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.
All the winners of the 2012 UWA Excellence in Teaching Awards are nominated for national recognition.
Along with the winners announced in UWAnews last month, the International Centre and Winthrop Professors Cheryl Praeger and Richard Weller have also been nominated by UWA for 2012 Australian Awards for University Teaching (AAUT) citations for outstanding contributions to student learning.
Father and son Roger and Kelly Smith both started work at UWA in 1995.
They are both experts in international management and champions of education and hard work.
This combination saw them both applauded at UWA 's celebration of Teaching and Learning Month when Kelly accepted an award on behalf of his staff at the International Centre and Roger was rewarded for his teaching in the Business School.
Celebrities who die young tend to have a special place in our collective mythology.
Perth actor Heath Ledger is one of those, and this explosive portrait of him, by Perth photographer Frances Andrijich, is one of many stars in Beyond Likeness, an exhibition of contemporary portraits at the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery, in the Dr Harold Schenberg Arts Centre.
But many people report that silence can be a terrific catalyst for creative ideas and insights. There's a legend that Archimedes discovered the implications of displacement as he stepped into the bath. Perhaps the bathroom is one of the few places these days where people have solitary space.