University News


Winthrop Professor Charitha Pattiaratchi

UWA ocean expert gives 24 hour media interviews about missing jet

Friday, 21 March 2014

An internationally recognised expert in ocean currents who has been at The University of Western Australia for more than 25 years has become one of the scientists called upon by the world's media covering the global search for the missing Malaysian Airlines Flight MH370 which disappeared with 239 passengers and crew 13 days ago.

Barreleye fish, Rhynchohyalus natalensis (c) Dr Adrian Flynn

Newly discovered fish mirror-eyes shine light on evolution of vision

Thursday, 20 March 2014

A small tropical fish has been shown to use mirror-eyes on the side of its head to help see its prey in its dark deep-sea habitat - and is the subject of a paper published in the prestigious journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Professor Jens Zinke with Madagascar corals

Corals track strongest Indian Ocean current over 334 years

Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Natural variations in the warming and cooling cycles of the globally important Agulhas ocean current core region have been revealed in a new study of a Madagascar corals led by The University of Western Australia and published in Nature Scientific Reports.

Clostridium difficile infection

Study finds serious C. Difficile rates on rise in hospitals

Monday, 17 March 2014

The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which causes severe diarrhoea, acute toxic colitis and even death, is on the rise in Australian hospitals, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

SKA telescope

Funding boost for world's largest radio telescope

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The University of Western Australia today welcomed news that the United Kingdom Government will invest more than £100million ($185million) in the construction phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

 Chairman Larry Iffla and PM Tony Abbott

New Perkins Institute leads medical research in WA

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, officially opened its doors with Prime Minister Tony Abbott launching the state-of-the-art research facility in Perth on Tuesday March 11, 2014.

A simulation of the ‘Cosmic Web’

These aren't the voids you're looking for

Monday, 10 March 2014

Australian astronomers have shown galaxies in the vast empty regions of the Universe are actually aligned into delicate strings in research published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Associate Professor Ramin Rafiei

National innovation award for ground-breaking water stress sensor

Thursday, 6 March 2014

An engineering researcher from The University of Western Australia has won an Australian Government science and innovation award for young people in agriculture to develop an intelligent sensor which will help detect water stress in grapevines in real time.

Professor David White and team with O-Tube

Cutting edge pipeline research wins innovation medal

Friday, 28 February 2014

A joint research project between The University of Western Australia and the oil and gas industry which has improved the design of offshore oil and gas pipelines and attracted international interest has won the 2014 AIRG Medal for Australasian Major Industry Technological Innovation.

Professor Daniel Fatovich

Strategies for sleeping and shift work

Thursday, 27 February 2014

It has been estimated that the risk of working rotating shifts approaches that of smoking one pack of cigarettes per day.  Other issues include problems with sleeping and the social toll, with higher rates of substance abuse and depression.