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School of Civil and Resource Engineering
 June 2012
Thursday 07
10:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - The "all you can eat" guide to the Three Minute Thesis : Three Minute Thesis: A comprehensive guide to preparing and presenting a compelling 3MT talk Website | More Information
The Three MInute Thesis (3MT) is a fun and challenging event that encourages the communication of research to a wide audience. The UWA 3MT competition finals will be held on 25th July and this presentation is a comprehensive guide to the preparation and presentation of a compelling 3MT talk. The presenter, Simon Clews,is an experienced 3MT judge who has championed the 3MT competition in Australia and internationally.
Tuesday 26
9:00 - COURSE - Introductory Statistics : A Short Course using SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with little or no knowledge of statistics. It will be spread over three days covering material ranging from means and standard deviations to simple linear regression, and basic ANOVA. Some basic categorical data analysis will be included with the emphasis throughout being placed on applications rather than theory. The statistical package SPSS will be used to illustrate ideas demonstrated, however this course is aimed at enabling an understanding of basic statistics.

13:00 - SEMINAR - How reading literature or doing research in education has improved teaching performance : This FASE lunchtime seminar will be a series of 5-7 minute presentations More Information
This lunchtime seminar will be a series of 5-7 minute presentations facilitated by Assistant Professor Rita Armstrong, followed by a thirty minute question and answer session. A light lunch will be provided.

More about the speakers:

James Trevelyan's career spans nearly 4 decades, the first two of which were devoted to engineering practice in aerospace and subsequently robotics and automation for the Australian wool industry. He and his research students developed technology for remote internet control for robots and also for providing remote access to laboratory equipment, technology that has now been widely adopted worldwide.

Dr Roberto Togneri received the B.E. degree in 1985, and the PhD degree in 1989 both from the University of Western Australia and is a Senior Member of the IEEE. He has published over 80 refereed journal and conference papers in the areas of signals and information systems and is the chief investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Project research grants from 2010 to 2013. Dr Togneri’s commitment to teaching is exemplified by six Faculty nominations for excellence in teaching, a 2008 Faculty team teaching award, and a 2007 School highest student satisfaction survey. He is a member of the Faculty Academy for the Scholarship of Education and a member of the Foundation Curriculum Development Team. He has co-authored a textbook and various publications in education engineering research.

Dr Andrew Guzzomi (School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering) became in 2006 the first PhD candidate from the School of Mechanical Engineering to be awarded a Postgraduate Teaching Internship. Since this time, his interest in engineering education has grown. During his postdoctoral studies at the University of Bologna he became fascinated by the history of engineering and what we can learn today from revisiting ancient sources. He is currently exploring how a society’s grasp of thresholds may be demonstrated by marked leaps in architectural/industrial/warfare technology. He has published 7 conference and 1 journal paper related to teaching and learning in engineering, was a member of the International Advisory Board for ICERI 2009 and a Session Chair for INTED 2009. Andrew has won multiple awards related to both teaching and research excellence; most recently being the sole recipient of the 2011 Faculty Teaching Excellence Award.

Associate Professor Chris McDonald currently holds the appointments of associate professor in the School of Computer Science & Software Engineering at UWA and adjunct associate professor in the Department of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. Chris has recently taught in the areas of computer networking; security & privacy; mobile & wireless computing; software design & implementation; and operating systems. Together with these areas, his research interests include wireless, ad-hoc, & mobile networking; network simulation; and Computer Science Education.

R. Nazim Khan B.E. (electrical, 1986), BSc. (Maths and Stats,1992), PhD (Stats, 2004), all from UWA, Teacher’s Certificate (1982, Fiji Institute of Technology). Nazim has taught at several institutions, including Fiji Institute of Technology, UWA (1986-1989 in School of Electrical and Electronic Eng, 1989-2002, 2004- in Maths and Stats, 2002-2003 at UQ, QUT and Griffith University). He is particularly interested in student learning and motivating students to engage with learning. He has been nominated for the Faculty teaching award several times, and received a commendation in 2007. He has presented his ideas on teaching in conferences. He is currently looking at student performance and class attendance, the effect of online learning, and student learning habits with a view to adapting teaching methods accordingly.

