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Shape-shifting particles and underground super labs: 2015 Nobel Prize winner tells his story

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 09:30:00 +0000

We live in a world of neutrinos. Thousands of billions of neutrinos—mostly created by the Sun—are flowing through your body every second. You cannot see them and you do not feel them; and they are very hard for scientists to measure. Then, when scientists were finally able to catch them, there were fewer than they expected. But why? Was our Sun losing its power? Join us on Monday 5 December for a free public lecture by the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics 2015, Professor Takaaki Kajita: the man credited with the discovery of neutrino oscillations, and the solution to this riddle. His is a story of twists and turns, including gigantic underground laboratories, passionate conflicts over the nature of matter, and fears of the end of the world—culminating in science’s most prestigious prize and the unexpected conclusion that neutrinos have mass. Kajita was the man in charge of two massive laboratories in Japan dedicated to capturing neutrinos. In vast pools of water deep underground, flashes of blue proved their existence. But something was awry—scientists only found half as many solar neutrinos as they expected. Was the Sun about to go out? It was the riddle that made Kajita’s career. Together with Arthur B McDonald of Canada, Kajita discovered that neutrinos are shape-shifters that flip back and forth between different states, making some of them invisible to the detectors—hence the apparent lack of them. The Sun is burning nicely, after all. The finding set to rest fears for life on Earth, and helped us to see the full picture of neutrinos—particles which still have a lot to tell us about supernovae, the working of stars, and the unresolved physics of dark matter. On Monday night, Professor Takaaki Kajita will tell us his story, and talk a little about what comes next. His talk will be introduced by Prof Hans Bachor from Australian National University (ANU), and our thanks to the ANU for their support of this lecture.

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:

UQEI Energy Express Seminar

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 08:00:00 +0000

The UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series is designed to provide a monthly forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. In the final seminar for 2016, Professor Eric Larson (Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton) will share his views on `Deep Decarbonization: What Role for BECCS and Other Negative Emissions?` The seminar will be held on Wednesday, 7 December from 6:00–7:00pm in the GHD Auditorium (49-200), followed by light refreshments until 8:00pm. Please RSVP with any dietary requirements by Monday, 5 December.

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Reverse Replay during Human Problem Solving

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 02:00:00 +0000

Professor Peter Dayan, Director, Gatsby Computational Neuroscience Unit, University College London, UK Title: Reverse Replay during Human Problem Solving Abstract: The fast replay of sequences of neural representations has been suggested as supporting learning and online planning. However, it has largely been studied in spatial tasks in rodents. I will show how we came upon reverse replay during our latest attempt to use the decoding of MEG data to capture the process of human model-based planning in a non-spatial sequential decision-making problem (Kurth-Nelson et al, Neuron, 2016). During epochs in which our subjects were planning, their brains spontaneously visited representations of approximately four states in the problem in fast sequences lasting on the order of 120 milliseconds. These sequences followed backward trajectories along the permissible paths in the task.

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.