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Public lectures to probe equity and diversity

Friday, 19 October 2007

Recent achievements in equity and diversity may be threatened by an emerging political climate that may be more tolerant of stereotyping based on race, gender, or belief, according to UWA Professor of Psychology Stephan Lewandowsky.

A new series of free public lectures at The University Western Australia, which starts next week, will examine the role that science can play in shaping the emerging public discussion about equity and diversity.

Change climate change: Think future, Act now

Friday, 19 October 2007


UWA EXTENSION SPRING SCHOOL

‘CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW’ - LECTURES BEGIN OCTOBER 23-24

Australia’s most prominent climate change speakers and activists will speak at the UWA Extension lecture series CHANGE CLIMATE CHANGE: THINK FUTURE, ACT NOW. Don't miss this opportunity to hear four of Australia's most prominent speakers and activists on critical issues associated with climate change, Bill Mollison, Peter Andrews, Callum Coats and John Law.

UWA celebrates women in engineering

Friday, 19 October 2007

Women are in a unique position to be able to bring exceptional life skills to the workplace, according to one of The University of Western Australia’s first female engineering graduates, Sue Murphy.

Ms Murphy, who was also the first female engineer employed by Western Australian construction firm Clough Engineering, will be the guest speaker at a cocktail party to honour women in engineering at The University of Western Australia’s Watersports Complex, from 6.30pm-8.30pm next Friday, October 26, 2007.

UWA's 'Birthday Party' gets conversation rolling

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

If you go to see the latest interpretation of Harold Pinter’s play, The Birthday Party, plan to spend a few hours afterwards mulling over exactly what might have happened.

The intriguing and conversation-inspiring play may be 50 years old but it has been given a fresh new treatment by The University of Western Australia’s Graduate Dramatic Society.

Pre-historic earth yields valuable new secrets for UWA scientists

Wednesday, 17 October 2007

Ancient nickel-iron sulphide deposits, which are some of our most valuable mineral resources, provide important clues to help us understand the operation of the Earth’s systems more than 2.5 billion years ago.

Formed at a time when there was no oxygen and no complex life, these clues can help us find more deposits, according to Professor Mark Barley of the Centre for Exploration Targeting in The University of Western Australia’s School of Earth and Geographical Sciences.

UWA researchers tackle energy crisis with plants

Monday, 15 October 2007

Scientists at The University of Western Australia are racing against the clock to find plants that will provide bio-energy and bio-fuels and be able to perform under the environmental extremes predicted with climate change.

And an inconspicuous, aesthetically-challenged weed, Arabidopsis thaliana (or thale or mouse-eared cress) is offering vital information to researchers at the Centre of Excellence for Plant Metabolomics, to be opened at 4pm today (Monday, October 15, 2007) at UWA, by the Minister for Energy, Resources, Industry and Innovation, Fran Logan.

Rural Clinical School wins national award

Monday, 15 October 2007

The University of Western Australia’s Rural Clinical School has won a prestigious 2007 Carrick Award for its Clinical Learning Embedded in Rural Communities Program.

The program was recognised in the Innovation in Curricula, Learning and Teaching category of the Carrick Awards, which acknowledge the vital contribution made by individuals and teams to the quality of student learning in Australia.

Can Australia successfully export democracy?

Friday, 12 October 2007

Join Carmen Lawrence at The University of Western Australia’s UWA Extension public lecture Exporting Democracy, Monday 7 – 8.30pm, October 29, 2007.

Join Carmen Lawrence at a public lecture where she will raise questions about freedom and the modern democracy divide between areas of the world still governed by dictatorships and monarchs and the Australian political system. Can democracy successfully be exported?

Top scientist to focus on sea level changes in public lecture

Friday, 12 October 2007
One of Australia’s leading geophysicists will tackle the hot topic of changing sea levels in a free public talk – the Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture – at The University of Western Australia next week.

Professor Kurt Lambeck, President of the Australian Academy of Science, will review past changes in sea level and the implications for glaciations and past shoreline reconstructions in his lecture Sea level change through the ages: Learning from the past to understand the future.

Symposium marks end of celebrations for Medical School's 50th Anniversary

Friday, 12 October 2007

A unique event which is set to explore the future 50 years of medical research in Western Australia is planned for the culmination of The University of Western Australia’s Medical School’s golden anniversary.

The research symposium entitled Medical Research: Securing the Future Health of our State, will involve a number of high profile international, national and local speakers and is open to the public.

Pushing back agricultural frontiers

Thursday, 11 October 2007
Eight PhD students from four schools within the Institute of Agriculture at the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences (FNAS) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) recently presented their research to an audience of 60 in a post-graduate showcase, ‘Frontiers in Agriculture and Resource Management’.

Focussing on innovative land management and animal production systems, as well as plant production for the future, the sessions were an opportunity to showcase high quality research and for students to interact with the industry and potential employers.

Nobel laureate seeks volunteers for potentially ground-breaking study

Tuesday, 9 October 2007
Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall is seeking volunteers to take part in a potentially ground-breaking study.

The study aims to find out if people develop immunity against a common stomach infection called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori.

Prof Marshall and colleagues at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital believe H. pylori could be used to create a new super-vaccine if they can prove people never become immune to it.

Nobel Laureate Prof Barry Marshall to announce new study

Tuesday, 9 October 2007

11:15hrs Tuesday 9 October 2007
Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital, Nedlands
All media welcome

Nobel Laureate Professor Barry Marshall will announce details of a new study at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital on Tuesday 9 October.

He will also call for volunteers to take part in the study which aims to determine if people develop immunity to a common stomach infection called Helicobacter pylori or H. pylori or if they are always open to re-infection.

UWA programs win national awards

Monday, 8 October 2007

Three outstanding teaching and learning programs at The University of Western Australia have been recognised with 2007 Carrick Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Alan Robson said the awards rewarded the efforts of individual staff members to enhance the quality of student learning.

“UWA staff have a well-deserved reputation for excellence and quality teaching and it is particularly pleasing to see staff rewarded for their commitment in winning three out of 14 institutional awards,” Professor Robson said.

New research funding awarded to help find cane toad Achille's heel

Friday, 5 October 2007

WA researchers have hailed the Carpenter Government’s decision to provide extra funding for a project that could deliver a biological answer to stopping cane toads entering the State.

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.