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Events for the public
 March 2014
Friday 21
12:30 - EVENT - Harmony Day : An annual event celebrating cultural, linguistic and religious diversity More Information
Harmony Day is an annual event in the UWA calendar that provides an opportunity to affirm and celebrate cultural, linguistic and religious diversity in the campus community.

The Vice-Chancellor, Winthrop Professor Paul Johnson, invites you to join him in the Tropical Grove to hear guest speaker Suresh Rajan's talk entitled "I'm not a Racist but...". Suresh will speak on the topic of Casual Racism.

18:00 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - First Ordinary Meeting of Convocation for 2014 : First Ordinary Meeting of Convocation for 2014 Website | More Information
Ordinary Meetings of Convocation were originally the general meetings of The University of Western Australia. These meetings of Convocation still provide the opportunity to receive an update on the operations of your University and current issues in tertiary education from the Vice-Chancellor, the Warden of Convocation and the Guild President.

An opportunity for questions from the audience is provided.

Guest Speaker Dr Lawrence will speak on "An avalanche of change: Will universities as we know them survive the onslaught?"
Saturday 22
13:30 - FREE LECTURE - 2 FREE PUBLIC LECTURES : Roman Archaeology Group presents 2 free lectures: Baths of Caracalla & Rome, Renewed : 2 FREE PUBLIC LECTURES - Roman Archaeology Group Website | More Information
2 FREE Lectures - All are welcome! 1:30pm - "Building the Baths of Caracalla" by W/Prof. David Kennedy. 2:30pm - Afternoon Tea. 3pm "Rome, Renewed - the Archaeology of Appropriation" by Rebecca Norman.

N.B. Lectures are FREE, however there is a small charge for the refreshments served at the mid-session break: $7pp (RAG members) / $10pp (non-members)

SYNOPSIS: "Building the Baths of Caracalla" by W/Prof. David Kennedy. Sandra Ottley lectured on the Baths in a RAG lecture in 2012. In this lecture, we will explore – thanks to the work of an Australian archaeologist, Janet DeLaine, the logistics of constructing this immense building, so much of which still survives in Rome.

Rome, Renewed – the Archaeology of Appropriation” presented by Rebecca Norman. Rebecca Norman was supported by a Don Boyer Archaeology Travel Scholarship to spend time in Rome and participate in a course on the city, its development and the survival and re-use of the past.
Tuesday 25
11:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Ray Griggs : Public Lecture on the Role of the Royal Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean Website | More Information
FREE - but registration is essential. The Perth USAsia Centre is pleased to host the Australian Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Ray Griggs AO CSC to share his views on the mission, challenges and opportunities facing the Royal Australian Navy in the Indian Ocean.

16:30 - FREE LECTURE - School of Music Presents: Research Seminar Series - Jane Ginsborg Website | More Information
Jane Ginsborg

Practice-led research in music-making: What it can tell us about learning

17:00 - FREE LECTURE - 'Want to be a better lover?' : Join Stuart Fenner for a short talk and experience of Christian Meditation. Website | More Information
This session will introduce an approach to meditation which originates from the third century desert monks of Egypt. Because 'God is love', communion with God's Spirit transforms one's life and relationships. Many people who mediate report greater clarity and compassion, for both self and others. Perhaps it could be said that we become 'better lovers'.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Science fact or fiction? "Doctors can see into our living cells" Website | More Information
An Inquiring Minds lecture by Winthrop Professor David Sampson, Head, Optical+Biomedical Engineering Laboratory (OBEL) and Director, Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation & Analysis (CMCA) at The University of Western Australia.

In this talk, Professor Sampson will tease apart fact from fiction in explaining new technology that allows us to see inside a living human body. He will describe how far we have come and what the future technology will bring. Be warned, this talk will contain lots of pictures, and some may contain blood.

Cost: Free, but RSVP required to https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/sampson

Wednesday 26
16:00 - SEMINAR - What does the Study of Older Men Teach us? Website | More Information
Having trained clinically and in research in Sydney, Newcastle and Melbourne, Leon became the inaugural Professor of Geriatric Medicine at The University of Western Australia in 1998. He has established a productive research unit aimed at translational issues focusing on the health needs of older people culminating in 2006, the Western Australian Centre for Health and Ageing at The University of Western Australia. As well as these research activities, he has led the reorganization of undergraduate and postgraduate education in geriatric medicine in Western Australia. He remains a practicing geriatrician and is Head of Inner City Geriatric Services at Royal Perth Hospital. He has served on numerous government committees addressing the health needs of older people. He was President of the Australian and New Zealand Society for Geriatric Medicine for 2003-2005. He has published over 250 peer-reviewed articles addressing a wide variety of health issues in older people.

17:30 - FREE LECTURE - Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture : Annual lecture on a topic related to transgender inclusion More Information
The 2014 Isabelle Lake Memorial Lecture is entitled "Making History: All the places we've been and are still yet to go in the fight for Transgender and Intersex Rights".

