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 April 2013
Tuesday 30
12:00 - WORKSHOP - Intro to calculus Website | More Information
The development of limits led to "the limiting chord process" for finding the gradient at a point on a curve (or derivative), a concept that revolutionised mathematics and the modern world. This workshop will explore this process and introduce the standard rules for differentiation that it produces. Recommended for MATH1701 and higher level MATH students wishing to revise this topic.

13:00 - SEMINAR - Correlates of energy balance in wild mountain gorillas : School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology Seminar Series More Information
The Seminar: Cyril will present data of the first field study looking at how energy balance and foraging efficiency vary as a function of various socio-ecological factors (dominance rank, group size, reproductive state, habitat etc.) in a folivorous/herbivorous primate. Energy balance of individual females in a wild population of mountain gorillas in Rwanda was measured using observational data of food intake and travel distances as well as measurements of urinary C-peptide concentrations. He also tentatively explores how gorillas respond to and cope with toxins in their diet.

The Speaker: Cyril completed his PhD degree in biological anthropology in 2009 at the University of Zurich/Switzerland, supervised by Prof. Carel van Schaik. His research was aimed at understanding the evolutionary determinants of multilevel societies in primates and included 20 months of observations of wild snub-nosed monkeys in China, complemented with comparative cross-species analyses. Subsequently he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig/Germany and conducted a field study on the feeding ecology of mountain gorillas in Rwanda between 2009 and 2010 in collaboration with the Karisoke Research Center. In April 2011, he took up a position as an Assistant Professor in the School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, UWA.

His primary research interests include the evolution of primate sociality and the mechanisms that maintain social cohesion. His particular interests revolve around the evolution of “super-” or “ultra-sociality” which describes cases in which individuals of different social units interact and collaborate to varying degrees and in some cases form higher-level groupings such as multilevel societies. He is currently involved in ongoing projects on snub-nosed monkeys in China.

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - School of Music presents: Research Seminar Series - Clint Bracknell/Makoto Takao Website | More Information
Clint Bracknell - Songs from the South: The Wirlomin Project and Southern Noongar Song

Aboriginal people, language and song inform a rich sense of place in Australia. Wirlomin Noongar people from the southwest are in the process of claiming, consolidating, enhancing and sharing their endangered cultural heritage. In this context, I will examine the value of community-driven Aboriginal language revitalisation and the potential function of local Aboriginal song idioms in broader cultural sustainability activities.

Makoto Takao - Glocal Emotion: Performative Practices of Jesuit Conversion in Early Modern Japan

This thesis will explore Jesuit conversion policy in Japan during the Christian Century (1540-1650). It will specifically analyse the means by which performative practices were employed as a way of fostering faith through the use of music, drama, and visual arts. These modes of communication embody inherent emotive potency, and the measure of their success can be best identified as degrees of affectivity amongst the converted.

 May 2013
Wednesday 01
16:00 - SEMINAR - CWR Presents : "Application of Fibre-Optic Sensing for Measurement of Antarctic Ice Shelf and Sub-Ice Shelf Ocean Dynamics" Website | More Information
Monitoring of the ice shelf and sub-ice shelf ocean temperatures represents an important component towards understanding ice sheet stability and the potential for rapid sea level rise.Continuous monitoring is challenging due to difficult surface access, the difficulties to penetrate through the ice shelf, and the need for the long term operation of non-recoverable sensors.

During November 2011, two instrumented moorings were installed through the Ross Ice Shelf of Antarctica at Windless Bight to develop rapid, light-weight drilling and near-continuous fiber-optic temperature monitoring methods. A combination of ice coring for the upper portion of each shelf borehole, followed by a hot-point drill for penetration into the ocean, was employed.

