New scientific research has found another compelling reason for women to breastfeed their babies – the discovery of stem cells in human breast milk.
Dr Mark Cregan and his team at The University of Western Australia’s School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences are working to dispel the myth of equality between infant formulae and human breast milk by demonstrating the unique bioactive nature of the latter for infants.
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.
One of the most exciting public events of the year was the Beyond Fibres exhibition hosted by the Faculty in March.
The travelling exhibition was loaned by Miraikan, the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation in Tokyo.
Beyond Fibres was brought to UWA by Mitsui, a Japanese company that has been investing in and trading with Western Australia since 1965. Mitsui’s General Manager in Perth, Fumiaki (Frank) Iwahashi, said his company wanted to make a contribution to Western Australia through the University.
Good communicators make good teachers. So it makes good sense for UWA’s Science Communication program to be tailored for prospective students.
Undergraduate Science Communication units have been on offer at science students since 2002 and as a postgraduate unit since 2005.Now a brand new postgraduate coursework degree, Master of Science Communication and Education, will be offered from 2008. It is a joint program with the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences and the Faculty of Education.
Western Australia is enjoying an unprecedented economic boom built on huge Chinese demand for iron ore and gas. Looking beyond the boom, The University of Western Australia is building important partnerships within China in the areas of science and technology.
By the year 2020, 60 per cent of China’s future economic growth will come from science and technology, according to the Chinese Government’s 15 year strategic plan published last year.
Members of the Faculty and the wider University community gathered in May for a special ceremony in Singapore to celebrate the launch of PSB Academy’s new branding identity and the formal opening of its Delta Campus by Singapore’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Lim Hng Kiang.