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Renae Barker

Renae Barker Joins The Centre for Muslim States and Societies, UWA, as Honorary Research Fellow

Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Ms Renae Barker, Lecturer in law at the University of Western Australia's Law School, has been appointed Honorary Research Fellow at the Centre for Muslim States and Societies at UWA.  

Ms Barker's appointment links the Centre for Muslim States and Societies to the Faculty of Law, reinforcing the University's research culture across all disciplines.  

Hackett Professor Kadambot Siddique, Mahmudur Rahman and Professor William Erski

Lentils provide breakthrough in disease prevention

Monday, 4 August 2014

A PhD student has made a significant breakthrough in preventing a global deficiency of the essential mineral and micronutrient in humans called selenium, which has been linked to the possible incidence of some diseases, including some cancers, viral infections, suppression of HIV progression to AIDS, heart disease and male infertility.

Microscope in a needle team

Microscope in a needle an award finalist

Friday, 1 August 2014

The world's smallest microscope - which can fit into a needle and is capable of detecting cancer cells often missed by surgeons - has earned its inventors at The University of Western Australia a place in the finals of the 2014 WA Innovator of the Year Awards.

Centre Director Professor Harvey Millar - Photo:  Ferguson Photographic Services

Launch of ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology

Thursday, 31 July 2014

The Australian Research Council (ARC) Centre of Excellence (CoE) in Plant Energy Biology 2014-2020 will be launched at The University of Western Australia next Monday evening.

DRUMBEAT improves mental health of WA prisoners

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

An independent evaluation by The University of Western Australia of an innovative program trialled in WA prisons has found a group-based program that combines hand drumming with social and emotional learning can improve the mental health of prisoners.

Bullet 'fingerprints' to help solve crimes

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

Criminals don't just have to worry about their own fingerprints these days: because of a young forensic scientist at The University of Western Australia, they should also be very concerned about their bullets' unique ‘fingerprints'.

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.