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Down to earth approach to climate change

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Research at The University of Western Australia and the Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia is helping farmers adapt to climate change and improve soil fertility.

By increasing the levels of organic carbon in soil, farmers may be able to benefit from emissions trading schemes to offset greenhouse gas emissions.  Increasing organic carbon levels in soil also has a range of benefits for soil fertility and plant growth.

Bankers warned against becoming curators

Thursday, 10 December 2009

Seeds stored in seed banks of wild species will become museum pieces unless the ‘bankers' employ shrewd collection strategies, argues Professor Kingsley Dixon of The University of Western Australia and Perth's Kings Park and Botanic Garden.

New "Busselton Health Study": healthy ageing

Wednesday, 9 December 2009

Five thousand Busselton "baby boomers" will take part in a new four-year study on healthy ageing that will feed into one of the world's longest running epidemiological studies: the Busselton Health Study.

UWA's world-class engineer wins national earth sciences award

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

An internationally recognised geotechnical engineer at The University of Western Australia who has revolutionised the oil and gas industry's approach to pipeline design has won the Anton Hales Medal for 2010, recognising his contribution to Earth sciences. 

Professor David White, who has worked as a consultant advising on the Gorgon Gas project, was recently awarded a Future Fellowship by the Australian Research Council and is based at the UWA Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems.

Shaping the future of climate change: Dogma or consensus - scepticism or denial?

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

Are you concerned about climate change, but not totally sure what to conclude?  Worried about attacks on scientists?  What is a valid scientific idea and how is a scientific consensus formed?

UWA engineering students take national honours

Tuesday, 8 December 2009

For the second year in a row, first-year engineering students from The University of Western Australia have triumphed in the Engineers Without Borders Australia Challenge.

Children's book targets health in the Kimberley

Monday, 7 December 2009

An endemic health condition, scabies, affects up to 70 per cent of pre-school aged children in remote Indigenous communities and is the subject of a new children's picture book to be launched at Cable Beach Primary School on December 14.

The book was developed by Courtney Hodder, a health science student from The University of Western Australia. 

Study finds heart disease link in kidney patients

Monday, 7 December 2009

New findings published in the prestigious Journal of Lipid Research this month could help reduce heart disease in high-risk patients with kidney disease.

New chapter for the "Busselton Health Study"

Monday, 7 December 2009

A new chapter in one of the longest running epidemiological research programs in the world will be announced on December 9.

Western Australian Health Minister Dr Kim Hames, in conjunction with the Busselton Population Medical Research Foundation Inc, will announce the new four-year study at an event at Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital.

Professor Ian Constable's lifetime contribution lauded

Friday, 4 December 2009

World-leading ophthalmic surgeon Professor Ian Constable's outstanding contribution to ophthalmology and to science has been recognised in Western Australia's premier science awards.