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Archaeology team to help rescue historic Albany farmhouse

Friday, 25 January 2008

An archaeological team from The University of Western Australia will join forces next month with the National Trust to carry out conservation work on one of Albany's major tourist attractions, the Old Farm Strawberry Hill.

WA farmers benefit from UWA winning students' work

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

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.

RSPCA history recorded by UWA will add to understanding of WA's past

Wednesday, 23 January 2008

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.

WA rainbowfish may further understanding of evolution, claims UWA researcher

Tuesday, 22 January 2008

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.

Breastfeeding conference attracts world's top researchers

Thursday, 17 January 2008

The discovery of stem cells in breast milk is one of many topics to be discussed at an international conference later this month at The University of Western Australia.

Royal Australian Navy guards penguins with help from UWA

Wednesday, 16 January 2008
The Royal Australian Navy is a perfect role model when it comes to being a good neighbour.

UWA team make top three in Google competition

Friday, 21 December 2007

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 Earth.

UWA Motorsport team triumphs again

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

The UWA Motorsport team has added to an impressive list of victories, winning the 2007 Australasian Formula SAE (Society of Automotive Engineers) competition in Victoria from an international

Italian the only language to flourish at Australian Unis - thanks to students like Jane Te

Wednesday, 19 December 2007

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.

UWA team apply science to truffle production in world first

Tuesday, 18 December 2007

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.

Mine safety under the spotlight

Tuesday, 11 December 2007

The latest approaches to safe and economical management of rock dumps will be the focus of an inaugural seminar to be held in Perth next March.

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.

New DVD from UWA could avert mining disasters

Friday, 7 December 2007

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.

New 'genetic bandaids' from UWA could alleviate Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy symptoms

Friday, 7 December 2007

After years of dedicated work involving thousands of experiments, researchers from The University of Western Australia have developed ‘genetic bandaids’ that could alleviate symptoms in many

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.