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.
For the last three years physics students have been the recipients of the University's prestigious J A Wood Memorial Prize. Two Prizes are awarded by the University each year to the most outstanding student completing an honours course in the faculties of (a) Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Economics & Commerce; and Law and (b) Life & Physical Sciences, Natural & Agricultural Sciences; and Engineering, Computing and Mathematics.
As the Dean mentioned in his opening comments in the first edition of Science Matters, the Faculty is now offering some of its programs offshore in Singapore via its academic provider, PSB Academy. The first intake to the offshore programs occurred in September 2004. There are two intakes per year, one in March and one in September and there are now over 200 students studying in the four programs (BSc (Biomedical Science), BSc (Genetics), BSc (Molecular Biology & Biotechnology) and BSc (Pharmaceutical Science)) currently offered at the PSB campus.
A wealth of experiences, from returning to a war-torn Yugoslavia
that his parents had left in the 1970s to working with Aboriginal
communities, have helped shape the strong moral convictions and
commitment to human rights that characterise University of WA graduate
Daniel Vujcich, who has been selected as the 2008 Rhodes Scholar for
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.
The breadth of scientific research talent within The University of
Western Australia has been confirmed with the announcement of Professor
David Blair as Western Australian Scientist of the Year, Dr Kristen
Nowak as Western Australian Young Scientist of the Year and Professor
Paul McMenamin winning the Excellence in Science Teaching Award.
Premier Alan Carpenter last night announced the winners of the
Premier’s Science Awards, which recognise outstanding achievements in
Western Australian science.
The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School has won
a prestigious 2007 Carrick Award for its Clinical Learning Embedded in
Rural Communities Program.
The program was recognised in the Innovation in Curricula, Learning
and Teaching category of the Carrick Awards, which acknowledge the
vital contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of
student learning in Australia.
Anchoring enormous oil and gas platforms on relatively unstable
seabeds and ensuring the efficiency of pipelines three kilometres or
more under the sea is work that has seen an outstanding young
researcher based at The University of Western Australia named Physical
Scientist of the Year.
Professor Mark Cassidy in UWA’s School of Civil Engineering is
Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), one of
the three leading centres in the field worldwide.