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Today's date is Wednesday, November 25, 2020
Faculty of Science
 July 2020
Friday 03
10:00 - SEMINAR - The Vienna Dexippus: New Contributions from Multispectral Imaging to Third Century History and Literature : Digital Humanities Research Cluster seminar series Website | More Information
The recovery of the ‘Vienna Dexippus’ has been one of the most significant discoveries in recent Classical palaeography. The text, recovered from the reused leaves of an 11th century manuscript, later bound into a 13th century Greek codex, now in the Austrian National Library, sheds considerable light on the otherwise poorly documented history of the Gothic invasions of the Roman Empire during the 250s and 260s C.E. The recovery of the text is due to the innovative use of multi-spectral imaging, a technique which has already revolutionised the study of palimpsests and which has the potential to expand our knowledge of classical literature. Ivan Lozic will give an introduction to multi-spectral imaging technology, and Chris Mallan will consider some of the major outcomes of this project from the perspective of an historian who has worked with this particular text, as well as some thoughts on the uses of digitised texts in the study of Classics and Ancient History more generally.
Tuesday 07
15:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Science Exchange Series - Cake! and Earthquakes Website | More Information
Why do we have earthquakes in WA? Why do they happen more in some areas and not at all in others? WA is a long way from a tectonic plate boundary, so our earthquakes are different in nature to those in places like California, Indonesia or Japan.

Join Prof Myra Keep and PhD candidate Sean Standen as they explain the underlying geology of WA (using cake) and how it controls earthquake locations. They will then describe an example of an earthquake from the Wheatbelt, which occurred in Lake Muir in 2018, and see how the cake explains reality! Did we mention cake?
Tuesday 14
16:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Science Exchange Series - Loving Thy Neighbour: Insights from Primates Website | More Information
Conflicts between groups are deeply rooted in our society, but we also have the capacity to get along with our neighbours and ally for a common goal.

Using evolutionary theory as a navigational guide, Dr Cyril C. Grueter draws on his research on the social organisation of our primate relatives to explore the origins of tolerance in human sociality.
Tuesday 21
16:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Science Exchange Series - Sleep to clean your brain Website | More Information
Sleep is a vital biological need. It is crucial for good health, mood stability, and high performance. Despite this, sleep loss and sleep disorder are now global health epidemics. Sleep is a vital state within which your brain ‘cleans house’ and replenishes needed energy. Sleep of poor quality or quantity is linked to health and social problems now: and in a person’s future, can be linked to the development of dementia.

Join Dr Michelle Olaithe as she will discuss how psychology research can help us understand what sleep is, why we need it, what good sleep looks like, and how much is enough.
Tuesday 28
16:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Science Exchange Series - Chemical toolbox to observe and record the changing world Website | More Information
Science investigates the world in highly methodical ways: and our scientists use different chemical markers to record and observe changes in our environment. This knowledge helps to better understand the past, observe what is happening in our present and aid in the maintenance of our future.

UWA scientsits Dr Greg Skrzypek & Dr Aleksy Sadekov will be joined by Angela Rossen, Artist and Biodiversity Educator, to discuss how scientific enquiry informs our understanding of the world. Greg will walk you through the use of stable and radio isotopes to assess changes to flora, fauna and the atmosphere. Whilst Aleksy will explain how his work with marine calcifiers can trace chemical pollutants in the ocean.

 September 2020
Friday 04
15:30 - CANCELLED - CANCELLED - FREE LECTURE - Mentally Healthy and Resilient Workforces Event : The University of Western Australia’s Mining Innovation Network in collaboration with the School of Psychological Science are delighted to invite you to the Mentally Healthy and Resilient Workforces Event. Website | More Information
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This event will showcase recent insights and advances in mining workforce mental health from UWA, including impacts of FIFO work, aboriginal perspectives onto mining, and sleep disruptions and disorders. It is geared towards solutions that support a mentally healthy and resilient mining workers that may be of interest to work health and safety practitioners, EAP providers, mining operators and contractors as well as workplace psychologist. Event: 3:30pm - 5:00pm with networking 5:00pm - 5:30pm
Wednesday 30
13:00 - EVENT - The UWA Institute of Agriculture Postgraduate Showcase 2020 Website | More Information
Come and hear UWA’s top postgraduate students present their research in agriculture and related areas. Opening address by Mr Simon Stead, Chairman, CBH Group. Aernoon tea and refreshments provided. All are welcome.

