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Black hole about to swallow a neutron star

Scientists marvel at collision between black hole and possible neutron star

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

More than 30 scientists from The University of Western Australia’s node of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) are part of an international team that for the first time may have witnessed the end of a neutron star as it was engulfed by a black hole.

Akshay Venkatesh

UWA awards honorary doctorate to youngest student

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

Professor Akshay Venkatesh, the youngest-ever student to enrol at The University of Western Australia and last year’s recipient of the prestigious Fields Medal for mathematics, will be awarded an honorary doctorate at a special ceremony to be held at UWA’s Winthrop Hall tomorrow.

Drysdale River catchment

New site reveals 50,000 years of Aboriginal occupation in Kimberley

Wednesday, 21 August 2019

A team of archaeologists led by The University of Western Australia, in partnership with Traditional Owners, has discovered that the remote Drysdale River catchment in Western Australia’s northern Kimberley region has one of the earliest and securely dated sites for Aboriginal occupation in the North West at 50,000 years ago.

3D facial photography offers quick way to predict sleep apnoea

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Three-dimensional facial photography can provide a simple and highly accurate method of predicting the presence of obstructive sleep apnoea, according to a study led by The University of Western Australia.

Fellowship recipients

Early career researchers awarded science PhD Fellowships

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Seven early career researchers from The University of Western Australia are among 13 recipients to receive prestigious Western Australian Government Science Industry PhD Fellowships.

Sharynne Hamilton

UWA students recognised in Premier's Science Awards

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Two students from The University of Western Australia were last night recognised in the 2019 Premier’s Science Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community.

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Artwork explores a stimulating decade in Australian history

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A new exhibition at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery on The University of Western Australia campus takes an in-depth look at the 1930s, a vibrant and tumultuous decade in Australia.

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Exhibition showcases the latest in contemporary art

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

The annual HERE&NOW exhibition – a showcase of some of the most exciting and innovative artwork created in Western Australia – returns on Saturday 31 August 2019 to Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Rob Atkin

Are laxatives the answer to more powerful mobile phones, cars that run better?

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A global research team including scientists from The University of Western Australian has found laxatives may hold the key to creating mobile phones that don’t need batteries to operate, and hybrid cars that run better.

Rugby great joins fight against youth suicide

Friday, 9 August 2019

Rugby great Nick Farr-Jones has thrown his support behind The University of Western Australia’s suicide research initiative Young Lives Matter Foundation at UWA.

Professor Christobel Saunders

Patient survey reveals flaws in cancer treatment

Friday, 9 August 2019

An international survey of more than 4000 cancer patients and carers, including 850 Australians, has highlighted the need to tackle shortcomings in diagnosis, treatment and psychological support as well as high medical costs.

Dot-underwing moth

Like moths to a colourful flame

Friday, 9 August 2019

A nocturnal moth may be using its colourful wing patterns to attract a female mate, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia and the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland.

Jordan Moore

UWA musician heading to Melbourne Symphony Orchestra

Wednesday, 7 August 2019

Music student Jordan Moore from The University of Western Australia cannot remember a time when music was not a big part of his life, and it seems his hard work has paid off with him being selected 2020 Young Composer in Residence with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Family and domestic violence

Breaking the cycle between family violence and homelessness

Tuesday, 6 August 2019

Women who become homeless as a result of family and domestic violence are also facing legal and financial issues that make it hard for them to make a fresh start, according to an evaluation report on the Safe as Houses pilot program.

Arman Siahvashi sitting in a laboratory with his research project

Awards and achievements - August 2019

Monday, 5 August 2019

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

Jet ski

World's first electric hydrofoil jet ski

Friday, 2 August 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) has teamed up with technology partner Electro.Aero, a Perth-based start-up company, and funding sponsor Galaxy Resources, an ASX-listed lithium producer, to develop the world’s first electric hydrofoil personal watercraft, named WaveFlyer.

people browsing through tables of books

Largest book sale in the State supports children in need

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

The University branch of Save the Children Australia will hold its annual book sale at The University of Western Australia’s Winthrop Hall, below the UWA clock tower, from Friday 16 August to Wednesday 21 August.

Girls in Engineering

Girls in Engineering and eye research team among Eureka Prize finalists

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

An outreach program to encourage high school girls to study STEM subjects and the research team that developed a highly effective strategy to reduce the impact of a common eye infection are finalists in the 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Alice Hashiguchi

UWA pharmacy student wins national award

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

A pharmacy student at The University of Western Australia has been named Pharmacy Student of the Year at an awards ceremony in Sydney.

Two researchers collecting coral samples at the bottom of Ningaloo Reef

Research aims to preserve the future of Ningaloo Reef corals

Tuesday, 30 July 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are a step closer to discovering more about the health of our oceans after analysing how coral in Ningaloo Reef formed.