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Today's date is Tuesday, October 27, 2020
Events for the public
 May 2014
Friday 16
17:30 - EVENT - GMA Twilight Drinks: "The Business Side of Playing to Win" Website | More Information
Join us for casual drinks and a short presentation from Steven Lawrence, the Executive Director of the WA Institute of Sport, who will provide a compelling insight into how the Australian sporting industry has had to adapt and adopt concepts from the business world to retain Australia's preeminent position as a sporting super achiever.

Tickets at the door - $15 GMA members | $25 guests
Saturday 17
10:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Excavating the Future: Archaeology and Technology : UWA Archaeology Department celebrates National Archaeology Week on 17 May Website | More Information
The UWA Archaeology Department invites you to join us to celebrate National Archaeology Week on Saturday, 17 May.

What do archaeologists actually do? How do archaeologists use cutting-edge technology in their research? What kind of archaeological research goes on at UWA? How can you even become an archaeologist yourself?!

Come along to a relaxed day of short talks, a picnic/fieldwork lunch and lab tours, where you’ll find out the answers to all these questions and more.

Our speakers will cover topics including: An Introduction to Australian Archaeology; Archaeology and Graffiti; Just what is Geoarchaeology?; The Australian Historic Shipwrecks Protection Project; Desert Rock Art: Dating the Dreamtime; Caesar and GIS.

The morning of talks will be followed by a picnic lunch organised by the Archaeology Society of Western Australia (at a small charge) and optional tours of our archaeology lab facilities here at UWA.
Sunday 18
3:30 - CONCERT - 'Back in the USSR' Concert : Selection of UWA School of Music graduates perform a selection of musical gems. Website | More Information
Former violin lecturer at the UWA and USSR educated violinist Semyon Kobets, mentors young trio members and recent School of Music graduates Osborn Fong (cello) and Siang Ching (piano) to perform a selection of musical gems that were composed during and in anticipation of the Soviet Union.

'Back in the USSR' starts with Arensky's Piano Trio D minor, a pre-soviet era composer and moves to a solo Prokofiev Sonata for piano, Spiegel in Spiegel by Arvo Part and Shostakovich's profound Piano Trio, known to be one of the most technically demanding piano trios in history.

The concert is free but bookings are essential as there is limited space.

16:30 - CONCERT - Night Fall : A concert of sublime and moving choral music inspired by the nocturnal hours. Website | More Information
The Perth Undergraduate Choral Society and the City of Subiaco present “Night Fall”, a concert of sublime and moving choral music inspired by the nocturnal hours.

PUCS will be performing works that explore many of night time’s metaphors: death and spiritual desolation, amorous and unrequited love, together with more concrete themes such as slumber and starlight. This concert will feature well-loved works such as Whitacre’s Sleep, Billy Joel’s Lullabye and Lauridsen’s set of divine Nocturnes, as well as the WA premiere of Ola Gjeilo’s spectacular Dark Night of the Soul.

Joined by the Mill Point String Quartet, and soprano soloist Ileana Otto-Johansen, this will be an event not to be missed!
Monday 19
15:00 - SEMINAR - Road Pricing Reform Website | More Information
Distance and time based road pricing schemes have been proposed by many transport economists as an efficient way to manage scarce road infrastructure. Introducing road pricing involves many stakeholders, and there are many issues that need to be resolved before implementing such a scheme in practice, in particular public acceptance and technological complexity. In this presentation a novel distance (and time) based strategy is proposed that is based on voluntary participation in which participants will not be worse off than their status quo, and revenues for Treasury stay at the same level. The majority of the car drivers will be better off by participating, increasing its public acceptability. The system has been devised with simple technology without the need for extensive fraud prevention measures. Further, it can be introduced quickly without having to make large investments. Finally, the system is designed such that the more people participate, the more incentives other drivers have to participate as well, such that after several years the transport system will automatically transition to a distance (and time) based pricing scheme. While the novel scheme can be generically introduced in different countries, an introduction in the context of Australia will be discussed.

16:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - In Conversation with UWA Alumni : Join Bruce Abbott, Managing Director of Replants.com and CEO of Cultural Corridors, for an intimate conversation on the business of saving grass trees and sharing culture Website | More Information
Guild Volunteering is launching the first in a series of conversations with UWA Alumni who are leaders in the non-profit and community benefit sector.

Our first guest is Bruce Abbott, Managing Director of Replants.com and CEO of Cultural Corridors. Replants.com is a social enterprise that rescues native vegetation from land-clearing sites and relocates them to a new home. The profits from the business support a wide variety of initiatives, including creating community gardens for schools, fundraising for charities, and supporting public art. Most notably, Replants.com supports a variety of initiatives related to promoting indigenous culture and connection to land, of which the grass tree is particularly significant.

Fundamentally Replants aims to gently challenge the mainstream relationship with land. Replants.com supports the creation of a contemporary Australian Culture that draws heavily on indigenous ways of seeing and being and has as its primary reference point caring for country and the people, plants and animals it sustains.

Bruce Abbott is a UWA Alumni and this conversation is an opportunity to see the experiences, values, and philosophy that has informed the creation of this unique social enterprise.

We look forward to having you join us for our first in Conversations event.

This is a free event. To book: Staff and members of the public: email [email protected] Students: go to www.bitly.com/iCBruce

18:00 - EVENT - *Sold Out* UWA 2014 Research Tasting Night - An Intellectual Tapas *Sold Out* Website | More Information
An Inquiring Minds event co-sponsored by the Institute of Advanced Studies, Research Services and the Centre for Software Practice at UWA.

After the success of our first Intellectual Tapas in 2013, we are pleased to host another research tasting night. In this special event, guests will be served small talks from some of UWA’s most exciting researchers across a wide variety of disciplines - from art history, music and humanities to science, engineering, business, agriculture and medicine - our intellectual tastings will provide food for thought.

This event has been very popular and all the places have been filled. Please contact the Institute to enquire about being put on a 'waiting list' - [email protected]

19:30 - EVENT - Artistry! Collaboration : The exceptional ability of young emerging artists and their passion for music will always create an extraordinary experience for concertgoers. In 2014 four outstanding orchestral concerts will feature Western Australia's best young musicians. Website | More Information
Conducted by Head of School, Dr Alan Lourens, the School of Music celebrates its community links in a concert at the Perth Concert Hall. The UWA Symphony Orchestra and Symphonic Chorus will be joined on stage by the choirs of John Septimus Roe Anglican School as part of their 25th anniversary. A combined band of 80 musicians will open the evening performing Ticheli's Simple Gifts.
Tuesday 20
13:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - India-Pakistan Relations: An Overview : CMSS Presents: A Public Lecture by Dr. Sanu Kainikara Website | More Information
Ever since the birth of Pakistan and India as independent nations after the partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947, Indo-Pak relations have been vexed to say the least. The nations have fought three accepted wars; two unacknowledged wars; and is still in the throes of insurgency and counter-insurgency operations. The divergent socio-political direction that the nations have taken in the post-independence age have vitiated their bilateral relationship.

This presentation provides a brief background to the relationship between the two nations; examines the fundamental reasons for the animosity that prevails most of the time in the official relationship of the two nations; and analyses the current situation. It will also pay particular attention to the ‘Kashmir Issue’ and consider the impact of the result of the on-going Indian elections.

Dr Sanu Kainikara is the Air Power Strategist at the Air Power Development Centre of the Royal Australian Air Force and also a Visiting Fellow at the University of New South Wales. He is the author of 11 books: Papers on Air Power, Pathways to Victory, Red Air: Politics in Russian Air Power, Australian Security in the Asian Century, A Fresh Look at Air Power Doctrine, Seven Perennial Challenges to Air Forces, The Art of Air Power: Sun Tzu Revisited, At the Critical Juncture, Essays on Air Power, The Bolt From the Blue, and From Indus to Independence Volume I. He has presented extensively in international forums and published numerous papers on national security, strategy and air power. He is the recipient of the RAAF Chief of Air Force’s Commendation.

