Peter Nobel (BBCS)

Peter brings a breath of fresh air to asthma research

Monday, 29 October 2007

It's not every day researchers can say their latest study has caught the eye of international experts in their field. It happens even less frequently that successive offerings attract attention – especially when that work has been done by a PhD student. However, Peter Noble can make those claims after two of his published studies on asthma attracted favourable comments.

Professor Andrew Page

The psychology of treatments

Monday, 29 October 2007

Associate Professor Andrew Page, from the UWA School of Psychology, aims to improve mental health treatments through collaborations between researchers and clinical staff.

Research gives swimmers a kick-start

Monday, 29 October 2007

Human Movement and Exercise Science (HMES) researchers are cementing the school's reputation as a world leader in swimming biomechanics.

Matt Keys and Andrew Lyttle aim to help swimmers achieve the maximum kick from their underwater kicking to gain a winning edge. Professor Brian Blanksby, Head of the HMES School, said 0.2 seconds could be the difference between a gold medal and last place. "Swimmers shave or wear high-tech bodysuits and work constantly on their technique to gain crucial seconds," he said.

Centre for Forensic Science: Fingerprinting Graffiti Tags

Monday, 29 October 2007

Postgraduate student Genevieve Rowles is working hard to make graffiti a rarity rather than a fact of modern city life, as part of her Master's degree in forensic science.

Ms Rowles is studying graffiti tags to find a way of identifying the perpetrators and eventually building a statewide database of offenders and their tags. She says a common defence among taggers is to admit to one offence but deny multiple tags, claiming them to be forgeries. Her aim is to be able to disprove that tags can be forged, so that offenders can be prosecuted for multiple tags.

Going Straight

Monday, 29 October 2007

The starting block at the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science looks much like any other – but it is the first of its kind in the world and is helping swimmers get a head start in the pool.

Researchers at the School are using a specially-designed starting block to help elite swimmers go straight from the start of the gun.

The block, which cost more than $20,000, has been divided into two, with two force plates that can separately measure the forces coming from each foot when swimmers launch themselves into water.

Gary Light,Dr Frank van Kann and so on

Unique technology for finding minerals

Monday, 29 October 2007

If there was an award for persistence in the face of continuing setbacks, Dr Frank van Kann from the School of Physics would be a top contender.

He and his team have been working to build a new tool for the minerals industry for more than 20 years. Now, thanks to substantial backing from Rio Tinto, the project is up and running.

Rewriting Australia - where do we come from and where might we be going?

Monday, 29 October 2007
One of Australia’s leading scholars of Australian Studies will give a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Wednesday (October 31) on what it means to think and write as Australians.

Professor Peter Beilharz, Professor in Sociology and Australian Studies at La Trobe University, will present his lecture Rewriting Australia in which he asks whether Australians are the bearers of a strong national narrative, or whether we rather tell stories governed by closer spheres of colony, city and region. He also considerers the

The collaboration of UWA & ZJU

East and West Join Forces in Great Leap Forward

Monday, 29 October 2007

Rice has traditionally been a staple diet and backbone of the Chinese economy but now, the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences at The University of Western Australian is sharing its expertise in plant molecular biology with the Chinese in what can potentially lead to the country's greatest life science and agricultural research and development.

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.