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

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.

Assistent Professor Zoey Durmic

Scientists volunteer in the classroom

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Creating a tsunami in a tray is actually easier than baking a tray of biscuits - and it has a sweet result for primary school children.

Student volunteers set out to weed the dunes at Margaret River

Backyard blitz: students volunteer

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Students planted the dunes, made deliveries for FoodBank and cleaned up the grounds at a dogs' refuge during a two-hour community blitz for National Volunteers Week.

Paolo Razinni, Paola Cavanna and Filippo Oncini

Top Italian students choose UWA

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Three of the top students from a Milan university are wishing their semester at UWA could be extended.

Engineering studies to start at the age of 12

Thursday, 31 May 2012

If you're at the age where police and doctors seem to be getting younger, wait until you see the engineers.

winners UWA Awards for Excellence

New Courses breeding a new generation of first year students

Thursday, 31 May 2012

The nature of UWA's new professional programs will almost certainly be shaped by the students who graduate from the new undergraduate courses.

Adam Phillimore, Martha Maideni and Barbara Goldflam

Studying in English is just the beginning for AusAID students

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Unfamiliar academic practices and the English language are not the only challenges facing students from other countries.

Tom Henderson

Library and common room merge for 21st century students

Thursday, 31 May 2012

The new ‘home' for engineering students should help to produce well-balanced graduates.

Science student Matthew Goss

Return of the Hackett family

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Science student Matthew Goss loves living at St Georges College.

The thrombolites at Lake Clifton, from SymbioticA's exhibition

Art preserves living ancient history

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Thrombolites, sometimes called the stepping stones of life, have inspired a biological art exhibition in Mandurah.

James Anderson with paver (BA 1996) Norma Anderson, Gordon and Rosemary Marshall

100 steps closer to UWA Centenary

Thursday, 31 May 2012

Graduates are slowly making their way around the Oak Lawn.

The path that commemorates former students, the Graduates' Walk, has nearly 100 new pavers, making a total of 255.

UWA Vice Chancellor Prof Paul Johnson & Prof Marcus Atlas Ear Science Institute

Quality teaching the cornerstone for a successful society

Monday, 28 May 2012

Throughout May we celebrated excellence in teaching and learning at our University. This is a tradition that was established 21 years ago when our Student Guild first initiated the Excellence in Teaching Awards.

Paul Flatau

Make a difference while you make a dollar

Friday, 18 May 2012

A new wave of investors is looking for social impact as well as a financial return on investments.

The Zim probe

Mining for blue gold with a tiny probe

Friday, 18 May 2012

An invention that tells European farmers when their olive groves and wheat crops need water is being used for the first time to find out how Australian trees cope with drought and climate change.

Both students and staff say they like the new system

News learning system is off and running smoothly

Friday, 18 May 2012

Who would have thought a Learning Management System developed during a PhD would be such a world-wide success?

Seyhan Yazar, Professor Mackay's PhD student, photographs Paul Johnson's eyes

Short sight or sun damage: looking for a happy medium

Friday, 18 May 2012

As little girls, my sister was always pleading with me to come out and play tennis or ride bikes with her. But all I wanted to do was to stay inside and read.

Freshwater lungfish

What makes these fish lose their sight?

Friday, 18 May 2012

Sight and how it changes is a focus for PhD candidate Audrey Appudurai - but her subjects are fish rather than humans.

Rob Creasy in one of the refurbished glasshouses with thermal screens on roof

New life for plants, people and PhDs after storm disaster

Friday, 18 May 2012

The cliché about silver linings is more than just a metaphor at the University glasshouses.