Three leading researchers from The University of Western Australia and its affiliates, the Lions Eye Institute and WA Institute for Medical Research, are among the winners of this year's WA Young Tall Poppy Awards.
US Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton tonight took part in the launch of the Perth USAsia Centre, a new West Australian-based institution aimed at strengthening ties between the United States, Australia and the Asian region.
This year's spectacular Perth International Arts Festival - an annual event founded by The University of Western Australia - aims to outshine last year's triumph with a summer feast of world-class acts and events thanks to an extra $1.5 million contribution from Lotterywest.
‘For me, a poem is an activist thing, and every poem is an act of responsibility,' says this year's winner of the Victorian Premier's Literary Award for poetry, Professor John Kinsella from The University of Western Australia.
Excitement is building on campus as UWA prepares to welcome alumni for the University’s Alumni Weekend. The February 8 – 10 weekend promises to be an unforgettable celebratory reunion and a fitting launch for our 2013 Centenary.
When John Winthrop Hackett founded the first free university of the British Empire a century ago, he could scarcely have imagined that this small University in a fledging state could become one of the world’s best.
John Winthrop Hackett was a well educated young man with high ideals but few prospects. He left his troubled homeland in Ireland and during Western Australia’s gold rush era, his four great interests – newspapers, politics, business and education – made him a passionate advocate for this State and for the establishment of the Commonwealth’s first free university.
If the decision to marry a man more than three times her age had confirmed Deborah Vernon Hackett as “an individualist from an early age”, she went on to confirm that description through a long and eventful life.
While Sir John Winthrop Hackett probably spent his final years watching benevolently over the University he funded, his wife was otherwise occupied.
Australian Household Guide, edited by Lady Deborah Hackett, was published in 1916, the year of Sir John's death. UWA has two copies in the Scholars' Centre, rediscovered recently as centenary activities and publications are researched and organised. (One is dedicated to Edith Cowan.)
A sundial created by Academy Award-winning graduate Shaun Tan; a weekend full of alumni celebrations; a spectacular light and sound show; and Faculty contributions to the community will all be part of our centenary celebrations in 2013.
UWA's first Professor of Mathematics and Physics, A. D. Ross, became a legendary figure on campus. On the eve of UWA's Centenary, a collection of the decorations and medals awarded to the physicist was presented to the campus he had served with such distinction.