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We need to talk about . . . Trump V Clinton

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 02:00:00 +0000

Giant border walls, that Access Hollywood tape, private email scandals, and unusually small hands…in the final days before the US Presidential election join UQ’s own Associate Professor Chris Dixon (School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry) for an informal Q&A about what it takes to win the hearts and minds of American voters. Free. All Welcome. BYO lunch! ‘We need to talk about . . .’ is an informal conversation series with brilliant people about urgent topics in art, politics and the news. Ask questions you’d like answered, turn up to talk, or simply to listen.

Merson Lecture 2016

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 14:00:00 +0000

Deep Learning is an approach to Artificial Intelligence that is inspired by the hierarchy of cortical areas in our visual system. It has transformed speech recognition, picture captioning and many other difficult problems such as playing board games like Go. This lecture will explore the background that led up to these advances and the challenges that lie ahead in achieving intelligent behaviour. The lecture will be held from 5:00 - 6:00 pm followed by cocktails. Please RSVP at the link provided above.

FlashPoint - Topical Issue in World Affairs

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000

The Graduate Centre in Governance & International Affairs invites you to hear from our panel of speakers on the topic of `The United States of America 2016 Election`. Giving insights in the candidates and key issues in the 2016 US election are Assoc. Prof Andres Phillips, Assoc. Prof Sarah Percy, Professor Chris Reus-Smit, Hon Ben Franklin MLC (NSW) with host and moderator Assoc. Prof Jacinta O`Hagan. Join us afterwards for cheese and wine and networking - come along at 5:30pm to hear about our graduate programs until starting time 6pm. Register with Eventbrite

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: While you were sleeping: Memory consolidation

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:00:00 +0000

Professor Terry Sejnowski, Computational Neurobiology Laboratory, Salk Institute for Biological Studies Title: While you were sleeping: Memory consolidation Abstract: Your brain is active during sleep as it cycles between deep, slow wave sleep and rapid eye movement (REM), or dream sleep. Evidence is accumulating that messages between the hippocampus and the cortex during these sleep stages sets the stage for the consolidation of long-term memory. Recordings from human cortex have revealed dynamical patterns of electrical that may be instrumental in triggering mechanisms for synaptic plasticity during nonREM sleep.

EAIT ‘Leaders of Influence’ Series event with Alan Noble, Director Engineering, Google ...

Thu, 27 Oct 2016 02:00:00 +0000

You are warmly invited to lunch with a difference on Thursday, 27 October from 12:00pm to 1:45pm in Sydney. `Leader of Influence` Alan Noble, Director Engineering of Google Australia and New Zealand will deliver a special presentation addressing `Disruptive Tech Trends`. Alan is a serial entrepreneur and executive with 25 years of software technology leadership and management experience. Alan has been the Engineering Director for Google Australia and New Zealand since 2007, overseeing the rapid growth of the engineering centre in Sydney. He joined Google from NetPriva, a networking software company that he founded in 2005 which was acquired by Expand Networks and in turn, acquired by Riverbed. From 1986 until 2002 Alan lived in California. He worked for Schlumberger for 8 years, then in 1996, he cofounded NetMind, which developed the Internet`s first change detection service. NetMind was acquired in 2000 by Intellisync (acquired by Nokia) where he was VP of Engineering until returning to Australia in 2002. Alan is also co-founder and director of StartupAUS. He serves on the advisory boards of several Australian universities, the board of the South Australian Museum and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia. Alan completed his Bachelor of Engineering (First Class Honors) in Electrical and Electronics Engineering at the University of Adelaide, and also holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Science Stanford University. As a member of the UQ community, part of your `UQ Advantage` is having access to opportunities to network, engage in lively discussion and hear from thought leaders in the industry. We hope that you can join us. Register with the link provided above. Enquiries For further information, please contact: EAIT Alumni and Community Engagement Office

