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

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.

The announcement comes after the State Government awarded $3.75 million to The University of Western Australia to establish a marine energy research hub in Albany to drive offshore research and innovation.

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.

Mitali with her award

Awards and achievements - March 2018

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

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

Sunshine

Vitamin D deficiency can put children at risk of autism-like behaviour

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and Telethon Kids Institute have found vitamin D plays an important role in the brain development of children.

Erasing a bit of chemistry from history

Thursday, 15 March 2018

A new study by a research team at The University of Western Australia and Murdoch University has found that an ion considered an essential part of chemistry calculations does not exist.

Mark Fisher

Proteins date back to the time of sabre toothed cats

Friday, 2 March 2018

Plant scientists at The University of Western Australia have discovered a completely new family of small proteins called PLPs (PawL Peptides) that form by piggybacking on other proteins.

Fish head credit Jonathan Mitchell

Shark bite-off rates revealed at Ningaloo

Thursday, 22 February 2018

In a world first, researchers at The University of Western Australia have quantified the number of shark bite-offs of recreationally caught fish in the Ningaloo region.

Sabrina Davies

UWA's future leaders awarded Westpac scholarships

Monday, 19 February 2018

Two West Australian researchers are among 17 young Australians to be awarded a Westpac Future Leaders Scholarship to undertake postgraduate study at one of Australia’s top universities.

Dr Benjamin Ashton

Magpies are no bird brains

Thursday, 8 February 2018

A study by The University of Western Australia and the University of Exeter in England have tested the cognitive abilities of magpies and found their learning ability and memory is significantly advanced.

Baixo Pinda fishing

Study finds inaccuracies in global reporting of fish catches

Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Research carried out by The University of Western Australia and The University of British Columbia has found inaccuracies in the data collected globally on fish catches.

Orientation Semester 1

Orientation Semester 1 - academic involvement

Monday, 5 February 2018

Orientation for our incoming Semester 1 students is being held from 19 to 23 February. The involvement of academic staff is fundamental to the success of creating a wonderful experience and the opportunity to create connections with students before commencement of semester.

Your involvement is greatly appreciated, thank you to those who have volunteered their time for this important event. Your involvement is crucial and highly appreciated.

Students during 2018 Science Experience

UWA’s 2018 ConocoPhillips Science Experience

Monday, 5 February 2018

This year’s Science Experience was held in January and was a huge success. The event saw 100 high school students from around the state come together to explore science at UWA.

Promoting your research media awareness course

Promoting your research – media awareness course

Friday, 2 February 2018

Promoting your research to the media has many benefits, and the UWA Media Office is offering a one-hour session designed to give you a better understanding of how to go about it.

You’ll get information on how to work with the UWA Media Office to attract journalists to your research and how to handle media attention once you get it.

Get tips and techniques about media interviews, including how to answer difficult questions. Find out what you can expect from media coverage and gain insight into media organisations.

FameLab contestants from 2017

FameLab - attention early-career researchers!

Friday, 2 February 2018

The British Council is looking for passionate STEM researchers with a flair for public engagement to compete in the 2018 round of its international science communication competition, FameLab.

Joel Haywood

Scientists reveal double life of sunflower enzyme

Thursday, 1 February 2018

Scientists have explained how a protein-cutting enzyme can join the ends of proteins together, creating protein circles; a finding with immediate applications in producing therapeutic drug treatments that is published in a study in the open access journal eLife.

Homeward bound

UWA staff bound for Antarctica in leadership program

Monday, 15 January 2018

An environmental economics researcher, a nanotechnology scientist developing new ways to fight cancer and a neuropsychologist from The University of Western Australia are among 80 women from 13 countries around the world selected to take part in the trip of a lifetime to Antarctica.

Left to right Josh Mylne, Hannah Etchells  and Jessica Kretzmann.

Researchers from UWA awarded Fulbright scholarships

Thursday, 21 December 2017

A PhD student looking into new applications of nanotechnology in treating cancer, an ecology PhD student researching catastrophic bushfires and a plant scientist researching enzymes, evolution and herbicides are three recipients from The University of Western Australia that have been presented with Fulbright Scholarships for 2018.

New Years resolutions

New Year's resolutions - how to make them and keep them

Wednesday, 20 December 2017

Making a New Year’s resolution is easy, but sticking to one is not. A Professor from The University of Western Australia uses empirically tested strategies in her teaching that could give people the tools they need to keep the promises they make to themselves on New Year’s Eve.