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Academic Events
 January 2019
Saturday 19
9:00 - COURSE - 8-Day GAMSAT Preparation Courses on UWA Campus : Learn, review and practice for a great GAMSAT score! Gold Standard GAMSAT attendance courses cover all 3 exam sections through problem-based learning. Website | More Information
Join us on our 9th year of providing interactive, problem-based & targeted GAMSAT attendance courses on UWA campus!

We understand the GAMSAT to be a reasoning exam rather than knowledge-based and have designed our courses to help you optimise the skills that are being assessed in the test.

• Our problem-based learning method lets you approach the test as a learning experience - almost everything you need to answer a question can be found on the exam paper!

• Develop exam-level reasoning skills as you learn proven strategies from the author of the first GAMSAT textbook ever written, The Gold Standard GAMSAT, and whose experience in teaching the GAMSAT spans over 9 years.

• Purchase any 3 days and attend another full day of your choice, for free!

• You can also customise your GAMSAT review by choosing only the course or courses that target your weaknesses. Choose from any of the following courses for only $199 per day:

- January 19, 2019: Verbal Reasoning and Written Communication (Section 1 and Section 2) Problem-based Learning Course

- January 20, 2019: Bridging Course for Science and Non-science Background

- January 21, 2019: Physical Sciences Review (Section 3) & PBL

- January 22, 2019: Biological Sciences Review (Section 3) & PBL

- January 23, 2019: Virtual Reality GAMSAT Exam (VR-1)

- January 24, 2019: Virtual Reality GAMSAT Exam Review and Targeted PBL

January 25, 2019: Continued Review and Advanced GAMSAT PBL

- March 16, 2019: Virtual Reality GAMSAT Exam with Online Review of Worked Solutions Course location: University Hall, University of Western Australia

For further details, please visit www.gamsattestpreparation.com/gamsat-courses-perth.php

Our GAMSAT attendance courses are also included in our Platinum Attendance and Complete Course packages: 5000+ Q&A • 300+ Videos • 60+ Hrs Live Courses • up to 15 Full-length Exams • 4 GAMSAT Textbooks • Apps • MP3s

17:00 - SEMINAR - Free GAMSAT Strategy Session With An Expert : Get insight into efficient preparation & strategies relevant to GAMSAT-level practice questions in this free problem-based seminar provided by Gold Standard GAMSAT. Website | More Information
Gauge your readiness for the GAMSAT! We'll be providing free handouts with sample practice questions. You will then be asked to take a short timed practice test followed by a discussion of the worked solutions.

Our GAMSAT free seminars are like mini versions of our live attendance courses. We focus on teaching the most important strategies for each section rather than a mere overview of the GAMSAT.

Note: It is not necessary to be using Gold Standard GAMSAT products in order to attend this free GAMSAT seminar. You will receive a free handout but please bring some writing paper.

The Gold Standard GAMSAT textbooks are available at the UWA Co-op Bookshop as well as at www.gamsat-prep.com.
Wednesday 30
12:00 - FREE LECTURE - Community of Practice Lunch and Learn : Amazing opportunity to learn about virtual reality with your colleagues from throughout the University More Information
UWA academics are cordially invited to the inaugural ‘Lunch & Learn’ event run by our new UWA ‘Teaching Innovations’ Community of Practice. The focus of this event will be VR in Higher Education. The event will be held on Wednesday 30th January, 2019 from 12 noon to 1.30pm in the Fay Gale Studio (formerly the Carpe Diem Studio) in the Educational Enhancement Unit.

This informal 90 minute session will include insights into the AR, VR and Mixed Reality programs currently enhancing student learning across the university, and a panel discussion at the end. The aim is to share expertise in this area across disciplines and to inspire others to consider incorporating VR into teaching to enhance student engagement and outcomes. This will be a supportive environment where you will be encouraged to engage in cross-disciplinary interaction and collaboration.

Lunch will be provided. Please rsvp for catering purposes by 28 January 2019 to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/community-of-practice-innovation-lunch-learn-tickets-55144112525?utm_source=eb_email&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=new_event_email&utm_term=viewmyevent_button
Thursday 31
8:30 - CONFERENCE - TLF2019 Teaching and Learning Forum - GET INVOLVED : WA Teaching and Learning Forum 2019 (31/01/2019 - 01/02/2019) Website | More Information
The 2019 TLF committee invites you to get involved with the 27th Teaching and Learning Forum.

The Forum has a tradition of bringing together educators from across the higher education sector to share, challenge and develop their ideas about teaching and learning. In 2019 the theme is “Vision & Voice”, which can be applied at the practitioner, university and national level.

