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

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.

David Enright: Student Adviser, Science Student Office/first year maths teacher

Does technology mean just skipping lectures?

Friday, 18 May 2012

I'm coming back from what I believe was a successful lecture, when I run straight into one of my students whom I know was supposed to be in the class.

I ask the student: "Why were you not there in my riveting calculus class?" The response ... "I no longer bother to attend lectures; it is a better use of my time to watch the recorded lecture that is posted later online for free viewing ..."

Paul Johnson opens new Path lab with W/Prof Wendy Erber & C/Prof Peter Flettl

Aligning resources and priorities for the future

Monday, 14 May 2012

It is that time in the annual political and financial cycle when we are reminded of the importance of remaining actively involved in trying to influence Government policy on higher education.

Danail Obreschkow and team member during zero gravity flight

Bubble power at zero gravity

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

Serious work can also be serious fun for physicist Danail Obreschkow.

While the Research Associate Professor at the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research is floating around and having fun at zero gravity, his team's experiments are helping them to understand how to harness the energy that is concentrated in a bursting bubble.

Seaweed is grown from ropes that hang from small floats

Endeavours to balance livelihoods and fragile ecosystems

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

You may not know it, but you are using and eating products with seaweed in them every day.

A derivative from seaweed called carrageenan is used as a thickening or stabilising agent in dozens of everyday products including toothpaste, lipstick and diet soft drinks. The farming of seaweed is a multi-billion dollar industry and it is growing.