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Change of time to NAB chief's address at UWA Symposium

Friday, 3 August 2007

National Australia Bank Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Fahour’s keynote address at The University of Western Australia’s Fulbright

Launch of the UWA Virtual Universe Project

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

The ‘UWA Virtual Universe Project’ will allow anyone, anywhere in the world to walk around the beautiful grounds of The University of Western Australia campus.

UWA School of Computer Science and Software Engineering will this month launch the UWA Virtual Universe Project to coincide with National Science Week. The project is collaboration between PhD student Chris Thorne and School Manager Jay Jay Jegathesan.

New doctors will help growers

Tuesday, 31 July 2007

Juggling work commitments and study has paid off for three University of Western Australia (UWA) post-graduate students who recently completed their theses with the Western Australian Herbicide Resistance Initiative (WAHRI).

David Minkey, Catherine Borger and David Ferris were granted study leave from the Department of Agriculture and Food WA (DAFWA) to complete their PhDs with WAHRI.

Based at the UWA School of Plant Biology, they will soon be awarded doctorates for their research.

New era for local timber research

Friday, 27 July 2007

The State Government will usher in a new era for Western Australian research into value-adding local timber products with the launch of the Advanced Timber Concepts Research Centre (ATCRC) today.

WA Forestry Minister Kim Chance said the new research centre had been developed as a joint venture between the Forest Products Commission (FPC) and The University of Western Australia (UWA). It would be located at the Faculty of Architecture, Landscape and Visual Arts, on UWA’s Nedlands campus.

UWA students win top science scholarships

Friday, 27 July 2007

Two science students from The University of Western Australia have won prestigious Wentworth Group Scholarships.

The scholarships were awarded for the first time this year by the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, an independent group of eminent Australian scientists concerned with advancing solutions to secure the long-term health of Australia’s land, water and biodiversity.

UWA winners Sarah Arnold, 21, of Darlington, and Tas Thamo, 22, of West Perth, will use their scholarship win for direct mentoring with Wentworth Group scientists.

Dictatorships ancient and modern – a new UWA public lecture series

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

Dictators, from the Roman general Sulla to Adolf Hitler and beyond, will be the subject of an exciting new series of free public lectures at The University Western Australia during August, September and October 2007.

Beginning on August 1, the series will focus on historical and contemporary dictators, including Sulla, Franco, Hitler and Stalin, along with African dictators and figures in modern fantasy literature.

Current thinking on indigenous issues examined in UWA public lecture

Wednesday, 25 July 2007

In a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on August 2, 2007, distinguished Australian author and intellectual, Professor Robert Manne, will examine attempts by politicians, intellectuals and anthropologists – from AE Elkin to Noel Pearson – to develop a policy for the survival of Aboriginal society under conditions of modernity.

UWA symposium examines terrorism and torture

Tuesday, 24 July 2007

An impressive line up of experts from Australia and overseas will convene at The University of Western Australia next month to explore the many issues surrounding the responses to terrorism and the use of torture.

The Institute of Advanced Studies, in collaboration with the School of Psychology, Political Sciences and International Relations and the Crime Research Centre at UWA will host a timely series of public lectures from August 6 - 13, 2007, and a two and a half-day intensive symposium entitled: ‘Terrorism and Torture’ from August 9 - 11, 2007.

NAB Chief to give keynote address at UWA symposium

Monday, 23 July 2007

National Australia Bank Chief Executive Officer Ahmed Fahour will deliver a keynote address -‘Muslims in Australia: Promoting Social and Economic Inclusion’ - during a Fulbright Symposium at The University of Western Australia next month.

Mr Fahour’s address will be delivered during a lunch at The University Club from 12.15pm on Friday, August 3, 2007.

Prime Minister opens Kalgoorlie Medical School building

Monday, 23 July 2007

More than a quarter of students training at the Rural Clinical School of Western Australia have a rural background, the Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, Professor Alan Robson, said today.

“It is significant in that not only are we attracting some of the State’s top medical students to The University of Western Australia but, we are also ensuring that students who’ve grown up in regional WA are keen to go back and study there,” Professor Robson said.

New Chair of the Group of Eight announced

Monday, 23 July 2007

Professor Alan Robson AM, Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia, will succeed Professor Glyn Davis AC, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Melbourne as Chair of Australia’s Group of Eight universities on 1 September 2007.

Professor Robson said he was looking forward to taking on this new role at an exciting time for higher education in Australia.

UWA hosts public lecture by internationally renowned French artist

Monday, 23 July 2007

Internationally renowned French artist ORLAN – artist-in-residence at The University of Western Australia’s SymbioticA art and science collaborative research laboratory – will give a free public lecture at the University later this week.

The public lecture will be held in UWA’s Social Sciences Lecture Theatre, at 6pm, on Thursday July 26, 2007 and is entitled: ‘This is my Body, This is my Software: between Western and non-Western Cultures’.

UWA hosts public lecture on progressive politics

Friday, 20 July 2007

Australian political history expert David McKnight will discuss progressive politics in Australia in the University Club Theatre Auditorium, at 6pm next Tuesday, July 24, 2007, as part of the inaugural New Critic Lecture Series.

An Associate Professor in Humanities at the University of Technology, Sydney, he will argue that progressive Australians can and should develop a new social and political vision.

New approach to fertilizer management

Thursday, 19 July 2007

A new approach to fertiliser management that investigates how different wheat and canola genotypes respond to fertilisers will help graingrowers develop better nutrient management practices and reduce the financial and environmental costs of wasted fertiliser.

Sir Roger Penrose at UWA to deliver lecture on Big Bang

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

The University of Western Australia will host one of the world’s leading mathematical physicists for a fascinating exploration of what happened before the Big Bang.

Sir Roger Penrose was knighted in 1994 for his extraordinary service to science and is the Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at Oxford University.

New production at UWA features family link to orignal “Earnest”

Wednesday, 18 July 2007

A new Perth production of Oscar Wilde’s beloved play ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’ features a remarkable family connection to the original 1895 London production.

Peter Clark, who will play Jack Worthing in the Graduate Dramatic Society production at The University of Western Australia’s Dolphin Theatre from July 27-28 and August 1-4 and 8-11, is the great, great nephew of Allan Aynesworth, who played Algernon in the original production at the St James Theatre more than a century ago.

UWA explores what can be done to tackle climate change

Monday, 16 July 2007

Challenges associated with climate change will require diverse and strategic approaches to ensure both long and short term goals can be met, according to Professor Alistar Robertson, Dean of Natural and Agricultural Sciences at The University of Western Australia.

“Understanding the complexity and impact of climate change requires a cross disciplinary approach from all the sciences and even the professions. At UWA, our academics and researchers are keen to assist in that process of understanding,” Professor Robertson said.