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

Dorothy Hahne, Michael Clarke and George Yeoh with the new equipment

A big boost for biology

Friday, 29 June 2012

New equipment at UWA will help our scientists to tackle some of society's big challenges in health, food production and the environment.

Eileen Webb and Aviva Freilich

Home sweet home for seniors

Friday, 29 June 2012

A secure home is a top priority for most elderly people.

But security of tenure for seniors' housing is a problem in WA that is growing as the population ages.

Phil Hancock

Finding the excitement in accounting

Friday, 29 June 2012

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

“Teaching is a privilege”

Friday, 29 June 2012

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'.

Johanna Badcock and Milan Dragovic

Stigma of mental illness still strong

Thursday, 28 June 2012

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.

Colin MacLeod receives his award from Cynthia Murphy Senior VP Thomson Reuters

Emotions run high in academic research

Thursday, 28 June 2012

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.

Richard Pengelly and Akram Azimi serve dahl and rice for dinner (by Shane Thaw)

Crossing boundaries to find justice

Thursday, 28 June 2012

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.

Sean Ashton checks his health credentials

Healthy response to wellbeing survey

Thursday, 28 June 2012

People who work at UWA want to increase their physical activity and they would like to see more healthy food options available at University food outlets.

These are some of the findings of a Staff Health and Wellbeing Survey.

Tracy Herrick, Religion and Globalisation Initiative

Religion can be a force for good in a secular world.

Thursday, 28 June 2012

By Tracy Herrick

UWA takes pride in its diversity and has many vastly different student-run groups open for participation, both religious-based and those dedicated to social action.

Milky Way Galaxy

Achieving universal success

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

After years of research, months of planning and weeks of waiting, the decision finally went our way.

The much-anticipated Square Kilometre Array - the world's most powerful radio telescope - will be built in the Murchison region of WA ... and in South Africa.

Yasmin Haskell

Is your illness all in your mind?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Witches, vampires and werewolves were all part of the rich imagination of European society in the 16th and 17th centuries.

This early modern period was arguably the greatest age of the imagination and with it came ‘imaginary' diseases and ‘diseases of the imagination'.

The crowd streaming to the ANZAC Day dawn service felt like a football match

A study of the essential Australia

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

How do you visualise Australia?

Do you see images of kangaroos bounding through the bush, bronzed surf lifesavers patrolling the beaches or kilometres of suburban front yards dominated by Japanese cars?

Ellen Fortini with students and a teacher in the Pilbara

Scientists hit the road

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Young enthusiastic PhD students are spreading the word about science careers throughout the State.

But what makes UWA 's Travelling Scientist program unique is that these bright 20-something adults talk about their own personal journeys, not just about science and their research.

Thea Adamson and Hannah Jansen, on their way to Lithuania and Bulgaria

The biggest competition is for funds

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Seven young UWA rowers are representing Australia over the next few weeks.

Winthrop Professor Richard Weller

Teachers and supporters touted for the top

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

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 share podium

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

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.

Associate Professors Christine Howitt and Robert Faulkner

The last word: …or should that be the first word?

Wednesday, 13 June 2012

Ever stopped to consider the most significant event or time in your education?

Senator Chris Evans, Prof Peter Quinn, WA Minister John Day & Prof Paul Johnson

Setting our sights high

Monday, 11 June 2012

In the past few millennia we have made the most astonishing and unexpected discoveries about the cosmos and our place within it, explorations that are exhilarating to consider.

(c) Frances Andrijich's portrait of Heath Ledger 1999, Courtesy Kate Ledger.

Star quality portraits

Wednesday, 6 June 2012

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.

UWA's Anglican chaplain, Michael Wood

You need quiet to really listen

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Silence is a rare commodity now.

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.