Dr Kainikara is a former fighter pilot of the Indian Air Force who retired as a Group Captain after 21 years of commissioned service. During his service career, he has flown over 4,000 hours on a number of modern fighter aircraft, commanded an operational fighter squadron and held various other command and staff appointments. He is a Qualified Flying Instructor, and a graduate and instructor of the IAF Fighter Weapons School, the National Defence Academy, the Defence Services Staff College, and the College of Air Warfare. He is a recipient of the IAF Chief of Air Staff Commendation and the Air Force Cross.

After retirement from active service, he worked for four years as the senior analyst, specialising in air power strategy for a US Training Team in the Middle East. Prior to his current appointment he was the Director Wargaming and Strategic Doctrine in the Strategy Group of the Department of Defence. He has also taught Aerospace Engineering at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Melbourne. He has two Bachelors degrees, a Masters degree in Defence and Strategic Studies from the University of Madras and his PhD in International Politics was awarded by the University of Adelaide.

13:00 - EVENT - The objectified self(ie) – young women’s use of Facebook and The orientation dependence of a motion streak aftereffect reveals reciprocal gain interactions between orientation and motion neurons More Information
Two talks will be presented that have recently been given at the Society of Australasian Social Psychologists and the Australasian Society for Experimental Psychology conferences respectively.

Abstract 1: Recent years have seen the ‘selfie’ become ubiquitous. The act of taking a photo of oneself and uploading to a social media platform, such as Facebook, is an act that can now be considered commonplace. This research examines the selfie phenomenon amongst young women through the lens of objectification theory. Objectification theory posits that social and cultural influences are internalised by the individual and then reproduced within one’s self-identity via self-objectification. The production of a Facebook profile, and the composition of a selfie, could be suggested to represent the process of reproducing social and cultural influences. Hypotheses include that the posting of selfies on Facebook will be associated with self-esteem, body esteem, the internalisation of socio-cultural ideals, drive for thinness, and the acceptance of sex role stereotypes. The results from this research confirm these hypotheses. Possible conclusions and future directions for research are discussed.

Abstract 2: The extended integration time of neurons leads to fast-moving objects leaving neural cues to pattern orientation along the axis of motion. The current model argues these ‘motion streak’ orientation cues are multiplicatively combined in V1 with directionally ambiguous motion signals, to increase the precision of the motion direction. We used a combination of psychophysical aftereffects and computational modelling to estimate the tuning of the motion streak mechanism. We surprisingly found that tuning was more than double that for static orientation, suggesting motion streaks are not treated exactly like orientation information. Furthermore, the direction that motion is altered by adaptation is spatial frequency dependent, unlike static orientation, which is selective for spatial frequency. We provide a new model showing motion streaks are detected by orientation-selective neurons in V1 that exert gain onto motion-selective neurons in V5. The involvement of V5 results in the observed broad tuning and dependence on spatial frequency.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - Information Evening for Prospective Graduate Applicants to Medicine (MD) and Podiatric Medicine (DPM) Website | More Information
The Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences will be hosting an evening for university students and graduates interested in studying in the Doctor of Medicine (MD) and/or the Doctor of Podiatric Medicine (DPM).

Applicants who have already completed a bachelor degree or those who will complete a bachelor degree in 2014 or 2015 are encouraged to attend.

Booking is not required; however applicants will have priority to seating (ahead of parents and friends) should there be more attendees than the venue capacity.
Wednesday 21
16:00 - SEMINAR - Chemical and isotopic imaging at the sub-micron scale with NanoSIMS : This seminar is part of the Centre for Water Research seminar series. Website | More Information
To understand large-scale phenomena, such as ecosystem health or ore mineral deposition, researchers are increasingly looking at the chemical processes occurring at the nano-scale. Mass spectrometry traditionally requires material to be extracted in bulk from samples, at the expense of information about the complex spatial relationships of the individual components.

