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 August 2012
Monday 27
16:15 - EVENT - UWA Careers Centre - On the Couch with the Recruiters : This seminar is specifically for POSTGRADUATE students. Website | More Information
Meet the recruiters and get tips for your resume, interviews and job etiquette. Recruiters from Accenture, Public Service Commission and John Davidson Associates.

‘On the couch with the recruiter session’ is targeted at postgraduate students, although all students are welcome.

Discover what you need to know about being competitive in the market place - academia, government and industry. Be prepared to ask questions about resumes, pre interview, interview and post interview tips/general etiquette in job searching and acceptance.

Thank you to Accenture - sponsor of this event and UWA Postgraduate Careers Week.

There will be time following the session to ask individual questions.

BOOKINGS REQUIRED on CAREERHUB - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Tuesday 28
13:00 - SEMINAR - The biomechanical environment modulates airway smooth muscle phenotype and function in vitro: implications for studying asthma : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: The cellular and molecular biology of airway smooth muscle (ASM) is typically studied with single-cell cultures grown on solid, thus extremely stiff, 2D substrates. However cells in vivo exist as part of complex 3D structures and experience a much softer mechanical environment. It is well established in other cell types that altering substrate stiffness or growing cells in 3D exerts potent effects on phenotype and function. These factors may be especially relevant to the study of ASM function in asthma, a disease characterized by structural remodeling of the airway wall and a stiffer microenvironment experienced by ASM.

In this seminar, two key research projects will be presented to demonstrate the importance of the mechanical environment on in vitro ASM function: 1) use of a polyacrylamide hydrogel model used to alter substrate stiffness, and 2) the development and characterisation of a physiologically relevant 3D ‘microtissue’ culture model that allows for in vitro contractile force measurement, and shows great promise to simulate the biomechanical changes associated with asthma.

The Speaker: Adrian West’s scientific career was born and raised at the University of Western Australia. He undertook his BSc, Honours and PhD in the Department of Physiology where he studied the molecular mechanisms of intestinal haem iron absorption under Dr Phillip Oates. A lucky opportunity allowed Adrian to switch fields for his first postdoc to work in Prof Howard Mitchell’s respiratory physiology laboratory. During this time, he studied the effects of dynamic mechanical strain on acute regulation of airway smooth muscle (ASM) force and developed an interest in bridging the gap between whole-organ and cell-level mechanical properties.

Realising that engineers get to play with the coolest toys, Adrian moved to Dalhousie University in Canada for his second postdoc to work with an upcoming biomedical engineer, Dr Geoffrey Maksym. In this current position he is using novel cell culture and tissue engineering techniques to study how chronic changes in the biomechanical environment regulate ASM dysfunction, and how this may contribute to the pathogenesis of asthma.

13:00 - EVENT - SIFE Information Session : Find out more about SIFE UWA and our latest projects Website | More Information
SIFE is a global network of university teams competing in over 40 countries, creating change in the lives of others through the positive power of business.

Being the 2012 National Australian Champions, SIFE UWA will be travelling to Washington D.C in September to represent Australia at the SIFE World Cup. SIFE UWA has projects in areas including financial literacy, environmental sustainability and economic development whilst simultaneously impacting communities across Australia and beyond.

Want to help make a difference and gain invaluable business experience?? SIFE UWA is looking for talented, switched-on students from a range of disciplines to help us make a difference.

If you are interested in getting involved, we would like to invite you to the SIFE UWA Information Session WHEN: 1pm, Tuesday 28th of August, 2012 WHERE: Law Lecture Room 1, G.31

