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Today's date is Thursday, October 29, 2020
Academic Events
 March 2019
Tuesday 26
10:00 - WORKSHOP - Writing Better Learning Outcomes - Enhancing Learning Design Series Website | More Information
In this practical workshop, you will examine the core elements of effective LOs and a checklist for the evaluation of your unit’s LOs. You will have the opportunity to work with Learning Designers and course participants to evaluate your unit’s LOs and how you might (re)write them to ensure they reflect the level of knowledge and skills you want your students to achieve, and the attitudes you want them to develop.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Improving Immunity to Melanoma : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Abstract: Melanoma is the fourth most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australia, resulting in ~1500 deaths each year. While extensive public health campaigns have increased community awareness of the importance of sun-safety and skin monitoring, a substantial number of melanomas remain undetected until late-stage progression. New treatments that harness the immune system offer great promise for melanoma treatment, but further advances are required for these approaches to succeed in the majority of patients. Immunotherapy strategies use a variety of approaches to harness T cell immunity to control melanoma. We have recently identified several new settings of effective T cell cancer surveillance, resulting in either complete elimination of malignant cells or the establishment of a dynamic ‘melanoma-immune equilibrium’. This fundamental knowledge should be of value for the development of novel clinical strategies targeting cancer.

Speaker: Dr. Jason Waithman is a molecular and cellular immunologist having obtained his PhD in 2008. His training was completed in outstanding institutions that include the University of Melbourne, Walter and Eliza Hall Institute, and Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research under the guidance of multiple international leading immunologists. He relocated to Perth in 2012 to establish and run an independent, original research program at the Telethon Kids Institute. He has successfully attracted fellowship support from 2010-21 and has attracted project funding from multiple sources to support his research program. He is currently working closely with an industry partner and the host institute to develop innovative therapeutic techniques for cancer patients as part of the discovery and translation pipeline associated with his research program.

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Music presents: Callaway Centre Seminar Series | Tone List/Audible Edge More Information
A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

What is a situated musical practice in Perth? Tone List frame their endeavour as a methodology for revealing a musical practice connected to place and discuss their collective research into community and creative practice. Tone List are a non-profit organisation and record label invested in the production and performance of new works and the building of connections between the subcultures of Perth. Members Jameson Feakes, Lenny Jacobs, Annika Moses, Josten Myburgh and Dan O'Connor describe the genesis of Tone List, it's place in the Perth musical landscape, and facilitate an open discussion focused on community and connectedness to place. The seminar will include a performance by Tone List.

Further information at music.uwa.edu.au
Wednesday 27
10:00 - STAFF EVENT - Developing Assessments - Enhancing Learning Design Series Website | More Information
In this session, with the help of a team of experienced learning designers, you will gain a better understanding of the principles of good assessment underpinning UWA’s Assessment Policy, and you can build or rebuild your unit’s assessment strategy with those principles in mind.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - MindTrails: Using technology to change anxious thinking in the real world Website | More Information
A public lecture by Professor Bethany Teachman Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, University of Virginia and UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow.

Anxious individuals of all ages tend to interpret situations in threatening ways - a racing heart doesn't just mean you ran up the stairs quickly, it is interpreted as a sign of an impending heart attack! New research suggests we can provide focused training to change this unhealthy thinking pattern and deliver the training by phone or computer, greatly increasing access to care. This is especially important for people who are reticent to seek treatment in person or who don't have access to evidence-based care; a serious issue given the millions of people struggling with anxiety disorders who do not receive adequate care.

Bethany Teachman is a Professor and the Director of Clinical Training at the University of Virginia in the Department of Psychology. She received her PhD from Yale University, and her BA from the University of British Columbia. Her lab investigates biases in cognitive processing that contribute to the development and maintenance of psychopathology, especially anxiety disorders. She has had continuous funding from the National Institutes of Health and private foundations, and is an author on over 150 publications, including books on treatment planning and eating disorders. Dr Teachman has been awarded an American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, multiple national mentoring awards, and is an Association for Psychological Science Fellow. Currently, Dr Teachman is Chair of the Coalition for the Advancement and Application of Psychological Science and Director of the public web sites MindTrails and Project Implicit Mental Health, and she is past president of the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology.

