory and learning, participants were asked to inflict apparently lethal shocks on a fellow human being. Milgram later famously claimed that 65% of us will blindly follow orders.

My Lai, Rwanda, Enron, Abu Graib, the Deep Horizon Oil Spill, the News of the World phone hacking – ‘I was only following orders’ is through history. But extensive research from Sydney filmmaker and self professed Milgram obsessive, Kathryn Millard, reveals that Milgram ran more than 25 versions of his experiment, filming only one. And that, overall, the majority of people actually resisted.

Fifty years after Milgram’s original experiments, Millard, with a team of filmmakers and psychologists, re-staged Milgram’s experiments in Sydney, Australia, with actors using director Millard’s unique immersive realism technique. Shock Room combines dramatisations, animation, archival film and interviews with psychologists Alex Haslam and Steve Reicher, providing new insights about how and why people refuse to inflict harm and the conclusions of the world’s most famous psychology experiment.

Millard’s feature length documentary reveals the creative consequences of the impact of art on science … and science on art.

Professor Kathryn Millard is a writer, filmmaker and dramaturg. Psychology, mental health, popular fallacies and the afterlife of images are recurring themes in Kathryn’s body of work which spans award-winning feature dramas, documentaries and hybrids. Major credits include the feature documentaries Shock Room and The Boot Cake, the feature dramas Travelling Light and Parklands and Light Years about Australian photographer Olive Cotton. Awarded writing fellowships by the National Film and Sound Archive, Tyrone Guthrie Centre (Ireland), Varuna Writers’ Centre and Screen NSW, Kathryn was Visiting Fellow in Film Studies at Yale University 2012. In her monograph Screenwriting in a Digital Era (2014) Kathryn finds the seeds of innovative screenwriting in the experiments of the past. On new projects, she continues to revisit landmark psychology experiments and explores the history of colour film in Australia. Kathryn is Professor of Screen and Creative Arts at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Professor Carmen Lawrence teaches in the School of Psychological Science, Faculty of Science, at UWA. Carmen’s research focuses on the forces that drive significant social change as well as exploring our reactions to change.

Dr Nin Kirkham teaches philosophy in the School of Humanities, Faculty of Arts, Business,Law and Education, at UWA. Nin’s research area is normative and applied ethics, with a particular focus on issues in environmental ethics and bioethics.

This event is a collaboration between the UWA School of Social Science, the School of Psychological Science and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Friday 25
11:00 - EVENT - Psychology Special Colloquium; Leadership and Safety Performance in High Risk Industries: New Advances in Research (Dr. Mario Martinez Corcoles More Information
Title: Leadership and Safety Performance in High Risk Industries: New Advances in Research


Leadership is of paramount importance to ensure employees’ safety performance in high risk industries. Over the last few years, significant research has been carried out in this respect. The aim of this presentation is to review three relevant research advances: First of all, the addition of counterproductive behaviours to the traditional model of safety performance by Griffin and Neal (2000). Secondly, the finding of empowering leadership as one of the most important predictors of followers’ safety performance. Thirdly, the emergence of a new safety-based leadership for high risk industries (High Reliability Leadership), thus solving the never-ending paradox between either being directive or participative depending on the operational conditions. It is expected this talk provides a basis for further debate in the seminar.


Mario Martinez Corcoles is currently an Associate Professor in Occupational Psychology (Chair of Personnel Development) at Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia), and an external consultant and advisor to Universitalent (Germany) on counselling CEO and managers in organizational strategy and processes related to the core of the company. He will present this colloquia as part of the selection process in recruitment of the Level B position in the School of Psychological Science.

12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Max Roemer - Ferrocene based compounds as highly efficient molecular diodes More Information

15:00 - EVENT - Psychology Special Colloquium: Enhancing Diversity via Hiring Practices: Revisiting the use of Second-Stratum Cognitive Abilities (Dr. Serena Wee) More Information
Title: Enhancing Diversity via Hiring Practices: Revisiting the use of Second-Stratum Cognitive Abilities

Many organisations believe that hiring a diverse workforce is important for ethical, legal and business reasons. However, one of the most criterion-valid selection tools—the cognitive test—also exhibits large mean group differences, creating a potential conflict between an organisation’s diversity and effectiveness goals. In this talk, I discuss how focusing on individual differences in specific (rather than general) cognitive abilities allows us to simultaneously address both goals, by using a Pareto-optimal weighting strategy. I present results showing that this strategy could substantially increase the proportion of job offers extended to qualified minority group applicants, and that these diversity gains are robust, i.e., they generalize beyond the sample on which the Pareto-optimal weights were obtained. I conclude by discussing some future research for understanding and enhancing organisational diversity via hiring practices.


Serena Wee completed her PhD in 2010 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in IO Psychology before commencing a role at Singapore Management University as Assistant Professor of Psychology. She will present this colloquia as part of the selection process in recruitment of the Level B position in the School of Psychological Science.
Thursday 31
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Xiaoling Tong - Silkworm functional genomics: Potential application in biotechnology and as human disease model More Information

12:30 - VISITING SPEAKER - Assessment of Future Risk in Asthma: Opportunities and New Technologies Website | More Information
Dr Blakey's interest is in improving the assessment and management of people with asthma by incorporating newer data streams and measurement of future risk into models of care. Note: 12.30pm lunch for 1.00pm - 2.00pm presentation

 September 2017
Friday 01
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Nikki Man - The synthesis and pharmacological studies on a novel antimicrobial agent & new nickel catalysts and their applications in organic synthesis More Information

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