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Live Streaming of Lectures at UC (Wednesdays)

Ihaka Lectures

An annual series of lectures celebrating Professor Ross Ihaka’s contribution to the development of R and its leading role in statistical computing is offered by the University of Auckland’s Department of Statistics.

The lectures will be live streamed
 at UC:
Room DA02 at UC’s Dovedale Campus

First Lecture: 8 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: “Expressing Yourself with R“,
Speaker: Hadley Wickham

Second Lecture: 15 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: R and data journalism in New Zealand,
Speaker: Harkanwal Singh

Third Lecture: 22 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: Interactive visualisation and fast computation of the solution path for convex clustering and biclustering,
Speaker: Dr Genevera Allen

Fourth Lecture: 29 March, 2017, 6:30-7:30pm
Topic: Statistical computing in a (more) static environment,
Speaker: Ross Ihaka

For more information, please contact: Richard.Penny@stats.govt.nz

Details of the lecture series are available here

From the site: The Ihaka lectures
The series is named after Ross Ihaka, Associate Professor in the Department of Statistics at the University of Auckland. Ross, along with Robert Gentleman, co-created R – a statistical programming language now used by the majority of the world’s practicing statisticians. It is difficult to over-emphasise the importance of Associate Professor Ihaka’s contribution to our field. We named this lecture series in his honour, as a way to recognise his work and his contributions to our field in perpetuity.

UC Presents International Flute Symposium 2017

This Waitangi Weekend, UC School of Music presents the International Flute Symposium 2017, featuring internationally acclaimed flautist Emily Beynon .

The Symposium is being held at Rangi Ruru Girls’ School and includes a Gala Concert where she will perform with other local and international artists including:

  • UC School of Music Flute tutor and Christchurch Symphony Orchestra principal flute Anthony Ferner
  • James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music)
  • Bridget Douglas (Principal Flute, NZSO.)

The Symposium marks the beginning of an exciting new era for the UC School of Music as teaching and performance activities are relocated to the Arts Centre this month.

The International Flute Symposium 2017 is a three-day Symposium packed with masterclasses and performances drawing on the expertise of some of the world’s best players brought to Christchurch by the UC School of Music.

flute player
Emily Beynon. Photo: Roland Krämer

Emily Beynon is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music in London and is a highly regarded performer and teacher with a long history as principal flute of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. She also performs with many other orchestras across Europe. A passionate and dedicated teacher, Emily is regularly invited to give masterclasses internationally.

Associated artists James Kortum (Lecturer in Flute, Sydney Conservatorium of Music), Bridget Douglas (Principal Flute, NZSO) and UC School of Music Flute Tutor Anthony Ferner (CSO Principal Flute) will join Emily to perform in the Symposium Gala Concert on Sunday evening featuring works by composers including Otar Taktakishvili, Georges Hüe, Toru Takemitsu and UC School of Music Associate Professor Chris Cree Brown.

For more information on the Symposium click here or contact Anthony Ferner ajferner@gmail.com ph 021 244 4023. A Flute Symposium daily and half day observer fee is available.

The Gala Concert starts at 7pm on Sunday Evening, 5 February at the Merivale Lane Theatre, Rangi Ruru Girls’ School, 59 Hewitts Rd, Merivale. Tickets are $40 Adult, $15 Student, Door Sales Only.

Public Seminar: The EU in a Post-Brexit world

UC is hosting this public roundtable seminar on:

Wednesday, 18th January 2017,
1:00pm – 3:00pm
at Undercroft 101.

‘The EU in a post-Brexit world: the end of Normative Power Europe?’ will feature the following distinguished speakers:

  • Sir Michael Leigh (Erskine Fellow, German Marshall Fund)
  • Prof Richard Whitman (University of Kent, UK)
  • Prof Paul Bacon (Waseda University, Japan)
  • Dr Wenwen Shen (Korea University, Korea)
  • Prof Bingran Dai (Fudan University, China)
  • Prof Natthanan Kunnamas (Chulalongkorn University, Thailand)
  • Prof Martin Holland (UC, NZ)
  • Prof Natalia Chaban (UC, NZ)
  • Dr Serena Kelly (UC, NZ)

Everyone welcome.

Find out more on the National Centre for Research in Europe’s Facebook page

35 to 55? FREE Financial Independence Seminar

“Fast Track to your Financial Independence”

Wednesday 14 September
12pm – 1.30pm
Dovedale – details for registration below

This free 90 minute seminar is aimed at people who want to make sure they position themselves well to enter the transition phase. fast track septAttendees would generally:

  • have committed to take a planned approach to creating their financial independence and ensuring their preferred lifestyle
  • be highly motivated to make best use of increasing surplus income and/or investment assets for their future lifestyle
  • have children leaving home or will be shortly
  • be making financial independence and self-sufficiency a key focus.

They will be asking:

  • how do I make the most of my current financial situation?
  • what amount of money do I need and how do I save it so I can achieve the same lifestyle when I retire?
  • How do I protect myself, my family and my investment capital?

For this group NZFP extend an invitation to partners to participate.

Please register your interest for this seminar by contacting Shelley Dick, via email or phone (03) 375 4040.

Life, the Universe and Everything

Professor George Ellis, a renowned cosmologist visiting on an Erskine Fellowship from the University of Cape Town, will present a series of eight lectures on big questions aimed at a broad audience, including cosmology, causality, life, aliens and the physics of the mind.

The lectures are open to everyone. The first will be held as a public lecture in C1, 8pm, Monday 8 August.

George has had a remarkable career. In addition to a string of academic honours, he also played a role in the anti-apartheid movement in South Africa in the 1970s and 1980s. (He was later awarded the Order of the Star of South Africa by Nelson Mandela.)

I got to know George on my first postdoc in Trieste, Italy, in 1988 at a time when things had got a bit too difficult for him in South Africa. For a few years George was based there at SISSA, an Institute directed then by Dennis Sciama, who in the 1960s had supervised George Ellis, Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees, and a whole generation of experts in general relativity.

George and Stephen co-wrote one of the classic texts of the field, published in 1973. (George appears as fellow student in the film dramatisations of Stephen’s life, including the 2014 movie “Theory of Everything”.)

George is truly a deep thinker, always tackling the most fundamental questions. His lectures (full list available here) will be a fascinating journey crossing the boundaries of physics, biology and philosophy.

The lectures are largely self-contained, so that students and staff can choose ones that interest them without worrying about missing others.

Astrobiology topics will be hosted by Biological Sciences (August 11, 18); cosmology by Philosophy (August 10) and Physics and Astronomy (August 12, 19) and causality and complex systems by Philosophy (August 15, 17). The last topics are discussed in George’s new book How Can Physics Underlie the Mind?: Top-Down Causation in the Human Context.

David Wiltshire