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Today's date is Tuesday, October 20, 2020
School of Civil and Resource Engineering
 April 2014
Tuesday 08
11:00 - EXPO - Study Abroad & Exchange Fair : A festival of international study opportunities for UWA students More Information
There will be presentations by international visitors, games, prizes, a photo booth, treats on offer and lots and lots of information about exchange and study abroad opportunities for UWA students.

13:00 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Profectus UWA Annual AGM : An opportunity to find out more on UWA's first club on entrepreneurship Website | More Information
Come along to Profectus UWA's Inaugral 2014 AGM on Tuesday April 8. If you are passionate about business and entrepreneurship be sure to drop by at 1pm to learn more about our agenda. We will answer any questions you have about Profectus and events being held this semester!!!

 May 2014
Friday 09
12:00 - Panel Discussion - Building a Successful Career in the Asian Century Website | More Information
AIESEC in WA is excited to present a panel discussion on the topic of: Building a Successful Career in the Asian Century.

With the number of graduate positions falling in recent years, many students face an uncertain career path post-graduation. But what is certain is the rise of Asia and the important role it will play in the Asia Pacific region.

Our four guest speakers will be discussing the significance of the Asian Century and how your career can benefit from the rise of Asia.

Our Guest Speakers include: Ross Taylor AM (President Indonesia Institution) Michael Wood (Director DFAT, WA State Office) James Pearson (General Manager - Communications & Government Relations, Shell) Kelly Smith (Director, International Centre at UWA)

Stay behind afterwards for some light refreshments and a chance to talk to our speakers
Tuesday 20
9:00 - Training - MOOSE Training - Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment Website | More Information
iVEC and CSIRO invite you to attend training on MOOSE – Multiphysics Object-Oriented Simulation Environment. The MOOSE platform is a general problem solver that can accommodate many mathematical models. It has recently been released as open-source software, making it even easier for academic researchers to adopt. Some of the capabilities of MOOSE include:

Fully-coupled, fully-implicit multiphysics solver

Dimension independent physics

Automatically parallel (largest runs >100,000 CPU cores!)

Modular development simplifies code reuse

Built-in mesh adaptivity

Continuous and Discontinuous Galerkin (DG) (at the same time!)

Intuitive parallel multi scale solves

Dimension agnostic, parallel geometric search (for contact related applications)

Flexible, plugable graphical user interface

~30 plugable interfaces allow specialisation of every part of the solve

More information about MOOSE can be found at the MOOSE website: https://mooseframework.org

Please refer to the URL for the Program Overview and more information.

Cody Permann’s visit is sponsored by CSIRO to support researchers in WA. If you would like to arrange a meeting with Cody, please contact Thomas Poulet <[email protected]>, other enquiries should be directed to Rebecca Hartman-Baker <[email protected]>.

Although the training is free, you must register your attendance (through the URL) as places are limited. The intensive program builds a solid foundation for MOOSE use, so attendance on all three days is advised.
Tuesday 27
13:00 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - UWA Young Engineers (UWAYE) AGM : What is UWAYE planning in the coming year? Come find out! More Information
UWA Young Engineers (UWAYE) are holding their Annual General Meeting on Tuesday the 27th of May. Come find out what UWAYE are planning for the coming year, see what it takes to become a committee member of UWAYE and what the benefits of holding such a position has!

As always food and drinks will be provided.

If you have any queries about the event please contact [email protected]

Looking forward to seeing you there!

 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.

 July 2014
Sunday 13
10:00 - WORKSHOP - Wind Turbine Workshop : Learn how to build a vertical axis wind turbine from recycled materials! Website | More Information
Learn how to build a vertical axis wind turbine from recycled materials!!

Date: Sunday 13th July 2014

Time: 10:00AM

Price: $10/person

Email: [email protected] for more details.

Proudly brought to you by Engineers Without Borders Australia.

Register at: https://www.ewb.org.au/events/108/11743#events
Monday 14
9:00 - COURSE - Applied Structural Equation Models : A Short Course using Mplus Website | More Information
The course is designed as an applied course in Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) using the Mplus software package. SEM is used widely by researchers to test complex relationships among observed (measured) and latent (unobserved) variables and subsumes other analytical techniques such as regression, path analysis, factor analysis, and canonical correlation. Mplus is rapidly becoming the program of choice for the analysis of SEMs. Mplus offers a general modelling framework that allows both the modelling of cross-sectional and longitudinal data using observed variables that are a combination of continuous and categorical variables. In addition, Mplus analyses multilevel modelling structures.

