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

Students Katja Gvozdenovic and Micah Kickett with Dan Butler from Lavan Legal

Law students book a future with Perth firm

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Five Indigenous law students have been welcomed into the ‘family' of major Perth law firm, Lavan Legal.

The Governor-General presents Robert McLaughlin with the NBCF award

Tracing cancer through the eye of a needle

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

There is no cure for breast cancer.

But a multi-disciplinary group at UWA is perfecting one of the best tools yet for ensuring the closest thing: the most effective surgery for the disease.

Louise Naylor helps Leteisha Warner with her exercise routine

Is exercise the answer?

Friday, 23 March 2012

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases of the 21st century in the western world, but preventing or treating it is far from simple.

Celeste Rodriuez Louro loves the way English is spoken in Australia

It’s not like any other language

Friday, 23 March 2012

"I dated this loser in high school and he was obsessed with lollies...and he'd just eat them. I'm just like: That's disgusting."

Philip Mead, trailblazer for new humanities research

New technologies can unlock humanities secrets

Friday, 23 March 2012

In the literary world, it was an accepted assumption that the 1970s was a time of unprecedented growth in homegrown Australian fiction. And everybody was reading and talking about books by young Australian women.

But it was not until recently that a researcher was able to measure just how many novels were published in that decade, and she found that there had been a decline in novels by Australian writers overall, but confirmed an increase in women's novels.

What makes a tick… tick?

Friday, 23 March 2012

What makes a ground-dwelling and disease-carrying tick decide to crawl up a grass stalk and launch itself onto a human or animal host?

Carolyn Oldham was the first woman to be made Winthrop Professor in Engineering

Gen Y offers us our best chance at excellence

Friday, 23 March 2012

Just as women used to sit in groups weaving together, more than 100 women (and men) at UWA sat together in the Tropical Grove, listening to Carolyn Oldham weave together the threads of her vision for a resilient and excellent university.

Performer wearing fern tree mask, Kainantu, PNG RM Berndt Collection 1951

Buried treasure under lights at last

Friday, 23 March 2012

It was like opening a treasure chest - a very prolonged opening that took four years.

Jenni Harrison

Improve your performance

Friday, 23 March 2012

If you think you don't need a high performance computing facility to assist your research ... have a chat with Jenni Harrison, and prepare to be surprised.

Special Olympic athlete Rusty Nelligan being assisted by mentor

Students give athletes a sporting chance

Friday, 23 March 2012

Students from St George's College are helping athletes with intellectual disabilities - and learning some lessons themselves

Dedication to the University rewarded

Friday, 23 March 2012

Whether it was through agriculture, medicine or innovative outreach programs, the winners of Chancellor's Medals dedicated most of their working lives to the University.

Doctors happy to learn new skills

Friday, 23 March 2012

The tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan is best known for its policy of Gross National Happiness, and UWA is lending a hand to ensure it is achieved.

The importance of academic research

Monday, 19 March 2012

When the Royal Society was founded in 1660, it was possible for a knowledgeable person to be able to understand the full gamut of scientific discovery of that time.

Centuries later, it is hard to keep up with the furious pace of research advances even in one's own discipline.

Syed Islam says the ear is the perfect identification tool

Have you heard about the latest ID research?

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Stealing identities and falsifying security records are social problems of the 21st century that can result in crime, immigration fraud and more.

But the answer to the problem may be very close - right on the side of your head.

The Korean Ambassador to Australia, Taeyong Cho

Mining and Language links with a northern neighbour

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Asian languages at UWA have been boosted by the addition of Korean Studies this year.

With Korea now one of Australia's major trading partners, it is important for more Australians to understand Korean language and culture.

Science teacher Joanne Dixon

The value of teaching ‘pracs’

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

Even mature experienced graduate students can find their first foray into a classroom as a teacher a bit of a shock.

A year of music fosters potential doctors, lawyers, engineers

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

In a year when the nurturing power of music is its theme, the School of Music is welcoming the most diverse range of students in its history.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Johnson

Our Top 50 target will involve a great deal of work

Wednesday, 7 March 2012

In my early weeks at the University, I have been struck by the commitment of staff to achieve the University's bold ambition of being counted among the top 50 universities by 2050.

Christine Bryant First Year Adviser, Diversity and Transition Student Services

Finding the ideal job

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A Love Affair

Confucius philosophised that if you find the job you love you'll never work a day in your life. Although inspirational and, on first glance, straightforward, the sad truth is that doing what you love is the dream of many, but the reality of few. Approximately one year ago I went from being one of many to one of the select few.

Professor Alan Robson with his 2011 Leaver's T-shirt

Farewell Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 1 December 2011

"I'd walk across hot coals for Alan," a senior researcher said at a public function earlier this year.

His words would resonate for the vast majority of University staff who will miss Professor Alan Robson's presence in the Vice-Chancellery when he retires at the end of the year.