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School of Mathematics and Statistics
 February 2013
Monday 18
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).

Subsidised rates are available for UWA Graduate Research Students.

Please register online.
Wednesday 27
13:00 - PRESENTATION - Enactus UWA Information Session More Information
Enactus UWA is part of an international community of student, academic and business leaders committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world.

If you'd like to find out more about what we do, come to this Information Session to learn about our projects, meet the team and find out how you can get involved.
Thursday 28
13:00 - SEMINAR - CSSC Fresher Seminar : A student run seminar for first years interested in Computer Science Website | More Information
Starting or interested in Computer Science or Applied Computing? Don't know what to expect? Come along to our free short talk followed by our panel answering your questions!

Learn about what to expect in the school of computer science and the ACM - a group for those of you keen to jump right in and get programming! You're welcome to hang around afterwards to meet other CS students in the Computer Science Students' Club (CSSC) in the same building on the second floor.

 March 2013
Friday 01
9:00 - EVENT - UWA Careers Centre - 2013 Management Consultancy & Investment Bank Day : Graduating in 2013 and want to work for a management consultancy or Investment Bank? Come along and meet the employers…all on one day! Website | More Information
Firms include:

Bain & Company, Boston Consulting Group, JP Morgan, McKinsey & Company, Momentum Partners, Partners in Performance (PIP), Port Jackson Partners (PJP), and UBS.

Register on CareerHub - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au/ViewEvent.chpx?id=139097

Venue details will be sent through UWA CareerHub closer to the date, so ensure your CareerHub details are up to date.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, The Wall and Guralnick conjectures: history and legacy More Information
Abstract:

In 1961 G.E. Wall conjectured that the number of maximal subgroups of a finite group is less than the order of the group. The conjecture holds for all finite solvable groups (proved by Wall himself in his original paper) and holds for almost all finite simple groups, possibly all of them (proved by Liebeck, Pyber and Shalev in 2007). It is now known to be false in general, at least as originally stated, with infinitely many negative composite group examples found through a combination of computational and theoretical techniques. (I cite in particular computer calculations of Frank Luebeck, as partly inspired and later confirmed by calculations of my undergraduate student, Tim Sprowl, with theoretical input from myself and Bob Guralnick.) In this talk I will try to discuss the ingredients in this quite remarkable story, and I will mention as much of the legacy of positive consequences as time permits.
Monday 04
10:00 - EVENT - UWA Historical Society March 4th Convocation Centenary: Photo Shoot at 10am : All welcome on the steps of the old St George's Hall 500 Hay St Perth to celebrate 100 years to the day of the first meeting of UWA's Convocation. Website | More Information
You are invited to join us mark the 100th anniversary of the first meeting of the University of Western Australia’s Convocation.

The First meeting was held on March 4th 1913 in St George’s Hall, Hay St near the corner of Irwin Street. The historic façade including the portico, steps and tall white columns were restored when the new Perth District Court was constructed behind it at 500 Hay Street. To celebrate the Centenary of this meeting, a photo-shoot of 100 'graduates' will take place on the steps of the façade at 10am on Monday March 4th 2013.

The UWA Historical Society would be delighted if you could join us.

If you have academic robes, please bring them. If not please come anyway, as having just a few robed members will provide the ‘flavour’. Balloons for a joint release will be provided.

Monday March 4th is a public Holiday (Labour Day). There should be nearby street parking available and there is a public parking station across the road at King’s Hotel.

The UWA Centum will be there
Tuesday 05
13:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Control of fusions in fusion systems and applications More Information
Jiping Zhang (Peking University)

will speak on

Control of fusions in fusion systems and applications

at 1pm on Tuesday 5th of March, in MLR2

Abstract:

Fusion systems were introduced by L. Puig in early 1990's mainly for the purpose of block theory. Fusion systems are also of interest in homotopy theory. In this talk we will define a new control of fusion in fusion systems and apply it to the study of maximal Sylow intersections.
Friday 08
12:00 - EVENT - INVITATION TO THE 2013 BIG MEET CAREERS FAIR More Information
INVITATION TO THE 2013 BIG MEET CAREERS FAIR

Every year Australia’s leading employers travel the country looking for high quality graduates and undergraduates. The Big Meet is your opportunity to meet up to 100 of these organisations in one day, in one location.

The Big Meet is the ultimate careers fair for undergraduates, graduates and postgraduates from all disciplines. Whether you're looking for graduate employment, a new job, vacation work, an international internship, a gap-year experience, voluntary work, travel, overseas opportunities, a teaching job or postgraduate education, The Big Meet can get you started. Don't miss out!

Entry is FREE, and you'll get some fantastic free stuff as well.

