Academia is a small world and just how small was brought home to Professor Shane Maloney from the School of Anatomy, Physiology and Human Biology two years ago. He has always enjoyed working in South Africa, having spent three years as a post-doc at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in the early 1990s, where he did some work on temperature regulation in ostriches.
David Coall Research Fellow, University of Western Australia BPsych 1994; BSc (Hons) 1999; PhD 2005
My interest in research began with my Honours year where I applied evolutionary theory to understanding the factors that influence a woman's reproductive development and timing. An Australian Postgraduate Award gave me the opportunity to extend this research during my PhD and examine factors throughout a woman’s life that influence the birth weight and placental weight of her children.
The bizarre controversy over the existence of a dwarf ape-like creature dubbed the ‘hobbit’ of Flores has drawn attention to the very real tragedy of iodine deficiency which still affects millions of people.
The controversy surrounding the discovery of the fossilised remains on a remote Indonesian island in 2004 has led to one of the most heated anthropological debates in recent history.
The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences has been celebrating since the last issue of Science Matters with the opening of two new research centres.
In October, Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson opened the Centre for Strategic Nanofabrication with new director, Professor Colin Raston, outlining its role and the growing importance of nanochemistry to Western Australian industry.
On the 23rd of May Faculty staff gathered in the foyer of the MCS Building in May to celebrate the achievements of our undergraduate students in the annual Faculty Prize Giving Ceremony. Among the guests were Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson, Heads of Schools and Disciplines, as well as many of the generous prize donors
Susan Hayes, a doctoral student with the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, ran a two day public workshop in April at the WA Museum called Art, Anatomy and the Skull.
During the workshop, participants built up the soft tissues of the head and face by applying clay directly onto a replica human skull. The workshop combined art with science, drawing on the artistic anatomy of traditional portrait sculpture and the anatomical approach to forensic facial reconstruction developed by Richard Neave in the UK.
The School of Anatomy and Human Biology celebrated its 50th anniversary in November. The celebrations included tours of the building and its facilities and afternoon tea followed by a cocktail party in the Memorial Garden.