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

UWA Vice Chancellor Professor Alan Robson

Serving a growing community

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Our University has always taken our mission of serving the community very seriously. Almost a century ago, that community was largely local - the people of Western Australia.

UWA Nedlands campus

Planning for a bright, sustainable future

Monday, 23 August 2010

As we move towards our centenary we are again considering the principles that have driven the growth and development of our physical campus.

Professor Barry Marshall

Some of the best ideas come out of left field

Monday, 23 August 2010

Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall is glad there were no cabbages at the meetings where he and fellow Laureate Robin Warren presented some of their early data.

Professor Peter Klinken

Nobody is safe from cancer

Monday, 23 August 2010

Peter Klinken's 30 years of research into cancer - recently into melanoma - could not prevent him from falling victim to the deadly disease he studies.

Some of the WAMBOT team: Thomas Braunl, Adrian Boeing and Aiden Morgan

Miniature military magic

Monday, 23 August 2010

Magic is how our great-grandparents might have described the idea of robots.

Now that they are becoming more and more a part of our lives, MAGIC is still the word used by an international consortium which is running a competition to find the best robots to do dangerous work for defence forces.

Dr Jeffrey Shragge in the Arctic Circle

Expensive technology could save the planet

Monday, 23 August 2010

They are the paparazzi of geophysics.

Winthrop Professor David Lumley, the Woodside-Chevron Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration, and Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Shragge take what they describe as ‘snapshots' of the earth that cost about $10 million each.

Kings Park dives deeper into seagrass genetics

Monday, 23 August 2010

Between 1967 and 1999, more than 3,000 hectares of seagrass were lost from Cockburn Sound.

Now, Siegy Kraus, Kingsley Dixon and Liz Sinclair from Kings Park, Gary Kendrick, Marion Cambridge and Renae Hovey from UWA's Oceans Institute, and PhD student John Statton are uncovering the best methods for restoring seagrasses through the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan (SRRP).

Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques)

Punching above our weight

Monday, 9 August 2010

Outstanding UWA staff have attracted almost $100 million for research in the past few weeks - an excellent result.

Dr Marco Fiorentini, CET Research Fellow

Two sides of the same coin

Monday, 9 August 2010

In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart.

Yet an applied research centre last year produced a third of the university's publications in Nature and Science, all from industry co-funded projects, demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.

Professor Don Robertson and audiology researchers

Did you hear? Tinnitus may be curable

Monday, 9 August 2010

Beethoven suffered from it. Soldiers are more likely to get it than any other group. And rock concerts and iPods could cause it.

Professor Robert Faulkner (photo: Matt-Galligan)

Sing and dance your way to knowledge

Monday, 9 August 2010

When the University's new Master of Teaching (Early Childhood) starts next year, it will be front up, hands on and sing out.

ALTC Awards - W/Prof Lawrie Beilin

High-quality staff ensure high-quality University

Monday, 26 July 2010

Good and effective teachers inspire a passion for learning, light the fire of intellectual endeavour and motivate their students to pursue knowledge.

The cartoneros of Buenos Aires

Waste becomes a way of life

Monday, 26 July 2010

Tens of thousands of poverty-stricken people in poor countries scrounge from rubbish dumps to stay alive.

UWA's Professor of Engineering Education Caroline Baillie and her collaborators and supporters around the world are working to help these people make a living, while educating future engineers about using waste products.

Eileen Webb, Alicia Snyders and Edmund Rice Centre Director Joe Moniodis

Door-to-door deception hurts refugees

Monday, 26 July 2010

Refugees and migrants are being taken for a ride by unscrupulous phone plan sales people.

But UWA staff and students are coming to their rescue.

Winthrop Professor Richard Hobbs (photo by Paul Ricketts)

The inspired becomes inspiring

Monday, 26 July 2010

As a teenager, Richard Hobbs was inspired by American biologist Paul Ehrlich but, 40 years on, he wonders if any lessons on sustainability have been learned.

Barrister Judith Fordham in her office at the Centre for Forensic Science

Jury research an open (then shut) case

Monday, 28 June 2010

At the end of a court case, everybody wants to hear what the jury has to say.

Our legal system hinges on the ‘12 good men and true'. Their words can send an accused to heaven or to hell. But in WA, any words from jurors other than "guilty" or "not guilty" are closely guarded by the State Government.

sandalwood oil

Patent for potent perfume

Monday, 28 June 2010

Move over Spice Girls.

SspiSsy, SauSsy and SaSsy are about to take on the spicy world of perfume oil following the discovery at UWA of the genes for synthesis of sandalwood oil.

A/Professor Manfred Beilharz (front) with (from left) Mutsa Madondo, Kathryn Pel

Cold and flu pill closer to the counter

Monday, 28 June 2010

A phase two clinical trial of a potential cold and flu treatment has proved interferon alphas to have a significant effect on preventing and moderating winter flu. 

Dick Mizerski with two of his Muslim students, Sharifah Fatimah Syed-Ahmad (fron

Go online for new rules from ancient laws

Monday, 28 June 2010

The internet is changing the way the ancient religion of Islam is being practised.

Winthrop Professor Philip Mead

The worthwhile study of humanities

Monday, 28 June 2010

At a time when science, politics finance and sport dominate the headlines it was pleasing to see one of our graduates publicy extolling the value of an arts degree across the professions.