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

Research gives swimmers a kick-start

Monday, 29 October 2007

Human Movement and Exercise Science (HMES) researchers are cementing the school's reputation as a world leader in swimming biomechanics.

Matt Keys and Andrew Lyttle aim to help swimmers achieve the maximum kick from their underwater kicking to gain a winning edge. Professor Brian Blanksby, Head of the HMES School, said 0.2 seconds could be the difference between a gold medal and last place. "Swimmers shave or wear high-tech bodysuits and work constantly on their technique to gain crucial seconds," he said.

Joe Clare

Where are they now? - Joe Clare

Monday, 29 October 2007

Joe Clare
Research Associate, Crime Research Centre, The University of Western Australia
B.Cog.Sci (Honours) 2000; Ph.D 2004.

UWA Short Term Study Programs

Monday, 29 October 2007

Twenty-two students from three major Chinese universities will attend this year's UWA Short Term Study Program.

The International Linkages Database Service

Monday, 29 October 2007

The International Linkages Database Service (ILDS) is now available for all staff in the Faculty to list all their International Linkages.

Science Union - Science Careers Night

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Science Union is organizing another Science Careers event to provide you with information on the many hundreds of opportunities out there for science graduates.

Calling all new science Alumni – we need your help!

Monday, 29 October 2007

Universities are operating today in a climate of increasing demand for accountability in all areas and the Federal government requires all universities to submit evidence of the quality of their teach

Professor George Stewart, Dean

Moving Ahead

Monday, 29 October 2007

Welcome to this the first edition of our Faculty newsletter. We will publish three editions of the newsletter every year and hope that through this medium, alumni, staff, students and supporters of the Faculty will be able to keep in touch with what is happening in the Faculty.

Nobel Laureates, Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren

A Nobel Year to Celebrate

Monday, 29 October 2007

The champagne corks were popping throughout September and October at The School of Biomedical, Biomolecular and Chemical Sciences and for good reason.

The School's new $60 million building was officially opened, and several academics were recognised for their work and achievements, highlighted by Professor Barry Marshall and Emeritus Professor Robin Warren being awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.

The 2005 winners: Miss Katie and Mr Peter Simpson, pictured with Ms Jean Kahan

Raoul Robellaz Kahan Scholarships in Chemistry

Monday, 29 October 2007

Since 2001 Ms Jean Kahan has donated funds to provide a scholarship in chemistry in the name of her father, Raoul Robellaz Kahan, who was the first student to obtain an Honours degree in Science at UWA. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage students to undertake honours in Chemistry at UWA.

The Raoul Robellaz Kahan Scholarship is awarded on the basis of academic achievement, together with the applicant’s interest in undertaking further study or employment in the field of chemistry.

Stripping away the jargon

Monday, 29 October 2007

Some scientists are clever communicators, who share their fascination about their work with the wider community. Many others stare a good story in the face every day and just don't recognise it.

Enter the science communicator, who takes an intriguing story, strips away the science jargon, and presents it to the wider community.

Science students interested in sharing their excitement about science can enrol in the BSc (Science Communication) degree, introduced by the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology three years ago and the only such program in WA.

Science Union

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences is one of the largest faculties at UWA, managing thousands of students on and off campus. Science is an incredibly diverse field of study, with each year thousands of graduates entering the work force as professionals in their chosen field, whether it be chemistry, psychology, anatomy and human biology, the different paths science students can take are seemingly endless. Science Union is the Faculty Society for the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences, it is quite a unique club, because it has the ability to bring together students from all over campus with all sorts of different interests and career paths, creating an interesting and diverse network of individuals.

Centre for Forensic Science: Fingerprinting Graffiti Tags

Monday, 29 October 2007

Postgraduate student Genevieve Rowles is working hard to make graffiti a rarity rather than a fact of modern city life, as part of her Master's degree in forensic science.

Ms Rowles is studying graffiti tags to find a way of identifying the perpetrators and eventually building a statewide database of offenders and their tags. She says a common defence among taggers is to admit to one offence but deny multiple tags, claiming them to be forgeries. Her aim is to be able to disprove that tags can be forged, so that offenders can be prosecuted for multiple tags.

Terry Quickenden: a kind and erudite life

From forensic chemistry to Ali G: Terry Quickenden, a kind and erudite life

Monday, 29 October 2007

(4 March 1939 – 24 July 2005)

When Terry Quickenden died on July 24, he left an enduring memory of himself, dressed as Ali G, cavorting on James Oval for his medicine students' end-of-year-video! Terry was passionate about his academic career: teaching, research and service.

As a teacher, he loved First Year Medical Chemistry. His rapport with these students was such that he was always asked to play a starring role in their video for the annual Medicine dinner.

Going Straight

Monday, 29 October 2007

The starting block at the School of Human Movement and Exercise Science looks much like any other – but it is the first of its kind in the world and is helping swimmers get a head start in the pool.

Researchers at the School are using a specially-designed starting block to help elite swimmers go straight from the start of the gun.

The block, which cost more than $20,000, has been divided into two, with two force plates that can separately measure the forces coming from each foot when swimmers launch themselves into water.

Martin Fitzsimons--Athlete&Coach Services Manager

Where are they now?

Monday, 29 October 2007

Martin Fitzsimons
Athlete & Coach Services Manager
Western Australian Institute of Sport
BPE (Honours) 1990; MEd (Human Movement) 1994

I entered UWA as a mature age student with a love of sport and a desire to be involved in sport, although without a clear direction as to where. At the end of my undergraduate years research was more appealing than teaching.

After graduating I was fortunate to start at WAIS while I was completing my Masters research. This eventually led to a full time position as an exercise physiologist.

Image from the Le@rning Federation

From sports shoes to fossil digs – learning about science

Monday, 29 October 2007

Simplicity is at the heart of a new national teaching and learning initiative to provide online education material for primary and secondary schools in Australia and New Zealand.

DUIT Multimedia, the commercial arm of the Faculty's Centre for Learning Technology, is playing a significant role in developing the science material for the The Le@rning Federation (TLF).

Gary Light,Dr Frank van Kann and so on

Unique technology for finding minerals

Monday, 29 October 2007

If there was an award for persistence in the face of continuing setbacks, Dr Frank van Kann from the School of Physics would be a top contender.

He and his team have been working to build a new tool for the minerals industry for more than 20 years. Now, thanks to substantial backing from Rio Tinto, the project is up and running.

Tutor Jason Goh shows students how to dissect a rat

SEEK - setting students apart

Monday, 29 October 2007

The Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences is reaching out to the community in a myriad of ways – and one of them is its peer tutoring program in which students volunteer their time to go into schools to mentor and encourage science students.

Dozens of UWA science students are acting as mentors in WA schools under a special program to help spread wisdom throughout the community.

The collaboration of UWA & ZJU

East and West Join Forces in Great Leap Forward

Monday, 29 October 2007

Rice has traditionally been a staple diet and backbone of the Chinese economy but now, the Faculty of Life and Physical Sciences at The University of Western Australian is sharing its expertise in plant molecular biology with the Chinese in what can potentially lead to the country's greatest life science and agricultural research and development.

Psychology reunion

Monday, 29 October 2007

2006 will be a significant year for UWA's School of Psychology.  It marks the 75th anniversary of the first intake of students to the newly established Department of Psychology and also the 50th year