The lecture will be deliverd by Aram Hosie, a queer identified transgender man from Perth, Western Australia, who has been involved in advocating for the rights of LGBTI people nationally and internationally for over a decade.

The lecture will begin at 6pm, which light refreshments served from 5.30 pm.

For more information and to RSVP, please email [email protected]
Thursday 27
13:10 - CONCERT - School of Music Presents FREE Lunchtime Concerts : The Winthrop Singers Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday every Thursday in our free lunchtime concert series.

FREE 50min Concert every Thursday during Semester at 1:10pm. No booking required, just turn up!
Saturday 29
13:00 - WORKSHOP - Creative workshop : Create flowers from a wide variety of inspirational materials Website | More Information
Create flowers from a wide variety of colourful, textured and inspirational materials, with a workshop facilitator from REmida Creative Reuse Centre.

Your flower creations will form an evolving and striking display under the largest Oak Tree on Oak Lawn at UWA EnviroFest. All flowers will be returned to their creators at the end of the festival.

Two workshops are available: • 1pm – 3pm this Saturday 29 March at REmida Creative Reuse Centre, West Perth • Any time you like between 11:30am – 2pm, this Tuesday 1 April on Oak Lawn as part of UWA EnviroFest (you can stay for as little or as long as you like).

All materials used will be unique industry offcuts that would otherwise go to waste. The offcuts come in a huge range of textures, forms, colours and materials, and offer endless creative possibilities.

To book your place or for more information contact Trish Howard, Communications and Engagement Officer Ph: 6488 7540 or [email protected]

Staff, students and visitors are welcome.

 April 2014
Tuesday 01
11:30 - FESTIVAL - EnviroFest : UWA's premier environmental and sustainability festival Website | More Information
Celebrate sustainability at UWA's premier environmental event. Pat a koala and dingo and, if you're game, hold a wedge-tailed eagle and python. View up-close UWA's bees (in a safe, sealed hive panel) and sample their honey. Create beautiful flower sculptures from upcycled materials. Learn about sustainable initiatives on campus and much more. Staff, students and their families welcome.

11:30 - WORKSHOP - Creative workshop : Sculpture a flower from inspirational upcycled materials More Information
Sculpture a flower from a weird and wonderful array of upcycled materials, with a workshop facilitator from REmida Creative Reuse Centre.

Your creation will be displayed as part of an evolving 'flower bed' under the largest Oak Tree on Oak Lawn at UWA EnviroFest.

All flowers will be returned to their creators at the end of the festival.

• Any time you like between 11:30am – 2pm, this Tuesday 1 April on Oak Lawn as part of UWA EnviroFest (you can stay for as little or as long as you like).

All materials used will be unique industry discards that would otherwise go to waste. The offcuts come in a huge range of textures, forms, colours and materials, and offer endless creative possibilities. Printers' foil, fabric remnants, foam, laminate, metals, wood and plastics are just a small set of examples.

Staff, students and visitors are welcome.

11:30 - EVENT - Bike Doctor on campus : Free bike maintenance and minor servicing with Dismantle's BikeDr Website | More Information
Give your bike a free health check, thanks to BikeDr. They'll offer you fast, dependable and expert bike checks and minor servicing to make your life easy and keep your bike running smooth.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Rainforests and Savannas: Understanding Ecological Processes in River Floodplains Website | More Information
A public lecture by Robert J. Naiman, Emeritus Professor, School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences, University of Washington.

For nearly three decades Professor Naiman and his colleagues have been examining ecological processes in rivers and floodplains of the North American coastal rainforests and the savannas of southern Africa. Despite strong contrasts in climate and water regimes, there are a number of surprising similarities that impart ecological integrity. In both Ecoregions the characteristics of floodplain vegetation are intimately linked to flow regimes, floodplain soils acquire nutrients quickly and thereby contribute to robust plant growth, large mammals and fish play fundamentally important roles, and dead wood in river channels is paramount in shaping future ecological conditions.

This lecture will explore many of these similarities, and some contrasts, as an emerging understanding of basic ecological processes helps underpin improved resource management for river floodplains.

Cost: free, but RSVP required to https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/naiman
Thursday 03
13:10 - CONCERT - School of Music Presents FREE Lunchtime Concerts : UWA Wind Students in Recital Website | More Information
Be transported from the everyday every Thursday in our free lunchtime concert series.

FREE 50min Concert every Thursday during Semester at 1:10pm. No booking required, just turn up!

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Question of Truth in Literature: Die poetische Auffassung der Welt Website | More Information
A public lecture by Richard Eldridge, the Charles and Harriett Cox McDowell Professor of Philosophy, Swarthmore College, USA.

The study of literature has always had a central place in advanced curricula, at least if one includes rhetoric, grammar, composition, and ancient and modern philology within it. One would scarcely be thought to be an educated person if one lacked an acquaintance with the classics of one’s native language tradition: in English - Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton, Austen, Eliot, Dickens, and all the rest.

