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

3D facial photography offers quick way to predict sleep apnoea

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Three-dimensional facial photography can provide a simple and highly accurate method of predicting the presence of obstructive sleep apnoea, according to a study led by The University of Western Australia.

Fellowship recipients

Early career researchers awarded science PhD Fellowships

Thursday, 15 August 2019

Seven early career researchers from The University of Western Australia are among 13 recipients to receive prestigious Western Australian Government Science Industry PhD Fellowships.

Sharynne Hamilton

UWA students recognised in Premier's Science Awards

Wednesday, 14 August 2019

Two students from The University of Western Australia were last night recognised in the 2019 Premier’s Science Awards, which celebrate the achievements of the Western Australian science community.

Professor Rob Atkin

Are laxatives the answer to more powerful mobile phones, cars that run better?

Tuesday, 13 August 2019

A global research team including scientists from The University of Western Australian has found laxatives may hold the key to creating mobile phones that don’t need batteries to operate, and hybrid cars that run better.

Dot-underwing moth

Like moths to a colourful flame

Friday, 9 August 2019

A nocturnal moth may be using its colourful wing patterns to attract a female mate, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia and the Adolphe Merkle Institute in Switzerland.

Girls in Engineering

Girls in Engineering and eye research team among Eureka Prize finalists

Wednesday, 31 July 2019

An outreach program to encourage high school girls to study STEM subjects and the research team that developed a highly effective strategy to reduce the impact of a common eye infection are finalists in the 2019 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes.

Rock Art agreement

New agreement to preserve, protect and study WA rock art

Wednesday, 24 July 2019

A new era of Western Australian rock art research is about to begin with the signing of an agreement between Rio Tinto and The University of Western Australia for a five-year funding arrangement for rock art research.

Two sheep standing in paddock

Wool odour could be key to protecting sheep from flystrike

Monday, 22 July 2019

A global research project led by The University of Western Australia in collaboration with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Western Australia has identified compounds in Merino sheep wool that are attractive to Australian blowflies.

Group of Indigenous high school students jumping

Holiday camp to inspire Indigenous high school students

Friday, 5 July 2019

More than 40 Year 10 and 11 Indigenous students from across the State will spend their school holidays at The University of Western Australia for the annual Indigenous Science, Engineering and Health Camp where they will learn about future career opportunities.

Beau Scaddan

Brainy Perth Mod student wins neuroscience competition

Monday, 24 June 2019

A Perth Modern School student with a passion for neuroscience and medicine has taken out this year’s WA Brain Bee Championship held at The University of Western Australia.

Professor Wendy Erber

Top Indigenous STEM students make finals of Premier's Science Awards

Friday, 21 June 2019

Students at The University of Western Australia have taken out all four finalist places in a new Aboriginal STEM Student of the Year category in this year’s Premier’s Science Awards, announced by WA Premier Mark McGowan.

Spricket

56 new species of arachnids found in WA's north west

Wednesday, 19 June 2019

Researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Western Australian Museum have discovered 56 new species of arachnids, known as schizomids, in Western Australia’s Pilbara region.

Slate pencil urchin

Study finds remote climate 'events' can drive marine heatwaves

Monday, 17 June 2019

A new international study involving The University of Western Australia has found marine heatwaves can be influenced by climate ‘events’ that take place thousands of kilometres away.

Sheep and lambs

Stressed sheep fleeced by their genes

Monday, 17 June 2019

Genetics play a large factor in determining the temperament of sheep and how they react to stress, a study carried out by The University of Western Australia has found.

WA technology

Funding boost for world-class research

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

The University of Western Australia and partner organisations will benefit from $67.5 million in overall funding to provide world-class equipment to advance scientific research in Western Australia and support WA jobs in STEM industries.

Shark Bay dolphin with sponge

Male dolphins like sponging for mates

Wednesday, 12 June 2019

When it comes to making friends, it appears dolphins are just like us and form close friendships with other dolphins that have a common interest, according to new research led by The University of Western Australia.

Sue Murphy

Graduates and staff recognised in Queen's Birthday Honours

Tuesday, 11 June 2019

One of The University of Western Australia’s first female engineering graduates who went on to become CEO of the Water Corporation, a former Supreme Court Justice and one of Australia’s most powerful women who used to lead Westpac are among 22 graduates and five staff members who have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Hockeyroos goalkeeper Aleisha Power

Ironing out your exercise routine

Thursday, 6 June 2019

Female athletes may be comfortable pumping iron but they’re also alarmingly deficient in the vital mineral.

Sleep

Shift and FIFO workers at high risk of fatigue

Wednesday, 29 May 2019

Almost all (97 per cent) shift workers are unable to adjust their body clocks between day and night shifts and are missing out on quality sleep, it was reported at the Royal Perth Hospital Research Foundation’s Pilbara Sleep Health Summit last week.

coral reef

Study finds ocean acidification threatens coral reef systems

Tuesday, 28 May 2019

A new study led by The University of Western Australia has found the future of the world’s coral reefs is under threat from ocean acidification with many corals unable to adapt to the conditions.