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Komatiite outcrop near Mount Hunt

Hottest lava eruption linked to growth of first continents

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A collaborative research team has discovered an important link between the eruption of Earth's hottest lavas, the location of some of the largest ore deposits and the emergence of the first land masses on the planet - the continents - more than 2500 million years ago.

Professor Ian Small (left) and Winthrop Professor Harvey Millar

UWA scientists join world's most highly cited researchers

Monday, 23 June 2014

Six researchers from The University of Western Australia have been recognised as some of the most influential scientific minds in the world.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Summit to address unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide

Friday, 20 June 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying at twice the rate of other Australians from suicide, and among younger age groups the rate can be six times higher. In some communities, suicide clusters involving up to 20-plus deaths in a short time-frame take a terrible toll not only in terms of wasted lives, but also devastate communities and those left behind. Professor Pat Dudgeon, from The University of Western Australian's School of Indigenous Studies and a summit convenor said: "It's time that this terrible ‘gap' is closed, once and for all."

PhD student Arif Watto

Measuring efficiency on Pakistan’s cotton farms

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Research by a PhD student from UWA's School of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Institute of Agriculture could help achieve greater efficiency in the farming of cotton, Pakistan's most important agricultural commodity.

Spider ingesting a fish

Fishing spiders leave human anglers in the shade

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Few people would know that spiders can catch and eat fish - sometimes fish more than twice as long and four times as heavy as them - yet it is a widespread phenomenon and the subject of a paper in the prestigious journal PLOS One published today.

Heavy microalgae – diatoms

Tiny plastic dwellers have big impact on our oceans

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological impacts of marine plastic pollution, according to researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Mark Murphy conducting research near Kulin

Wheatbelt bee and wasp networks may signal global change

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Social networking is a buzz phrase right now, but a young researcher at The University of Western Australia is more interested in bee and wasp networks in the wheatbelt - and one offshoot of his work will be a greater knowledge of the native pollinators and pest-controllers operating in farming landscapes.

Computer gender-perception a valuable tool

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Computers can mimic human perception of gender, according to new research published in the prestigious international journal PLOS One.

Health professionals needed for Parkinson's study

Monday, 16 June 2014

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are seeking to interview health professionals involved in treating people with Parkinson's disease to investigate their experiences engaging with partners of those with Parkinson's.

Winthrop Professor Lesley Vidovich

Global and local knowledge: learning rather than borrowing

Friday, 13 June 2014

Winthrop Professor Lesley Vidovich is an international expert on education policy, having authored over 150 research papers in the field. In addition to her research activity, Lesley teaches across all course levels at the Faculty of Education, from the popular undergraduate broadening unit “Education for a Global Knowledge Society” to Masters and Doctoral units. Lesley has also supervised over 40 postgraduate students to successful thesis completion, and she has won a series of Teaching and Supervision Awards at UWA.