Thursday, April 18, 2013

Newsletter 18th of April

Happy Post-Prosh Day!

I hope you all enjoyed laughing at the undergraduates in their bizarre costumes, reminiscing about the days where you dressed up better (I painted myself green one year- that is real dedication- none of that ‘Oh I’ll just wear a fluro vest, that’s a costume’ stuff), and perused the Prosh paper.  I know, I know- its atrocious, the jokes aren’t even funny, and it makes fun of everyone- but it is for charity, and every year my grandma asks me for a copy and chuckles away at it- so I guess it can’t be too bad. That said if you have a complaint about Prosh- as I am sure many of you do- email

So onto PSA things…. We currently have four (yes 4) nominees for the position of PSA Science Rep. In light of this, as I said last week, we are holding a by-election. Each of the nominees will be submitting this week a brief bio about themselves which will go up on the webpage: Our nominees are; Natasha  Hulse, Benjamin Philip Goodall, Thomas Ansell and Hammad Khan. Voting will remain open until 5pm Wednesday the 24th of April. To vote for one of these people to be Science Rep please email Vanessa Caparas (our returning officer) at with the subject line UWA PSA ELECTION, and the name of who you are voting for in the body of the email.

Shoaib Memon has nominated to be the PSA Secretary. If you have any comments or issues on this position please email before the 24th of April.

Postscript (the PSA Postgraduate magazine) is coming around again.  We are currently looking for contributions for 2013. For more details on submissions check out here:

As always- there are important notices below….check them out please…..


PSA News!
 PSA Committee:

The Following people have nominated to be the PSA Science Rep:

Natasha Hulse,
Benjamin Philip Goodall,
Thomas Ansell
Hammad Khan.

To vote for one of these people to be Science Rep please email Vanessa Caparas (our returning officer) at with the subject line UWA PSA ELECTION, and the name of who you are voting for in the body of the email.

Voting will remain open until 5pm Wednesday the 24th of April

Shoaib Memon has nominated to be the PSA Secretary. If you have any comments or issues on this position please email before the 24th of April.

The PSA is still looking for people to fill the following positions:
Education Faculty Representative
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Officer

For more information on these positions and what the rest of the PSA committee does check out:

Please let us know at if you are interested


Hey Postgrads. Do you love prizes? Are you a smartie? Well, bring it to the Tav on May 23rd for the PSA Quiz night!

WHERE: The Tav at UWA
WHEN: Thursday, 23rd May 2013, 7-10.30 pm
HOW MUCH: $15 per person or $100 for a full table of 8 (buy a wad of raffle
tickets for a change to WIN MORE PRIZES!)
TICKETS: Tickets are now available for purchase from the PSA Office (room 1.03 Guild South Wing) 1-4pm Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday. To purchase tickets outside of this time please email

We have almost $1000 worth of prizes for the night!

Head on to the PSA blog at, Facebook page at, @UWAPSA on Twitter or email for more info.

Get your friends together for a table!


ACSPRI Winter Program : ACSPRI winter program is coming to UWA in July
ACSPRI is coming UWA this July and course bookings are now open! The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc (ACSPRI) is a not-for-profit organisation that has offered short courses in research methods, predominantly for staff and HDR students at its member institutions, for twenty-seven years. These courses are a valuable learning experience and networking opportunity for a wide range of researchers; from areas including social sciences and humanities, health sciences, nursing, epidemiology, medicine, law, marketing, geography and beyond.
Eight of the most popular five-day ACSPRI courses will be held at UWA from 15th – 19th July as part of the 2013 ACSPRI Winter Program. As a long-time ACSPRI member organisation, all UWA staff and students are eligible for significant discounts on course bookings. Further early bird discounts are available for bookings that are completed and paid for by 8th May, 2013. Up until this day, full time post graduate students pay only $1000 per course and other students and staff pay $1560, compared with the full rate of $3130. Program information, a list of courses, prices, FAQs and the on-line booking system are available at
Program Coordinator, Marty Lynch on
Location Faculty of Arts Computer Labs (03 8456 6520)
Start Mon, 15 Jul 2013 - End Fri, 19 Jul 2013

New Unit on Drugs, Policy and Public Health – presented by the National Drug Research Institute.
A one-week intensive unit gives postgraduate students the historical and epidemiological background to alcohol and other drug use and policy in Australia  The aim is to provide participants with a framework to improve integration of research into drug policy formulation at local, state, national and international levels.

DATE: Monday 22 - Friday 26 July 2013
TIME: 9am - 4.45pm
VENUE: National Drug Research Institute, Curtin University Health Research Campus, Shenton Park
Enrolment and further information:

Participants required!