Nano-scale Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (NanoSIMS), however, allows chemical imaging and analysis to be performed at the sub-micron scale, in situ. NanoSIMS is a highly versatile technique, able to turn its hand to a broad range of applications. This seminar will highlight several novel applications, including mineral-fluid interactions, nutrient transport in terrestrial and marine ecosystems, and how evidence of early life might be preserved in the rock record.


Matt Kilburn is a Professor in the Centre for Microscopy, Characterisation and Analysis at UWA, He read Planetary Science at University College London, gained a PhD from the University of Bristol in geochemistry, and then went on to postdoc positions at the Max Planck Society in Germany, and Oxford.

In 2006, Matt moved to UWA to lead the Secondary Ion Mass Spectrometry (SIMS) group and head the Ion Probe Facility, which currently houses a CAMECA NanoSIMS 50 and an IMS 1280 large-radius ion microprobe. In 2014, the Facility will take delivery of a new $4M NanoSIMS 50L. Matt’s research revolves around developing SIMS applications across a wide range of disciplines, from biomedical research to nuclear safeguards.

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

****All Welcome****

Thursday 22
18:00 - PRESENTATION - What's Christianity Ever Done for the Law? : This WXED talk uncovers some pioneering persons, values and structures that Christianity has contributed to the Law as we have it, though its track record is stained by times of corruption and assumed privilege. More Information
Complex ethical questions, judgements for the crime or the criminal or society? And what place mercy? Much of our talk takes place in a vacuum. So, taking a leaf from "Life of Brian" this WXED talk uncovers some pioneering persons, values and structures that Christianity has contributed to the Law as we have it. It is a track record clouded by corruption and assumed privilege, of times too close between church and state and times when it was too little. This event is an experiment in thinking beyond the silos and we are looking for you to join the conversation.
Saturday 24
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - The Rap Guide to Evolution : World-class rapper with the accuracy of a scientist Website | More Information
“Astonishing...fizzing energy and spell-binding charisma!” New York Times

Combining the wit, poetry, and charisma of a great rapper with the accuracy of a scientist, Baba Brinkman takes us on a hip-hop tour of modern biology.

A smash hit at the Edinburgh Fringe, in New York, and around the world, The Rap Guide is provocative, hilarious, intelligent, and scientifically accurate.

“A total Dar-winner! As fun as it is informative ... you’ll probably sing along!” New York Post

Best for young people aged 14 and over. The show contains sexual (though scientific) references and some bad language.

Tickets available from ticketsWA.com 16s and under: $25, Adults $35 Groups of 4 or more, Adults go for $25.

SCHOOL BOOKINGS: Call the Enquiry Line 08 6488 2440 (noon-4pm, weekdays) or email [email protected] to get significant ticket savings for students and free teacher tickets for every 10 children.
Monday 26
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Shadows of Success: A critical development geography of Southeast Asia Website | More Information
A public lecture by Jonathan Rigg, Professor of Geography, National University of Singapore and 2014 IAS Professor-at-Large.

We have become so used to Asia’s rapid economic expansion and the idea that the world’s future lies with the East rather than the West that the continuing and emergent challenges of rapid growth are often lost from view. Drawing on the experience of the countries of Southeast Asia, this lecture by Professor Rigg will explore the ‘underside’ of development. While not denying the enormous achievements of the countries of Southeast Asia over the last four decades, the lecture will highlight that in many respects the hardest challenges are still to be addressed.

