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
Black holes remain one of the great enigmas of the universe.
But thanks to research by UWA physicist Professor David Blair, within the next decade we may be able to detect gravitational waves on earth and "listen" to the sounds of these and other astronomical phenomena.
A team from The University of Western Australia has been shortlisted in the Google Earth “Build your Campus in 3D Competition”.
The UWA team is just one of three shortlisted, with the other finalists both teams from the University of Melbourne.
Launched by internet giant Google, the competition challenged
university teams on both sides of the Tasman to recreate all or part of
their universities so it could be viewed by people logging on to Google
The University of Western Australia’s Sports Park Master Plan has
won a planning award for the town planning and urban design firm that
developed it, Chappell Lambert Everett.
The AK Reserve/UWA Sports Park Master Plan received a Commendation
at the Planning Institute of Western Australia Awards, where it was
nominated in the Urban Design-Plans and Ideas category of the awards.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson congratulated Chappell Lambert Everett on the award.
Spring is here and with it new, exciting developments within the Faculty. We have just had approval for three new Masters Courses, one in Infectious Diseases, another called a Masters of Science and Technology and one in Analytical Chemistry. We also have two new undergraduate BSc programmes, one in Computational Science and also the inclusion of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian in the BSc (International). Later this year we expand our offshore program in Singapore to include programs in Psychology and Human Performance, and Sport Science.
In February, the Dean, Professor George Stewart awarded the inaugural UWA/BAST prize at the 2006 Beijing Youth Science and Technology Competition. A prize of a two-week visit to UWA was awarded to the two students with the most outstanding high school science projects presented at the competition.
Mr Oron Catts, the Artistic Director at SymbioticA, within the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, was the lucky winner of the ILDS Linkage Competition for August. Oron can now enjoy the hospitality of the University Club as he uses his $100 food and beverage voucher courtesy of the ILDS project and the University Club.
The response to the first edition of Science Matters was very encouraging. Many readers have written to suggest topics we can cover as well as express their appreciation, or criticism.
The continuing high levels of activity in the faculty mean we have no shortage of stories for our newsletter. Reading this edition, you will get a good idea of how diverse the faculty is and how our staff and students continue to excel.