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Today's date is Sunday, October 25, 2020
Business School - Alumni
 June 2014
Tuesday 24
9:00 - COURSE - Introductory Statistics : A Short Course using SPSS Website | More Information
The aim of this course is to introduce you to basic statistics. It will cover descriptive statistics (means and standard deviations); data exploration; basic categorical data analysis; simple linear regression and basic analysis of variance (ANOVA). The statistical package SPSS will be used to illustrate the ideas demonstrated. The course will be held in a computer laboratory allowing participants to immediately apply the material covered through a series of practical examples.

 July 2014
Tuesday 01
9:00 - COURSE - R Basics : A Statistics Short Course Website | More Information
R is a free and extremely powerful language and software environment for statistical computing, data analysis, and graphics. The course is designed for those who have no experience with R, but have a basic understanding of statistics. The course will include: Introduction to R: How to install R on your computer; basic R commands, how to use and understand the R help pages. Data: Reading in data and data manipulation; summarising data; basic statistical analysis and fitting linear models. Graphics and output: Basic plotting commands and how to customise your plots; how to export your plots and output in a user-friendly format. Functions: Writing simple functions and flow control structures.
Friday 04
17:30 - EVENT - GMA Twilight Drinks - “A Century of Evidence: People Helping People” More Information
Join us for casual Friday drinks to help you unwind at the end of the working week with some fellow alumni, staff, and students from the Business School.

Enjoy a refreshing ale or glass of wine, rekindle some old acquaintances or make some new ones and generally have a relaxing start your weekend. Our guest speaker will be Steve Joske CSC, Executive Director of the Australian Red Cross in Western Australia. Steve will provide an insight into how the Red Cross continues to build on its reputation for excellence in service after 100 years as a volunteer organisation in Australia.

Tickets at the door - $15 GMA members | $25 guests
Monday 07
7:45 - EVENT - St George's College July School Holiday Program : St George's College will again be holding its popular School Holiday Program in July. The year's entry will be grades 3 - 7. Website | More Information
Dates are 7 - 11 and 14 - 18 July 2014, 7.45 am - 5.00 pm. The holiday program provides for exciting educational days in and around the College's historic buildings and beautiful gardens. This year's entry will be expanded to cover school years 3 - 7.

The schedule starts at 7.45 each morning with breakfast in the College's Dining Hall then the day begins with a variety of activities that include the Amazing Race and Team Games, African Drumming, Cooking Lessons, Chemistry Madness, Zumba, Crime Scene at St George's and much more.

The cost is $80 per child per day casual visit or $75 per child per day for more than one child or if three or more days are booked in one week. For a booking of one week the cost is $60 per child per day. The daily price includes a high ratio of mentors to children, breakfast, lunch and tea breaks.
Tuesday 08
9:00 - COURSE - ANOVA, Linear Regression and Logistic Regression : A Short Course using SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with knowledge of basic statistics who want to learn more about regression and analysis of variance (ANOVA).

This course covers techniques that can be used to analyse data with continuous and categorical variables. The course will begin with simple linear regression and then proceed with approaches that can be used with more than two variables such as multiple regression. ANOVA with interactions and blocking will also be covered. The course will end with techniques that address the analysis of binary or ordinal variables.
Wednesday 23
9:00 - COURSE - Introduction to Statistics : A Short Course using Microsoft Excel Website | More Information
This course aims to provide you with an introduction to the facilities available in MS Excel from a statistical point of view. As well as an introduction to Excel, spreadsheet functions and graphics, it concentrates on performing basic statistical methods, producing charts and tables, and discusses the limitations of Excel when it comes to more complex statistical analysis.

 August 2014
Wednesday 06
12:00 - Public Forum - Community conversation on heart disease and medication : A conversation about experiences of taking medications for heart disease More Information
The School of Population Health are running a ‘community conversation’ for people who have had, or care for someone, with heart disease, heart failure or atrial fibrillation. We are really interested in people coming along to tell us how they manage their heart disease and medicines.

Heart disease is still the number one killer of Australians. However there is strong evidence that certain medications are successful in preventing a second heart attack and improving survival. The problem is that we do not know if people continue to take their medicines for a long time after being discharged from hospital.

For practice to be evidence based, researchers need to understand what is happening with medications and heart disease. To do this it is important to hear about your experiences. We want to hear about any issues you may be experiencing as well as what you think needs to be researched in the area.

Our community conversation will take place on Wednesday 6 August 2014 between 12pm and 2.30pm in the Niche at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre in Nedlands. RSVP Essential.