Yet at the same time, many are now uneasy about the value of literature and its study. Compared with the natural and social sciences, where both clearer methods and results that are of practical importance are often in view, reading, writing, and studying literature can seem a matter more of entertainment and social capital than a serious business. Both funding and enrollments in humanities courses have dropped over the past forty years, and within departments of literature study of classic texts has often given way to broader forms of Cultural Studies that resemble sociology rather than being centrally concerned with literary art. Why, then, should we study literature at all, especially at university level? Does literature in any way present important truths that are worth serious study?

The question of truth in literature has several interrelated senses: can literature present (significant) truths at all?; how does its presentation of truths (if it exists) have to do with its manner of presentation (with literary language)?; and is the presentation of truth a central aim of literary art? After surveying and criticizing a variety of Fregean and neo-Fregean views (Frege, Lamarque and Olsen, Walton) that reject the very possibility of literary truth and a variety of anti-Fregean views (Goodman, Heidegger) that endorse it, but in misleading terms that do not say enough about literary language, Professor Eldridge will argue that Hegel, in his remarks on literary imagination in his Lectures on Fine Art shows illuminatingly how literary writers sometimes arrive (and centrally aspire to arrive) at a distinctively poetic grasp of the world: die poetische Auffassung der Welt.

The talk will conclude with some brief remarks on the contemporary novel.

Cost: Free, but RSVP required to https://www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/eldridge
Friday 04
11:00 - SEMINAR - ASYMPTOMATIC INFECTIONS IN ANIMALS AND PLANTS: IMPLICATIONS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND ELIMINATION STRATEGIES : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Website | More Information
Asymptomatic infection has long been an omnipresent feature of a diversity of diseases in animals (including humans) and plants. This phenomenon has received relatively little attention amidst the contemporary cacophony focused on disease elimination and even eradication.

Malaria transmission between asymptomatic carriers poses a particularly vexing problem, and raises serious questions about the tractability of elimination targets. In the context of plant pathology, Huanglongbing (HLB), or citrus greening, a vector-transmitted bacterial infection of citrus trees has wreaked havoc on citrus crops in Asia and Latin America and is currently a major problem for the Florida and California citrus industries.

One of the most under-studied aspects of HLB is disease transmission during the several years from initiation of infection in a grove until symptoms actually become manifest. We discuss case examples of malaria transmission in the Brazilian Amazon region and asymptomatic HLB in Florida, introducing recent experimental results integrated with spatially explicit mathematical modeling to provide deeper understanding of the phenomenon of asymptomatic carriers and the mitigation strategies that they suggest.

We briefly indicate lessons from malaria and HLB that carry over to a broad range of infectious diseases in animals and plants. A vast array of open research problems is also part and parcel of our topic.

Brief Biography,

Burton Singer is Adjunct Professor in the Emerging Pathogens Institute and Department of Mathematics at University of Florida. From 1994 - July, 2009, he was Professor of Demography and Public Affairs in the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. He was formerly chair of the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health and professor of economics and statistics at Yale University (1984 – 1993), and Professor of Statistics at Columbia University (1967 – 1984).

He has served as chair of the National Research Council Committee on National Statistics and as chair of the Steering Committee for Social and Economic Research in the World Health Organization Tropical Disease Research (TDR) program. He is currently on the Research Board of the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative, focused on both short- and long-term consequences of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.

He has centered his research in three principal areas: identification of social, biological, and environmental risks associated with vector-borne diseases in the tropics; integration of psychosocial and biological evidence to characterize pathways to alternative states of health; and health impact assessments associated with economic development projects.

His research program has included studies of: the impact of migration and urbanization on malaria transmission in the western Amazon region of Brazil and in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; the biological correlates of well-being. and health consequences of gene- environment interactions focused on the social environment; and health impacts over time of large-scale development projects in the tropics, with particular emphasis on forcibly resettled communities.

He was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (1994), the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies (2005) and was a Guggenheim fellow in 1981-1982. Ph.D. He received his PhD in Statistics from Stanford University in 1967.

Apologies for the short notice change.

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

****All Welcome****

17:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA School of Music presents [email protected] : A new series for 2014, [email protected] showcases the Voice students. Whether the Vocal Consort, solo song in recital, public workshop, mixed instrumental and voice ensemble or public Masterclass with Q & A, [email protected] are an ideal way to start your weekend. Website | More Information
Public Work Shop
Sunday 06
15:30 - EVENT - Gala Launch of 2014 Concert Series : The Gala Launch of the 2014 St George's College Concert Series. Website | More Information
The Gala Launch will feature the artists and music to be performed throughout the first semester of the 2014 Concert Series at St George's College. Musicians to feature are Professor Graeme Gilling, Raymond Yong, Dr Semyon Kobets, Alexandra Isted and Isabel Hede to name a few. Music to be performed will be Prokofiev - Violin Sonata, Grebla - Piano Trio, Arensky - Piano Trio and Schubert - Fantasie 4 Hands.

Refreshments will follow in the College's Quadrangle.

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