Professor Teachman is a 2019 UWA Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow and her visit is co-sponsored by the UWA School of Psychological Science.
Thursday 28
13:00 - SEMINAR - The Search for a function of the melanoma tumour antigen melanotransferrin: Iron binding molecule turned pro-tumourigenic signalling protein : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
Melanotransferrin (MTf) is a membrane-bound transferrin homologue that is found in melanoma cells and was one of the first melanoma tumour antigens to be characterized. It possesses an iron-binding site like the iron-binding protein in the blood, transferrin, but does not play a role in normal cellular iron metabolism. This was shown by Richardson through a variety of studies in vitro in cell culture and in vivo using purpose generated melanotransferrin knockout and transgenic mice. However, Richardson later demonstrated that melanotransferrin stimulates melanoma growth, proliferation and migration and more recently appears to play an exciting role in oncogenic signalling via down-regulating the metastasis suppressor protein, NDRG1. Intriguingly, over-expression of NDRG1 can down-regulate MTf. The studies over a period of 20 years will be discussed.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Sharing your Research with the World: The UWA Profiles & Research Repository Website | More Information
Profiles in the UWA Profiles and Research Repository are now the sole, authorised public profiles for UWA staff. They enable access to comprehensive and up to date information about UWA academic research, teaching activities, professional expertise, and outputs. This seminar will explain how the UWA Profiles work, how to add your publications to the Repository and how to make your Profile as informative as possible.

Please note: this seminar will be delivered by Zoom video conferencing, there is no face to face session available. A computer with an internet connection is required to join this session. Participants do not need a microphone or a webcam to join, but may need headphones to hear the presenter. A link to the Zoom webinar will be emailed to you after registration.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : Identifying diachronic changes in ochre behaviours throughout the Upper Palaeolithic (ca. 40-12.5 kya) of Southwestern Germany More Information
Though many European Upper Palaeolithic (ca. 40-12.5 kya)sites boast early examples of symbolic expression in the form of “artistic” materials (e.g. cave art, personal ornaments,figurines), comparatively little research has been conducted on the intricacies surrounding the use of ochre materials outside of Neanderthal and purely cave art contexts. This gap in research is largely the result of a lack of systematic and holistic analyses of ochre and pigment materials from Upper Palaeolithic Central European sites. Here, I present an indepth study on the diachronic changes in ochre behaviours at Hohle Fels cave, Germany. A recent reassessment of the assemblage yielded 935 individual ochre artefacts, with 27 bearing definite traces of anthropogenic modification and 21 artefacts that are possibly modified. These artefacts show that while a wide variety of ochre types, textures, and colours is seen throughout the entire sequence, more hematite-rich specular ochres as well as fine-grained deep-red iron oxide clays were preferred during the Gravettian (ca. 30-27 kya) and Magdalenian (15.5-12.5 kya), while the Aurignacian (40-30 kya) contains a vast array of colours and textures. These artefacts,along with modern-day ochre samples from surveys, were further investigated using neutron activation analysis (NAA) in order to explore questions of “provenance” or whether the artefacts could be attributed to geological sources. The results show that while new evidence for distant (≥300 km) ochre procurement is seen in the Aurignacian, local sources were consistently accessed throughout the entire Upper Palaeolithic. Furthermore, a comparative analysis of ochres from nearby contemporary cave sites of Geißenklösterle and Vogelherd show that though inhabitants of these caves collected ochre from the same areas, some sources were kept exclusive to certain groups. This data, coupled with the presence of artefacts with ochre residues as well climatic and environmental fluctuations, offer an example of the complexity of ochre behaviours and how these changed and flourished over time in Southwestern Germany.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - *CANCELLED* Why do we Need to Decentre Modernism? Art History and Avant-Garde Art from the Periphery Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Centre Stage | Baroque Sensations More Information
Under the direction of the Simon Lee Foundation Musician in Residence Shaun Lee-Chen the UWA String Orchestra will perform a selection of works by Baroque master Antonio Vivaldi.

Free entry - no bookings required.
Friday 29
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Free Lunchtime Concert | UWA Brass More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from within the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week, the UWA Trumpet Ensemble and Bells-Up Horn Quartet will play some rousing repertoire sure to brighten your day!

Free entry, no bookings required.

