Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Newsletter 26th September 2012

Hi all!

Family Picnic: I am so excited for this event, you don’t even know! There is a free barbeque, a koala and snakes for you to pat! There is even the possibility of a joey coming too! This is a totally free afternoon, so all you need to do is come along.
What do I mean by family? Check out the blog, I answered that question there (but if it’s tl;dr I mean anyone and everyone):

Let me know you’re coming so I buy enough food to make you all fat. Email me at with how many people and any dietary requirements.
Also, no booze please.

Elections are coming, and I’m already getting nomination forms! I know a lot of amazing postgrads out there, and I’m serious when I say nominate for the committee! You need to email me the completed form by the 18th of October. See the website for further info:

Awards! We gave out two Travel Grants and one Small Grant in Round Two. Applications are open for Round Three – Conference Travel (up to $750), Fieldwork/Data Collection (up to $600), and Small Grants (up to $200). Main award round closes 9th of November. Leadership closes 19th of October.

Oh, and Connect is 5pm Thursday the 4th of October! Even better, the PSA sponsored performance of The Vagina Monologues is on 7.30pm on the 4th of October at Dolphin Theatre! (Go see it!)

Finally, I’ll be conferencing it up from the 3rd of October to the 12th, so I’m not available then, and will miss you all very much at Connect, the theatre, and Family Picnic – so take many, many pictures, send them to me, and make me jealous!

Take care, and happy reading!

THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES: The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler based on her interviews with over 200 women about everything there is to do with being a woman. This year, Curtin and Murdoch University have come together with two full casts to produce this play, which will be performed twice at both universities and once at UWA in an effort to promote congeniality across campuses and bond together women from every background. UWA's performance was made possible by their Postgraduate Students Association and Public Affairs Council.
When? 7.30pm, 4th of October.
Where? Dolphin Theatre, UWA
How much? $10, book through Cash payment on the night please!

EDUCATION FORUM: All postgraduate students from The University of Western Australia are invited to present their education-related research at the next Fogarty Foundation Postgraduate Forum to be held in the afternoon of Tuesday 20 November 2012 at the Graduate School of Education. For further information about the forum, please see or contact Eileen Slater

Like science AND communication? You should totally check out the Science Communication Seminars, Fridays, 4.00pm at the UWA Centre for Learning Technology. No RSVP required, snacks and drinks available – email Sophia Bickford at to join the mailing list!NO SEMINAR THIS WEEK, but, Friday the 5th will be Dr Carmen Lawrence on the topic: Using Psychology to Reduce Energy Use

Alumni! You should totally join up to the UWA Alumni Facebook page, so you can keep in touch with your alma mater!  

Trove: UWA’s Online Creative Arts Journal – get your work published! Submissions accepted all year, deadline for 3.2 is Monday 28th of September. More details? Sure can!

How about that local sports team?Fun games, volleyball, sausage sizzle, cupcakes - a great family day out and a good cause!  We (Rotary of Crawley and African Students Union, UWA) are organizing what promises to be a lovely action packed day of sports, fun games, food and music to raise funds for science education and youth leadership at two schools in Malawi, Africa.
DATE: Saturday, 6th October
TIME: 10:30am for 11am game start. Finish at 3pm.
VENUE: Riley Oval, UWA Campus, Crawley - near University Club on Hackett Drive.
REGISTRATION: Advance registration required for volleyball teams- $100 per team (minimum 6 players).
BENEFICIARIES:  Mzuzu Academy  and Nkhomboli Community Day Secondary School

Idea-ful? The Day of Ideas is sponsored by the IAS, and focuses on important themes.
Manning Clark House is running a special public lecture “Night of 100 Objects - Creating histories through Objects” by Dr Jeremy Hill, Head of Research, The British Museum. The lecture is on the 8th of November 2012, from 6.00pm-7.00pm, at the WA Museum, costing $30.

The IAS’s 2012 Day of Ideas lecture series will focus on the theme: “Objects/History/Humanity: Museums in Contemporary Society”. It will take place on the 9thof November 2012, from 9.30am –5.00pm, in Banquet Hall South, University Club, UWA, costing $75/$70 (concession). The day is followed by sundowner until 6.00pm.

More info and registration:

LITERARY RESEARCH SYMPOSIUM: IAS and the Chair of Australian Literature are presenting a research symposium titled Christina Stead and Literary Ownership. It’s on the 23rd of November from 9.30am to 5pm, at the University Club. See for the info!

Institute of Advanced Studies Lectures and Masterclasses
27 Sept: 6.00pm, 10 Things I Hate about America: Reflections of a Bi-Hemisexual, Susan Maushart, Social Sciences LT, (Public Lecture)
2 Oct: 6.00pm, Neurodevelopmental disorders: Are our current diagnostic labels fit for purpose?, Dorothy Bishop, Social Science LT, (Public Lecture)
3 Oct: 6.00pm, Growth headwinds in China and Japan: Implications for the Australian economy, Rod Tyers, Social Science LT, (Public Lecture)
9 Oct: 6.00pm, Looking at Japan through Masculinity: From Salaryman to Herbivore, Romit Dasgupta, Webb LT, (Public Lecture)
10 Oct: 6.00pm, Taking Responsibility for Climate Change, Robyn Eckersley, Uni Club Theatre, (Public Lecture)
11 Oct: 10am-4pm, Differentiated Responsibilities and the Future of the International Climate Negotiations, Robyn Eckersley, Old Senate Room, (Postgrad Masterclass)

Registration and questions should be directed to the IAS:

Do you want to put a notice in the newsletter? You should email me! I’ll spruik most things related to postgrads, professional development, and activities. Newsletter day is currently Wednesday, so email two sentences and any links to by 9am on Wednesday to be included!
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