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Today's date is Tuesday, November 24, 2020
Business School - Research
 September 2014
Friday 12
12:00 - SEMINAR - Economics Discipline Seminar : Litigation as a Tournament More Information
This paper analyzes civil litigation between a plaintiff and a defendant who exert costly effort in a tournament game. In the unique Nash equilibrium the litigant with the stronger case is more likely to win, but there is distortion in the sense that the equilibrium probability of success is closer to 0.5 than the prior is. A cost-shifting rule determines the proportion of the winner's costs recoverable from the loser. An increase in the proportion of recoverable costs reduces distortion to the inherent strength of the case, but it also reduces the total welfare of the litigants because it increases litigation costs. In a modified litigation game with judicial management, a judge chooses the optimal cost-shifting rule to minimize both private costs spent on litigation and distortion to inherent strength of the case. In the unique subgame perfect equilibrium, the judge's choice of optimal proportion of recoverable costs increases with the relative weight which she assigns to distortion and with the weight given to the inherent strength of the case. Litigation is less likely to take place as the relative weight which the judge assigns to distortion increases.

Keywords: Tournament Theory, Litigation Process, Legal Dispute. JEL Classi cation: C72, C79, K41.
Tuesday 16
9:00 - SEMINAR - The 7 Secrets of Highly Successful Research Students : The key habits underlying success and enjoyment of a research degree will be covered. Website | More Information
This workshop is for research students who would like to be more effective in their studies.

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.
Tuesday 23
8:45 - COURSE - Forecasting: Principles and Practice - a 3 day course Website | More Information
In this workshop, we will explore methods and models for forecasting time series. Topics to be covered include seasonality and trends, exponential smoothing, ARIMA modelling, dynamic regression and state space models, as well as forecast accuracy methods and forecast evaluation techniques such as cross-validation. The workshop will involve a mixture of lectures and practical sessions using R.

Workshop participants will be assumed to be familiar with basic statistical tools such as multiple regression and maximum likelihood estimation, but no knowledge of time series or forecasting will be assumed. Some prior experience in R is desirable.

UWA Postgraduate Research students receive subsidised fees.
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.
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.

 October 2014
Wednesday 01
13:00 - Colloquium - Are individual health emergency risk perceptions, experiences with previous disaster events, and anxiety level associated with household based health emergency preparedness in Hong Kong? More Information
Professor Chan is the Director of Centre of Global health at SPHPC and the Director of the Collaborating Centre for Oxford University and CUHK for Disaster and Medical Humanitarian Response (CCOUC), which was established in 2011 and aims to conduct research, teaching and engage in knowledge transfer projects in public health and medical disaster and climate change response in Hong Kong and the Asia-Pacific region. Prof Chan’s research interests and expertise include evidence based public health medicine, disasters and humanitarian need assessments, relief evaluation, environment/climate change and health, migration, clinical trials of social interventions, Asia rural and remote community based research and programs. Professor Chan is qualified both as a biomedical engineer and a physician. She has undergone academic training at Johns Hopkins University, Harvard School of Public Health, Hong Kong University and London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, and is now a fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Medicine. She served as a frontline emergency relief practitioner in mid-1990s, and later as the president for a Nobel peace prize winning medical humanitarian organization that provides emergency medical relief to victims of wars, epidemics and natural disasters (Medecins Sans Frontieres Hong Kong). She has published more than 120 peer-reviewed academic articles in international journals.

Hong Kong, an urban Chinese community, is facing increasingly large scale emergency crises related to the adverse health impacts of climate change, air pollution and infectious diseases. This study investigated whether individual health emergency risk perception, experiences with previous disaster events and anxiety level was associated with household based health preparedness for community emergencies in Hong Kong. A cross-sectional, population-based survey study was conducted among non-institutionalized Cantonese-speaking population aged over 15 years in Hong Kong in 2013 and 2014. The presentation will provide an overview of what we learnt from these studies regarding urban community household based disaster preparedness and their associated sociodemographic predictors.
Friday 03
13:00 - PRESENTATION - 3MT UWA Final : An inspiring insight into PhD/Masters research at UWA Website | More Information
Ten dynamic speakers will each have 3 minutes in which to explain the significance of their research using language that everyone can understand.
Saturday 04
10:00 - EVENT - SpringArts 2014 : St George's College Open Day of all things Art! Website | More Information
St George's College will throw open its doors for everyone to visit, explore and discover what life is like in the 'castle'! In conjunction with Open Gardens Australia the day will feature building and garden tours, a variety of musical performances, extensive art exhibition (including works by Jarrad Seng and John Ogburn), poetry readings, recitals of Randolph Stow works, food and beverages also available for purchase.

A live broadcast will also be held at the College of the 720 ABC James Lush program and the "Roots and Shoots" segment with Sabrina Hahn. Everyone is welcome to attend the broadcast from 8.30 am until 10.00 am.