Cost: free, but RSVP essential via www.ias.uwa.edu.au/lectures/jonathan-rigg
Tuesday 27
13:00 - Colloquium - CANCELLED - Police line-ups in 2064: Getting the bad guy with certainty. More Information

Neil Brewer is Matthew Flinders Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Flinders University. He was Dean of the School of Psychology for around 10 years between 2000 and 2013. He is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the APAs Journal of Experimental Psychology: Applied (2013-19). Most of his research is in the psychology-law area, especially eyewitness memory – but he also collaborates on some research on ASD and is nearing completion of a book titled “The crimes of people with Autism Spectrum Disorder”. He has been a long-serving Editorial Board member for all the leading journals in the psychology-law field and has also served on the ARC’s College of Experts and on the Future Fellowships selection panel.

He is invited regularly to present at conferences of judges and magistrates around Australia. His research has been cited in various court judgments including the US Supreme Court, NY Supreme Courts, the US Court of Appeals (District of Columbia Circuit) and in the Court of Appeal in Western Australia. He is an honorary consultant to the Innocence Projects in the USA and New Zealand, and has recently been advising police and parliamentarians on model procedures for conducting eyewitness identification tests in South Australia.


Laboratory, field and archival case studies have demonstrated that witnesses to crimes frequently make mistakes when asked to identify a culprit from a photo-array. Despite promising advances over the last couple of decades, the likelihood of error remains unacceptably high. Here I will focus on two related issues. First, I will review a substantial body of our recent research which examines whether we are able to determine if an eyewitness identification decision is likely to be accurate. Then, I will outline recent experiments which explore some radical alternative procedures that remove the requirement for the witness to make a Yes-No identification decision, yet prove to be more informative about whether the police suspect is guilty than the traditional eyewitness identification test.
Thursday 29
12:00 - EVENT - UWA Friends of the Grounds Plant Sale Website | More Information
The UWA Friends of the Grounds will hold their 'Annual Plant Sale’ on Thursday 29 and Friday 30 May from 12-2pm at the Taxonomic Garden - near the Botany glasshouses.

There will be exotic and native plants as well as succulents and herbs for sale.

Sales are cash only and prices are around $5 and under. Please bring your own carry bags if possible.

Come and join us and bring your friends and colleagues along to purchase some treasures for your garden!

Please support the Friends with funds going towards the redevelopment of the Taxonomic Garden.

18:00 - SEMINAR - Fascia- Free Your Body Seminar : Learn how your body connects through a web-like network of fascial structures, and how to manipulate these for optimal health & performance. Website | More Information
Join Trevor Aung Than, an Australian physiotherapist who has worked in many guises in the industry; occupational health; community physio, orthopaedics and in the sports industry. In 2009 he left his successful suburban practice to join Cirque du Soleil in Macau, China as a Performance Medicine therapist. He has distilled what he has discovered over the years into what he now teaches. This workshop will introduce the concept of whole-body interconnectedness, how our bodies are actually connected by a large web-like network of fascial structures, from our toes to our nose. This workshop will teach you how to open these myofascial lines using movement, mobilizers and SMR (Self-Myofascial Release) techniques to help improve your fitness & sports performance. $40 for UWA Sports Association Members (all students) / $60 for community or non-Association members. (enrol at UWA Sports Recreation & Fitness Centre Reception prior to session)

18:00 - PRESENTATION - What's Christianity Ever Done for Education? : This WXED talk will trace several pillars of today's Education system that arose from an adventurous Christianity. More Information
It began with chimney sweeps and is now publicly funded universal education. In this and other stories, this WXED talk will trace several pillars of today's Education system that arose from an adventurous Christianity. Is there today a potential for teachers and students in a new ongoing, adventurous and open conversation towards a transformative learning. This event is an experiment in thinking beyond the silos and we are looking for you to join the conversation.
Friday 30
13:00 - SEMINAR - Assisted Reproductive Technology: Regulation and Ethics : This seminar is a joint initiative of the Reproductive Technology Council and the Faculty of Law of The University of Western Australia Website | More Information
This seminar is directed at bringing together legal and clinical practitioners to engage in a series of cross-disciplinary presentations and discussions, exploring the ethical and regulatory challenges in this important field of social, scientific and legal endeavour.

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