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School of Civil and Resource Engineering
 May 2011
Saturday 07
9:30 - EXPO - Meet the Railway People Expo : A chance to learn more about a dynamic eco-friendly industry! FREE to attend, register TODAY. Website | More Information
The rail industry is a vital and challenging industry which can offer careers to students of Engineering; Project management; Business/Commerce; Safety, Risk, OHS & Human Factors; Information technology; and spatial sciences.

The Railways Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) is holding its inaugural Meet the Railway People Expo, for degree and diploma undergraduate students (from years 1 to 4) from Western Australian tertiary institutions.

The Meet the Railway People Expo will bring together undergraduate students from WA tertiary institutions and industry - to highlight the diversity of occupationns and the challenging careers within the rail industry and to build understanding of the industry.

The Meet the Railway People Expo is a half day event from 9:30am to 2pm on Saturday 7 May at the Rydges Hotel Perth, corner of Hay and King Streets. Entry is by the marked lift right on the building corner. Registration is FREE for students - www.engineersaustralia.org.au/waexpo.

If you require further information on the Railways Technical Society of Australasia (RTSA) - Please check website www.rtsa.com.au.

If you wish to attend, you must register for event management purposes at www.engineersaustralia.org.au/waexpo.

FURTHER DETAILS ON CAREERHUB - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Tuesday 10
18:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - THE VALUE OF EDUCATION - Part 1 : is to build and strengthen one’s inner personality Website | More Information
The word educate is derived from educare (Latin), meaning to draw out, to bring out potential. Educational systems, the world over, are based on thrusting knowledge onto students, instead of drawing it out of them. As a result, students become well informed on one or more subjects. Such education renders a student intelligent, but when it comes to handling life’s challenges and making the right choices, mere intelligence will not guarantee the best result. This fact is exemplified by the problems of obesity, addictions, stress and depression among highly intelligent people. These talks, held over two nights, will investigate how we can solve many of life’s problems by simply understanding and implementing the value of education, which is to build and strengthen one’s inner personality. When an individual’s character is developed, he or she becomes well equipped to make responsible choices and face life’s challenges with ease.
Wednesday 11
18:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - THE VALUE OF EDUCATION - Part 2 : This is the second seminar in a two-part seminar series Website | More Information
Intelligence is acquired knowledge of a particular subject or subjects. But being knowledgeable in no way renders your intellect clear to think, reason and decide on matters pertaining to life. A person could be highly intelligent, yet impractical in day to day living. For example, a scientist may be brilliant with respect to science, but could possess a weak intellect, incapable of controlling his own mind. This weakness could result in him being short-tempered, stressed, an alcoholic, depressed, etcetera. Therefore, the value of education lies in developing and strengthening one's inner personality to be able to handle life's challenges with ease.
Thursday 12
13:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Careers Centre - APESMA Seminar : How to Get Vacation Work - Don't miss this opportunity! Website | More Information
APESMA will provide tips and hints to help you find vacation work.

APESMA - The Association of Professional Engineers, Scientists and Managers, Australia (APESMA) is the largest national non-profit organisation representing professional employees.

Space is limited, bookings required on CareerHub – https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Wednesday 18
16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Seminar: Simulation Used to Generate Alerts within a Wildfire Early Warning System. Website | More Information
Following the February 2009 bushfires in Victoria, a nation-wide alert system has been activated. The University of Western Australia, FESA and Landgate have initiated a project which will develop a novel Wildfire Early Warning System, created by integrating a state-of-the-art simulator with an enhanced alert system.

The UWA bushfire simulator, which is central to the future National Bushfire Prediction Early and Warning System, will input the position of a current fire, current and forecast weather and up-to-date fuel age maps. From this it will generate predictions for the future position and time-of-arrival of the fire front. These predictions will be communicated to the public both as text messages and as maps sent over the internet and via web-enabled mobile devices.

