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

Mrs Marjorie Le Souef

Le Souef Chair in Tropical Microbiology

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

On Wednesday 22nd November 2006, the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences was delighted to host a dinner in honour of a generous contribution made to the Faculty by Mrs Marjorie Le Souef. Her gift will enable the endowment in perpetuity of an Academic Chair in Tropical Microbiology.

Dr Michelle Elenore Grassi

Where are they now? - Michelle Grassi

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Dr Michelle Elenore Grassi
Senior Environmental Scientist, Environmental Resources
Management Australia Pty Ltd (ERM)
PhD (Environmental/Analytical Chemistry) 2005; BSc (First-Class Hons, Chemistry) 2001

Professor Grady Venville

New Professor of Science Education

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Newly appointed Professor of Science Education, Grady Venville, is facing a tough challenge in her new role at UWA.

"I want to train science graduates to become inspiring school teachers, so their students will love science and choose to study it at UWA. It's a bit like the chicken and the egg, isn't it? Which comes first, the good teachers or the good students?"

Offshore teaching

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

On 10th March the next intake of students to our science programmes offered by PSB Academy in Singapore will commence their studies. There are currently over 350 students in our programmes in Singapore. As a result of their expanding operations, TÜV SÜD PSB Corporation Pte Ltd are building a new campus at Jalan Bukit Ho Swee (Delta Campus) which will complement the premises already at Jalan Bukit Merah (Henderson Campus).

SymbioticA - a collaboration between art and science

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

Residencies, exhibitions, workshops and conferences are just some of the activities of SymbioticA – the collaborative research laboratory in art and science at the School of Anatomy and Human Biology in the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences.

Professor Brian Blanksby talks to guests

The Human Movement and Exercise Science Homecoming

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

On 17th December 2006 a happy, interactive and moderately noisy crowd of nearly 400 graduates gathered to celebrate the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science's homecoming reunion.

Korean Short -Term Study Programme Group

UWA/Korea University Short-Term Study Programme

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Short-Term Study Programme continues its success from 2006, with the Faculty hosting fifteen students from the School of Life Science & Biotechnology at Korea University in early February.

The visiting Korean students had the opportunity to study a range of academic courses during their time on campus, and to develop their academic study skills as well. During the programme each student attended labs in his or her research area and was mentored by UWA academics and current postgraduate students.

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.