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

Tallon Island

Coral helper stays robust under ocean acidification

Tuesday, 21 January 2020

Researchers from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies at The University of Western Australia (Coral CoE at UWA) and the Victoria University of Wellington have found Crustose Coralline Algae, crucial to the survival of coral reefs, may be able to resist the impacts of ocean acidification caused by climate change. 

Arman

Seven UWA high achievers awarded Fulbright scholarships

Monday, 20 January 2020

A talented musician, a computer science student who studied how artificial intelligence can be used to solve complex medical problems and an oceanographer researching ways to harness energy during severe weather events are among seven researchers and graduates from The University of Western Australia who have received 2020 Fulbright scholarships.

Credit National Science Foundation, LIGO, Sonoma State University, A. Simonnet

UWA scientists crunch the numbers on a huge neutron star collision 3.4 times heavier than the sun

Tuesday, 7 January 2020

Scientists at The University of Western Australia have contributed to a new study with the ARC Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) revealing a possible collision of two neutron stars 3.4 times heavier than the sun.

Paula Cartwright taking water samples in Exmouth Gulf

How climate affects coastal waters of Exmouth Gulf

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Researchers from The University of Western Australia are a step closer to learning how climate patterns have affected the coastal waters of the Exmouth Gulf with a multi-year study nearing completion.

Young Lives Matter

Research to understand young people at greatest risk of suicide

Monday, 16 December 2019

The Young Lives Matter Foundation at The University of Western Australia has received $100,000 in community grants to support research to help understand and prevent youth suicide.

Dr Cyril Grueter

Study finds educated people more likely to help a stranger

Friday, 13 December 2019

People from highly educated neighbourhoods are more likely to help a stranger, according to a study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and Edith Cowan University.

Professor Amit Chakma

New UWA Vice-Chancellor announced

Tuesday, 10 December 2019

The Senate of The University of Western Australia has appointed Professor Amit Chakma as its next and 19th Vice-Chancellor commencing in July 2020. On 30 June this year Professor Chakma completed his second term and 10th year as President and Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Ontario.

Winthrop Hall

Health researchers awarded $16.89 million in federal funding

Monday, 9 December 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have secured almost $17 million in federal funding for 11 research projects, including a promising asthma treatment and an important predictive test for parents donating a kidney to their child.

Professor Andrea Cereatti fits a sensor to Murali

Cricket legend visits UWA to test wearable technology

Monday, 9 December 2019

Sri Lankan spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan (Murali) has visited The University of Western Australia for an update on the technology that cleared his unorthodox bowling action in the late 1990s, resulting in him becoming the world record holder for the most wickets taken in both Test and one-day cricket.

Great Southern Reef

Great Southern Reef recognised internationally for biodiversity

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Australia’s Great Southern Reef has been named Mission Blue’s newest ‘Hope Spot’ – a special place that’s critical to maintaining the health of our oceans – thanks to a PhD researcher at The University of Western Australia.

UWA's Joshua Mylne shaking hands with Philippe Herve, CEO of Nexgen Plants

New collaboration to help fight growing herbicide resistance

Thursday, 5 December 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have teamed up with Queensland-based plant healthcare company Nexgen Plants to help combat Australia’s growing herbicide resistance problem.

Professor Cheryl Praeger

UWA researchers awarded $12.2 million in federal funding

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Prime Minister’s Prize for Science winner Professor Cheryl Praeger is among several researchers at The University of Western Australia to be awarded $12.2 million in Federal Government funding for 27 projects.

Ghost bat

Understanding ghost bat diet key to protecting the endangered species

Wednesday, 4 December 2019

Endangered ghost bats in the Pilbara eat more than 46 species of animals from small mammals, to birds, reptiles and amphibians, research led by The University of Western Australia has revealed.

Blue shark

Rezone marine parks to help conserve sharks

Tuesday, 3 December 2019

A lack of habitat protection is hindering our ability to manage the conservation of endangered open-ocean sharks in Australian waters, according to new research by The University of Western Australia.

Gecko

Action plan to save snakes and lizards from extinction

Monday, 2 December 2019

A team of scientists, including researchers from The University of Western Australia, has produced an action plan to help stop the decline of Australian lizards and snakes, particularly those recently assessed as threatened species.

Butterfly

Cutting-edge protein biomarker analysis facility for WA

Monday, 2 December 2019

Bioplatforms Australia, The University of Western Australia and Proteomics International have combined forces to launch a cutting-edge facility to explore biological markers affecting medicine, agriculture, the environment and marine world.

Teenage girls exercising

Study finds most Australian teens not doing enough physical activity

Friday, 22 November 2019

Nearly 90 per cent of Australian children aged 11 to 17 are not meeting current recommendations on daily physical activity, according to an international study by researchers at the World Health Organization.

Gouldian Finch (Erythrura gouldiae) grassfinch birds drinking water

DNA may hold the clue to protecting endangered species

Friday, 15 November 2019

A new method for analysing DNA collected from waterways which can help identify endangered bird species has been developed with the help of researchers from The University of Western Australia.

Robyn Owens, Celia Hammond and researchers

Five early career researchers awarded federal funding

Wednesday, 13 November 2019

Five researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded almost $2.05 million in Federal Government funding for projects that range from investigating Australian rare breed poultry and livestock conservation to working out whether cutting-edge cognitive approaches can help those with severe anxiety.

TO BE DETERMINED

Marine research the winner in collaboration between UWA Oceans Institute and University of Mumbai

Thursday, 7 November 2019

The University of Western Australia’s Oceans Institute and the Sindhu Swadhyay Sanstha School of Integrated Aquatic Education at the University of Mumbai in India have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote marine research links across the Indian Ocean.