The UWA fire spread simulation system currently incorporates fire behaviour (rate-of-spread) models that have been developed for different Australian landscapes. The system will interface with a real-time feed of current and forecast weather from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology. The developed system will include fire-fighting decision-support features such as the simulation of intervention measures (e.g. fire break creation and direct attack), and the ability to quickly specify and simulate alternative future weather scenarios, such as changes to wind speed or the timing of changes in direction. The project will subject the UWA simulator to an extensive testing process, whereby historical fires for which reliable data is available will be used to validate the system.

This project is a co-operation of the Fire and Emergency Services Authority of Western Australia, Landgate WA, and the University of Western Australia. It has been funded by the Digital Regions Initiative of the Australia Government. The UWA Bushfire Simulator was developed as a Bushfire Cooperative Research Centre project.
Thursday 19
16:00 - SEMINAR - CMCA Seminar Series: Topics in Computer Vision Website | More Information
Winthrop Professor Mohammed Bennamoun from Computer Science & Software Engineering, University of Western Australia will provide a brief introduction to the area of computer vision (with an emphasis on 3D). He will also talk about the related work in this field that has been done in the School of Computer Science and Software Engineering at the University of Western Australia. The objective is to explore opportunities of eventual future joint projects with researchers using CMCA. A couple of applications and their motivations will be briefly described including 3D object recognition and 3D face/ear biometrics.
Friday 20
10:00 - LECTURE - Editing techniques for academic writing : A systematic approach for editing and refining your writing will be outlined More Information
Dr Michael Azariadis will outline a systematic approach for editing and refining your academic writing.

 June 2011
Wednesday 01
16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Seminar: Adaptation Strategies to Climate Change and Variability in Dryland Agriculture in Southwest Western Australia Website | More Information
The agricultural region in southwest Western Australia has a Mediterranean-type climate, characterised by winter dominant rainfall and hot, dry summers. The majority of crops are sown in autumn and harvested in late spring. Agricultural production in much of the region contends with hostile soils, low rainfall and inter-seasonal rainfall variability, with terminal drought in spring causing the greatest reduction in yields. In addition, global climate change is already impacting Western Australia through lower average winter rainfall. Despite these constraints, agricultural production increased during the twentieth century due to improved agronomic practices, new varieties and diversification of farming systems. However, climate change threatens future production levels in the region through increased risk of prolonged drought, higher average temperatures, particularly during the critical stage of grain filling, and more extreme temperatures. With high seasonal variability it is essential that maximum grain yields are achieved in average and better seasons. Simulation models can assist with forecasting and identify management strategies that may optimise potential grain yields. Crop simulation models have been widely used to assess the impact of climate change, but the lack of adequate experimental data hinders the accuracy of predictions. The greatest advances in addressing the challenge that climate change presents will come from research leading to a better understanding of crop physiology and genetics that can enhance further genetic improvements. This research is needed now to develop crops adapted to the future climate in targeted growing regions.

 July 2011
Friday 08
12:00 - Focus Groups - Dogs And Physical Activity Intervention Study (DAPA-IS) Focus Groups : Exploring barriers and Motivators to Walking your Dog More Information
We are seeking volunteers for a study investigating ways to improve the health and well being of dog owners and their dogs. If you own a dog, but do not walk it very often we would like you to hear from you.

Participation in this study will involve attending a 1-2 hour discussion with about 10 other dog owners about the barriers and incentives for walking your dog. The discussion groups will run on: Friday 8th July 2011 (12.00-13.30) & Monday 11th- Thursday 14th July 2011 (12.00-13.30 and 16.00-1730)

You only need to attend one session.

Participants will be offered $20 cash or the equivalent in pet supplies as a token of appreciation for participation.

We would appreciate if you could forward this to interested family and friends.

