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Today's date is Thursday, September 24, 2020
Academic Events
 September 2019
Thursday 19
16:00 - SEMINAR - Mathematics and Statistics colloquium : Mathematics and Suicide More Information
The Young Lives Matter Foundation (https://www.uwa.edu.au/institutes/young-lives-matter/home)  aims to leverage research expertise across UWA to address the leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds in Western Australia. The foundation will address this aim by developing improved predictors of risk of self-harm and by better understanding the ways in which individuals interact with a myriad of health services. A deliberate and explicit focus of YLM is to tackle these goals through doing research differently. A key component of this is through new approaches in mathematics. I will provide an overview of some of the pilot work we have conducted over the last 18 months. Through direct observational study at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital we have developed complex systems models of information transmission and patient flow within the health system. This has allowed us to evaluate system performance and identify key bottlenecks in the delivery of health services. A separate, data-driven, pilot study at Perth Clinic has developed machine learning algorithms which out-perform admission-based psychiatric evaluation for risk of self-harm.  This is joint work with Michael McCullough, Sean Hood, Andrew Page, David Lawrence, Binu Jayawardena, and Geoff Hooke.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Centre Stage | Madrigal Mystery Tour - Concordia Vocalis More Information
Join Concordia Vocalis - the UWA Conservatorium's premier vocal ensemble - as they perform masterpieces from the Renaissance madrigal repertoire.

Tickets from $10

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Friday 20
11:00 - SEMINAR - “I LOVE STUDYING CHINESE” A Q METHODOLOGY STUDY OF HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS’ MOTIVATION TO STUDY CHINESE LANGUAGE More Information
In 2018, 63 students sat the Chinese Second Language WACE exam. Although Chinese had more candidates than other languages such as Indonesian, there has been a steady downward trend in students attempting the WACE over the last two years. The low retention rate is of concern to teachers of Chinese, with only 5% of each cohort of students who start to study Chinese continuing to year 12. Previous initiatives to increase the rate of students studying Chinese to year 12 level have failed to make any real progress to the situation. In order to understand what motivates students to study a language this study investigates the future language self of high school learners of Chinese following Dörnyei's L2 motivational self system framework to better understand how students envision themselves as speakers of a foreign language. Students in years 7-8 in WA were surveyed using Q methodology, a qualitative method, to individuate typologies of future language self. Results can be used to devise potentially motivating classroom activities based on future self vision.

13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: 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.

Join us this week for an exciting concert featuring our talented brass students. The program will include solo works by Messiaen, Wilder, Schumann and Mozart, before the UWA Brass Ensemble perform 'Elsa’s Procession to the Cathedral from Lohengrin' by Wagner and 'Little Suite for Brass No. 1 for Brass Band' by Malcolm Arnold.

Free entry, no bookings required.

14:30 - SEMINAR - SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES: ANTHROPOLOGY & SOCIOLOGY SEMINAR SERIES, SEMESTER 2, 2019 More Information
The Indonesian Diaspora across the Celebes Sea: Citizenship, Negotiation and Identity

This research focuses on the dynamics of the Indonesian diaspora whose members have been living for generations in the southern Philippines. While previously considered as stateless, these people have been officially recognised as (new) Indonesian citizens since December 2017. This study’s importance stems from this being the first time that the Indonesian government granted citizenship to a subpopulation in its diaspora. Research will take place in Davao City, General Santos City and Balut Island in the Philippines as the main locations of the Indonesian diaspora. This study is a qualitative research project that uses in-depth interviews, participant observation, and focus group discussions (FGDs) for data collection, in addition to desktop research.

Amorisa Wiratri is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sociology.

