Seven was a lucky number for young UWA medical researchers
Seven of the major prizes awarded during Medical Research
Week went to UWA researchers and graduate students. And seven of the eight new
research grants from the WA Department of Health were won by UWA staff.
With NAIDOC Week to be celebrated throughout Australia from the first Sunday in July, it is fitting to reflect on our University's commitment to Indigenous Australians and to building a dynamic partnership between the University, the Aboriginal community and the broader society.
Len Zuks, carpenter and welder in UWA's building workshop, was busy on campus, sporting his grey overalls as one of the University's Mr Fixits.
At the same time, Len Zuks the internationally renowned artist had two paintings on display in Lebanon: the first as part of a United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) celebration of World Day for Cultural Diversity; the other as part of a London Olympics exhibition in Beirut.
Phil Hancock is Winthrop Professor of Accounting and Associate Dean Teaching and Learning in the Business School. He has been teaching for 39 years at university level, 20 of them at UWA. He has taught the breadth of the accounting curriculum to more than 6,000 students.
Paul McGurgan is an academic obstetrician/ gynaecologist with research interests in teaching, medical professionalism, evidence-based medicine and simulation training. He is a keen advocate of medical student-led research. His goal in teaching is to fulfil his compatriot WB Yeats' idiom that ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire'.
Despite the progress in many areas that characterises the 21st century, perceptions of mental illness are going backwards.
Professor Johanna Badcock from the School of Psychology and the Clinical Research Centre at Graylands Hospital, is examining stereotypes and mental illness. She has found that the stigma surrounding mental illness is still a major problem in society.
Psychologist Colin MacLeod's early research was considered ‘subversive' and his work part of a ‘revolution'.
But the Professorial Fellow in the School of Psychology and Founder and Director of the Elizabeth Rutherford Memorial Centre for the Advancement of Research on Emotion (CARE) is now one of Australia's most highly cited academics.
A group of about 30 staff and students were excited as they sat down to a meal of four bean dahl last month.
It was not the simple food but the historic gathering that sparked their enthusiasm. It was the first time people from many different faiths (and no faith), had joined for dinner at UWA and initiated a discussion about working together to address issues of social justice and extreme poverty.