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Physics Seminars
 March 2013
Friday 01
9:00 - EVENT - UWA Careers Centre - 2013 Management Consultancy & Investment Bank Day : Graduating in 2013 and want to work for a management consultancy or Investment Bank? Come along and meet the employers…all on one day! Website | More Information
Firms include:

Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, JP Morgan, McKinsey & Company, Momentum Partners, Partners in Performance (PIP), Port Jackson Partners (PJP), and UBS.

Register on CareerHub - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au/ViewEvent.chpx?id=139097

Venue details will be sent through UWA CareerHub closer to the date, so ensure your CareerHub details are up to date.
Tuesday 05
16:00 - SEMINAR - A peek into Earth’s deepest secrets through a diamond window : Understanding the inner workings of our planet requires knowledge of material properties under extreme conditions. More Information
Understanding the inner workings of our planet requires knowledge of material properties under extreme conditions. In the past two decades, synchrotronradiation and high-pressure instrumentations have opened a new window to the Earth's interior. Presented here are experimental results revealing pressure- and temperature-induced magnetic transitions in iron carbides and associated effects on their densities and sound velocities. The new data suggest that the inner core is potentially the largest reservoir of carbon in Earth and may play an unexpected role in the global carbon cycle.
Friday 08
12:00 - EVENT - INVITATION TO THE 2013 BIG MEET CAREERS FAIR More Information
INVITATION TO THE 2013 BIG MEET CAREERS FAIR

Every year Australia’s leading employers travel the country looking for high quality graduates and undergraduates. The Big Meet is your opportunity to meet up to 100 of these organisations in one day, in one location.

The Big Meet is the ultimate careers fair for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from all disciplines. Whether you're looking for graduate employment, a new job, vacation work, an international internship, a gap-year experience, voluntary work, travel, overseas opportunities, a teaching job or postgraduate education, The Big Meet can get you started. Don't miss out!

Entry is FREE, and you'll get some fantastic free stuff as well.

Register for the event via: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TheBigMeet2013Perth Further Information For more info, visit The Big Meet website www.thebigmeet.com.au

Confirmed Exhibitors To Date

ABB Australia, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), Accenture, ACS Foundation, Alcoa of Australia, Arup, Aurecon, Aurizon, AusAID, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Federal Police, Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD), Chevron, Clough Projects Pty Ltd, Crowe Horwath, Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Finance (WA), Department of Human Services, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Department of Regional Development and Lands, Department of State Development , Department of Treasury (WA), Department of Veterans' Affairs, Edmund Rice Camps WA, Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd, Fortescue Metals Group, GradConnection, Graduate Opportunities, Hatch, Hays Recruitment, IBM, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Intergen, KBR, Kiewit, KordaMentha, Lawler McGillivray, Leighton Contractors Pty Limited, Linfox Logistics, Main Roads WA, Mainfreight, Monadelphous Group Limited, Meltwater Group, National Australia Bank, Navitas Workforce Solutions, Newcrest Mining, NRW Civil & Mining, PPB Advisory, Public Transport Authority WA, Readygrad, Real Gap, Rio Tinto, Shell Australia, Sinclair Knight Merz, SThree, Subsea 7, Teach For Australia, Technip, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, The Tax Institute, Thiess, Water Corporation, Woodside.
Tuesday 26
18:00 - SCREENING - FREE SCREENING: Feynman Messenger Lecture More Information
As part of our continue tradition free screening, this week the University Physics Society will be screening one of the widely acclaimed recorded lectures by famous physicist Richard Feynmann. Entry is free and drinks and snacks will be available.

For more details email us at [email protected]

 April 2013
Tuesday 09
18:00 - SCREENING - FREE SCREENING: Memento (2000) More Information
As part of our continue tradition free screening, this week the University Physics Society will be screening the film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pierce, Carrie-Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano. What this got to do with physics? Not much but we promise it will be good fun!