For more information – please contact [email protected]
Wednesday 29
16:00 - SEMINAR - “Critical requirement of Hedgehog Signalling in Small Cell Lung Cancer” Website | More Information
Dr Martelotto is a cell and molecular biologist involved in full time basic research for the last 12 years. After completing his bachelor (biotechnology) degree and PhD in Biological Sciences and Molecular Biology in Argentina, Dr Martelotto was recruited by the Victorian AgriBiosciences Centre of the Department of Primary Industries (La Trobe University) to work as a plant molecular biologist. During this time Dr Martelotto designed and developed a series of cutting-edge molecular biology strategies that led to a major patent inventorship in plant biotechnology (WO/2010/028456). This experience enhanced his training in advanced molecular biology techniques of direct relevance to all forms of biologic and medical research. His work has also been recognised by several prestigious awards, including the Rosario Society of Biology Award, the Argentinean Society of Genetics Award and the UNR PhD Academic Merit Award (Argentina). In 2008, Dr Martelotto joined the Watkins’ laboratory at the Monash Institute of Medical Research (MIMR) as a Postdoctoral Fellow. In 3 years, he developed a mastery of cancer biology, and expertise in the techniques and concepts of mammalian Hedgehog (Hh) signalling associated with extraordinary productivity and dedication. Dr Martelotto played a central role in the identification of Hedgehog (Hh) signalling as one of the most important pathways driving tumour initiation, progression and regeneration after chemotherapy in SCLC. As part of this work, he extensively characterized a series of unique primary xenograft models of SCLC generated from chemo-naïve patients for their capacity to respond to platinum-based chemotherapy. This discovery brought important clues for designing new treatment approaches to increase the effectiveness of chemotherapy and therefore reduce the risk of relapse. These achievements have been recognised by the MIMR Flagship Research Award in 2010, and a co-first authorship on a recent publication in Nature Medicine (2011) describing the mechanistic basis for Hh signalling in SCLC self-renewal that will be presented at the WAIMR seminar series. In May 2012 Dr Martelotto joined Dr Archa Fox’s lab (WAIMR) to investigate the mechanism of nuclear retention of RNA.
Thursday 30
16:00 - EVENT - Bioerosion matters – trends of coral reef carbonate cycling by sponges : SESE and Oceans Institute Seminar More Information
Bioeroding sponges are the most important internal bioeroders on many coral reefs, but are often overlooked because of their cryptic habit. In comparison with extensive research into reef calcification, bioerosion in general is critically understudied, and the mechanisms of reef degradation by sponges are still not fully understood. While calcifying organisms are routinely surveyed in monitoring programs, the distribution and abundance of bioeroding sponges is rarely assessed. We do not have comprehensive data on the rate of bioerosion by sponges through time or on sponge bioerosion rates before and after disturbance events. However, it does appear that environmental changes will critically shift the natural balance between reef accretion and bioerosion. This presentation will summarise what is known about the biology of bioeroding sponges and address questions regarding their likely impacts on coral reef health. It will examine the effects they are currently having on reefs and whether these effects are expected to change through time. A special focus will be provided on recent results on effects of ocean acidification. The talk will also discuss how we can control and monitor sponge bioerosion and what research is needed to help us protect our reefs. It will further address important knowledge gaps, create greater awareness, provide useful tools for future studies and encourage research into this ecologically significant group.

 September 2012
Sunday 02
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Percussion Purity! Mostly Marimba Website | More Information
Percussion Purity! presents the first ever Marimba Orchestra assembled in Perth. WA’s most outstanding percussionists will perform a program of premieres by Nigel Westlake, Christopher Deane and Emmanuel Sejourne, followed by a massed Marimba Orchestra of 40 players. An exciting and unique event not to be missed!

Tickets available from BOCS: https://www.bocsticketing.com.au / 08 9484 1133
Monday 03
13:00 - WORKSHOP - UWA Careers Centre - Resume Writing for Postgraduate Students : An effective resume will be your passport to securing an interview. Website | More Information
Preparing a good resume is the key to opening the door to an interview. It needs to give information in such a way that it attracts employers' attention. Guest presenter from Accenture will be presenting at this workshop.

Bookings essential on CareerHub as places are limited - https://uwa.careerhub.com.au
Tuesday 04
9:30 - WORKSHOP - Using Photoshop to Prepare Images for Theses or Publication More Information
This workshop is a “hands-on” computing exercise and is scheduled to be conducted in the Pharmacology Computing Laboratory (room G17, M block QEII). Class size is strictly limited to 40 participants. Until 5 pm Monday 27th August, priority will be given to those with a current CMCA registration after which participation will be open to all on a “first in” basis. The workshop is free to attend but registration is essential. Please contact CMCA admin ([email protected]) to register. Also note, if you register and then fail to attend the workshop, a $50 non-attendance fee may be levied.

13:00 - SEMINAR - UWA Careers Centre - Consulate General of Japan - JET Programme Presentation : Info session for any students wanting to teach or work in local government in Japan Website | More Information
2013 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. It aims to enhance foreign language education and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike. The objectives of the Programme are achieved by offering participants the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private primary, junior high and senior high schools.

17:00 - LECTURE - Cancelled - School of Music Presents: Distinguished International Guest lecture Series: Prof Adrian North Website | More Information
Unfortunately this event has been cancelled!

Professor Adrian North, Head of Psychology from Curtin University, will explore the role of music in our western consumer culture.
Wednesday 05
16:00 - SEMINAR - "Genetic Alterations: The stress story.” AND "Regulation of the mitochondrial transcriptome". Website | More Information
I have been working in cytogenetics since I was 16. With a mother in cytogenetics and a father as a management consultant I was mentored and studied in both business and cytogenetics. The laboratory was originally located at Curtin University with involvement not only in pathology but research and education. My research has been focused mainly on early miscarriage but over the last 3 years we became involved in collaborative research with Professor George Yeoh’s group. A research project that collated years of data presented chromosomal rearrangements stimulated by nutrient stress in vitro with human peripheral blood lymphocyte cultures. Our work with George Yeoh has shown similar occurrences with their mouse cell lines. So I am now working with different stress models to characterise chromosomal and molecular changes and uncover their relevant mechanisms.

