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Student Events
 July 2012
Wednesday 11
16:00 - SEMINAR - “Establishing stem cell lines from mammary and lung tissue – plating at the University of Melbourne and waiting at Melbourne Park” Website | More Information
George Yeoh has a long standing interest in liver stem cells, specifically liver progenitor cells (LPCs) which are bipotential and able to generate hepatocytes and cholangiocytes in vitro and in vivo. His lab has gained valuable insight into the biology of LPCs by studying cell lines that are derived from liver using the “plate and wait” method he acquired while on sabbatical at the Pasteur Institute in Paris. In this seminar, an update on new findings on LPCs will be presented.

During the Austraian Open Tennis season, George applied the plate and wait method on cells isolated from the mammary gland by the Lisse-Labat/Visvader group at the WEHI and from the lung by the McQualter/Bertoncello group in Pharmacology at the University of Melbourne. These experiments and progress with establishing a mammary progenitor cell line and a lung progenitor cell line respectively will be discussed. Images and video from the Australian Open will also be presented.
Friday 13
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Brass Feast More Information
In collaboration with The University Club of Western Australia, The School of Music proudly presents Brass Royalty and World Artists Robert and David Childs. Joined on stage by Perth’s own Royal Agricultural Society Brass Band of WA, these world-renowned Euphonium players are both in high demand across the world.

Robert Childs is a leading figure in the world of brass music. For over thirty years he has performed at the highest level giving solo performances in many of the world’s most prestigious venues. He is now the Musical Director of The Cory Band.

David Childs has emerged as one of the finest brass soloists in the world today. Since winning the brass final of the BBC Young Musician of the Year in 2000, he has not ceased to wow audiences with his astonishing technique, extrovert musicality and engaging stage presence.

Don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity to see father and son together in performance.

For bookings please contact the University Club of Western Australia: Telephone 6488 8770 (Monday - Friday 9.00am - 8.00pm)

Price (includes canapé reception) Standard $65 Friends of UWA School of Music $60 The University Club of Western Australia Member $60
Wednesday 18
16:00 - SEMINAR - “Allo-HLA reactivity by virus-specific memory T cells” Website | More Information
Dr Lloyd D’Orsogna is a Clinical Immunologist and fellow of both the Royal Australian College of Physicians (RACP) and Royal College of Pathologists of Australiasia (RCPA). He is a new investigator recently returned from overseas after completing his PhD studies with honours (Cum Laude) in the field of transplantation biology and immunogenetics, at the Leiden University Medical Centre, the Netherlands. His research focuses on crossreactivity of virus specific memory T-cells against allogeneic HLA molecules and has led to novel understanding of the nature of T-cell alloreactivity. He has published many papers including a key paper on the high frequency and nature of allo-HLA crossreactivity by viral specific memory T-cells published in the journal Blood (Blood 2010; 115: 3146-3157). His research has been awarded multiple prizes including the prestigious Julia Bodmer Award 2011 (Young investigator award) by the European Federation for Immunogenetics (EFI).
Friday 20
18:00 - COURSE - HSK Training Course : 5 Week Course Website | More Information
Thinking of excelling in the New HSK test? Then enrolling in these training courses will enhance your chances!

The New HSK test is China’s officially recognised language proficiency test. All HSK results are internationally recognised as proof of Chinese language proficiency, and it is popular for non-native Chinese speakers to take the test sometime during their language study. The New HSK test is offered at several different levels, namely Level 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 so a student may take the test as a beginner or as a proficient speaker.

These training courses have been developed by the Chinese language staff at the Confucius Institute to familiarise students with the New HSK content, practice test taking skills and offer study guidance.
Wednesday 25
12:00 - Competition - Three Minute Thesis Final : 10 PhD students will explain their research and its significance in just 3 minutes each. Website | More Information
The 3MT competition challenges research students to give a dynamic and engaging presentation about their research and its significance in a way that can be understood by everybody. The audience will select the "People's Choice" winner.

