Newly appointed Professor of Science Education, Grady Venville, is facing a tough challenge in her new role at UWA.
"I want to train science graduates to become inspiring school teachers, so their students will love science and choose to study it at UWA. It's a bit like the chicken and the egg, isn't it? Which comes first, the good teachers or the good students?"
On 10th March the next intake of students to our science programmes offered by PSB Academy in Singapore will commence their studies. There are currently over 350 students in our programmes in Singapore. As a result of their expanding operations, TÜV SÜD PSB Corporation Pte Ltd are building a new campus at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee (Delta Campus) which will complement the premises already at Jalan Bukit Merah (Henderson Campus).
The Short-Term Study Programme continues its success from 2006, with the Faculty hosting fifteen students from the School of Life Science & Biotechnology at Korea University in early February.
The visiting Korean students had the opportunity to study a range of academic courses during their time on campus, and to develop their academic study skills as well. During the programme each student attended labs in his or her research area and was mentored by UWA academics and current postgraduate students.
UWA's Academic Council has approved three new offshore programs to be offered in Singapore via PSB Academy. They are the BSc (Psychology and Human Performance), BSc (Sport Science) and from 2008 we expect to offer the BSc (Psychology). The Faculty will welcome its first intake of students on September 30.
These new programs add to the range already on offer in Singapore; Biomedical Science, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Science.
In 2007, the Faculty will be offering three new Master's courses: the Master of Science and Technology, the Master of Infectious Diseases and the Master of Analytical Chemistry. These programs will be available to both domestic and international students.
A brain wave helped create Project KIDS, and now brain waves form the basis of an exciting new study for the group. Professor Mike Anderson, from the School of Psychology, said Project KIDS had received a major Australian Research Council grant to study children's brain waves (technically, brain evoked potentials).
"We are interested to see if the development of different areas in their brains matches the development of their abilities," he said. According to Professor Anderson, Project KIDS is unique, with no comparison anywhere in the world.
Trapping mice at the Abrolhos Islands, time for reflection and interacting with researchers are among the highlights for the four recent Teachers-in-Residence (TiRS) at UWA.
Bob Fitzpatrick, from Armadale Senior High School, and Warwick Mathews, from Shenton College, will continue their part-time participation in the SPICE program whilst Brett Boughton (Willetton SHS) and Dawn Smith (Churchlands SHS), have finished their 10-week full-time residencies.
However, all former TiRs continue some participation in SPICE in the hope of seeing their ideas come to fruition.