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After boom, what next? asks WA's chief scientist at UWA

Thursday, 4 October 2007
We are enjoying an economic boom but, when this abates, we will depend on our ingenuity and innovation, underpinned by scientific know-how, according to Western Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Lyn Beazley.

Professor Beazley will give a free public lecture, Science Matters for the Future of Western Australia, at The University of Western Australia, in the University Club’s Theatre Auditorium, at 6pm on Tuesday (October 9) as part of the annual Karrakatta Club address.

UWA welcomes $9M federal government grants

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Two Federal Government Capital Development Pool grants of $3 million for The University of Western Australia’s new Business School, and $1 million for its Albany Centre, were a welcome and significant contribution to the State’s infrastructure, Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson said today.

“The Federal Government’s $3 million grant towards the construction of our new $47 million business school is a significant contribution to UWA’s ability to further enhance the quality of its business education programs,” Professor Robson said.

UWA joins Rotary in 50th birthday celebrations

Wednesday, 3 October 2007

Without the support of Rotary Western Australia, this State might not be celebrating the 50th anniversary of The University of Western Australia’s Medical School this year.

This special long-term relationship between Rotary and the Medical school will be commemorated on Wednesday, October 31, 2007, at 6pm with the unveiling of a plaque by the Governor, Dr Ken Michael, also a Rotarian.

UWA researcher tackles trading hours

Wednesday, 3 October 2007
With debate about WA’s retail trading hours hotting up as the Christmas rush draws near, The University of Western Australia has appointed a researcher to tackle the issue.

After studying women’s involvement with Australian Rules football for her PhD thesis, Dr Deborah Hindley, recently appointed Research Fellow for UWA’s Centre for Advanced Consumer Research, is now taking on the emotive issue of shopping hours.

Maths whiz kids battle it out at UWA

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Running, long jump, shot put, javelin, boxing and equestrian events were almost all that were on offer when the Olympic Games began in ancient Greece about 3000 years ago.

“If they were alive today, the Greek mathematicians Euclid and Pythagoras would probably be delighted to know that The University of Western Australia has its own version of the old games,” UWA’s Faculty of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics, Professor Cheryl Praeger, said.

Music for life, UWA for music

Tuesday, 2 October 2007

Mozart said that to stop music would be to stop time and Dumbledore, JK Rowling’s wizard headmaster, acknowledged that music was more magical than magic itself. With that in mind, The University of Western Australia’s School of Music is keeping up with the times with its exciting new Music for Life program.

Music and medicine, music psychology, ethno-musicology, music theatre and opera studies are just some of the vibrant and inclusive courses beginning next year.

UWA students take top honours in economics prize

Friday, 28 September 2007
Two students from The University of Western Australia have won the top national awards in the inaugural Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Competition.

Callum Jones, 20, of Floreat, won the $1500 first prize while Virginia Gogan, 19, of Coogee, took second prize of $750. Both students are in their third year, both studying double degrees in Law and Economics.

The students’ essays addressed the consequences of an ageing population for Australia’s future productivity and economic growth, and the associated economic policy challenges.

UWA Water Research celebrates 25 years

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Celebrating its 25th anniversary and moving into refurbished premises will not distract The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Water Research from its commitment to creating sustainable design and management systems for our catchments, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal seas.

The Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training Julie Bishop will open the renovated CWR at 11am tomorrow (Friday, September 28) on the UWA campus.

UK expert to discuss why we should let children take risks

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Parents may be doing their children more harm than good by eliminating or minimising risks in their lives, according to one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and children’s play.

In a public lecture to be held this Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 6pm in UWA’s Octagon Theatre, childhood expert Tim Gill will discuss the growth of the zero-tolerance approach to childhood risk across the developed world and its ramifications for childhood development.

New website menu a smorgasbord for growers

Thursday, 20 September 2007
NEW WEBSITE MENU A SMORGASBORD FOR GROWERS

Growers and people working in agribusiness who have ever yearned for computer access to Green Manure or Lime Calculators or just a down-to-earth look at soil properties in their region of WA need look no further.

Dr Daniel Murphy from the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences and Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia (UWA) has launched a free interactive website designed with such clients in mind.