16:00 - SEMINAR - “Turning Back the Cardiac Regenerative Clock: Lessons from the Neonate” Website | More Information
I received my Ph.D. from The University of Melbourne in 2009, where I studied the developmental origins of cardiac hypertrophy under the supervision of Prof. Lea Delbridge and Prof. Walter Thomas. Following my Ph.D., I undertook postdoctoral training at UT Southwestern Medical Center (Dallas, USA) in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Olson, where I was supported by a co-funded overseas postdoctoral fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council and National Heart Foundation of Australia. During the course of my postdoctoral research at UT Southwestern, I discovered that the neonatal mammalian heart has an intrinsic capacity for regeneration following injury and I subsequently received the UT Southwestern Postdoctoral Achievement Award in recognition of this work. Supported by fellowships from the NHMRC/NHF and UQ, I relocated to the University of Queensland in 2012 to head the Cardiac Regeneration Group in the School of Biomedical Sciences. My lab at UQ aims to unravel the molecular mechanisms that regulate cardiac regenerative capacity in mammals.

The inability of the adult mammalian heart to regenerate following injury represents a substantial barrier in cardiovascular medicine. Using a surgical amputation model, we recently discovered that the neonatal mammalian heart has significant regenerative potential for a short period after birth. A major unresolved question is whether the neonatal heart can also regenerate following myocardial ischaemia, the most common antecedent of heart failure in humans. Here, I will outline recent studies examining the regenerative capacity of the neonatal mouse heart following myocardial infarction and I will highlight advances in our understanding of the cellular and molecular mechanisms governing heart regeneration in mammals.

17:00 - EVENT - Oxford and Rhodes Information Evening : An information evening on applying to Oxford University and the Rhodes Scholarship. More Information
The Oxford University Society of Western Australia Inc. invites you to an information evening on applying to Oxford University and the Rhodes Scholarship.

Join Rachel Paterson (2011 WA Rhodes Scholar), Justin Audcent (Oxford University graduate and partner at Ernst & Young) and Caitlin Sharp (Oxford University BCL graduate and Senior Associate at Clayton Utz) for an overview of the application process and first hand knowledge of the Oxford University experience. Places are limited so make sure you RSVP soon!

Date: Wednesday, 25th July 2012

Time: 5:00pm – followed by drinks and canapes

Place: Clayton Utz Boardroom, Level 27 QV1 Building, St Georges Terrace, Perth.

RSVP to: Rebecca Brown, 9426 8520 or [email protected]


18:15 - EVENT - UWA Historical Society Annual Lecture 2012 : Mathematics and Women - 36 years at The University of Western Australia Website | More Information
The Annual Lecture is the highlight of the year for the UWA Historical Society and Convocation and we are delighted to welcome Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger to the podium to reflect upon her years on Campus and subsequent experiences and achievements.

Mathematician Cheryl Praeger has served the University of Western Australia as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, and Professor since 1976. She leads a flourishing research group in pure mathematics and is in the top one per cent of highly cited mathematicians in the world.

Attendance is free.

19:30 - CONCERT - Festival Baroque Australia Presents: Nine German Arias Website | More Information
Nine German Arias - Hymns to Nature by George Frideric Handel

Sung by Sara Macliver, Soprano

Accompanied by Paul Wright, violin; Noeleen Wright, cello; Andrew Tait, violone; Stewart Smith, harpsichord and chamber organ. Wednesday 25 July 7.30pm Government House Ballroom Tickets: $60/$50 conc/$20 student To Book: UWA extension / 08 6488 2433 / https://tiny.cc/NineGermanArias
Thursday 26
16:30 - SEMINAR - UWA Religion and Globalisation Seminar - Economics and Theology : An Overview of the new Interdisciplinary Field and its Significance Website | More Information
Professor Paul Oslington will present dimensions of the renewed engagement between economics and theology. He will trace the theological influences and origins of economics, discuss religious economics as well as religion and development. The seminar will cover Adam Smith’s invisible hand, Islamic economics and the World Bank’s engagement with world faiths as well as the future of the dialogue at the boundaries between theology and economics.
Friday 27
9:00 - EVENT - Introduction to University Teaching Website | More Information
The Introduction to University Teaching programme is part of a comprehensive set of professional development programmes offered by the Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning (CATL). The programme is specifically designed for postgraduate students who are teaching at UWA, particularly in seminars, tutorials or laboratories.

