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

Christine Bryant First Year Adviser, Diversity and Transition Student Services

Finding the ideal job

Thursday, 1 December 2011

A Love Affair

Confucius philosophised that if you find the job you love you'll never work a day in your life. Although inspirational and, on first glance, straightforward, the sad truth is that doing what you love is the dream of many, but the reality of few. Approximately one year ago I went from being one of many to one of the select few.

Professor Alan Robson with his 2011 Leaver's T-shirt

Farewell Vice-Chancellor

Thursday, 1 December 2011

"I'd walk across hot coals for Alan," a senior researcher said at a public function earlier this year.

His words would resonate for the vast majority of University staff who will miss Professor Alan Robson's presence in the Vice-Chancellery when he retires at the end of the year.

What are the limits of human endurance?

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Former marathon champion Rob de Castella calls it "one of the hardest things you can do".

One of the world's best human integrative biologists, Mike Joyner, predicts that somebody will run a marathon in less than two hours within the next 30 years.

2012 WA Rhodes Scholar Rachel Paterson

Their goal is a healthier happier world

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

The health and wellbeing of the world is in good hands.

Three outstanding young UWA graduates with social consciences, bright minds and a commitment to global health have won prestigious scholarships to take them on their journey towards making the world a better place.

UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Alan Robson with his leavers' shirt

‘Seeing further’ towards a better society

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

As this is my last UWA News column as Vice-Chancellor, I want to confirm what a privilege it has been to lead this University - an institution with such a strong history of support for the social and economic well-being of our State, and which has played such an important part in the personal growth and development of generations of young Western Australians.

An artist's impression of the new development of Currie Hall

Expanded college creates landmark corner

Wednesday, 30 November 2011

Developers hope the expanded Currie Hall will be awarded a five star green rating.

And as demolition begins, the development is already heading in the right direction.

Joel Miller as Titanium Man finds compatability with Bone Woman (Sara Fontaine)

PhD performance art a world beater

Monday, 14 November 2011

"Dance my PhD? Are you kidding? This is science - not the stage!"

As Joel Miller worked on creating the perfect long-lasting hip replacement, the idea of spending a weekend dancing seemed like a waste of time.

Professor Alan Robson, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Professor Bill Louden

An international University in outlook and action

Monday, 14 November 2011

As we near the end of another academic year, we are pleased to acknowledge the success of three UWA researchers who have been named as 2011 Scientist of the Year finalists in the Western Australian Science of the Year Awards.

Emma Greeney, Academic Policy Services

Think global, study local

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Early in 2010, during my time as Guild President, I was lucky enough to travel to India with nine other Australians as part of a Government/Australia India Business Council sponsored Youth Delegation.

Susan Melo de Howard shows John Dodson the Bible in which the leaves were found

Mysteries of the Bible solved by science

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

Three little leaves found in a 450-year-old Bible have brought together UWA alumni from around the world to solve a puzzle.

MJ Ong and trainer Liliana Balaguera

Cycle Study might stop diabetes cycle

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

A study to see if exercise can help prevent pregnant women from developing gestational diabetes has become very personal for research co-ordinator and PhD candidate MJ Ong.

Professor Alan Robson and  His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh

Royal visits mark our progress

Wednesday, 2 November 2011

The Royal visit to Perth last week for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting was an opportunity to reflect on the involvement of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh in the history of our University.

Children take part in a focus group on Manus Island

PM’s awards help Pacific communities

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Not very far from the northern coast of Australia, children as young as six are involved in dangerous child labour, clearing bushland, fishing in rough seas, and carving dug-out canoes.

Professor Alan Robson, Lord Rees and UWA Chancellor Dr Michael Chaney

The value of alumni

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

We often talk about our University as being a ‘community' or a ‘family' and it certainly feels that way, especially when staff and students work together to ensure the success of events such as Open Day and the Parents' Welcome, or in response to emergencies such as the hail storm in March 2010.

Winthrop Professor Philip Thompson

Local groups getting closer to better asthma treatments

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

A high standard of living is no protection against the insidious disease of asthma, which is more prevalent in Australia, New Zealand and the UK than anywhere else in the world.

Tea Shavlakadze

Early steps to improve later life

Wednesday, 19 October 2011

Is this the elixir of eternal youth?

Dr Tea Shavlakadze is sceptical. But she is excited about her discoveries in the area of ageing, and the possibility of drug therapy to help keep elderly people's muscles from wasting.

Rob Marshall at the clinic on Haiti

Espwa fé viv : Hope gives life

Thursday, 6 October 2011

Rob Marshall, final year medical student and president of the Australian Medical Students' Association, won this year's Alan Charters Prize for his presentation following his elective in Haiti earlier this year.

Rob had taken a year off from his medical studies to spend a year in France and, on the way home in early 2010, he read about the earthquake that had devastated the French-speaking island. He organised his elective over the next 12 months. This is an edited version of his report.

Jen Inglis and her partner Ken Nolan

Mature-age students find MAPS to success

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

Jen Inglis was a surfer on the Coca Cola world circuit. And when she took off her wetsuit, she used to write poetry.

"So when I finally got around to doing tertiary study, I knew that I wanted to study English and creative writing," said Ms Inglis, one of the first three graduates from UWA 's new Mature-age Access Program (MAP).

Darren Glass is mentored by UWA Professor Fiona Wood

Footballers and academics are unlikely but successful MATES

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

The AFL grand final last weekend had most of the country thinking and talking about football.

But would anyone have been wondering what the iconic Australian sport had to do with open heart surgery, firing a taser or making pasta? Probably not.

The SkyNet launch

Astronomy research from the comfort of home

Wednesday, 5 October 2011

While you're away at work all day, your home computer could be put to work. theSkyNet is a new project, run by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), which aims to use the spare computing power of personal desktop computers.