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Komatiite outcrop near Mount Hunt

Hottest lava eruption linked to growth of first continents

Tuesday, 24 June 2014

A collaborative research team has discovered an important link between the eruption of Earth's hottest lavas, the location of some of the largest ore deposits and the emergence of the first land masses on the planet - the continents - more than 2500 million years ago.

Professor Ian Small (left) and Winthrop Professor Harvey Millar

UWA scientists join world's most highly cited researchers

Monday, 23 June 2014

Six researchers from The University of Western Australia have been recognised as some of the most influential scientific minds in the world.

Winthrop Professor Erika Techera

New Dean of Law School appointed

Friday, 20 June 2014

Following an extensive international search, Winthrop Professor Erika Techera has been appointed as The University of Western Australia's Dean of Law.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

Summit to address unacceptably high rates of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander suicide

Friday, 20 June 2014

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are dying at twice the rate of other Australians from suicide, and among younger age groups the rate can be six times higher. In some communities, suicide clusters involving up to 20-plus deaths in a short time-frame take a terrible toll not only in terms of wasted lives, but also devastate communities and those left behind. Professor Pat Dudgeon, from The University of Western Australian's School of Indigenous Studies and a summit convenor said: "It's time that this terrible ‘gap' is closed, once and for all."

PhD student Arif Watto

Measuring efficiency on Pakistan’s cotton farms

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Research by a PhD student from UWA's School of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Institute of Agriculture could help achieve greater efficiency in the farming of cotton, Pakistan's most important agricultural commodity.

Students with brain

Who is Australia’s brainiest kid?

Thursday, 19 June 2014

More than 80 outstanding Year 10 students from WA are preparing for the competition of their young lives to determine who will represent the State at the Australian Brain Bee Challenge.

Spider ingesting a fish

Fishing spiders leave human anglers in the shade

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Few people would know that spiders can catch and eat fish - sometimes fish more than twice as long and four times as heavy as them - yet it is a widespread phenomenon and the subject of a paper in the prestigious journal PLOS One published today.

Heavy microalgae – diatoms

Tiny plastic dwellers have big impact on our oceans

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Microscopic creatures that live on tiny ocean plastics greatly affect the fate and ecological impacts of marine plastic pollution, according to researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Mark Murphy conducting research near Kulin

Wheatbelt bee and wasp networks may signal global change

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Social networking is a buzz phrase right now, but a young researcher at The University of Western Australia is more interested in bee and wasp networks in the wheatbelt - and one offshoot of his work will be a greater knowledge of the native pollinators and pest-controllers operating in farming landscapes.

Computer gender-perception a valuable tool

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Computers can mimic human perception of gender, according to new research published in the prestigious international journal PLOS One.

Co-operative decade ahead for new UWA research unit

Tuesday, 17 June 2014

The newly formed Co-operative Enterprise Research Unit (CERU) at The University of Western Australia Business School will assist co-operative enterprises in Australia and worldwide realise their social and economic potential during the Co-operative Decade.

Professor Fiona Bull

Public health expert recognised in UK Queen's Birthday Honours

Monday, 16 June 2014

Professor Fiona Bull, Director of The University of Western Australia's Centre for the Built Environment and Health, has been appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire in the UK Queen's Birthday Honours for 2014.

Health professionals needed for Parkinson's study

Monday, 16 June 2014

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are seeking to interview health professionals involved in treating people with Parkinson's disease to investigate their experiences engaging with partners of those with Parkinson's.

Place des Anges - photo by Jarrad Seng

Big shoes to fill at Perth International Arts Festival

Friday, 13 June 2014

The longest-running annual arts festival of its kind in the southern hemisphere - which attracts half a million people every summer - is looking for a new Artistic Director.

Associate Professor John Kinder

UWA professor wins Star of Italy award

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

John Kinder, a professor who has taught Italian culture and language at The University of Western Australia for 26 years, has been presented with the prestigious Commendatore della Stella d'Italia (Commander of the Star of Italy) award.

Adjunct Professor John Hamblin

Blast from the past gives wheat a boost

Wednesday, 11 June 2014

Half a century after conducting a plant experiment as part of his undergraduate Honours project, Adjunct Professor John Hamblin from The University of Western Australia's Institute of Agriculture (IOA) expects to see very positive results in 2015.

Chief Scientist of WA Professor Peter Klinken.

Peter Klinken appointed new Chief Scientist of WA

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

Premier and Science Minister Colin Barnett today announced the appointment of The University of Western Australia's Professor Peter Klinken as the new Chief Scientist of Western Australia, the third UWA researcher to be appointed to the role.

Assistant Professor Michael Considine

Next generation science behind WA's top drop of red

Tuesday, 10 June 2014

A researcher at The University of Western Australia is leading a national project using next generation sequencing to examine how even small changes to grapevines affect the quality and taste of the wine produced.

Professor Samina Yasmeen

Queen's Birthday Honours for UWA graduates and staff

Monday, 9 June 2014

Fourteen graduates and two staff members of The University of Western Australia have been honoured by their inclusion on the 2014 Queen's Birthday Honours List.

Bumblebee on Eustoma

Bumblebees learn hidden patterns in flowers

Friday, 6 June 2014

Bees pollinate about one-third of what we eat so it is important that we know as much about them as possible.