Children, cadavers and chemicals may not seem related but they all have associated risks. These risks, and the policies and practices in place at UWA to deal with them, were some of the reasons behind the awarding of the annual UWA Safety Awards.
The night when the winners were crowned in the 2012 Western Australian Scientist of the Year Awards was a starry one for our University, with a UWA program and researchers taking out five of the seven categories.
On his latest field trip in an arid East African valley, Research Associate Professor Jeffrey Shragge met a woman who wakes at 2am every second morning to walk 20km with her donkey to fetch fresh water for her family. She gets home at 10am.
You could be forgiven for thinking that the world has suddenly become very concerned about burping sheep. Certainly at UWA two young researchers with links not only to Australia but also to India, Japan and China are working hard to find ways to reduce the amount of methane gas that sheep burp into the atmosphere as they graze.