14:30 - EVENT - ANTHROPOLOGY / SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES : Planetary (and post-planetary) futures in the ‘shit soup’ of Antarctica More Information
The Antarctic Treaty System – which came into force in 1959 – has relatively little to say about sewage. It states only that (to paraphrase): effluent from any Antarctic research station with 30 or more occupants must be macerated before disposal, and discharged at sea in a location in which it is likely to be rapidly dispersed. However, over the past 20 years, many Antarctic research stations – beginning with New Zealand’s Scott Base, and the USA’s McMurdo Station – have built sophisticated sewage treatment facilities, and have in other ways as well vastly expanded their infrastructures and procedures for storing, managing, and disposing of, human waste. Based on ethnographic fieldwork on the continent during the summer research season of 2016-17, this paper argues that the development of these new sewage regimes – and of the wider discard regimes of which they are part – could be read as an expansionary form of biopower – as yet another example of the ways in which Antarctica’s technocratic-managerial elites use increasing regulation as a means for governing the bodies of all those who live and work on the continent. However, to stop there would be to miss the ways in which these new infrastructures of sewage are also living systems, in which the products of human bodies are brought into relationship with all manner of microorganisms, and with Antarctic ecosystems, in ways that – as with all forms of life – are inherently unstable. In so doing, they also engender a domain in which possible future interactions among people, fauna and environments can be not only imagined, but can be actively experimented upon. Associate Professor Richard Vokes is Associate Professor in the Anthropology of Development at the University of Western Australia, and an elected Research Associate of the Institute of Social and Cultural Anthropology at the University of Oxford. His research focuses primarily on the African Great Lakes region, especially on the societies of South-western Uganda, where he has been conducting ethnographic fieldwork since 2000. He has published extensively, including on: development (governance, education, and natural resource management), the HIV/AIDS epidemic, new religious movements, and the history of photography, media and social change. He also works with African-Australians, in the digital humanities, and on the Anthropology of Antarctica. He has secured competitive research funding from: the Australian Research Council, the British Institute in East Africa, the British Library, the Economic and Social Research Council (UK), the Marsden Fund (NZ), and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (USA). He has also carried out a wide range of consultancy and external advisory work, including for the UK and NZ governments, UNICEF, Oxford Analytica, IHS Markit, the Willis Group, and for a number of major transnational companies. His research has been used by the Office of the Secretary General of the UN. He is Editor of the Journal of Eastern African Studies, a Member of the Organizing Committee for the Australia Social Sciences Week, and President of the Australian Anthropological Society.

18:00 - EVENT - Free Film The Body Who Harnessed the Wind : Harmony Week Event free film Website | More Information
Free screening sponsored by Malawian Association and UWA Africa Research and Engagement Centre, of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, a 2019 British drama film written, directed by and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor in his feature directorial debut. 6pm for African Potluck Dinner (bring an African Dish); 7pm Movie starts. More information about the film at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Boy_Who_Harnessed_the_Wind
Sunday 31
16:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Main Stage | Music on the Terrace : Simply Classical More Information
Government House Foundation of Western Australia and UWA Conservatorium of Music present:

Music on the Terrace: Simply Classical

In our first orchestral outing of 2019, the Head of the Conservatorium, Professor Alan Lourens, leads the UWA Symphony Orchestra in a diverse program that starts in London with the Suffragette movement of the 1900s.

Join us as we travel to Mozart’s Vienna, with a performance of his beautiful clarinet concerto, expertly performed by Head of Woodwinds Ashley Smith, followed by the vivacious Classical Symphony of Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky’s stirring 1812 Overture.

ETHEL SMYTH The Wreckers Overture

MOZART Clarinet Concerto with soloist Ashley Smith

PROKOFIEV Symphony No. 1 (Classical)

TCHAIKOVSKY 1812 Overture

Tickets $35

Special offer for Friends and Family of UWA Music students $20 (use code UWA and select ticket type 'Student')


 April 2019
Tuesday 02
11:00 - SEMINAR - Copyright and Author Rights : Understand the rights that researchers have as authors Website | More Information
It's important for researchers to understand their rights before entering into publishing agreements. This session, run by UWA's Copyright Librarian, will explore the rights that researchers have as authors, and will highlight some of the common publisher agreement terms to be aware of.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Measuring physical activity patterns using objective devices: Past, present, and future : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
There is emerging evidence that how individuals accumulate their physical activity and sedentary behaviour (e.g. bouts, breaks) each day may be important for health. It is possible to assess activity patterns using different objective monitors (e.g. ActiGraph, activPAL, etc), yet there is little consistency in which patterns are examined in children and adults. In this talk, A/Prof Ridgers will discuss her research that is focusing on understanding patterns of activity accumulation. She will describe ways that have been used measure activity patterns, and identify some of the historical and current challenges facing researchers. She will present research that has examined changes in patterns over time and within interventions, and how patterns are associated with health outcomes. She will finish with a discussion that highlights the importance of considering changes in activity across the activity spectrum (from sedentary to vigorous activity). Throughout the presentation, A/Prof Ridgers will highlight opportunities afforded by objective measures to assess activity patterns moving forwards.

A/Prof Nicola Ridgers is a researcher within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition (IPAN) at Deakin University. Her program of research primarily focuses on the measurement of children’s physical activity patterns, examining factors that influence activity levels, and promoting physical activity using theory-based interventions. She currently holds a National Heart Foundation of Australia Future Leader Fellowship that is focusing on the accumulation of activity by youth and associations with cardio-metabolic risk factors.