Entry is free and drinks and snacks will be available. For more details email us at [email protected]
Friday 12
13:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Campus Partner Talk: Light as a Medical Diagnostic Tool : Researchers discuss their current research related to the use of light as a medical diagnostic tool Website | More Information
Researchers from the Optical + Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (OBEL) share their research findings related to the use of light as a medical diagnostic tool at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on Friday 12 April 2013.

OBEL is based within the Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics - campus partner of the current exhibition LUMINOUSFLUX, which explores the ways in which local and international artists harness the magical palette of light.

For more info on this and similar events, visit the Public Program schedule of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery https://www.lwgallery.uwa.edu.au/publicprogram/
Monday 15
15:45 - SEMINAR - The Latest Innovations in Turbo Pumps and How to Choose Roughing Pumps More Information
This presentation includes technical information on both ball bearing and magnetic bearing type turbo pump models. It compares the various roughing pump technologies and explains how to choose the best pumping system for your application with consideration to pumping speed, process requirements, process pressure and ultimate pressure. Lifetime cost, service and equipment care will also be taken into consideration.

The presentation takes about 45 minutes followed by an opportunity for questions and answers for about 15 minutes.

It is not purely a sales pitch but does contain some commercial information relating to Pfeiffer vacuum.
Friday 26
13:00 - SEMINAR - Quantum gravity on a quantum computer? More Information
Quantum information theoretic tools could be used to study the most basic physical phenomena. For example, measurements of quantum entanglement allow one, in principle, to detect curvature. If curvature can be expressed completely in terms of entanglement, this opens up the prospect that quantum gravity could be simulated on a quantum computer. Mathematical side results yield surprising answers to questions of the type famously described by Kac's as "Can one hear the shape of a drum?"

Achim Kempf is a professor in the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Waterloo (near Toronto) in Canada. He studied physics in Germany, at the Universities of Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Munich, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he was a postdoc and a College Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He then spent three years as an IFT postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida until he joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo (UW) in 2001. He is an associate member of the Institute for Quantum Computing at UW and he is an affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 2004, he has held the Canada Research Chair for the Physics of Information.

Professor Kempf’s main research interest is the study of the interplay of information theory, quantum theory and general relativity. He showed that spacetime could be simultaneously continuous and discrete in the same way that information can be. His research interests also include inflationary cosmology as well as high temperature superconductors. He holds a patent related to data compression and has a patent on radar-related methods pending. He has also published in Mathematical Biology on the use of information theoretic methods in the study of the origin of life.
Monday 29
13:00 - SEMINAR - The sound of a vase, and the quantum universe More Information
The two deepest theories of nature, quantum theory and general relativity, long considered esoteric, are nowadays at the heart of everyday life, for example in all sorts of electronics and in GPS geo- location.

New areas of applications, such as quantum biology, quantum computing and quantum communication via satellites are on the horizon, and they too have the potential to change our lives.

Not all is well with these two theories, however: While general relativity is great for understanding the universe on big scales, it describes atoms incorrectly. Quantum theory gets atoms right but it cannot correctly describe the expansion of the universe.

Much effort is therefore going into the development of one unifying theory of “quantum gravity” that applies in all circumstances. These studies concern the deepest mysteries of nature. For example, the universe is thought to have arisen from a quantum fluctuation and it is likely that the fabric of spacetime still continually somewhat vibrates due to small quantum vacuum fluctuations.

Along the way, studies into these questions produce surprising mathematical side results. For example, as I will explain, it recently turned out that the mere sound of a vibrating object such as that of a vibrating vase can give away all details of the shape of the vase.

Achim Kempf is a professor in the Departments of Applied Mathematics and Physics at the University of Waterloo (near Toronto) in Canada. He studied physics in Germany, at the Universities of Heidelberg, Karlsruhe and Munich, obtaining his Ph.D. in 1993. From 1993 to 1998 he was a postdoc and a College Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He then spent three years as an IFT postdoctoral fellow at the University of Florida until he joined the faculty at the University of Waterloo (UW) in 2001. He is an associate member of the Institute for Quantum Computing at UW and he is an affiliate member of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. Since 2004, he has held the Canada Research Chair for the Physics of Information.

