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 December 2016
Thursday 01
8:00 - CONFERENCE - Indigenous Business, Enterprise and Corporations Conference 2016 Website | More Information
IBECC 2016 is Australia's premier Indigenous business and economic conference, hosted by Centre for Social Impact UWA and the UWA School of Indigenous Studies.

Since the first IBECC in 2011, the Indigenous business, enterprise and corporations sector has grown in size and scope despite the many challenges it has faced. The Australian government's Indigenous Procurement Policy has resulted in increased demand for Indigenous business, creating significant new opportunities. Native Title groups continue to develop economic opportunities from Indigenous Land Use Agreements and other sources. Indigenous innovation and entrepreneurship is stronger than ever, touching all parts of the economy. Across many of the Closing the Gap indicators, however, Australia is not making the kind of progress we all want to see. Examining the links between the Indigenous economy and social change has been an ongoing theme of IBECC since it began. The Conference also explores options for strengthening Indigenous business education.

Collaboration is a fundamental part of supporting the health and growth of the Indigenous economy, of businesses and enterprises, and of communities. Through a uniquely integrated program of strong academic contributions and lessons learned in practice, IBECC 2016 is your chance to learn from case studies and research, connect with others, and share your own experiences.

13:00 - EVENT - Free Adult Hearing Checks by Telethon Speech and Hearing : In conjunction with UWA Exercise and Performance Centre free testing by Telethon Speech and Hearing Website | More Information
Telethon Speech and Hearing Audiologist will be on site at the UWA Exercise and Performance Centre December 1st 2016 providing free screening and Hearing Tests. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

15:00 - CANCELLED - SEMINAR - Radio galaxies and galaxy evolution : A seminar by Prof. Elaine Sadler (CAASTRO/University of Sydney) as part of the de Laeter colloquium series (joint ICRAR/CASS event) Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.

Speaker has a medical emergency and will not be able to be in Perth on Thursday. Apologies for any inconveniences.

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Radio galaxies and galaxy evolution

It is now widely recognised that radio jets powered by supermassive black holes can play a critical role in galaxy evolution by regulating the star-formation rate within their host galaxies. This talk will cover two distinct (but related) topics: radio galaxies and galaxy evolution.

I will first discuss the cosmic evolution of several different populations of radio AGN (including QSOs) over the redshift range 0 < z < 1, based on a new radio study of three fields from the GAMA galaxy survey. The second part of the talk will focus on the role of neutral gas in galaxy evolution, and the effects of AGN fuelling and feedback. Here, I will present some of the first ASKAP detections of redshifted 21cm HI absorption in the redshift range 0.4 < z < 1, and discuss what these kinds of measurements can tell us (now and in the future) about the amount and distribution of neutral hydrogen in individual galaxies in the distant Universe.

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Nitrogen crises in agriculture and potential solutions : All are welcome to attend a public lecture by one of the most highly cited scientists in the world, Dr Michael Udvardi Website | More Information
Without Nitrogen fertilizers there would be approximately two billion fewer people alive today, yet massive use of such fertilizers in many areas is compromising human health and natural ecosystems, and challenging the sustainability of modern agriculture.

Register online at www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register

In this talk, Dr Udvardi will discuss basic and applied research and development approaches that aim to reduce the use and environmental impact of industrial nitrogen fertilizers, while maintaining or even increasing productivity.

18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - The Central Role of RNA in Human Evolution and Development : The 2016 Ian Constable Lecture Website | More Information
The 2016 Ian Constable Lecture by Professor John Mattick, Executive Director, Garvan Institute of Medical Research, Sydney.

The genomic programming of human development has been misunderstood because of the initially reasonable, but ultimately incorrect, assumption that most genetic information is transacted by proteins. The human genome genome contains only ~20,000 protein-coding genes, similar in number as those in other animals, including simple nematodes. By contrast, the extent of non-protein-coding DNA increases with increasing developmental and cognitive complexity, reaching 98.5% in humans. Moreover, the vast majority of these sequences are differentially transcribed during development to produce tens and perhaps hundreds of thousands of short and long non-protein-coding RNAs.