An entry fee will be applicable from 10.00 am onwards of $8.00 per person (under 18 are free of charge). The monies raised will go towards our Scholarship Fund.

Come along and enjoy the beautiful spring day at St George's College.
Tuesday 14
13:00 - Colloquium - Basic assumption and possible underlying processes in Attentional Bias Modification More Information
Dr Bram Van Bockstaele obtained his master’s degree in theoretical and experimental psychology at Ghent University in 2007. After his studies, he completed his PhD as a member of the Learning and Implicit Processes Lab at Ghent University, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Geert Crombez and in close collaboration with Prof. Dr. Jan De Houwer and Dr. Bruno Verschuere (now at the University of Amsterdam). In January 2014, he started a two-year appointment at the University of Amsterdam. As a post-doctoral researcher in affect regulation, he collaborates closely with Prof. Dr. Reinout Wiers, Prof. Dr. Susan Bögels, and Dr. Elske Salemink. Most of his research concerns the relation between attentional bias for threat and fear and anxiety. More specifically, through the use of ABM, he examines whether attentional bias for threat is a cause of fear and anxiety. Although there are some encouraging findings in this field, his research has also revealed that there are certain limitations to ABM.

Attentional bias towards threat, or the automatic allocation of attention to threatening stimuli in the environment, has been argued to be causally involved in the development and maintenance of anxiety and anxiety disorders. In line with this idea, some clinical studies have demonstrated that attentional bias modification (ABM) can lead to changes in anxiety. Most ABM studies to date have used the dot probe task to both measure and train attentional bias. One of the basic assumptions using this paradigm is that ABM leads to robust changes in attentional bias. Therefore, if ABM causes a robust change in attentional bias, these training effects should generalize to other measures of attention besides the dot probe task. In this talk, I will present the results of two studies in which we assessed the generalization of ABM to different measures of attentional bias. In addition, I will also go into detail on a possible underlying mechanism that may link changes in attentional and interpretation bias to changes in anxiety. In a collaboration between the UWA and the University of Amsterdam, we will investigate whether cognitive bias modification (CBM) leads to improved emotion regulation skills (i.e., all of the conscious and non-conscious strategies we use to increase, maintain, or decrease emotional responses). Although research lines on CBM and emotion regulation have thus far developed independently, early attention and appraisal processes are thought to be crucially involved in emotion regulation. Therefore, in this project, we aim to investigate whether inducing changes in attentional and interpretation bias translates to changes in emotion regulation strategies, and thus investigate whether improved emotion regulation lies at the heart of the effectiveness of cognitive bias modification approaches to anxiety.
Wednesday 15
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 21
13:00 - Colloquium - Accessing groups in working memory More Information
Theories of working memory (particularly serial recall) have assumed that people structure information in a hierarchical fashion. I’ll discuss some recent research asking how people access this hierarchically structured information. Evidence from experiments manipulating the grouping of information in memory paradigms such as free recall, serial recall, and probed recall suggests that the grouping structure places fundamental constraints on how people access information: coarse-level information is recalled before fine-grained information, and there are time costs associated with transitions between groups.

Simon Farrell obtained his BSc and PhD from UWA, in 1997 and 2002 respectively. Simon completed two year postdoc at Northwestern University in Chicago working with models of response time, before spending 10 years at the University of Bristol in the UK researching memory and decision-making. In 2013 Simon was awarded an ARC Future Fellowship, and returned to UWA to take up this position in March 2014.
Monday 27
18:30 - PUBLIC TALK - A Future Made Together : New directions in the ethics of autism research More Information
Autism affects millions of people’s lives. There have been many legislative, policy and service initiatives in recent years aiming to improve the life chances and opportunities of autistic people. There has also been an explosion of autism research. But the focus of research is largely on the underlying biology and causes of autism rather than on services, treatments and interventions for autistic people and their families. How can we reduce this so-called “translational gap”, this gap between knowledge and practice? How can we ensure that our research focuses on issues of more immediate, practical concern, as prioritised by members of the autism community - autistic people, family members and practitioners?

In this talk, Dr Pellicano will suggest that we not only need greater investment in currently under-researched areas and under-served populations but we also need radical new ways of doing autism research. The talk will raise issues about autism and autism research but also highlight broader issues about decision- making and accountability in research.

About Dr Pellicano

Dr Pellicano is a developmental cognitive scientist committed to understanding the distinctive opportunities and challenges often faced by autistic children, young people and adults and tracing their impact on everyday life – at home, at school and out-and- about in the community. She trained as an educational psychologist in Perth, Australia, where she also completed her PhD on the cognitive profile of children with autism, before becoming a Research Fellow in Psychiatry at the University of Oxford.

