Presented by Professor Susan Petrilli, Dept of Human Sciences, Languages & Arts, University of Bari (Italy)

Date: Thursday 22 September 2016

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

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Abstract: This talk examines the problem of subjectivity from a semiotic perspective, as a sign phenomenon. Reference is above all to the research of scholars of the sign from modernity, in particular Charles S. Pierce, Victoria Welby, and Thomas A. Sebeok, but also Charles Morris, Mikhail Bakhtin and Emmanuel Levinas. Sebeok introduced the happy expression “Semiotic self”, a concept he elaborated in the context of his “Global Semiotics”, which I have used as the title of this paper and a starting point for my own work on this specific topic keeping account of some recent developments in semiotic research.

Speakers: Susan Petrilli is the seventh Thomas A. Sebeok Fellow of the Semiotic Society of America and professor of philosophy of language and semiotics at the University of Bari, Aldo Moro, Italy. She is also a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Psychology in Adelaide. Her principal research areas include philosophy of language, semiotics, bio-semiotics, general linguistics, communication studies, translation theory, theory of literary language, critical whiteness studies, and gender and identity studies. She has been Vice President of the International Association for Semiotic Studies since 2014. Petrilli is the co-author, with Augusto Ponzio, of Semiotics Unbounded and Signifying Understanding, as well as the 2000 monograph L’io semiotico (with Thomas Sebeok and Augusto Ponzio). Her most recent book is the 2013 The Self as a Sign, the World, and the Other, which builds on L’io semiotico.

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Presented by Dr Mark Mackay and Dr Josephine Varney, School of Medicine, Flinders University

Date: Thursday 8 September 2016

Time: 1-2pm

Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus

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Abstract: In this talk, we discuss how we use decision making in modelling our complex system – health care. In our modelling process, we divide decision making into the following four steps: 1. Determine your goal, 2. Collect information, 3. Turn information into knowledge through analysis, and 4. Decide. This process is similar to some commonly used psychology such as GOFER and DECIDE.  However, in complex systems this is rarely a linear process; lack of data can make certain goals impossible, information may cause you to change your goal etc.  Further in a complex system it is rarely possible to list (or evaluate) each possible alternative action; rather we often look for actions which will take us in a positive direction.

Speakers: Dr Mackay is the Acting Head of Health Care Management at Flinders University and holds a visiting research fellowship at the University of Adelaide. He has degrees in science, economics, commerce and a PhD in psychology. He has 25 years of experience in the application of multi-disciplinary applied research projects in various industries, including the health sector. He convenes – a collaboration involving clinicians, mathematicians, statisticians, computer scientists and others who aim to improve the health system through the use of operations research, systems thinking and design thinking. Mark is a recipient of the Premier’s International Research Fund grant which has enabled modelling of the RAH ICU and General Medicine, the process of cardiac treatment, emergency department activity and the beginnings of a system model for the mental health service. Dr Varney has a PhD in Mathematics, an MBA, and an Honours degree in Chemical Engineering. She came to mathematics after working for 15 years as a process engineer in the manufacturing industry. She is now combining her knowledge of processes and mathematics to health care modelling.

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Thursday 11 August 2016 – 1 – 2 pm

Room 526 Hughes Building

Presented by Professor Cecilia A Essau University of Roehampton, United Kingdom

Abstract: Up to 25% of those below 18 years of age are affected by emotional and behavioural problems which cause significant distress and impairment in major life domains. Most existing intervention programmes have been designed for specific disorders with little consideration on the presence of comorbid conditions. “Super Skills for Life” (SSL) is a transdiagnostic treatment procotocol for children with emotional and behavioural problems. It has five core principles: (1) it is based on a transdiagnostic approach by targeting common core risk factors of comorbid disorders; (2) it is based on the principles of CBT; (3) it uses video feedback with cognitive preparation to help children enhance their self-perception; (4) it uses the principle of behavioural activation by having children increase their activity levels and participate in positive and rewarding activities, which in turn can help to improve their mood and overall self-esteem; (5) finally, it teaches children basic skills to use during social interactions to help increase their experience of successful outcomes from the interactions. SSL is currently being implemented in over 70 primary schools in the UK to prepare children to move from primary to secondary school, and is available in 7 languages. Its adolescent adaption, “Life Skills for Success”, is currently being implemented in 5 settings including in Pupil Referral Units in London. Findings from various studies using these two programmes will be presented.

 Speaker: Professor Essau was born and raised on Borneo Island, and obtained a PhD from the University of Konstanz (Germany). She has held a number of academic positions in Canadian, Austrian, and German universities before joining the University of Roehampton in 2004. Professor Essau was the first Iban woman ever to hold a PhD and is the only Iban-speaking academic psychologist in the world. She currently holds a Visiting Professorship at the University of Adelaide and in 2011 was made a Fellow of the British Psychological Society. Her research focuses on understanding the interacting factors that can lead children and adolescents to have serious emotional and behavioural problems. She uses this research to (a) enhance the assessment of childhood and adolescent psychopathology and (b) design more effective interventions to prevent and treat such problems.

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Friday, July 15th, 3pm, Hughes Building Room 323 Presented by Professor Wesley Wildman Abstract: The Simulating Religion Project (SRP) is a cluster of subprojects within the Institute for the Bio-Cultural Study of Religion aiming to apply modeling and simulation techniques to the scientific study of religion. Computer modeling and simulation depends on data, so building and finding […]

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How to write a review for publication_ July112016 Presented by Dr Rachel Roberts and Dr Diana Dorstyn, School of Psychology, University of Adelaide Date: Monday 11 July 2016 Time: 1-2pm Location: Room 323, Level 3 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus No RSVP required, all welcome! Abstract: Systematic reviews and meta-analyses provide a straightforward process for […]

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Presented by Associate Professor Maureen Ashe, University of British Columbia Date: Thursday 23 June 2016 Time: 1-2pm Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus No RSVP required, all welcome! Speaker: Dr. Maureen Ashe is Associate Professor in the UBC Department of Family Practice, investigator at the Centre for Hip Health and Mobility, physiotherapist, and […]

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Presented by Professor Philip Gerrans, School of Philosophy, University of Adelaide Date: Thursday 9 June 2016 Time: 1-2pm* *Please note – the time of this event was incorrectly advertised in the Executive Dean’s News this week. 1 – 2pm is the correct time* Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus No RSVP […]

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Presented by Associate Professor Denis Drieghe, University of Southampton, UK Date: Thursday 12 May 2016 Time: 1- 2pm Location: Room 526, Level 5 Hughes Building, North Terrace Campus No RSVP required, all welcome! Speaker: Associate Professor Denis Drieghe is head of the Centre for Vision and Cognition at the University of Southampton in the United Kingdm. He earned his PhD […]

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Professor Elizabeth Grunfeld is the Executive Director for the Centre for Technology Enabled Health. Her research focuses on perceived and actual threats to health. She believes that understanding how people make sense of, respond and adapt to these threats is important not only to advance our theoretical understanding of how, and under what conditions, individuals are able to successfully […]

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Professor Stephan Lewandowsky, University of Bristol and University of Western Australia, is an award-winning teacher whose research has been funded continuously since 1990 by public agencies in 5 countries. His most recent research interests examine the potential conflict between human cognition and the physics of the global climate. He has published around 150 scholarly articles, […]

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