Exhibition Opening - Saturnalia: How the Romans Give

Fri, 28 Oct 2016 08:00:00 +0000

Each year a team of undergraduate interns works with the Antiquities Museum to develop a small exhibition alongside their studies. The 2016 Interns have worked to produce an exhibition highlighting the different types of gifts given in the Roman festive season, the Saturnalia. Objects from the Museum collection are paired with short epigrams describing them, drawn from the 1st century Roman poet, Martial. Martial lists over 200 suitable gifts, alongside short verses intended as ancient ‘gift tags’ to accompany them. The Romans loved to give and receive these small gifts, much the same as we do today. Visitors to the exhibition opening will receive canapes and drinks on arrival as part of their ticket price. The 2016 interns will give a presentation on the topic of Roman gift giving from 6:30pm. A Small Rattle If some little crying homeborn slave clings to your neck, let him shake this noisy rattle with his tender hand. Martial, Epigrams, 14.54

7th International Postgraduate Symposium in Biomedical Sciences

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 02:00:00 +0000

All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend all, or part of, two days of biomedical science, no registration required. This annual International Symposium features 6 renowned international speakers and 120 postgraduate presenters. This event is organised by the School of Biomedical Sciences within the Faculty of Medicine. The symposium also features a public lecture on Monday 31st October, 5.00-6.00pm, Physiology Lecture Theatre #63, “Mapping the mammary gland to understand breast cancer,” by Professor Jane Visvader from the Walter & Eliza Hall Institute for Medical Research Melbourne University. International Universities presenting include the University of Oxford, UK; University of Otago, New Zealand; Université Pierre et Marie Curie, France and Ludwig Maximilian Universität, Germany. Schools and Institutes across UQ will also be participating. For information contact Dr Ulrike Siebeck, 07 3365 4070,

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: The role of Neogenin in epithelial morphogenesis

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 02:00:00 +0000

Natalie Lee, Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland Title: The role of Neogenin in epithelial morphogenesis Abstract: Radial glial progenitors are neuroepithelial cells and give rise to all neurons in the embryonic brain. As for all epithelia, adherens junction (AJ) formation and maintenance in radial progenitors are dependent on cadherin-mediated cell-cell adhesion. Failure in AJ assembly leads to loss of apico-basal polarity, which destroys progenitor morphology and results in the failure to generate neurons. Previous studies in the Cooper lab revealed that depletion of the guidance receptor neogenin in the embryonic mouse cortex resulted in severe disruption of progenitor morphology due to a failure in AJ assembly. Moreover, loss of cell adhesion leads to the formation of neuronal heterotopias protruding into the ventricle and below the cortical plate. We have now investigated the role of neogenin in AJ formation using the well-established in vitro epithelial CaCo2 cell model. We show that loss of neogenin disrupts cadherin homophilic adhesion between adjacent cells, leading to a severe disruption in junctional contacts. Furthermore, loss of neogenin also results in the inability to recruit key actin nucleating factors such as the wave regulatory complex and the actin polymerization complex Arp2/3 to the cell-cell interface. This inability leads to dramatic changes in junctional tension due to a significant decrease in the actin turnover rate at AJs. Together, these findings suggest neogenin may control neurogenesis in the developing cortex by regulating AJ assembly, actin nucleation, and actomyosin-mediated tension between radial glia progenitors.

Transforming Assessment online seminar: Writing Analytics to Improve Formative Feedback

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 07:00:00 +0000

The education sector should be interested in the potential of `the data revolution` since it promises better feedback loops within complex systems. In the field known as Learning Analytics, there is significant effort being invested in the potential of new forms of digital data for improving learning, teaching and research. For educators, critical questions turn on issues such as what data is being logged, for whom, for what purpose, and how this relates to sound pedagogy, learning design and assessment regimes. Student writing is one type of educational data of particular interest to the Connected Intelligence Centre (CIC) at the University of Technology of Sydney (UTS). For a computer, writing is unstructured, messy, and difficult to analyse precisely because it is such a rich expressive medium. Although a computer does not read text like a person, Natural Language Processing can detect linguistic patterns that serve as proxies for the cognitive processes of the student. Since analysis is almost instantaneous, this offers the promise of personalised, formative assessment at a scale and speed that is otherwise impractical. As the product space fills up with automated writing tools, a key question for educators is how does one design writing analytics informed by the scholarship underpinning the teaching and learning of writing, and co-designed with literacy and academic subject matter experts? In this webinar we introduce these issues and describe the rationale, design and evaluation of writing analytics tools under development at CIC, as we pilot them with academics and their students engaged in analytical and reflective writing. Presenters: Simon Buckingham Shum, Simon Knight, Andrew Gibson and Philippa Ryan (University of Technology Sydney). Starting 07:00am Universal standard time (5PM Brisbane) time for 1 hour. Further information, time zone conversions and registration:

