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Student Events
 October 2011
Friday 14
9:00 - SEMINAR - Microbiology & Immunology Seminar Series: A search for marine bacterial quorum quenching compounds : Final PhD Seminar More Information
Ms Jamie Summerfield, postgraduate student (PhD), will give a talk on a search for marine bacterial quorum quenching compounds in the Microbiology & Immunology Discipline Seminar room, Friday, 14 October 2011 at 9:00am. Bacteria use a process called quorum sensing to communicate with each other and coordinate the production of factors related to virulence including toxins, proteases and biofilm production. The inhibition of bacterial quorum sensing, or quorum quenching, could be a novel method for the control of bacterial disease. Marine bacteria isolated from waters of the Perth metropolitan region were investigated for the production of compounds inhibiting quorum sensing. The active compounds produced by two isolates were purified and subsequently found to be specific inhibitors of quorum sensing by the bacterium Vibrio harveyi, a pathogen of prawns, fish and other marine animals.

12:30 - PUBLIC TALK - Interconnections: a constellation of influences and expressions : A. Professor Jon Tarry presents a floor talk on Recent Past: Australian paintings of the 70s and 80s More Information
A. Professor, Jon Tarry, will discuss the art works in Recent Past as explorations of the 70s and 80s Australian vernacular which focussed on the local, the everyday, and the 'here and now' of the times. Much of this has been replaced today by internationalism, and a desire to seek out Otherness. Yet, Tarry suggests that in this show you may trace a personalised expression of the time and place.

A. Professor Jon Tarry lectures in Art Practice, the Art of Drawing, and Art in the Environment, at UWA, Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts

13:00 - SEMINAR - Groups and Combinatorics Seminar: The spread of a finite group More Information
Groups and Combinatorics Seminar

Simon Guest (UWA)

will speak on

The spread of a finite group

at 1pm on Friday 14th of October in MLR2

Abstract: Let G be a finite group. We say that G has spread at least k if for any k distinct nontrivial elements x_1, ... , x_k in G, there exists y in G such that x_i and y generate G for each i. If G does not have spread at least 1 then G is said to have spread 0. Using elementary methods we can prove that if G has a non-trivial normal subgroup N such that G/N is non-cyclic then G must have spread 0. It has been conjectured by Guralnick and Kantor that the converse is true. They can prove that the converse holds in many cases. We will discuss some recent joint work with Tim Burness involving the remaining cases.
Saturday 15
12:00 - FUNDRAISER - Relay for Life @ UWA : The Cancer Council Relay For Life at UWA is a Guild Volunteering student run event for campus and community Website | More Information
The Cancer Council Relay for Life at UWA is a Guild Volunteering run event. In it's inaugural year in 2010 [email protected] raised over $100,000 for The Cancer Council and we hope to go above and beyond that this year. The event will be held on the 15th and 16th of October. We require as many teams and event volunteers as possible; including cancer survivors and carers for this celebratory and fundraising event. Members of staff, students and community are welcome, but please note that places are limited.
Monday 17
12:00 - STUDENT EVENT - ENGINEERING Student Exchange Information Session : Student Exchange Program Information Session for Engineering Students Website | More Information
Interested in finding out more about Student Exchange? It's not too late!

The next deadline for applications is FRIDAY 2nd December (for exchange in Semester 2, 2012). Come along to a helpful info session and talk to a friendly Exchange Adviser and the Engineering Faculty's Academic Student Adviser. Get all the info you need about studying abroad in 2012 or beyond!

The UWA Student Exchange program offers you an opportunity to study at one of over 108 partner Universities in 22 countries. Study for one or two semesters and receive credit towards your UWA degree at the same time!

13:00 - STUDENT EVENT - Workshop: How to use your voice effectively Website | More Information
Come along to practise using vocal variety and learn techniques that will help you to clearly get your points across.

15:30 - STUDENT EVENT - Workshop: Disertation workshops for coursework postgrads Website | More Information
These workshops are for postgrads writing a dissertation as part of a coursework degree. Each workshop provides a brief session on a different aspect of writing and an opportunity to get individual help.

18:00 - EVENT - Ian Constable Lecture : Annual IJC Lecture with Guest Speaker Website | More Information
The 2011 Ian Constable lecture will address the topic; “Now, free, and perfect? How to live a long and healthy life in the 21st century.”

This will be presented by Professor Ian Frazer, the internationally renowned co-creator of the technology for the cervical cancer vaccine and former Australian of the Year.

This event is free, however, booking is essential. Book through the Octagon Theatre Box Office (08) 6488 2440, Mon–Fri, 12.15pm–4.15pm.
Tuesday 18
1:00 - STUDENT EVENT - Lunch on the Verandah : Launch of the new UWA Museums Student Committee More Information
Students and staff, bring your lunch and meet the new UWA Museums Student Committee on the verandah of the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery. Hear about the committee's plans for future events to be held in conjunction with the gallery. After lunch enjoy a tour of the gallery's current exhibition led by the student members of the committee.

