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UWA Sports Park Master Plan wins urban design award

Thursday, 6 December 2007

The University of Western Australia’s Sports Park Master Plan has won a planning award for the town planning and urban design firm that developed it, Chappell Lambert Everett.

The AK Reserve/UWA Sports Park Master Plan received a Commendation at the Planning Institute of Western Australia Awards, where it was nominated in the Urban Design-Plans and Ideas category of the awards.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson congratulated Chappell Lambert Everett on the award.

UWA-industry partnership addresses engineering demand

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Leading national engineering group, Monadelphous, has joined forces with The University of Western Australia in a major partnership which will help meet the strong demand for engineers that has arisen from the State’s resources boom.

Monadelphous and UWA have formed a strategic partnership to build and operate an innovative world-class learning centre for engineering students.

UWA and BHP Billiton forge $5 million business education partnership

Thursday, 6 December 2007

Business education and research has been boosted with the announcement of an A$5 million partnership between BHP Billiton and The University of Western Australia Business School.

Announcing the partnership today, President BHP Billiton Stainless Steel Materials Mr Jimmy Wilson said the company would provide $5 million to support the establishment of a new Professorial Chair - known as the BHP Billiton Chair in the Business of Resources - new research initiatives, new scholarships as well as targeted training and education.

WA test set to benefit mesothelioma patients

Tuesday, 4 December 2007

West Australian researchers have developed a new type of test that could predict very early on in treatment if mesothelioma patients will benefit from chemotherapy.

Up to 60 patients with the asbestos-related cancer will participate in a study of the test, which is being conducted at the National Research Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases based at the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR).

Native grains could rescue farmers, says UWA team

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Climate change, salinity, poor soil, pests and disease and increased costs of fertiliser and fuel – these are some of the problems facing Australian farmers.

A new pilot study by researchers at The University of Western Australia, co-funded by the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), George Weston Technologies and Ballard Seeds, could provide growers with alternative crops that are hardy and require little fertiliser.

High success rate for UWA Indigenous medical students

Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Four Indigenous medical students have graduated from The University of Western Australia (UWA) – the highest number in one year.

Dr Donna Bacon, Dr Kim Isaacs, Dr Marium Rind and Dr Jason King will work at Sir Charles Gairdner and Royal Perth Hospitals before engaging in rural and urban practices or taking up specialty studies.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said the University was committed to Indigenous education.

Former Deputy Prime Minister joins UWA

Monday, 26 November 2007

Former Deputy Prime Minister and ALP Leader Kim Beazley has returned to scholarship at The University of Western Australia as a Professorial Fellow.

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson, said Professor Beazley would add tremendous intellectual value to the University particularly in areas of politics, public policy and international relations.

“The UWA community is delighted to welcome Kim Beazley back to the University from which he graduated and from where he achieved a high level of scholarship including becoming a Rhodes Scholar,” he said.

Liver disease linked to increased diabetes risk

Sunday, 25 November 2007

An Australian study has found that a liver disease, caused by overweight and obesity rather than alcohol, increases the risk of diabetes and metabolic syndrome. An 11 year follow-up study of patients from the renowned Busselton Health Survey found people with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) were three times more likely to develop diabetes than people without NAFLD.

New course offers boost for science teaching

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The University of Western Australia will offer a new Masters in Science Communication and Education for the first time next year in a bid to ease the State’s shortage of high-quality science teachers.

At the launch of the new course today by WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley, UWA’s Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research and Research Training) Robyn Owens said the course would provide a much-needed boost to the education sector in Australia.

New Australia - First Centre at UWA to study link between city living and health

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

With more of us living in cities than ever before, a new Australia-first, multi-disciplinary centre at The University of Western Australia will study the ways in which the urban environment affects our health.