Professor Kempf’s main research interest is the study of the interplay of information theory, quantum theory and general relativity. He showed that spacetime could be simultaneously continuous and discrete in the same way that information can be. His research interests also include inflationary cosmology as well as high temperature superconductors. He holds a patent related to data compression and has a patent on radar-related methods pending. He has also published in Mathematical Biology on the use of information theoretic methods in the study of the origin of life.

 May 2013
Thursday 02
19:00 - EVENT - QUIZ NIGHT: University Physics Society : UPS Annual Quiz Night. Prizes to be won! More Information
The University Physics Society will be having its annual Quiz Night this Thursday night at the Tav. It's a chance to show off your general knowledge whilst enjoying a few drinks with your friends, and have a chance to win great prizes! Doors open at 7pm. Quiz starts 7.30pm.

This event is 18+ only.

Tickets: $10 for UPS Members, $12 for non members, $72 for a table of 8 if purchased by a UPS Member.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in Room 2.71 of the Physics Building weekdays between 1pm and 2pm.

Contact us via [email protected] for further details.

 June 2013
Tuesday 04
16:30 - SEMINAR - CMCA Seminar: Quantitative MRI applications for investigating disease and monitoring the cellular uptake and biodistribution of nanoparticles and therapeutic drugs. More Information
MRI is an incredibly versatile imaging modality stemming from the wide range of approaches that can be applied to generate image contrast. While qualitative imaging is common in clinical MRI, increasingly quantitative methods capable of measuring molecular tissue properties are being exploited. In this seminar I will present an overview of my research focussing on the application of quantitative MRI approaches to measure and map the distribution of; 1) iron, fat and fibrosis in the body and 2) magnetic nanoparticles to enable cell tracking and biodistribution studies of therapeutic agents.
Thursday 13
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Preparing and presenting a Three Minute Thesis talk : Guidelines on how to present a suitable talk for UWA's 3MT competition in 2013. Website | More Information
The rules and details of UWA's Three Minute Thesis Competition will be described, and guidance will be given on how to present a talk suitable for this event. Doctoral and Masters Researchers, ECRs and academics within 7 years of PhD completion are eligible to compete.
Wednesday 26
13:00 - SEMINAR - HPC Seminar: Why HPC is crucial to understanding how galaxies form More Information
Supercomputer simulations have played a transformative role over the last 30 years in establishing the paradigms of the growth of cosmic structure and galaxy formation. Theoretically they allow us to tackle problems that are otherwise intractable analytically, such as predicting the structure of the cosmic web and the internal properties of galaxies. Observationally they allow us to build virtual universes that allow us to interpret the results of large galaxy surveys. I'll review what goes into one of these simulations, explaining why and how supercomputers have proven to be crucial. I'll also highlight key predictions from simulations and identify areas where more work is needed as we enter the era of SKA-science.

 August 2013
Sunday 11
12:15 - EVENT - UWA In the Virtual World More Information
Considered world leaders in the areas of 3D art and film, UWA has been recreated in the virtual world of "Second Life". Join the founder, Jay Jay Jegathesan, on a magical journey to discover this world. For more information on UWA's virtual presence, visit www.uwainsl.blogspot.com
Tuesday 13
15:30 - SEMINAR - Pulsars and Gravity More Information
Pulsars are extraordinarily good clocks. This property has been exploited in a wide range of applications ranging from studying the interiors of neutron stars to testing theories of gravitation. Many pulsars, especially millisecond pulsars, are in orbit around another star, providing a near-ideal gravitational laboratory. The original binary pulsar, PSR B1913+16, discovered by Hulse and Taylor in 1974, has provided the first observational evidence for the existence of gravitational waves (GWs) and has verified that Einstein’s general theory of relativity is an accurate theory of gravitation. The Double Pulsar (PSR J0737-3039A/B), discovered at Parkes, is an extraordinary system that not only gives new insight into magnetospheric and pulse emission physics, it also an unrivalled system for testing gravitational theories. Direct detection of gravitational waves is a major goal of current astrophysics. A Pulsar Timing Array (PTA) can in principle give a direct detection of GWs at nanohertz frequencies. A secondary goal of PTA projects is the establishment of a “pulsar timescale” which, over long time intervals, may be more accurate than the best available timescales based on atomic clocks. Since mid-2004, the Parkes Pulsar Timing Array (PPTA) project has been making regular timing measurements of 20 millisecond pulsars with steadily improving precision. While we do not yet have a significant GW detection, our current upper limit seriously constrains standard models for galaxy evolution and formation of super-massive black holes in galaxy cores. In collaboration with the European and North American PTAs we have formed the International Pulsar Timing Array (IPTA) to enhance progress toward PTA goals.