The Forum website contains detailed information, including the call for submissions and registration link.

18:00 - FREE LECTURE - Public Lecture: Management and Innovation : This free public lecture delivered by Professor Isabella Grabner from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and presented by the UWA Business School explores the topic: Incentives for Creativity. Website | More Information
This free public lecture delivered by Professor Isabella Grabner from the Vienna University of Economics and Business and presented by the UWA Business School explores the topic: Incentives for Creativity. Professor Grabner draws on her research to show how modern companies combine incentives, budgetary controls, and promotion opportunities to drive innovation and creativity.

 February 2019
Friday 01
16:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar: Cai Heng Li, 4pm Feb 01 More Information
Speaker: Cai Heng Li (Southern University of Science and Technology, Shenzhen, PRC)

Title: Erdös-Ko-Rado Problem for Permutation Groups

Time and place: 4pm Friday 01 Feb 2019, Weatherburn LT

Abstract: A classical result of Erdös-Ko-Rado in extremal set theory is about intersections of subsets of a set, leading to the so-called Erdös-Ko-Rado problem in various versions. I will explain the problem for permutation group version, and then address a conjecture about the upper-bound for the numbers of intersecting sets.
Friday 08
12:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar : Junming Ho - School of Chemistry UNSW More Information
Adventures in Computational Chemistry
Tuesday 12
16:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar: Mariagrazia Bianchi, 4pm Feb 12 More Information
Speaker: Mariagrazia Bianchi (Università degli Studi di Milano)

Title: Conjugacy class sizes in finite groups: variations on the theme

Time and place: 4pm Tuesday 12 Feb 2019, Weatherburn LT

Abstract: The study of conjugacy class sizes goes back to the beginning of the last century with Burnside's result, Miller's studies on groups with few conjugacy classes and Ito who began the study of the structure of a group in terms of the number of conjugacy classes. Over the last 30 years the subject has become fashionable and many papers have been written on this topic. In this talk I try to summarize some results obtained by using two particular graphs: the common divisor graph and the prime graph in relationship with conjugacy class sizes and finally the variation regarding the so-called vanishing classes, that are those classes of elements g for which there exists an irreducible non linear character chi such that chi(g)=0.
Wednesday 13
11:00 - SEMINAR - Bayliss Seminar : Yeast 2.0 - building the world’s first functional synthetic eukaryotic genome More Information
Yeast 2.0 - building the world’s first functional synthetic eukaryotic genome
Thursday 14
12:00 - SEMINAR - Seminar Series : Understanding multidrug resistance: can computational chemistry teach us new tricks for old drugs? More Information

16:00 - EVENT - School of Social Sciences Archaeology Seminar : Technology – Architectural Finishes. History, Materials and Techniques More Information
Abstract: In an era when traditional structures are routinely painted with polymer paint in deep tones of grey it is important to understand authentic traditional relationships between the forms and materials of buildings and their applied surface treatments. This presentation covers the traditional forms of applied architectural finishes, their investigation and conservation. This talk is a joint event with the National Trust Western Australia
Friday 15
16:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar: Gabriel Verret, 4pm Feb 15 More Information
Speaker: Gabriel Verret (University of Auckland)

Title: An update on the Polycirculant Conjecture

Time and place: 4pm Friday 15 Feb 2019, Robert Street LT

Abstract: One version of the Polycirculant Conjecture is that every finite vertex-transitive digraphs admits a non-trivial semiregular automorphism. I will give an overview of the status of this conjecture, as well as describe some recent progress with Michael Giudici.
Tuesday 19
18:00 - EVENT - How to achieve a sustainable blue economy Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Rashid Sumaila, Director, Fisheries Economics Research Unit, University of British Columbia and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

A crucial question still facing humanity is how to successfully manage the ocean to ensure long term sustainability. In this lecture Professor Sumaila will explore this question couched around three key issues, ie, how we tackle global warming and climate change; how we implement public policies such as the provision of government subsidies to the fisheries sector; and how we manage the high seas.

Professor Sumaila will argue that the chance of managing our ocean successfully for people and nature depends strongly on our ability to tackle the issues that affect the conservation and fair sharing of benefits from our ocean in such a way that positive feedbacks are transmitted between the two. The alternative is for negative feedbacks from conservation to people, and vice versa, to the detriment of both people and nature.

