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

Robyn Owens, Celia Hammond and researchers

Five early career researchers awarded federal funding

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Five researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded almost $2.05 million in Federal Government funding for projects that range from investigating Australian rare breed poultry and livestock conservation to working out whether cutting-edge cognitive approaches can help those with severe anxiety.

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Marine research the winner in collaboration between UWA Oceans Institute and University of Mumbai

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and the Sindhu Swadhyay Sanstha School of Integrated Aquatic Education at the University of Mumbai in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote marine research links across the Indian Ocean.

Rhodes Scholar

UWA student awarded 2020 Rhodes Scholarship

Friday, 1 November 2019

Denmark resident and environmental scientist Natasha Lutz has been named Western Australia’s Rhodes Scholar for 2020, recognising her potential as a young global ambassador.

Bacterial filaments

Research offers insight into how oldest fossils formed

Thursday, 31 October 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have uncovered evidence of a new type of fossilisation that may explain how some of Earth’s oldest microfossils formed and might even help scientists detect evidence of past life on other planets.

Scientists

Why plants panic when it rains

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

An international team of scientists involving The University of Western Australia’s School of Molecular Sciences, the ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology and Lund University has made the surprising discovery that a plant’s reaction to rain is close to one of panic.

Dr Helene Viola

At the heart of it

Thursday, 24 October 2019

For several decades UWA has been working with National Heart Foundation Australia (NHFA), which this year celebrates its 60th anniversary, to save the lives of everyday Australians affected by heart disease.

Watheroo NP Hakea prostrata

Study digs up one billion years of green plant evolution

Thursday, 24 October 2019

Scientists from The University of Western Australia are part of a worldwide team of almost 200 plant scientists that has mapped the gene sequences of more than 1100 plants, the culmination of a nine-year research project.

Cardiovascular symposium

Researchers join forces to improve cardiovascular health

Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Common cardiovascular issues facing Western Australians will be the focus of an event attracting leading international and local researchers next week.

Student field trip

Digging deep for mine rehabilitation

Monday, 14 October 2019

Improving environmental management during mine rehabilitation and closure was the focus of a week-long field course for environmental science students from The University of Western Australia and mineral engineering students from Canada’s University of Toronto.

Dresser Formation in the Pilbara

Ancient rock remains reveal signs pointing to earliest life on Earth

Thursday, 3 October 2019

Ancient rock remains in the remote Pilbara region of Western Australia hold the key to analysing some of the earliest signs of life on Earth, according to a new study by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with a global team of scientists.

Ocean plastic

Andrew Forrest calls for plastic waste to become a cashable commodity

Thursday, 26 September 2019

Business leader, philanthropist and UWA PhD candidate Andrew Forrest has called for a voluntary contribution on fossil fuel-derived plastic, in a bid to stop up to eight million tons of plastic being dumped in the world’s oceans each year.

Young Tall Poppy Awards

Researchers recognised in Young Tall Poppy Awards

Friday, 20 September 2019

Three researchers from The University of Western Australia and its affiliate Telethon Kids Institute have been recognised in this year’s WA Young Tall Poppy Science Awards.

Mark Jennings

Weight loss program expands as waistlines shrink

Tuesday, 17 September 2019

Bibra Lake resident Mark Jennings is putting out the call for more men to get involved in The University of Western Australia’s innovative community weight loss initiative for men, MAN v FAT Soccer.

Hands holding peanuts in Timor Leste

Study finds crop fungus not linked to malnutrition in Timor-Leste

Thursday, 12 September 2019

A global team including researchers from The University of Western Australia has assessed the impact of fungal contamination in maize and peanuts on the health of women and children in Timor-Leste and found that it was unlikely to cause stunting in children.

Blue tail skink on green leaf

Program brings endangered skink back to the wild

Tuesday, 10 September 2019

The critically endangered Christmas Island blue-tailed skink is being released back into the wild following a successful decade-long captive breeding program.

Kaluta

Tiny marsupial not here for a long time, but here for a good time

Friday, 6 September 2019

Research from The University of Western Australia’s School of Biological Sciences, led by PhD graduate Dr Genevieve Hayes, has confirmed the extreme and unusual mating behaviour of the kaluta, Dasykaluta rosamondae.

Field pea

First pea genome to help improve crops of the future

Tuesday, 3 September 2019

A global team including scientists from The University of Western Australia has assembled the first genome of the field pea, which provides insight into how the legume evolved and will help aid future improvements of the crop.

Amazon forest

Forest loss in Brazil contributing to rising temperatures

Monday, 2 September 2019

A global team of scientists including researchers from The University of Western Australia and the United States has found deforestation in the Brazilian Amazaon-Cerrado region is causing temperatures to rise in areas as far as 50km away from deforestation sites.

Funding boost for mental health support in schools

Thursday, 29 August 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded more than $17 million in federal funding for 11 research projects, including $236,437 to design a suite of tools, resources and guidelines to support principals, school counsellors and teachers respond to students’ social and emotional wellbeing and mental health needs.

Mine-site rehabilitation

Report aims to improve best practice in mine rehabilitation

Thursday, 29 August 2019

A first-of-its-kind report led by The Western Australian Biodiversity Science Institute aims to improve mining industry practice of how to define and measure successful mine-site rehabilitation criteria.