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Academic Events
 March 2013
Tuesday 05
9:15 - SEMINAR - Office of Learning and Teaching Exemplary Academic Integrity Project Seminar More Information
Please join us for a seminar and interactive session with international academic integrity expert Dr Tricia Bertram Gallant from the University of California, San Diego about the OLT strategic commissioned project on academic integrity: Embedding and extending exemplary academic integrity policy and support frameworks across the higher education sector

9:15 - VISITING SPEAKER - Office of Learning and Teaching Exemplary Academic Integrity Project Seminar More Information
Dr Tracey Bretag, from the University of South Australia, in 2012 led an ALTC funded project Academic integrity standards: Aligning policy and practice in Australian universities. Dr Bretag and her team will be presenting a seminar on Tuesday 5th March, with international academic integrity expert and author, Dr Tricia Bertram Gallant (University of California San Diego). The project team identified the University of Western Australia as one of five universities with a commendable academic integrity policy. RSVP to [email protected]

10:30 - Information session - Teaching Fellowship Scheme: Information Session Website | More Information
The scheme supports innovative, reasonably short-term projects that promote the University's education strategic objective to improve the quality of the student learning experience. Staff interested in applying for the Teaching Fellowship Scheme should attend.

13:00 - SEMINAR - iVEC Supercomputing : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: This presentation will introduce you to the resources and expertise iVEC can provide to support your research. iVEC is encouraging the use of supercomputing, large scale data storage and visualisation for WA researchers. This is achieved by making available facilities and expertise to the research, education and industrial communities. Application areas include nanotechnology, radioastronomy, high energy physics, medical and mining training, medical research, mining and petroleum, architecture and construction, multimedia, and urban planning.

The Speakers:

Valerie is the Education Program Leader for iVEC. Valerie is responsible for training in supercomputing and eResearch along with internships and school outreach. She enjoys the challenge of communicating complex concepts to diverse audiences – breaking through the jargon to create a shared understanding. Valerie holds a PhD in Computer Science (SoftwareEngineering) and an honours degree in Computer Science.

Chris is a HPC Application Analyst and Parallel Programmer. He joins iVEC from Paratools, Inc. located in Eugene, Oregon where he was the Principle Investigator in several small business innovative research projects focused on developing HPC tools to support HPC application development and research.

Chris has also worked at University HPC centres both in the United States and in the United Kingdom as a Parallel Programmer. His career in High Performance Computing started at the Army Research Laboratory in Aberdeen, Maryland as an Application Analyst. He has a Masters degree in Scientific Computing at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, Sweden; while his undergraduate degree is in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Alabama in Huntsville.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Control of fusions in fusion systems and applications More Information
Jiping Zhang (Peking University)

will speak on

Control of fusions in fusion systems and applications

at 1pm on Tuesday 5th of March, in MLR2


Fusion systems were introduced by L. Puig in early 1990's mainly for the purpose of block theory. Fusion systems are also of interest in homotopy theory. In this talk we will define a new control of fusion in fusion systems and apply it to the study of maximal Sylow intersections.

17:00 - SEMINAR - AAS Seminar : Themes for the Decadal Plan for the Mathematical Sciences More Information
The Australian Academy of Science, through its National Committee for Mathematics, has initiated the development of a Decadal Plan for the Mathematical Sciences, comprising an assessment of the current state of the mathematical sciences in Australia, a description and prioritisation of opportunities for the future (2015-2025) and an outline of strategies to achieve these priorities. A Steering Committee and seven subcommittees have identified themes and issues to guide contributions to the plan. Peter Stacey, the Project Officer for the plan, will outline the themes identified by the subcommittees. Cheryl Praeger will then initiate general discussion by suggesting some issues for inclusion in the plan. Some issues identified by subcommittees are available (please email [email protected] for a copy). Views from the audience on these or other matters will be welcomed, both at the session and via subsequent submissions.

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Fire Website | More Information
A Lecture by Director and Playwright, David Milroy.

