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Today's date is Saturday, September 26, 2020
Faculty of Science
 May 2019
Wednesday 08
14:00 - SEMINAR - Grey literature searching for systematic reviews Website | More Information
Searching grey literature is an important step in ensuring that your systematic review is truly comprehensive. Come and learn some strategies and sources for searching grey literature, which includes everything that has not been published in a conventional sense.

18:00 - SEMINAR - Keep Calm and Stress Less : Mental Health with Dr Brockis Website | More Information
If feeling too stressed, it’s time to take back control and reconnect to that place of calm and inner peace! Stress is the most commonly cited challenge many of us face on a daily basis. Severe chronic stress puts us at risk of poor health and mood disorders including anxiety, depression and panic. In this workshop Dr Jenny Brockis will teach you how to recognise symptoms of stress or burnout before they become an issue and how to create your daily stress resilience toolkit and emergency stress response pack to call upon when necessary.

Dr. Jenny Brockis is an award-winning speaker, best-selling author and medical practitioner who believes that rather than ‘just getting by,’ we can all achieve greater success and life satisfaction by embracing the findings of the neuroscience. Long fascinated by the human brain and behaviour, Jenny shares her knowledge and expertise as easy to understand concepts and strategies that can be readily implemented to boost mental performance. Clients find her passion and enthusiasm for her topic infectious, inspiring real change in their business.
Friday 17
11:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series More Information
Cryo Electron Microscopy Application in Life-Science and Material-Science: prerequisites, instrumentation and methods.
Tuesday 21
18:00 - EVENT - HMS Postgraduate Course Information Evening Website | More Information
Are you interested in a career in Medicine, Dentistry, Podiatric Medicine or Pharmacy?

Bachelor’s degree holders or students who are in their first bachelor’s degree may be eligible to apply for graduate entry into one of the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences postgraduate professional degrees.

Come along to this course information evening for more information on how to:

- Explore postgraduate options in health and medicine

- Understand admission requirements and application processes

- Find out key dates and timelines

- Hear from current postgraduate students about their experience studying at UWA

- Have your questions answered one to one by current postgraduate students and academics at the conclusion of the presentation
Friday 24
12:00 - SEMINAR - Seminar Series : Theoretical and computational molecular science: from nonequilibrium systems to materials for sustainable energy applications More Information
Theoretical and computational molecular science: from nonequilibrium systems to materials for sustainable energy applications

Friday 31
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Andrew Marshall: The reducer, the acetylator and the DNA replicator - Structural studies on essential Aspergillus fumigatus proteins. More Information

12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Andrew Marshall – UWA Bond Lab More Information

 June 2019
Wednesday 05
11:00 - SEMINAR - Benchmark your research Website | More Information
Learn to use Web of Science and Incites to benchmark your research against your peers, your area of research and even the whole world.

11:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Professor Luigi Cavallo - Tuning Vicinal and Remote Steric Effects in the Rationalization of Catalytic Behavior More Information

13:00 - SEMINAR - Postgraduate Showcase: Frontiers in Agriculture Website | More Information
Each year The UWA Institute of Agriculture hosts a postgraduate showcase where some of UWA's top PhD students present their research in agriculture and related areas. Join us for an afternoon of fantastic talks from seven PhD students in the UWA School of Agriculture and Environment, the UWA School of Molecular Sciences, and the UWA Law School, with an introduction by Prof Imelda Whelehan, Dean, Graduate Research School. Afternoon tea and refreshments provided.
Thursday 06
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Assessment Essentials : A workshop for academics and postgraduate students Website | More Information
The objective of this two day workshop is to enhance the skills of the faculty and postgraduate students in the assessment of student learning. The topics covered include; Writing test items, creating assignments, conducting pre and post examination reviews, assessment of professionalism, feedback and development of blueprints. This workshop is organised by Peers Learning Together: A Community of Practice for academics with an interest in assessment and feedback funded by the Educational Enhancement Unit at the University of Western Australia
Friday 07
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar : Professor Norbert Jux – Carbon-rich porphyrins More Information
Thursday 13
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Grishma Vadlamani - Understanding the structure and function of proteins involved in inducible AmpC β-lactamase resistance More Information
The inducible expression of AmpC β-lactamase is a major cause of β-lactam antibiotic resistance in several clinically relevant Gram-negative bacteria, including the opportunistic pathogen Pseudomonas aeruginosa. AmpC induction is regulated by the transcriptional regulator AmpR, which binds to the divergent ampR-ampC operon and is activated by 1,6-anhydromuramoylpeptide – an anabolite of peptidoglycan (PG) recycling that is generated by the N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidase NagZ. I will be sharing my findings into the molecular basis of ampC induction based on the structural and biophysical characterization of the archetypal AmpR protein from Citrobacter freundii (CfAmpR). CfAmpR forms a homotetramer that is stabilized by binding the intergenic region of the ampR-ampC operon, and it interacts with up to four repressor ligands (UDP-MurNAc-pentapeptide) in an apparent stepwise manner. Since NagZ generates the AmpR activator ligand, blocking its activity enhances β-lactam efficacy against bacteria with inducible AmpC systems. Crystal structures of NagZ from Burkholderia cenocepacia were determined in complex with the glycosidase inhibitor O-(2-acetamido-2- deoxy-D-glucopyranosylidene)-amino-N-phenylcarbamate (PUGNAc) and its NagZ-selective derivative ethylbutyryl-PUGNAc, 3-acetamido-4,5,6-trihydroxyazepane (MM-124) and its NagZ-selective derivative MM-156, showing that plasticity within the NagZ active site could be exploited to improve the design of inhibitors that selectively bind NagZ over functionally related human N-acetyl-β-glucosaminidases. Furthering an understanding of the role of NagZ inhibition on β-lactam resistance in P. aeruginosa, it was found that the NagZ inhibitor PUGNAc could prevent the emergence of high-level AmpC-mediated β-lactam resistance, and significantly enhanced β-lactam susceptibility in synergy with the potent β-lactamase inhibitor avibactam in an ampC derepressed P. aeruginosa strain. Collectively, this talk offers key insights into the regulatory mechanism of AmpC β-lactamase expression and explores small molecule based strategies to potentiate β-lactam efficacy against Gram-negative bacterial pathogens.
Saturday 15
0:00 - WORKSHOP - Youth Mental Health First Aid : For adults who work, live or care for adolescents and young people. Website | More Information
Learn how to assist adolescents or young people who are developing a mental illness, experiencing a worsening of an existing mental health problem or in a mental health crisis, until appropriate professional help is received or the crisis resolves.

