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Academic Events
 March 2014
Thursday 13
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Re-Visioning Field Stations, Marine Laboratories, and Research Centers to Address Global Environmental Change Website | More Information
A public lecture by Dr Peggy Fiedler, Director of the Natural Reserve System at the University of California.

In this lecture Professor Fiedler will provide context for understanding the role of field stations, marine laboratories and other protected areas by discussing specific examples of the UCNRS’s research programmes in advancing our general knowledge about the natural world, its general education programs with pre-college students, and its conservation partnerships with a large variety of NGOs, government agencies, and private individuals. Potential new partnerships within the five Mediterranean-ecosystem climate regions worldwide, including the Western Australia, will also be explored.

Peggy Fiedler is a plant conservation biologist, best known for her work on defining the nature of rarity in vascular plants. In the last decade, she has served as a senior research associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, and is currently working in a similar capacity with CENRM at The University of Western Australia Albany campus.

Professor Fiedler is a 2014 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Short Stay Visiting Fellow.

Cost: free, but RSVP required via https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/fiedler
Friday 14
15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, The brilliant career of Frédéric Vanhove More Information
John Bamberg (UWA)

will speak on

The brilliant career of Frédéric Vanhove

at 3pm Friday March the 14th in Weatherburn Lecture Theatre.
Monday 17
13:00 - SYMPOSIUM - SYMPOSIUM - Shadow Land: Memory and Colonialism Website | More Information
Since 1995, artist Anne Ferran has been examining and rediscovering Australia’s colonial history, through museum collections, photographic archives and archaeological sites.

Her investigation into Australia’s colonial past, especially its lost histories of incarceration, offers a rich opportunity for archaeologists and historians concerned with recent and contemporary pasts to consider how the materiality of places, landscapes, remains, and objects, both reflect and shape practices that produce identity and memory.

As part of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery's campus partnership with the University of Western Australia's faculties, academic staff from the disciplines of History and Archaeology will share their research in this special symposium at the Gallery.

The symposium is free to attend, however, REGISTRATION is essential. For more information on the program, speakers attending and to register, please visit: https://shadowland-symposium.eventbrite.com/?aff=uwacal

16:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - Perth USAsia Centre presents a public lecture from New York Times Editorial Board Member Carol Giacomo Website | More Information
Visting New York Times editorial board member Carol Giacomo will be at UWA and talking with students on covering the world from home and abroad; looking at the challenges facing journalists covering foreign policy issues. An established commentator on US foreign policy, Ms Giacomo also discusses President Obama’s Asia rebalance and how it affects US relations with major countries in the region.
Tuesday 18
9:00 - WORKSHOP - A Taste of HuNI: Using the HuNI Virtual Laboratory Website | More Information
This FREE workshop is designed to introduce humanities researchers to the HuNI Virtual Laboratory.

Researchers will be given an introduction to the contents and capabilities of the HuNI VL, and its relationship to the various contributing datasets. They will learn how to create their own account in HuNI and use it to build and share collections of data relevant to their research. They will also learn how to annotate entities in HuNI to show relationships between them, and how to export information from HuNI.

After completing the workshop, attendees will be able to start using the HuNI Virtual Laboratory as an integral part of their research. The workshop is not intended to be an in-depth look at the technical architecture and functionality of the Virtual Laboratory, and is not designed for technical experts.

Two sessions are being held from 9am - 12pm, and 1400-1700 (the afternoon workshop is a repeat of the morning workshop). You must register to attend this free workshop.