Richard N. Manchester CSIRO Fellow CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science Epping NSW Australia
Tuesday 20
13:00 - TALK - CAREERS MONTH - Welcome to the W.A. Public Sector - employment opportunities abound! : Come along and hear from a representative of the Public Sector Commission who will discuss life in the WA public sector, how to apply for positions and where to find current vacancies. Website | More Information
Welcome to the Western Australian public sector and the never ending possibilities of working for the Government and contributing to the administration of the State. The public sector is made up of a wide range of government departments and agencies with locations throughout the whole of Western Australia. Although you may gain employment for one particular agency within the public sector you belong to a much larger workforce. Newly appointed public sector employees are given the opportunity to contribute to the efficient and effective administration of the State of Western Australia.

The variety of jobs in the public sector is huge - all students from all disciplines welcome.

Bookings on CareerHub - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Wednesday 21
16:00 - SEMINAR - Moving-base Gradiometry without Gradiometers: Mission Impossible? More Information
Devices called GRADIOMETERS are well known instruments which have been designed for measuring the first spatial derivatives of physical fields (gravitational, magnetic, electromagnetic..). Moving-base gradiometry is an extremely challenging multi-discipline technology area that has been declared as a "holy grail" for applications like geophysical prospecting for oil & gas, minerals, water and for some other non-geophysical applications. This talk is about another option for measuring gradients in motion without using gradiometers as such. In the first look it is a Mission Impossible. However, new emerging technologies provide a basis for making this Mission Possible. I will describe how collaboration between The Australian International Gravitational Research Centre and the Centre for Gravitational Experiments of the Huazhong University of Science and Technology (Wuhan, China) has led to a new quest for this exciting new possibility.
Monday 26
13:00 - SEMINAR - CAREERS MONTH - INTERNATIONAL CAREERS WEEK: Marketing Yourself in Australia – work, study AND stay : Are you an international student who wants to gain work experience in Australia? Find out what you need to do to market yourself effectively to Australian employers. Website | More Information
This workshop is aimed at UWA’s international students to assist them in developing strategies for marketing themselves successfully to Australian employers. Learn about the importance of self –marketing, utilising contacts, researching and networking skills effectively, as well as managing employer expectations.

Bookings essential on CareerHub - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Wednesday 28
7:00 - SEMINAR - Meeting Industry Challenges Through Innovation - FLNG and shale gas : Doug Buckley, VP Commercial Shell Australia and BHP Billiton Chair Peter Hartley discuss Website | More Information
As the Australian LNG sector continues to grapple with productivity challenges, Doug Buckley, VP Commercial Shell Australia, will talk about the role innovation has to play in keeping Australia competitive in the global gas market, and attracting future investment.

Peter Hartley, BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources at The University of Western Australia will discuss the possible implications of the US shale gas on natural gas markets and the impact on Australia as a major global LNG supplier. contact [email protected] for ticket prices and details

 September 2013
Monday 02
13:00 - EVENT - Blood Service mobile to visit to UWA 2 - 5 September : Call 13 95 96 to book an appointment to donate blood. More Information
The Blood Service mobile unit will be located at the UWA Crawley campus 2 - 5 September and has many appointments available. To make an appointment call 13 95 96 or visit donateblood.com.au Every blood donation can save three lives and only takes one hour of your time.

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