Payment of out-of-pocket expenses and light lunch are provided. For more information or to RSVP for this event, please e-mail [email protected] or call 6488 8176 Mon – Wed or 9489 7742 Thur – Fri.

We reserve the right to make changes to the events and the right to determine the confirmed registration list.
Sunday 10
10:00 - OPEN DAY - 2014 Open Day : Join us for our Open Day and experience all that UWA has to offer Website | More Information
Come and find out about UWA’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses, scholarship opportunities, outstanding career options and explore our community programs and facilities.

This year there will be campus tram tours, hands-on activities, live music and entertainment, as well as plenty of fun activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Join us for Open Day 2014 from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 10 August.
Friday 15
17:30 - EVENT - GMA Twilight Drinks - “How to Maximise Your MBA Potential” More Information
Join us for casual Friday drinks and a short presentation on how to maximise your MBA potential. Our guest speaker is Brian Leedman, a UWA MBA alumni member and former GMA President, who is currently an investor relations professional focusing on the biotechnology industry and co-founder of two newly ASX listed biotechnology companies, Oncosil Medical Limited (OSL) and Imugene Limited (IMU).

Tickets at the door - $15 GMA members | $25 guests
Thursday 28
18:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Is Bitcoin really a currency? : A public lecture with Professor David Yermack from New York University More Information
Bitcoin is a "virtual currency” made possible by the internet. One attraction for many is that the creation and use of Bitcoin as a currency is that is independent of any bank. But, is Bitcoin a valid currency or is it a speculative investment? Professor David Yermack provides an informed, unbiased perspective on this issue.

Professor Yermack is the Albert Fingerhut Professor of Finance and Business Transformation at New York University Stern School of Business and also Director, Pollack Center New York University School of Law.

 September 2014
Saturday 06
15:30 - CONCERT - Beethoven: A Tale of Triumph : Selections from Beethoven's piano sonatas performed by Perth's mightiest pianists! Website | More Information
Beethoven: A Tale of Triumph Concert - to be held at St George's College as part of their Spring Concert Series. The concert will see a selection from Beethoven's piano sonatas including the famous Moonlight Sonata performed by Perth's mightiest pianists! Performing: Mark Coughlan, Caroline Badnall, Raymond Yong, Anastasia Buettner-Moore, Rachel Chan, Stephen Armstrong. Free admission, bookings required.
Monday 08
17:45 - EVENT - Beyond Earth: TWC Innovation Lecture : The Warren Centre's 2014 Innovation Lecture Series, Beyond Earth, will highlight the significant role that Australia and Australians play in global space industries. Website | More Information
The Warren Centre’s Beyond Earth Innovation lecture on Monday 8 September will focus on the exciting new area of space tourism, and the opportunities it can provide for engineers and scientists in Australia and worldwide. The lecture will be presented by Enrico Palermo, a University of Western Australia engineering graduate who now works in California’s Mojave Desert, heading up operations for Virgin Galactic’s The Spaceship Company – the world’s first company building a fleet of commercial manned spaceships.

The lecture will start at 5:45pm on Monday 8 September at the UniClub WA Auditorium.
Tuesday 16
13:00 - Colloquium - A Human Factors perspective on the loss of HMAS Sydney More Information
Kim Kirsner’s education included a BComm (Melb), a BSc (London), and a PhD (London) under the supervision of Fergus Craik. He subsequently completed a PDF under Ben Murdoch at the University of Toronto, and accepted an appointment to the School of Psychology at UWA in 1972. In the succeeding years he collaborated on research with scientists at the Universities of Parma, Padua, Delhi and Kanpur (IIT). He was appointed Professor at UWA and elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of Social Science in 1997. He has published approximately 80 articles in refereed journals, 40 invited chapters in edited books, hundreds of conference chapters and papers, two edited books and one co-authored book. He has also held numerous ARC grants. He retired from Psychology at the end of 2006 and worked as an Adjunct Professor in the School of Animal Biology at UWA until 2014. He is also an Adjunct Professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Notre Dame (Fremantle). His current areas of interest focus on the automatic measurement of fluency in natural language production and necessary corrections to the history of the search for HSK Kormoran and HMAS Sydney, where, in collaboration with John Dunn, he produced the most accurate prediction ever for an off-shore and deep sea wreck (Graham, Trotter, King & Kirsner, 2014).

