UWA Forward is the University of Western Australia's weekly staff news bulletin. It is published every Wednesday via all-staff email.

Library Design at UWA

Reid a leading example of library design

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Since opening on the 1 August last year, the refurbished Reid Library Ground Floor has quickly become a favourite space on campus for students to meet, collaborate and learn. The new space has also been attracting a great deal of attention off campus and recently received national and international recognition due to its innovative approach to library space design.

Dr Yu Suk Choi

Researchers uncover new way of growing stem cells

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Research led by The University of Western Australia has discovered a new, simple and less expensive way of growing human stem cells.

Start Something @ UWA launches in June 2017

Monday, 15 May 2017

Do you want to develop an idea to release the social and economic value of your research through enterprise? At Start Something @ UWA, you'll work alongside industry mentors with commercialisation experience in healthcare, resources, information technology, engineering, and social enterprise. In doing so, you'll develop knowledge, skills and networks to help translate your research.

Workshop #1: Mon 12 June, 3-5pm
Workshop #2:Thurs 15 June, 3-5pm
Workshop #3: Mon 19 June, 3-5pm
Workshop #4:Thurs 22 June, 3-5pm
Pitch event: Tues 4 July, 4.00-6.30pm

UWA and industry leading the way in floating LNG technology

Monday, 15 May 2017

The $200 billion investment in Australia’s LNG production capacity over the past decade has put us at the forefront of global supply.

Floating Liquefied Natural Gas (FLNG) vessel technology is being developed as the next generation for gas projects across our Northern shores in WA and Australia will soon host world’s largest floating LNG facility, Shell’s Prelude FLNG project.

UWA has a team of ocean engineers that have partnered with Shell through Shell-EMI Chair, David White to help develop this new technology.

Call for nominations to the Academic Board

Monday, 15 May 2017

Nominations are invited for the election of academic staff and general staff to the Academic Board.  Elections will be carried out by postal ballot in these two categories. Research staff should apply in the relevant category according to whether they hold an academic or general staff appointment.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 10 May 2017

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

Good morning. Finding novel solutions to today’s problems is a key driver of our research and it was great to see some of our engineering students’ ground-breaking work featured in the media recently.

UWA Professor taking on global warming

Wednesday, 10 May 2017

A fascination for geography and leading her first natural resource management project in Northern Senegal, West Africa, 25 years ago, has led UWA Professor Petra Tschakert to a vital role affecting people across the globe.

Petra has accepted an offer to be Coordinating Lead Author from Australia on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and will work on the Special Report of 1.5°C global warming, the first ever scientist from UWA to do so.

Credit John Cook

'Inoculation' messages prevent spread of fake news

Monday, 8 May 2017

An international team of researchers has demonstrated how people can be ‘inoculated’ against misinformation and fake news on topical issues such as climate change.

Natural gas technology nears commercialisation for UWA researchers

Monday, 8 May 2017

The future of the natural gas industry is set to receive a massive boost with multi-award winning innovators Dr Kevin Li and Professor Eric May receiving near $1 million to progress their gas separation technology.

Awarded through the Federal Government’s Global Innovation Linkages programme, the funding will enable them to build on the new technology and move their project closer to commercialisation.

A biodiversity hotspot of activity

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

There are just 34 biodiversity hotspots in the world, and Australia’s only one is right here in the Southwest of WA.

Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Peter Davies says WA’s hotspot stretches from Shark Bay in the north to Israelite Bay in the south and covers over 300,000 square kilometres.

“Separated from the rest of the continent by desert, our plants and animals have evolved in isolation for millions of years.

“The result is some really unique flora and fauna – over 1,500 plant species most of which are endemic,” he says.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 3 May 2017

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Good morning. On Monday evening the Federal Government announced its higher education Budget decisions. It is disappointing that once again we face further budget cuts; and at a time when Australia
needs greater innovation, research and skills. 

Changes to how you login to Webmail

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

We are currently making improvements to UWA’s Email and Calendaring service in preparation for the move to the Office 365 platform. The first change that will be implemented is how staff login to Webmail. There will also be an updated login page.

The change has now been implemented; you will need to use staffnumber@uwa.edu.au – along with your Pheme password – to access webmail, as shown below.

May Measurement Month – get checked or volunteer

Monday, 1 May 2017

Every year 10 million people around the world die needlessly because of high blood pressure. During May Measurement Month (MMM) millions of people across the globe will have their blood pressure measured in one of the world’s biggest public screening exercises.

There will be blood pressure measuring booths set up on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting 9 May from 12pm – 2pm at Oak Lawn and the Reid Library. Booths will also be set up daily Royal Perth Hospital from 11am – 2pm and Fiona Stanley Hospital from 11.30am – 3pm. No appointments necessary, just show up.

Vice Chancellor Professor Dawn Freshwater Installation

Professor Dawn Freshwater installed as UWA Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Professor Dawn Freshwater has been formally installed as the 18th Vice-Chancellor of The University of Western Australia.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 26 April 2017

Thursday, 27 April 2017

Good morning. I am delighted to share that we have launched our international academic recruitment campaign and the new website is now live. 

Visiting scholar from Israel to present seminar on environmental education

Monday, 24 April 2017

How does environmental education influence sense of place, and nature attachment among primary school students in the Bedouin Arab community in Israel? 

Join us on Tuesday May 23 between 2.00pm and 3.00pm when Associate Professor Orit Ben-Zvi Assaraf from the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev will present this seminar on environmental education.

This will take place in the Faculty of Education Conference Room, Nedlands Campus.

University Theatres: In the Pines 2017, Somerville Auditorium – sound checks & concert

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The annual RTRFM: In the Pines music concert is taking place in the Somerville Auditorium on Sunday 30 April, 11:00am-10:00pm, with sound checks scheduled to take place on the Sunday morning.

Please be advised that If you were intending to work on Sunday 30 April you may find the music volume to be disruptive, particularly if your office is located on the northern end of campus.

Strategically saving coral

Thursday, 20 April 2017

The problems facing coral reefs today are well documented. It’s an issue close to home for all Australians with the Great Barrier Reef’s ecosystem coming under pressure from a number of threats.

Elevated sediment volumes are a key stressor to coral reef ecosystems around the globe and Andrew Pomeroy from UWA’s Ocean Institute has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to undertake work to better understand the dynamics of sediment transport in coral reefs.

Vice-Chancellor's Voice - 19 April 2017

Thursday, 20 April 2017

Good morning. On Tuesday we commemorate ANZAC Day, a poignant day in the nation’s calendar.

New research publications collections process is now live

Tuesday, 18 April 2017

The UWA Research Repository is now the definitive source of information about your publications. The previous Minerva system is no longer being used, and all the data previously held in Minerva has been migrated to the Research Repository. The Research Repository will now also provide publications information to Socrates. The system automatically collects publications from Web of Science and Scopus that have the by-line “University of Western Australia”.