Winthrop Professor Hui Tong Chua is a Winthrop Professor of the School of Mechanical and Chemical Engineering and the Program Chair for the Chemical Engineering Program. Hui Tong has been very much involved in the design of the Engineering Foundation units, and coordinates the Engineering Thermodynamic part of the Energy Unit. He is currently part of the research team to evaluate how well students learn under the new pedagogy for the foundation units. Hui Tong was the recipient of the Faculty 2010 Commendation Award and 2010 Award for Teaching Excellence (Individual Teaching).

Please RSVP to [email protected] as early as possible to assist with catering.

 July 2012
Tuesday 24
9:00 - COURSE - Linear Regression and ANOVA : A Short Course using IBM 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).

The course is hosted by the Centre for Applied Statistics and we offer discounted rate fees to UWA Graduate Research Students.

Fee information is available on our website cas.maths.uwa.edu.au. Please register online.
Wednesday 25
12:00 - Competition - Three Minute Thesis Final : 10 PhD students will explain their research and its significance in just 3 minutes each. Website | More Information
The 3MT competition challenges research students to give a dynamic and engaging presentation about their research and its significance in a way that can be understood by everybody. The audience will select the "People's Choice" winner.

18:00 - PRESENTATION - 'Becoming an Engineer with UWA' info evening : Prospective students and their parents are invited to attend one of our info sessions to learn more about how to achieve an engineering career with UWA. Website | More Information
Prospective students are invited to attend one of our info sessions to learn more about how to achieve an engineering career with UWA. These sessions will explain course details, career opportunities, prerequisite subjects and how to apply, as well as providing the opportunity for attendees to ask questions and meet Faculty staff.

Whether you're coming to the end of your time at high school and are considering your university study options, or you already have an undergraduate degree and are looking to re-skill or complete postgraduate study, our 'Becoming an Engineer with UWA' information sessions will provide you with the information you need to get your career in engineering headed in the right direction.

If you can't make it to this session, further sessions will be held in October and November.

Please visit the website for more information and to register your attendance.

18:15 - EVENT - UWA Historical Society Annual Lecture 2012 : Mathematics and Women - 36 years at The University of Western Australia Website | More Information
The Annual Lecture is the highlight of the year for the UWA Historical Society and Convocation and we are delighted to welcome Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger to the podium to reflect upon her years on Campus and subsequent experiences and achievements.

Mathematician Cheryl Praeger has served the University of Western Australia as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor since 1976. She leads a flourishing research group in pure mathematics and is in the top one per cent of highly cited mathematicians in the world.

Attendance is free.
Thursday 26
9:00 - COURSE - Logistic Regression and Survival Analysis : A Short Course using IBM SPSS Website | More Information
The course is designed for people with knowledge of basic statistics who want to learn more about how to analyse binary or survival data.

The course is hosted by the Centre for Applied Statistics and we offer discounted rate fees to UWA Graduate Research Students.

Fee information is available on our website https://www.cas.maths.uwa.edu.au/courses. Please register online.

 August 2012
Wednesday 08
12:00 - SEMINAR - Soil&Water Seminar, Aug8: : "Assessing strategies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production: Role of grain legumes and soil liming" Website | More Information
The first Soil&Water Seminar for Semester 2, 2012, will be Assoc. Prof. Louise Barton from SEE(UWA)on Weds Aug 8. All welcome!

TITLE: “Assessing strategies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production: Role of grain legumes and soil liming.”

ABSTRACT: Utilising inorganic nitrogen (N) fertilizer greatly influences greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural production systems in semi-arid regions. Our previous research demonstrated that the production and use of urea accounted for 70% of the total GHG emissions from wheat production in a semi-arid region of south-western Australia. Greenhouse gases were emitted during the manufacture of the urea (34% of total emissions), as well as following its application to land via carbon dioxide (CO2) hydrolysis (27%), and soil nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions (9%). A large proportion of N2O emissions occurred between growing seasons, and following summer rainfall events, rather than in response to N fertilizer applications, with nitrification considered to be the source of these losses.