In being commissioned to contribute to this anthology I was intrigued by the theme that had been chosen. Given the recent traumatic events caused by bushfires in the South West and other parts of Australia, it is a topical theme. While it could have been easily misconstrued as an insensitive topic it is as I see it a theme that evokes all the senses which bind us to this country, and to this land. Whether it is the smell of burning grass trees in the South West or a spinifex fire in the Pilbara, or the raging inferno that consumed country Victoria, we are all touched in some way by the enigma that is fire.

In the first half of my talk, I will explore some of the dimensions of fire as it has shaped my experience of the land, as a Palyku and a Western Australian. In the second half, I will discuss some of the West Australian cultural, historical and geographical influences that have inspired my work and my contribution to the anthology, ‘Walardu and Karla’ the fire that had burned for more than twenty years.

Join us after the lecture when Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence will launch the anthology.

Cost: Free, but registration essential via https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/milroy
Wednesday 06
13:00 - WORKSHOP - Lecture Recording: Capturing a lecture on your desktop with PCAP Website | More Information
Echo360 Personal Capture is software that allows you to record your voice, your presentation and yourself to produce a short video recording. Staff use this software to record lectures specifically for an online audience, or summary or other small recordings for learning purposes. In this workshop, we will explore ideas for the use of desk-top recordings for teaching and learning, and then learn how to use Echo360 PCap software to create, edit and publish your recording. You will create a short recorded presentation.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Environments for the Characterisation Community - MASSIVE and the Characterisation Virtual Laboratory Website | More Information
The “21st century microscope” will not be a single instrument; rather it will be an orchestration of specialised imaging technologies, data storage facilities, and specialised data processing engines. This presentation will detail two complimentary national projects that are creating an integrated computer environment for researchers who work with imaging data.

This seminar, presented by Dr Wojtek Goscinski on Wed 6 March 2013 from 3-4pm at the ARRC Auditorium, will describe MASSIVE and the CVL, highlight research that is being conducted using these environments and the technology that underpins them, and will describe the key challenges of developing a supercomputer program for the characterization community.

16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents : Seconds from Disaster - Managing Mining Organisational Risk. Website | More Information
Organisational accidents are typically rare, catastrophic events that can occur within complex modern systems such as nuclear power plants, commercial aviation, petrochemical plants, aerospace, marine, rail transport and complex technological organisations such as banks and mines. It is generally appreciated that single causes of system failures are extremely rare and that they usually result from a series of (relatively minor) events that become chained together to enable a disastrous outcome or failure to occur. Organisational accidents therefore, usually have multiple causes involving many systems and people operating at different levels of their respective companies and can have devastating effects on stakeholders, assets and the environment.

Today there are very few mining organisations that can survive the financial, legal and environmental repercussions from a major failure. This talk will illustrate how systemic (epidemiological) accident model theory, that has been very successfully applied in the aerospace and petrochemical industries in particular, can and has been applied to prevent failures in all aspects of mining organisations. The presentation will illustrate how the design and construction of successive layers of protection and defences contribute to ensuring a complex well‐defended mining operational system that not only addresses risks from physical mining activities and processing, but the stability of all types of landforms on the mine as well as surface and ground water contamination and management.

A critical issue in managing mining organisational risk is adapting to constant change that includes transfer of ownership and temporary cessation of mining activities (i.e. periods of care and maintenance). During these periods, organisation risk from the stability of landforms and water contamination does not reduce and may actually increase. The final aspect of the presentation details how layers of protection and defences need to be adapted accordingly to meet different types of change management requirements.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****
Thursday 07
16:00 - SEMINAR - ARCHAEOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES : Shall I leave or shall I stay? More Information
Microstratigraphic analysis of archaeological sites as a new clue to understanding the effect of the last glaciation on human behaviours in the Kimberley area, WA, Australia


In Australian archaeology there has been much debate about people’s ability to adapt to climate change during the Last Glacial Maximum (LGM). The common view is that during the coolest times of the LGM people retreated to refuges in coastal areas or well-watered gorges. This view is based on the large number of archaeological sites in the Australian arid zone that have disruptions in their sedimentary sequences throughout the LGM.