Noncoding RNAs show highly specific expression patterns, and increasing numbers are being shown to play important roles in human development, as well as in cancer and other complex diseases. These RNAs function at many different levels of gene expression, including translational control and guidance of the epigenetic processes that underpin development, physiological adaptation, and brain function. The latter appear to be empowered by the superimposition of plasticity on RNA-directed epigenetic processes by RNA editing, RNA modifications and retrotransposon mobilisation. Moreover there is now strong evidence for transgenerational epigenetic inheritance, also mediated by RNA, which raises the possibility that RNA is not only the underlying engine of cell biology, developmental biology and cognition, but perhaps also of evolution itself.

The annual Ian Constable lecture is presented by the Lions Eye Institute and the UWA Institute of Advanced Studies and honours the work of Professor Ian Constable.

Professor Constable is recognised as one of the world’s leading ophthalmic surgeons. He was appointed the Lions Foundation Chair of Ophthalmology in 1975. In 1983 Professor Constable established the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) dedicated to the prevention and treatment of blindness and eye disease. Today the LEI is a not-for-profit centre of excellence that combines world class scientific research into the prevention of blindness with the highest level of eye care delivery, combining the expertise of researchers and ophthalmologists.
Monday 05
9:00 - SUMMER SCHOOL - The School of Music & St George's College present - UWA Summer Music Academy : 5 - 9 December 2016 Website | More Information
Do you know a young musician (15-25) with a passion for making music?

The UWA Summer Music Academy brings together talented young musicians for a week of intensive music making and fun! Students participate in ensembles and sectionals, develop musicianship and aural skills, sing in a combined choir all whilst getting a taste of life at UWA!

The Academy is open to instrumentalists (including pianists) who are performing at AMEB Grade 5 + (or equivalent) and has both residential and non-residential streams, with residential students enjoying the unique experience of college life at St George's College.

Students will be mentored by UWA School of Music Staff and special guests, including conductor Prof. Rob McWillimas and can expect to participate in a range of challenging and enjoyable activities culminating in a public concert on Friday 9 December.

Cost

$800 Residential (includes all tuition and musical activities, 5 nights accommodation, breakfast, morning/afternoon teas, lunch and dinners, social activities including formal academy dinner

$525 Non-Residential (includes all tuition and musical activities, morning-tea and lunch)
Tuesday 06
16:00 - BOOK LAUNCH - FREE: Book Launch - Australia's American Alliance with The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, Dr Peter Dean and Dr Brendan Website | More Information
The Perth USAsia Centre invites you to attend a launch of Australia's American Alliance, edited by Dr Peter J Dean, Dr Stephan Frühling and Dr Brendan Taylor. This public launch will feature a discussion with our Senior Fellow, The Hon. Kim Beazley AC, and two of the book's editors from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre, Australian National University. The Australia-United States Alliance has been critical to Australian foreign and defence policy since the ANZUS Treaty was signed in 1951. For 63 years it has been an enduring feature of Australian defence planning, yet the contemporary alliance is, arguably, in one of the more important phases of reinterpretation in its long history. While the Alliance by its very nature is a bi-lateral relationship, this book specifically focuses on Australian perspectives and policy choices, while providing context on the role of the United States in the Asia-Pacific and its position as a global power. To find out more about the book and pre-order a copy, please click here. Books will also be available for purchase before the event from 3.30pm and after the event at a discounted rate thanks to the Co-op Bookshop UWA. We look forward to you joining us at this special event. Perth USAsia Centre
Thursday 08
17:30 - LAUNCH - Emotions 3D : A three-dimensional digital heritage resource Website | More Information
This event celebrates the launch of Emotions3D - a three-dimensional digital heritage resource developed as part of an Associate Investigator project for the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions.

Join Dr Jane-Heloise Nancarrow for a presentation about digital imaging for museums and the Emotions3D project, and hear short talks about some of the fascinating objects in the collection.

This is a free event, but registration is required
Thursday 15
18:00 - EVENT - Carols at St George's College : with the UWA Winthrop Singers Website | More Information
The UWA Winthrop Singers is an auditioned student choir from the UWA Music Department, which sings regularly in the chapel of St. George's College at UWA. The choir has released several CDs and has performed extensively around WA and overseas.

This service of Christmas readings, carols and hymns is so popular that we offer it on two nights (15th and 16th December at 6pm).There is no need to RSVP but we recommend you arrive early to secure a seat.

We invite you to make a donation on the evening. This will be distributed evenly between the Winthrop Singers Development Fund and The Christmas Bowl Appeal.

