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Mt Magnet 'Astrofest'

Starshow gives Mid West schools a sparkle

Thursday, 28 March 2013

If anyone had asked students from the Mid West what they did at school recently, they would have got an astonishing answer: weighing a galaxy.

Molecular study cuts the mustard for climate change

Wednesday, 27 March 2013

An ancient mustard plant that stars in modern Indian and Chinese cuisine - particularly in  pickles and mustard greens - and is an economically important oilseed crop has been studied internationally to improve commercial productivity.

Associate Professor Guijun Yan

Superfast plant breeding slashes production times

Tuesday, 26 March 2013

Many plant breeding projects - such as those aiming to increase food production - depend on getting ‘pure lines' of plants but this can take a lot of time as, up until now, it depended on self-pollination for several generations.

Emma Downsborough

'Strong preference for local foods' study wins top award

Friday, 22 March 2013

There is a strong preference and demand for local food in WA, according to a researcher whose work earned her the highest award at a recent Young Professionals in Agriculture Forum (YPAF).

Professor David Yermack

NYU Professor to explain link between CEO holidays and stock prices

Thursday, 21 March 2013

New York University Stern School of Business Professor David Yermack will explain the financial effects of CEOs' holidays in a public lecture at The University of Western Australia's Business School.

Professor Yermack, a visiting professor at the UWA Business School, will present his findings on trends in news announcements made by public companies before, during and after chief executives go on holiday.

He will also explain how these patterns in public announcements can create trading opportunities for investors.

Tiago Tomaz

Surfer-scientist off to study US corn as Fulbright scholar

Thursday, 21 March 2013

A young plant biologist who developed a passion for the environment when he took up surfing in primary school has been awarded a 2013 Fulbright Western Australia Scholarship to undertake research in the US.

UWA consumers help farmers in developing countries

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

The University of Western Australia was announced this week as the State's first Fair Trade University following its decision to switch to ethical and environmentally sustainable products in the workplace.

Former State Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan

Alannah MacTiernan to speak on high density planning

Tuesday, 19 March 2013

Former State Planning Minister Alannah MacTiernan will deliver the UWA Stephenson-Hepburn Oration next Wednesday, March 27 on the topic of "Being Hot but Staying Cool: Complexities in Delivering the Dream of Density".

Report co-authored by AUDRC aims to transform Perth

Friday, 15 March 2013

The Australian Urban Design Research Centre has co-authored a report with the Australian Greens and the Property Council of Australia proposing that redevelopment of seven major urban transport corridors in Perth is an intelligent way to achieve residential infill targets.

Tea tree harvesting

Beneficial tea tree oil given all-clear

Monday, 11 March 2013

After two recent reports suggesting that exposing bacteria to tea tree oil may contribute to antibiotic resistance in humans, an international study - led by researchers at The University of Western Australia - has found no evidence that this is the case.