The President of Ireland His Excellency Michael Higgins has been awarded an honorary doctorate at The University of Western Australia, in recognition of his contribution to global affairs and long-term advocacy on behalf of minority groups including the poor, marginalised and underprivileged.
Dr. Mark Andrich, one of our UWA Convocation Councilors and former Honorary Research Fellow at UWA, has received recognition from the UN in New York for his company’s innovative fintech product, the SustainablePlatform.com. The Sustainable Platform has helped funds, including the world’s largest asset manager, the $1 trillion Norwegian sovereign wealth fund, to understand which non-financial factors matter the most for predicting portfolio performance and risk.
Fifteen year old Shuan Hern Lee has once again made the AMEB proud, this time winning
first prize in the Palmadoro International Piano Competition for Age 35 and Under, in Finale Ligure, Italy. He was also awarded the gold medal for the youngest finalist in this competition, where he competed against other concert pianists and professional musicians from Poland, Italy, Russia and Japan, all aged in their 20s and 30s.
In a typical year, there are predicted to be around 50 novae—nuclear explosions on the surface of white dwarf stars—in our galaxy. Only a dozen or so are actually discovered each year, and some of these are so bright and powerful, they exceed the scale of scientific explanation.