9:00 - EVENT - FREE event: Federated Archaeological information Management Systems Website | More Information
Federated Archaeological information Management Systems (FAIMS) is a National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources (Australia) funded project to produce a comprehensive information system for archaeology and related fieldwork disciplines. Through community engagement it has developed flexible, robust and extensible tools for acquiring, refining, and archiving archaeological and related data. It allows data from field and laboratory work to be born digital using mobile devices, processed in web applications (local or online), and published online through a data repository. Means for facilitating the production of semantically, as well as syntactically, interoperable datasets have been built into the application at multiple points in the data lifecyle. Since the needs of archaeological fieldwork and research vary – and because many earlier efforts to construct archaeological data resources failed from being overly prescriptive – the project has developed the core of a federated, open-source system, encouraging the growth of an extensible range of options at each stage of data management.

This workshop follows early demonstrations of the system at the Computer Applications in Archaeology conference (Perth, March 2013) but now presents these tools (especially the mobile platform) in a much more mature state.

You must register to attend this FREE workshop.

9:00 - WORKSHOP - The #altac Track: Strategies to imagine and build alternative academic careers Website | More Information
#Altac careers have been described as off the tenure track, but within the academic orbit. These positions are serviced by “hybrid humanities scholars” who work in a diverse range of institutions including universities, cultural heritage bodies, libraries, museums, academic publishing, and the public sector. Roles often include a combination of administration, project management, teaching and research work.

This free, 3-hour workshop will explore strategies and tools to help PhD candidates and early career researchers imagine and build alternative academic careers. It will include a panel session with several practicing “alt-academics”, hands-on activities and plenty of lively discussion and debate.

14:00 - CONFERENCE - Digital Humanities Australasia 2014 Conference Website | More Information
The biennial conference of the Australasian Association for Digital Humanities (aaDH). aaDH was formed to strengthen the digital humanities research community and is a member of the international Alliance of Digital Humanities Organisations (ADHO).

Join us from 18th – 21st March 2014, on the beautiful UWA Campus.

This year’s conference themes are as follows:


All delegates are required to register in advance. Registration closes on 9th March 2014, at 12:00 midnight WST.

Workshops and a Masterclass with Dr Anthony Beavers will be held on the 17th and 18th of March. The Master class on Computational philosophy and the moral implications of automated decision making, held on the 18th of March from 14:00 – 17:00, is at [email protected], Building 13, ECU Mt Lawley Campus.

14:00 - EVENT - Masterclass: Computational philosophy and the moral implications of automated decision making Website | More Information
This FREE Masterclass is an opportunity for postgraduate students and early career researchers to meet and discuss specific research topics with a distinguished scholar. Participants will be invited to participate within the framework of the topic as part of a discussion.

The host, Anthony Beavers works in the developing area of computational philosophy, an approach to the discipline that involves using computers to make philosophical discoveries that are not readily available with traditional argumentative methods and that also tests philosophical theories for computational tractability. Tony is also a keynote speaker at DHA 2014.

You must register to attend.

16:30 - FREE LECTURE - School of Music Presents: Research Seminar Series - Jon Prince Website | More Information
Jon Prince

How melodic contour, rhythm, tonality, and metre affect musical similarity and expectancy
Wednesday 19
9:00 - WORKSHOP - Supervisor Refresher Forum : Research Supervision Professional Development Program Website | More Information
This workshop is designed for experienced supervisors of research students at UWA want to update their current conceptions and practice of supervision at UWA, including updates on UWA policies and rules.

It provides an overview research training at UWA and is designed for supervisors of Higher Degree Research (HDR) students and is grounded in the Graduate Research School's Policies and Rules. Supervisors of Honours and Postgraduate Coursework students are also welcome to attend.

The context for further exploration of supervision issues in the Supervisor Development Program, which includes workshops such as Finding the Right Research Student, Student- Supervisor Relationships, Support for Research Students, Supervising International Research Students, and Research Students and Mental Health.

Workshop Description: Supervision in context – UWA's vision for the future. Professionalising postgraduate supervision.

