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Student Events
 September 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

16:00 - EVENT - WOMEN IN ENGINEERING HIGH TEA : Robogals Perth is hosting it's first ever Women in Engineering High Tea. More Information
Are you an Engineering Student that just so happens to be female? Are you looking to network with senior industry Engineers (who also happen to be female)? We will be giving all the lovely ladies who attend a chance to do what we do best: talk and eat delicious baked goods! So if you have any burning questions like "What is appropriate to wear to work?", "Where can I find a UV Visibility Vest that doesn't make me look like a heifer?",come along to chat to our wonderfully successful Engineers who have been there, and done that, in high heels! Places are strictly limited so please RSVP
Sunday 16
18:00 - SYMPOSIUM - 1st Symposium on Plant Signalling & Behaviour : A 5-day symposium covering themes from Plant Cell Biology & Signalling to Plant Sensory & Behavioural Ecology and Theoretical Botany Website | More Information
It is a great pleasure to invite you to participate in the very 1st Symposium on Plant Signalling & Behaviour (SPSB 2012) to be held at the University of Western Australia on 16th-21st September 2012.

The SPSB 2012 was conceived out of a desire to support and advance this new and exciting research area by bringing together a diverse group of researchers who are working and are concerned with plants, but who are doing so from very different perspectives. The aim of the symposium is to build a transdisciplinary bridge for the new emergent knowledge and view of the plant world to be shared widely and flourish into rewarding collaborative explorations.

Within a hot cauldron of creative thinking, the SPSB 2012 aims at providing you with the opportunity to showcase your recent research findings, to advance our current knowledge and understanding of plants and to exchange ideas with colleagues on themes ranging from Plant Cell Biology & Signalling to Plant Sensory & Behavioural Ecology, and Theoretical Botany.

Tuesday 18
17:00 - LECTURE - School of Music Presents: Distinguished International Guest lecture Series: Dr Jon Prince Website | More Information
Dr Jon Prince, School of Psychology, Murdoch University, investigates how listeners combine pitch and time when listening to music. In his talk he will share findings from empirical research he has conducted on this topic.
Wednesday 19
12:00 - FREE LECTURE - After Afghanistan : Beyond embedded conflict, beyond embattled politics, Phil Sparrow's personal engagement with Afghanistan More Information
Phil Sparrow has been an aid worker in Afghanistan for over twelve years, travelling and living with his young family. Recently forced out of the country, he brings his own remarkable journey in photographs and eye witness accounts, as he weathers a grief for a love lost.

12:00 - SEMINAR - Soil&Water Seminar, Sept19: : "Nitrogen - future challenges for agricultural science" More Information
All welcome!

Title: “Nitrogen – future challenges for agricultural science”

ABSTRACT: Fertilisers currently represent 15-20 per cent of the cost of production wheat grain. This cost will rise with the shortage of raw materials used to make fertiliser, the increasing costs in energy to mine and produce fertiliser, raising concerns as to the cost effectiveness of fertilisers, as observed following the spike in fertiliser prices in 2008/09. Over use of N can lead to eutrophication of waterways and to greater release of nitrous oxide, a key greenhouse gas, through unnecessary cycling of N through the nitrification and denitrification processes known to produce nitrous oxide. While most understand the concept of direct nitrous oxide loss, less is understood about the concept of indirect nitrous oxide release that is presumed to occur after fertiliser N leaves point of application on farm. Loss mechanisms that are factored into the indirect estimate N2O release include ammonia volatilisation, runoff of mineral and organic N and nitrate leached into groundwater. Because of the difficulties in determining indirect nitrous oxide emission these are likely to be based on estimates of on-farm N efficiency. For productivity including profitability, and improved environment outcomes the challenge is to better tailor fertiliser N inputs to ensure that soil plus fertiliser inputs more closely match crop demand for N. The talk will discuss new knowledge on a key nitrogen transformation that may have implications for managing N. It will consider recent developments in characterising soil organic matter that are expected to provide more robust estimates of net N mineralisation. The challenge is get new approaches for assessing properties of soil organic matter used as part of routine soil testing. In the case of N loss processes, a challenge is to produce simple calculators

16:00 - EXPO - UWA Postgrad and Honours Expo : Discover how further studies can help you achieve your ultimate career or research goals. Website | More Information
UWA's Postgrad and Honours Expo provides an outstanding opportunity to explore the array of coursework and research programs we offer.

You will also have the chance to learn about admission requirements, scholarships and discuss your options with staff, honours and postgraduate students.

A series of information sessions detailing further postgraduate opportunities will also run alongside the Expo.

16:00 - EXPO - UWA Postgrad & Honours Expo : Come find out more about the honours, coursework or research opportunities available at UWA in your area of interest. Website | More Information
Come and chat to faculty staff and students to learn more about how postgraduate study can help you achieve your career, study or research goals. A series of information sessions will also run throughout the evening that cover everything from course information, scholarships and research opportunities to student support and how to submit your application for postgraduate study. To find out more about the Expo and to register for the information sessions, just visit www.uwa.edu.au/postgradexpo.
Thursday 20
13:10 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Free Lunchtime Concert: Reedefined Clarinet Quartet Website | More Information
Be transported away from the everyday with our exciting line-up of Thursday 1.10pm, free lunchtime concerts. This year's revamped Lunchtime Concert series features the best of our students in solo and small ensemble performance.

