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."
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 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.
Western Australia has 40 per cent of the nation's coastline, two of its biggest ports (Dampier and Port Hedland) and, consequently, suffers the lion's share of Australia's marine and ocean problems and threats.
The newly-formed Oceans Institute (OI), a major interdisciplinary institute fully funded by UWA, is poised to take on all the problems and offer solutions. Bringing together 80 UWA staff and postgraduate students, the Oceans Institute now has a critical mass, representing marine scientists from across the campus.
If gravity waves are eventually to be detected, then this surely is giving it the best chance ever: five physicists, all graduating this year with their PhDs, after devoting about 20 years in total to the goal.