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Caine Chennat

Awards and achievements - December 2017 - January 2018

Thursday, 8 February 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month.

Baixo Pinda fishing

Study finds inaccuracies in global reporting of fish catches

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia and The University of British Columbia has found inaccuracies in the data collected globally on fish catches.

Professor Daniel Fatovich

WA tops states for alcohol-related emergency admissions

Tuesday, 6 February 2018

Western Australia has the highest alcohol-related presentations to the emergency department of any state, according to new research by The University of Western Australia.

Chancellor

UWA welcomes 15th Chancellor

Friday, 2 February 2018

The Honourable Robert French AC has been formally installed as the 15th Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Joel Haywood

Scientists reveal double life of sunflower enzyme

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Scientists have explained how a protein-cutting enzyme can join the ends of proteins together, creating protein circles; a finding with immediate applications in producing therapeutic drug treatments that is published in a study in the open access journal eLife.

UWA congratulates recipients of Australia Day Honours

Monday, 29 January 2018

Olympic gold medallist Rechelle Hawkes was among 15 graduates and two staff members of The University of Western Australia recognised in this year’s Australia Day Honours List.

Forrest scholars

Students awarded prestigious Forrest Scholarships

Thursday, 25 January 2018

 Six students will fly in from around the world to accept prestigious 2018 Forrest Scholarships at The University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, made possible by the generosity of the Forrest Research Foundation.

Lungs

Research finds Vitamin D is important for respiratory health

Thursday, 25 January 2018

A new study carried out by The University of Western Australia, the Busselton Health Study and Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital has found Vitamin D deficiency can contribute to poor respiratory functioning and health in middle-aged adults. 

Wendy Erber and Kathy Fuller

Researchers discover new way to monitor leukaemia

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have invented a new, highly sensitive way of monitoring leukaemia cells in the blood. The research, published in the journal METHODS, describes the new technique that can detect genetic changes inside the leukaemia cell.

Perth Festival Writers Week

Program announced for Perth Festival Writers Week

Friday, 19 January 2018

Dine with Miles Franklin Prize winners, visit notorious Perth crime scenes, learn how to ‘read’ a dress, enjoy the narrative power of VR technology or take a ride with the kids in a storytelling Kombi van.

Australian flag

Australia Day : it's complicated

Friday, 19 January 2018

Coinciding with the fireworks and backyard barbeques, a national debate often rages over the history and meaning of Australia Day.

Turf

The rise of turfs - flattening of global kelp forests

Thursday, 18 January 2018

Research published today into the state of kelp forests around the world shows they are being degraded into flat seascapes carpeted by short, unwanted turf-algae – and the Western Australian coastline is one of the worst-affected areas.

Fish eye

Shark declines can lead to fish with smaller eyes and tails

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered evidence of body shape changes in fish due to shark population declines from overfishing.

Dr Jason Bell

Our brains can trick us into thinking we are thinner than we are

Wednesday, 10 January 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have discovered that a psychological illusion could be making people think they are thinner than they actually are.

Office worker

The key to a vibrant democracy may lie in the workplace

Friday, 5 January 2018

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the University of Minnesota and the University of Illinois has revealed the key to a vibrant democracy may be as simple as giving employees a voice in the workplace.

Left to right Josh Mylne, Hannah Etchells  and Jessica Kretzmann.

Researchers from UWA awarded Fulbright scholarships

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A PhD student looking into new applications of nanotechnology in treating cancer, an ecology PhD student researching catastrophic bushfires and a plant scientist researching enzymes, evolution and herbicides are three recipients from The University of Western Australia that have been presented with Fulbright Scholarships for 2018.

Drone

UWA pioneers world-first research into bomb-detecting drones

Thursday, 21 December 2017

The Department of Defence has awarded a major research project to a consortium led by The University of Western Australia to develop high-tech sensors that could detect terrorist threats.

New Years resolutions

New Year's resolutions - how to make them and keep them

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Making a New Year’s resolution is easy, but sticking to one is not. A Professor from The University of Western Australia uses empirically tested strategies in her teaching that could give people the tools they need to keep the promises they make to themselves on New Year’s Eve.

Young minds matter

Study links mental health to poor school results

Monday, 18 December 2017

A national survey led by The University of Western Australia has painted a bleak picture of the effect of mental disorders on Australia’s school students with the results revealing poorer academic outcomes, more absences from school and more likelihood of self-harm.

Fishing boats in Thailand

Study finds Thai vessels falsely report fish catches

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Fish catches by Thailand’s distant-water fleet fishing throughout the Indo-Pacific are almost seven times higher than the numbers reported to the United Nations, according to new research carried out by The University of Western Australia and The University of British Columbia.