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.

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.