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Tallon Island

Coral helper stays robust under ocean acidification

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia (Coral CoE at UWA) and the Victoria University of Wellington have found Crustose Coralline Algae, crucial to the survival of coral reefs, may be able to resist the impacts of ocean acidification caused by climate change. 

Arman

Seven UWA high achievers awarded Fulbright scholarships

Monday, 20 January 2020

A computer science student who studied how artificial intelligence can be used to solve complex medical problems and an oceanographer researching ways to harness energy during severe weather events are among seven researchers and graduates from The University of Western Australia who have received 2020 Fulbright scholarships.

mother holding baby

New clues in understanding how to prevent food allergies by breastfeeding

Monday, 20 January 2020

Breastfeeding mothers may be encouraged to eat eggs to help prevent babies from developing an egg allergy, according to new studies by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Bruce Pascoe

Stars align for a perfect weekend of conversations

Friday, 17 January 2020

A stellar line-up of award-winning international, national and local writers will gather for Perth Festival’s annual celebration of brilliant literature and exciting ideas.

Aldric Ratnasekera

How a top ATAR student found his passion for medicine

Tuesday, 14 January 2020

Travelling the remotest parts of our State and witnessing first-hand a lack of medical expertise and resources available to many communities was the catalyst for suburban Perth teenager Aldric Ratnasekera to study medicine at The University of Western Australia.

Woman having her blood pressure checked by a doctor

Australia’s obesity epidemic leading to increased risk of cardiovascular disease

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia and the Royal Perth Hospital Medical Research Foundation are warning that Australia’s obesity epidemic is undermining expert attempts to reduce cardiovascular disease.

Kimberley High School students jumping in the air with Asha Holland

UWA graduate on a mission to promote a healthy body image in young women

Wednesday, 8 January 2020

A 23-year-old woman from Mandurah who grew up in the Pilbara would have been overwhelmed and confused about considering university study after school had it not been for the support and mentoring provided through The University of Western Australia’s Aspire UWA program.

Credit National Science Foundation, LIGO, Sonoma State University, A. Simonnet

UWA scientists crunch the numbers on a huge neutron star collision 3.4 times heavier than the sun

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have contributed to a new study with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) revealing a possible collision of two neutron stars 3.4 times heavier than the sun.

Mosquito on green plant

Study reveals breastfeeding could protect babies from malaria

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

In a world first, researchers from The University of Western Australia have taken the first step towards understanding whether it may be possible for breastfeeding mothers to naturally vaccinate their babies against malaria – one of the world’s deadliest contagious diseases. 

Left-right: Professor Peter Eastwood, Hon. Alanna Clohesey MLC, Ms Jan Stewart

Awards and achievements - January 2020

Monday, 6 January 2020

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

Young Lives Matter

Mental health matters this Christmas

Thursday, 19 December 2019

The festive season can be a challenging time for some and the Young Lives Matter Foundation-UWA is encouraging people to support the mentally vulnerable and stay closely connected to family members this Christmas.

Diane Smith-Gander

UWA appoints first woman to Chair Business School Board

Wednesday, 18 December 2019

Diane Smith-Gander AO, one of WA’s top business executives, has been appointed Chair of The University of Western Australia’s Business School Board. She is the first woman to chair the board.

Paula Cartwright taking water samples in Exmouth Gulf

How climate affects coastal waters of Exmouth Gulf

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are a step closer to learning how climate patterns have affected the coastal waters of the Exmouth Gulf with a multi-year study nearing completion.

Young Lives Matter

Research to understand young people at greatest risk of suicide

Monday, 16 December 2019

The Young Lives Matter Foundation at The University of Western Australia has received $100,000 in community grants to support research to help understand and prevent youth suicide.

Indigenous dentistry graduates

Three female Indigenous students graduate in Doctor of Dental Medicine

Friday, 13 December 2019

Three Indigenous women were among 232 students to graduate at a ceremony held today in The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall.

Zadko telescope

Perth scientists to play key role monitoring asteroids close to Earth

Thursday, 12 December 2019

The University of Western Australia has been awarded a contract by the European Space Agency to monitor potentially dangerous asteroids that come close to Earth.

Professor Amit Chakma

New UWA Vice-Chancellor announced

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

The Senate of The University of Western Australia has appointed Professor Amit Chakma as its next and 19th Vice-Chancellor commencing in July 2020. On 30 June this year Professor Chakma completed his second term and 10th year as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.

Winthrop Hall

Health researchers awarded $16.89 million in federal funding

Monday, 9 December 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have secured almost $17 million in federal funding for 11 research projects, including a promising asthma treatment and an important predictive test for parents donating a kidney to their child.

Professor Andrea Cereatti fits a sensor to Murali

Cricket legend visits UWA to test wearable technology

Monday, 9 December 2019

Sri Lankan spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan (Murali) has visited The University of Western Australia for an update on the technology that cleared his unorthodox bowling action in the late 1990s, resulting in him becoming the world record holder for the most wickets taken in both Test and one-day cricket.

Road safety launch

$4.6 million research centre to help improve safety on WA roads

Thursday, 5 December 2019

A new centre to carry out road safety research is being established at The University of Western Australia, which has been awarded the State Government’s $4.6 million road safety research contract for the next five years with support from the Road Safety Commission.