Lowering N inputs is not considered to be an option for decreasing the contribution of N fertilizer to total GHG emissions from cropped soils in south-western Australia, as application rates are typically low. Instead, CO2 emissions resulting from N fertilizer production and urea hydrolysis could be partly mitigated by incorporating plants that fix atmospheric N (e.g. grain legumes) into the crop rotation, decreasing the reliance on synthetic N fertilizer. Furthermore, increasing soil pH by applying lime may be an approach to decreasing N2O emitted in response to summer rainfall events if nitrification, rather than denitrification, is the main soil biological source of the emissions. Consequently this seminar will present findings from a recently completed field-based study investigating if including a grain legume (lupin) in a cropping rotation, or increasing the soil pH via liming, decreased the GHG emissions from wheat production in south-western Australia.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Louise Barton is a soil scientist who has been researching nitrogen cycling in various landuses for the past 17 years. She is currently an Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia, and leads the Soil Biology Group in the School of Earth & Environment. Her current interests include measuring soil N2O emissions from cropping soils in the Western Australian grainbelt, and investigating the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions. Louise completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Western Australia in 1991, and her PhD from the University of Waikato in 1998
Sunday 12
10:00 - EVENT - 2012 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, career options, scholarship opportunities, our valuable research, community programs and facilities.

There's also residential college tours, hands-on activities, live music and entertainment, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.
Tuesday 14
13:00 - EVENT - UWA Careers Centre-Public Sector Commission : Considering a career in the public service? Graduating soon and still searching for a job? Website | More Information
Come along to the Working in WA State Government information session. The session is open to students from all years and all disciplines. You will be surprised at the opportunities available in the public service.

Bookings on CareerHub – https://uwa.careerhub.com.au

15:00 - EVENT - Australia-China Tea & Talk : Join us for free tea and practice your Mandarin or English! More Information
Come down to room G25 in Asian Studies every Tuesday between 3-5pm to meet some new friends, practice your language skills and enjoy some free Chinese tea! It's not a class so feel free to come and go as you wish!
Wednesday 15
12:00 - SEMINAR - Choosing science comes more from the heart than from the brain (or the pocket) : A retrospective study of why scientists chose to study science Website | More Information
The ‘science pipeline’ in Australia is under threat because not enough budding scientists are moving through from school to university to science-based jobs. The aim of this research was to retrospectively survey current Australian and New Zealand scientists to ascertain why they chose to study science. The quantitative data from 722 respondents showed that, unsurprisingly, the main reasons were that they were interested in science and they were good at science. Secondary school science classes and one particular science teacher also were found to be important factors. Of more interest are their anecdotes about the challenges of becoming a scientist, some of which will be shared in this presentation.

12:00 - SEMINAR - Accomplished Education Researcher Seminar Series : Reflecting on how education researchers are tackling some of Australia's pressing issues Website | More Information
The Graduate School of Education invites you to participate in this inaugural Seminar Series.

With a focus on sharing personal insights into timely and relevant topics in education research, these seminars will engage participants in a lively discussion of some of the pressing issues affecting Australia’s academics, schools and society today.

Speakers and topics for 2012

15 August

Winthrop Professor Grady Venville

“Choosing science comes more from the heart than from the brain (or the pocket)”: A retrospective study of why scientists chose to study science.”

26 September

Winthrop Professor Stephen Houghton

“Are the seeds of antisociality and psychopathic traits sown early in life?”

10 October

Winthrop Professor and Chapple Chair David Andrich

“Sliding Doors in Academe: Idiosyncrasies of autobiography and controversy in psychometrics”

31 October

Winthrop Professor and Faculty Dean Helen Wildy

“NAPLAN Data: Improving student learning OR doing the work of the Devil?”

14 November

Winthrop Professor Thomas O’Donoghue

The primary school’s invasion of the privacy of the child: Unmasking the potential of some current practices

Venue Details

RSVP to Ms. Alyce Green, Administrative Assistant, GSE [email protected]

Abstracts and additional details will be distributed closer to the event date.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Volunteering Opportunities Seminar – UWA Careers Centre & Guild : Learn how volunteering can improve your employability. Website | More Information
Not only is volunteering an opportunity to give back to the community but it provides invaluable experience which can be included on your resume and helps to boost your employablity.

Come and learn more about the value of volunteering and the opportunities available.

