Brangelina? Nicole’s weight? Posh pregnant again? This is the kind of gossip that absorbs many in the community. Gossip equally juicy enlivens the conversation of Winthrop Professor Susan Broomhall and Dr Jacqueline Van Gent – but it doesn’t concern today’s celebrities.
A simple animal with extraordinarily complex visual abilities could be the key to developing remote underwater cameras and robotic machines. The archerfish, found across the north of australia, can see so well both below and above the surface of the water that it can catch insects by spitting at them.
The stunning art and magnificent artefacts found preserved in ash at Pompeii in the first century AD give the impression of a sophisticated and cultured society. But archaeologists who have worked at one of the most popular ancient sites in the world have also found evidence of a life that would make many of us squirm.
The discovery of another ancient stone circle near Stonehenge may help archaeologists to understand the mystery of this prehistoric site. UWA archaeologist Associate Professor Alistair Paterson was on site with the Stonehenge Riverside Project for two weeks when Bluestonehenge was excavated a few months ago.
One morning last winter, a young man lay sprawled on the pavement near the Oral Health Centre at QEII. He heard footsteps approach him, stop, then hurry on. Then he heard a truck slow down, then drive off. Neither the pedestrian nor the driver offered him any help and Tony Phan was in too much pain to ask for it.
By 2050, climate change may well have robbed about 200 million people of their homes and livelihoods. In just 40 years, one person in every 45 people in the world may be displaced. but there is no mechanism yet in international law to deal with these people.
UWA lawyer David Hodgkinson is working hard to change that. He leads a small group of UWA law graduates, staff and a student in an international project to draft a convention for people displaced by climate change.
Greg Whyte makes jokes about ‘disturbed individuals’ whose sporting aspirations are at the ‘ludicrous end of the spectrum’; ‘nutters’ taking part in ultraendurance multi-day races across the Sahara Desert.
Leah Pitt (27), a final year Arts student, is taking her bid for more youth consultation in Indigenous affairs to the United Nations this week.
A single mother of a nine-year-old son and a full-time student, Leah also has a cadetship with the Australian Trade Commission, where she works one day a week on projects including Austrade's monthly newsletter, visitors and events, and a capability report for the oil and gas industry.
Acclaimed poet Emily Ballou has been shortlisted for the 2010 NSW Premier's Literary Award for her book, The Darwin Poems.
Ballou won the Wesley Michael Wright Prize for Poetry earlier this year and has been shortlisted and highly commended for a number of other poetry awards. Published by UWA Publishing, The Darwin Poems is Ballou's sensitive and beautifully imagined verse-portrait of Charles Darwin's life.