13:00 - FREE LECTURE - Public Lecture by Hanifa Deen: Taslima Nasreen, the Female Rushdie: Freedom of Speech and Islamophobia : CMSS presents: A Public Lecture by Hanifa Deen Website | More Information
Hanifa Deen explores the domestic and international responses to dissident Bangladeshi writer-in-exile, Taslima Nasreen. Following a newspaper interview the author gave in neighbouring India, violent demonstrations broke out in 1994 and she was accused of blasphemy. This led to an international campaign by human rights organisations such as: Amnesty International, International PEN and Reporters San Frontiers to ‘Save Taslima’. Labelled ‘the female Salman Rushdie’, which eventually proved her undoing, Nasreen ‘escaped’ to the West where she became an overnight celebrity, a much-lauded feminist and free speech icon adopted by European freedom of expression organisations and USA feminists. Her Western supporters never asked why Bangladeshi feminists, secularists and human rights activists never ‘adopted’ her. Nasreen’s brand of feminism and Indian backing alienated her from what should have been her domestic support base. Eventually Nasreen toppled from her literary pedestal in the West, a victim of everyone’s expectations, political manoeuvring and her own sense of entitlement. Nasreen writes in Bengali, her mother tongue, and wants to live permanently in West Bengal, India. This presents difficulties for the government as her presence leads to violent demonstrations by Muslim extremists. She is also famous for her acrimonious fallings out with her male mentors in Bangladesh, Western Europe and now in India. Hirsi Ali, another critic of Islam, has in some respects relegated Nasreen to the sidelines.

Hanifa Deen is an award-winning West Australian-born author who writes narrative non-fiction and now lives in Melbourne. Her books include: Caravanserai: A Journey Among Australian Muslims, for which she won a NSW Premier’s Literary Award; Broken Bangles, short listed for a WA Premier’s Award, The Jihad Seminar (UWA Press) short listed for the Australian Human Rights Commission, Literature Non-Fiction Award; Ali Abdul vs. The King, (UWA Publishers, 2011). Her latest book On the Trail of Taslima was released in June 2013.

Deen has also served as a Hearing Commissioner, Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Commission of Australia, and also on the Board of Directors, Special Broadcasting Services (SBS). She was the Director of Community Education at the Victorian Ethnic Affairs Commission as well as the Deputy Commissioner at the Multicultural Affairs Commission WA.

Currently she is Chair of the Institute of Cultural Diversity and is also the Editor of Sultana’s Dream, an online magazine written and produced by Australian Muslim women which she founded in 2011.

You are welcome to bring your lunch and join the conversation

13:00 - WORKSHOP - Supervisor Induction : Research Supervision Professional Development Program Website | More Information
This workshop is for UWA staff and others who are new to supervision at UWA. It provides an overview of research training at UWA for those who are new to supervision, new to supervision at UWA or plan to supervise in the future. The workshop is grounded in the Graduate Research School's Policies and Rules for higher degree by research students, but is open to supervisors of all research students, including Honours & postgraduate coursework students.

The workshop provides the context for further exploration of supervision issues in the Supervisor Development Program, which includes workshops such as Finding the Right Research Student, Student- Supervisor Relationships, Support for Research Students, Supervising International Research Students, and Research Students and Mental Health.

Workshop Description: Overview of research student cohort at UWA. Roles and responsibilities of supervisors at UWA. Research student support at UWA. Best practice in student supervision.

16:00 - SEMINAR - The Enchantment of Remote Islands and Their Peoples : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Website | More Information
In part, this seminar is a travelogue and, in part, it is an amateur study in comparative anthropology. While exploring many small, remote and near-isolated islands around the world I became fascinated by the history and sociology of the small human communities that occupied those corners of the world.

In this seminar I tell many of their stories, mostly tragic, often uplifting and sometimes heroic but almost always the result of clashes with the larger world. At the same time I had the pleasure of photographing and then exhibiting the scenic grandeur of these ocean-bound patches of ground.

