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Student Events
 October 2012
Thursday 11
12:00 - EVENT - Arts Broadening Units Information Session : For students studying the Bachelors of Commerce, Design and Science Website | More Information
Come along and find out about the interesting and diverse range of Arts broadening units you can study as part of your degree.

You can learn a language (there are nine to choose from), gain an understanding of the politics of the Asian region, enhance your creative writing, revel in your favourite part of history or play in a musical ensemble. All this can be done as part of your degree!

Enhance your study and career prospects and study an Arts broadening unit.

13:10 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Free Lunchtime Concert: Highlights of Graduating Students 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 - Hydrodynamics and sand transport on perched beaches in Western Australia : SESE and Oceans Institute Seminar More Information
Beach morphology is the result of complex interactions between sand transport, mean sea level, wind, surface gravity waves, and currents, all of which act over a range of temporal and spatial scales. Interactions with rocky landforms add another level of complexity to the mechanisms of beach variability and change. At Yanchep Lagoon in south-western Australia, the sandy beaches are perched on Quaternary limestone reefs. Sand transport at Yanchep Lagoon varies over a wide range of temporal scales and is strongly modified by interactions with the topographically-complex reefs. To better understand how sand transport is affected by the reefs, a suite of numerical models that covered a cascade of spatial scales from the ocean to the beach was used.

First, the wave climate and variability of the southern Indian Ocean was hindcast from 1970 to 2009 using the WAVEWATCH III ® model validated with data around the WA coastline. There was a significant positive trend in annual mean wave height which appeared to be due to an increase in intensity of the storm belt in the Southern Ocean. The hindcast of offshore wave conditions were then used in a regional scale model (SWAN), where the nearshore transformation of the largest wave event on record was simulated. Shallow limestone reefs on the inner-shelf efficiently dissipated 70 to 80% of the wave energy. At the beach, waves breaking on nearshore reefs generated strong, complex currents. Simulations of beach morphology, using XBeach_gpu indicated that the nearshore reefs and resulting currents affect the beach morphology not only in the lee of the reef but also along the adjacent beaches to the north. The evolution ofperched beaches under climate change and sea level rise can be predicted using a better understanding of how rocky landforms influence beach morphology; and of the down-scaling of larger scale processes from the ocean to the beach.

18:00 - FESTIVAL - Spring Feast - 2012 UWA Multi Cultural Week : Spring Feast is one of the largest and most diverse events on campus. It celebrates multiculturalism through food, dance, and entertainment. Website | More Information
Spring Feast Thursday 11th October 6pm @ Guild Village

"Spring Feast" - two words that, over the years, have become synonymous with UWA's Multicultural Week Festival. This massive food festival is one of UWA's largest on-campus events attracting thousands of people from the university and the general public!! This year's Spring Feast will help bring to life cultural folk tales - the theme for MCW 2012!

So come down to the UWA GUILD VILLAGE on THURSDAY OCTOBER 11. A huge number of food stalls will be waiting for you to eat to your heart's content and an array of magical performances!! We hope that you can help us celebrate multiculturalism by being a part of this great festival of food, dance, art, culture and everything which makes UWA such a wonderfully diverse community!

18:30 - FREE LECTURE - School of Music & ARC Centre for the History of Emotions presents: 2012 Callaway Lecture: Richard Egarr Website | More Information
The Callaway Lecture is one of the most prestigious events on the School of Music calendar. Over the last two decades, a host of distinguished speakers have taken the podium to deliver their thoughts on subjects as broad ranging as the effects of music on the mind, and the place of music in the arts.

In 2012 the lecture will be presented by Artistic Director of The Academy of Ancient Music.

Richard Egarr

HIP: The Next Generation

After 60 years of the most recent movement in music scholarship and performance concerned with Historically Informed Performance (HIP), this talk explores where has such research brought us and where is it going? The continuing mission seems to be to seek out new sources, new information: 'to boldly go' where no HIP has gone before. In order to trace these achievements, an exploration of early sound recordings perhaps offers us some insights?

The evening is co-sponsored by ARC Centre for the History of Emotions.

