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.

renewable energy vehicle at launch

Electric cars are REVving up

Monday, 5 April 2010

Ten small electrically-powered Ford cars will be out on the streets of Perth next month, testing the research by UWA staff and students. 

Ethan and Graeme Fitzclarence

Family medicine begins in the bush

Monday, 22 March 2010

Two fathers and their children are studying medicine together at UWA this year. 

And all of them were admitted to the medical school through the rural program: a tribute to the work of Sue Pougnault, student support co-ordinator with the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences

Vinay Menon

Doctor of human rights

Monday, 22 March 2010

A final year medical student has won the Young People's Human Rights Medal.

Vinay Menon's national award was in recognition of his voluntary advocacy work with refugees, Indigenous communities and children living with a disability.

Future farm

The farm of the future

Monday, 22 March 2010

The population of the world is tipped to reach nine billion by 2050 and UWA is already working on developing the best farming methods to help feed that many people.

The University's new research farm near Pingelly will be developed as self-supporting, sustainable, clean, green and ethical: in short as a best practice farm for 2050.