 October 2020
Monday 19
9:30 - EVENT - Open Access Week events - Oct 19-25 Website | More Information
October 19-25 is International Open Access Week. Come and join in some of the events organised by the Library, to learn why UWA researchers are increasingly making their publications openly available and the individual, institutional and community benefits to doing so. Events include: * Two webinars with UWA researchers * A workshop to explain the ways to make your publications and datasets open access * Individual bookable consultations with a librarian to help you 'Find Your Open Access Pathway'

All events are bookable through the website: https://guides.library.uwa.edu.au/openaccesstoolkit/oaweek
Thursday 22
16:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium : Control of pedestrian flows: social dynamics beyond modelling Website | More Information
We propose a model-free approach to analyse the movement of pedestrians in experiments and simulations. Using concepts from control and analysis of complex dynamical systems we set up a scheme which allows us to identify dynamical unstable signatures in pedestrian flows. These signatures are the building blocks for crowd control and soft management of people. Our approach is entirely data driven and we provide a proof of concept by field and laboratory experiments. In addition, our approach provides, based on experimental observations, quantitative benchmarks to judge the quality of mathematical models for pedestrian motion.
Tuesday 27
13:00 - SEMINAR - Evaluating Auditory function in children with learning difficulties (Please note date change to 27 October, NOT 20th) : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Abstract: Children who experience poor academic performance at school have been d escribed as having learning difficulties (LD). These children are thought to show reduced performances in reading, written language and numeracy, and/or to be inactive and inefficient learners. Hearing is one of several factors thought to influence a child’s learning at school with students spending at least 45% of their classroom activities that require listening and 45 - 75% of their time in the classroom comprehending their teachers’ and classmates’ speech. Hearing impairment can include loss of hearing sensitivity and/or impaired auditory processing. While rates of peripheral hearing loss in the Australian primary school-aged population is estimated to be between 3.4% - 12.8%, rates of impaired auditory processing in this population are not available in Australia. Children with peripheral hearing loss and/or impaired auditory processing often show behaviours similar to those reported in children with LD, suggesting that LD and hearing impairment could be related in primary school child populations. This seminar will present the research that investigated LD and hearing impairment in a school-aged child population in the greater Brisbane region of Queensland, Australia.

Bio: Robyn is a lecturer in Audiology in School of Human Sciences. Robyn’s current area of research is auditory processing disorder and middle ear assessment in the paediatric population. In particular, Robyn is passionate about improving educational outcomes in children with learning difficulties who may have a hearing impairment. Robyn’s other research interests also include using simulated learning in clinical education and tele-audiology. Clinically, Robyn specialises in middle ear and Central Auditory Processing assessment and management in the paediatric population.
Wednesday 28
13:30 - EVENT - Industry Forum 2020: Climate change and agriculture - Challenges and solutions for Australian farmers Website | More Information
Globally, farmers are already seeing the effects of climate change. How are innovative Australian farmers adapting to climate change and how can we future-proof Australian farms?

Join The UWA Institute of Agriculture for a lively discussion on lessons learned and future opportunities.

 November 2020
Wednesday 11
8:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Creating Crops for the Future: Challenges, Technology and Sustainable Solutions : A special International Plantae Webinar (online) Website | More Information
One of the most urgent scientific challenges of the 21st century lies in ensuring that we have enough food for the growing global population. Join us for this special event where three experts in the field of plant science, including recently named GCHERA World Agriculture Prize Laureate Professor Pamela Ronald, will speak on how scientists are advancing sustainable crops and biotechnologies to make world food security a reality.

REGISTER HERE: https://bit.ly/37UhubF

Join Moderator Professor John Evans (ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis) in a unique forum for discussion about how critical and complex issues can be addressed, including water and land scarcity, climate change, the role of genetic engineering and other modern agricultural technologies and the importance of interdisciplinary approaches.

This event is presented by Plantae, and co-hosted by the ARC Centre of Excellence for Translational Photosynthesis and the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology.

Note: November 11, 11:00 am to 1:00 pm Australia East Coast Daylight Time (AEDT UTC+11), which is November 10, 7:00-9:00 pm EST, 4:00-6:00 pm PST

Monday 16
14:00 - SEMINAR - When sharing isn't caring: a panel discussion on de-identifying data Website | More Information
Are you sure you want to share that data? What else is your data exposing? Researchers in a range of different fields need to de-identify or anonymise their data for a range of reasons. Join in this online panel discussion to hear how UWA researchers address these issues and more.

 December 2020
Tuesday 08
8:00 - CONFERENCE - Crop Protection Forum 2020 : The Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (AHRI) is partnering with cesar (Uni of Melbourne) and the Centre for Crop and Disease Management (CCDM) at Curtin University to deliver the CPF2020 at UWA. Join us to learn about the latest research into insecticide, herbicide and fungicide resistance affecting the Australian grains industry Website | More Information
One day forum at the Wesfarmers Lecture Theatre on Tuesday 8 December. Student registrations still available at student price.

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