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

CTW guest speaker Sarah Beshar, husband Peter Beshar and daugher Sophie

Friends in high places

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A decade of supporting women to study at UWA was celebrated with the annual Centenary Trust for Women luncheon in Winthrop Hall.

Centenary Planning Committee Chair Sue Boyd and EO Virginia Rowland

A year of centenary celebrations

Thursday, 26 July 2012

By Sue Boyd

Chair of the Senate Centenary Planning Committee

A sundial created by Academy Award-winning graduate Shaun Tan; a weekend full of alumni celebrations; a spectacular light and sound show; and Faculty contributions to the community will all be part of our centenary celebrations in 2013.

VC Paul Johnson and Nishant Gujarati with  Raghav and Rachit at the ceremony

An award to remember

Thursday, 26 July 2012

A young mother of two who died before completing her postgraduate studies at UWA has been honoured in a ceremony in the Vice-Chancellery.

Michelle Lillico, Narelle Crichton and Justine McDermott in the archives

New agreement keeps us all on the record

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Some people are hoarders and some people are chuckers.

"Contrary to popular belief, archivists love to chuck things out," said archivist Justine McDermott, Associate Director, Archives and Records Management.

Sarah Percy

Tough policies to target modern day pirates

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Piracy off the coast of Somalia has burgeoned over the past several years to the extent that it is propping up the poor east African nation's economy.

The Arabian Oryx can go 100 days without water

Feeling the heat

Thursday, 26 July 2012

By Mark Foreman

Science Communications student

Shane Maloney's study of animal thermoregulation has inadvertently thrown him into the vast scientific field of global warming.

Mia Kriznic and Brendon DeGois at the School of Indigenous Studies

Jobs for Indigenous people

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Mia Kriznic wants to get the numbers right at UWA.

Will this young man's 'prospective' memory be affected?

The sobering consequences of a night drinking

Thursday, 26 July 2012

By Tobias Grey

Science Communication student

Most of us like a drink once in a while. We accept the consequences and enjoy the benefits - the buzz and relaxation - at the cost of your inhibitions and sometimes your good reputation.

We all seem to think we understand the costs of alcohol use, but an ongoing study on memory and alcohol use from UWA PhD student Helen Shield has begun to turn up some worrying findings.

Setting up the control monitors on the Physics building

Long term health links with air quality

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Most people understand that air pollution is bad for your health, but there has been little long-term research to prove it.

These sheep could help wean you off addictive drugs

Tired? Stressed? You’ll feel better with sheep

Thursday, 26 July 2012

By Caitlin Dunlap

Science Communication student

For years, insomniacs have sworn by lavender oil as the secret ingredient to a good night's sleep while others believe that counting sheep helps those who struggle to drift off.

Now scientists at UWA have put them together and, by using sheep of varying demeanours, they have discovered another side to lavender oil that is more than sweet dreams and a peaceful night's sleep.

Janine Murray

Swimming, twirling and whacking our way to gold

Thursday, 26 July 2012

WA has a proud international hockey tradition, with UWA students and graduates taking a significant role in major achievements over the past decade.

Anna Johansson receives her award for medical research

Medical research reaps its rewards

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Seven was a lucky number for young UWA medical researchers last month.

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.

Anna Nowak, RoseMarie Vojakovic and Siri Siriwardene

Stepping towards a cure

Thursday, 26 July 2012

By Sally-Ann Jones

Even if researchers got only "half an inch" closer to a cure for mesothelioma thanks to money raised on a 600km charity walk, Derryn Carnaby would be happy.

Carlos Duarte believes that humans have significant coastal connections

Ocean ties

Thursday, 26 July 2012

"We are tied to the ocean," said the late US President, John F Kennedy. "And when we go back to the sea ... we are going back from whence we came."

Indigenous Scholar Sam Shepherd (New York Marathon - Trevor Collens)

Celebrating the achievements of Indigenous Australians

Friday, 29 June 2012

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.

Partners in the salinity project talk with a local Iraqi farmer (Photo: ACIAR)

Saline insurgence

Friday, 29 June 2012

The cradle of civilisation is under threat - not just from violence and conflict, but from salty water and soil.

Kirrin Lund's research extended her 'family' by two alpacas

Finding new directions in food and resources

Friday, 29 June 2012

Climate change, biochar, bread quality, nutrition for alpacas and the role of farmer groups could hardly be more diverse subjects.

And they represent the huge range of research being done within the UWA Institute of Agriculture.

Matariki group - Otago

Partners take on the big issues

Friday, 29 June 2012

Research leaders from seven international universities - the Matariki Network - have mapped a path for the future.

Len Zuks with his painting, Through The Trees

Len flies the flag for Australia

Friday, 29 June 2012

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.

John Melville-Jones is probably debating a point of grammar with Vice-Chancellor

He could never be described as retiring

Friday, 29 June 2012

Fifty-five years to the day from when he took up a position at UWA, Winthrop Professor John Melville-Jones went off the University payroll.