Young UWA Professor named physical scientist of the year

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Anchoring enormous oil and gas platforms on relatively unstable seabeds and ensuring the efficiency of pipelines three kilometres or more under the sea is work that has seen an outstanding young researcher based at The University of Western Australia named Physical Scientist of the Year.

Professor Mark Cassidy in UWA’s School of Civil Engineering is Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), one of the three leading centres in the field worldwide.

Law and public policy under the spotlight at UWA

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Workplace relations law, native title legislation, enactments dealing with the confiscation of proceeds of crime and the debate surrounding the Bills of Rights: these are just some of the issues to be discussed at the Australian Law Teachers Association Conference at The University of Western Australia next week.

Western Australia’s Attorney General Jim McGinty, will open the conference, which runs from September 23 – 26, 2007.

The conference’s theme, ‘Law and Public Policy: Taming the Unruly Horse?’ has drawn influential experts including:

Armistead Maupin acclaimed author of the 'Tales of the city' series and 'Michael Tolliver Lives', in Perth for exclusive lecture

Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Armistead Maupin will deliver a UWA Extension Spring School Lecture on Wednesday, September 26, from 7.30-9pm.

Armistead Maupin has delighted millions, straight and gay, with his stories of swinging San Francisco. Though Maupin was one of the first of a new breed of openly gay authors, his appeal has always resided in his inclusiveness as a storyteller.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the wit and engaging stories of Armistead Maupin in an exclusive UWA Extension Spring School lecture.

UWA celebrates 300th birthday of biology giant

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

The birthday of one of the giants of biological science will be celebrated this week at The University of Western Australia and around the world.

Carl von Linne, or Linnaeus as he is better known, was born 300 years ago in Sweden. He invented the system of classification and naming of life forms from which sprang the discipline of systematics, a core activity in these days of threatened biodiversity.

UWA awards bigger percentage of PhD candidates

Monday, 17 September 2007

A higher than usual percentage of PhD candidates will be among almost 1,200 students graduating during the spring series of graduation ceremonies starting at The University of Western Australia tonight.

More than 90 PhD candidates will graduate having completed research which impacts on areas ranging from health and education to environmental sustainability. They will be joined by three candidates graduating with professional doctorates – two in Education and one in Business Administration.

New research unlocks the role of plant colour in environmental and human health

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the bright colours in flowers, and where those colours come from and why?

Yes, they are important in attracting insects to pollinate them – and attractive to the human eye - but that’s only a tiny part of the story.

UWA and WA government withdraw from Sunset project

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The University of Western Australia and the State Government have agreed to withdraw plans to develop the Dalkeith site of a former aged men’s home.

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson said the University had been invited in 2004 to consider options for the Sunset site in consultation with the State Government. This had led to plans to redevelop the site as an arts precinct incorporating the Berndt Museum of Anthropology.

New student places welcomed: UWA Vice-Chancellor

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Many more high-quality students will have the opportunity to undertake higher education at their preferred institution thanks to the allocation of new Commonwealth-funded places to The University of Western Australia, according to UWA’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson.

Professor Robson said he was delighted that the Federal Government, and particularly the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, had acknowledged the need for additional places in areas of high demand at UWA.

Insider to reveal China's future in UWA public lecture

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

As the pace of change in China amazes even the most seasoned watchers, China commentator Chris Gill will offer an insight into what future holds for China at a public lecture at The University of Western Australia next week.

Mr Gill’s lecture - ‘Reading China through the Tea Leaves: Knowing the Present to See the Future’ - will provide a broad overview of the major economic and social trends in China and projections, based on extensive research, as to how things may develop in the next 20 years.

UWA astrophysicists predict most dangerous explosions

Monday, 10 September 2007
A team of astrophysicists at The University of Western Australia today announced results from a new computer program that predicts when potentially dangerous bursts of gamma radiation may hit our planet.

The results of the work from the team, consisting of PhD student Eric Howell, research fellow Dr David Coward, and academics Dr Ron Burman and Professor David Blair, from UWA’s School of Physics are published today in the prestigious journal, Astrophysical Journal Letters (vol. 666 n2).