Science is known as ‘the glorious entertainment’, and for Professor Brian O’Brien there are few truer words. From Antarctic expeditions to cave exploration and studying moon dust his career is full of the most gloriously entertaining events and challenges.
Born in Sydney, Professor O’Brien did best at English, physics and maths at school and went on to complete his PhD in experimental cosmic ray physics from the University of Sydney in 1957.
Not bad for someone who had never even heard of a PhD before beginning university.
Good morning. The new academic year is almost upon us.
In earlier editions of UWA Forward I have hinted at some exciting plans for 2017. The Executive and other Senior Leaders have taken the opportunity during January and early February, as we do annually, to revisit the University's strategic plan. Consideration has been given to UWA's core business, focusing on how we want to be known, how we interact with each other and the external environment.
Researchers who collaborate with small-medium enterprises (SMEs) on new product and service innovation may qualify to apply for a new WA Government grant to accelerate start-up ideas to commercialisation.
Through the Innovation Vouchers Program (IVP), up to $20,000 per application over 12 months may be used to develop ideas and to activate academic and industry research collaborations.
Make the most of every opportunity and who knows where it will lead is the sentiment from outstanding community leader Len Collard, who won a fellowship to the Yumalundi NIRAKN (National Indigenous Research and Knowledge’s Network) program late last year.
Well respected Whadjuk Nyungar elder and UWA Indigenous Studies ARC Chief Investigator Len thought he was a poor scholar at school, but his outstanding knowledge in the language and culture of his people led him into academia.
I am delighted to announce the UWA Business School has had its international accreditation renewed.
The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) is one of three leading international bodies that accredits business schools around the world, and our reaccreditation reflects the School’s strong global standing and outstanding quality of its staff and students.
Good morning. This week hails a cultural celebration on campus with both the Perth International Arts Festival and the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery’s 2017 season openings.
Founded by UWA in 1953, PIAF is a tremendous source of pride for our University and is now WA’s premier cultural event. Over the next month the campus and other venues across Perth will come to life with world class musicians, writers and actors all showcasing their talents for us to enjoy.
On Thursday 16 February between 6-9pm UniConnect VPN Services will be upgraded. UniConnect VPN Services will be unavailable for up to 30 miutes during this time while maintenance is being carried out.
After this system upgrade, VPN users will be prompted to download and install a newer version of VPN Client to workstations during their next log on to VPN. Full installation instructions can be found here.
UniHall has welcomed a new principal, Mark Sampson. Mark has taught for over 30 years in the education industry at schools across Australia including Canberra, Toowoomba and the Barossa Valley. He has spent the past 15 years in Perth in roles including Deputy Head at Aquinas College and the last six years as Head of Senior School at Wesley College.
He grew up in Adelaide where he studied to become a Physical Education Teacher. In later years, he undertook his Masters in Educational Leadership at The University of Newcastle.
Researchers from the Centre for Sleep Science at The University of Western Australia are using novel technology to help the Western Force rugby union team reduce the effects of long-distance travel and optimise their performance in the upcoming Super Rugby competition.
Attend a UniSuper seminar to find out how the changes to superannuation from 1 July 2017 may affect your benefit.
The 2016 Federal Budget proposed the widest-ranging changes to superannuation seen in several years. Many of these changes have now been legislated and are set to take effect during 2017/2018 financial year. This seminar outlines the changes and explains the potential impact they may have on your UniSuper account specifically with reference to:
The UWA Career Mentor Link is a terrific program that matches mentors with student mentees. The program has been going from strength to strength over the last few years and already UWA Career Mentor Link and Woman in Engineering program has had more than 320 students register their interest and this number is expected to grow. What this means is that we need more mentors.
Career Mentor Link is a one-on-one mentoring programme, sponsored by Visagio and Fluor, running for six months from April to October in conjunction with faculties to:
It was all smiles and giggles when a new mural featuring the Jacaranda tree was unveiled at a special morning tea at the UWA Early Learning Centre (ELC) last week.
In August last year ELC celebrated its 5th birthday. To further commemorate this big milestone in tiny tot years – the staff and pre-schoolers decided to embark on a collaborative mural.
Using the Jacaranda tree from the ELC’s logo as their inspiration, the children worked hard to transform the limestone bricks into a vibrant mosaic which now sits proudly in the pre-school yard at the UWA ELC.
For Dr Michael Jetter the opportunity to work at an established research-intensive University was the perfect motivation to move over 16,000 kilometres across the world.
Joining the UWA Business School 18 months ago, his role combines research and teaching activities on some of society’s most critical issues such as corruption, terrorism and gender inequality.
Originally from Germany, Michael was in his home country last year when Bavaria was shaken by three violent incidents and he witnessed first-hand how subsequent media coverage played into the perpetrators’ hands.
Good morning. At the start of a new year and early in my term as Vice-Chancellor, it is indeed a privilege to be able to share with you some exciting plans for the launch of an international academic recruitment campaign.
Thank you again for your support while we update the UWA Contact Directory. Prior to Christmas we indicated our expectation was to complete these by 31 January.
Recently the Contact Directory experienced ongoing system issues which affected the editing team’s ability to complete the required updates. BI&TS has been working hard to resolve these issues and we now estimate the updates will be completed by the end of February.
We appreciate your patience, and will keep you informed as we progress.
The University of Western Australia has today joined higher education institutions and colleagues from across the world to express concern about the impact of the new US executive order on the free exchange of students, academics and researchers between Australia and the United States of America.
Ashley Broering has spent the last five years working to improve patient experience in the healthcare industry.
Initially working as a healthcare analyst and then as a product manager at Press Ganey Associates in New York, Ashley has been responsible for the strategic development of several technologies giving patients greater control over their own care.