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Music presents: Callaway Centre Seminar Series | Prof. Julie Brown : Multiplying Musicians, Singing Note Heads, Mysterious Gramophones More Information
A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

Early cinema generated a small but distinct body of music-themed “trick films” featuring imaginative visualizations of music, sound and listening. Exponents of the “trick film” genre such as Georges Méliès and Segundo de Chomón clearly saw the potential for moving pictures to facilitate both visual and audio-visual tricks, notwithstanding the medium’s material silence. For Shiela J. Nayar, the prominent visualization of music and voices in early cinema points to an oral episteme of visual story-telling, the norms of which weighed heavily on ‘celluloid story-telling’. While this may be true, I argue in this paper that the ubiquity of musical and vocal themes in early films equally reflects film-makers’ intrigue not only with the close aesthetic relationship between music and image, but also with the creative and comic potential of the new technological media – visually present but silent, or sonically present but without visual source. With “silent” scenarios involving new audio technologies, there was a double incongruity, double the possibility for play – and perhaps, double the pleasure.

By considering a number of early trick films that engage with what we might call the mysterious properties of music and sound – visual conceptions of music’s ontology, music’s almost magical power to move its listeners, and the marvels and problems associated with new audio technologies – this paper draws on André Gaudreault’s concept of ‘trickality’ to argue that these films encourage us to engage with the ‘trickality’ of listening with images.

Further information at music.uwa.edu.au

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Will the Earth become too hot for your grandchildren to handle? The science and politics of carbon emissions and storage. Website | More Information
The Australian Academy of Sciences Selby Lecture by Herbert Huppert, Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Geophysics, University of Cambridge.

This talk will describe the background of atmospheric temperatures in both the distant and recent past. It will explain the definite connection between the carbon dioxide and methane content of the atmosphere and the average global surface temperature. Various predictions into the future will be presented as well as useful ways of restoring a balance, including storage and chemical reaction.

The reactions of politicians to these ideas will be discussed.

Herbert Huppert is the Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Geophysics at the University of Cambridge, where he has been since 1968, having completed his undergraduate studies at Sydney University. He has used fundamental fluid mechanics to contribute to areas in meteorology, oceanography and the “solid” Earth Sciences. He is a Fellow of The Royal Society, the American Geophysical Union, the American Physical Society and the Royal Society of New South Wales. His most cited paper, with co-author Steve Sparks, published in 1988, on the melting of granitic crust by the input of hot basaltic magma has been cited more than 1,110 times (according to Google Scholar), although neither author can explain this popularity.

This lecture is presented by the UWA School of Earth Sciences and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies.
Thursday 04
16:00 - SEMINAR - Archaeology Seminar Series : BHP Minerals Australia Heritage Strategy – Case Studies from WA Iron Ore More Information
BHP first presented on its Sustainable Heritage Strategy at Toowoomba AAA 2011. This presentation outlined how BHP was applying Bunting’s “Sustainability Model” as an important, viable, and value-adding framework for heritage practice in its Iron Ore operations. Eight years later this model has evolved to be a fully integrated company approach in how BHP works with key stakeholders to manage cultural heritage at a local and now national level.

This presentation will breakdown the BHP Minerals Australia Heritage Strategy and outline how the Strategy has become more closely aligned to our Reconciliation Action Plan targets as well as our obligation as a Company to walk with Traditional Owners and help facilitate a future where cultural heritage management is driven by those who have a cultural responsibility to do so.

This presentation will provide insight into some of the outputs of the Strategy as a whole and explore some of the key successes and learnings developed along the way by exploring a number case studies from the Pilbara Region of Western Australia.

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - CMSS Public Lecture : Domestic Violence and Islam More Information
Domestic violence is a global issue considered to be a heritage of the patriarchal system. While domestic violence is not a new problem, it has only started attracting attention comparatively recently. Even with women being more powerful than ever, the modern world is still faces this issue. In Islam, the Qur’an and prophetic practice clearly illustrates the relationship between spouses as one based on unconditional love, tenderness, protection, peace, kindness, comfort and mercy. Furthermore, Prophet Muhammad himself set direct examples of these ideals of a marital relationship in his personal life. In this seminar Rehan Ahmad, Pakistani scholar and writer, points out Islam’s three solutions to overcome domestic violence. Ahmad is one of the most read contemporary writers of Urdu language and his books have been translated into multiple languages. His book "When Life Begins" is one of Pakistan’s best sellers. Ahmad holds a Master’s in Islamic Studies and Computer Sciences and a Master of Philosophy in Social Sciences. His PhD explored Dawah Methodology Literature of the 20th Century. Ahmad is a research fellow at Al-Marwrid, a foundation for Islamic research and education, and is the editor of the monthly Islamic magazine, Inzaar. He is also the director of an institution with the same name that works towards achieving social, ethical and religious reforms in Pakistani society.

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