13:00 - CANCELLED - EVENT - Breastmilk cells: from infant immunity to development : School of Anatomy & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled.



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The Seminar: Human breastmilk is the gold standard for the nutrition of the human infant at the early stages of life. In addition to its valuable nutritional components, breastmilk also contains maternal cells, the properties and role of which are largely unknown. Among those cells, immune cells are thought to confer immunity to the infant, but their relation to infection and various lactation parameters are not well understood. At the same time, stem-like cells have been shown to be present in breastmilk. This presentation will focus on recent discoveries on (a) the immune cell content of breastmilk and how it responds to mother/infant health; and (b) the stem cells of breastmilk and first evidence for a pluripotent character. Finally, the significance of these cells for the breastfed infant will be discussed.

The Speaker: Foteini graduated from the Aristotle University of Greece in 2005 with a B.Sc. in Biology and First Class Honours in Microbiology and Physiology. She then migrated to Perth with her husband and shortly started a PhD in Physiology at the University of Western Australia, which she completed in 2009. She then joined the Human Lactation Research Group of the University of Western Australia conducting research into the physiology of breastfeeding. Foteini’s research has a dual focus, concentrating on (a) the properties of the maternal cells that are present in breastmilk and their biological role, and (b) mammary stem cells in health and disease.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Soil&Water Seminar, Oct 18: : "Under zero-tillage, soil water content is poorly related to soil water repellency" More Information
The Soil&Water Seminar at 1pm on Tues, Oct. 18th will be given by Dr Margaret Roper from CSIRO, an invited speaker for Soil Science Australia (WA Branch). All welcome!

------ TITLE: “Under zero-tillage, soil water content is poorly related to soil water repellency”

----- ABSTRACT: In southern and western Australia more than 5 million hectares of farmed land is water repellent. The majority of these soils are sandy and therefore highly susceptible to erosion. This has led to the adoption of practices such as minimum tillage and stubble retention. However, retention of stubbles can lead to increases in soil organic matter and consequently increased soil water repellency. A group of farmers on the south coast of Western Australia observed that in a system with stubble retention and zero-tillage (with the minimum of disturbance) the expression of water repellency ‘disappeared’. In a 3-year study on these sandy soils, water infiltration and water repellency, soil C and crop performance were monitored in treatments comparing zero-tillage vs cultivation and stubble retention vs stubble removal (by burning or grazing). Stubble retention and zero-tillage promoted higher levels of soil C than cultivation and stubble removal. As expected, in soil samples collected from each treatment, soil water repellency (as measured by the Molarity of Ethanol Drop (MED) method) followed a similar pattern to soil C with the worst repellency under zero-tillage and stubble retention and least under stubble removal and cultivation (R2 (%C vs MED) ranged from 0.75-0.83). However, soil water content measured in the field using a hand held time domain reflectometer (TDR) contradicted the findings on water repellency and indicated that water infiltration was best under zero-tillage and stubble retention and poorest under stubble removal and cultivation, and this impacted on crop performance. The results suggest that mechanisms other than just soil water repellency are involved. It is hypothesised that under zero-tillage, bio-pores formed by roots and small animals are preserved and provide pathways for water movement in the soil. These findings challenge traditional thinking on soil water repellency and potentially have implications for crop management.

13:00 - STUDENT EVENT - Workshop: Maths - Integration by Partial Fractions Website | More Information
This workshop focuses on integration by partial fractions as a powerful tool for integrating rational expressions. The theory will be outlined clearly with many examples to be provided to students. Each student will be given a set of worksheets to complete.

13:00 - COURSE - Event Management Training : For UWA staff/student Event Managers that want to conduct an event on or off campus Website | More Information
Event Management Training aims to provide current and prosective Event Managers smf event staff with: increased knowledge of the processes for planning and managing an event that will involve alcohol on unlicensed Univeristy premises or at an external venue; increased knowledge about planning a culturally inclusive event; increased knowledge about the link between alcohol and sexual violence

Training is conducted on the 3rd Tuesday of every month.

If you would like to attend please complete a registration form
Wednesday 19
8:30 - SYMPOSIUM - Embodied Knowledges: An Interdisciplinary Symposium : For CREATEC’s annual symposium, researchers across disciplines will gather to consider the influence of embodiment on their work Website | More Information
For CREATEC’s annual symposium, researchers across disciplines will gather to consider the influence of embodiment on their work. Embodiment is a concept that underpins an array of research ranging from education and environmental studies, poetry and the performing arts to philosophy and psychology, history and the health sciences. But, in light of the association between knowledge and thinking, what is the relationship between knowledge and the body? This year’s CREATEC symposium will address this critical question and, in doing so, will highlight the stimulating breadth and diversity of enquiry into embodied knowledges taking place at Edith Cowan University and elsewhere.

12:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Child and Adolescent Health Research Symposium Website | More Information
Researchers and service providers involved in all aspects of child and adolescent health are invited to attend the annual Child and Adolescent Health Research Symposium at Princess Margaret Hospital (WB Macdonald Lecture Theatre) and the Telethon Institute for Child Health Research (Seminar Room). The symposium is being held on Wed. 19th Oct. (12.00pm-6.30pm), Thurs. 20th Oct. (10.00am-5.00pm), Fri. 21st Oct. (9.00am-12.30pm) and features presentations by local and international speakers. There is no registration fee to attend the symposium. The program for the symposium is available at the following link https://pmh.health.wa.gov.au/research_symposium/

12:00 - STUDENT EVENT - Workshop: How to use your voice effectively (repeat) Website | More Information
Come along to practise using vocal variety and learn techniques that will help you to clearly get your points across.

13:00 - ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING - Engineers Without Borders UWA AGM 2011 : Committee and Events Team Positions Now Open!! Come apply at our AGM! Our Chapter's had an amazing year in 2011! Together, we've brought you... EWB Quiz Night!, UWA's Got Talent!, Engineering Debate Series!, Race Around Campus!, FireUp!, Development Education & Leadership Experience! All this while maintaining Australian's strongest High School Outreach program with over 60 presentations done this year by us alone! Come celebrate our achievements with us! We're also putting together a new team for a new year! With so many exciting events in a single year, who knows what we're going to pull off next year? What brand new projects are going to happen? To find out, come down to our Annual General Meeting, where you can apply for a spot on our exciting evolving team! Look forward to seeing you there! Website | More Information
Annual General Meeting

13:00 - STUDENT EVENT - ALVA Student Exchange Information Session : Student Exchange Program Information Session for ARCHITECTURE, LANDSCAPE AND VISUAL ARTS Students Website | More Information
Interested in finding out more about Student Exchange? It's not too late!

The next deadline for applications is FRIDAY 2nd December (for exchange in Semester 2, 2012). Come along to a helpful info session and talk to a friendly Exchange Adviser and the ALVA Faculty's Academic Student Adviser. Get all the info you need about studying abroad in 2012 or beyond!

The UWA Student Exchange program offers you an opportunity to study at one of over 108 partner Universities in 22 countries. Study for one or two semesters and receive credit towards your UWA degree at the same time!

16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents: : Towards a better understanding of aquatic environments: a real-time management system tool. Website | More Information
Recent advances in environmental monitoring and modelling have led to improved knowledge on how aquatic environments function. The Centre for Water Research at The University of Western Australia has developed a software suite, the Aquatic Real-time Management System and the Real-time Management System Online (ARMS-RMSO, https://www.rmso.com.au/), as a tool for the sustainable management of rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal seas.

  Such a tool provides an understanding of questions about important processes and their controlling factors, contributes to assessment of management needs and effectiveness and aids in direct human benefits from the aquatic environment under study. It combines the integration of a number of technologies and approaches to enable the extraction of new levels of knowledge using arrays of sensors encompassing physical, chemical and biological measurements, providing data in real time, models and continuous information display to be used for scientific research, education, management and environmental policy-related applications.

This talk will present the overall concept of the tool and its implementation in several aquatic environments to understand and assess the risks associated with flooding, local stagnant zones, pathogen source to fate and nutrient to algae cycling. Current limitations and future developments will be also presented.

****All Welcome****

Thursday 20
12:00 - SEMINAR - “Preclinical Molecular Imaging: An emerging opportunity” Website | More Information
The ACRF funded small animal imaging facility incorporating PET/CT, SPECT/CT and MRI will be the only lab of its kind in Australia and will provide researchers with powerful and unique new opportunities for preclinical research commencing in 2012.

Molecular imaging with small animal PET/CT, SPECT/CT and MRI offers enormous potential for gaining a greater understanding of biology, physiology and function in the in vivo setting. Some common applications include: • Tumour characterisation such as metabolism, proliferation, hypoxia, vascularisation or apoptosis can be imaged at baseline and in response to therapy. • Identify and non-invasively assess new targets. • Studies of the bio-distribution of novel therapeutic agents including acquisition of quantitative multi-time point data.

If you would like to take advantage of this state-of-the-art facility then this seminar is a must.

By the end of the seminar you will have a greater appreciation of the powerful capabilities the new small animal imaging equipment can provide and meet our team of in house experts who will help guide us with study design and ideas for preclinical research.

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