16:00 - SEMINAR - PEG seminar - The Epidemiology of Injury in Scuba Diving : Dr Buzzacott will describe the epidemiology of injury in recreational scuba diving, coincident with the release of the latest volume in the Karger “Science and Medicine in Sport” series of peer-reviewed, edited epidemiology books. Website | More Information
Dr Peter Buzzacott, BA, MPH, PhD, is a research associate at the School of Sports Science, Exercise and Health at the University of Western Australia. His area of specialty is environmental injury epidemiology, particularly diving injury risk factors but also high altitude and tissue super-saturation. When not researching diving injuries Dr Buzzacott is an active technical diver. Dr Buzzacott will describe the epidemiology of injury in recreational scuba diving, coincident with the release of the latest volume in the Karger “Science and Medicine in Sport” series of peer-reviewed, edited epidemiology books. Orders for the book may be made after the presentation.
Friday 21
7:30 - EVENT - UWA Bike and Bus Day : Free coffee and muffin for cyclists and bus-riders to celebrate World Car Free Day More Information
Fuel your stomach and not your petrol tank by cycling or catching the bus to UWA.

Friday 21 September, 7:30am - 9am All coffees made from Fairtrade and organic certified beans

BUSES: Our friendly voluteers will meet you at UWA's major bus stops on Stirling Highway. Flash your Smart Rider card or bus ticket to receive your tasty treats.

CYCLISTS: Ride past the Central Bike Station outside Hackett Hall. Bring your bike to receive your tasty treats.

So avoid the hassle of traffic and parking, increase your activity levels and lower your carbon footprint. Ditch your car on the UWA Bike and Bus Day for World Car Free Day.

12:30 - FREE LECTURE - Reflections on the War on Terror : Ret'd Lt. Colonel Dan Mori , legal counsel for David Hicks, brings stories from the courts of human rights and military pressure. More Information
Jointly hosted by the Chaplain Rev Dr Ian Robinson and the Uniting Church Social Justice Board. Dan Mori is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the United States Marine Corps. Mori was appointed by the United States Department of Defense to represent David Hicks in November 2003. He handled Hicks’ case through to its conclusion. In June 2007 Mori was presented with an honorary membership of the Australian Bar Association for his defence of David Hicks. In October 2007, he was awarded a civil justice award from the Australian Lawyers Alliance as “recognition by the legal profession of unsung heroes who, despite personal risk or sacrifice, have fought to preserve individual rights, human dignity or safety”. He has recently moved to Australia to work with the Shine Lawyers National Social Justice Project.

13:00 - EVENT - Ireland: Church, State and Society, 1800-1870 : Seminar Series More Information
"Gladstone and the Disestablishment of the Church of Ireland: An Overview"

Professor Oliver Rafferty SJ, the 2012 St Thomas More College Chair of Jesuit Studies, will present the final 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.

16:00 - SEMINAR - Thesis Presentation: : Hydrodynamic modelling and fluorescent spectral methods for characterising the spatial distribution of phytoplankton. Website | More Information
Identifying structure in aquatic environments and showing the relationship to phytoplankton diversity is challenging because it is difficult to make direct measurements of all relevant variables at the necessary temporal and spatial scales. Two new approaches are demonstrated, which allow relationships between phytoplankton distribution and the aquatic environment to be better understood.

The first approach involved the use of numerical modelling to resolve structures in the aquatic environment at smaller spatial and temporal scales than traditional field sampling allows. A three-dimensional, coupled physical-biological numerical model (ELCOM-CAEDYM) was used to reconcile a range of different unsteady processes that influenced the spatial distribution of motile phytoplankton in a medium sized reservoir located in central Argentina. It was determined that physical processes (with some influence from phytoplankton migration) control the habitat of the motile phytoplankton rather than biological/chemical gradients. The results suggest that numerical models can be used to characterise the spatial habitat of other motile phytoplankton species in similar settings.

The second approach involved the use of fluorescence spectral measurements as a proxy indicator of phytoplankton diversity. As fluorescence spectra can be measured rapidly in situ, in principle, spectral measurements can be made at a resolution that should allow many scales of phytoplankton patchiness to be resolved. However, decoding the information contained within the spectral measurements presents a challenge. Therefore, a method based on principal component analysis (PCA) was developed for identifying patches of distinct fluorescent groupings of phytoplankton from in situ spectral data. A series of idealised spectral data sets were used to explain the conceptual basis of the approach. To demonstrate the method, a profiling multi-wavelength fluorometer was cast at numerous locations throughout Winam Gulf, Kenya.