I first presented a paper on this topic for the US Naval Academy proceedings in 1993. Sydney was lost with all hands when she closed to approximately 1 km from an unidentified vessel – actually a heavily armed raider – a distance at which her notional advantages in regard to firepower, range, speed and armour were nullified. The report published by the Cole Commission in 2009 described the approach as ‘inexplicable’. However, analysis of the history of encounters between British cruisers and unidentified vessels (be they raiders, minelayers, supply ships or British Q-ships) in World War II indicates that close approaches were at worst common and, arguably, the rule prior to the meeting between Kormoran and Sydney. The next three encounters that involved cruisers that were aware of the outcome of the engagement involved one sinking of a ‘friend’ and two occasions when an enemy minelayer was allowed to pass. Recent research in an old account of the work of the Naval Intelligence Division of the Admiralty in London (McLachlan, 1971) revealed that it had information about Kormoran that could have been provided to the Australian station prior to the engagement but, probably for security reasons, was not so provided. In August 2014, the Canberra launch of The Search for HMAS Sydney: An Australian Story revealed for the first time the pain, and blame, that Captain Burnett’s family experienced in the years following her loss. Burnett was the Captain of HMAS Sydney and has routinely been awarded more or less sole responsibility for the loss. Thanks to Barbara Winter’s early history of the event (Winter, 1984), it is possible to form a plausible hypothesis about the information not provided to Sydney in advance of the engagement. In 1941 British cruisers were not lone sailing frigates months from home and news, as they often were during the Napoleonic Wars, but integral units in a complex weapons system, and the loss should be so understood. An additional factor involved the Captain’s confidence in the system that provided him with information about the positions off allied merchant vessels may have contributed to the disaster.

19:00 - FREE LECTURE - CMSS Presents: Preventive Medicine, Muslim Children and Our Community: World’s First Halal Vaccines – Globalvacc ‘Al Shifa’ : A public lecture by Mr VT Ragupathy Website | More Information
We have certainly come a long way in preventive medicine. Viruses are becoming more resistant and toxins continue to be the scourge of modern living. Although health and wellness may be on everyone’s minds these days, attention to wellbeing is by no means a new concept. People have been searching for ways to ‘stay in the pink’ since the dawn of civilisation. The field of medicine is vast but to what extent does it accommodate the needs of the Muslim word?

GLOBALVACC AL-SHIFA approved as world's first HIB Halal certified Preventive medicine for Muslim children and is the first step in giving the world Halal Vaccines. To integrate Halal concept into vaccines has been always a challenge because a lot of Pharmaceutical companies look at bottom lines and would not consider going the extra mile in sourcing for ingredients which are Halal. This lecture explores the journey towards developing the world's first HIB Halal certified Preventive medicine for Muslim children.

About the speaker: Mr Ragupathy is a graduate of the National University of Singapore majoring in Molecular Biology and has 20 years of experience in the field establishing new technologies and innovations for large Pharmaceutical companies like Nestle, Pfizer, Roche, Lonza and Wyeth. He has worked on Biosensors, for in-vitro diagnostics use, in Nanyang Technological University using paramagnetic beads to detect organisms in different matrixes like blood, and other bodily fluids. He had set up the Pan B and Pan T Cells Separation Course for students in the National University of Singapore Microbiology Department, using DynaBeads (450nm ad 280 nm beads). He had worked on immuno-separation technology which has been adapted by Nestle for their Salmonella work. Together with Warwick University (UK), he did Real Time Microbial Load Monitoring in production plants manufacturing Infant formula (Nutraceuticals). Usage of flow-cytometry techniques with membrane bound dyes were used to develop this for Pfizer. In virology, he had developed a separation technology to aggregate Hep A virus which was 15 times more sensitive compared to then current methods. He has had previously worked in a R&D company called Singapore Biotech owned by Temasek Holdings co-developing with GSK Hepatitis Vaccines and locally produced Epstein Barr Virus kits. Mr Ragupathy is the CEO of KR Biologicals Pte Ld. which has been working with Serum Institute of India to launch the first Halal HIB vaccine for infants. He is also the Senior Vice-President of Innovative biotech and has also worked with distinguished scientists such as Dr Lance Gordan, who is the inventor and developer of the first bacterial conjugate vaccine to receive FDA and European approval.
Thursday 18
18:00 - SEMINAR - 2020 Business Insights Forum: “Investing in Agriculture” Website | More Information
Agriculture is one of the hottest investment sectors at the moment. The big names of Forrest, Rinehart, and Packer, plus the Chinese are pouring money into the food and fibre industry. Learn what investors are looking for, why agriculture is undergoing a transformation, and what investment opportunities are being taken up by savvy West Australian investors, producers and entrepreneurs. Our esteemed panel of experts will debate the pros and cons of investing in agriculture.