The boreholes provided temporary access to the ice-shelf cavity, into which Distributed Temperature Sensing (DTS) fiber-optic cables and conventional pressure/temperature transducers were installed. The DTS moorings provided near-continuous in time and depth (1-m interval) observations of ice and ocean temperatures to a depth of almost 800 m beneath the ice-shelf surface. Data received via telemetry to date document the presence of near-freezing waters throughout the cavity during November through January, followed by the influx warmer Ross Sea surface waters reaching approximately 150 m beneath the ice-shelf base during February and March. The cyclic return to isothermal conditions was complete by May.

In this talk, we begin with an overview of DTS physics, followed by a detailed look at the installation methods, instrument package design, mooring cable design,power supply and challenges that arose during the year long deployment.

Following a brief discussion of the data processing tools need to achieve high resolution, we present an analysis of entrance and exit of warm sub-shelf waters and their sources. We close with examples of several related DTS experiments in snow dynamics, aquatic ecosystem restoration and soil moisture monitoring, as well as an overview of the US National Science Foundation's community user facility for DTS.

About the speaker

Dr Scott Tyler is a Foundation Professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Nevada, Reno with appointments in the Department of Geologic Sciences and Engineering and the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. He is the director of the National Science Foundation’s Center for Transformative Environmental Monitoring Programs; a community instrument facility for DTS.

He is past editor of Water Resources Research, former chair of the Geologic Society of America’s Hydrogeology Division and incoming chairman of the board for the Consortium of Universities for the Advancement of Hydrologic Sciences.

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

****All Welcome****

16:00 - SEMINAR - “Advanced Glycation and diabetes: From complications to initiation and back again!” Website | More Information
Prof Forbes completed her PhD in Paediatric Nephrology in 1999 at the University of Melbourne. In 2012, she became the Group Leader for the Glycation and Diabetes Group at the Mater Medical Research Institute in Brisbane, Australia. She is currently an NHMRC Senior Research Fellow and holds research grants from the NHMRC of Australia and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF). She is a regular member of NHMRC grant review panels in addition to grant review panels for the JDRF International.

Her work to date has resulted in more than 100 publications in highly ranked journals cited more than 4000 times with a H-index of 34. Her primary research focuses on the biochemical process of advanced glycation and its contribution to diabetes and its vascular complications, in particular nephropathy. She has received awards for her research including the Commonwealth Health Minister’s Award for Excellence in medical research in 2010, an NHMRC Achievement Award in 2009, a Young Tall Poppy Award in 2008 and a Young Investigator Award from the International Diabetes Federation in 2002.

18:30 - COURSE - Chinese Calligraphy : Introductory Course (5 sessions, 2 hour each) Website | More Information
It’s the perfect marriage of art and meditation. The ancient art of Chinese calligraphy can strengthen your mental powers through meditation on art and beauty. Learn basics such as posture, brush holding and layout. Explore different styles of calligraphy.
Thursday 02
13:00 - WORKSHOP - Calculating limits (1 variable functions) Website | More Information
This sesssion introduces limits (left hand, right hand and limits at a point), including visual representations, and discusses a collection of tools to help you calculate limits. You will see that most limits can be calculated mentally and develop thought processes before writing down your workings. Many different examples will be given. Recommended for MATH1701 and higher level MATH students wishing to revise this topic.

13:10 - PERFORMANCE - FREE Lunchtime Concert : UWA Wind and Brass Ensemble Website | More Information
Free 50min Concert every Thursday during Semester at 1:10pm

16:00 - SEMINAR - Social Justice and Higher Education: A good partnership or mutually exclusive? : SESE Seminar More Information
What is the relationship between Higher Education and Social Justice? Is there one? Does Higher Education promote social justice in society or, rather, does it create social injustice? These troubling questions are the ones we attempt to address in our recent publication ‘Social Justice and Higher Education’ (Baillie et al, 2012, Engineering and Social Justice, London). We decided to explore these questions in more detail by interviewing a range of educators from all over the world about their views on this topic. As we chose not to define what we meant by social justice the conversations were very rich and diverse, prompting many insights into the working experience of the respondents. We did not conduct these interviews as a traditional researcher might. The project became more of a long, ongoing conversation and the resulting, illustrated book, is authored by us all, including the artist whose interpretations of our conversations added extra depth and insight. The responses ranged from the belief that HE can enhance social justice in society to the view that HE is inherently based on unjust principles and alternatives are needed now. This seminar will share some of these views to provoke broader discussion about changes in the role of HE in society.

