UWA students take top honours in economics prize

Friday, 28 September 2007
Two students from The University of Western Australia have won the top national awards in the inaugural Reserve Bank of Australia Economics Competition.

Callum Jones, 20, of Floreat, won the $1500 first prize while Virginia Gogan, 19, of Coogee, took second prize of $750. Both students are in their third year, both studying double degrees in Law and Economics.

The students’ essays addressed the consequences of an ageing population for Australia’s future productivity and economic growth, and the associated economic policy challenges.

UWA Water Research celebrates 25 years

Thursday, 27 September 2007

Celebrating its 25th anniversary and moving into refurbished premises will not distract The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Water Research from its commitment to creating sustainable design and management systems for our catchments, rivers, lakes, estuaries and coastal seas.

The Federal Minister for Education, Science and Training Julie Bishop will open the renovated CWR at 11am tomorrow (Friday, September 28) on the UWA campus.

UK expert to discuss why we should let children take risks

Tuesday, 25 September 2007

Parents may be doing their children more harm than good by eliminating or minimising risks in their lives, according to one of the UK’s leading thinkers on childhood and children’s play.

In a public lecture to be held this Thursday, September 27, 2007 at 6pm in UWA’s Octagon Theatre, childhood expert Tim Gill will discuss the growth of the zero-tolerance approach to childhood risk across the developed world and its ramifications for childhood development.

New website menu a smorgasbord for growers

Thursday, 20 September 2007
NEW WEBSITE MENU A SMORGASBORD FOR GROWERS

Growers and people working in agribusiness who have ever yearned for computer access to Green Manure or Lime Calculators or just a down-to-earth look at soil properties in their region of WA need look no further.

Dr Daniel Murphy from the School of Earth and Geographical Sciences and Institute of Agriculture at The University of Western Australia (UWA) has launched a free interactive website designed with such clients in mind.

Young UWA Professor named physical scientist of the year

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Anchoring enormous oil and gas platforms on relatively unstable seabeds and ensuring the efficiency of pipelines three kilometres or more under the sea is work that has seen an outstanding young researcher based at The University of Western Australia named Physical Scientist of the Year.

Professor Mark Cassidy in UWA’s School of Civil Engineering is Director of the Centre for Offshore Foundation Systems (COFS), one of the three leading centres in the field worldwide.

Law and public policy under the spotlight at UWA

Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Workplace relations law, native title legislation, enactments dealing with the confiscation of proceeds of crime and the debate surrounding the Bills of Rights: these are just some of the issues to be discussed at the Australian Law Teachers Association Conference at The University of Western Australia next week.

Western Australia’s Attorney General Jim McGinty, will open the conference, which runs from September 23 – 26, 2007.

The conference’s theme, ‘Law and Public Policy: Taming the Unruly Horse?’ has drawn influential experts including:

Armistead Maupin acclaimed author of the 'Tales of the city' series and 'Michael Tolliver Lives', in Perth for exclusive lecture

Wednesday, 19 September 2007
Armistead Maupin will deliver a UWA Extension Spring School Lecture on Wednesday, September 26, from 7.30-9pm.

Armistead Maupin has delighted millions, straight and gay, with his stories of swinging San Francisco. Though Maupin was one of the first of a new breed of openly gay authors, his appeal has always resided in his inclusiveness as a storyteller.

This is a rare opportunity to hear the wit and engaging stories of Armistead Maupin in an exclusive UWA Extension Spring School lecture.

UWA celebrates 300th birthday of biology giant

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

The birthday of one of the giants of biological science will be celebrated this week at The University of Western Australia and around the world.

Carl von Linne, or Linnaeus as he is better known, was born 300 years ago in Sweden. He invented the system of classification and naming of life forms from which sprang the discipline of systematics, a core activity in these days of threatened biodiversity.

UWA awards bigger percentage of PhD candidates

Monday, 17 September 2007

A higher than usual percentage of PhD candidates will be among almost 1,200 students graduating during the spring series of graduation ceremonies starting at The University of Western Australia tonight.

More than 90 PhD candidates will graduate having completed research which impacts on areas ranging from health and education to environmental sustainability. They will be joined by three candidates graduating with professional doctorates – two in Education and one in Business Administration.

New research unlocks the role of plant colour in environmental and human health

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the bright colours in flowers, and where those colours come from and why?

Yes, they are important in attracting insects to pollinate them – and attractive to the human eye - but that’s only a tiny part of the story.