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Kimberley Rock Art – Photo:  Sven Ouzman

New master's degree engages with 50,000 years of Indigenous heritage

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

The University of Western Australia's newest degree, the Master of Heritage Studies was launched today by the Hon Albert Jacob, Minister for Environment; Heritage.

WUN delegates

UWA commits to sustainable farming

Monday, 29 September 2014

The University of Western Australia and a group of leading international organisations has agreed to work towards developing a plan for the sustainable management of ruminant livestock through a global network of model farms  known as the ‘Global Farm Platform'.

Jade Lampton winner of Fly competition

Western Waagyls' dreamtime run at National Indigenous Games

Friday, 26 September 2014

Two UWA teams named after the snakelike Dreamtime creature the Waagyl have swept the annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games (NITESG) for the second year in a row, taking out first and third places.

Winthrop Professor Wendy Erber

Journey from stem cell to blood cell revealed

Friday, 26 September 2014

Researchers have discovered previously undetected steps in the process by which stem cells become blood cells, a process called haematopoiesis.  An international collaboration, including Winthrop Professor Wendy Erber, has established that a highly complex series of events determine the fate of closely related populations of blood progenitor cells.

Acacia patches

Study unravels links between soils and plant biodiversity

Friday, 26 September 2014

For decades, ecologists have studied soils to understand why some patches of vegetation contain more plant species than others.  Researchers at The University of Western Australia's School of Plant Biology and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have now found an answer to this long-standing question.

Stephanie Wenclawski and Professor Leonard Collard

USA student keen to 'learn country' from Noongar and western perspectives

Thursday, 25 September 2014

When Stephanie Wenclawski (21) from North Carolina State University discovered that she could find out about ancient Noongar culture at The University of Western Australia, she couldn't wait to enrol.

Liesel Gentelli

Haunting tales in ship-wrecked silver

Thursday, 25 September 2014

In her work of analysing the silver coins recovered from six ships, wrecked off the WA coast over almost two centuries, PhD candidate Liesel Gentelli finds herself thinking of some of the wreck survivors.

Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson and Shaun Gregory from Woodside Energy

Woodside invests $10 million in UWA’s engineering zone

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Woodside and The University of Western Australia have today announced a $10 million investment in the University's revolutionary engineering research, teaching and learning facility project, known as EZONE UWA.

Six Different Windows by Paul Hetherington

UWA Publishing book wins at WA Premier's Book Awards

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

UWA Publishing's poetry collection Six Different Windows by Paul Hetherington has won the 2014 Western Australian Premier's Book Award for Poetry.

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Diet affects sperm competitiveness

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

It's well known that omega-3 long-chain polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 LC-PUFA) can help to prevent heart disease but new research has found that these essential fatty acids can also increase the chance of paternity success.

The University of Western Australia Submission to the Senate Education and Employment Legislation Committee

Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Higher Education and Research Reform Amendment Bill 2014

Woolly mammoth genome sequencer at UWA

Monday, 22 September 2014

How can a giant woolly mammoth which lived at least 200,000 years ago help to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction?  The answer lies in DNA, the carrier of genetic information.

UWA takes lead on course fee pricing structure

Monday, 22 September 2014

The University of Western Australia has become one of the first universities in Australia to reveal its pricing strategy in a future deregulated higher education sector.

Dr Aaron Robotham   -  (Credit: Dr Joe Liske)

Monster galaxies gain weight by eating smaller neighbours

Friday, 19 September 2014

Massive galaxies in the Universe have stopped making their own stars and are instead snacking on nearby galaxies, according to research by Australian scientists.

Gift gives hope to Alzheimer's sufferers

Friday, 19 September 2014

A charity set up by a self-made Mandurah businessman who left Perth at the age of 14 has donated $150,000 to help find better ways to treat depression in people with Alzheimer's disease.

Winthrop Professor Denise Chalmers, Professor Jane Heyworth and Ms Jo Hocking

UWA trio receive sector's highest level of teaching recognition

Thursday, 18 September 2014

An expert in enhancing teaching and learning in higher education, an environmental epidemiologist who enables students to become well-rounded practitioners, and the coordinator of a program that matches students with industry professionals were this week recognised with prestigious awards.

UWA Women’s Hockey Melville Toyota League team in action.

UWA's top hockey teams compete for grand final glory

Thursday, 18 September 2014

The University of Western Australia Hockey Club will be hoping to pull off two double victories in both women's and men's first and second division grand finals this Saturday at Perth Hockey Stadium in Bentley.

National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games

Record turnout of Indigenous students for National Games

Thursday, 18 September 2014

More than 350 Indigenous tertiary students from 21 universities around Australia will be welcomed to The University of Western Australia this Sunday September 21 when UWA hosts the 19th annual National Indigenous Tertiary Education Student Games.

Monica Kehoe

New research provides understanding that helps control legume viruses

Thursday, 18 September 2014

Farmers in south-west WA will be pleased to find out that a PhD candidate from The University of Western Australia has made significant advances in our understanding of major plant pathogen Bean yellow mosaic virus (BYMV).

How learning to talk is in the genes

Wednesday, 17 September 2014

An international study by child health researchers has found that genetic factors contribute to the development of language during infancy.