She is Director of the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) at the Institute of Education, London (https://crae.ioe.ac.uk)

This lecture is co-sponsored by the ARC Centre of Excellence in Cognition and its Disorders (CCD), School of Psychology, UWA and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

RSVPs for this event are required and can be made by contacting [email protected] or 6488 3251

 November 2014
Sunday 02
15:30 - EVENT - Portraits of UWA Concert : Series of musical compositions by College Director of Music, Michael Grebla Website | More Information
Young UWA composer and St George's College Director of Music, Michael Grebla, presents a series of musical compositions inspired by the landscapes, art, people and wildlife of UWA accompanied by large format photographic prints of the University. The concert will include a variety of works for piano, cello and string orchestra.
Tuesday 04
16:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - RESEARCH WEEK EVENT: Teacher wellbeing and its impact on student learning : This presentation will discuss the relationship between school staff’s and students’ wellbeing and achievement Website | More Information
Given the development of young people’s academic, social and emotional competencies in school settings is highly dependent on the presence of skilled and competent school staff, this presentation will discuss the relationship between school staff’s and students’ wellbeing and achievement.

It will describe the potential impact on staff welfare of providing high levels of pastoral care to support students, as well as the potential impact of teachers’ poor wellbeing on students’ achievement and wellbeing.

This presentation will also discuss important windows for interventions to support staff and how staff coping strategies can enable them to engage in problem-solving, help-seeking and boundary-setting, and heighten their ability to cope with stressful situations.
Wednesday 05
13:00 - Colloquium - A network perspective on psychopathology More Information
Psychotic symptoms indicate risk for mental illness. Despite much effort, our current ability to predict the course and outcome of early psychotic symptoms is limited, hampering timely intervention and treatment. Research in this area to date relies heavily on diagnostic categories, group-level comparisons and assessment of static symptom levels. However, symptoms may wax, wane or change individually. In addition, current diagnostic labels do not do justice to the complexity of mental illness, but still play a dominant role in psychiatric research. A shift from a group-level, diagnosis-specific focus to a more dynamic, personalized and transdiagnostic focus is necessary. To improve our understanding of psychotic development, a novel network perspective might be fruitful. This network approach proposes that we view psychopathology as a dynamic system of fluctuating symptoms that impact on each other, over time and across diagnostic boundaries. In a network representation of psychopathology, symptoms act as nodes in a network which, when activated, may trigger other symptoms. Increased connectivity between symptoms may drive onset of mental disorder. This approach to psychopathology can capture all relevant symptoms, circumventing issues with diagnostic boundaries and comorbidity. These symptom networks can then be used to predict progression through subsequent stages of clinical severity. The aim of this project is to determine the value of this dynamic network approach to predict illness course and outcome of early psychotic symptoms.

Dr Johanna Wigman completed her Master of Neuro- and Rehabilitation Psychology in 2006 at the Radboud University of Nijmegen (NL). For her PhD research, focused on the structure and development of subclinical psychotic experiences in healthy adolescents, she collaborated with the universities of Utrecht, Groningen and Maastricht (NL). From 2011-2013, she worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Universities of Utrecht, Maastricht and the Royal College of Surgeons, Ireland (RCSI). In 2014, she received a Veni-grant for early career researchers from the Dutch Scientific Organisation (NWO). In this context, she now works as a post-doc researcher and project leader of an Early Detection Study at the University Medical Centre of Groningen (UMCG). Johanna’s research interests are the early expressions and development of psychopathology (especially psychosis) in young people, the interactions between symptoms, and clinical staging. She applies network theory to take a broad approach towards psychopathology to improve early recognition and, eventually, treatment of mental illness.

13:30 - EVENT - Organisational Behaviour Research - A discussion as part of UWA Research Week : Featuring researchers from the UWA Business School and School of Psychology Website | More Information
This panel discussion will showcase research on organisations, featuring a variety of speakers on topics including organisational change and structures, diversity and culture, and human behaviour and effectiveness in the organisational setting.

Speakers include Sharon Parker, Alex Luksyte, David Day, Kerrie Unsworth, Zhijun Chen, Patrick Dunlop, Karina Jorritsma, Ying Lena Wang, Mark Griffin, Amy Tian, Jenny Liao and Shayne Loft.

This event is suitable for researchers, practitioners, and anyone with an interest in organisational behaviour. Registration is free and open to the public. To register, email [email protected]
Thursday 06
9:00 - SEMINAR - RDI Intellectual Property for UWA Researchers : A seminar to be held on Thursday 6 November 2014 Website | More Information
Come along and learn more about Intellectual Property and what it can do for you:

. types of IP, why and how to protect it

. managing IP to protect future research opportunities

. accessing funding from various sources including Pathfinder, industry contracts, Enterprise Connect and Commercialisation Australia

. agreements (CDA’s, MTA’s and external research contracts), why they are important and how RDI can help

. translating your research through effective knowledge and technology transfer

RSVP by Monday 27 October to [email protected]

This seminar is part of UWA Research Week, which runs from 3 - 7 November. To find out more about the program and related activities visit the website: www.research.uwa.edu.au/researchweek.

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