To reserve your seat: Email: [email protected] Telephone: 08 6488 7836
Monday 15
16:00 - SEMINAR - Occupational Exposure Assessment : Cancer Epidemiology Website | More Information
Dr. Susan Peters is a postdoctoral research associate at the Epidemiology Group of the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research. Her research activities focus on exposure assessment methods to apply in (occupational) cancer epidemiology.
Tuesday 16
10:00 - PRESENTATION - Study In Asia (Exchange Program) : An information session about exchange in Asia More Information
Want to go on exchange to Asia? Come along to the info session to hear specific details on studying in Asia. Meet UWA students who have studied there as well as students studying at UWA from Asia.

13:00 - SEMINAR - The Newborn Respiratory System: Programmed to Respond to Variability? : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: Promotion of lung volume recruitment in atelectatic lung and maintenance of existing recruited lung are vital goals of contemporary ventilatory support. In the mature lung, the recruitment of terminal airspaces are governed by power-law distributions, arising from avalanches associated with threshold pressure phenomena propagating down a branching tree structure. There is increasing evidence that the superimposition of noise on the pressure waveform during conventional can promote recruitment of collapsed lung zones when the peak inspiratory pressure is at or around the lower inflexure and that this approach may also promote production of endogenous surfactant. The mechanism likely involves the phenomenon of stochastic resonance. Stochastic resonance is most simply described as the addition of noise to a weak input signal to enhance output in a nonlinear system. It is a widespread, naturally occurring phenomenon that can be seen reflected in the patterns of world weather, fluctuations on the stock market, population biology, and optimal functioning of neural networks, to name but a few. The essential ingredients for stochastic resonance are a nonlinear dynamic system, a weak biologic signal, and superimposed noise. Recent studies comparing variable to constant volume and rhythm ventilation patterns in newborn lambs demonstrate a physiological advantage of variable input for lung volume recruitment, and upregulation of surfactant protein and developmental genes, suggesting that the newborn lung is programmed to respond to variability, and that variability may confer survival advantage. The Speaker: Professor Jane Pillow is a clinical academic neonatologist at the University of Western Australia and Co-Director of the newly formed UWA Centre for Neonatal Research and Education. She is acknowledged internationally as an expert in the area of neonatal respiratory physiology and mechanical ventilation. Prof Pillow is internationally renowned for her particular expertise in high-frequency ventilation, having undertaken completed her PhD thesis in 2000 on “Optimising High-Frequency Oscillatory Ventilation in Neonates”. Since completing her PhD with Distinction in 2000, Prof Pillow’s research interests have expanded to include high-frequency jet ventilation, variable ventilation, bubble CPAP, patient triggered ventilation and minimising lung and diaphragmatic injury during resuscitation. Her research group in Perth undertakes animal studies using the preterm lamb as a model of neonatal respiratory distress syndrome, many of which are performed in collaboration with interstate and international colleagues in medical, physiological, anatomical and biomedical engineering departments. Future plans for the lamb work include the development of a preterm lamb intensive care unit for long term ventilation of preterm lambs. At KEMH, Professor Pillow also runs a neonatal lung function laboratory, and is involved in clinical trials and follow-up functional studies of children born prematurely in addition to involvement in clinical trials. Jane has obtained over $4.5 million AUD in research funding, including 4 grants from the NHMRC (3 as CIA) and 3 grants from the NIH and has had continuous scholarship and fellowship funding from the NHMRC and Viertel Foundation since 1997. She has extensive involvement in peer-review activities relevant to neonatal research, mechanical ventilation and respiratory physiology. In addition to her academic responsibilities, Prof Pillow is a Consultant Neonatologist in the Women’s and Newborn’s Health Service. She is currently based within the UWA Centre of Neonatal Research and Education and the Neonatal Clinical Care Unit at King Edward Memorial Hospital in Perth, which has 100 neonatal beds including 30 bed NICU, but which caters frequently for up to 40 infants on mechanical ventilation or CPAP.

Wednesday 17
8:00 - EVENT - Bike doctor on campus for National Ride to Work Day : Free bike checks by the UWA Bike Doctor Website | More Information
Find out why your bike makes noises, is hard to ride, or why the gears and brakes aren't that great.

Doctor Bike will fix minor mechanical problems and give advice on what's wrong and how to fix it.

8:30 - EVENT - Australia China Business Council Education Forum 2012 : Chinese Language and Cultural Competency in Schools and Industry - Real Links to a Sustainable Relationship Website | More Information
Whilst trade and enterprise have led Australia's bilateral relations with China, education promotes mutual understanding and long lasting links. This year's forum will focus on developing Chinese language and cultural competency in schools, universities and industry. His Excellency Mr Chen Yuming, Chinese Ambassador to Australia, will provide the keynote address and a panel of business leaders and education representatives will share their experiences.