The first three days of the course will be an introduction to SEM and the Mplus program. The focus of the last two days of the course is on the analysis of more advanced SEM models.

If you are familiar with the Mplus program and have an understanding of material typically covered in an introduction to SEM course, you may choose to attend only the last two days of the course.

If you have completed an introductory course in SEM using another program (e.g., Amos, Lisrel, EQS) but have not previously used the Mplus program, you may choose to attend the first day and then the last two days of the course.

 August 2014
Sunday 10
10:00 - OPEN DAY - 2014 Open Day : Join us for our Open Day and experience all that UWA has to offer Website | More Information
Come and find out about UWA’s undergraduate and postgraduate courses, scholarship opportunities, outstanding career options and explore our community programs and facilities.

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

Join us for Open Day 2014 from 10.00am to 4.00pm on Sunday 10 August.

 September 2014
Monday 08
17:45 - EVENT - Beyond Earth: TWC Innovation Lecture : The Warren Centre's 2014 Innovation Lecture Series, Beyond Earth, will highlight the significant role that Australia and Australians play in global space industries. Website | More Information
The Warren Centre’s Beyond Earth Innovation lecture on Monday 8 September will focus on the exciting new area of space tourism, and the opportunities it can provide for engineers and scientists in Australia and worldwide. The lecture will be presented by Enrico Palermo, a University of Western Australia engineering graduate who now works in California’s Mojave Desert, heading up operations for Virgin Galactic’s The Spaceship Company – the world’s first company building a fleet of commercial manned spaceships.

The lecture will start at 5:45pm on Monday 8 September at the UniClub WA Auditorium.
Tuesday 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.
Thursday 25
16:00 - SEMINAR - CRC for Water Sensitive Cities Seminar Series : Performance Monitoring and Evaluation - An Integrative Model Website | More Information
The idea that good performance management is essential for organisations is part of today’s conventional public management wisdom. If public organisations are to perform well, they must know and understand their internal operations and the external environment. Good performance measures, it is believed, help public managers to make better decisions and ultimately enhance organisational performance.

This interest has generated numerous performance management research aimed at identifying factors that facilitates managers to effectively use performance information in decision making. This research examines some fundamental assumptions of performance management research, including critical gaps in our current understanding of its basic tenets. It then presents an integrative performance management framework aimed at encouraging new directions for schoalrships and improved implementation.


Professor Jeannette Taylor

Project A3.1 – Better Governance for complex decision-making

Jeannette is a researcher in Project A3.1 and faculty member in the political science discipline at the University of Western Australia. Her research interest lies in public administration, particularly on performance management and public service motivation. Jeannette serves on the editorial board of two US refereed journals: Public Administration Review and Review of Public Personnel Administration.

Please register your attendance by visiting the Eventbrite link.

We look forward to seeing you there!

CRC for Water Sensitive Cities - Western Region
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
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.
Thursday 16
8:00 - CONFERENCE - Speaker Call out! : 2nd Oceans Institute Postgraduate Conference More Information
We are organising the 2nd Oceans Institute Postgraduate Student Conference on Thursday 16 October 2014, taking place at the University Club of Western Australia.

The idea is to give you a platform to discuss and present your latest research (Research Proposals can also be presented). Different laboratories will also introduce the in-house research facilities at UWA and time will be allocated during the conference for ‘speed dating’ sessions to get one to ones with current post docs, professors and research fellows.

If interested please submit your abstract to [email protected] for a 10 min presentation (+5 min questions), for a poster session or both! Please submit your abstract by Friday September 12th.

NOTE: There will be prizes for the top two presentations and for the best poster, including a first class return ticket to Rottnest Island. There is also $ 100 as prize for the best talk that incorporates the use of IMOS data.

Everybody is welcome to attend! Just RSVP to the aforementioned email.

8:00 - CONFERENCE - 2nd Oceans Institute Postgraduate Conference Website | More Information
The conference will provide a platform to discuss and present the latest research from OI Post Grads. Different laboratories will introduce the in house research facilities at UWA and time will be allocated during the conference for ‘speed dating’ sessions - one on ones with current post docs, professors and research fellows.
Tuesday 21
13:00 - EXPO - Mini Pop-up Postgraduate Expo : Find out more about your postgraduate study options at UWA More Information
Missed out on the Postgrad & Honours Expo? Come along to the Business School foyer between 1pm and 2pm to meet staff from faculties across UWA. Have your questions about postgraduate studies answered and grab some free pizza!