Public lecture: Walking and listening in the contemporary art gallery

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 08:00:00 +0000

Caleb Kelly Senior Lecturer and Program Director Bachelor of Art Theory University of New South Wales, Sydney Wednesday 2 November 6.00 pm UQ Art Museum RSVP by Monday 31 October Ambling through the art gallery we are continually aware of our surrounds and by association with the ever present sounds that emanate from both artworks and the everyday goings-on of the gallery. This paper will discuss these sounds and look to the practice-based research that emerges when walking becomes a means of knowledge transfer in addition to artworks. The talk will focus on artists including Janet Cardiff (Canada), Akio Suzuki (Japan), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland) and Marco Fusinato (Australia). Caleb Kelly is an academic, event director and curator working in the area of the sound arts at The University of New South Wales, Sydney. Kelly’s research interests are focused on sound as it relates to art and music. He is the author of Cracked Media: The Sound of Malfunction (MIT Press) and the editor of Sound (MIT Press and Whitechapel Gallery), and his forthcoming book Gallery Sound (Bloomsbury Academic) will be published in 2017. Kelly has curated numerous exhibitions, festivals and events, including Sound Full: Sound in Contemporary Australian and New Zealand Art (2012/2013) for the Dunedin Public Art Gallery and City Gallery, Wellington. He is currently working on a project for Vox Populi art space in Philadelphia entitled Material Sound that will include six contemporary Australian artists who engage sound through their materials-based practices. In 2015, he was the Edgard Varèse Guest Professor at the Technische Universität Berlin. Presented as part of the ‘Art Talks Big Ideas’ series, Translational Research in Creative Practice, University of Queensland.

Thea Astley: Inventing her own weather

Fri, 04 Nov 2016 07:45:00 +0000

The UQ Library invites you to attend the annual Fryer Lecture in Australian Literature on the 4 November. Dr Karen Lamb will be discussing her latest book Thea Astley: Inventing Her Own Weather which is a biography of esteemed Australian author Thea Astley (1925-2004). With a writing career that spanned over 50 years, Thea Astley was a dry-witted and eccentric trailblazer for women writers. Astley`s Biographer Dr Lamb shares the writer`s private world and explores how it shaped her distinctive body of work. A conversation between Dr Lamb and Dr Gillian Whitlock will follow the lecture.

3rd Annual Queensland Forum on Antimicrobial Resistance

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 23:00:00 +0000

A joint initiative of The University of Queensland`s Institute for Molecular Bioscience Centre for Superbug Solutions, Queensland Health`s Communicable Diseases Clinical Network, and Queensland Health`s Queensland Statewide Antimicrobial Stewardship Program. This year the forum will gather experts from both the clinical and scientific community to focus on a One Health approach to antimicrobial resistance. The program will provide a fantastic forum for researchers and clinicians in the space of infectious disease, microbiology, diagnostics, epidemiology, pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, agriculture and veterinary sciences to network, share ideas, build new collaborations and promote closer interactions between academic researchers, clinicians and industry. Who should attend? Researchers, clinicians and professionals from the following sectors: Infectious Diseases Public Health Pharmacists Veterinary Agricultural (including Animal Husbandry, & Hydrology) Microbiology Epidemiology Clinical Researchers Antimicrobial Stewardship Infection Control Research Scientists Consumers