15:00 - PRESENTATION - Study In Scandinavia (Student Exchange) : An information session about exchange in Scandinavia More Information
Want to go on exchange to Scandinavia? Come along to the info session to hear specific details on studying in Scandinavia. Meet UWA students who have studied there as well as students studying at UWA from Scandinavia.

16:00 - SEMINAR - “Re-engineering the ribosome for efficient selenoprotein synthesis” Website | More Information
Ross completed his undergraduate degree at the University of Western Australia and joined WAIMR in 2008 where he undertook an honours project in the Laboratory of Synthetic Biology and Drug Discovery supervised by Dr Aleksandra Filipovska and Dr Oliver Rackham. In 2009 he began a PhD (also in the Rackham/Filipovska lab) and has investigated the role of rRNA in controlling the efficiency of selenocysteine incorporation.

The ribosome is a 2.5 MDa molecular machine that converts the information encoded in mRNA into protein, following the rules defined by the genetic code. In all organisms protein composition is limited to 20 amino acids, with the rare exceptions of pyrrolysine and selenocysteine. Although rarely used in the proteome, the incorporation of selenocysteine into proteins is essential for life in many organisms, including humans. The mRNA encoding a selenoprotein has a stem loop known as a SECIS following a UGA stop codon that facilitates the ribosome to introduce selenocysteine at the stop codon. This requires a unique set of factors used only for the synthesis and insertion of selenocysteine (SelA, SelB, SelC and SelD).

The human proteome includes 25 selenoproteins that are mostly uncharacterised because of the inability to express them in bacteria. This is due to the divergence of RNA and protein factors as well as the inherently low efficiency of selenocysteine incorporation in bacteria. We have developed a reporter gene that provides a life/death selection for selenocysteine incorporation and identified mutations in the 16S rRNA which affect the efficiency of the process. This was validated using the endogenous E. coli selenoprotein formate dehydrogenase H. This opens the door for high efficiency site-specific incorporation of selenocysteine and the study of recombinant human selenoproteins. Furthermore the identification of sequences that alter ribosome function provides information on the fundamental biology of protein synthesis.

16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents : Consistent abundance distributions of marine fishes in an old, climatically buffered, infertile seascape. Website | More Information
Macroecological theory predicts that along direct physiological gradients there will be unimodal abundance distributions of species and consistent rates of assemblage turnover. However, the majority of marine studies that have investigated the realised distribution of species along latitudinal or temperature gradients have generally found unimodal distributions to be rare.

We asses fish distributions along a temperature gradient in a stable oligotrophic seascape and suggest that unimodal distributions will be more common. The high diversity and percentage of endemic species in terrestrial and marine habitats of southwestern Australia is likely due to the stable geological and oceanographic history of the region.

In comparison, studies of abundance distribution in other marine systems have been conducted in relatively heterogeneous and productive environments. The old, climatically buffered, oligotrophic seascape of southwestern Australia has provided a simple system in which the consistent influence of physiological gradients on the abundance distribution of fish species can be observed.

short Bio,

Timothy Langlois is a research fellow in the School of Plant Biology and Oceans Institute at the University Western Australia, Perth.

His research examines continental-scale changes in macroecological patterns as revealed by analyses of non-destructive video surveys of fish assemblages and concurrent physical and biological time series. Tim also works within the West Australian Marine Science Institute to develop monitoring programmes to investigate changes in fish assemblages associated with environmental variation and human pressure.

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

****All Welcome****

Thursday 18
13:10 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Free Lunchtime Concert: Lachlan Skipworths 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.

15:00 - SEMINAR - Classification and morphodynamics of perched beaches : SESE and Oceans Institute Seminar More Information
Throughout the globe, beaches are underlain and fronted seaward by rock and coral landforms. In Western Australia, many of our beaches are perched on coral, limestone and granite reefs and platforms. These hardlandforms have a strong influence on cross-shore and longshore sediment transport. However, there is no definition nor classification that distinguishes these beaches as a distinct beach-type. Also, mechanisms through which coastal sediment transport interacts with these reefs are poorly understood.

