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Faculty of Science
 November 2018
Friday 30
10:00 - EVENT - Bayliss Seminar Series : Jason Harper School of Chemistry, University of NSW More Information
Jason Harper School of Chemistry, University of NSW

"Towards reaction control using ionic liquids"

Friday 30 November 2018

GPB3: [G01] Simmonds Lecture Theatre - 10 am

12:00 - EVENT - Bayliss Seminar Series : Advanced Molecular Microscopy Symposium More Information
Advanced Molecular Microscopy Symposium

Insights into T cell receptor signalling with single molecule localisation microscopy

 December 2018
Wednesday 05
17:30 - PUBLIC TALK - Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture : Global Suburbanisms and Governance Website | More Information
The majority of the world's population now live in urban areas. Prof. Brendan Gleeson, University of Melbourne, has suggested that we are living in an era of homo urbanis. However, it is arguably more accurate to describe the human species as homo suburbanis, since it is the suburbs where most city dwellers in western liberal democracies actually live. This is certainly true of Australia's captial cities which are home to 80% of the national population.

In this, the 2018 Joseph Gentilli Lecture, the 'scholar of suburbia', Professor Roger Keil, York University (Toronto, Canada), will argue that we need to acknowledge suburbanisation as a global process and develop a more robust understanding of the governance of suburbanisation if we are to make sense of the cities in which we currently live, and will inherit in the future. This necessitates comprehending the modalities of the state, capital accumulation and the rise of private forms of governance amongst other things.

This lecture - 'Global Suburbanisms and Governance' - is informed by a multi-year global research programme on suburban goverance led by Prof. Keil, funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and a focus on suburbs, suburbia and suburbanization in Africa, North America, Europe, South Asia, and China. The empirical foundation of the lecture is Canada and thus offers ideas and lessons on the goverance of Australian suburbanisation.

For more information on Prof Roger Keil and the Global Suburbanisms project visit - https://suburbs.info.yorku.ca/about-us/our-research/

The lecture will be held in the Woolnough Lecture Theatre, Geography/Geology Building, and commence at 6.00pm. Please aim to arrive by 5.30pm so the lecture can commence on time.

The Geography and Planning group look forward to welcoming you to UWA and the 2018 Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture.
Friday 07
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar series : Ozren Bogdanovic: Don't lose your inheritance: Retention of paternal epigenetic memory in the developing teleost germline More Information
Abstract: Two waves of DNA methylation reprogramming occur during mammalian embryogenesis; during preimplantation development and during primordial germ cell (PGC) formation. However, it is currently unclear how evolutionarily conserved these processes are. Here we characterize the DNA methylomes of zebrafish PGCs at four developmental stages and identify retention of paternal epigenetic memory, in stark contrast to the process in mammals. Gene expression profiling of zebrafish PGCs at the same developmental stages revealed that the embryonic germline is defined by a small number of markers that display strong developmental stage-specificity and that are independent of DNA methylation-mediated regulation. We identified promoters that are specifically targeted by DNA methylation in somatic and germline tissues during vertebrate embryogenesis and that are frequently misregulated in human cancers. Together, these detailed epigenome and transcriptome maps of the zebrafish germline provide novel insights into vertebrate epigenome reprogramming and enhance our understanding of the relationships between germline fate acquisition and oncogenesis.
Tuesday 11
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar series:Crystal structure prediction and functional materials discovery : Crystal structure prediction and functional materials discovery: Peter Spackman More Information
Abstract: Crystal structure prediction (CSP) can provide invaluable insight and direction for the discovery and creation of functional materials, and is a prime example of high-throughput, large scale calculations on high performance computing (HPC) systems. This talk will focus on current methods for crystal structure prediction employed in the Day group at the University of Southampton, and their application to the goals of the LRC centre for functional materials design, examining several molecular and their porous (and dense) forms.
Wednesday 12
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar series : Debbie Silvester-Dean Ionic Liquids as Materials in Electrochemistry More Information
Presenter:Debbie Silvester-Dean Curtin University Title:Ionic Liquids as Materials in Electrochemistry Date:Wednesday 12 December 2018 - 12 noon


18:30 - SCREENING - ‘Dying to Live’ screening 12/12/18 Windsor Cinema : Life on the organ donation waiting list Website | More Information
The Lions Eye Institute is hosting a screening of the ‘Dying to Live’ documentary on December 12th at the Windsor Cinema in Nedlands. The documentary delves into life on the organ donation waiting list, the complex world of organ and tissue transplantation and the heart-wrenching stories of real people awaiting life-saving organs in Australia, when the only thing standing between them and death is the kindness of a stranger. The documentary is compelling and moving in covering a topic so many of us never talk about, but need to. Tickets can be purchased using this link: https://tickets.demand.film/event/6495QJKWKBJE

 January 2019
Saturday 19
17:00 - SEMINAR - Free GAMSAT Strategy Session With An Expert : Get insight into efficient preparation & strategies relevant to GAMSAT-level practice questions in this free problem-based seminar provided by Gold Standard GAMSAT. Website | More Information
Gauge your readiness for the GAMSAT! We'll be providing free handouts with sample practice questions. You will then be asked to take a short timed practice test followed by a discussion of the worked solutions.