AAAC/RMA/GMA Members $58 | Non-members: $88. Registration from 5.30pm.

About the 2020 Business Insights Series:

2020 Business Insights are information-packed panel sessions designed to bring members and non-members together for an informative and thought-provoking discussion on current business topics. Respected industry experts deliver a keynote presentation followed by an interactive panel discussion that also allows for audience questions followed by high level networking.
Friday 19
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Growing the Family in Family Business : A Public Lecture with Denis Horgan Website | More Information
UWA Business School and Family Business Australia invites you to join Denis Horgan as he shares his experiences and discusses ‘Growing the Family in Family Business’.

Denis and Tricia Horgan established Leeuwin Estate in 1974, with the guidance of Napa Valley’s Robert Mondavi.  Now under the direction of two generations of the founding family and maintaining a team of highly skilled and dedicated winemakers, Leeuwin’s philosophy of adhering to excellence has earned the Estate an outstanding international reputation.

Denis has held positions on many boards and community organisations, including the ABC, Rio Tinto, CSIRO, St. John of God Hospital, Notre Dame Australia and the peak Australian wine industry bodies.

Both Denis and Tricia are dual recipients of Western Australia's highest wine industry and tourism awards and have both been admitted to the Order of Australia for their contribution to the Australian wine and tourism industries.
Wednesday 24
18:30 - SEMINAR - SPAMH presents Q&A: Out of Sight, Out of Mind : An expert panel, including Tim Marney, will be exploring the issue of stigma and discrimination against mental illness in a question and answer session with audience involvement. Website | More Information
“Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of, but stigma and bias shame us all.” Bill Clinton

In Australia, it is estimated that 45 per cent of people will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime.

This prevalent condition should be at the forefront of social consideration and health policy. However, this is not the case - the millennium development goals have wholly ignored this area of health, and society has appeared to put mental illness ‘Out of sight’ and ‘Out of mind’.

Come join SPAMH as we explore how stigma and discrimination against mental illness affects sufferers, their carers, health professionals in the field and ultimately, serves as a major barrier to quality health care delivery, treatment and recovery.

Do not miss out on this opportunity to have YOUR questions answered by our expert panel and discover how stigma can be combated on a personal, social and policy level.
Friday 26
17:30 - EVENT - Twilight in the City with Lord Mayor Lisa Scaffidi: "Perth - City of Energy" Website | More Information
Join us for a special Twilight Drinks event with Lord Mayor of Perth, Lisa Scaffidi, who will provide us with some fascinating insights into the variety of challenges and opportunities currently facing Perth.

West Australian born Lisa proudly calls Perth home and as Lord Mayor speaks strongly and undertakes the role energetically. Lisa's focus is on city economic development and branding, smart, sustainable city growth and ensuring we also focus on developing the skills necessary to raise standards of service and heighten the appeal of our capital city in every way.  The key is to ensure its relevance and appeal to all demographics.

This will be an enjoyable evening where you could rekindle some old acquaintances or make some new ones, and generally have a relaxing start to your weekend in the heart of the CBD.

Tickets - $15 GMA members | $25 guests. Numbers are limited — register online now!
Sunday 28
15:30 - CONCERT - Quintet Plus One Concert : Perth's historically informed 'A-Team' perform a variety of classical works. Website | More Information
Perth's historically informed 'A-Team' perform a variety of works including Mozart's Jupiter Symphony, Handel's Organ Concerto in F major, C.P.E. Bach's String Symphony No. 3 in C major and Boccherini's Quintet Op.39 No.3.

Harpsichord/Organ: Stewart Smith Violin: Paul Wright and Shaun Lee-Chen Viola: Chistina Katsimbardis Violoncello: Noeleen Wright Double Bass: Elizabeth Browning

Admission is free; however bookings are required.
Tuesday 30
9:00 - COURSE - Surveys: Instrument Design and Testing : A Short Course Website | More Information
This course is aimed at anyone wishing to improve their survey questionnaires. This course is useful for both people new to questionnaire design and those who have experience and would like to extend their knowledge. It will be a benefit not only for people who anticipate designing a questionnaire in the future, but for those in the role of critiquing commissioned or existing research.

UWA Postgraduate Research students receive subsidised fees.

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