 January 2017
Tuesday 17
9:00 - EVENT - UWA ConocoPhillips Science Experience’ : UWA's 3 day Science Experience for current year 9 & 10 students More Information
The UWA three-day ConocoPhillips Science Experience is a wonderful opportunity for current year 9 and 10 students to participate in hands-on workshops, meet knowledgeable and enthusiastic scientists and current students, get to know others with an interest in STEM fields, experience what it’s like to be a university student, and discover the rich variety of careers that can come from having a degree in science or engineering. Activities include: • Phantastic Physics • The ‘Heart’ of Science • Rocks are too hard – let’s break something else… • Cosmic Conversations: Radio Astronomy and the SKA • Maths: Game Theory • The Magic of Chemistry show • The Society of Petroleum Engineers

Register now at https://www.scienceexperience.com.au/when-where/wa/university-of-western-australia-perth.

Dates: 17-19 January 2017. Time: 9am-4pm. Cost: $120.00.

Any queries? Please contact [email protected] Tel: 6488 8744.
Thursday 19
12:00 - SEMINAR - "Transcriptional control of stem cell biology in development and disease" Website | More Information
Dr Piper graduated from The University of Tasmania, and received his PhD in Developmental Biology from The University of Queensland in 2003. His PhD, performed at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience with Prof Melissa Little, centered on understanding the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying embryonic kidney development. His first postdoc was performed with Prof Christine Holt at The University of Cambridge, UK, where he studied the mechanisms by which axonal growth cones navigate to their targets in the optic tectum of the brain. In his second postdoctoral position, with Prof Linda Richards at the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland, his work focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms of neural progenitor cell specification in the developing cerebral cortex. In late 2010, Dr Piper took up a joint position with the Queensland Brain Institute and The School of Biomedical Sciences to continue his research into the mechanisms underlying neural stem cell differentiation during development and disease. Dr Piper holds an Australian Research Council Future Fellowship (2013-2017).

 February 2017
Thursday 09
17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Setting the rhythm for cell division in plants : Public Lecture by Prof Christine Foyer, Leeds University, UK Website | More Information
All are welcome to this public lecture, "Setting the rhythm for cell division in plants" by internationally renowned researcher Professor Christine Foyer.

Register online at www.ioa.uwa.edu.au/events/register
Friday 10
18:00 - EVENT - Exhibition Opening: Helen Britton, Works from Warburton, The Likeness Website | More Information
UWA Chief Cultural Officer Professor Ted Snell is pleased to invite you to the opening of three new exhibitions:

Helen Britton: Interstices + Works of Art from Warbuton + The Likeness Helen Britton: Interstices is a 25-year survey of the work of renowned jeweller Helen Britton, including new works that draw inspiration from Western Australia’s coastline. Works of Art from Warbuton, from the Berndt Museum Collection gives you an opportunity to experience work by Aboriginal artists from the remote desert community of Warburton. The Likeness is an exhibition of portraits and self-portraits from the Cruthers Collection of Women's Art, the nation’s only public collection of art by Australian women.

More information coming soon.
Saturday 11
10:00 - OPEN DAY - Lions Eye Institute Open Day : LEI's New $5M hi-tech clinic - The gift of sight More Information
Have a chat with LEI's Managing Director Professor David Mackey. Meet the staff and clinicians at the new $5M Hi-tech clinic. Take a tour of our state-of-the-art Outback Vision Van. Try the simulator glasses that mimic eye diseases. Everyone welcome to learn about the special gift of sight.
Wednesday 15
12:00 - VISITING SPEAKER - Raine Visiting Professor Lecture Series : Prof Brayne presents "Research fit for an Ageing, Challenged and Challenging, Global Society: a Public Health Perspective" More Information
Professor Carol Brayne is an internationally recognised leader in academic public health at University of Cambridge, UK. Professor Brayne has pioneered the study of dementia in the general population, launching two major longitudinal studies of the health and cognitive functioning of 30,000 older people. The results underpin our understanding of dementia and the ageing brain. Her studies have provided the basis for planning long term care needs in the United Kingdom and have recently shown that the prevalence of dementia at specific ages is declining.
Wednesday 22
18:00 - PUBLIC TALK - One Hundred Prisoners and a Lightbulb Website | More Information
A public lecture by Hans van Ditmarsch, Senior Researcher, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, France.

