Like playing chess, outwitting annual ryegrass, a major weed in WA
which can develop resistance to more than one herbicide at a time,
requires constant vigilance and a strategic approach.
Farmers now have a greater understanding of the value of pasture
phases for controlling herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass in low to
medium rainfall areas, thanks to Graeme Doole from the School of
Agricultural and Resource Economics, Institute of Agriculture, at The
University of Western Australia (UWA).
Women are in a unique position to be able to bring exceptional life
skills to the workplace, according to one of The University of Western
Australia’s first female engineering graduates, Sue Murphy.
Ms Murphy, who was also the first female engineer employed by
Western Australian construction firm Clough Engineering, will be the
guest speaker at a cocktail party to honour women in engineering at The
University of Western Australia’s Watersports Complex, from
6.30pm-8.30pm next Friday, October 26, 2007.
Scientists at The University of Western Australia are racing against
the clock to find plants that will provide bio-energy and bio-fuels and
be able to perform under the environmental extremes predicted with
And an inconspicuous, aesthetically-challenged weed, Arabidopsis
thaliana (or thale or mouse-eared cress) is offering vital information
to researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Plant Metabolomics, to
be opened at 4pm today (Monday, October 15, 2007) at UWA, by the
Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Innovation, Fran Logan.
Eight PhD students from four schools within the Institute of
Agriculture at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS)
at The University of Western Australia (UWA) recently presented their
research to an audience of 60 in a post-graduate showcase, ‘Frontiers
in Agriculture and Resource Management’.
Focussing on innovative land management and animal production
systems, as well as plant production for the future, the sessions were
an opportunity to showcase high quality research and for students to
interact with the industry and potential employers.
With debate about WA’s retail trading hours hotting up as the
Christmas rush draws near, The University of Western Australia has
appointed a researcher to tackle the issue.
After studying women’s involvement with Australian Rules football
for her PhD thesis, Dr Deborah Hindley, recently appointed Research
Fellow for UWA’s Centre for Advanced Consumer Research, is now taking
on the emotive issue of shopping hours.
On Saturday 4th August fifteen graduates from the Class of 1982 Civil Engineering attended a reunion dinner to celebrate 25 years since successfully completing their Civil Engineering degrees. Accompanied by their partners, the graduates were reacquainted and enjoyed fine dining at The University Club. Dusted off copies of the early eighties Bend Sinister publications and photographs of a site visit to the BankWest Tower and a “fake bridge” across the Hay Street Mall for a Prosh Day stunt were fondly remembered.
After spending four years or so in each other’s close company, we keep in touch for a few years then some move interstate, overseas and even to other professions. A handful manage to stay friends over the years. This seems such a waste of the good friendships that are made in the hallowed portals of the undergraduate world and so it is little wonder that, at some point, someone says “We need to get together again”.
Such was the case with those who graduated as Civil Engineers in 1977. The committee of Greg Higham, Eric Hudson-Smith (nee Smith), Mick Rogers and Enzo Biagioni-Froudist (nee Biagioni) got together and enlisted the help of Paul Santillo and Rob Lyons to piece together a list of contacts. Finally we managed to get 25 along to our celebration, held in The University Club on 3 May 2007.
Professor Cheryl Praeger of the School of Mathematics and Statistics has just been awarded one of Australia’s Federation Fellowships to pursue her examination of symmetry, for her project Group actions: Combinatorics, geometry and computation.