Science awards honour UWA research and teaching

Friday, 26 October 2007

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.

Health issues forum to focus on ageing gay and lesbian community

Monday, 22 October 2007

With the emergence of an ageing HIV-positive population in Australia, health issues facing the older and ageing gay, lesbian, bisexual, trans and intersex community in Western Australia will be the focus of a forum to be held at The University of Western Australia this week.

The third annual GRAI Forum, a free public event, will be held this Wednesday October 24, 2007, at 6pm, in Theatre Auditorium of the University Club at UWA.

Public lectures to probe equity and diversity

Friday, 19 October 2007

Recent achievements in equity and diversity may be threatened by an emerging political climate that may be more tolerant of stereotyping based on race, gender, or belief, according to UWA Professor of Psychology Stephan Lewandowsky.

A new series of free public lectures at The University Western Australia, which starts next week, will examine the role that science can play in shaping the emerging public discussion about equity and diversity.

Change climate change: Think future, Act now

Friday, 19 October 2007


UWA EXTENSION SPRING SCHOOL

‘CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW’ - LECTURES BEGIN OCTOBER 23-24

Australia’s most prominent climate change speakers and activists will speak at the UWA Extension lecture series CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW. Don't miss this opportunity to hear four of Australia's most prominent speakers and activists on critical issues associated with climate change, Bill Mollison, Peter Andrews, Callum Coats and John Law.

UWA celebrates women in engineering

Friday, 19 October 2007

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.

UWA's 'Birthday Party' gets conversation rolling

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

If you go to see the latest interpretation of Harold Pinter’s play, The Birthday Party, plan to spend a few hours afterwards mulling over exactly what might have happened.

The intriguing and conversation-inspiring play may be 50 years old but it has been given a fresh new treatment by The University of Western Australia’s Graduate Dramatic Society.

Pre-historic earth yields valuable new secrets for UWA scientists

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Ancient nickel-iron sulphide deposits, which are some of our most valuable mineral resources, provide important clues to help us understand the operation of the Earth’s systems more than 2.5 billion years ago.

Formed at a time when there was no oxygen and no complex life, these clues can help us find more deposits, according to Professor Mark Barley of the Centre for Exploration Targeting in The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth and Geographical Sciences.

UWA researchers tackle energy crisis with plants

Monday, 15 October 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 climate change.

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.

Rural Clinical School wins national award

Monday, 15 October 2007

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.

Top scientist to focus on sea level changes in public lecture

Friday, 12 October 2007
One of Australia’s leading geophysicists will tackle the hot topic of changing sea levels in a free public talk – the Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture – at The University of Western Australia next week.

Professor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Science, will review past changes in sea level and the implications for glaciations and past shoreline reconstructions in his lecture Sea level change through the ages: Learning from the past to understand the future.