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Claire McGlew, Associate Professor Nicholas Bannan and Swanee

UWA's first blind music teacher - and her dog - to graduate

Monday, 17 March 2014

When Claire McGlew graduates as a music teacher from The University of Western Australia on Tuesday 1 April she will be the first blind person to do so.  And her guide dog, Swanee, will be right beside her when she does because he has been with her throughout her studies at UWA.

Clostridium difficile infection

Study finds serious C. Difficile rates on rise in hospitals

Monday, 17 March 2014

The incidence of Clostridium difficile infection (CDI), which causes severe diarrhoea, acute toxic colitis and even death, is on the rise in Australian hospitals, according to a study led by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Dr Richard Pestell

UWA alumni named Australia's most innovative global leaders

Friday, 14 March 2014

Two outstanding graduates from The University of Western Australia were last night recognised for their commitment to effecting change at the 2014 Advance Australian Global Awards in Sydney.

SKA telescope

Funding boost for world's largest radio telescope

Thursday, 13 March 2014

The University of Western Australia today welcomed news that the United Kingdom Government will invest more than £100million ($185million) in the construction phase of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA).

 Chairman Larry Iffla and PM Tony Abbott

New Perkins Institute leads medical research in WA

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

Western Australia's premier adult medical research institute, the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, officially opened its doors with Prime Minister Tony Abbott launching the state-of-the-art research facility in Perth on Tuesday March 11, 2014.

A simulation of the ‘Cosmic Web’

These aren't the voids you're looking for

Monday, 10 March 2014

Australian astronomers have shown galaxies in the vast empty regions of the Universe are actually aligned into delicate strings in research published today in the Monthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce and Associate Professor Ramin Rafiei

National innovation award for ground-breaking water stress sensor

Thursday, 6 March 2014

An engineering researcher from The University of Western Australia has won an Australian Government science and innovation award for young people in agriculture to develop an intelligent sensor which will help detect water stress in grapevines in real time.

Joanna Vincent and Jean-Paul Hobbs at the Fulbright Awards ceremony

Fulbright Scholarships awarded to three from UWA

Tuesday, 4 March 2014

An internationally recognised plant nutrition expert, an Arts/Law graduate and a postdoctoral fellow from The University of Western Australia have been awarded Fulbright Scholarships for 2014, joining an elite worldwide group that includes Nobel Laureates and Pulitzer Prize winners in its ranks.

Mr Stephen Smith

Stephen Smith to join the Perth USAsia Centre at UWA

Monday, 3 March 2014

Former Federal Government Minister Stephen Smith has joined the board of the Perth USAsia Centre based at The University of Western Australia.

The Honorable Kim Beazley, AC

Beazley launches discussion on US-Australia relations

Friday, 28 February 2014

The newly established Perth USAsia Centre on Tuesday (4 March) hosted one of Australia's most outstanding political leaders and current Ambassador to the United States, The Honorable Kim Beazley, AC to share his views on the current state of US-Australia relations.

Professor David White and team with O-Tube

Cutting edge pipeline research wins innovation medal

Friday, 28 February 2014

A joint research project between The University of Western Australia and the oil and gas industry which has improved the design of offshore oil and gas pipelines and attracted international interest has won the 2014 AIRG Medal for Australasian Major Industry Technological Innovation.

Professor Daniel Fatovich

Strategies for sleeping and shift work

Thursday, 27 February 2014

It has been estimated that the risk of working rotating shifts approaches that of smoking one pack of cigarettes per day.  Other issues include problems with sleeping and the social toll, with higher rates of substance abuse and depression.

Assistant Professor Matthias Leopold

What's critical about the earth's outer skin?

Thursday, 27 February 2014

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have established the first Critical Zone Observatory in the southern hemisphere joining an international think tank to learn more about the earth's outer skin.

National Empowerment Project participants

National project to tackle Aboriginal suicide

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

An Australia-wide program is tackling the extraordinarily high rates of suicide and other social and emotional wellbeing problems in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

Paul Close and Suzie Thompson (Swan River Trust) carry out a survey

Balancing Perth's demand for water with conservation of native fauna

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The wellbeing of aquatic fauna in the Helena River, which originates on the Darling Scarp and flows into the upper Swan at Guildford, is being monitored by fish ecologists at The University of Western Australia's Albany-based Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management.

UWA MBA student wins inaugural Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

A Perth-based mid-career professional with a background in biomedical science and the pharmaceutical industry is the inaugural winner of the Beryl Wilson Austrade Scholarship for Women in International Business.

UWA ranked in world top 40 for three subjects

Wednesday, 26 February 2014

The University of Western Australia's subject areas of Psychology, Education and Earth and Marine Sciences have been ranked in the world's top 40 institutions according to this year's QS World University Rankings by Subject.

New direction in medicine offers new hope for kids with asthma

Tuesday, 25 February 2014

A new and emerging field in medicine - which involves the study of a group of proteins known as Interferons - could help unlock therapies for a range of diseases, according to a researcher who has recently won a grant to study the role of Interferons in childhood asthma.

Professor Thomas Bräunl at UWA refuel station

Electric cars - separating fact from fiction

Friday, 21 February 2014

Cars are the second most expensive investment after the family home, a status symbol and, in some cases - just visit a major motor show - a love affair.

Winthrop Professor Philip Mead

Top Australian scholar appointed to Chair at Harvard

Friday, 21 February 2014

A distinguished scholar of Australian literary and cultural history - who is also Chair in Australian Literature at The University of Western Australia - will spend the 2015-2016 academic year at one of the leading universities in the US.