In this research a classification of cross-shore and longshore rocky landforms supporting perched beaches was developed as a framework to examine the beach morphodynamics. This classification resulted in 15 cross-shore and 7 longshore morphotypes and its application was demonstrated in the UK and Western Australia at a range of scales. The second part of this research involved investigating the morphodynamics of a perched beach complex at Yanchep Lagoon in southwestern Australia. Theeffect of rock topography on small-scale/short-term and large-scale/long-term morphodynamics was quantified. Reefs with higher elevations appeared to protect the beach during erosive events, but also inhibited landward sediment transport. Overall this resulted in more erosion and slower beach recovery during low-energy conditions. Inter-annual and seasonal variability in beach volumes was greater on sections perched on reef above mean sea level, compared to sections perched on submerged reefs. The reefs also strongly influenced longshore sediment transport by trapping the littoral drift; and by generating current jets that transported eroded sediments to downdrift areas.


16:00 - SEMINAR - Securing the future of the Great Barrier Reef : SESE and Oceans Institute Seminar More Information
The Great Barrier Reef is a valuable natural asset that provides $6 billion per annum to the Australian economy and supports more than 50,000 jobs, primarily in tourism. It’s an irreplaceable resource, a national and international icon, and it is slowly declining. In the past 50years more than half of the corals have disappeared, and the number of sharks, dugongs and turtles today is a small fraction of only a few decades ago. Increasing fishing pressure has made it harder to catch a decent-sized fish. Three major outbreaks of crown-of-thorns starfish have swept along the GBR since the 1960s, and a fourth is underway. In 1998 and again in 2002, global warming caused coral bleaching along the length of the Reef leading to further loss of corals. Since 2000, more than half of the individual reefs comprising the Great Barrier Reef have less than 10% coral cover, compared to an average of close to 40% in the 1960s. Many people assume that the decline is caused primarily by cyclones and crown-of-thorns starfish, but it’s not that simple. In this talk, I investigate the impact of recruitment failure on the abundance and species composition of corals across the GreatBarrier Reef. I’ll conclude with an overview of how management of the Great Barrier Reef could be improved.


18:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - 2012 Salek Minc Lecture : With Occasional Political Overtones: Art and Feminism 1966-1973 Website | More Information
As Curator of the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Catherine Morris has organized several exhibitions that explored issues related to feminism and its impact as a social, political, and intellectual construct on the development of visual culture. In this lecture she will focus on her most recent project, 'Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of the Conceptual Art Movement'.

This lecture is co-presented by the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery and the Institute of Advanced Studies.
Friday 19
19:30 - PERFORMANCE - School of Music Presents: Artistry! Four: Culmination Website | More Information
Every year, the outstanding ability and youthful passion of the emerging artists and their mentors combine to celebrate the culmination of a yearlong collaboration. In this special concert, three young artists perform a movement of their chosen concerto onstage with orchestra in the finals of the prestigious VOSE competition. In the interval, vote in the people’s choice award for your favourite performance before immersing in the magnificence of Rachmaninov.

Program includes: Vose Concerto Competition: Sibelius- Violin Concerto, Korngold - Violin Concerto and Elgar - Cello Concerto, Berlioz - Le Carnival Romaine, Rachmaninov - Second Symphony

As part of the School of Music Outreach Program, we are pleased to extend an invitation for you and a guest to join us at this culmination concert. To claim your complimentary tickets email: [email protected]
Saturday 20
9:00 - SYMPOSIUM - Cruthers Collection of Women's Art symposium : This two-day symposium accompanies the exhibition 'LOOK. LOOK AGAIN' at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, UWA Website | More Information
Full registration: $250 Concession: $150

SPECIAL DISCOUNT FOR UWA STAFF AND STUDENTS ONLY – REGISTER FOR $30. NUMBERS ARE LIMITED. ENTER DISCOUNT CODE 'CSYMPUWASS' WHEN REGISTERING.
Monday 22
12:00 - SEMINAR - LIWA Medical Research Seminar Series : Dr Keith Giles presents "Tumour suppressor activity of microRNA-7 and microRNA-331-3p" Website | More Information
LIWA invites you to a free seminar on: "Tumour suppressor activity of microRNA-7 and microRNA-331-3p" by Dr Keith Giles, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR). Time: 12 noon for light lunch with 12.30pm – 1.30pm presentation.

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