Brenda Walker

Brenda Walker: reading well

Monday, 17 May 2010

Brenda Walker has always loved books. But she never expected that one day they would help her to be well again, or that her account of her rescue would win even more praise for her honest, haunting prose.

Dr Jacqueline Van Gent (left) and Professor Susan Broomhall

Gossip girls set to upend views of influential dynasty

Monday, 17 May 2010

By Sally-Ann Jones

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.

Archer fish

Sensor technology targets straight-shooting fish

Monday, 17 May 2010

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.

Pompeii street

Graffiti among the gold

Monday, 17 May 2010

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.

Bluestonehenge excavation site

Out of the blue - another Stonehenge

Monday, 3 May 2010

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.

Tony Phan

Terminal disease does not stop research

Monday, 3 May 2010

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. 

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.