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Linda Nguyen

Ciara Glennon Scholarship awarded

Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A second-year Law student with a strong commitment to achieving social justice has been awarded this year’s Ciara Glennon Memorial Law Scholarship.

Andrew and Nicola Forrest

Australia's largest philanthropic donation creates history

Monday, 22 May 2017

Andrew and Nicola Forrest have made philanthropic history today, donating a further $65 million to the Forrest Research Foundation, a partnership with all five Western Australian universities and hosted within The University of Western Australia (UWA).

LGBTI

UWA achieves platinum status for LGBTI inclusion and diversity

Friday, 19 May 2017

The University of Western Australia has been awarded platinum status and listed in the top 15 for LGBTI (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex) inclusion at the 2017 Australian LGBTI Inclusion and Diversity Awards.

Professor Peter Veth

Earliest evidence found for Aboriginal people living on the Australian coast

Friday, 19 May 2017

A team of international archaeologists has confirmed evidence from a remote cave in Australia’s North West that pushes back human occupation of Australia to around 50,000 years ago.  The discovery is of international significance in providing one of the earliest age brackets for the settlement of Australia. It also has the longest record of dietary fauna providing unprecedented insights into the lifeways of the earliest Australians.

Curator

Project to examine history of collecting in WA

Thursday, 18 May 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Deakin University will partner WA’s key cultural institutions including the Museum, State Library and Art Gallery, as well as the British Museum, to investigate the State’s collection of historical items from pre-colonial to modern times.

Dr Tim Inglis

Fast break for antibiotic resistance testing

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

A team of scientists from The University of Western Australia has developed a screening test that quickly confirms antibiotic efficacy. Their method is able to ensure the most effective antibiotics are prescribed sooner.

Dr Yu Suk Choi

Researchers uncover new way of growing stem cells

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Research led by The University of Western Australia has discovered a new, simple and less expensive way of growing human stem cells.

Professor Ryan Lister

Leading epigenome researcher earns international acclaim

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

The University of Western Australia’s Professor Ryan Lister is one of 41 scientists worldwide to be appointed a prestigious International Research Scholar by the US-based Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI).

Credit John Cook

'Inoculation' messages prevent spread of fake news

Monday, 8 May 2017

An international team of researchers has demonstrated how people can be ‘inoculated’ against misinformation and fake news on topical issues such as climate change.

Wasp

Sexually deceptive spider orchids fool wasps

Friday, 5 May 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers from The Australian National University, have uncovered the chemical compounds used by a species of spider orchid (Caladenia) to sexually seduce male wasp pollinators.

Professor Martyn French, Dr Laila Abudulai and Dr Sonia Fernandez

Study reveals new insight into susceptibility to pneumonia

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

A new research study of immune responses to pneumococcal vaccines, commonly given to people with compromised immune systems, young children and people over 65, has identified a type of immune cell which is important in generating antibodies that prevent people from developing pneumococcal pneumonia.

UWA Awards and achievements

UWA awards and achievements - April 2017

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Homeless

New ways of funding essential to adequately support the homeless

Friday, 28 April 2017

Australia’s services to support the homeless are overwhelmingly unable to meet client demand, according to new research from the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA).

Vice Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater Installation

Professor Dawn Freshwater installed as UWA Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Professor Dawn Freshwater has been formally installed as the 18th Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Reef sharks

Declines in sharks drive 'fatter' fish

Thursday, 20 April 2017

New research from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) suggests that reef fishes eat differently when sharks are around.

Dr Clare Sutherland

Why you should let a stranger choose your profile pictures

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney has found that people tend to choose more flattering photos for complete strangers than they do for themselves when posting images on social networking sites.

The University of Western Australia campus

Boost for UWA medical training in regional Western Australia

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Regional medical training in Western Australia has received a boost, with the Federal Government’s announcement today of funding for three University of Western Australia Regional Training Hubs.

Guppies

Poor diet 'reprograms' male sperm to produce smaller offspring

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that a change in a male’s diet can have profound negative effects on sperm quality, and that these effects can influence the quality of his offspring.

Awards and achievements

UWA awards and achievements - March 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.