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Twin boys

Study shows how our experiences shape who we trust

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

A study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the University of Aberdeen in Scotland has examined the basis of trust and what makes some of us trust more readily than others.

Youth with anxiety

Two years on, Young Lives Matter says suicide prediction more important than ever

Monday, 18 May 2020

Mental health researchers at The University of Western Australia’s Young Lives Matter Foundation are moving closer to accurately identifying individuals at greater risk of suicide, so timely support can be directed to safeguard them.

Megan Menon

New scholarship helps budding lawyer achieve career aspirations

Monday, 18 May 2020

A Bachelor of Arts graduate from The University of Western Australia has been awarded the first McCusker Law Scholarship to support her postgraduate studies in law.

Professor David Pannell

UWA Expert Series - New process uses multiple computer models to manage COVID-19 outbreaks

Friday, 15 May 2020

Australia has relied heavily on computer models during the COVID-19 outbreak and a team of researchers, including those from The University of Western Australia, has developed a new process to harness multiple disease models for outbreak management.

Associate Professor Allison Imrie

UWA Expert Series - Lessons from past pandemic wars

Friday, 15 May 2020

The only way to determine if protective immunity from COVID-19 lasts a lifetime or just a few short months is to monitor WA’s 500 ‘recovered’ cases for as long as the virus continues to circulate in the community, according to The University of Western Australia’s novel viruses expert Associate Professor Allison Imrie. 

Wai Li

UWA engineering researcher recognised by global industry body

Friday, 15 May 2020

An engineering PhD student from The University of Western Australia with an interest in developing environmentally friendly oil and gas drilling processes has been globally recognised as one of the top 15 young engineering professionals in the petroleum engineering industry.

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Biological markers under the microscope at new proteomics facility

Thursday, 14 May 2020

A new cutting-edge facility at The University of Western Australia will explore biological markers associated with human health, agriculture (crops and livestock), and the diverse flora and fauna on land and marine environments.

Stroke patient

Study confirms common antidepressant doesn't work as stroke treatment

Thursday, 14 May 2020

A large international trial has confirmed previous findings that a commonly used antidepressant is not effective in supporting the recovery of patients who have had a stroke.

Rainbow fish

Dark-shaded body surface the key to animals avoiding predators

Thursday, 14 May 2020

Animals that have a darker pigmented surface on the upper side of their body compared to those that have the same shade all over can reduce the impact of their body shadows and remain hidden from predators, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia.

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UWA Expert Series - Why COVID-19 is a breeding ground for conspiracy theories

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia, University of Bristol, University of Cambridge and George Mason University have shed light on how to spot conspiracy theories arising from COVID-19.

Professor Jane den Hollander

Fearless campus leaders who stepped into the breach

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

This article was published online in The Australian newspaper on Tuesday 28 April and is reprinted with permission of the newspaper.

Neither Jane den Hollander nor Belinda Robinson had any idea what they were in for when they agreed to take an interim job running a university for a few months.

Autonomous SAE vehicle driving

Renewable Energy Project’s autonomous vehicle wins federal funding

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

The Renewable Energy Vehicle Project (REV) at The University of Western Australia has teamed up with local start-up company Stealth Technologies to develop a new versatile autonomous electric vehicle platform. 

Marsupites

Strange hollow ball-like structures found in 80-million-year-old fossils

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australian and University of Cambridge have made a chance discovery in UK museum collections, finding hollow ball-like structures in 80-million-year-old fossils from species believed to be related to starfish and sea urchins.

Professor Jon Watson

UWA Expert Series - Curb frustration and stick to government advice to ease restrictions: UWA expert

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

If we give in to our frustrations and ease up too quickly on COVID-19 restrictions - beyond what the Government advises is acceptable - then the highly infectious virus could get out of hand very quickly, warns Professor Jon Watson, Executive Dean of The University of Western Australia's Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences.

Professor Joseph Tomkins

Older women more likely to conceive twins due to evolution

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Women are more likely to conceive fraternal twins once they reach their 30s as a result of an evolutionary response to combat declining embryo viability, according to a new international collaboration involving researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Social distancing

Every Australian needs to keep a lid on social distancing backlash

Monday, 11 May 2020

While each Australian is dealing with pandemic mental health stressors in their own way, COVID denial is an ineffective approach to dealing with anxiety that could prove dangerous to the country if it emerges as a social distancing backlash, according to psychology expert Professor Colin MacLeod.

Incel terrorist attacks pose an increasing threat

Friday, 8 May 2020

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that self-identified ‘Incels’ (involuntary celibates, young men who cannot find female sexual partners), present a national security issue.

Lady Justice statue

Pandemic pondering - 10 new ethical problems emerging from COVID-19

Thursday, 7 May 2020

As WA works out how to wind back some of its COVID restrictions without becoming complacent, there are still many important ethical issues that we are grappling with as a society. 

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Ocean gliders to examine impact of heatwave affecting northern Australia

Thursday, 7 May 2020

Ocean gliders operated by The University of Western Australia from The Australian Integrated Marine Observing System’s (IMOS) facility have been deployed off the coast of Broome this week to collect ocean temperature data vital for understanding the marine and land heatwave affecting northern Australia.

Markus

New guidelines highlight importance of managing high blood pressure

Thursday, 7 May 2020

A new global set of guidelines released today (International Society of Hypertension 2020 Global Hypertension Practice Guidelines) will help countries across the world manage hypertension, which is particularly critical in the current COVID-19 environment.