Welcome to this the first edition of our Faculty newsletter. We will publish three editions of the newsletter every year and hope that through this medium, alumni, staff, students and supporters of the Faculty will be able to keep in touch with what is happening in the Faculty.
The champagne corks were popping throughout September and October at The School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences and for good reason.
The School's new $60 million building was officially opened, and several academics were recognised for their work and achievements, highlighted by Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren being awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
Since 2001 Ms Jean Kahan has donated funds to provide a scholarship in chemistry in the name of her father, Raoul Robellaz Kahan, who was the first student to obtain an Honours degree in Science at UWA. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage students to undertake honours in Chemistry at UWA.
The Raoul Robellaz Kahan Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, together with the applicant’s interest in undertaking further study or employment in the field of chemistry.
Some scientists are clever communicators, who share their fascination about their work with the wider community. Many others stare a good story in the face every day and just don't recognise it.
Enter the science communicator, who takes an intriguing story, strips away the science jargon, and presents it to the wider community.
Science students interested in sharing their excitement about science can enrol in the BSc (Science Communication) degree, introduced by the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology three years ago and the only such program in WA.
The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences is one of the largest faculties at UWA, managing thousands of students on and off campus. Science is an incredibly diverse field of study, with each year thousands of graduates entering the work force as professionals in their chosen field, whether it be chemistry, psychology, anatomy and human biology, the different paths science students can take are seemingly endless. Science Union is the Faculty Society for the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, it is quite a unique club, because it has the ability to bring together students from all over campus with all sorts of different interests and career paths, creating an interesting and diverse network of individuals.
Postgraduate student Genevieve Rowles is working hard to make graffiti a rarity rather than a fact of modern city life, as part of her Master's degree in forensic science.
Ms Rowles is studying graffiti tags to find a way of identifying the perpetrators and eventually building a statewide database of offenders and their tags. She says a common defence among taggers is to admit to one offence but deny multiple tags, claiming them to be forgeries. Her aim is to be able to disprove that tags can be forged, so that offenders can be prosecuted for multiple tags.
When Terry Quickenden died on July 24, he left an enduring memory of himself, dressed as Ali G, cavorting on James Oval for his medicine students' end-of-year-video! Terry was passionate about his academic career: teaching, research and service.
As a teacher, he loved First Year Medical Chemistry. His rapport with these students was such that he was always asked to play a starring role in their video for the annual Medicine dinner.
Martin Fitzsimons Athlete & Coach Services Manager Western Australian Institute of Sport BPE (Honours) 1990; MEd (Human Movement) 1994
I entered UWA as a mature age student with a love of sport and a desire to be involved in sport, although without a clear direction as to where. At the end of my undergraduate years research was more appealing than teaching.
After graduating I was fortunate to start at WAIS while I was completing my Masters research. This eventually led to a full time position as an exercise physiologist.