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

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.

Soil

Revitalised soil council to drive regenerative farming

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

An advisory committee is set to guide the re-establishment of the Soil and Land Conservation Council with The University of Western Australia research fellow Associate Professor Frances Hoyle to serve as deputy chairperson. Better soil health helps to boost agricultural and pastoral production and create job opportunities across regional Western Australia.

The McGowan Government is set to resurrect the defunct Soil and Land Conservation Council to drive regenerative land practices across the State.

Tony O'Donnell

Tony O'Donnell gave the 27th Annual GW Leeper Memorial Lecture at the University of Melbourne

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Tony O’Donnell was invited to talk at the 27th Annual GW Leeper Memorial Lecture on 17 November 2017. The lecture is a public lecture on soils hosted by University of Melbourne and this year it was a full house with 100 attendees. Tony’s talk focused on the distinct soil physicochemical properties of Western Australia and how they impact the structure and functioning of the soil microbiome in the region.

Tristan Clemons

40under40 awards – Tristan Clemons

Tuesday, 19 December 2017

Our colleague in the School of Molecular Science – Tristan Clemons – has been nominated in the esteemed 40under40 Awards. Established in 2002 by BUSINESSNEWS, the 40under40 Awards program is designed to recognise and celebrate Western Australia's 40 leading business entrepreneurs under the age of 40.

UWA’s Geodata Algorithms Team

New collaboration between UWA and Rio Tinto Iron Ore

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

A new major industry research collaboration between The University of Western Australia (UWA) and Rio Tinto Iron Ore will commence in 2018.

Fishing boats in Thailand

Study finds Thai vessels falsely report fish catches

Wednesday, 13 December 2017

Fish catches by Thailand’s distant-water fleet fishing throughout the Indo-Pacific are almost seven times higher than the numbers reported to the United Nations, according to new research carried out by The University of Western Australia and The University of British Columbia.

Professor Richard Hobbs

Project to improve success rate of native plant restoration

Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have been awarded $675,400 in Federal Government funding to reconstruct plant communities that are resistant to invasion and resilient within disturbed landscapes in a biodiversity hotspot.

Ryan Lister

Stem cell reprogramming mystery clarified by new findings

Monday, 11 December 2017

Australian researchers have unearthed new evidence in a decade-long mystery concerning stem cell reprogramming, a process believed to hold immense potential for regenerative medicine.

Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy

Florey Medal honours lifetime of scientific research

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

Western Australian molecular ophthalmologist Professor Elizabeth Rakoczy from UWA’s Centre for Ophthalmology and Visual Science and the Lions Eye Institute (LEI) will receive the 2017 Florey Medal at a ceremony in Canberra this evening.

Assistant Professor Amir Karton

Awards and achievements - November 2017

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students. To recognise these achievements, a monthly article is published on the UWA news page on the website and in UWA Forward on the first week of every month. If you know of any great awards or achievements across the University please email uwamedia@uwa.edu.au

Echium plantagineum (Boranginaceae) also known as Paterson's Curse

Big data helps researchers in battle to control plant invaders

Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia are part of an international team that has discovered why some plant species are more successful than others at successfully invading new regions.

Galaxy image

Astronomer’s map reveals location of mysterious fast-moving gas

Monday, 4 December 2017

An Australian scientist has created the most detailed map ever of clouds of high-velocity gas in the Universe around us.

Vacciniations

Examining the link between vaccine refusal and those who use alternative medicines

Friday, 24 November 2017

A new study led by a researcher from The University of Western Australia has analysed the use of complementary and alternative medicine (CAM) by parents who reject some or all vaccines for their children.

Group burial (Alistar Paterson)

Batavia's mysteries unfold with discovery of mass grave

Thursday, 23 November 2017

An international team of archaeologists, including scientists from The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum, has discovered a new communal grave in the Abrolhos Islands, the result of deaths after a shipwreck of the Dutch East India company ship Batavia.

Perth company trials satellite deployer in Zero-G

Perth company trials satellite deployer in Zero-G

Wednesday, 22 November 2017

Picosat Systems and the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR) at The University of Western Australia have trialled a satellite deployment on a “Zero-G” flight above France.

Laboratory image

UWA researchers awarded $14.75 million in Federal funding

Friday, 10 November 2017

Researchers at The University of Western Australia have received $14.75 million in funding for 26 projects through the Federal Government’s Australian Research Council. UWA received $9.6 million for 25 Discovery Projects, $2.9 million for eight Early Career Researcher Awards and $2.2 million for three Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities.

M.muelleri-M.mucronatus

Deep-sea fish reveals twilight vision trick

Thursday, 9 November 2017

A new type of cell has been found in the eye of a deep-sea fish that opens up a new world of understanding about vision in a variety of light conditions.

Coral bleaching in the Kimberley

Research examines impact of coral bleaching on the WA coastline

Monday, 6 November 2017

Researchers from The University of Western Australia, ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, and Western Australian Marine Science Institution have examined the impact of the 2016 mass bleaching event on reefs in Western Australia.