Our GAMSAT free seminars are like mini versions of our live attendance courses. We focus on teaching the most important strategies for each section rather than a mere overview of the GAMSAT.

Note: It is not necessary to be using Gold Standard GAMSAT products in order to attend this free GAMSAT seminar. You will receive a free handout but please bring some writing paper.

The Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks are available at the UWA Co-op Bookshop as well as at www.gamsat-prep.com.
Wednesday 30
12:00 - FREE LECTURE - Community of Practice Lunch and Learn : Amazing opportunity to learn about virtual reality with your colleagues from throughout the University More Information
UWA academics are cordially invited to the inaugural ‘Lunch & Learn’ event run by our new UWA ‘Teaching Innovations’ Community of Practice. The focus of this event will be VR in Higher Education. The event will be held on Wednesday 30th January, 2019 from 12 noon to 1.30pm in the Fay Gale Studio (formerly the Carpe Diem Studio) in the Educational Enhancement Unit.

This informal 90 minute session will include insights into the AR, VR and Mixed Reality programs currently enhancing student learning across the university, and a panel discussion at the end. The aim is to share expertise in this area across disciplines and to inspire others to consider incorporating VR into teaching to enhance student engagement and outcomes. This will be a supportive environment where you will be encouraged to engage in cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration.

Lunch will be provided. Please rsvp for catering purposes by 28 January 2019 to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-of-practice-innovation-lunch-learn-tickets-55144112525?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button

 February 2019
Monday 04
11:00 - EVENT - Bayliss Seminar Series : Professor Caroline Dean More Information
Epigenetic switching and antisense transcription
Tuesday 05
12:00 - EVENT - Bayliss Seminar Series : Prof. Dr. Stefanie Dimmeler More Information
Regulation and function in non-coding RNAs in cardiovascular disease
Wednesday 06
15:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Dr Liangzhi Kou More Information
2D Gas Sensors with High Sensitivity and Selectivity: Insight from Theoretical Simulations
Thursday 14
12:00 - SEMINAR - Seminar Series : Understanding multidrug resistance: can computational chemistry teach us new tricks for old drugs? More Information
Friday 15
12:00 - SEMINAR - Scott Berry : Understanding gene expression heterogeneity using high-throughput imaging More Information
Thursday 21
16:00 - SEMINAR - Mathematics and Statistics colloquium : Particle modelling applied to industrial and biophysical problems More Information
Particle methods have capabilities that particularly suit numerical simulation of complex phenomena involved in industrial and biophysical application domains. The two core methods used in this talk are DEM (Discrete Element Method) and SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics). Coupling of these methods also provides powerful capabilities to model multiphase behaviour. Industrial application to crushing and grinding, mixing and water cooling will be presented. Coupling to biomechanical models allows simulation of humans interacting with their environment. Examples of elite swimming, diving, kayaking and skiing will be shown. The use of these methods to simulate digestion (from breakdown in the mouth through stomach) and intestines will also be discussed.
Friday 22
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Professor Vincent Bulone A journey into the world of Eukaryotic cell walls: structure and biosynthesis of essential polysaccharides More Information
Tuesday 26
13:00 - SEMINAR - Seminar : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Jennifer Young (Dual gradient hydrogel systems for mechanobiology applications): The spatial presentation of mechanical information is a key parameter for cell behavior. We have previously developed a method for creating tunable stiffness gradient polyacrylamide hydrogels with values spanning the in vivo physiological and pathological mechanical landscape. Importantly, we created gradients that do not induce durotaxis in human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs), thereby allowing for the presentation of a continuous range of stiffnesses in a single sample without the confounding effect of differential cell migration. Using these nondurotactic gradient gels, stiffness-dependent hASC morphology, migration, and differentiation were studied, providing high resolution data on stiffness-dependent expression and localization. Expanding upon this work, we are utilizing these gradient hydrogel systems to study cancer cell-ECM interactions. Interactions with the surrounding microenvironment have been shown to positively influence cancer cell survival and invasion by conferring adhesion-based resistance in response to chemotherapeutic drugs, and subsequently driving metastasis into surrounding tissues. In order to study a wide range of ECM environments, we produce dual-gradient systems by fabricating a gradient of ligands on top of our previously described stiffness gradient hydrogels. Ligand gradients are produced by either a gradient photomask to which proteins can be coupled to the substrate via a UV-sensitive crosslinker or by depositing a gradient of gold nanoparticles onto the hydrogel to which thiolated peptides can readily attach. Using these dual gradient hydrogels, we can better understand the interplay of substrate stiffness, ligand type, and ligand spacing in regulating adhesion-conferred chemoprotection in cancer cells. Andrew W. Holle (Under pressure: the role of multidimensional confinement in mechanobiology): As bioengineers systematically move from simple 2D substrates to more complex 3D microenvironments, the role of cellular and nuclear volume adaptation in response to these substrates is becoming more appreciated. Long, narrow PDMS microchannels, which recapitulate porous extracellular matrix (ECM) networks found in vivo, confine cells to a single axis of migration and require them to utilize a complex synergy of traction force, mechanosensitive feedback, and subsequent cytoskeletal rearrangement. This process exhibits characteristics of the poorly understood mesenchymal-to-amoeboid transition, in which cells alter their migratory phenotype in order to traverse narrow constrictions and more successfully metastasize. During channel permeation, the volume of the nucleus changes, suggesting that nuclear reorganization and volume adaptation is a key step for successful permeation. Volume adaptation is also an important phenomena in stem cell mechanobiology. 3D GelMA hydrogel scaffolds with linear stiffness gradients were used to confine stem cells in three dimensions, with cells in the soft end more able to deform the matrix and increase their cell volume, while those on the stiff end were more confined. Cells on the soft end, which were able to adapt their volume more efficiently, exhibited markers for osteogenesis, while those on the stiff end became more adipogenic. This trend, which is opposite to what is observed on 2D hydrogels, suggests that volume adaptation, not stiffness, is sufficient for mechanosensitive differentiation in 3D. Ultimately, as volume adaptation is ubiquitous in 3D microenvironments in vivo, new tools will lead the way in analyzing and understanding mechanobiology.
Wednesday 27
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : John Lunn - Sucrose signalling and regulation of sucrose by metabolism by trehalose 6-phosphate More Information

