A researcher from The University of Western Australia who grew up on a cattle farm south of Perth is undertaking an ambitious study to find out more about the geography of ageing in Australia's rural workforce.
Western Australian farmers are likely to benefit from the research of two award-winning PhD students from The University of Western Australia, Megan Chadwick and Weihua Chen.
They have won travelling fellowships honouring the former Director General of the Department of Agriculture, Dr Mike Carroll. The scholarships will enable them to enrich their postgraduate studies with overseas and interstate study tours.
The recording of an oral history of the RSPCA (WA) by a researcher from The University of Western Australia will do more than provide information about one of the State’s first institutions, according to the Director of UWA’s Centre for Western Australian History, Dr Jean Chetkovich. “Human interaction with animals has always existed and the way in which animals are regarded and treated by a society gives a unique view of that society,” Dr Chetkovich said. Although instituted more than a century ago, there is no written history of the RSPCA. The recording of oral archives, funded by a grant from Lotterywest, is the first step towards this goal.
One of WA’s most widespread freshwater fish, the western rainbowfish, may yield new insight into the processes of species evolution, thanks to PhD candidate Michael Young (24), a researcher in The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Evolutionary Biology in the School of Animal Biology.
A team from The University of Western Australia has been shortlisted in the Google Earth “Build your Campus in 3D Competition”.
The UWA team is just one of three shortlisted, with the other finalists both teams from the University of Melbourne.
Launched by internet giant Google, the competition challenged
university teams on both sides of the Tasman to recreate all or part of
their universities so it could be viewed by people logging on to Google
Fewer students are taking up the study of languages at universities
across the country – but at The University of Western Australia and
others like it across the nation, Italian is the one language that is
flourishing and its popularity is due in part to students like 22
year-old Jane Te, of Willetton.
Malaysian-born Jane has just finished three years of Italian Studies
and she said she loved every minute of the rigorous course, even though
at the end she was the only Asian student.
A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia are
hoping to increase the yield of the European gourmet specialty,
truffles, not in Europe but here in WA.
Dr Pauline Grierson and PhD candidate Jeremy Bougoure from UWA’s
Ecosystems Research Group in the School of Plant Biology plan to employ
modern science to learn more about the relationship between the
valuable fungus, known as black diamonds, and the roots of their host
trees in Australia, oaks and hazels.
The latest approaches to safe and economical management of rock
dumps will be the focus of an inaugural seminar to be held in Perth
Professor Andy Fourie, from the Australian Centre for Geomechanics
based at The University of Western Australia, said the First
International Seminar on the Management of Rock Dumps, Stockpiles and
Heap Leach Pads would bring together leading mine owners and operators,
as well as academics, consultants and researchers from around the world.
Loss of life, no production, a multi-million dollar cleanup and an
impact on company credibility and share value – these are the potential
results of a mining tailings spillage.
According to The University of Western Australia’s Australian Centre
of Geomechanics (ACG), potentially disastrous spillages from tailings
storages can usually be averted – and the Centre has produced a new DVD
that could help mining companies address the problem of tailings
storages failures or spillages before they escalate into disasters.