Register for the event via: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/TheBigMeet2013Perth Further Information For more info, visit The Big Meet website www.thebigmeet.com.au

Confirmed Exhibitors To Date

ABB Australia, ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), Accenture, ACS Foundation, Alcoa of Australia, Arup, Aurecon, Aurizon, AusAID, Australian Bureau of Statistics, Australian Federal Police, Australian Institute of Personal Trainers, Australian Secret Intelligence Service, Australian Taxation Office, Australian Youth Ambassadors for Development (AYAD), Chevron, Clough Projects Pty Ltd, Crowe Horwath, Defence Force Recruiting, Deloitte, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), Department of Defence, Department of Education (WA), Department of Finance (WA), Department of Human Services, Department of Mines and Petroleum, Department of Regional Development and Lands, Department of State Development , Department of Treasury (WA), Department of Veterans' Affairs, Edmund Rice Camps WA, Fulton Hogan Pty Ltd, Fortescue Metals Group, GradConnection, Graduate Opportunities, Hatch, Hays Recruitment, IBM, Institute of Chartered Accountants, Intergen, KBR, Kiewit, KordaMentha, Lawler McGillivray, Leighton Contractors Pty Limited, Linfox Logistics, Main Roads WA, Mainfreight, Monadelphous Group Limited, Meltwater Group, National Australia Bank, Navitas Workforce Solutions, Newcrest Mining, NRW Civil & Mining, PPB Advisory, Public Transport Authority WA, Readygrad, Real Gap, Rio Tinto, Shell Australia, Sinclair Knight Merz, SThree, Subsea 7, Teach For Australia, Technip, The Ride to Conquer Cancer, The Tax Institute, Thiess, Water Corporation, Woodside.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Generalised n-gons and the Feit-Higman theorem More Information
Name: Jon Xu (University of Melbourne/University of Western Australia)

will speak on

Generalised n-gons and the Feit-Higman theorem

at 3pm on Friday 8th of March.

Abstract:

Jacques Tits' theory of buildings played a vital role in the proof of the classification theorem on finite simple groups. The class of rank 2 buildings are also known as generalised n-gons.

In my talk, generalised n-gons will be defined as a certain class of bipartite graphs, so as to skip the (rather abstruse) building-theoretic definition. I will also state and outline a proof of the Feit-Higman theorem, which states that the majority of generalised n-gons can only exist for certain n. The proof, due to Kilmoyer and Solomon (1973), weaves together representation theory and graph theory.

To finish off, I will talk a little about what I've been doing here at UWA.
Thursday 14
16:00 - SEMINAR - Improving water quality through improved prediction : SESE Seminar More Information
Water quality and aquatic ecology models are widely used to facilitate management and scientific understanding of catchments, lakes, wetlands, rivers, estuaries and marine systems. But how good are these models? In recent years, numerous authors have argued that they have failed to keep up with advances in scientific understanding, remain highly disciplinary, and fail to adequately assess or reign in uncertainty. Here I will discuss current research trends and outline the need for new approaches able to deal with complexity, non-stationarity and uncertainty in future scenarios. Emerging data streams from new monitoring technologies, improved processing of existing sources such as satellite observations, citizen science initiatives, open-access monitoring data initiatives and real-time data portals all hold the potential to improve the way we run and assess environmental models. But the question remains: how can these diverse datasets be brought together in way that allows us to advance model accuracy and more constructively inform management?
Friday 15
15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Erdös-Ko-Rado sets in finite classical polar spaces More Information
Abstract:

Erdös-Ko-Rado sets (EKR sets) are a family of k-sets of { 1, ..., n } that pairwise intersect in at least one element and were first studied by Erdös, Ko, and Rado in 1961. There are several generalizations of EKR sets. The speaker's main interest is study of EKR sets in polar spaces. These are sets of generators (maximal totally isotropic subspaces) that pairwise intersect in at least a point and were recently studied by Valentina Pepe, Leo Storme, and Frédéric Vanhove. After introducing EKR sets for sets, projective spaces, and polar spaces, some specific results using algebraic as well as geometric techniques will be presented.
Friday 22
15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Irreducible subgroups of classical algebraic groups More Information
Abstract:

Let G be a group, let H be a subgroup of G and let V be an irreducible KG-module over a field K. We say that (G,H,V) is an irreducible triple if V is an irreducible KH-module. Classifying the irreducible triples of a group is a fundamental problem in representation theory, with a long history and several applications.

The case where G is a simple algebraic group over an algebraically closed field can be traced back to work of Dynkin in the 1950s (H connected, char(K) = 0). Through work of Seitz and Testerman in the 1980s, and more recent work of Ghandour, the problem of determining the irreducible triples (G,H,V) for simple algebraic groups has essentially been reduced to the case where G is a classical group and H is disconnected.