19:00 - EVENT - QUIZ NIGHT: University Physics Society : UPS Annual Quiz Night. Prizes to be won! More Information
The University Physics Society will be having its annual Quiz Night this Thursday night at the Tav. It's a chance to show off your general knowledge whilst enjoying a few drinks with your friends, and have a chance to win great prizes! Doors open at 7pm. Quiz starts 7.30pm.

This event is 18+ only.

Tickets: $10 for UPS Members, $12 for non members, $72 for a table of 8 if purchased by a UPS Member.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or in Room 2.71 of the Physics Building weekdays between 1pm and 2pm.

Contact us via [email protected] for further details.
Friday 03
0:00 - EVENT - Callaway Series : CANCELLED Website | More Information

16:00 - TALK - The Science of Honeybees : Special Talk as Part of Honey Week 2013 Website | More Information
Special talk during Honey Week 2013
Sunday 05
15:30 - CONCERT - 'Something Old, Something New' : A mixture of old and new works for cello and piano. Website | More Information
A mixture of old and new works for cello and piano covering the last 100 years. Older pieces from the start of the century with new interpretations plus new works from the later part of the century. There will also be original music written by a UWA Music School student.

Entry is free, bookings are essential. Visit EpicEvents for bookings.
Monday 06
12:00 - WORKSHOP - Practise IELTS listening and reading Website | More Information
Learn techniques to help you better understand the written and spoken components of the IELTS test. You can apply what you learn to your unit readings and lectures at UWA. This workshop runs for 2 hours. Free for UWA degree course students.

13:00 - STUDENT EVENT - The Missing Middle : How we lost our sense of Good and our sense of God along with it More Information
Scott Stephens from the ABC will speak on current ethical and social trends from a Religion and Ethics point of view. Scott is a frequent broadcaster and interviewer. This event is one of several events commemorating fifty years since the death of Prof CS Lewis, a very significant post war author (The Lion, the Witch etc), academic and Christian apologist. This talk will be given tonight at 6pm at Uni club Auditorium also, but there it won't be for free like this is.

17:30 - PUBLIC LECTURE - Scott Stephens CS Lewis Anniversary Lecture : Fifty years on, CS Lewis still inspires intelligent Christian commentator on society More Information
Scott Stephens of ABC Religion and Ethics will speak on "The Missing Middle: How we lost our sense of the Good (and our sense of God along with it)." This is one of several events commemorating C.S.Lewis and his impact. One of 2013 UWA CHaplain's International Lecture series.
Tuesday 07
12:00 - WORKSHOP - Intro to logarithms Website | More Information
We start to demystify the logarithm by exploring its definition with simple examples and finding its place in your mathematical toolkit. The rules for manipulating logarithm expressions (the "log laws") are introduced and used in standard test style questions. After that we demonstrate how logs can be used to solve equations with variables in their exponents (powers). Recommended for MATH0700 and anyone who uses logarithms.

13:00 - WORKSHOP - Skills for Managing Study Stress : Skillshops: Supporting Student Wellbeing and Academic Success Website | More Information
This Skillshop will help students identify stressors affecting your studies; understand the impact of stress on wellbeing; explore strategies to manage stress; learn relaxation techniques; and develop resilience.

17:00 - PUBLIC LECTURE - School of Music presents: Research Seminar Series - Louise Devenish More Information
Louise Devenish (DMA candidate)
Wednesday 08
12:00 - WORKSHOP - Write better exam essays Website | More Information
Writing essays in an exam situation can seem like a slightly chaotic process! This workshop will describe the range of things you can do to prepare yourself for essay exams.

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