UWA and BHP Billiton forge $5 million business education partnership

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Business education and research has been boosted with the announcement of an A$5 million partnership between BHP Billiton and The University of Western Australia Business School.

Announcing the partnership today, President BHP Billiton Stainless Steel Materials Mr Jimmy Wilson said the company would provide $5 million to support the establishment of a new Professorial Chair - known as the BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources - new research initiatives, new scholarships as well as targeted training and education.

WA test set to benefit mesothelioma patients

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

West Australian researchers have developed a new type of test that could predict very early on in treatment if mesothelioma patients will benefit from chemotherapy.

Up to 60 patients with the asbestos-related cancer will participate in a study of the test, which is being conducted at the National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases based at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).

High success rate for UWA Indigenous medical students

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Four Indigenous medical students have graduated from The University of Western Australia (UWA) – the highest number in one year.

Dr Donna Bacon, Dr Kim Isaacs, Dr Marium Rind and Dr Jason King will work at Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals before engaging in rural and urban practices or taking up specialty studies.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the University was committed to Indigenous education.

Former Deputy Prime Minister joins UWA

Monday, 26 November 2007

Former Deputy Prime Minister and ALP Leader Kim Beazley has returned to scholarship at The University of Western Australia as a Professorial Fellow.

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, said Professor Beazley would add tremendous intellectual value to the University particularly in areas of politics, public policy and international relations.

“The UWA community is delighted to welcome Kim Beazley back to the University from which he graduated and from where he achieved a high level of scholarship including becoming a Rhodes Scholar,” he said.

Liver disease linked to increased diabetes risk

Sunday, 25 November 2007

An Australian study has found that a liver disease, caused by overweight and obesity rather than alcohol, increases the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. An 11 year follow-up study of patients from the renowned Busselton Health Survey found people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were three times more likely to develop diabetes than people without NAFLD.

New course offers boost for science teaching

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The University of Western Australia will offer a new Masters in Science Communication and Education for the first time next year in a bid to ease the State’s shortage of high-quality science teachers.

At the launch of the new course today by WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, UWA’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) Robyn Owens said the course would provide a much-needed boost to the education sector in Australia.

New Australia - First Centre at UWA to study link between city living and health

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

With more of us living in cities than ever before, a new Australia-first, multi-disciplinary centre at The University of Western Australia will study the ways in which the urban environment affects our health.

Directed by 2007 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Professor Billie Giles-Corti, the Centre for the Built Environment and Health will be opened by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, at 5.30pm, on Thursday, November 22, at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

Team Green Machine

Energised by research: Team Green Machine

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Some may consider that spending your day conducting cutting-edge research in plant energy biology is quite an exhausting task. Staff from The Centre of Excellence Plant Energy Biology have realised, that they have extra energy to burn in the name of team spirit!

On Sunday March 11th there will be a new force to reckon with, as Plant Energy Biology's Team Green Machine hits the corporate triathlon scene at the annual BRW/BP Ultimate Corporate Triathlon at Langley Park.

Science Union

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Science Union

Tuesday, 20 November 2007