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.
With champion athletes referred to as heroes or gods, sporting discussions often contain an almost religious fervour. The notion of whether sport can be a religion is just one of the topics students will be able to discuss in a new unit on "Sport and Spirituality".
The Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley, a dual Olympian and UWA alumnus, will teach the course, which will be offered as a third-year option by the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science from second semester, 2007.
In August 2005 Mr Peter Bullard contacted the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science to ascertain if any graduating students were interested in employment with MultiSport, a company that provides teaching and coaching services in physical education and sport in the international sector to children aged from three to twelve years. The specific positions available at that time were in Singapore and China, working with a large number of international schools.
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.