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Soil sampling

Nitrogen loss in soils unearthed

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have challenged the current understanding about which microorganisms carry out important nitrogen transformations in semi-arid agricultural soils.

Dorothy Hewett award to support WA literary talent

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

UWA Publishing, in partnership with Copyright Agency Limited and ABC 720 Perth, has established a new award for an unpublished manuscript in Western Australia, a state that has produced some of the nation’s finest writers and thinkers.


Start your pursuit at UWA Open Day

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Future students will be able to find out everything they need to know about The University of Western Australia at this year’s Open Day on Sunday 9 August, from 10am to 4pm.

Professor Alistair Forrest

Gene Investigation Reaches Finals in Eureka Prizes

Friday, 24 July 2015

A major international project, led by UWA Professor Alistair Forrest from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, is a finalist in the 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Professor Laco Mucina

UWA Project to tap into millions of years of plant history

Thursday, 23 July 2015

A new project being carried out by The University of Western Australia will look at ‘plant communities’ that took millions of years to assemble, to try to understand the mechanisms allowing them to persist for such a long time.

Blue shrimp light

Shrimp’s ‘scary’ blue light helps scientists

Thursday, 23 July 2015

An enzyme squirted out of deep sea shrimp causing a bright blue burst to scare away predators is the key to innovative scientific work to develop new therapies for serious human diseases.

Ashley Smith

UWA music staff and graduates selected as finalists in APRA awards

Wednesday, 22 July 2015

Four graduates from The University of Western Australia’s School of Music have been named as finalists in this year’s APRA Art Music Awards.

New research centres to support breastfeeding mothers a world first

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Mothers, breastfeeding infants, families and the community will benefit from the creation of major new research positions in human lactation (breastfeeding) at The University of Western Australia, as a result of a $8.6 million donation provided by The Family Larsson-Rosenquist Foundation.

Courtesy Alan McDonald, The Fred Hollows Foundation

Angus Turner appointed inaugural director of Lions Outback Vision

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

The Western Australian ophthalmologist who founded Lions Outback Vision, a specialist eye health service for regional and remote communities, has been appointed the inaugural McCusker Director of the service.

Gemma Johnston

UWA celebrates NAIDOC Week

Monday, 6 July 2015

As part of NAIDOC Week, UWA would like to acknowledge the achievement of UWA Graduate Dr Gemma Johnston who was awarded Tertiary Scholar of the Year for 2015, recently at the NAIDOC Awards night.

Professor Denise Chalmers

National teaching fellowship for UWA leader

Monday, 6 July 2015

The University of Western Australia’s Professor Denise Chalmers, one of Australia’s leading experts in teaching and learning in higher education, has received a 2015 National Senior Teaching Fellowship from the Federal Government’s Office for Learning and Teaching.

Simplifying diagnosis of diabetes in remote indigenous settings

Monday, 6 July 2015

Researchers have found a way of simplifying the diagnosis of diabetes in Indigenous Australians living in remote health care settings, according to a study published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

Professor Geoffrey Shellam

UWA pays tribute to Professor Geoffrey Shellam

Monday, 6 July 2015

The University of Western Australia extends its deepest sympathy to family, friends and colleagues of Geoffrey Shellam, UWA Professor of the School of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, and Co-Director of The Marshall Centre for Infectious Diseases Research and Training, who has passed away at the age of 71.

Professor Cook

New Chair to support aquaculture industry

Friday, 3 July 2015

Professor Peter Cook, of UWA’s Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management in Albany, has been elected Chairman of the Board of Directors of the international Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC).

Professor David Mackey

World-leading ophthalmologist wins Churchill Fellowship

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

Professor David Mackey, one of the world’s leading researchers in the genetics of eye disease, has received a 2015 Churchill Fellowship.

Winthrop singers

Winthrop Singers set to soar in Singapore

Monday, 29 June 2015

The University of Western Australia’s premier choir will travel to Singapore this weekend to participate in a rare performance of Mahler’s Eighth Symphony as “a gift to the entire nation” in celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday.

Zhong Xien Yeoh

West Perth student wins State Brain Bee Challenge

Wednesday, 24 June 2015

Year 10 student Zhong Xien Yeoh from Shenton College who lives in West Perth has won the State championships at the Australian Brain Bee Challenge and will go on to represent WA at the National Championships in December.

The Giants

The Giants help PIAF win national award

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

The Perth International Arts Festival’s biggest-ever event has won a Helpmann Award for Best Special Event as well as 13 prestigious Helpmann Award nominations for artists and performers at the 2015 Festival.

Cattle in a field

Where are we heading with Australia’s red meat industry?

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

With demand for protein likely to increase as global incomes rise, what does Australia need to do to maintain its competitive export market?


UWA physicists celebrate advance in search for gravitational waves

Monday, 22 June 2015

An international collaboration of scientists, including a team from The University of Western Australia, has upgraded United States gravitational wave detectors to bring the instruments to sensitivities that are expected to directly detect and measure gravitational waves for the first time.