Consider this riddle: "A group of 100 prisoners, all together in the prison dining area, are told that they will be all put in isolation cells and then will be interrogated one by one in a room containing a light with an on/off switch. The prisoners may communicate with one another by toggling the light-switch (and that is the only way in which they can communicate). The light is initially switched off. There is no fixed order of interrogation, or interval between interrogations, and the same prisoner will be interrogated again at any stage. When interrogated, a prisoner can either do nothing, or toggle the light-switch, or announce that all prisoners have been interrogated. If that announcement is true, the prisoners will (all) be set free, but if it is false, they will all be executed. While still in the dining room, and before the prisoners go to their isolation cells (forever), can the prisoners agree on a protocol that will set them free?"

Dr van Ditmarsch's talk will present a solution, however his talk will mainly address such puzzles of knowledge in general. There are many others, such as the ‘Muddy Children Puzzle’ (also known as the ‘Wisemen Puzzle’), ‘Surprise Examination’, ‘Monty Hall’, etc. They often involve a (seemingly) paradoxical aspect making agents knowledgeable by announcements of their ignorance. There is a relation with the area in logic known as ‘dynamic epistemic logic’.

Hans van Ditmarsch is a senior researcher at CNRS (the French National Research Organization), and based at LORIA in Nancy, where he is heading the research team CELLO (Computational Epistemic Logic in Lorraine). He is currently an Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellow at The University of Western Australia, working with Dr Tim French, Senior Lecturer in Computer Science and Software Engineering.
Thursday 23
17:00 - FREE LECTURE - Trump Shock and the Indo-Pacific : Implications for our region Website | More Information
You're invited to a high-calibre public panel discussion on the impact of President Trump's Administration on the Indo-Pacific region. Panellists will discuss: What will U.S. leadership in the Indo-Pacific look like under the Trump Administration? How will the Indo-Pacific region's economic and security architecture adjust, particularly after U.S. withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership? How will Chinese and other policymakers likely respond to the Trump agenda on trade, alliances and regional diplomacy? This event is a collaboration between the Asia Research Centre at Murdoch University, the Perth USAsia Centre and the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia.

 March 2017
Wednesday 01
18:00 - TALK - An Evening of Death Website | More Information
Death and grieving are essential aspects of human experience and imagining. And yet, discussion of both remains heavily circumscribed.

In this public forum we will lift the veil and peer into the unknown with special guests Dr Brooke Davis, Dr Fiona Jenkins and Dr Jennifer Rodger. We will consider the nature of death and grief from three critical perspectives: literature, philosophy and neuroscience. We will consider the manner in which stories may be used to translate grief, the nature of death itself, the ways in which death shapes the lives of the living, and the impact grief has on our brains. Our goal is to spark a conversation about mortality and our relationship to it, one that we hope will encourage greater critical reflection on cultural taboos that constrain the lived experience of loss.

Speakers:

Dr Brooke Davis - Brooke Davis holds an honours degree from the University of Canberra and a PhD from Curtin University, both in creative writing. 'Lost and Found', her first novel, received the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Emerging Writers in 2016.

Dr Fiona Jenkins - Fiona Jenkins is Associate Professor in the School of Philosophy, RSSS, Australian National University. She is the author of five books, including 'Love, Death and Freedom', a treatise on French existential philosophy.

Dr Jennifer Rodger - Jennifer Rodger is an Associate Professor and NHMRC Senior Research Fellow at Experimental and Regenerative Neurosciences within the School of Animal Biology, at The University of Western Australia. She currently leads a research team investigating issues of brain plasticity relevant to brain disorders.
Thursday 02
18:00 - FREE LECTURE - 50 years of the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination More Information
Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 21 December 1965, the International Convention on the Elimination of all forms of Racial Discrimination (ICERD) was the first of the United Nations human rights treaties to be adopted. Applying in a different context over 50 years later and in a rapidly changing international environment, what does the future hold for ICERD? Ms Crickley will reflect on this and respond to questions on international and domestic issues such as Indigenous rights. University Club UWA Crawley Campus RSVP: By 23rd February 2017 to: [email protected]

Please let us know if you have any access requirements: +61 8 6488 4282
Friday 03
13:00 - PERFORMANCE - UWA Music presents Free Lunchtime Concert : Reedefined Clarinet Quartet More Information
Be transported from the everyday in our free lunchtime concert series, featuring the finest musical talent locally, nationally and within the School.

This week, in our first Lunchtime Concert of 2017, student-led ensemble Reedefined Clarinet Quartet and special guests Voix Quintet will present a program of works for wind trios, quartets and quintets.

Free entry - all welcome!

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