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

Andrew Chubb gives a traditional Chinese performance

Bringing Chinese culture to the people

Monday, 29 November 2010

A polished and hilarious performance by a new graduate and a surprise speech by the Nobel Laureate were the highlights of the opening of a new Chinese cultural centre at UWA.

Nuru Said

From refugee to research academic

Monday, 29 November 2010

Nuru Said walked for 14 days after escaping from detention in Ethiopia as a political prisoner.

A ‘pearler’ of an idea for health challenges

Monday, 29 November 2010

Pearls have become the personal signature of burns specialist Fiona Wood.

Now, the substance that forms the luminous gems may be used by Winthrop Professor Wood in her quest for functional skin regeneration after injury.

Professor Alan Robson

Team-work makes it another great year

Monday, 29 November 2010

It is heartening that at the end of another highly successful year for our University, the quality of our researchers was again recognised in recent national funding rounds.

Ed Cryer and Tammy Key high-five each other.

This is my UWA

Monday, 15 November 2010

“This is my bookstore … this is my lecture theatre … these are my pets…”

The ducks and the peacocks became the pets of international student Tammy Key in This is My UWA, the video she and Ed Cryer made to promote the University to prospective international students.

Marcia Foley

Role reversal turns to success for senior student

Monday, 15 November 2010

At the age of 87, Marcia Foley may be the oldest student to have completed a PhD at UWA. Her years set her apart from other graduate students but so does the curious phenomenon of role reversal. 

Tony Phan in his lab with Head of School Andrew Smith and Marisa de Pinho

Global partners get their teeth into stem cell research

Monday, 1 November 2010

Stem cell research will be a focus of Australia's first international translational dental science research program, based at UWA.

Elisa Mansutti and Luca Pavarin

Cultures combine to create shelter

Monday, 1 November 2010

Origami and earthquakes are the unlikely bedfellows that combined to produce a shelter for communities affected by natural disasters.

Noongar elder Lynette Knapp shares her culture with UWA Staff

The conversation starts in Albany

Monday, 1 November 2010

How does ‘race' have an impact on our lives? What is a ‘racial autobiography'? And what are the hidden obstacles that Indigenous students have to overcome as they undertake their studies?

These are just some of the questions that challenged the staff members from UWA Albany and the Centre of Excellence in Natural Resource Management who recently took part in a pilot program aimed at increasing cultural awareness on campus.

Dr Christine Riefa creates her avatar in Second Life

Can consumers be protected if goods don't exist?

Monday, 1 November 2010

Like them or loathe them, virtual  worlds such as Second Life have become part of our real lives in the 21st century and with them come the problems of real life, including legal complications.

Celebrating the ‘mightiest force’

Monday, 1 November 2010

One of the great strengths of this University is its vibrant community spirit, a spirit that is particularly visible whenever volunteers are needed.

Reaching out to the world

Monday, 18 October 2010

The Federal Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, Senator Kim Carr visited our University recently to celebrate the awarding of one of the largest grants ever made to an ARC Centre of Excellence in the area of humanities.

Professor Hui Tong Chua

Clean energy and smart cancer therapy

Monday, 18 October 2010

A zero-carbon fuel with a bonus high value by-product and a potential biological therapy for cancer are two of the best developments to come out of recent UWA research.

Emeritus Professor Robert Street with grandson Simon and Professor Alan Robson

Honouring a magnetic career

Monday, 18 October 2010

Former Vice-Chancellor, one of Australia's leading physicists and much-loved research mentor Emeritus Professor Robert Street has been permanently honoured at UWA.

ruins of an octagonal Roman church - a backyard find in Jarash

Ancient treasures in Jordan’s back yards ... coming soon to your computer screen

Monday, 18 October 2010

The brilliant technology of the ancient Romans will soon come to life through equally clever 21st century technology.

Winthrop Professor Carmen Lawrence

Mind the gap – between policy and research

Monday, 18 October 2010

As a former politician and as a student of psychology, I continue to be surprised by the dearth of interplay between leading edge developments in the social sciences and decision-making in government, despite the vast potential payoffs in forging links between theory and practice.

Stuart Pearse and Ricarda Jost work in the greenhouse

Searching for a solution to hot spot threat

Monday, 4 October 2010

Visitors to the South West will be familiar with big expanses of dead and dying trees and shrubs.

Most of us probably put this down to lack of rain or perhaps bushfire but it is actually a soil-borne pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi (Phytophthora dieback) which affects 40 per cent of the native plant species in the South West of Western Australia.

Andy Thomas with a captive audience in the Octagon theatre

Astronaut inspires students

Monday, 4 October 2010

Space will become militarised; humans may never colonise other planets; and Australia should have its own space program. 

These are some of the thoughts that Australia's only astronaut, Andy Thomas, left with UWA's Fogarty Scholars during his two-day visit to Perth last month. 

The go-to group for climate change questions

Forget the debate … it’s time for action

Monday, 4 October 2010

The current "debate" about whether the climate is changing seems to be a uniquely Australian phenomenon.

"There IS no debate about the fundamentals in Europe," said Professor Stephan Lewandowsky. "They are just getting on with reducing their carbon emissions. Debate is completely unnecessary in light of the overwhelming scientific evidence."

Professor Alan Robson

Celebrating 21 years of our School of Indigenous Studies

Monday, 4 October 2010

Our School of Indigenous Studies celebrated 21 highly successful years last week - a milestone that could not have been reached without the dedication and intellectual zeal of the School's former and present staff and students.