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Termites

Termites help reduce the impact of drought on tropical rainforests

Friday, 11 January 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Liverpool, the Natural History Museum, London, and the University of Malaysia, Sabah, have discovered termites play a critical role in helping tropical rainforest plants survive drought.

Esi Edugyan

Perth Festival Writers Week to start on 18 February

Friday, 11 January 2019

International headliners prize-winning Nigerian author and poet Ben Okri (below) and Canadian author of Washington Black, Esi Edugyan, will be joined by more than 100 writers, poets and journalists at this year’s Perth Festival Writers Week which runs between 18 - 24 February 2019.

Teenage girl

Women who start periods early are at greater risk of cardiovascular problems

Wednesday, 9 January 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have conducted a study that has found young women who start having periods early and often have a high body mass index are more prone to cardiovascular problems later in life such as heart disease, stroke and diabetes.

Microscope in a needle

New technology to make brain surgery safer

Thursday, 20 December 2018

A biopsy needle that can help surgeons identify and avoid blood vessels in the brain during surgery has undergone initial tests in humans by a research team from The University of Western Australia, The University of Adelaide and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Young lives matter

Australians urged to support the mentally vulnerable this Christmas

Wednesday, 19 December 2018

As our thoughts turn to the excitement and fun of the festive season, Young Lives Matter Foundation-UWA  is reminding people to stay closely connected to loved ones, especially those who struggle with mental health.

SIS Graduates

Five female Indigenous students graduate in medicine

Monday, 17 December 2018

Five Indigenous women were among 206 students to graduate as doctors at a ceremony held this week in The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall.

Homeless Healthcare

Curbing the revolving hospital door for homeless patients

Monday, 17 December 2018

A new study led by The University of Western Australia has found many homeless people are trapped in a ‘revolving hospital door’, often not accessing medical care until they are very sick or in crisis. If discharged back to homelessness, the cycle continues, and at Christmas there will be patients in hospital with no home to go to.

Dr Catherine Nguyen

UWA Broadway student wins Australian Medical Association gold medal

Friday, 14 December 2018

A medical student from The University of Western Australia has been presented with a prestigious Australian Medical Association (AMA) Gold Medal.

UWA Oceans Institute provides free resource to schools

Friday, 14 December 2018

Amazing fish facts that help to explain the serious side of Western Australia’s marine environment and why it’s so important to protect it, as well as a species identification guide for young explorers are all in a new book available free to schools.

Four UWA graduates awarded John Monash Scholarships

Friday, 14 December 2018

Four graduates from The University of Western Australia are among 18 young Australians to be awarded prestigious John Monash Scholarships for 2019 at a ceremony held last night at the Sydney Opera House.

Medical researchers awarded $10.8m in Federal funding

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have received $10.8 million in Federal Government funding to tackle issues ranging from new life support systems for preterm babies, to respiratory diseases in children and how genetic background influences the development of mesothelioma.

The great debate - plastic versus metal water bottles

Wednesday, 12 December 2018

With reusable water bottles quickly growing in popularity in recent years for the health-conscious, environmentally aware and as a trendy sports item, The University of Western Australia's Professor Anas Ghadouani from the UWA School of Engineering and Oceans Institute has put the health and safety of water bottles to the test.

Shopping

A guide to shopping and managing debt over Christmas

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

'Tis the season that Australians are expected to spend billions of dollars on food, presents and travel but it's also the season that sends many into considerable financial debt.

Hayley Christian walking the dog

Keeping kids healthy and active over the Christmas break

Monday, 10 December 2018

It’s hard not to succumb to pressure from a child who wants the latest video games and devices for Christmas, but according to University of Western Australia Associate Professor Hayley Christian it is important to consider gifts that encourage physical activity and outdoor play.

Taryn Foster and Joshua Dunne

Three UWA graduates awarded Fulbright Scholarships

Friday, 7 December 2018

A marine science postgraduate, an international relations graduate and one of Australia’s brightest young female entrepreneurs have been awarded Fulbright scholarships for 2019, joining a prestigious global group that includes Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners.

Joshua Dunne completed a Bachelor of Philosophy with Honours in Political Science and International Relations at UWA and is currently working as a Study Abroad Assistant in UWA’s Global Learning Office.

Fish at home on subsea oil and gas pipelines

Friday, 7 December 2018

A research project carried out by The University of Western Australia on a BHP subsea oil and gas pipeline off the north-west coast of Australia has found the pipeline has two to three times more the commercial value of fish than surrounding areas in deep waters.

Bushfire

Anxious people respond worst to bushfire threat

Thursday, 6 December 2018

Research from The University of Western Australia has found people who are anxious or easily stressed are less likely to be well prepared or respond well to bushfires.

Celebrate the festive season at UWA

Wednesday, 5 December 2018

The University of Western Australia will come alive this festive season with a Christmas concert set against the magnificent backdrop of Winthrop Hall.

Lisa Wood

Awards and Achievements – November 2018

Tuesday, 4 December 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of any great awards or achievements across the University please email uwamedia@uwa.edu.au

WA on front foot in future economy

Monday, 3 December 2018

This article is reprinted with permission from The West Australian. It was first published 1/12/18 in The Weekend West which is published every Saturday.