UWA lawyer David Hodgkinson

A rising tide of migrants in their own land

Monday, 19 April 2010

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.

David Walliams on his cross-channel swim

‘Nutters’ give exercise a bad name

Monday, 19 April 2010

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.

The celebrated sport and exercise scientist is concerned about the impact of endurance exercise on athletes’ hearts.

Leah Pitt

Standing up for Indigenous youth at the UN

Monday, 19 April 2010

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.

Library damage

The Crawley campus clean-up continues

Monday, 19 April 2010

Mopping up after last month's hail storm has highlighted super efficiency, hard work and dedication from UWA staff, students and supporters.

Within minutes of the hail pelting the Crawley Campus, Hugh McCaffrey was on the phone to the University's contractors, lining them up for repair work the following morning.

The Darwin Poems by Emily Ballou

Award-winning poetry shortlisted for NSW award

Friday, 9 April 2010

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.

Ros Clare

O-Kay, let’s keep swimming!

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Joining Dr Kay Cox's study to look at the effects of swimming and walking on women was the best thing Ros Clare and Trish Dicks had ever done. 

"I couldn't swim 25 metres, and now I can easily swim a kilometre," Mrs Dicks (66) said. "From being someone who didn't swim very well, I now take myself off to an outdoor pool three times a week even in the middle of winter." 

Gladiatorial battle describes social insects’ love lives

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The crowd roars. A triumphant gladiator stands over the body of his enemy and is about to slay his second assailant. 

The women in the crowd give him the sign - with their thumbs down, they let him know that they want him to kill again.

Days of friendship under the Tuart

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

In the days when most academics were men, University life could be lonely for the wives of those who were new to it.  

The Tuart Club was formed in 1948 to help those women, and the few female academics, to meet people, make friends and find their feet. 

Associate Professor Phil Vercoe

Farmers fight greenhouse gases

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Nitrous oxide, carbon dioxide and methane are the three biggest culprits in the environmental calamity known as climate change.

All three are greenhouse gases that researchers in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences have been funded by the Rudd government's Australia's Farming Future Climate Change Research Program, to investigate ways of decreasing from the Australian agricultural sector.

The clean up at UWA

How we weathered the storm

Tuesday, 6 April 2010

The University was at the epicentre of the fast and fierce hailstorm that wreaked havoc on Perth. 

Worst affected were two buildings at the Queen Elizabeth Medical Centre; the Nedlands campus, with the Education, Fine Arts and Architecture library hit by a mudslide; the glasshouses to the south of the Crawley campus; and the iconic Winthrop Hall, which had all the 80-year-old stained glass windows on the north side smashed.