University News

University News

UWA experts to reveal life in Pompeii

Friday, 14 May 2010

The University of Western Australia is supporting the WA Museum's A Day In Pompeii exhibition (May 21 - Sept 5) and will have four experts presenting insights into the ancient civilisation of Pompeii famously preserved in time by hot ash from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79.

Dry sowing canola in the wheat belt (Photo WAHRI)

Stay one step ahead of the weeds

Thursday, 13 May 2010

WA growers are likely to face another late break this year.  Whilst parts of the state received significant early rainfall, the majority of wheat belt farmers are anxious for a decent rainfall to enable crop seeding.

Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence

The human side of carbon reduction

Thursday, 13 May 2010

Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence will explore what we know - and need to know - about the human psyche to make any progress in crafting workable solutions to the problem of climate change when she presents The University of Western Australia's 2010 Joseph Gentilli Memorial Lecture.

Susan Broomhall and Jacqueline Van Gent

Marmalade and letters preserve dynastic power

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

Males from the house of Nassau-Orange, the dynastic family influential throughout Europe and the colonies from the 1580s to the late 18th century - and the ancestors of the present Dutch royal family - are well-known to historians.

Dr Philippa Williams

The problem with modern day lives

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

The challenges faced by individuals and families around Australia who are struggling to integrate the demands of work with the needs of home and community life will be explored at the annual Grace Vaughan Memorial lecture held at The University of Western Australia.

Jane Elliott

Eyes on positive schools conference

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Jane Elliott, the Iowa third-grade teacher who in 1968 gave her class a lesson in discrimination that changed education around the world, will visit Perth in May for the international Positive Schools 2010 Mental Health and Wellbeing conference supported by The University of Western Australia.

Picture courtesy of Davide Santoro

Elusive chuditch spotted in southern suburbs

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

Staff and students from The University of Western Australia's School of Animal Biology have made a rare sighting of the threatened chuditch, or western quoll, in Perth's southern suburbs, confirming their presence on the Swan Coastal Plain.

Cheryl Praeger: pic from Dept of Commerce WA

Top mathematician warns of trouble ahead

Tuesday, 11 May 2010

One of the world's most highly cited mathematicians, Winthrop Professor Cheryl Praeger AM FAA, will confront the crisis that faces us as the supply of maths graduates and teachers fails to meet the demand in a public lecture where she will address the question - What must Australia do to properly equip itself for the future?

Professor Diana Dwyre

Elections, money and free speech in the US

Monday, 10 May 2010

Professor Diana Dwyre, 2009-2010 Fulbright ANU Distinguished Chair in American Political Science and Professor of Political Science at California State University-Chico will present a seminar on Elections, Money and Free Speech in the US at The University of Western Australia tomorrow.

Researchers with sea barleygrass

In search of genetic secrets for water tolerant wheat

Monday, 10 May 2010

International researchers hope to create a new wheat hybrid suited to waterlogged and saline conditions by identifying genes similar to those responsible for the ability of rice to survive in watery conditions.