Advance science in your spare time!!
Nobel laureate Prof. Barry Marshall is seeking healthy volunteers for a clinical trial investigating the use of Helicobacter bacteria as an edible transport system for vaccines and other agents. Remuneration will be provided. For more information please see the attached poster, or contact Jim (Clinical Trial Co-ordinator) on 0488 159 419 or

Would you like to take part in a study examining male fertility?
The School of Animal Biology are currently recruiting both couples and men for two PhD studies investigating male fertility.
ñ You must be a heterosexual, Caucasian male or couple aged between 18 and 35 years old.
ñ You will attend a one-off visit to Animal Biology to complete some questionnaires and receive instructions.
ñ You will provide a semen sample in the comfort of your own home.
ñ All data is completely confidential.
ñ A contribution of $10 (men) or $20 (couples) will be made towards expenses incurred by you.
ñ Find out important information about your semen quality free of charge!
For further information, please email Samantha Leivers at: This research has full approval from the UWA Human Ethics Research Committee (Project number: RA/ 4/1/5012).
Participant Recruitment to research the lived experiences of PhD students in Australia
Wanted: a diverse cohort of PhD students – domestic and international, different stage of PhD, varying age groups, gender and research discipline - to explore ‘what the lived experience’ of a PhD student in present day Australia actually is.
Participation takes approximately 1 hour per month
Anyone interested in participating can contact me directly on:
Angele Jones, or 0409 833688


IAS Talks:

The History of Education and the Values of Cultural Heritage by Ian Reid, Adjunct Professor,  English and Cultural Studies UWA
16 April, 6pm, Webb Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential.
Bookings: or RSVP  or 6488 1340

Probation worker responses to turbulent conditions by Anne Worrall, Professor of Criminology, Keele University, UK, Honorary Professorial Fellow, Law School, UWA.
17 April, 6pm, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential.
Blue Forests for Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation by Nuria Marba, Spanish National Research Council (CSIC), Institut Mediterrani d'Estudis Avancats (UIB-CSIC) and 2013 Gledden Visiting Fellow at UWA
18 April, 6pm, Social Sciences Lecture Theatre UWA, Free, but RSVP essential.


The latest version of the citation management software EndNote (X6) is now available for UWA staff and students to download. To learn more and download the program, visit:

Questions? Please ask us.

Caroline Clark
Workshops and Seminars!

Research and Academic Writing:
Online registration for Research Skills and Academic Writing workshops for Masters by Research and PhD students is now open at
Research skills workshops topics: Kickstart your Research; Writing your Research Proposal; Managing and Reviewing the Literature
Academic Writing topics: Write a Better Thesis; Principles of Academic Writing; Academic Writing in Practice.

Limina Conference 2013

Exclusivity: Boundaries of Difference

To celebrate the launch of volume 19 of LIMINA: A Journal of Historical and Cultural Studies the Collective is pleased to announce that:

The Limina Conference will be held on Friday June 14, 2013 at the University of Western Australia. This conference will explore notions of exclusivity with Professor Jane Lydon, Future Fellow at the University of Western Australia, as keynote speaker. The conference aims to foster a supportive environment in which current post-graduates and early career researchers can present their own research whilst investigating the complexities of exclusion.
For more information please visit our website or contact us at The final submission date for abstracts has been extended to April 30, 2013.

Teaching and Learning Research Colloquium 2013
Date: Thursday 6th June 2013 Time: 8:45-12:00. Venue: University Club, Seminar Rooms 1 and 2
You are invited to disseminate your research in Teaching and Learning at UWA. We are calling for expressions of interest from anyone who is actively engaged with the scholarship of teaching and learning at UWA and would like to share their research with others in a presentation to your colleagues.Please submit an Expression of Interest in the form of an abstract by Monday 8th April 2013 to
Any questions please do not hesitate to contact Rashmi Watson

Employment Law Australia Masterclass

28 May 2013. Sydney, Australia
30 May 2013, Perth, Australia
Register by 8th Mar 2013 to enjoy 200 AUD off


Employment law is constantly evolving and it is a challenge to keep up with the changes. This Masterclass looks at the current hot topics which those involved in HR face on a daily basis


UWA Student Guild - Co-Op Textbook Grants for Students

There are Guild Textbook Grants in the form of Co-Op Textbook vouchers of up to $250 for students who are finding it difficult to purchase essential textbooks.

For further information please see the following link - or feel free to contact either of us; Emmaline Turley or Jessica Toon

News from IT!

Student IT Support in 2013
Need IT help? Use askUWA or go to your subject library.


Check your student email!! Your student email is where the university communicates with you.

Check that and Student Connect at least once a week to ensure that you don’t have any outstanding fines, fees, milestones which might lead to an encumbrance – this would prevent the automatic re-enrolment of research students! Bad times for everyone.

Do you want to put a notice in the newsletter? You should email me! I’ll plug 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!
Twitter: @UWAPSA
Internal Mail: M300
Phone: (08) 6488 3194
Office: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Office 1.03
Lounge: Guild South Wing, First Floor, Room 1.05

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