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Bushfire program wins Premier's Award

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Australia's first online national bushfire spread simulation program, ‘Aurora', was announced the winner of the 2014 ‘Revitalising the Regions' Category at the prestigious Western Australian Premier's Awards for Excellence last night.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Program review highlights strategies for improving Aboriginal mental health

Thursday, 6 November 2014

A nationwide review looking at effective mental health strategies for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people has highlighted the ongoing need for culturally-appropriate and holistic programs and services.

(Left to right) Christobel Saunders, David Sampson and Robert McLaughlin

UWA scoops innovation prizes for medical breakthroughs

Thursday, 6 November 2014

The University of Western Australia might be the oldest university in the State, but its researchers are leading the way in new technologies, taking out major prizes in the 2014 WA Innovator of the Year Awards for inventions that will improve the health of millions of people worldwide.

Mark Loquan, Yara Pilbara CEO (left) and UWA Vice-Chancellor Prof Paul Johnson

UWA teams with Yara for free agricultural course

Thursday, 6 November 2014

Students around the world will be able to enrol for a free six week online course on Agriculture, Economics and Nature thanks to a sponsorship arrangement between Yara Pilbara and The University of Western Australia.

Mary-Anne Lowe and Fraser Stewart

Smart legacy in agriculture continues

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

Two science honours students at The University of Western Australia - one from Toodyay and the other from Bunbury - have achieved their goals of contributing to Australian agriculture having been awarded the Sir Eric Smart Scholarship for Agricultural Research through UWA's Institute of Agriculture.

Professor James Trevelyan

New book lifts the lid on engineers and their work

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

Transforming engineering practice in Australia could result in a prosperous future based on clean energy, while in developing countries it could unleash a new wave of economic growth, according to a new book, to be launched at The University of Western Australia on Monday 10 November.

The jujube fruit or Chinese date

Chinese wonder fruit genome to aid world fruit breeding

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

The jujube fruit or Chinese date, known for its outstanding properties has been sequenced for the first time by a researcher from The University of Western Australia in collaboration with colleagues in China.

Kings Park Honour Avenues: Bringing local history to life

Tuesday, 4 November 2014

An ambitious project will add a new dimension to the memorial plaques which line Kings Parks' Honour Avenues, with a smart device app to be created which will share the personal stories of Anzac soldiers commemorated by the plaques.

Professor Osvaldo Almeida

Outcomes for the mentally ill do not improve with age

Monday, 3 November 2014

New research has confirmed that people with severe mental disorders who reach older age have lower life expectancy compared with their peers.

Amy Steinepreis

UWA student wins 100th Rhodes Scholarship

Friday, 31 October 2014

A Masters in International Journalism student from The University of Western Australia who plans to undertake Masters Degree studies in Modern Languages and International Relations at Britain's prestigious Oxford University has won UWA's 100th Rhodes Scholarship in 101 years.

Test tubes

Developed world must not fear sending Ebola help

Thursday, 30 October 2014

The global community would be better served by fighting the Ebola epidemic in West Africa, rather than waiting for it to come knocking on our own doors, according to a medical microbiologist at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Tim Inglis

UWA scientist urges Australia to send Ebola help

Thursday, 30 October 2014

A medical microbiologist at The University of Western Australia says the developed world must not fear sending people to help efforts to control Ebola in Africa.

Professor Ryan Lister

Medicine and agriculture to benefit from work of UWA's Australian Life Scientist of the Year

Wednesday, 29 October 2014

A young scientist whose work at The University of Western Australia has the potential to improve our understanding of the human brain, transform stem-cell medicine and revolutionise agriculture has been awarded a Prime Minister’s Prize for Science.

Top 10 tips for Year 12 exams

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

While the lead-up to exams can be nerve-wracking, students should make the most of their revision time by planning ahead and focusing on strengths and weaknesses, according to the STUDYSmarter team at The University of Western Australia.

Sumatra tsunami

A decade of developments in tsunami science

Tuesday, 28 October 2014

A decade on from the devastating and unprecedented 2004 Tsunami that hit Indian Ocean countries, The University of Western Australia's Professor Chari Pattiaratchi will present a public lecture tonight on the advances in tsunami science and lessons learnt.

Geoff Bastyan

Albany seagrass champion wins Southseas Oceans Hero Award

Monday, 27 October 2014

A lone seagrass champion from Albany has been recognised for his efforts in seagrass restoration and community collaboration at The University of Western Australia Oceans Institute's community event over the weekend.

An exciting world of research at UWA

Monday, 27 October 2014

Where in the world can you listen to discussions about new therapies to treat cancer, use supercomputers to solve challenges in chemistry, learn how plants grow in infertile soils and about new computer techniques to reveal patterns in Shakespeare?

UWA welcomes Perth boundary decision

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

The University of Western Australia has welcomed the announcement by the State Government on local government boundary changes, particularly its determination to create an expanded capital city local government area that includes the State's leading University.

Schematic representation of a graphene sheet

Research unlocks potential of super-compound

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered that nano-sized fragments of graphene - sheets of pure carbon - can speed up the rate of chemical reactions.

Professor Hans Nossent, Chair of Rheumatology and Musculoskeletal Medicine

$2.7M to target 'poor cousin' of chronic diseases

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Whether it's the 11-year-old who has to sit by while his schoolmates play soccer, the grandma who can't open a jar, or the 30-year-old who can't get out of bed and has to miss yet another week of work - everyone knows someone affected by arthritis or some equally painful bone and joint condition.