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Professor Wendy Erber

Top Indigenous STEM students make finals of Premier's Science Awards

Friday, 21 June 2019

Students at The University of Western Australia have taken out all four finalist places in a new Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year category in this year’s Premier’s Science Awards, announced by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

Dr Gail Alvares

Researchers call for the term 'high functioning autism' to be consigned to history

Thursday, 20 June 2019

Autism researchers from the Telethon Kids Institute have called for the term ‘high functioning autism’ to be abandoned because of the misleading and potentially harmful expectations it creates around the abilities of children on the autism spectrum.

Spricket

56 new species of arachnids found in WA's north west

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum have discovered 56 new species of arachnids, known as schizomids, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

UWA students outside Winthrop Hall

UWA rises 16 places in three years in QS World University Rankings

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

The University of Western Australia (UWA) has climbed five places this year in the 2020 QS World University Rankings, from 91 to 86 out of 1001 universities across the world. Since 2017, UWA has risen 16 places.

KIDDO

Program reveals kids are lagging behind in basic physical skills

Tuesday, 18 June 2019

A program run by The University of Western Australia has found many Perth children are falling short of developing basic physical skills.

Slate pencil urchin

Study finds remote climate 'events' can drive marine heatwaves

Monday, 17 June 2019

A new international study involving The University of Western Australia has found marine heatwaves can be influenced by climate ‘events’ that take place thousands of kilometres away.

Professor Graeme Hankey

Study urges GPs to be on alert for deep vein thrombosis

Monday, 17 June 2019

General practitioners and physicians are being urged to keep a careful eye on the potentially deadly condition of deep vein thrombosis because the signs and symptoms of DVT are non-specific and often difficult to diagnose, according to a review published today in The Medical Journal of Australia.

Sheep and lambs

Stressed sheep fleeced by their genes

Monday, 17 June 2019

Genetics play a large factor in determining the temperament of sheep and how they react to stress, a study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found.

Professor Gary Lee

Pleural medicine leader named WA Cancer Researcher of the Year

Friday, 14 June 2019

A medical researcher from The University of Western Australia has today been named Cancer Council Western Australia 2019 Cancer Researcher of the Year.

WA technology

Funding boost for world-class research

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The University of Western Australia and partner organisations will benefit from $67.5 million in overall funding to provide world-class equipment to advance scientific research in Western Australia and support WA jobs in STEM industries.

Shark Bay dolphin with sponge

Male dolphins like sponging for mates

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

When it comes to making friends, it appears dolphins are just like us and form close friendships with other dolphins that have a common interest, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia.

Shuan Hern Lee

UWA music prodigy named best in the world

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

A 16-year-old student from The University of Western Australia has won the 2019 Cliburn International Junior Piano Competition in Dallas, Texas.

Sue Murphy

Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

One of The University of Western Australia’s first female engineering graduates who went on to become CEO of the Water Corporation, a former Supreme Court Justice and one of Australia’s most powerful women who used to lead Westpac are among 22 graduates and five staff members who have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Research into disadvantage

80 per cent of disadvantaged families are not adequately nourished

Friday, 7 June 2019

Two-thirds of disadvantaged families struggle to feed their children a balanced meal because they can’t afford to, according to a study led by The University of Western Australia. Of these families, adults had lower food security than children, sometimes sacrificing food or going hungry in order to feed their children.

Hockeyroos goalkeeper Aleisha Power

Ironing out your exercise routine

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Female athletes may be comfortable pumping iron but they’re also alarmingly deficient in the vital mineral.

Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo

Australian Centre for Geomechanics appoints new director

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Associate Professor Johan Wesseloo has been appointed director of the Australian Centre for Geomechanics at The University of Western Australia, replacing Professor Yves Potvin who had been director since 2000.

Newborn baby

Babies make room in the womb for bacteria

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Our exposure to bacteria begins before we’re born according to new research led by The University of Western Australia. The study, published in Frontiers in Microbiology, used rigorous contamination controls to confirm that exposure to bacteria begins in the womb.

University Hall award

Awards and Achievements - May 2019

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, an article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of great awards or achievements across the University please email uwamedia@uwa.edu.au

Vice-Chancellor

Announcement by the Chancellor

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

I have been advised by the Vice-Chancellor, Professor Dawn Freshwater, that she has accepted an offer of appointment as the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Auckland commencing March 2020 and will be resigning from office as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Western Australia with effect from 13 March 2020.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Federal funding boost for Indigenous mental health services

Wednesday, 5 June 2019

A research program led by The University of Western Australia has received $5 million to improve the delivery of mental health services for Australia’s Indigenous population.