Being international? –an ethnographic study of Chinese international students’ academic and social experiences in an Australian university

With the increasing number of international students seeking education abroad, student mobility has become one of the key drives toward internationalization in higher education. Accounting for one-third of total international students in Australia universities, Chinese international students play a crucial role in the economy of Australia and the financial sustainability of Australian universities. Therefore, this study will benefit universities seeking to maximize students’ experiences and governing bodies on developing policies towards international students. So far, universities are offering programs and opportunities for student support. However, the gap between international students’ needs and institutional provisions can be significant. This project intends to better understand experiences of international students and different ways international students seek support and improve self-efficacy in a foreign environment. This research will centre on the lived experiences of Chinese international students in The University of Western Australia (UWA), using qualitative research methods, including participant observation, interviews, focus group discussions, video recording, and research diary, as well as thematic analysis. I also want to question integration theory which tends to dominate popular accounts of international student life as it is viewed by universities as the most ideal and valuable model after 1970s when “pluralism” paid more attention to “ethnic maintenance” instead of “assimilation”. Mingxin Qu is a PhD student in the Anthropology and Sociology Discipline. Her research interests include student mobility, education and new media.

Following Inclusion: A study of dyslexia, schools and policy enactment

Through the lens of inclusive education, this project will examine the educational experiences of dyslexic students and their families, asking questions about the levels of inclusion and exclusion they face. In Australia, inclusive education policies (IEP) mandate that mainstream schools must support the diverse needs of all students. Although extensive research has been carried out on inclusive education, no previous Australian study has investigated dyslexic students and their parents’ experiences in light of the emergence of IEP. The study will address the following set of questions:

1) How do dyslexic students experience their education, and what do the participants’ experiences reveal about A) How IEP are enacted in schools B) The potential of IEP to enhance the inclusion of dyslexics?

2) How have inclusive education policies developed in Australia?

In this project, I will follow a select group of up to 18 students diagnosed as dyslexic and their parents/guardians through the course of the 2020 school year. Postulating that students with a Higher Education Family Tradition (HEFT) are more likely to seek and gain support in accommodating their disability, the study aims at equal distribution of HEFT and non-HEFT students. I will also consider differences between metropolitan and rural students by recruiting up to 6 students from families living outside of Greater Perth. This study design will allow me to document and analyse the experiences of a variety of students in different school settings. Through this process, I will develop a clear sense of how certain schools across the state are responding to student needs. This project aims to contribute significantly to the small body of qualitative research on dyslexia by presenting an in-depth analysis of how dyslexics and their families, in different school contexts and from different educational backgrounds, experience and respond to the promise and the enactment of inclusive education policies.

Thom Nevill is a PhD candidate in Anthropology and Sociology.
Tuesday 24
10:00 - STAFF EVENT - Writing Better Learning Outcomes : A professional development workshop for UWA staff with a teaching support role. Website | More Information
Examine the core elements for of effective LO’s and use these to evaluate and write learning outcomes. The second half of the workshop focuses on the big picture context of your unit to course level learning outcomes

11:00 - SEMINAR - Understanding Copyright and Author Rights 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 - FREE LECTURE - Special Guest Lectures and Panel Discussion : Inactivity, Exercise and Cardiovascular System Website | More Information
"Vascular effects of physical (in)activity and insulin resistance: Mechanisms and implications" - Dr. Jaume Padilla is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Nutrition and Exercise Physiology and investigator at the Dalton Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Missouri. His laboratory focuses on understanding the physiological and molecular mechanisms by which inactivity, obesity, and type 2 diabetes lead to an increased risk for vascular dysfunction and disease. Dr. Padilla’s research is integrative and incorporates in vitro cell and tissue culture models and studies in mice, pigs, and human patients, thus highlighting the translational nature of his work. His seminar will summarize some of his recent work related to mechanisms contributing to vascular insulin resistance and dysfunction in obesity and type 2 diabetes as well as describe the deleterious vascular consequences of excess inactivity and sitting.