Dates: Fri 27 AND Mon 30 July, 9am-4pm

If you have been offered a place in the Postgraduate Teaching Internship Scheme for 2012 or are intending to apply for a Postgraduate Teaching Internship in 2013, please do not apply for this programme.

 August 2012
Thursday 02
14:00 - PUBLIC TALK - STATISTICS SEMINAR : Bootstrap Methods for Inference with Cluster-Sample IV Models More Information
Abstract: Microeconomic data often have within-cluster dependence. This dependence affects standard error estimation and inference in regression models, including the instrumental variables model. Standard corrections assume that the number of clusters is large, but when this is not the case, Wald tests can either over-reject or under-reject and weak instrument robust tests can over-reject. We examine the use of bootstrap methods to construct appropriate critical values for these tests when the number of clusters is small. We find that a variant of the wild bootstrap performs well and reduces absolute size bias significantly, even with a small number of clusters. We also provide guidance in the choice among possible weak instrument robust tests when data have cluster dependence. These results should extend to fixed effect panel data models.

All are welcome to attend the seminar No RSVP required. Contact :Gopalan Nair (08) 6488 3377; [email protected]
Friday 03
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music and Institute of Advanced Studies presents: Chamber! Three: Julianne Baird Website | More Information
American soprano Julianne Baird returns to The University of Western Australia as IAS Professor-at-Large to perform in this special event. Baird is renowned as an early music specialist and possesses a magnificent voice. She will be joined in recital by Paul Wright (violin) and other outstanding performers in an evening of chamber bliss.
Tuesday 07
13:00 - SEMINAR - Prenatal glucocorticoids, placental development and neurological function : School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: Fetal glucocorticoid exposure is a key mechanism proposed to underlie prenatal "programming" of adult cardiometabolic and neuropsychiatric disorders. Regulation of fetal glucocorticoid exposure is achieved by the placental and fetal glucocorticoid "barrier," which involves glucocorticoid inactivation by 11beta-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase 2 (11beta-HSD2). Mice null for 11beta-HSD2 exhibit altered placental development and function, decreased birth weight, delayed neurodevelopment and increased anxiety and depressive-like behaviour as adults. This raises the question as to whether it is placental or fetal brain 11b-HSD2 that underpins programmed outcomes? Preliminary data suggest that fetal brain 11beta-HSD2 impacts specifically on depressive-like behaviours, but that broader anxiety-related and neurodevelopmental effects are likely to relate to indirect effects of 11-HSD2 in the placenta.

The Speaker: Caitlin completed her PhD at UWA under the supervision of Prof Brendan Waddell and Dr Peter Mark, where she focused on developmental programming and the significance of omega-3 intake in attenuating adverse health outcomes. Caitlin moved to Edinburgh in 2006 to take up a postdoctoral position at The Queen's Medical Research Institute. Here she continued her research interest in developmental programming in the lab of Prof Jonathan Seckl and Prof Megan Holmes. Caitlin then returned to Perth in late 2011 to commence an Assistant Professor position at The School of Anatomy , Phsiology and Human Biology at UWA.
Wednesday 08
11:00 - EVENT - Business School Vacation and Work Expo : In conjunction with the UWA Business School, the Careers Centre is organising an expo to promote graduate and vacation opportunities. More Information
In conjunction with the UWA Business School, the UWA Careers Centre is organising an expo to promote vacation and work opportunities.

Employers attending include: McGrath Nicol, BHP Billiton, Chevron, EY, KPMG, PwC, Deloitte, Grant Thornton, Crowe Howarth, Department of Health, IBM, National Australia Bank, Shell, Momentum Partners, John Davidson & Associates and the UWA Careers Centre.

All students welcome!


12:00 - SEMINAR - Soil&Water Seminar, Aug8: : "Assessing strategies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production: Role of grain legumes and soil liming" Website | More Information
The first Soil&Water Seminar for Semester 2, 2012, will be Assoc. Prof. Louise Barton from SEE(UWA)on Weds Aug 8. All welcome!

TITLE: “Assessing strategies for mitigating greenhouse gas emissions from wheat production: Role of grain legumes and soil liming.”

