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

Richard Higgott and Diane Stone

The zone is a magnet for political expertise

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Around the time Diane Stone and Richard Higgott left The University of Warwick to come to UWA, cuts in government funding for the humanities and social sciences in the UK were announced.

Chris Rumble puts the finishing touches on another window

Return to splendour

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Three quarters of a tonne of glass and lead were installed in the window frames of Winthrop Hall over the past few weeks.

Greg Acciaioli doing fieldwork with Indigenous people on Lindu, Indonesia

Anthropologists put people into research

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Extraordinary as it may seem, the big green push button to operate copiers and printers was designed by an anthropologist studying human-machine interactions.

Campus calls it quits

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The University will go smoke-free from January 1 next year.

The ban on smoking covers all University buildings, grounds and vehicles and extends to all staff, students, visitors and contractors.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson

Future aspirations and acknowledgment of our proud history

Thursday, 5 May 2011

After years of planning and consultations we are nearing implementation of the biggest reform of our curriculum since UWA first opened its doors to students in 2013.

A Kowanyama ranger helps a TRaCK researcher on the Mitchell River, Queensland

Managing water in the tropics

Monday, 18 April 2011

The health of the rivers and estuaries in Australia's tropical north has been the focus of a $30 million study over five years.

Leaf found in the ancient Bible

The secret life of leaves

Monday, 18 April 2011

Leaves found pressed between the pages of a 450-year-old Bible ... and the potential to increase plants' productivity: both present a challenge to Dr Chuck Price.

Dining scraps become a temperature gauge

Monday, 18 April 2011

New techniques applied by UWA scientists suggest that it was not the freezing temperatures of the last glaciation in Central Europe that killed off the species we know as Neanderthals.

Professor Alan Robson with His Excellency Mr Jia Qinglin

Networking on a global scale for global benefits

Monday, 18 April 2011

Our University's increasing prominence globally was demonstrated again recently by the visit of the influential Chinese leader, His Excellency Mr Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative.

Development and sustainability can go hand in hand

Monday, 18 April 2011

Kindergarten kids talking about sustainability, big banks sponsoring school excursions, park rangers sharing their ideas through the United Nations: they are all exciting possibilities coming out of a new UWA collaboration.

Holy Ransom and Calvin Coyles meet children in Kenya

Student enterprise goes international

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

‘Mama Shujaa' is on the way to make life better for families living in the slums of Kenya.

The Swahili phrase meaning ‘warrior woman' is the brand name for small business enterprises that UWA students are helping Kenyan women to set up.

Phil Burcham, Ferrer Ong and Peter Henry

Breathing in smoke can lead to flu

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Most of the people admitted to hospital after the Kelmscott fires were suffering not from burns, but from smoke inhalation.

From the book: Market Street Fremantle (Photo Moderne)

Our alumni feature in Fremantle fight

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

"It is dusk, after a hot summer afternoon in 1973. Les Lauder, the feisty Fremantle community activist, is returning to his home in Ellen Street ... He is in for a shock."

Dr Malcolm McCusker AO QC

Graduates play a vital role in civil society

Wednesday, 6 April 2011

We are very proud that another of our graduates, Dr Malcolm McCusker AO QC, is to be the next Governor of Western Australia. As the recipient of a UWA Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws and well known for his commitment to championing justice in the community, Dr McCusker is an outstanding choice as Governor.

Associate Professor Judith Fordham

An International Women’s Day adventure

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Where were you on International Women's Day last year?

I was in Port Moresby in Papua New Guinea, invited by the Business and Professional Women's Club (BPW) to speak to Papua New Guineans and expatriates.

What I learned has stayed with me, reinforced by meeting women living and working in PNG.

Urban historian and sociologist Jaroslav Miller

A young nation defining community

Thursday, 24 March 2011

What is it that makes a community? 

Urban historian and sociologist Jaroslav Miller came to Australia from the Czech Republic to help him find out.

Colin Hanbury

Why did you choose to study science?

Thursday, 24 March 2011

Australian high school students are choosing not to study science and the Graduate School of Education's Colin Hanbury is trying to find out why.

Oron Catts with Semi-Living Worry Dolls courtesy Patrick Bolger

Spectacular and unsettling

Thursday, 24 March 2011

"Gorgeous ... beautiful ... sensitive" are some of the words you might expect to hear at an exhibition of art.

But UWA's tissue culture artists at SymbioticA are more interested in touching raw nerves than metaphorical heartstrings.

Winthrop Professor Jill Milroy

Australia Day Honour for family-minded achiever

Friday, 11 March 2011

It's been a momentous few months for Winthrop Professor Jill Milroy, Dean of the School of Indigenous Studies.

Winthrop Professor Dennis Haskell

“One great day after another” – Denis Haskell’s Perth adventure

Friday, 11 March 2011

How does a working class kid from Sydney's western suburbs become one of our nation's most respected poets and one of our University's most highly regarded staff-members?