If you would like to participate in this study or find out more about it, please contact the Project Coordinator:

Mr Martin Hopkins [email protected] 0423 977 594

Centre for the Built Environment and Health (M707) School of Population Health

The University of Western Australia
Friday 22
14:00 - EVENT - Three Minute Thesis Finals : A competition to find the most engaging 3 minute presentation on a research topic Website | More Information
The 10 most engaging 3 Minute Thesis presenters selected at the UWA semi-finals on 21st July, will compete for prizes and the opportunity to represent UWA at the Australia-New Zealand 3MT competition in September. Please come along to support the presenters and vote for your "People's Choice".
Saturday 23
8:00 - CONFERENCE - 11th Australian Mars Exploration Conference : Australian, Russian and NASA space explorers present the latest in planetary exploration. Website | More Information
Presentations over this two-day event will cover comparisons of environments for the dawn of life on Earth and comparing with the possibility of life on the red Planet, Mars.

Written submissions from teachers, scientists, engineers, social theorists, managers, writers and artists are welcomed. Full papers will be reviewed and published in accordance with the DEEWR guidelines.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

Mars - Earth analogue comparisons, strategies and technologies for surface exploration, field science for exploration, recruiting the next generation of explorers, astronauts, scientists and engineers, educational needs for a spacefaring culture, the Mars Society as a culture, new concepts in project management, remote-area engineering, Mars as an inspiration to science students and artists.

 August 2011
Wednesday 03
16:00 - SEMINAR - ECM Faculty Seminar Series : This seminar series will cover broader themes related to the Faculty More Information
Walking into Slavery with Open Eyes: The Descent of “Science”
Wednesday 10
12:00 - WORKSHOP - Cover Letter Preparation Workshop : All too often the importance of the cover letter is overlooked when preparing written job applications. More Information
The cover letter is usually the first thing read by an employer and it will influence whether they read on or not! Learn how to:

Structure your letters Create interest in your application Prepare letters for advertised and non-advertised positions
Friday 12
8:30 - SYMPOSIUM - Great Southern, Great Science Symposium Website | More Information
The Western Australia Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, and the University of Western Australia's Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management are hosting a symposium in Albany to showcase the excellent science taking place in the Great Southern region.

'Great Southern, Great Science' will include presentations on nationally significant work that impacts on the Great Southern, and local research and development by scientists and professionals in the Great Southern.

Tickets will be available from the Albany Entertainment Centre box office - 9844 5005.

Standard $39.50 and Students $20.00

Registration includes morning and afternoon teas and lunch.
Sunday 14
10:00 - EVENT - 2011 Open Day : Experience what's on offer at UWA Website | More Information
UWA opens up the whole campus to the public.

Come and find out about the courses on offer, valuable research, community programs, and facilities...all mixed with a day full of lots of fun activities for everyone!
Monday 15
18:15 - EVENT - 2011 Student Networking Forum - hosted by UWA IEEE Student Branch : Looking for graduate work? Vacation work? More Information
Looking for graduate work? Vacation work?

Studying Engineering or Computer Science?

Then this is the careers evening for YOU!

When: 6.30-9pm, Monday 15th August Where: Technology Park Function Centre, Bentley Cost: FREE(!) for IEEE members, $2 for non-members if pre-purchased. Otherwise $5 at the door.

Companies attending: Alliance Power & Data, APESMA, BEC Engineering, BHP Billiton (Olympic Dam), Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Engineers Australia, Ernst & Young, EWB, GHD, Hatch, IBM, IEEE GOLD, IET, iiNet, NAGCAS, Norman Disney & Young, PricewaterhouseCoopers and Public Transport Authority of WA, Raytheon, Rio Tinto and Tiwest.

Tickets on sale DAILY 12-1pm outside the Monadelphous Integrated Learning Centre (MILC)!

Don't miss this excellent opportunity to talk to future employers, learn valuable skills from free seminars, and find a job!
Tuesday 16
13:00 - SEMINAR - Soil&Water Seminar, 1pmAug18: : "Tropical cyclones and the pulsed eco–hydrological dynamics of Australia’s arid zone" More Information
The first Soil&Water Seminar for 2nd semester will be at 1pm on Tues, Aug 16th. The speaker will be Gavan McGrath, from the Soil Physics group at School of Earth and Environment. All welcome!