Several sites containing such discontinuities will be investigated in the Kimberley area using a micro-scale geoarchaeological approach and a range of various techniques: micromorphology, grain-size analysis, geochemical and mineralogy analysis. This study will contribute to our understanding of the possible effects of climate change on human behaviours during the LGM through a complete investigation of archaeological sedimentary sequences. It will help to understand site formation processes, differentiate anthropogenic from natural sedimentation processes, identify reasons for stratigraphical discontinuities and changes in deposition rates and contribute to a Pleistocene and Holocene palaeoenvironment and palaeoclimate reconstruction of the studied area.

Friday 08
9:30 - WORKSHOP - Introduction to LMS: LMS for Tutors Website | More Information
UWA's learning management system provides a variety of tools, features and interactions in an online environment for supporting teaching and learning experiences at UWA. Different roles have different access and capabilities for using the system, and there are two tutor roles - a grading role and a non-grading role. This 2.5 hour 'hands-on' workshop is aimed at UWA Staff who have or will have one of the tutor roles in an LMS unit.

9:30 - WORKSHOP - Assessment: Developing Rubrics Website | More Information
This workshop will provide an overview of what a rubric is and how to develop one. The practical hands-on workshop will allow staff to consider their current/future assessment tasks and effective ways of assessing these using rubrics.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Generalised n-gons and the Feit-Higman theorem More Information
Name: Jon Xu (University of Melbourne/University of Western Australia)

will speak on

Generalised n-gons and the Feit-Higman theorem

at 3pm on Friday 8th of March.


Jacques Tits' theory of buildings played a vital role in the proof of the classification theorem on finite simple groups. The class of rank 2 buildings are also known as generalised n-gons.

In my talk, generalised n-gons will be defined as a certain class of bipartite graphs, so as to skip the (rather abstruse) building-theoretic definition. I will also state and outline a proof of the Feit-Higman theorem, which states that the majority of generalised n-gons can only exist for certain n. The proof, due to Kilmoyer and Solomon (1973), weaves together representation theory and graph theory.

To finish off, I will talk a little about what I've been doing here at UWA.
Wednesday 13
9:30 - WORKSHOP - Teaching Large Classes: Active Learning in Lectures Website | More Information
Large classes mean the lecture class is maintained, yet effective teaching requires reconsidering how learners are engaged in the lecture time. This workshop will introduce you to the theory behind Active Learning, model a range of Active Learning strategies, and give you some practical tips and techniques to help you develop appropriate Active Learning activities for your lectures. The workshop will also touch on the use of technologies as Active Learning tools.

16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents : The Spectacular Space Shuttle Era: My story, technical and personal Website | More Information
In January 1969, I arrived as a new emigrant to United States at a time of great excitement for adventurers like myself. Astronauts were about to land on the moon and there was much talk of plans for a new spaceship to be called the Space Shuttle. That plan looked surprisingly like the imaginary spaceships I used to draw as a small boy growing up in the little Irish village of Magherafelt, light years away in time and space.

I came to California to join the faculty of the California Institute of Technology, little imagining that I would remain there until I retired over 41 years later. When I finally did retire in April of 2010 the last few Space Shuttle flights were about to take place and the program was winding down. Thus my career coincided with the spectacular Space Shuttle Era and its great successes and tragic failures were mirrored by events in my own personal life.

That vehicle played a very large part in both my technical career and my private life and in this wide-ranging lecture I tell some of those stories, some successful, some exhilarating, some sad and some joyful.

Short bio,

Chris Brennen, Professor of Mechanical Engineering Emeritus at the Californian Institute of Technology . His expertise includes mechanical engineering, fluid flow, multiphase flows, cavitation, turbomachinery, pumps, granular flows. Chris’s research interests are in cavitation and multiphase flows, in turbomachinery and in granular material flows.

