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Business School - Research
 November 2013
Tuesday 12
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.
Thursday 14
9:00 - COURSE - Design and Analysis of Experiments : A Short Course using R Website | More Information
The course will cover material ranging from a review of simple one-way ANOVA, to more complex designs and analyses including crossed and nested factors with fixed and random effects.The emphasis throughout will be placed on applications rather than theory. The statistical package R and R Commander will be used and some familiarity with this will be assumed.
Tuesday 26
16:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - 2013 UWA Historical Society Annual Lecture : 'The Fly-out, Fly-in Professor' with E/Prof Reg Appleyard Website | More Information
Associate Professor of Economics Paul McLeod will chair a 'fireside presentation' with colleagues of our guest, Emeritus Professor Reg Appleyard. Hear about changes to university education and student internationalisation during Prof Appleyard’s time as Head of Department with his frequent visits to Europe for discussions with many UN and international committees.

 February 2014
Monday 17
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.
Thursday 20
7:00 - EVENT - Reforming Legal Frameworks for Mining and Economic Development in Africa : CMSS Presents: A Breakfast Meeting with Congolese Diplomat Ms. Stephanie Mbombo Bodson More Information
Date: Thursday 20th February

Breakfast Meeting: Reforming Legal Frameworks for Mining and Economic Development in Africa

Also supported by Minerals and Energy Institute, Centre for Exploration Targeting.

Summary:

Ms. Stephanie Mbombo Bodson, former Congolese diplomat, will lead a discussion on reforming legal frameworks for natural resource development in order to promote economic and social development, environmental sustainability, and improving business ethics. Researchers in the UWA Law School and Centre for Exploration Targeting will also be invited to contribute to the discussion.

Africa has many mineral-rich regions, particularly in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and many Australian mining and engineering companies are currently working in Africa or have plans to work there.

Place: University of WA Club, Hackett Entrance 1, Hackett Drive, Crawley. A hot breakfast will be served during the meeting.

Time 7.00 am – 9.00 am

Cost $35 per head, $20 for students (5 places are reserved for students, provided reservations and payment are received in time). RSVP to [email protected], notifying any dietary requirements, credit card name, number, expiry.

Background of Speaker

Stephanie Mbombo Bodson has a background in European law, diplomacy, international relations between European and African countries, project evaluation and policy development. She graduated from the Free University of Brussels with a Masters in International and European law in 2009. She has also worked on antipersonnel landmine issues and relevant international humanitarian law as it affects Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo. She has worked for the Belgian government and as an intern for the Development Committee of the European Parliament as well as the European Commission. She served as department head in the Congolese Diplomatic Academy, part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation in Kinshasa where she was responsible for development partnerships as well as fundraising and human resource management.

She has also worked as an assistant to the president of the High Military Court in Kinshasa, working on law reform issues. During the last two years, she obtained much experience as lecturer in European Law (Masters Level) and as the person in charge of the Monitoring and Evaluation of Millennium Development Goals at the United Nations in Morocco. Before she commenced her career in the public sector, she was Secretary General of the Congolese Union of Consumers and worked as a TV program host and journalist in Congo. Ms Mbombo is visiting Western Australia to learn more about the capacity of Australian mining companies interested in working in Africa and to help promote economic development based on income from natural resource development.

 March 2014
Wednesday 05
17:30 - EVENT - MBA Information Evening (Perth) : An information evening for prospective Master of Business Administration students Website | More Information
Come along to the UWA Business School's information evening for the Master of Business Administration (MBA), where you can learn about our new MBA Full Time as well as MBA Flexible. You will have the opportunity to meet professors and current students, have all your questions answered, and even apply on the night.

You will be able to meet professors and students from 5.30pm onwards, with the formal presentation beginning at 6.00pm.
Tuesday 11
13:00 - Colloquium - Tackling the Big Ideas in Science More Information
As PhD students you have ambitions beyond your doctoral research. As supervisors and scientists you have bold plans. You probably have ambitions not just to do everyday science, but to break the paradigm. How are you going to do this? How will you get funded for novel, groundbreaking research? How will you communicate this research to a world that still thinks in the old ways? In today’s talk, these issues will be covered in an interactive format targeted particularly at PhD students. We will think about the big ideas and how you can pursue them, so come prepared to engage with an ambitious agenda.
Wednesday 12
17:15 - FREE LECTURE - Start-Up Exchange: Idea to Venture : Learn from and listen to speakers and companies, who did it! Website | More Information
In conjunction with four WA universities, The Innovation Centre WA is hosting a series of Start-Up Exchange workshops throughout 2014. The first of these workshops “Idea to Venture” is jointly hosted by UWA’s Office of Industry and Innovation.