13:00 - EXPO - Pop-up mini postgrad expo! : 9 faculties come together in a mini expo to promote postgraduate and honours courses Website | More Information
FREE PIZZA! Missed out on the Postgrad & Honours Expo? Don't worry. 9 faculties come together in a mini expo in the Business School foyer to promote postgraduate and honours courses. We're here to answer any questions you may have.
Tuesday 28
13:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Targeting transdiagnostic processes and using imagery to optimise clinical outcomes from cognitive behaviour group therapy for anxiety disorders : School of Psychology Colloquium More Information
Presenter: Associate Professor Peter McEvoy

Associate Professor Peter McEvoy completed his masters in clinical psychology and PhD in the School of Psychology at UWA in 2004, after which he worked as a clinical psychologist and service co-ordinator at the Anxiety Disorders Unit, St Vincent’s Hospital, Sydney for four years. After he returned to Perth in 2008 he worked as a senior clinical psychologist and research co-ordinator in the anxiety and depression program at the Centre for Clinical Interventions (CCI) for six years. Over the last decade he has personally run around 80 therapeutic groups for various anxiety and affective disorders whilst maintaining an individual caseload and squeezing in research projects where possible. In February 2014 Peter commenced a teaching and research position in the School of Psychology and Speech Pathology at Curtin University, although he maintains an ongoing consultancy with CCI. Peter teaches the adult psychopathology and psychotherapy units in the clinical Masters program, he has published around 50 journal articles and book chapters in the areas of mental disorders and their treatment, and he has served on the editorial board of the Journal of Anxiety Disorders since 2008.

Title: Targeting transdiagnostic processes and using imagery to optimise clinical outcomes from cognitive behaviour group therapy for anxiety disorders


Cognitive behavioural interventions are highly efficacious and effective for emotional disorders, and yet a significant proportion of patients fail to achieve full remission of their symptoms after gold-standard treatments. A significant minority of patients in clinical practice also find exposure-based techniques highly distressing, leading to high attrition rates in real world practice. Evidence-based clinical innovations are required to further improve engagement with, and the potency of, existing treatments. This presentation will describe two parallel programs of research being conducted at the Centre for Clinical Interventions to meet these aims. The first research program involves an intervention targeting a key transdiagnostic factor known to contribute to multiple emotional disorders, namely, repetitive negative thinking (RNT). A 6-week, transdiagnostic metacognitive group treatment for RNT will be described and initial outcomes will be reported. The second research program involves modifying the mode within which cognitive therapy is applied to potentiate greater emotional change. A new, innovative imagery-enhanced 12-week group program for social anxiety disorder will be described and outcomes will be reported. Both of these programs have demonstrated high retention rates, huge effect sizes (ds >2.0), and an improvement compared to gold standard treatments reported in the literature in terms of efficiency and effectiveness.
Thursday 30
16:00 - SEMINAR - CMCA Seminar: Super-resolution optical imaging of chromatin, DNA damage and repair : A new approach to imaging chromatin in situ More Information
Critical aspects of structure and function of the cell nucleus are often inaccessible to wide field and confocal imaging. Higher order chromatin structures, subnuclear bodies, repair foci etc., cannot be imaged in detail without applying 'super-resolution' techniques. A new approach to imaging chromatin in situ has become possible by exploiting photoconversion of UV-excited DNA dyes Hoechst 33258, DAPI, and Vybrant® DyeCycle™ Violet. Single Molecule Localization Microscopy (SMLM) is based on using two wavelengths of light - one for regeneration of the pool of the blinking form of the dye, and the other for excitation, or just one high intensity excitation light to transfer the dye between the emitting and non-emitting states. SMLM enables optical isolation and localization of high numbers of DNA-bound molecules, usually in excess of 106 in one cell nucleus. This approach yields images of DNA density with the resolution several times better than conventional optical microscopy, reaching 40 - 50 nm in the specimen plane, and offers several important advantages over the previously described imaging methods, including an ability to record images using a single wavelength excitation of a relatively low intensity, and a higher density of single molecule signals than in previous studies. High resolution images (SMLM, dSTORM, SIM) of chromatin based on phototonversion of UV-excited DNA dyes were combined with images representing scheduled and unscheduled DNA replication (EdU, click reaction), histone H2AX phosphorylation (marking DNA double strand breaks), and XRCC1 repair factor (single strand breaks) in order to study the mechanisms of induction of DNA damage and repair.

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