"Training your arteries, vascular function with exercise training in healthy and clinical populations" - Maureen J MacDonald received her Honours BSc in Chemistry from Acadia University, Canada, in 1991 and her MSc (1993) and PhD (1998) in Kinesiology from the University of Waterloo, Canada. After post-doctoral research fellowships at the University of British Columbia and the University of Western Ontario she started her academic career as a faculty member at Wilfrid Laurier University. Since 2000 she has been a faculty member in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada, where she is a full professor and is the Dean of Science. Dr. MacDonald the director of the Vascular Dynamics Laboratory and is an active member of the Exercise Metabolism Research Group in the Department of Kinesiology at McMaster. Her research interests are in the area of exercise physiology with specialization in the application of ultrasound techniques to the assessment of the peripheral blood vessels. Most recently, together with her research team, she has been examining the impact of high intensity interval training on the blood vessels and heart in individuals with coronary artery disease and the use of heat therapy as an alternative to exercise training. She has directly supervised over 100 undergraduate and graduate students since her appointment in 2000 and was recently awarded the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology Mentorship award in October 2018. Dr. MacDonald has been continually funded by The Natural Sciences and Engineering Council of Canada since 2001, and currently is also funded by Canadian Institutes for Health Research and the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. Dr. MacDonald is a member of the Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology, the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Physiological Society and the European College of Sports Science and. Two research leaves at Stanford University (July 2006-June 2007) and Loughborough University (July 2013-June 2014) provided Dr. MacDonald with international academic exposure and fostered lasting international research collaborations. She teaches a weekly high intensity interval training spinning class in the McMaster Fitness Facility and spends most of her free time at the arena watching her boys play hockey.

Panel Discussion 2:00-2:30 with Professor David Dunstan PhD David is Head of the Physical Activity laboratory at the Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute in Melbourne and is an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and Baker Fellow. He also holds the position of Professor within the Behaviour, Environment and Cognition Research Program at the Mary MacKillop Institute for Health Research, Australian Catholic University. His research program encompasses the interdisciplinary cross-talk and integration of observational, experimental, mechanistic and intervention evidence on the role of sedentary behaviour and physical activity in the prevention and management of chronic diseases. He has published over 260 peer reviewed papers and in 2018 was included in the Clarivate list of the 1% of the most highly cited researchers globally. Over the past 15 years David has had extensive media interest in his research including interviews with National Public Radio, Wall Street Journal, CNN, The Economist, New Scientist, the New York Times and the LA Times.

13:00 - STAFF EVENT - Writing Better Learning Outcomes : A professional development workshop for UWA staff with a teaching support role. Website | More Information
Examine the core elements for of effective LO’s and use these to evaluate and write learning outcomes. The second half of the workshop focuses on the big picture context of your unit to course level learning outcomes

17:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Music presents: Research | Callaway Centre Seminar Series : Megan Barbetti and Adam Lewin More Information
A free weekly seminar series, with presenters from within UWA and from the wider community.

This week HDR students Megan Barbetti and Adam Lewin will present on their current research.

Megan Barbetti: Reviving the Ghost: A Method for Baroque Improvisation Modelled Through Telemann’s Twelve Fantasias for Flute without Bass (1727–28)

Adam Lewin: Bridging the Gap: The Performative Influence of the Artist, the Space and the Audience in Amanda Palmer’s Who Killed Amanda Palmer Tour

Free entry - no bookings required
Wednesday 25
10:00 - WORKSHOP - Developing Assessments : A professional development workshop for UWA staff with a teaching support role. Website | More Information
Gain an understanding of the principles of good assessment underpinning UWA’s Assessment Policy and review or re-build your unit’s assessment strategy with these principles in mind.

13:00 - WORKSHOP - Developing Assessments : A professional development workshop for UWA staff with a teaching support role. Website | More Information
Gain an understanding of the principles of good assessment underpinning UWA’s Assessment Policy and review or re-build your unit’s assessment strategy with these principles in mind.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Using genes to assess social structure in the Boodies of Barrow Island : School of Human Sciences Seminar Series Website | More Information
The Boodie or Burrowing Bettong (Bettongia lesueur) is the only macropod that shelters underground in warrens. It is limited naturally to three islands off the west Australian coast, but just 200 years ago it had the widest distribution of any macropod, occupying about 50% of the continent. The seminar will describe what can be eked out of a genetic analysis of the population on Barrow Island, which is at the geographic centre of Australia's largest resource project. Inevitably, it will be short. However, that masks the huge effort required to undertake work of this kind. It was largely undertaken by others, and Felicity Donaldson and Celeste Wale deserve special mention in this regard.
Friday 27
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Lunchtime Concert | UWA Violins More Information
Be transported from the everyday by our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the best musical talent from with the UWA Conservatorium of Music and around the country.