You will hear from Prof Tim St Pierre on his journey from developing the FerriScan technology at UWA to the formation of ASX listed Resonance Health. Resonance Health’s lead product is FerriScan, a world leading non-invasive tool for measuring liver iron concentration; the first such test to have achieved international regulatory approvals.

You will also hear from Prof Tim Mazzarol who specialises in entrepreneurship, innovation, small business management, marketing and strategy on the topic of starting new ventures.

Ideal for the undergraduate and postgraduate community thinking of starting their own business and for those who want to be more innovative in their chosen careers.

Following the presentations you are invited to stay for drinks and canapés and network with other attendees.

To register for this event or to find out about other workshops, visit the Innovation Centre WA website: www.innovation.wa.gov.au.
Friday 14
18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Social Entrepreneurship - Social Service or Social Change? : Public Lecture More Information
The UWA Business School Centre for Social Impact (CSI) is delighted to welcome Dr Pamela Hartigan to present a public lecture on social entrepreneurship. Pamela Hartigan is a frequent lecturer on entrepreneurship and innovation at graduate schools of business in the USA, Europe, Asia and Latin America. She is Executive Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford and since 2008 has been Adjunct Professor at the Columbia Business School. Her  latest book, co-authored with John Elkington entitled The Power of Unreasonable People: How Entrepreneurs Create Markets to Change the World, is widely read and has been translated into 15 languages. Register via business.uwa.edu.au/public-lecture-registration

18:00 - EXHIBITION - Anne Ferran Exhibition: "Shadow Land" : Art Exhibition Website | More Information
In association with the UWA Cultural Precinct, the UWA Business School and the Graduate Management Association are delighted to invite you to a very special viewing of Anne Ferran: Shadow Land exhibition at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on Friday, 14 March 2014, 6pm. The event will include a presentation by Winthrop Professor Ted Snell, Director of the UWA Cultural Precinct. Light refreshments and canapés will be served.

The exhibition is a Perth International Arts Festival event supported by the Visual Arts Program Partner Wesfarmers Arts. Shadow Land is a survey exhibition of Anne Ferran’s most significant projects and series, spanning more than 30 years. Tickets are available for purchase at www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=76183 (Please note that sales close Wednesday 5 March due to catering requirements.)
Friday 28
11:00 - SEMINAR - The acceptability of marine offsets and the social license to operate : Professor Michael Burton, School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, University of Western Australia Website | More Information
This paper reports the results of a choice experiment to examine the features of marine offsets that the public finds acceptable. Offsets have become an established element of what is required if developments are to impose no net loss on the environment, once avoidance and mitigation activities have been undertaken. However, there are a number of means by which the same environmental outcome can be achieved. We explore the consequences for public acceptance of different designs of offsets relating to migratory shorebirds with respect to the proportion of direct and compensatory offsets, the geographical location at which the offset takes place, and the possibility of substituting species. Within the survey used we also develop a measure of the oil and gas industries Social License to Operate. We explore whether this measure has an impact on the probability of rejecting the development as a whole, as well as its impact on acceptability of attributes within the offset design. The paper concludes with implications for the further use of marine offsets.

Professor Michael Burton works in the area of environmental valuation, and is currently working on a project valuing marine biodiversity as part of the National Environmental Research Program Marine Biodiversity Hub.

 April 2014
Friday 04
11:00 - SEMINAR - Predicting pro-environmental agricultural practices: The social, psychological and contextual influences on land management Website | More Information
Pro-environmental agricultural approaches have been developed, but their uptake has not been sufficient to mitigate environmental degradation. A lack of suitable theoretical frameworks limits research on famers' environmental behaviours, and there has been little integration of social sciences in the agricultural adoption literature. This paper details a predictive model of pro-environmental agricultural practices, drawing on psychological frameworks: Value-Belief-Norms and Theory of Planned Behaviour. Dry-land farmers in Central New South Wales, Australia (n = 422), were surveyed about behaviours deemed to have positive impacts on the environment by local natural resource management authorities. A rigorous measure of complex land management practice is developed in relation to native vegetation, weeds, soil, stock, and perennials. The model was able to predict 52% of the variance in complex behaviour. Contextual factors, values, attitudes, and norms are identified as important predictors. Results suggest skills and abilities, environmental constraints, biospheric values, and a sense of being able to control one's destiny are significant precursors to pro-environmental practices. The NRM policy context and policy implications are discussed. Holistic strategies and social learning processes are identified as beneficial for farmer well-being and environmental outcomes.