Brennen has also authored seven books and more than 180 technical papers.

This visit to CWR/Perth marks Chris’s forth trip to Australia and give us a chance to hear his story, technical and personal.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****

18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Abrupt Climate Change in the Arctic: Why should we care? Website | More Information
An Inquiring Minds Lecture by Professor Carlos M. Duarte, Director, UWA Oceans Institute.

The Arctic is the least studied of all regions of the planet, but also that which has warmed fastest to-date and which is predicted to continue to do so along the 21 st century. While the Antarctic Treaty open for an era of scientific investigation and collaboration in Antarctica, the bases in the Arctic were not for science but for the US and the USSR to watch each other’s movement in the chess board of Cold War the Arctic was. Still international collaboration remains challenging in the Arctic. Meanwhile, rapid melting of ice in Greenland and the Arctic Ocean both have shown chatastrophic acceleration in 2012, qualifying the changes in the Arctic as “dangerous climate change” as per the UN Climate Convention. While there are some positives, such as ease of access to resources in the Arctic, triggering a Gold Rush, the forces that the rapid changes in the Arctic can unlock are phenomenal, and can propagate a wave of change to the rest of the planet. The changes in the Arctic should be of everyone’s concern. The challenge that dangerous climate change does not spread, unchecked across the planet.

Cost: Free, but RSVP essential. To register a place visit https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/cduarte
Thursday 14
12:00 - EVENT - What matters to me and why : a conversation with W/Prof Kadambot Siddique More Information
Lunch time talk: What Matters to me and Why (with W/Prof Kadambot H.M. Siddique)

'What Matters to me and why' is a series of lunch time talks and conversations with UWA Academics. The talks explore personal stories of family, place, formative influences and how such factors continue to shape people's lives and academic work.

The next conversation is with Winthrop Professor Kadambot Siddique, Director of the UWA Institute of Agriculture

Professor Siddique will share some of his story and then there will be the opportunity for questions/conversation. BYO lunch. Tea/Coffee is available in the meeting room (at the request of the Science Library, please do not carry coffee through the library).

The Science Library is towards the southern end of the campus just south of the Chemistry and Psychology buildings.

14:00 - SEMINAR - Statistics Seminar : Energy Derivatives: Oil,Gas and Coal Website | More Information
Commodities as an asset class have experienced somewhat of a surge in interest over the past ten years, driven largely by an increase in demand from newly industrialising countries, but also by investor appetite for investment opportunities that are weakly correlated with more liquid financial markets. Commodities can be very broadly categorised into three major areas - metals, energy and agricultural. In this talk, I shall introduce the typical financial instruments encountered by energy quants (quantitative analysts), such as futures, options on futures, swaps and Asians. It will be seen that market quotes exist which can be used to calibrate implied volatility surfaces, which are used for option pricing. Examples will be given to show how futures curves and volatility surfaces typically evolve, using the benchmark WTI crude oil as an example (we discuss natural gas and gasoline also). While I shall discuss some aspects of pricing and theory, the talk will be primarily descriptive and will be accessible to a non-mathematical audience with an interest in resource markets. ALL ARE WELCOME TO ATTEND THE SEMINAR

16:00 - SEMINAR - ARCHAEOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES : Identity and rock art both on and off the rocks More Information
In many countries, cultural and socio-political identity is shaped, manipulated, presented, and negotiated through rock art. Both on and off the rocks, pictographs and petroglyphs are powerful tools. In this talk, I present results from fieldwork in southern Africa, northern Australia, and west Texas. I focus on re-contextualised rock art images, in commercial settings, in academic publications, and as integral components of national symbols. I also consider innovative new visitor centres concerned with conservation, job creation, promoting ‘community archaeology’, and – above all – challenging visitors’ preconceptions of rock art and of the Indigenous peoples who made it.

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