Professor Rashid Sumaila, Director of the Fisheries Economics Research Unit at the University of British Columbia is a globally recognized fisheries economist, with over 230 peer-reviewed publications, and over 60 books or book chapters. He has a Google Scholar h-index of 70 with over 20,000 citations. Rashid specializes in bioeconomics, marine ecosystem valuation and the analysis of global issues such as fisheries subsidies, IUU (illegal, unreported and unregulated) fishing and the economics of high and deep seas fisheries. Professor Sumaila has experience working in fisheries and natural resource projects in Norway, Canada and the North Atlantic region, Namibia and the Southern African region, Ghana and the West African region and Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

Professor Sumaila is a UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow and a UWA Forrest Visiting Fellow.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Overcoming the challenges of making high quality cross-national comparisons. The example of the European Social Survey Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Rory Fitzgerald, Director, European Social Survey, City, University of London and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

In this public lecture Professor Rory Fitzgerald will first outline the challenges of cross-national measurement using social surveys and outline how the European Social Survey (ESS) has tried to address them. These include issues related to sampling, questionnaire design, translation, fieldwork and data processing amongst others.

He will then use his own research to show how combining multiple waves of the ESS allowed an examination of the attitudes of migrants moving from Eastern to western Europe in their attitudes towards homosexuality. Do migrant attitudes change if they move from one context to another?

In the final part of the lecture Professor Fitzgerald will give some examples of how the ESS has been used both in academia and beyond and will make the case for developing an Australian sister survey to the ESS.
Thursday 21
16:00 - SEMINAR - Mathematics and Statistics colloquium : Particle modelling applied to industrial and biophysical problems More Information
Particle methods have capabilities that particularly suit numerical simulation of complex phenomena involved in industrial and biophysical application domains. The two core methods used in this talk are DEM (Discrete Element Method) and SPH (Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics). Coupling of these methods also provides powerful capabilities to model multiphase behaviour. Industrial application to crushing and grinding, mixing and water cooling will be presented. Coupling to biomechanical models allows simulation of humans interacting with their environment. Examples of elite swimming, diving, kayaking and skiing will be shown. The use of these methods to simulate digestion (from breakdown in the mouth through stomach) and intestines will also be discussed.
Monday 25
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Sunburnt Country: The History and Future of Climate Change in Australia Website | More Information
A public lecture by Dr Joëlle Gergis, Lecturer, ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate Extremes, University of Melbourne.

What was Australia’s climate like before official weather records began? How do scientists use tree-rings, ice cores and tropical corals to retrace the past? What do Indigenous seasonal calendars reveal? And what do settler diary entries about rainfall, droughts, bushfires and snowfalls tell us about natural climate cycles?

In her new book, Sunburnt Country, Dr Joelle Gergis pieces together Australia’s climate history for the first time. She uncovers a continent long vulnerable to climate extremes and variability. She provides an unparalleled perspective on how human activities have altered patterns that have been with us for millions of years, and reveals what climate change looks like in our own backyard. This lecture highlights the impact of a warming planet on Australian lifestyles and ecosystems and the power we all have to shape future life on Earth.
Tuesday 26
13:00 - SEMINAR - Seminar : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Jennifer Young (Dual gradient hydrogel systems for mechanobiology applications): The spatial presentation of mechanical information is a key parameter for cell behavior. We have previously developed a method for creating tunable stiffness gradient polyacrylamide hydrogels with values spanning the in vivo physiological and pathological mechanical landscape. Importantly, we created gradients that do not induce durotaxis in human adipose-derived stem cells (hASCs), thereby allowing for the presentation of a continuous range of stiffnesses in a single sample without the confounding effect of differential cell migration. Using these nondurotactic gradient gels, stiffness-dependent hASC morphology, migration, and differentiation were studied, providing high resolution data on stiffness-dependent expression and localization. Expanding upon this work, we are utilizing these gradient hydrogel systems to study cancer cell-ECM interactions. Interactions with the surrounding microenvironment have been shown to positively influence cancer cell survival and invasion by conferring adhesion-based resistance in response to chemotherapeutic drugs, and subsequently driving metastasis into surrounding tissues. In order to study a wide range of ECM environments, we produce dual-gradient systems by fabricating a gradient of ligands on top of our previously described stiffness gradient hydrogels. Ligand gradients are produced by either a gradient photomask to which proteins can be coupled to the substrate via a UV-sensitive crosslinker or by depositing a gradient of gold nanoparticles onto the hydrogel to which thiolated peptides can readily attach. Using these dual gradient hydrogels, we can better understand the interplay of substrate stiffness, ligand type, and ligand spacing in regulating adhesion-conferred chemoprotection in cancer cells. Andrew W. Holle (Under pressure: the role of multidimensional confinement in mechanobiology): As bioengineers systematically move from simple 2D substrates to more complex 3D microenvironments, the role of cellular and nuclear volume adaptation in response to these substrates is becoming more appreciated. Long, narrow PDMS microchannels, which recapitulate porous extracellular matrix (ECM) networks found in vivo, confine cells to a single axis of migration and require them to utilize a complex synergy of traction force, mechanosensitive feedback, and subsequent cytoskeletal rearrangement. This process exhibits characteristics of the poorly understood mesenchymal-to-amoeboid transition, in which cells alter their migratory phenotype in order to traverse narrow constrictions and more successfully metastasize. During channel permeation, the volume of the nucleus changes, suggesting that nuclear reorganization and volume adaptation is a key step for successful permeation. Volume adaptation is also an important phenomena in stem cell mechanobiology. 3D GelMA hydrogel scaffolds with linear stiffness gradients were used to confine stem cells in three dimensions, with cells in the soft end more able to deform the matrix and increase their cell volume, while those on the stiff end were more confined. Cells on the soft end, which were able to adapt their volume more efficiently, exhibited markers for osteogenesis, while those on the stiff end became more adipogenic. This trend, which is opposite to what is observed on 2D hydrogels, suggests that volume adaptation, not stiffness, is sufficient for mechanosensitive differentiation in 3D. Ultimately, as volume adaptation is ubiquitous in 3D microenvironments in vivo, new tools will lead the way in analyzing and understanding mechanobiology.

