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Homeless

New ways of funding essential to adequately support the homeless

Friday, 28 April 2017

Australia’s services to support the homeless are overwhelmingly unable to meet client demand, according to new research from the Centre for Social Impact at The University of Western Australia (CSI UWA).

Vice Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater Installation

Professor Dawn Freshwater installed as UWA Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Professor Dawn Freshwater has been formally installed as the 18th Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Reef sharks

Declines in sharks drive 'fatter' fish

Thursday, 20 April 2017

New research from The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) suggests that reef fishes eat differently when sharks are around.

Dr Clare Sutherland

Why you should let a stranger choose your profile pictures

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

A team of researchers from The University of Western Australia, University of New South Wales and University of Sydney has found that people tend to choose more flattering photos for complete strangers than they do for themselves when posting images on social networking sites.

The University of Western Australia campus

Boost for UWA medical training in regional Western Australia

Thursday, 13 April 2017

Regional medical training in Western Australia has received a boost, with the Federal Government’s announcement today of funding for three University of Western Australia Regional Training Hubs.

Guppies

Poor diet 'reprograms' male sperm to produce smaller offspring

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found that a change in a male’s diet can have profound negative effects on sperm quality, and that these effects can influence the quality of his offspring.

Awards and achievements

UWA awards and achievements - March 2017

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Pea in maze

Study reveals plants 'listen' to find sources of water

Tuesday, 11 April 2017

A study led by The University of Western Australia has found plants have far more complex and developed senses than we thought with the ability to detect and respond to sounds to find water, and ultimately survive.

Josh Izaac with Prof Jingbo Wang

UWA advances in race to develop quantum computer

Thursday, 6 April 2017

In our fast-paced world where quicker computer search engine speeds are like gold, an international research team that includes UWA scientists has identified a way to analyse information quicker than ever before.

Dr Dirk Zeller

Leading scientist brings expertise to Indian Ocean conservation

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

A world-class marine biologist will lead research into ocean conservation in the Indian Ocean region following his professorial appointment at The University of Western Australia.

Helicobacter pylori

Study reveals how ulcer-inducing bacteria survive in the stomach

Tuesday, 4 April 2017

Scientists at The University of Western Australia, in collaboration with researchers at Imperial College London and Perth-based biotech Ondek Pty Ltd, have revealed new insights into the structure of an important biomolecule in Helicobacter pylori, the bacterium that causes stomach ulcers.

Students

UWA to offer Harvard Business School's online program

Monday, 3 April 2017

In an Australian first, The University of Western Australia has joined forces with one of the world’s leading universities to provide local students with access to some of the best online courses in the world.

Coral

Understanding how coralline algae responds to climate change

Monday, 3 April 2017

A study carried out by The University of Western Australia at the Indian Ocean Marine Research Centre in Watermans Bay has revealed for the first time that coralline algae is able to adjust its internal chemistry to respond to rising pH levels in the ocean.

Dr Joshua Mylne

Chemicals that cure malaria can kill weeds too

Monday, 3 April 2017

Plant biologists at The University of Western Australia have revealed the relationship between plants and the parasite that causes malaria is close enough to mean many antimalarial drugs are effective herbicides. 

Mineral exploration

Experts to discuss future of mineral exploration

Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Global leaders will examine key issues and opportunities facing the minerals exploration sector at a summit to be held at The University of Western Australia between Wednesday 19 April and Friday 21 April.

Solar panels

Network storage the key to WA's energy future

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

New research from The University of Western Australia has shown that the growing popularity of household and business solar panels could produce 85 per cent of Perth’s electricity demand by 2050 and be the major contributor to reaching 100 per cent renewable energy.

Dr Archala

Proteins hiding in proteins take an evolutionary shortcut

Monday, 27 March 2017

How a drug-like protein ring evolved in sunflowers has been pieced together by Australian and US scientists in a study published in Molecular Biology and Evolution.

Coral bleaching

Unusually calm weather on top of global warming causes coral die-off

Friday, 24 March 2017

An international team of researchers, including a scientist from The University of Western Australia, has warned of the devastating consequences for shallow reef ecosystems when global warming combines with local weather anomalies.

public speaking

Helping ease public speaking anxiety

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have found that a simple and reassuring message can help reduce people’s anxiety about speaking in public as well as make them feel positive about their nerves before the talk.

Honey bees

New honey bee research centre to create a buzz

Friday, 17 March 2017

A new Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) led by The University of Western Australia will provide a much-needed boost to Australia’s valuable, but largely untapped honey bee products, by bringing together both industry and academic expertise from across Australia.