In this talk I will report on recent work that determines all the irreducible triples (G,H,V) when G is classical and H is a disconnected, infinite, maximal subgroup. This is an important step towards a complete classification of the irreducible triples for simple algebraic groups. I will briefly recall some of the basic results on algebraic groups and representation theory that we will need, and I will describe some of the main ideas that are used in the proofs.

This is joint work with Soumaia Ghandour, Claude Marion and Donna Testerman.
Tuesday 26
18:00 - SCREENING - FREE SCREENING: Feynman Messenger Lecture More Information
As part of our continue tradition free screening, this week the University Physics Society will be screening one of the widely acclaimed recorded lectures by famous physicist Richard Feynmann. Entry is free and drinks and snacks will be available.

For more details email us at [email protected]

 April 2013
Wednesday 03
9:00 - CANCELLED - COURSE - Introduction to statistics : A short course using Microsoft Excel Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Due to unforeseen circumstances the presenter is no longer available to deliver this course.

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This course aims to provide you with an introduction to the facilities available in MS Excel from a statistical point of view. As well as an introduction to Excel, spreadsheet functions and graphics, it concentrates on performing basic statistical methods, producing charts and tables, and discusses the limitations of Excel when it comes to more complex statistical analysis.

Discount fees are available to UWA Postgraduate Research Students.
Friday 05
15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Redei-polynomials in finite geometry More Information
Abstract:

L. Redei has studied in a detailed way so-called "lacunary" polynomials over finite fields. One of the applications described is to investigate the number of values the difference quotient of a polynomial over a finite field can have. This result has a direct implication in the theory of blocking sets of finite Desarguesian projective planes, and this connection is the start of the use of "Redei-polynomials" in finite geometry. We will discuss some cases to explain the principle of using Redei-polynomials finite projective spaces and some particular generalized quadrangle. Then we discuss a problem on maximal partial ovoids, that has been partially solved using Redei-polynomials, but that can be expressed in terms of transitive subsets of the group SL(2,q).
Tuesday 09
18:00 - SCREENING - FREE SCREENING: Memento (2000) More Information
As part of our continue tradition free screening, this week the University Physics Society will be screening the film Memento, directed by Christopher Nolan and starring Guy Pierce, Carrie-Ann Moss and Joe Pantoliano. What this got to do with physics? Not much but we promise it will be good fun!

Entry is free and drinks and snacks will be available. For more details email us at [email protected]

 May 2013
Thursday 02
19:00 - EVENT - QUIZ NIGHT: University Physics Society : UPS Annual Quiz Night. Prizes to be won! More Information
The University Physics Society will be having its annual Quiz Night this Thursday night at the Tav. It's a chance to show off your general knowledge whilst enjoying a few drinks with your friends, and have a chance to win great prizes! Doors open at 7pm. Quiz starts 7.30pm.

This event is 18+ only.

Tickets: $10 for UPS Members, $12 for non members, $72 for a table of 8 if purchased by a UPS Member.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in Room 2.71 of the Physics Building weekdays between 1pm and 2pm.

Contact us via [email protected] for further details.
Friday 03
19:00 - EVENT - 95th Annual University Engineers' Club Ball Website | More Information
That time of the year has come again where it's time to dust off your suits and slip on your dresses. This year the University Engineers' Club is proud to celebrate its 95th Annual Ball on the 3rd of May at The Hyatt Regency.

Tickets will be on sale every day outside the Clough Centre at 1pm. Online tickets can be bought here https://www.trybooking.com/CRXD

Early Bird Tickets: $115 Normal and Online Tickets : $125

10 people per table

This event is 18+ and ID is required
Wednesday 15
13:00 - TALK - Tech Talk 0x05: Code to Circuits : A brief description of CPU design, from high level languages down to logic gates. Website | More Information
Join us in the UCC clubroom for a talk on technology by one of our members. John Hodge gives us a description of how computer programs become electrical signals, from C down through assembly, binary and to logic gates.
Friday 17
15:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar, Local transitivity properties of graphs and pairwise transitive designs More Information
Abstract:

One of the earliest triumphs in applying the finite simple group classification in algebraic graph theory was the characterization of finite distance transitive graphs. Recent work by Devillers, Giudici, Li and myself focuses on a generalisation of this class of graphs: locally $s$-distance transitive graphs where ordered vertex-pairs, with given first vertex and at a given distance at most $s$, are equivalent under automorphisms. One basic type of example is closely linked with the existence of very symmetrical point-line incidence structures which we call pairwise transitive designs. I will trace these developments and their links.

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