ABSTRACT: Utilising inorganic nitrogen (N) fertilizer greatly influences greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from agricultural production systems in semi-arid regions. Our previous research demonstrated that the production and use of urea accounted for 70% of the total GHG emissions from wheat production in a semi-arid region of south-western Australia. Greenhouse gases were emitted during the manufacture of the urea (34% of total emissions), as well as following its application to land via carbon dioxide (CO2) hydrolysis (27%), and soil nitrous oxide (N2O) emissions (9%). A large proportion of N2O emissions occurred between growing seasons, and following summer rainfall events, rather than in response to N fertilizer applications, with nitrification considered to be the source of these losses.

Lowering N inputs is not considered to be an option for decreasing the contribution of N fertilizer to total GHG emissions from cropped soils in south-western Australia, as application rates are typically low. Instead, CO2 emissions resulting from N fertilizer production and urea hydrolysis could be partly mitigated by incorporating plants that fix atmospheric N (e.g. grain legumes) into the crop rotation, decreasing the reliance on synthetic N fertilizer. Furthermore, increasing soil pH by applying lime may be an approach to decreasing N2O emitted in response to summer rainfall events if nitrification, rather than denitrification, is the main soil biological source of the emissions. Consequently this seminar will present findings from a recently completed field-based study investigating if including a grain legume (lupin) in a cropping rotation, or increasing the soil pH via liming, decreased the GHG emissions from wheat production in south-western Australia.

ABOUT THE SPEAKER: Louise Barton is a soil scientist who has been researching nitrogen cycling in various landuses for the past 17 years. She is currently an Associate Professor at The University of Western Australia, and leads the Soil Biology Group in the School of Earth & Environment. Her current interests include measuring soil N2O emissions from cropping soils in the Western Australian grainbelt, and investigating the contribution of agriculture to greenhouse gas emissions. Louise completed her undergraduate degree at The University of Western Australia in 1991, and her PhD from the University of Waikato in 1998

16:00 - SEMINAR - “Pluripotent Stem Cells: States and Fates” Website | More Information
Martin Pera is Professor of Stem Cell Sciences at the University of Melbourne, the Florey Neuroscience Institute, and the Walter and Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research. He serves as Program Leader for Stem Cells Australia, the Australian Research Council Special Research Initiative in Stem Cell Sciences. His research interests include the cell biology of human pluripotent stem cells, early human development, and germ cell tumours. Pera was among a small number of researchers who pioneered the isolation and characterisation of pluripotent stem cells from human germ cell tumours of the testis, work that provided an important framework for the development of human embryonic stem cells. His laboratory at Monash University was the second in the world to isolate embryonic stem cells from the human blastocyst, and the first to describe their differentiation into somatic cells in vitro. He has provided extensive advice to state, national and international regulatory authorities on the scientific background to human embryonic stem cell research.
Thursday 09
14:00 - TALK - EMPLOYER TALK - Momentum Partners : Find out more about Momentum Partners Vacation Work opportunities Website | More Information
Penultimate finance, economics, engineering, law or science, are encouraged to attend this event. Included in the presentation will be an introduction to Management Consultancy, the nature of the work performed by Momentum Partners, what Momentum Partners offers as a career path and why Momentum Partners should be a graduate's preferred choice of employment.
Friday 10
13:00 - SEMINAR - Ireland: Church, State and Society, 1800-1870 : Seminar Series More Information
"The Irish Catholic Community and the State in the 19th Century: Setting the Scene"

Professor Oliver Rafferty SJ, the 2012 St Thomas More College Chair of Jesuit Studies, will present the first in a series of six lectures on nineteenth century Irish history.

The Chair of Jesuit Studies is jointly recognised by the the University of Western Australia and the University of Notre Dame Australia, and aims to bring a leading academic from the worldwide Jesuit community to Perth each year.

Professor Rafferty is visiting from Heythrop College, University of London, where he specialises in Irish and Ecclesiastical history. He will present the remaining five seminars in the same locations, and at the same time, on Fridays 17th and 24th August, and Fridays 7th, 14th, and 21st September.
Sunday 12
10:00 - EVENT - 2012 Open Day : Experience what's on offer at UWA Website | More Information
UWA opens up the whole campus to the public.

Come and find out about the courses on offer, career options, scholarship opportunities, our valuable research, community programs and facilities.

There's also residential college tours, hands-on activities, live music and entertainment, and plenty of fun activities for the whole family.

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