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Music presents: Callaway Centre Seminar Series - Pedro Alvarez : Notation as transcription, composition as translation More Information
A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

This week: Pedro Alvarez | Notation as transcription, composition as translation

Abstract: Music composition will be discussed in its dialectical situation between transcriptive and generative functions of notation. Analysing different approaches to such functions in recent compositional practices for context, I will present my most recent creative work.

Bio: Pedro Alvarez is an independent composer, improviser, and scholar, born in Chile and currently based in Western Australia. His creative work focuses on new forms of sonic narrative made of static situations, articulating simplicity of form in contrast with highly detailed textures. Research interests include aesthetics and politics, postcolonialism, and musical thinking since the 1960’s. Alvarez studied composition with Cirilo Vila in Santiago, with James Dillon in London, and with Liza Lim in Huddersfield, obtaining a PhD in 2014.

He has been hosted as composer-in-residence in Vienna and in Mexico, and receives commissions from festivals and ensembles around the world.

Free entry - all welcome. Please join us for refreshments after the seminar.
Thursday 28
16:00 - SEMINAR - Islands of History : Recent discoveries on Yaburara country (Dampier Archipelago) - historical inscriptions from pre-colonial visitors More Information
Research undertaken as part of the Murujuga: Dynamics of the Dreaming project across the Dampier Archipelago has discovered rock art that provides significant new evidence about historical visits before white settlement in 1861. These assist a better understanding of Yaburara life in the islands prior to the Flying Foam Massacre of 1868. Archaeological evidence demonstrates that the Yaburara were using the islands during the late Holocene after an intensive period of occupation in the Early Holocene. This more recent use includes rock art production focussed on the islands’ margins. Amongst the most recent rock art repertoire of the outer islands is a newly discovered image of a ship. We argue that this is of the HMS Mermaid, a British vessel captained by Phillip Parker King in his survey of Australia’s coastlines in 1817-1822. This engraved ship provides additional insights into the cross-cultural encounters documented by King with the Yaburara people. Rosemary Island and West Lewis Island have also revealed the earliest archaeological evidence for the presence of American whalers in North West Australia, created by the crews of the whaleships Connecticut (1842) and Delta (1849). Rare examples of maritime inscriptions, these are, uniquely, superimposed over earlier Indigenous rock art motifs. These maritime commemorations represent distinct mark-making practices by North American whalers encountering an already-inscribed landscape, providing insight into the earliest phases of North West Australia’s colonial history.

17:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Centre Stage: Royal Over-Seas League Travel Award Finals More Information
A jam-packed program of stimulating performances and events in 2019 showcases the immense talent of our young emerging artists and their mentors, our celebrated alumni, and nationally and internationally recognised guest artists.

From masterclasses and workshops to intimate chamber performances and large- scale collaborations, there’s something for everyone to enjoy, so come along to be inspired and entertained.

This week talented UWA music students compete in the Royal Over-Seas League Travel Award Finals - an amazing prize, which sees the winner undertake performances and training in the UK, with a special performance at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Free entry - no bookings required

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