More than 300 school students from around Western Australia were joined recently for a morning tea by nearly 80 scientists from a range of organisations including UWA, Scitech, CSIRO and the WA Museum.
This year is shaping up to be a watershed year for the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences.
We achieved considerable research success over the past 12 months – and the next 12 months will involve exciting developments in our teaching programs. These developments relate primarily to preparations around New Courses 2012, the most significant university-wide change in teaching programs in UWA’s history.
Welcome to the latest edition of Science Matters which comes at a time of considerable change within the Faculty. Our Dean of more than 12 years, Winthrop Professor George Stewart, retired in June to enjoy a more relaxed lifestyle in Tasmania. George was the inaugural Dean of the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences and was central to its establishment and subsequent success. George also played a key role for the Faculty and broader university through his development of significant links with China, which will benefit the university for many years to come.
More than 700 school students and their teachers had the opportunity to meet Australia’s only astronaut, Dr Andy Thomas, at two special UWA events in September.
Dr Thomas, who was born in Adelaide, captivated audiences with his firsthand experience of the thrill of being launched into space at hypersonic speeds, life on an international space station, and the challenges of living in zero gravity.