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

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.

Eric Knight, Scott Draper, Michael Molinari, Travers McLeod and Laith Tapper

A huge challenge to help the smallest babies.

Monday, 14 June 2010

After winning a Rhodes Scholarship and enduring the successful struggle for life by his premature baby daughter, Scott Draper is about to take another huge challenge.

Eric Knight, Scott Draper, Michael Molinari, Travers McLeod and Laith Tapper

Graduates and staff live up to high expectations

Monday, 14 June 2010

It is said that high achievement takes place in the framework of high expectation.  If we measure the success of our University by the success of our graduates and staff then we can all be proud following the accolades of the past few weeks.

Itsara in the kitchen

“Want a job in my lab? Can you cook?”

Monday, 14 June 2010

How many chefs can tell you that sticky rice is deficient in the gene for granule bound starch synthase? Or that germinating bean sprouts are busy converting fat to sugar through the glyoxylate cycle?

Itsara Pracharoenwattana can.

Andrew Chubb, Thomas Williams and Liyong Wang

Having fun with the language wins top spots

Monday, 14 June 2010

Two UWA students are the ‘golden boys' of a national Mandarin-speaking competition.

Dr Holden and her collaborators, Winthrop Prof Mike Dentith and Dr Peter Kovesi

Software makes searching simpler

Monday, 31 May 2010

Mineral exploration companies around the world are trying out new software developed at UWA which makes exploration over large areas more effective and more efficient.

Dr Andrew Whitehouse

Autism: is the problem too much maleness?

Monday, 31 May 2010

People make jokes about ‘too much testosterone’ in boys’ schools or football clubs.

But an excess of male hormones is not really a lot of fun. It has been found to be a potential risk factor for autism, a developmental problem in humans that results in them having difficulties in relating to and communicating with other people.

Gilsel and Professor Keep discuss his graduate diploma work

A long journey continues through a small land

Monday, 17 May 2010

Academics and students from UWA, mainly from the School of Earth and Environment, have been working in East Timor for eight years, to understand the geology, with the aim of helping locals to take advantage of their natural resources.

Dr Jacqueline Van Gent (left) and Professor Susan Broomhall

Gossip girls set to upend views of influential dynasty

Monday, 17 May 2010

By Sally-Ann Jones

Brangelina? Nicole’s weight? Posh pregnant again? This is the kind of gossip that absorbs many in the community. Gossip equally juicy enlivens the conversation of Winthrop Professor Susan Broomhall and Dr Jacqueline Van Gent – but it doesn’t concern today’s celebrities.

Vice-Chancellor  Alan Robson

Helping shape public policy

Monday, 17 May 2010

The role of the University in informing public debate and helping to shape public policy is both dynamic and vital. Every day our staff, students and graduates respond to the transformational forces that are changing the way people and societies see themselves, how they interact, and how they develop public policy.

WA Scientist of the Year 2009 Professor Cheryl Praeger

Mathematics and Australia

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

By Professor Cheryl Praeger, WA Scientist of the Year 2009

As the vital role of technology in modern society increases, the mathematical sciences are becoming indispensable. Many disciplines such as physics and economics have always relied on a foundation of mathematics, but now virtually every area of our lives depends on the mathematical sciences – from healthcare to telecommunications, from understanding climate change, to making secure financial transactions.

Graduation gowns help women to learn

Monday, 5 October 2009

Behind the shining young graduates who grace the Winthrop Hall stage on graduation night, there is a dedicated team of women who have made sure they look just right.

New Indian Ocean views

Monday, 5 October 2009

A new international journal on Indian Ocean issues is headed up by a UWA academic.

Professor Garry Lee

The science behind a sausage

Monday, 5 October 2009

Food and cooking has become one of the nation's favourite pastimes.

Now food science, the technology that underpins it all, is becoming the next big thing.

Poet influences Australian writing

Monday, 5 October 2009

Dennis Haskell, English and Cultural Studies Professor, is the new Chair of the Australia Council Literature Board.

As such, he is in a powerful position to influence the direction of Australian literature.

Best of British books

Monday, 5 October 2009

A book co-authored by UWA's Professor of Respiratory Medicine, Dr Gary Lee, has been described as "the definitive textbook on pleural diseases across the world."

Aspirational students

Students aiming high

Monday, 5 October 2009

Teenagers in suburbs like Lockridge, Girrawheen and Hamilton Hill don't often pay much attention to the idea of going to university.

But now these high school students have come to the attention of UWA...  and we're spending $2.45 million to encourage teenagers from these and 21 other similar areas in Perth and the Pilbara to study at University.