 March 2019
Thursday 07
17:00 - SEMINAR - Researchers in Agriculture for International Development (RAID) Seminar and Networking Event Website | More Information
There is a rapidly growing interest among agricultural research to work in international development. Certainly, it is an extraordinary field, filled with challenges, yet bringing enormous rewards. Some key questions that many enthusiasts face are:

How do I get involved?

What does a career in international development entail?

Which organisations exists and what do they do?

If any of the above ring a bell to you, please join us in our next RAID event. Researchers in Agricultural for International Development (RAID) is an Australia-wide network aimed at connecting, supporting and engaging with researchers with an interest in this space.

Please, join us on 7 March to meet and learn from top leading researchers in the field:

Dr Deborah Prichard: Senior Lecturer, Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University

- Prof. Richard Bell: Professor in Land Management and leader of the Land Management Group at Murdoch University

- Prof. Kadambot Siddique: Hackett Professor of Agriculture Chair and Director, The UWA Institute of Agriculture

- Dr Eloise Biggs: Lecturer, Faculty of Science, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

- Prof. Tim Colmer: Acting Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research), UWA School of Agriculture and Environment

- Dr David Mickler: Interim Director of the UWA Africa Research & Engagement Centre (AfREC) and Senior Lecturer in Foreign Policy & International Relations in the School of Social Science, UWA

- Em Prof. Lynette Abbott: Senior Honorary Research Fellow, UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, Crawford Fund WA Committee Coordinator

- David Windsor: Consulting Agricultural Scientist, WA Chair AG Institute Australia

Speakers will talk about their own experiences and provide tips on how to get actively involved in agricultural research for international development. The event is aimed at CONNECTING people with a common passion, so we encourage all attendees to participate in the networking after the talks. Nibbles and drinks will be provided.

The RAID team look forward to seeing you at the event!

Note: There is free parking in and around campus after 5pm.
Wednesday 13
15:30 - WORKSHOP - Co-innovation with robots: Introduction of Pepper to UWA : A communication robot Pepper and its producer will present a talk on cloud robotics. More Information
An Australian robotics company, ST Solutions, will present a talk on how to use its product, "Pepper", a communication robot for research, teaching, and outreach activities. There will be a robot demonstration using Pepper.

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