In the process I will march through time from the remarkable remains of the Neolithic village of Skara Brae in the Orkneys to the dramatic pinnacle of Skellig Michael off the southwest coast of Ireland, a place that Sir Kenneth Clark credited with contributing to the survival of civilization during Europe’s Dark Ages.

From there we will move halfway around the world to the murderous story of the Batavia shipwreck on the Abrolhos Islands off the coast of Western Australia and back again to the British Isles for a visit to the remote island of St.Kilda and its ill-starred people. I finish with the current story of Tory Island off the northwest corner of Ireland whose people, persecuted in the past, are struggling to retain a viable existence on their island.

(See “The Far Side of the Sky” at https://www.dankat.com/mstory/mstory.htm)

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

****All Welcome****

17:00 - EVENT - DHA 2014 Visualisation evening and Poster reception (sundowner) Website | More Information
The Visualisation and Poster reception is part of the DHA 2014 Conference held at UWA from 18-21 March 2014. The reception will exhibit electronic posters submitted by conference delegates, as well as presentations Dr Andrew Hutchison - presenting on virtual environments from the Sydney Kormoran Project, and Professor Stelarc - presenting a performance art piece integrating immersive visualisation, avatars and body tracking.

Buses depart 5.00pm from front of the University Club for the John Curtin Galley, and return at 7.15pm, dropping off in the city, then UWA.

This is a FREE event however you are required to register your attendance.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - How nature makes materials Website | More Information
A lecture by Professor Ullrich Steiner, Cavendish Laboratory, University of Cambridge and Australian Academy of Science 2014 Selby Fellow.

Biological organisms have rather limited resources they can use to build the materials they are made of. Given these limitations, the range of properties of natural materials is mind-boggling, and in many instances not easily surpassed by man-made substitutes. One important aspect of many natural materials is their intricate structure, extending often from a few nanometers to macroscopic dimensions.

In this lecture Professor Steiner will discuss some recent work that illustrates what we can learn from nature: how to make structured materials and how to copy their properties. Some of the examples that Professor Steiner will cover will include: animal skeletons and sea shells; structural colour in nature; adhesion properties of insects, spiders and lizards; and self-cleaning surfaces.

Cost: Free, but RSVP required via https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/steiner

Thursday 20
13:10 - CONCERT - School of Music Presents FREE Lunchtime Concerts : Yi Yun Loei (harp) Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday every Thursday in our free lunchtime concert series.

FREE 50min Concert every Thursday during Semester at 1:10pm. No booking required, just turn up!
Friday 21
13:00 - WORKSHOP - Recognising and Rewarding Learning using Badges : CATL eLearning at Lunchtime Website | More Information
Have you wanted to find a way to reward or recognise student achievement or progress in learning without necessarily providing marks? Or to allow students to demonstrate achievements that they can use externally to their university study?

Badges are an emerging feature of online and blended learning that are gaining traction as a means to meet this need.

Conceptually, and most simply, badges provide a visual digital image that in educational contexts represents recognition and reward for the achievement of particular experiences, skills, or knowledge.

This presentation is for those interested in learning about reward and recognition practices, and in particular the concept of badges and their use in a higher education context. It will include educational samples, and refer to the Open Badges [link to https://openbadges.org/] movement and the functionality in the LMS that supports badges.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Have we ever tried to count Cayley graphs? More Information
Pablo Spiga (Universita' di Milano-Bicocca)

will speak on

Have we ever tried to count Cayley graphs?

at 3pm Friday March the 21st in Weatherburn Lecture Theatre.


In this talk we give some elementary upper bounds on the number of finite Cayley graphs. The asymptotic number of Cayley graphs is much harder to pin down and we give a brief outline of the main technique and the main ingredients needed for this counting. On the way we leave some problems on oriented Cayley graphs and tournaments.
Saturday 22
9:45 - EVENT - Sessional Staff Professional Development Day Website | More Information
The purpose of this day is to recognise the important role sessional teachers play in the delivery of a quality student experience and to thank them for their contribution.

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