This week, young emerging artists from the UWA String Department will present this week's free Lunchtime Concert, featuring much loved repertoire for violin and piano.

Free entry, no bookings required.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents: Centre Stage | The Darlington Ensemble and UWA Strings More Information
The cream of Perth's chamber music scene, Semra Lee-Smith, Zak Rowntree, Sally Boud and Jon Tooby, work closely with UWA String students in this side-by-side performance of the Dvorak's Bass Quintet.

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Saturday 28
14:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Public Lecture - The New Urban History of Pompeii More Information
2017 and 2018 saw the publication of a clutch of academic books that have provided completely new interpretations of the city based on long-term research projects. This talk will outline the implications of these new works for our understanding of the city in 2019 focussing on the development of the city’s fortifications, its streets, and what may be described as the retail revolution that created the shops found right across the city. Other matters will be touched on to show how our knowledge of the site, so familiar to us, is being reshaped by a new generation of researchers.

 October 2019
Tuesday 01
15:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Music presents: Sonia Croucher - Piccolo Workshop Website | More Information
Since joining the Malaysian Philharmonic as Principal Piccolo in 2001, Sonia Croucher has performed over 2000 wide-ranging concerts featuring such artists as Lorin Maazel, Gennay Rozhdestvensky, Sir Neville Marriner, Yan Pascal Tortelier, Dame Kiri Takanamwa, Jose Carreras, Sir Willard White, Joshua Bell, Chris Botti, Andrea Bocelli and the Count Basie Orchestra.

Join Sonia for a free workshop at UWA, where we'll be exploring a wide range of orchestral piccolo excerpts.

Tertiary and High-School piccolo players welcome.

Contact [email protected] to register and receive the workshop materials

19:00 - PUBLIC TALK - UWA Music presents: Brett Dean in Conversation with James Ledger Website | More Information
A former member of the Berlin Philharmonic, celebrated violist and composer Brett Dean sits down with friend and fellow composer James Ledger to discuss life as one of Australia’s most eminent composers, giving a unique insight into his works and the compositional process.

Free entry - RSVP to [email protected]

Refreshments served from 630pm

Talk starts 7pm

Don't miss Brett performing the World Premiere of James Ledger new Viola Concerto with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra at Perth Concert Hall on Friday 4 and Saturday 5 October. Further details and bookings: https://www.waso.com.au/concerts-tickets/whats-on/concert/Symphonie-Fantastique
Wednesday 02
9:00 - CONFERENCE - UWA Music presents: Research | Footprints (creating pathways to the future) : Australian Society of Music Education XXII National Conference More Information
The Conservatorium is proud to support the 2019 ASME National Conference, with keynote speakers including Professor Margaret Barrett, Dr Anita Collins, Dr Clinton Bracknell and Dr Joan Pope.

14:00 - EVENT - Exploring print and online archival collections Website | More Information
Join Gale Training Executive, Damian Almeida and Library Manager (Special Collections and Archives), Deanne Barrett for an overview of some of the valuable print and online archival collections you have access to at UWA.



Damian will demonstrate how to use Gale primary source collections such as Eighteenth Century Collections Online and the Times Digital Archive, including how to get the most out of the features and functionality of the platforms and how to cross-search archives. Then Deanne will provide a show and tell of some of the UWA primary source print collections such as the Melville Papers of correspondence and documents relating to the East India Company, legal manuscripts from the Blackall Collection, and the Gentleman’s Magazine.

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