Science Matters is the Faculty of Science's Newsroom

We hope that through this medium alumni, staff, students and supporters will be able to keep in touch with what is happening in the Faculty Science at UWA.

These are exciting times for the Faculty of Science and we hope you will be able to share in this excitement and that you will be able to follow where we go over the next few years.

Professor Tony O'Donnell, Dean

First settlers

People voyaged to Australia by boat more than 50,000 years ago

Monday, 21 May 2018

Researchers working to solve the mystery of how people first reached Australia have combined sophisticated deep sea mapping, voyage simulation techniques and genetic information to show that arrival was made by sizeable groups of people deliberately voyaging between islands.

Fraser Bransby

Dr Fraser Bransby apppointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics

Friday, 18 May 2018

Leading geotechnical engineer, Dr Fraser Bransby, has been appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics at The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Graduate School (OGS) within the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Fossil

Fossil discovery paints new picture of the history of our ocean

Friday, 18 May 2018

A global research team including scientists from The University of Western Australia has discovered sea lily (isocrinid crinoids) fossils, providing new evidence the species lived in shallow water in the Southern Hemisphere millions of years longer than previously thought.

Perth city skyline

Living is not as easy as it could be in Perth

Friday, 11 May 2018

A new report measuring Perth’s liveability progress has found that despite improvements, the city is struggling to meet its targets for policy implementation.

Bottom trawling

Bottom trawlers chuck 437 million tonnes of fish each year

Friday, 11 May 2018

A new study by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia has found 437 million tonnes of fish worth an estimated $720 billion have been thrown overboard in the past 65 years globally by industrial fisheries using bottom trawls. 

Corals control their own chemistry to stay healthy

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) have found that some corals are able to combat the effects of ocean acidification by controlling their own chemistry.

Albany Wave Energy Centre announced

Albany to become global leader in wave energy

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Great Southern is one step closer to becoming a global leader in marine renewable energy after the Albany Visitor Centre was announced as the location for the Wave Energy Research Centre.

Wheat

Modern science shows Roman wheat farming advice was highly accurate

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Plant biologists from The University of Western Australia have made an important discovery about rising temperatures and wheat crops - and subsequently learned that the Romans suspected the effect more than 2000 years ago.

Researcher and child

Two thirds of young children do not do enough physical activity

Friday, 6 April 2018

The largest global study to examine physical activity in children aged between two and five years old has found 66 per cent of children are not getting the nationally recommended three hours of daily physical activity needed for their growth and development.

Chromodoris colemani_WA mimic_J Arnold

Stunning new species of sea slugs discovered

Thursday, 5 April 2018

A small team of scientists at The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences has identified 18 new species of sea slugs, including some only found in WA.

Mitali with her award

Awards and achievements - March 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

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

Sunshine

Vitamin D deficiency can put children at risk of autism-like behaviour

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute have found vitamin D plays an important role in the brain development of children.

Erasing a bit of chemistry from history

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A new study by a research team at The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University has found that an ion considered an essential part of chemistry calculations does not exist.

Mark Fisher

Proteins date back to the time of sabre toothed cats

Friday, 2 March 2018

Plant scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered a completely new family of small proteins called PLPs (PawL Peptides) that form by piggybacking on other proteins.

Fish head credit Jonathan Mitchell

Shark bite-off rates revealed at Ningaloo

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia have quantified the number of shark bite-offs of recreationally caught fish in the Ningaloo region.

Sabrina Davies

UWA's future leaders awarded Westpac scholarships

Monday, 19 February 2018

Two West Australian researchers are among 17 young Australians to be awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study at one of Australia’s top universities.

Dr Benjamin Ashton

Magpies are no bird brains

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A study by The University of Western Australia and the University of Exeter in England have tested the cognitive abilities of magpies and found their learning ability and memory is significantly advanced.

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.

Orientation Semester 1

Orientation Semester 1 - academic involvement

Monday, 5 February 2018

Orientation for our incoming Semester 1 students is being held from 19 to 23 February. The involvement of academic staff is fundamental to the success of creating a wonderful experience and the opportunity to create connections with students before commencement of semester.

Your involvement is greatly appreciated, thank you to those who have volunteered their time for this important event. Your involvement is crucial and highly appreciated.

Students during 2018 Science Experience

UWA’s 2018 ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Monday, 5 February 2018

This year’s Science Experience was held in January and was a huge success. The event saw 100 high school students from around the state come together to explore science at UWA.