Directed by 2007 Fulbright Senior Scholar, Professor Billie Giles-Corti, the Centre for the Built Environment and Health will be opened by the Minister for Planning and Infrastructure, the Hon. Alannah MacTiernan, at 5.30pm, on Thursday, November 22, at UWA’s Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

The case for and against HRT: free lecture at UWA

Monday, 12 November 2007
There is little benefit and high health risk with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to an American longitudinal study of the controversial treatment.

Dr Karen Ritchie, research director with the French National Institute of Medical Research, will examine the case for and against the prescribing of HRT in a free public lecture titled, HRT – Should We or Shouldn’t We?, in UWA’s Social Science Lecture Theatre at 6pm on Monday, November 19.

Law expert to probe Japanese 'scientific whaling' program

Monday, 12 November 2007
International law expert Donald Rothwell will explore the international legal options open to Australia to challenge Japan’s conduct of its scientific whaling project in a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Thursday, November 22, 2007, at 6pm, in UWA’s Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.

Professor Rothwell’s lecture is sponsored by UWA’s Faculty of Law and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Quantum computing explained at UWA public lecture

Friday, 9 November 2007
Many of us started learning by counting on our fingers – and sometimes on our toes too. Today’s computers are very good at doing this simple counting very quickly.

But, as you can discover at The University of Western Australia next week, future computers are likely to use the strange properties of quantum mechanics – such as objects being in two places at once – to solve problems that are impossible with conventional computers.

Mathematical modelling suggests 'strategic' seradella

Wednesday, 7 November 2007
Like playing chess, outwitting annual ryegrass, a major weed in WA which can develop resistance to more than one herbicide at a time, requires constant vigilance and a strategic approach.

Farmers now have a greater understanding of the value of pasture phases for controlling herbicide-resistant annual ryegrass in low to medium rainfall areas, thanks to Graeme Doole from the School of Agricultural and Resource Economics, Institute of Agriculture, at The University of Western Australia (UWA).

Noongar people team with UWA to look back in time

Tuesday, 6 November 2007

Noongar people who are descendants of some of the earliest inhabitants of south-western Australia are learning about the lives their ancestors might have led, with help from a team of archaeologists at The University of Western Australia.

Dr Joe Dortch from UWA is part of an Australian Research Council linkage project to explore the ways Noongar people have changed the landscape over the past 6000 years.

UWA Arts/Law graduate is 2008 Rhodes Scholar

Saturday, 3 November 2007

A wealth of experiences, from returning to a war-torn Yugoslavia that his parents had left in the 1970s to working with Aboriginal communities, have helped shape the strong moral convictions and commitment to human rights that characterise University of WA graduate Daniel Vujcich, who has been selected as the 2008 Rhodes Scholar for Western Australia.

Learn about the ghost in your genes at UWA

Saturday, 3 November 2007

New cancer treatments that are much less toxic to the patient have resulted from the latest research into the complexity of the disease. In the last few years, scientists and doctors have found that tiny chemical tags in our bodies, which researchers call ‘ghosts’, accumulate over time and turn genes on or off.

Stanford University hosts UWA's SymbioticA

Friday, 2 November 2007

Stanford University plays host to SymbioticA’s co-founder and Artistic Director Oron Catts, and Academic Co-ordinator Ionat Zurr, for four weeks, in an exciting, ground-breaking, and innovative exchange between Stanford University and The University of Western Australia.

UWA's SymbioticA on show in San Francisco

Friday, 2 November 2007

San Francisco is showcasing SymbioticA’s highly acclaimed research group the Tissue Culture & Art Project’s latest artwork, NoArk. Held at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, BioTechnique features an international selection of artworks that have been “grown” rather than manufactured.

World and Local Trends Identify Growth in Executive Education

Friday, 2 November 2007

With our professional lives becoming even faster paced, competitive and global, Director of the AIM-UWA Business School Alliance, Suellen Tapsall, says executives and organisations are searching for ways to keep up with the latest information and trends - with many turning to Executive Education programs for the solution.