The University of Western Australia has confirmed its reputation as a national leader in research after being awarded more than $25 million in funding for 53 grants through the National Health and Medical Research Council.
With only 400 still alive, Ethiopian wolves are one of the world's most endangered species and an international group of animal biologists - including from The University of Western Australia - is working to save them from the brink of extinction.
During 2011, staff in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences have worked closely with their counterparts in the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences to develop an integrated science presence at UWA. Under the guidance of the Dean of Sciences, Winthrop Professor Tony O’Donnell, staff from the two Faculties have come together to form a combined Science Student Office located close to the new Science Library.
Teenage cricketers who are prone to back injuries may one day thank Helen Crewe for their preventive training techniques.
Helen, who is part way through her PhD in biomechanics at the School of Sport Science, Exercise and Health, has just won the field’s wealthiest and most prestigious Young Investigators Award for her work in the area of back injuries among young fast bowlers.
What do liver cells have in common with wheat seedlings? PhD student Rachel Shingaki-Wells has found that both cope with oxygen starvation better when fed three amino acids: glycine, serine and alanine.
When Professor David Day flew in from Adelaide earlier this year for a retreat involving scientists from The University of Western Australia, it was almost like a family reunion, with him as the ‘great-grandfather’.
David is a Chief Investigator with the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology (PEB) and, in effect, is responsible for cultivating a crop of eminent plant researchers who now all work with PEB.