RSPCA history recorded by UWA will add to understanding of WA's past

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

The recording of an oral history of the RSPCA (WA) by a researcher from The University of Western Australia will do more than provide information about one of the State’s first institutions, according to the Director of UWA’s Centre for Western Australian History, Dr Jean Chetkovich. “Human interaction with animals has always existed and the way in which animals are regarded and treated by a society gives a unique view of that society,” Dr Chetkovich said. Although instituted more than a century ago, there is no written history of the RSPCA. The recording of oral archives, funded by a grant from Lotterywest, is the first step towards this goal.

WA rainbowfish may further understanding of evolution, claims UWA researcher

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

One of WA’s most widespread freshwater fish, the western rainbowfish, may yield new insight into the processes of species evolution, thanks to PhD candidate Michael Young (24), a researcher in The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Evolutionary Biology in the School of Animal Biology.

Dr Mark Cregan and his research team

Stem cell discovery: another reason why breast is best

Thursday, 17 January 2008

New scientific research has found another compelling reason for women to breastfeed their babies – the discovery of stem cells in human breast milk.

Dr Mark Cregan and his team at The University of Western Australia’s School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences are working to dispel the myth of equality between infant formulae and human breast milk by demonstrating the unique bioactive nature of the latter for infants.

Fantastic four pursue areas of scientific interest

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Four bright young students are being nurtured as research scientists under the guiding eye of Professor George Stewart.

Susan Hayes

Art meets science in anatomy workshop

Thursday, 17 January 2008

Susan Hayes, a doctoral student with the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, ran a two day public workshop in April at the WA Museum called Art, Anatomy and the Skull.

During the workshop, participants built up the soft tissues of the head and face by applying clay directly onto a replica human skull. The workshop combined art with science, drawing on the artistic anatomy of traditional portrait sculpture and the anatomical approach to forensic facial reconstruction developed by Richard Neave in the UK.

Breastfeeding conference attracts world's top researchers

Thursday, 17 January 2008

The discovery of stem cells in breast milk is one of many topics to be discussed at an international conference later this month at The University of Western Australia.

Prof. John Watling from the Centre for Forensic Science

New technology to smash porcelain forgers

Thursday, 17 January 2008

The fragile, translucent beauty of Chinese and Japanese porcelain has for centuries made it the target of professional forgers. With today’s rapid advances in technology, the marketing of fake antiquities is hugely profitable, and Chinese Ming and Japanese Imari porcelain forgeries change hands for vast sums.

Dr Andy Sierakowski

Adding value to successful research

Thursday, 17 January 2008

The Office of Industry and Innovation (OII) at UWA has established a good relationship with the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, working with early stage investors, venture capitalists and other commercial interests who are keen to commercialise UWA's research outcomes.

Royal Australian Navy guards penguins with help from UWA

Wednesday, 16 January 2008
The Royal Australian Navy is a perfect role model when it comes to being a good neighbour.