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D'Arcy in his office

Standing ovation for Winthrop Professor D'Arcy Holman

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Winthrop Professor D'Arcy Holman received a standing ovation from a packed auditorium on Tuesday 29 July.

Professor Holman's Valedictory Address, on the eve of his retirement, was titled "Health, Political Arithmetic and Public Accountability: Bringing Down the Great Cth-State Data Divide". His dynamic address brought past and present collaborators, colleagues and students to their feet in respect.

Phytoplankton flux profiler

Phytoplankton use turbulence to survive

Monday, 28 July 2014

A unique water profiling instrument developed by The University of Western Australia's Centre for Water Research (CWR) is enabling scientists to understand the impact of even the most subtle turbulence on algal populations.

Assistant Professor David Wacey

$3.4 Million for UWA Future Fellows

Thursday, 24 July 2014

Four researchers from The University of Western Australia will receive more than $3 million from the Australian Research Council Future Fellowship scheme to fund a diverse range of projects - from the origin of life on Earth and a history of Soviet war experiences to the future of crops in a phosphorus-scarce world, and 3D optical microscopy expected to facilitate unprecedented insights into the structure of tissue.

Briony Swire

Updating memory for fact and fiction

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Sunlight can make people sneeze.  Sounds ludicrous? But it's true - it's called a photic sneeze reflex, and can occur in about one out of four people.  Did you believe that fingerprints are unique to each individual? That, by contrast, is a myth - some fingerprints can be so similar that forensic experts assume they are a ‘match' when they actually belong to different individuals.

Sophie Richard

Perthites wanted for study on the Aussie lingo

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

We all know that Australians speak English differently from the way it's spoken in the UK or the US, and many of us are aware that Perth people have a slightly different version of the language from, say, Melbournians - but a young French linguist is hoping to recruit 120 Perthites to discover exactly how people in WA's capital use the Queen's English.

Conleth O’Loughlin (COFS), Senol Özmutlu (Vryhof), Joris Roozen (Vryhof)

Dutch company takes on board UWA-designed anchor

Wednesday, 23 July 2014

An innovative offshore anchor designed by researchers at The University of Western Australia has already been snapped up by Dutch anchor specialists Vryhof Anchors.

Closer look reveals climate projection models are spot on

Monday, 21 July 2014

Comparing climate model projections directly with observed global warming trends is comparing 'apples with oranges', according to scientists including The University of Western Australia's Stephan Lewandowsky.

Winthrop Professor Timothy Davis

Diabetes champion wins national award

Friday, 18 July 2014

A consultant physician at The University of Western Australia has been awarded the prestigious Australian Diabetes Society's 2014 ADS-Kellion Award for his contribution to diabetes research.

Student reading with teaching pointing to a phrase in the book

UWA Education Research to Improve NAPLAN

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Researchers at the Faculty of Education at the University of Western Australia are working on a research project that seeks to improve the Writing performance assessment component of the National Assessment Program—Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN). The project, led by Associate Professor Stephen Humphry and Professor David Andrich, also aims more generally to improve assessments in areas that have traditionally been difficult to assess, such as The Arts, so that educators can more accurately compare students’ achievements in primary and secondary schooling.

Western Swamp Tortoise

Slow but sure progress to tortoise milestone

Monday, 14 July 2014

One of the world's rarest tortoises and Australia's most endangered reptile, the tiny Western Swamp Tortoise, has been brought back from the brink of extinction by some passionate conservationists including a team from The University of Western Australia.