Jennifer Price is an environmental psychologist with the Social and Behavioural Sciences Group of the CSIRO, within the Ecosystem Sciences Division. Her research applies social science to a broad range of natural resource domains and challenges, including agricultural land management practice, climate change mitigation and adaptation, and public acceptance of water supply schemes. Her research interests centre on identifying how cultural values and beliefs about environment shape individuals’ environmental behaviour, policy preferences, and risk perceptions. This work reveals how elements of social identity and personality influence the way people interpret and respond to environmental issues.
Friday 11
11:00 - SEMINAR - Australia's grain supply chains : Dr Ross Kingwell, Chief Economist, Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre Website | More Information
Australia’s grain supply infrastructure has been in the news. Late last year the Federal Government blocked ADM’s proposed take-over of GrainCorp. Here in Western Australia, Bunge have built grain export port facilities in Bunbury and the Chinese firm Heilingjiang Feng Agricultural are currently constructing port terminal facilities in Albany. ABC television’s Landline program ran a 25 minute feature on Australian export grain infrastructure on March 9. Why is there interest in this infrastructure? This seminar will present findings of recent research that has examined the nature and cost of Australia’s export grain supply chains. Some interesting facts emerge with important ramifications for the future of Australia’s grains industry.

Currently Ross is chief economist in AEGIC (Australian Export Grains Innovation Centre) that is a joint initiative of the WA Department of Agriculture & Food and the Grains R&D Corporation. He is also a professor in the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics at the University of Western Australia. He serves on a federal Department of Agriculture’s Expert Advisory Panel and chairs the Australian Farm Institute’s research advisory committee. He has been a co-editor of the Australian Journal of Agricultural and Resource Economics, president of the Australian Agricultural and Resource Economics Society and is a distinguished fellow of that society. In a recent book on the history of DAFWA Ross is listed of one its 50 most historically influential people.
Sunday 13
15:30 - EVENT - 'Modern Moods' Concert : Isabel Hede from the Australian Academy of Music plays a program of MOODY Music. Website | More Information
Isabel Hede, a guest of the UWA and a visiting artist from the Australian National Academy of Music puts her best forward in a program of MOODY modern music! She will showcase works for violin and piano from composers such as Prokofiev and Messiaen, and finish with the universally adored Dvorak's American string quartet. Seats are limited! Be sure to book now!

 May 2014
Monday 12
12:00 - Art Exhibition - The Art of Zhen Shan Ren International Exhibition : A compelling fine art exhibition reflecting the human rights situation in China (Free event) Website | More Information
The Art of Zhen Shan Ren (Truthfulness, Compassion, Forbearance) takes viewers through the story of Falun Dafa - from its introduction to the public in 1992, through the beauty and enlightenment of the practice, to the unjust and unrelenting persecution, moving forward through the peaceful resistance of Falun Dafa practitioners worldwide who seek to bring an end to the persecution, then through themes of karmic retribution, salvation and grace, and finishing with a moment of choice.

Storytelling has long been one of fine art's greatest joys, and this Exhibition's ability to cross cultural, lingual and ethnic barriers is highlighted each time it is shown.

Inspired by tradition and divinity, the artists paint - often collaboratively - stories either experienced by themselves or shared by fellow Falun Dafa practitioners worldwide. Realist oil painting, or Neo-Renaissance, was chosen as the style for its narrative capabilities, accessibility and, above all, its purity.

The Exhibition aims to educate and draw focus to an unjust persecution - to record a moment in time when the universal principles of Truth, Compassion, Forbearance are openly opposed. It also highlights the danger of becoming involved in the persecution through state-run ventures such as forced labour and forced organ harvesting of Falun Dafa practitioners. Outlasting these sombre themes, however, is a steady message of hope and fulfilment, as the enduring courage and belief of practitioners bring positive change in numerous dark settings.

