Staff in the School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences (BBCS) are currently in the process of creating a new unit for first year medical dental and podiatry students, providing an integrated introduction to modern cell and molecular biology, including genetics. The new unit, called "Molecules Genes and Cells" will run for the first time next year and will be a full year unit.
UWA and the Department of Education and Training have joined forces to add SPICE to science teaching in WA schools. SPICE is a secondary teachers' enrichment program that will give teachers a chance to update their skills and access the latest scientific equipment and techniques.
UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said investing in the development of quality teachers would help students achieve their full potentials. Over the next three years, 24 teachers will each spend a term as a Teacher-in-Residence at UWA's Centre for Learning Technology. Four teachers are already at the university.
The biannual student-alumni gathering for the Manila MBA program was held in August at The Rockwell Club in Manila. Organised to coincide with the a visit from UWA Business School staff, 50 guests celebrated their academic achievements and took the opportunity to meet other students and graduates living in the Philippines.
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.
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.
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.
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.