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

Fishing boat

Government subsidies play key role in profitability of high sea fishing

Monday, 11 June 2018

Up to 54 per cent of the high seas fishing industry would be unprofitable without large government subsidies, according to a global research collaboration including The University of Western Australia.

Brain Bee State winner

Brainy students compete in State neuroscience championships at UWA

Monday, 11 June 2018

More than 90 of WA’s brightest Year 10 students from 20 schools across the State competed in the WA Brain Bee championships last Friday at The University of Western Australia. Mount Lawley Senior High School student Nathan Mayhew was crowned the State champion and Woodthorpe School was announced the winning WA school.

Perth Festival

Perth Festival makes a big impact on our State

Monday, 11 June 2018

A new report has confirmed Perth Festival’s significant positive impact on Western Australia’s social, cultural and economic life.

Professor Christobel Saunders

Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Monday, 11 June 2018

One of the State’s top mining executives, a former Australian cricketer and educator and a world-leading breast cancer surgeon are among 18 graduates and three staff members of The University of Western Australia who have been recognised in the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Bottle nosed dolphins

Dolphin name game reveals complex relationships

Friday, 8 June 2018

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have discovered male bottlenose dolphins can retain individual vocal labels, or “names”, to help recognise friends and rivals in their social network, much like humans.

Dental patient

Research finds divide in dental health accessibility between city and regional areas

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

A University of Western Australia study has found that although the number of dentists in rural and remote areas increased in recent years, it is still not keeping apace with the growth in demand and there is still a divide between access to dental treatment in cities compared to regional areas.

Role of kelp forests in mitigating climate change under threat

Role of kelp forests in mitigating climate change under threat

Monday, 4 June 2018

A global study led by a team from The University of Western Australia and the Marine Biological Association of the UK has found that kelp forests take in more than twice the amount of carbon dioxide than previously thought, which can help mitigate the impact of climate change.

Dr Valentina Voigt

Common virus in eyes causes longlasting inflamation

Friday, 1 June 2018

Researchers at the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) affiliated with The University of Western Australia have discovered that contrary to expectations, a common virus triggers long-lasting inflammation in the eyes of hosts with a healthy immune system.

Maxim

Awards and Achievements - May 2018

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

Honey bee

Research into antibacterial properties of honey showcased at conference

Friday, 25 May 2018

A project studying Western Australian honey for antibacterial properties that could be used in human health products has uncovered some surprising results.

First settlers

People voyaged to Australia by boat more than 50,000 years ago

Monday, 21 May 2018

Researchers working to solve the mystery of how people first reached Australia have combined sophisticated deep sea mapping, voyage simulation techniques and genetic information to show that arrival was made by sizeable groups of people deliberately voyaging between islands.

Fraser Bransby

Dr Fraser Bransby apppointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics

Friday, 18 May 2018

Leading geotechnical engineer, Dr Fraser Bransby, has been appointed Fugro Chair in Geotechnics at The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Graduate School (OGS) within the Faculty of Engineering and Mathematical Sciences.

Fossil

Fossil discovery paints new picture of the history of our ocean

Friday, 18 May 2018

A global research team including scientists from The University of Western Australia has discovered sea lily (isocrinid crinoids) fossils, providing new evidence the species lived in shallow water in the Southern Hemisphere millions of years longer than previously thought.

Perth city skyline

Living is not as easy as it could be in Perth

Friday, 11 May 2018

A new report measuring Perth’s liveability progress has found that despite improvements, the city is struggling to meet its targets for policy implementation.

Bottom trawling

Bottom trawlers chuck 437 million tonnes of fish each year

Friday, 11 May 2018

A new study by The University of Western Australia and the University of British Columbia has found 437 million tonnes of fish worth an estimated $720 billion have been thrown overboard in the past 65 years globally by industrial fisheries using bottom trawls. 

Corals control their own chemistry to stay healthy

Thursday, 3 May 2018

Scientists from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies (Coral CoE) at The University of Western Australia (UWA) have found that some corals are able to combat the effects of ocean acidification by controlling their own chemistry.

Albany Wave Energy Centre announced

Albany to become global leader in wave energy

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

The Great Southern is one step closer to becoming a global leader in marine renewable energy after the Albany Visitor Centre was announced as the location for the Wave Energy Research Centre.

Wheat

Modern science shows Roman wheat farming advice was highly accurate

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Plant biologists from The University of Western Australia have made an important discovery about rising temperatures and wheat crops - and subsequently learned that the Romans suspected the effect more than 2000 years ago.

Researcher and child

Two thirds of young children do not do enough physical activity

Friday, 6 April 2018

The largest global study to examine physical activity in children aged between two and five years old has found 66 per cent of children are not getting the nationally recommended three hours of daily physical activity needed for their growth and development.

Chromodoris colemani_WA mimic_J Arnold

Stunning new species of sea slugs discovered

Thursday, 5 April 2018

A small team of scientists at The University of Western Australia, the Western Australian Museum, and the California Academy of Sciences has identified 18 new species of sea slugs, including some only found in WA.