Professor Ian Small

New Centre will help grow UWA researchers' plant knowledge

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Discovering how plants capture, store and release energy will be the focus of research at the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, based at UWA. Globally, energy fluxes through plants dwarf humans' use of fossil fuels, but scientists are not sure how plants control their energy metabolism. The Australian Research Council Centre has a five-year budget of $25 million and its projects will include community education programs as well as research.

Physics FSM Group

Timely Pursuits

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Frequency Standards and Metrology (FSM) researchers are involved in exciting, timely projects ranging from fundamental tests of physics to commercial and space applications. Professor Michael Tobar said his group's microwave laboratories received one of the biggest Australian Research Council grants in 2005. "We are now expanding rapidly as well as consolidating our national and international research collaborations," he said.

Dr Plant

Hope for spinal cord injury victims

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Although they have not yet achieved their goal, scientists are moving closer to offering tangible hope to victims of spinal cord injury. At Red's Spinal Cord Research Laboratory, part of the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, Giles Plant and his team of researchers are achieving encouraging results using a new cell type drawn from human bone marrow.

The case for and against HRT: free lecture at UWA

Monday, 12 November 2007
There is little benefit and high health risk with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to an American longitudinal study of the controversial treatment.

Dr Karen Ritchie, research director with the French National Institute of Medical Research, will examine the case for and against the prescribing of HRT in a free public lecture titled, HRT – Should We or Shouldn’t We?, in UWA’s Social Science Lecture Theatre at 6pm on Monday, November 19.

Law expert to probe Japanese 'scientific whaling' program

Monday, 12 November 2007
International law expert Donald Rothwell will explore the international legal options open to Australia to challenge Japan’s conduct of its scientific whaling project in a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Thursday, November 22, 2007, at 6pm, in UWA’s Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.

Professor Rothwell’s lecture is sponsored by UWA’s Faculty of Law and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Quantum computing explained at UWA public lecture

Friday, 9 November 2007
Many of us started learning by counting on our fingers – and sometimes on our toes too. Today’s computers are very good at doing this simple counting very quickly.

But, as you can discover at The University of Western Australia next week, future computers are likely to use the strange properties of quantum mechanics – such as objects being in two places at once – to solve problems that are impossible with conventional computers.

Mathematical modelling suggests 'strategic' seradella

Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Like playing chess, outwitting annual ryegrass, a major weed in WA which can develop resistance to more than one herbicide at a time, requires constant vigilance and a strategic approach.

Farmers now have a greater understanding of the value of pasture phases for controlling herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass in low to medium rainfall areas, thanks to Graeme Doole from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Institute of Agriculture, at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Noongar people team with UWA to look back in time

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Noongar people who are descendants of some of the earliest inhabitants of south-western Australia are learning about the lives their ancestors might have led, with help from a team of archaeologists at The University of Western Australia.

Dr Joe Dortch from UWA is part of an Australian Research Council linkage project to explore the ways Noongar people have changed the landscape over the past 6000 years.

Learn about the ghost in your genes at UWA

Saturday, 3 November 2007

New cancer treatments that are much less toxic to the patient have resulted from the latest research into the complexity of the disease. In the last few years, scientists and doctors have found that tiny chemical tags in our bodies, which researchers call ‘ghosts’, accumulate over time and turn genes on or off.

Stanford University hosts UWA's SymbioticA

Friday, 2 November 2007

Stanford University plays host to SymbioticA’s co-founder and Artistic Director Oron Catts, and Academic Co-ordinator Ionat Zurr, for four weeks, in an exciting, ground-breaking, and innovative exchange between Stanford University and The University of Western Australia.