TITLE: “Tropical cyclones and the pulsed eco–hydrological dynamics of Australia’s arid zone: As revealed by AVHRR, MODIS and GRACE”

ABSTRACT: Pulses of vegetation growth following significant rains are a characteristic of water limited systems. However, the underlying climatic control often remains elusive. We show that throughout Australia’s west and central arid zones, most significant pulses of vegetation growth are associated with the passage of tropical cyclones. The analysis used a combination of MODIS Normalised Difference Vegetation Index (2002 – 2009), AVHRR fraction Absorbed Photosynthetically Active Radiation (1981 – 2006) as well as historical cyclone tracks. We also find a significant correlation between these pulsed vegetation dynamics and variation in the equivalent water thickness stored in the landscape as estimated by GRACE products (2002 – 2009). In areas away from the monsoonal tropics and southern Mediterranean climatic regions, these correlations show little or no lag at monthly time scales and both gravity and vegetation signals show similar levels of persistence, typically five-seven months following a cyclone. Recent low vegetation greenness as well as a deficit in water storage over north-west Australia appears to be associated with a decline in cyclone activity over the last few years. Inter-annual and inter-decadal oscillations in sea surface temperatures across Australia’s north, impacting upon the frequency of cyclones, are therefore anticipated to have significant effects on vegetation dynamics throughout much of Australia’s arid zone.

13:00 - WORKSHOP - Getting Ready for Employment : It’s never too early to start! The students who are most competitive in the vacation work and graduate employment market are those who started preparing early in their time at university. Find out what you need to start doing! More Information
It’s never too early to start preparing for the graduate or vacation employment market.

You need to develop career management skills and take the steps to maximise success when applying for vacation and graduate positions in your later years at uni.

Find out how to: * choose a career direction * develop generic transferable skills and * build evidence of your employability

so that you ‘stand out in the crowd’ when you’re ready to apply for jobs.
Tuesday 23
13:00 - SEMINAR - Soil&Water Seminar, Aug23: : "Amazonian Indian Black Earths, black carbon and a little bulldust" More Information
The Soil&Water Seminar at 1pm on Tues, Aug 23rd will be given by Winthrop Professor Bob Gilkes. All welcome!

TITLE: “Amazonian Indian Black Earths, black carbon and a little bulldust”

ABSTRACT: Indian black earths(IBE) in the Amazon basin are small inliers of very fertile, black soils in a landscape dominated by infertile highly weathered pale coloured and red soils(mostly oxisols ,ultisols and inceptisols). Several theories have been proposed for the origin of IBE and all agree that they represent the effect of long term land management practices by pre-Colombian societies. Some workers consider that the various forms of black carbon in the IBE provide chemical, physical and microbial benefits that enabled productive agriculture on these soils. This is an attractive concept for proponents of biochar for use as a soil ameliorant and as a mechanism for sequestering atmospheric carbon.

In this talk I will examine an alternative explanation for the properties and distribution of IBE and relate it to recent work in SEE on the nature of biochar and ash created from tropical and local plant species. I will propose that IBE are a consequence of the agricultural and fishing activities of communities that adapted to the diverse soils and seasonal flooding regime of the Amazon Basin in the period ca.2400-1525BP.

13:00 - EVENT - AIESEC Live the Change Information Session : AIESEC Live the Change Information Session Website | More Information
AIESEC is giving you a chance to go out into the world and join the other hundreds of students who have lived the change by educating students, raising awareness of HIV/AIDS, getting involved in social entrepreneurship, empowering women, tackling human rights and environmental issues in countries like Kenya, Mauritius, Poland, Taiwan, Philippines, Turkey, Indonesia and Cambodia. So don't just stand around this summer. Make an impact, LIVE THE CHANGE!

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