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

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.

Promoting your research media awareness course

Promoting your research – media awareness course

Friday, 2 February 2018

Promoting your research to the media has many benefits, and the UWA Media Office is offering a one-hour session designed to give you a better understanding of how to go about it.

You’ll get information on how to work with the UWA Media Office to attract journalists to your research and how to handle media attention once you get it.

Get tips and techniques about media interviews, including how to answer difficult questions. Find out what you can expect from media coverage and gain insight into media organisations.

FameLab contestants from 2017

FameLab - attention early-career researchers!

Friday, 2 February 2018

The British Council is looking for passionate STEM researchers with a flair for public engagement to compete in the 2018 round of its international science communication competition, FameLab.

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.

Homeward bound

UWA staff bound for Antarctica in leadership program

Monday, 15 January 2018

An environmental economics researcher, a nanotechnology scientist developing new ways to fight cancer and a neuropsychologist from The University of Western Australia are among 80 women from 13 countries around the world selected to take part in the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica.

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.

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.

Soil

Revitalised soil council to drive regenerative farming

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

An advisory committee is set to guide the re-establishment of the Soil and Land Conservation Council with The University of Western Australia research fellow Associate Professor Frances Hoyle to serve as deputy chairperson. Better soil health helps to boost agricultural and pastoral production and create job opportunities across regional Western Australia.

The McGowan Government is set to resurrect the defunct Soil and Land Conservation Council to drive regenerative land practices across the State.

Tony O'Donnell

Tony O'Donnell gave the 27th Annual GW Leeper Memorial Lecture at the University of Melbourne

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Tony O’Donnell was invited to talk at the 27th Annual GW Leeper Memorial Lecture on 17 November 2017. The lecture is a public lecture on soils hosted by University of Melbourne and this year it was a full house with 100 attendees. Tony’s talk focused on the distinct soil physicochemical properties of Western Australia and how they impact the structure and functioning of the soil microbiome in the region.

Tristan Clemons

40under40 awards – Tristan Clemons

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Our colleague in the School of Molecular Science – Tristan Clemons – has been nominated in the esteemed 40under40 Awards. Established in 2002 by BUSINESSNEWS, the 40under40 Awards program is designed to recognise and celebrate Western Australia's 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

UWA’s Geodata Algorithms Team

New collaboration between UWA and Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A new major industry research collaboration between The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Rio Tinto Iron Ore will commence in 2018.

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.

Professor Richard Hobbs

Project to improve success rate of native plant restoration

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded $675,400 in Federal Government funding to reconstruct plant communities that are resistant to invasion and resilient within disturbed landscapes in a biodiversity hotspot.

Ryan Lister

Stem cell reprogramming mystery clarified by new findings

Monday, 11 December 2017

Australian researchers have unearthed new evidence in a decade-long mystery concerning stem cell reprogramming, a process believed to hold immense potential for regenerative medicine.

Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy

Florey Medal honours lifetime of scientific research

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Western Australian molecular ophthalmologist Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy from UWA’s Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science and the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) will receive the 2017 Florey Medal at a ceremony in Canberra this evening.

Assistant Professor Amir Karton

Awards and achievements - November 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

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. If you know of any great awards or achievements across the University please email uwamedia@uwa.edu.au

Echium plantagineum (Boranginaceae) also known as Paterson's Curse

Big data helps researchers in battle to control plant invaders

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are part of an international team that has discovered why some plant species are more successful than others at successfully invading new regions.