A central hope of founding artist Professor Zhang's mission is to promote, through fine art, the understanding that freedom of belief is a fundamental human right, and to raise awareness.
Wednesday 14
12:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - The Role of Universities in Innovation and Entrepreneurship: A Faculty of Engineering Experience More Information
Professor Lynch has a remarkable record in Canada for his entrepreneurship especially in his fundraising work for his Faculty. I encourage you to attend and look forward to seeing you there - Prof John Dell, Dean of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics UWA
Monday 19
15:00 - SEMINAR - Road Pricing Reform Website | More Information
Distance and time based road pricing schemes have been proposed by many transport economists as an efficient way to manage scarce road infrastructure. Introducing road pricing involves many stakeholders, and there are many issues that need to be resolved before implementing such a scheme in practice, in particular public acceptance and technological complexity. In this presentation a novel distance (and time) based strategy is proposed that is based on voluntary participation in which participants will not be worse off than their status quo, and revenues for Treasury stay at the same level. The majority of the car drivers will be better off by participating, increasing its public acceptability. The system has been devised with simple technology without the need for extensive fraud prevention measures. Further, it can be introduced quickly without having to make large investments. Finally, the system is designed such that the more people participate, the more incentives other drivers have to participate as well, such that after several years the transport system will automatically transition to a distance (and time) based pricing scheme. While the novel scheme can be generically introduced in different countries, an introduction in the context of Australia will be discussed.
Tuesday 20
13:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - India-Pakistan Relations: An Overview : CMSS Presents: A Public Lecture by Dr. Sanu Kainikara Website | More Information
Ever since the birth of Pakistan and India as independent nations after the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, Indo-Pak relations have been vexed to say the least. The nations have fought three accepted wars; two unacknowledged wars; and is still in the throes of insurgency and counter-insurgency operations. The divergent socio-political direction that the nations have taken in the post-independence age have vitiated their bilateral relationship.

This presentation provides a brief background to the relationship between the two nations; examines the fundamental reasons for the animosity that prevails most of the time in the official relationship of the two nations; and analyses the current situation. It will also pay particular attention to the ‘Kashmir Issue’ and consider the impact of the result of the on-going Indian elections.

Dr Sanu Kainikara is the Air Power Strategist at the Air Power Development Centre of the Royal Australian Air Force and also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of 11 books: Papers on Air Power, Pathways to Victory, Red Air: Politics in Russian Air Power, Australian Security in the Asian Century, A Fresh Look at Air Power Doctrine, Seven Perennial Challenges to Air Forces, The Art of Air Power: Sun Tzu Revisited, At the Critical Juncture, Essays on Air Power, The Bolt From the Blue, and From Indus to Independence Volume I. He has presented extensively in international forums and published numerous papers on national security, strategy and air power. He is the recipient of the RAAF Chief of Air Force’s Commendation.

Dr Kainikara is a former fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force who retired as a Group Captain after 21 years of commissioned service. During his service career, he has flown over 4,000 hours on a number of modern fighter aircraft, commanded an operational fighter squadron and held various other command and staff appointments. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, and a graduate and instructor of the IAF Fighter Weapons School, the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College, and the College of Air Warfare. He is a recipient of the IAF Chief of Air Staff Commendation and the Air Force Cross.

After retirement from active service, he worked for four years as the senior analyst, specialising in air power strategy for a US Training Team in the Middle East. Prior to his current appointment he was the Director Wargaming and Strategic Doctrine in the Strategy Group of the Department of Defence. He has also taught Aerospace Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne. He has two Bachelors degrees, a Masters degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras and his PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide.
Friday 23
11:00 - SEMINAR - Threshold effects and climate change policy : Assistant Professor Morteza Chalak, Centre for Environmental Economics and Policy Website | More Information
Climate change scientists have shown concerns about possible sudden changes due to crossing a temperature threshold. Many authors emphasized the importance of sea level rise due to melting ice sheets of Greenland and west Antarctica and its large economic consequences. We study the economic consequences and policy implications of assuming a certain and uncertain thresholds at 2oC of global warming where it could result in a sudden sea level rise. We introduce these thresholds to the Dynamic Integrated model of Climate and the Economy (DICE model, Nordhaus 2009) and assess their policy impacts. We further modify the DICE model and assess the impacts of the thresholds using a reactive damage function. Results show that certain and uncertain thresholds have different impact on the optimal policy for different years. If the threshold is uncertain, the optimal carbon tax before 2025 is higher than certain threshold. However, optimal carbon tax assuming a certain threshold becomes higher than uncertain threshold from year 2025 and sharply increases between years 2035 to 2100.

 June 2014
Monday 02
14:00 - Training Course - iVEC Supercomputing Training Courses Website | More Information
In the week beginning 2 June 2014, iVEC will offer the following free short courses on supercomputing topics:

Introduction to iVEC: 2:00 – 3:00pm Mon 2nd June

Introduction to Linux: 3:30 – 4:30pm Mon 2nd June

Introduction to Supercomputing: 10:00am – 4:00pm Tues 3rd June

Developing with MPI and OpenMP: 10:00am – 4:00pm Wed 4th June.

Further details of the courses and the registration form can be found on the iVEC website. Courses are delivered in a face to face classroom style. Attendees are encouraged to bring and work on their own laptops. Staff from the Supercomputing Team will be facilitating so you can meet and chat with them.

Any queries, please contact Dr Rebecca Hartman-Baker – [email protected]

This is a free event however, you must register as places are limited.

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