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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.