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.
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.
The latest approaches to safe and economical management of rock
dumps will be the focus of an inaugural seminar to be held in Perth
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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).
Climate change, salinity, poor soil, pests and disease and increased
costs of fertiliser and fuel – these are some of the problems facing
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
Former Deputy Prime Minister and ALP Leader Kim Beazley has returned
to scholarship at The University of Western Australia as a Professorial
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.