Superbugs at The Olympics

Thu, 17 Nov 2016 07:30:00 +0000

Drug-resistant bacteria, or superbugs, are one of the greatest challenges currently facing global human health. Superbug-infested waters was an issue that surrounded the Olympic Games in Rio this year. What did this mean for our athletes? Join a panel of Olympians and scientific experts to discuss the issue. Experts have found that widespread resistance to our arsenal of antibiotics is no longer a threat — it is reality. News headlines are a daily reminder that bacterial infections kill more than 9,000 Australians each year and cost the Australian economy more than $1 billion each year in direct health care expenditure. Unless something is done by 2050, 10 million people could lose their lives each year – that is one person every three seconds! The University of Queensland Institute for Molecular Bioscience Centre for Superbug Solutions (IMB CSS) invites the community and families to hear from Olympic heroes and their journey at Rio. This Antibiotic Awareness Week, join our community event featuring: Bacterial sepsis survivor and Rio 2016 gold medallist wheelchair rugby Paralympian Chris Bond OAM; Olympic rower Fiona Albert and Australian Triathlon Chief Medical Officer Dr Mark Young. This experienced line-up will join IMB CSS researchers to discuss measures taken to prevent superbugs taking a stronghold at the Olympic Games. Please RSVP with link provided above.

Public Lecture: The relationship between Japan and Australia has never been closer. ...

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 10:30:00 +0000

The relationship between Japan and Australia has never been closer. But is it deep … or is it all a tip with no iceberg? Roger Pulvers will discuss the ties between the two countries to see where the truth lies.

Public Lecture: Trans-Asian engagement with Japan in Australia

Fri, 25 Nov 2016 05:30:00 +0000

In a globalized world, a comprehensive study of any country or region requires us to take into consideration cross-border mobility, connections and exchange and understand how transnationally shared issues are specifically and interrelatedly articulated in a particular country or region. Iwabuchi’s lecture will address the significance of ‘strategic trans-Asianism’ to further develop the study of Japan in that direction.

Public Lecture and Panel Discussion: Heritage Speakers - Mobility and Children - Memories of ...

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 06:30:00 +0000

According to Clifford (2002), “mobility” has a definitively vital place in our incomplete modern world. Children comprise part of today’s large population movements of groups including migrants and refugees. These children have no choice but to cross borders of the environments in which they grow up, as well as cultural and language borders. International marriage is one example of “mobility” which has accelerated diversity among children in recent years. This consideration of mobility, pluricultural and plurilingual characteristics of people is the social challenge of the 21st century. Although the theme of this study is children with the above characteristics, it focuses on memories of children crossing borders rather than children themselves. This study explores how these memories can be used in academic research in countries such as Japan and Australia, as well as the significant role these memories play in Japanese studies in Australia.

Public Lecture: Art, Advocacy and Accountability - the case of a Nikkei artist in Australia

Sat, 26 Nov 2016 22:30:00 +0000

Mayu Kanamori will discuss the process of creating her performance works such as The Heart of the Journey, In Repose, and Yasukichi Murakami – Through a Distant Lens. In the process, she will challenge prescribed boundaries of the role of the artist in addressing social history, examine social responsibilities in making ethical choices pertaining to identity, diaspora, and imagined national and ethnic borders, and explore ways of working with culturally specific stories to make a contribution to the wider community.

Transforming Assessment online seminar: Multiple Measures - benchmarking interdisciplinary ...

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 07:00:00 +0000

This session will explore the benchmarking of quality assessment tasks to facilitate interdisciplinary learning in the creative arts and humanities. Based on the findings from an Australian government Office of Learning and Teaching grant. The project has investigated ID assessment design in undergraduate and coursework masters units/courses/subjects. Presenters: Kate Tregloan (Monash University), Su Baker (University of Melbourne), Kit Wise (University of Tasmania / Monash University), Graham Forsyth (University of New South Wales) Starting 07:00am Universal standard time (5PM Brisbane) time for 1 hour. Further information, time zone conversions and registration:

OP Results Advice Night

Mon, 19 Dec 2016 06:00:00 +0000

Get the best result from your OP. OP Results Advice Night provides you with information about the choices your OP gives you and gives you the opportunity to speak face-to-face with experts from all study areas. Our friendly team will help you find pathways to your desired program and advise on preference changes, entry requirements, scholarships and QTAC processes. Make the most of your years of study with a world-class degree from UQ! Campus tours will commence from 4.00pm.