The 14-hour Youth Mental Health First Aid Course is for adults who work, live or care for adolescents, such as school staff, parents, sports coaches, community group leaders and youth workers.

This course is based on guidelines developed through the expert consensus of people with lived experience of mental health problems and professionals.

Developing mental health problems covered are:

- Depression - Anxiety problems - Psychosis - Substance use problems - Eating disorders

Mental health crisis situations covered are:

- Suicidal thoughts and behaviours - Non-suicidal self-injury (sometimes called deliberate self-harm) - Panic attacks - Traumatic events - Severe effects of drug or alcohol use - Severe psychotic states - Aggressive behaviours
Wednesday 19
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar : Professor Rita Bernhardt – Uni of Saarlandes, Germany More Information
Thursday 20
16:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : Penalizing control volatility in nonlinear optimal control More Information
Abstract: Change is necessary in any dynamic environment, but there is always a cost incurred when implementing change; one of the most obvious is wear and tear on the physical components in a system. In the optimal control field, the cost of change is almost always ignored, and this can lead to “optimal” control strategies that are volatile and impractical to implement. This talk will introduce a class of non-smooth optimal control problems in which the cost of change is incorporated via an objective term that penalizes the total variation of the control signal. We describe a discretization method, based on nonlinear programming and a novel transformation scheme, for converting this class of problems into a sequence of smooth approximate problems, each of which can be solved efficiently. Convergence results for this discretization scheme are discussed. The talk will conclude with examples in fisheries and crane control.

 July 2019
Wednesday 03
13:00 - SEMINAR - Deconstructing, replicating and engineering instructive niches for stem cell differentiation : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series More Information
Abstract: Most cells in our bodies are embedded in a complex matrix of extracellular molecules. These tissue-specific and dynamic microenvironments are essential for the functioning of the cells. But exactly what these microenvironments, or so-called "cell niche", are doing to the cells? Can we capture the "design principles" of these complex matrices on engineered microsystems, and guide in vitro cultured cells to form and function as a tissue? Traditional two-dimensional cell culture systems have been used to investigate the roles of tissue microenviroments. But these experimental systems are often too simplistic to reflect the complexity of the natural microenvironment. On the other hand, native tissue microenvironments, such as those provided by decellularised organs, are too complex to be reverse-engineered into model systems that can be studied and applied. This talk summarises our lab's recent attempts to deconstruct tissue microenvironments into their biochemical and architectural components, and investigate the roles of each components in guiding adult stem cell differentiation. The objective of this seminar is to introduce an interdisciplinary audience to the nature and challenges of our research question, and to present some of the approaches we are using to tackle it. Discussion with the cell biologists, bioengineers, materials scientists after the talk will hopefully bring forth fresh and creative ideas on this project.
Thursday 04
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar Series : Peptide drugs by design (and a little help from nature) for autoimmune diseases, microbial infections and diabetes. More Information
Peptide drugs by design (and a little help from nature) for autoimmune diseases, microbial infections and diabetes.
Wednesday 10
18:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Plastic Free July: thinking globally, acting locally : Free AMSA Conference Public Lecture Website | More Information
Ocean plastic pollution, waste and the recycling “crisis” are hot topics. Cleaning up plastic waste and improving recycling systems are important but “turning off the tap” to reduce the problem at the source is critical. Plastic Free July is a global movement sharing ideas and solutions to help millions of people to be part of the solution to plastic pollution – so we can have cleaner streets, oceans, and beautiful communities.

From a humble office initiative in Perth to one of the world’s most widespread environmental movements the Plastic Free July has inspired 120 million participants in 170 countries. Hear the story behind this award winning behaviour change campaign and learn how you can be part of the solution.

Sponsored by UWA Oceans Institute
Thursday 18
16:00 - SEMINAR - Mathematics and Statistics colloquium : Hyperspheres in hyperspace More Information
What would a beach look like in a different universe? How would sand flow in 4 or 5 dimensions? At the crossroad of mathematics, physics, and engineering, this talk will develop the numerical and technological tools required to answer those questions. Following the Discrete Element Method, widely used to simulate  particulate materials in physics and engineering, the higher dimensional equations of motion for rigid bodies will be solved. Specific properties of granular packing and flow will be extracted, and compared with well-established results in two and three dimensions. As higher dimensional simulations are challenging to visualise, we will also present complementary visualisation methods based on virtual reality technology, which are crucial to develop a good understanding of the overall behaviour of higher dimensional granular media.

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