Stripping away the jargon

Monday, 29 October 2007

Some scientists are clever communicators, who share their fascination about their work with the wider community. Many others stare a good story in the face every day and just don't recognise it.

Enter the science communicator, who takes an intriguing story, strips away the science jargon, and presents it to the wider community.

Science students interested in sharing their excitement about science can enrol in the BSc (Science Communication) degree, introduced by the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology three years ago and the only such program in WA.

Terry Quickenden: a kind and erudite life

From forensic chemistry to Ali G: Terry Quickenden, a kind and erudite life

Monday, 29 October 2007

(4 March 1939 – 24 July 2005)

When Terry Quickenden died on July 24, he left an enduring memory of himself, dressed as Ali G, cavorting on James Oval for his medicine students' end-of-year-video! Terry was passionate about his academic career: teaching, research and service.

As a teacher, he loved First Year Medical Chemistry. His rapport with these students was such that he was always asked to play a starring role in their video for the annual Medicine dinner.

Image from the Le@rning Federation

From sports shoes to fossil digs – learning about science

Monday, 29 October 2007

Simplicity is at the heart of a new national teaching and learning initiative to provide online education material for primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand.

DUIT Multimedia, the commercial arm of the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology, is playing a significant role in developing the science material for the The Le@rning Federation (TLF).

Tutor Jason Goh shows students how to dissect a rat

SEEK - setting students apart

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences is reaching out to the community in a myriad of ways – and one of them is its peer tutoring program in which students volunteer their time to go into schools to mentor and encourage science students.

Dozens of UWA science students are acting as mentors in WA schools under a special program to help spread wisdom throughout the community.

Logged-on Gen Y bloggers get philosophical at UWA

Friday, 26 October 2007

Most of them own a mobile and a computer, they’re often logged on 24/7, they usually have their own blog and a 2007 survey of Australian employers found they’re bad spellers, don’t bother with grammar and have little understanding of how to behave at work.

Change climate change: Think future, Act now

Friday, 19 October 2007


UWA EXTENSION SPRING SCHOOL

‘CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW’ - LECTURES BEGIN OCTOBER 23-24

Australia’s most prominent climate change speakers and activists will speak at the UWA Extension lecture series CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW. Don't miss this opportunity to hear four of Australia's most prominent speakers and activists on critical issues associated with climate change, Bill Mollison, Peter Andrews, Callum Coats and John Law.

UWA celebrates women in engineering

Friday, 19 October 2007

Women are in a unique position to be able to bring exceptional life skills to the workplace, according to one of The University of Western Australia’s first female engineering graduates, Sue Murphy.

Ms Murphy, who was also the first female engineer employed by Western Australian construction firm Clough Engineering, will be the guest speaker at a cocktail party to honour women in engineering at The University of Western Australia’s Watersports Complex, from 6.30pm-8.30pm next Friday, October 26, 2007.

Rural Clinical School wins national award

Monday, 15 October 2007

The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School has won a prestigious 2007 Carrick Award for its Clinical Learning Embedded in Rural Communities Program.

The program was recognised in the Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching category of the Carrick Awards, which acknowledge the vital contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning in Australia.

Pushing back agricultural frontiers

Thursday, 11 October 2007

Eight PhD students from four schools within the Institute of Agriculture at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS) at the University of Western Australia (UWA) recently presented their research to an audience of 60 in a post-graduate showcase, ‘Frontiers in Agriculture and Resource Management’.

Focussing on innovative land management and animal production systems, as well as plant production for the future, the sessions were an opportunity to showcase high quality research and for students to interact with the industry and potential employers.

UWA programs win national awards

Monday, 8 October 2007

Three outstanding teaching and learning programs at The University of Western Australia have been recognised with 2007 Carrick Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said the awards rewarded the efforts of individual staff members to enhance the quality of student learning.

“UWA staff have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and quality teaching and it is particularly pleasing to see staff rewarded for their commitment in winning three out of 14 institutional awards,” Professor Robson said.