16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents : REGULATON OF THE WATER, GAS AND ELECTRICITY INDUSTRIES IN W.A Website | More Information
Regulation of the utility industries is relatively new in Western Australia. The Economic Regulation Authority was established to licence, monitor and set customer protection standards across the utility industries, particularly water, gas and electricity. In addition, the Authority determines arrangements for access to key gas, electricity and rail assets in Western Australia. The presentation will cover the work of the Authority with particular emphasis on the licensing, monitoring and customer protection functions of the Authority, how they operate and opportunities for the private sector in these industries.

There will be a particular focus on the Water Sector.

Bio,

Paul has had 25 years experience at Senior and Senior Executive levels in the Public Sector with extensive experience in :

* the development of high level government policy;

* the negotiation of State/Commonwealth Agreements;

* advice to senior levels of government;

* public administration and regulation.

He was responsible for major State wide reforms in purchasing and contracting of services for Government in the human services industry involving over 600 contracts totalling $42m.

He was previously Executive Director of the Office of Water Regulation in Western Australia, responsible for the establishment of a state wide licensing regime for Water Service Providers and reported to Government on the operations and performance of the water industry. Paul is currently Executive Director of the Economic Regulation Authority.

The Authority was established in 2004 as an independent entity to regulate the Water, Gas, Electricity and Rail industries in Western Australia. Its functions include licensing, monitoring and setting customer protection standards of utility service providers as well as determining access arrangements to infrastructure in the electricity, gas and rail industries. In addition to these roles the Authority can be requested to provide independent advice to Government.

PS* This seminar is free and open to the public & no RSVP required.

****All Welcome****
Monday 20
8:00 - EVENT - ACG Practical Rock Mechanics Short Course (Introduction) : This course is designed to develop specific underground mining geomechanics competencies for mine geologists and engineers so their contribution to mine site geomechanics programmes is enhanced. Website | More Information
Short course topics • Geomechanics data collection • Intact rock • Discontinuities • Rock mass classification • Stress measurements • Rock fracture criteria • Underground geomechanics design • Numerical modelling • Monitoring The course could be of particular benefit to geomechanics personnel with limited practical experience and is applicable to both open pit and underground mining personnel.
Wednesday 22
8:00 - COURSE - ACG Ground Support in Mining Short Course (Introduction) : This basic level course has been developed to cover both the technical and practical aspects of ground support for open pit and underground metalliferous and coal mines. Website | More Information
Short course topics • Types of ground instability in underground and surface excavations. • Mechanisms of reinforcing and supporting rock. • Bolting alternatives and their relative performance. • Support design techniques including practical constraints on design. • Support installation methods and minimum standards of installation quality. • Quality assurance programmes. • Support costs and monitoring the support design. • Rockfalls and mine seismicity in underground mines. • Ground support in highly deformable ground. • Case studies from the coal and metalliferous industries. Each topic will be illustrated by case history examples from surface and underground mines.
Friday 24
9:00 - SEMINAR - SPE Drilling Essentials Course : Educational Course by Intertek Moody for Oil & Gas Careers More Information
Want to learn more about the lucrative Oil and Gas industry but don’t know where to start? Thinking about a career in Oil and Gas? Interested in adding a professionally accredited course to your résumé? The UWA Society of Petroleum Engineers is pleased to sponsor the Drilling Essentials course presented by Intertek Moody, valued at $3,000+. The event is open to UWA students from all disciplines interested in learning more about the industry, and no prior knowledge is required. If you’re interested in attending, please email Michael at [email protected] to register. Get in fast as the event is limited to the first 30 students.
Tuesday 28
13:00 - EVENT - SIFE Information Session : Find out more about SIFE UWA and our latest projects Website | More Information
SIFE is a global network of university teams competing in over 40 countries, creating change in the lives of others through the positive power of business.

Being the 2012 National Australian Champions, SIFE UWA will be travelling to Washington D.C in September to represent Australia at the SIFE World Cup. SIFE UWA has projects in areas including financial literacy, environmental sustainability and economic development whilst simultaneously impacting communities across Australia and beyond.

Want to help make a difference and gain invaluable business experience?? SIFE UWA is looking for talented, switched-on students from a range of disciplines to help us make a difference.

If you are interested in getting involved, we would like to invite you to the SIFE UWA Information Session WHEN: 1pm, Tuesday 28th of August, 2012 WHERE: Law Lecture Room 1, G.31

For more information – please contact [email protected]

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