Processing the spectral data with PCA revealed that linear combinations of four fundamental base spectra could explain almost all of the variation in the spectral measurements. Three of the base spectra were associated with spatially distinct patches of phytoplankton containing different species assemblages, while the fourth base spectrum was due to fluorescence of coloured dissolved organic matter (CDOM). Strong relationships were found between the gradients in spectral data and other environmental variables, which suggested several underlying explanations for the phytoplankton and CDOM patchiness. The PCA processing method has the capacity to summarise critical features contained with large spectral data sets and can facilitate better optimisation of traditional water sampling.

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

****All Welcome****
Tuesday 25
13:00 - SEMINAR - The Shootout at the OK Corral : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: In supporting the hypothesis that the skeleton found at Liang Bua on the Island of Flores is an adult of a new species, the main proponent asserts that one alternative hypothesis, that it may represent the skeleton of an adult endemic cretin, is wrong. His reasoning is that the Liang Bua remains do not exhibit the various features of endemic cretinism. Is he correct? A story of ‘smoking guns’!

The Speaker: No CV can be short when the speaker has been in research for 60 years! He has published 10 papers in Nature and Science – but over 60 years that is not a great record! Further, his CV includes a number of controversies: on Australopithecines, Sexual Dimorphisms, Out-of-Africa, Brain Evolution, Bone Biomechanics, Osteoporosis, Vitamin B12 Deficiency. Is this presentation another? Is he wrong again? Not an admission that he was wrong before!
Wednesday 26
16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents : Corals form characteristic associations with symbiotic nitrogen fixing bacteria Website | More Information
A. Kimberley Lema1,2, Bette L. Willis1, and David G. Bourne2

1ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies and School of Marine and Tropical Biology, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Australia ([email protected]; [email protected]) 2Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB 3, Townsville MC, Townsville 4810, Australia ([email protected];[email protected])

Scleractinian corals live in a close symbiotic relationship with a diverse group of dinoflagellates (Symbiodinium or zooxanthellae), but corals also harbour highly diverse, abundant, and stable, microbial communities. The discovery of bacterial communities as symbiotic partners in corals is surprisingly recent and the ecological function of these bacterial communities is still poorly understood.

Elucidating the functional role these mutualistic bacterial communities play in the corals’ multi-partner symbiosis (i.e. the holobiont) is essential to understand their importance in coral health. One important proposed functional role for coral associated bacteria is nitrogen fixation. Nitrogen fixation can only be accomplished by diazotrophic bacteria and is fundamentally important because it makes gaseous dinitrogen (N2) available for nitrogen limited ecosystems such as coral reefs.

In this study, we investigated the diversity of diazotrophic bacterial communities associated with corals of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) by profiling the conserved subunit of the nifH gene, which encodes the dinitrogenase iron protein. We looked at the diversity of diazotrophs in different: coral species, coral microhabitats (mucus and tissue), life stages and geographical regions. Coral mucus nifH sequences displayed high heterogeneity, and many bacterial groups overlapped with those found in seawater.

In contrast, the dominant diazotrophic bacteria in tissue samples in all coral species, through all life stages and at different locations were closely related to the bacterial group rhizobia, which represented over 67% of the total sequences in all cases. Our results suggest that, as in terrestrial plants, rhizobia have developed a mutualistic relationship with corals and may contribute fixed nitrogen to Symbiodinium.


Kim was born and grew up in Mexico City. She completed her BSc in Marine Science at the Centre d’Océanologie de Marseille, Université Aix-Marseille II (Marseille, France), with a thesis on a mathematical model for marine protected areas.

Stayed in France for some months after completing her BSc and worked with deep-sea bioluminescent bacteria at the LMGEM Marine microbiology and biogeochemistry laboratory, CNRS (National Centre of Scientific Research). Then, returned to Mexico, Yucatan Peninsula, and worked on migration models of marine turtles and whale sharks at the CINVESTAV (Centre of Advanced Research, Mexico) and PRONATURA(NGO).

Finally, felt ready to go further from home and flew to Australia. Completed a Master of Applied Sciences at James Cook University (Townsville, QLD) and went on to do a PhD. Kim is currently finalizing her PhD on “ Coral nitrogen Fixing bacteria” under the supervision of Prof. Bette Willis (JCU) and David Bourne (AIMS). One component of her thesis is through collaboration with Prof. Peta Clode at the CMCA (Centre of Microscopy) at UWA.

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

****All Welcome****

16:00 - SEMINAR - “New Insights into Type 1 Diabetes Development and Therapy” Website | More Information
Chris Parish is an immunologist and cancer biologist with a research career spanning 40 years. He is recognised as a world leader in studies of immune regulation and the role of heparanase and heparan sulfate in cell migration. He has also developed several carbohydrate-based drugs, such as PI-88 (Muparfostat), that inhibit inflammation, tumour metastasis and angiogenesis and has developed immunotherapeutic cancer vaccines. His research findings underpin five Australian biotechnology companies. In 2005 he was awarded the Clive and Vera Ramaciotti Medal for Excellence in Biomedical Research in recognition of his scientific achievements.

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