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

Science student exchange

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Ever thought of studying science in another country? Well, you can!

Inaugural Amanda Young Foundation Conference on Meningococcal Disease

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Amanda Young Foundation is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to reducing deaths in WA from meningococcal disease. It was established in March 1998 by the parents of Amanda Young, an 18 year old UWA student, who died from meningococcal septicaemia in 1997.

Career Mentor Link

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Mentoring: Connect, Share, Encourage


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

What is AIESEC?

Science Union

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

SPICE programme

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Spicing-up science was the flavour of the day for science teachers, who visited The University of Western Australia on Monday 16 October, 2006.

Professor Dharmarajan

Potential disease treatment attracts pharmaceutical giant

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

A number of pharmaceutical companies are interested in a blood vessel growth inhibitor discovered by UWA Professor Arun Dharmarajan and collaborator Suvro Chatterjee. Their find has implications for the treatment of a range of diseases including cancer, arthritis and diabetic blindness.

Professor George Stewart


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Spring is here and with it new, exciting developments within the Faculty. We have just had approval for three new Masters Courses, one in Infectious Diseases, another called a Masters of Science and Technology and one in Analytical Chemistry. We also have two new undergraduate BSc programmes, one in Computational Science and also the inclusion of Chinese, Japanese and Indonesian in the BSc (International). Later this year we expand our offshore program in Singapore to include programs in Psychology and Human Performance, and Sport Science.

Minister Fran Logan visits the School of Physics

Minister Fran Logan impressed by science at UWA

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Science research and industry links were the subject of the day when the Hon Francis Logan, Minister for Energy, Science and Innovation, visited the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences on 5th July. The Minister had a sneak preview of the sapphire oscillators in the School of Physics and the new gravity gradiometer, a multi-million dollar research project funded by Rio Tinto.

UWA extends its Singapore service with three new programs

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

UWA's Academic Council has approved three new offshore programs to be offered in Singapore via PSB Academy. They are the BSc (Psychology and Human Performance), BSc (Sport Science) and from 2008 we expect to offer the BSc (Psychology). The Faculty will welcome its first intake of students on September 30.

These new programs add to the range already on offer in Singapore; Biomedical Science, Genetics, Molecular Biology and Biotechnology, and Pharmaceutical Science.

More choices in postgraduate studies

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

In 2007, the Faculty will be offering three new Master's courses: the Master of Science and Technology, the Master of Infectious Diseases and the Master of Analytical Chemistry. These programs will be available to both domestic and international students.

Professor Jim Gates,Associate Professor Sergei Kuzenko and Ian McArthur

Supersymmetry down under

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

As physics students know, the subatomic world is described by the Standard Model of particle physics – the modern theory of elementary particles and their interactions. This theory is incredibly successful in the way it captures the structure of Nature.

The results of innumerable experiments, carried out at major particle accelerators world-wide, agree with the predictions of the Standard Model. However, as with other physical theories, the Standard Model has only a certain range of validity.


Research study offers an innovative approach to children's development

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

A brain wave helped create Project KIDS, and now brain waves form the basis of an exciting new study for the group. Professor Mike Anderson, from the School of Psychology, said Project KIDS had received a major Australian Research Council grant to study children's brain waves (technically, brain evoked potentials).

"We are interested to see if the development of different areas in their brains matches the development of their abilities," he said. According to Professor Anderson, Project KIDS is unique, with no comparison anywhere in the world.

Dr Ryan Lister

Fellowship will help UWA graduate's research to bloom

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Biological scientist Dr Ryan Lister is nurturing his scientific career in California after becoming the only West Australian to receive a 2006 Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP) fellowship.

The UWA graduate was one of four Australians and 80 young scientists worldwide to win one of the awards, which allows them to broaden their training in a laboratory in another country.

Jenny Gull and Stan Koios

Successful combinations with SPICE

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Trapping mice at the Abrolhos Islands, time for reflection and interacting with researchers are among the highlights for the four recent Teachers-in-Residence (TiRS) at UWA.

Bob Fitzpatrick, from Armadale Senior High School, and Warwick Mathews, from Shenton College, will continue their part-time participation in the SPICE program whilst Brett Boughton (Willetton SHS) and Dawn Smith (Churchlands SHS), have finished their 10-week full-time residencies.

However, all former TiRs continue some participation in SPICE in the hope of seeing their ideas come to fruition.

Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley

Worshipping sport

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

With champion athletes referred to as heroes or gods, sporting discussions often contain an almost religious fervour. The notion of whether sport can be a religion is just one of the topics students will be able to discuss in a new unit on "Sport and Spirituality".

The Reverend Canon Richard Pengelley, a dual Olympian and UWA alumnus, will teach the course, which will be offered as a third-year option by the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science from second semester, 2007.

Multisport China

Human Movement graduates in Shanghai

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

In August 2005 Mr Peter Bullard contacted the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science to ascertain if any graduating students were interested in employment with MultiSport, a company that provides teaching and coaching services in physical education and sport in the international sector to children aged from three to twelve years. The specific positions available at that time were in Singapore and China, working with a large number of international schools.

Short Term Study Program Group

Winning Beijing students visit UWA

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

In February, the Dean, Professor George Stewart awarded the inaugural UWA/BAST prize at the 2006 Beijing Youth Science and Technology Competition. A prize of a two-week visit to UWA was awarded to the two students with the most outstanding high school science projects presented at the competition.

Jacqueline Davidson

Where are they now? - Jacqueline Davidson

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Jacqueline Davidson
Project Scientist for the SOFIA project
USRA, NASA Ames Research Centre
California, USA
BSc (Physics) 1980; PhD (Physics) 1986

I wanted to be a physicist, involved in cutting-edge scientific endeavours, ever since my early high-school years. My love for physics continued as an undergraduate at UWA, especially for classical, statistical, and quantum physics and of course relativity.

Honours the way to go

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Why would you spend another year at uni, work harder than ever, and pay an additional year of student fees?