Aleksandra Filipovska received her PhD in 2002 from the University of Otago, New Zealand. From 2003-2005 she was a NZ Foundation for Research, Science and Technology Fellow at the MRC Mitochondrial Biology Unit in Cambridge, the United Kingdom. In 2006 she relocated to Australia as a NHMRC Howard Florey Fellow and established her research group at the Centre for Medical Research at the University of Western Australia in Perth. She is currently an Australian Research Council Future Fellow at the Centre for Medical Research at the University of Western Australia. Her work has been focused on identifying mammalian mitochondrial RNA-binding proteins and investigating their role in RNA metabolism in health and models of disease. She has published a number of high profile papers in this area of research recently.

18:00 - LECTURE - George Winterton Memorial Lecture : Republican virtues: truth leadership and responsibility More Information
Please register your attendance by emailing your name and number of guests to [email protected]
Thursday 06
13:10 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Free Lunchtime Concert: Percussion Showcase Website | More Information
A free lunchtime concert showcasing percussion works for small ensemble. Works of this size are rarely performed in Western Australia. Join artists in an exploration of this facet of the genre.
Friday 07
13:00 - SEMINAR - Ireland: Church, State and Society, 1800-1870 : Seminar Series More Information
"Disraeli, Catholics and Ireland"

Professor Oliver Rafferty SJ, the 2012 St Thomas More College Chair of Jesuit Studies, will present the fourth 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 two seminars in the same locations, and at the same time, on Fridays 14th and 21st September.

19:30 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Percussion Purity! XENTENARY Website | More Information
In a festival extravaganza, the 90th birthday and 10th anniversary of Xenakis’ death is celebrated in one magnificent event. This unique composer wrote music of extraordinary power and originality, and the imposing stone and space of Winthrop Hall provides the perfect architectural counterpart to this monumental music. Inspired and directed by celebrated Artist Paul Tanner, this extraordinary event promises to amaze and enthuse all ages. Joined by a host of professional percussionists on stage and around the hall, works to be performed include Xenakis’ Pleiades (movement 1) Menages, and Pleiades (movement 2) Metaux.

Tickets available from BOCS: www.bocsticketing.com.au / 08 9484 1133
Saturday 08
9:00 - - HSK Chinese Proficiency Test Website | More Information
The HSK test is China’s officially recognised language proficiency test. All HSK results are internationally recognised as proof of Chinese language proficiency. It is designed for non-native Chinese speakers who are learning Chinese language and wish to seek opportunity to work, study or live in China.

The 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.

HSK testing is scheduled to be held on Saturday, 8 September 2012 at the Confucius Institute at The University of Western Australia. Test Registration will CLOSE on Friday 10 August 2012.
Tuesday 11
13:00 - SEMINAR - In vivo strategies for tissue engineering, from a beating heart to a beating drum : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: The field of tissue engineering has seen significant advances in materials and cell biology research over the last twenty years, but most development has been through ‘in vitro’ technologies. Translation of these methods to the clinic will require ‘in vivo’ methods to be advanced and this talk will consider recent progress in two applications: engineering beating heart muscle from stem cells and tissue engineering for rapid repair of tympanic membrane perforations.

The Speaker: Rod Dilley is Head of Molecular and Cellular Otolaryngology at Ear Science Institute Australia and Adjunct Associate Professor in School of Surgery at UWA. In 1986 he completed his PhD in Department of Anatomy and Human Biology at UWA on vascular biology of vein graft arterialisation, with John McGeachie as supervisor. Rod did postdoctoral research training at University of Washington in Seattle USA then at Baker Institute in Melbourne, working on cardiovascular growth in hypertension, diabetes and atherosclerosis. Since then his research on cardiovascular disease has come to include tissue engineering and applications for adult stem cells. At Melbourne University since 2004 he was Head of the Cardiac Tissue Engineering group at O’Brien Institute and Principal Scientist for the biotechnology company Australian Tissue Engineering Centre. In 2011 he returned to Perth where his new position also takes in regeneration and tissue engineering in the ear.
Wednesday 12
13:00 - SEMINAR - Research IHC tips, tricks and pitfalls : CELLCentral Seminar (School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology) More Information
Research tissue poses a number of issues when it comes to immunohistochemistry. The tissue may be human or non-human in origin, but either way care needs to be taken to obtain robust and reproducible IHC results. During this seminar Jane will try to give you some of the information that you need to make your life easier when you’re dealing with research samples and also some of the tricks that she has learnt during her time as a lab manager of a multi-user research histology lab.
Friday 14
13:00 - SEMINAR - Ireland: Church, State and Society, 1800-1870 : Seminar Series More Information
"The Catholic Church and Fenianism, 1861-70: Some Irish and American Perspectives"

Professor Oliver Rafferty SJ, the 2012 St Thomas More College Chair of Jesuit Studies, will present the fifth 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 concluding seminar in the series in the same locations, and at the same time, on Friday 21st September.

14:30 - FREE LECTURE - IELTS Masterclass™ : The IELTS Masterclass is designed to support people aiming to achieve a band score of 6 or above Website | More Information
This FREE IELTS Masterclass™ is designed for anyone who’s preparing to take the IELTS test and will provide: • insights into common mistakes you can avoid • practical tips on how best to enhance your English • interactive tasks using the assessment criteria

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