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

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.

Terri-ann White is proud of UWAP's finalist status

Small company has big impact

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

The University's publishing company has been short-listed for an award from the Australian Book Industry.

A place in the final four being considered for Small Publisher of the Year is a huge vote of confidence in UWA Publishing from the book industry.

The Mackenzie brothers: Hugh, Eric, Patrick and Campbell

Campus keeps siblings in contact

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

While some families enjoy a UWA tradition, with generations following each other here, there are not many who can claim the Mackenzie brothers' feat.

Petra Buergelt

Why do so many migrants decide to pack up and go home?

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

In 1996 Petra Buergelt was an unsettled immigrant from Germany, living in New Zealand and wanting to go home.

She did not return home to Germany to live but now, 16 years later, Dr Buergelt has used her personal experiences to gain rare in-depth insights into the migration process, and turned them into an MA, a PhD, extensive publications and a research speciality that resulted in an invitation to address a meeting of 17 Western nations in Geneva recently, as they discussed migration issues.

Reflecting on our ‘duty of care’

Wednesday, 2 May 2012

In recent weeks, administrators from Western Australian universities have met to begin discussions on how to help address an issue facing our students - along with many other young people in the community: the problem of alcohol abuse and binge drinking.

Vice-Chancellor Paul Johnson

Investing in a higher education for a better society

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Philanthropy is making an increasingly important contribution to our goal of being recognised internationally as a research intensive university of excellence producing benefits for society as a whole.

Femi Oyebode, poet and psychiatrist

Fiction as important as fact in medical study

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Medical text books make way for novels, poetry, diaries and letters in the classes of Professor Femi Oyebode.

The Raine Visiting Professor from the University of Birmingham uses literature to teach psychiatry to medical students. "Humanities teach us about life, and diseases manifest in a person's life, not just their bodies," he said.

Christerbel Soroda, Joseph Aripa, Asanka Bodaragama and Salina Sawaraba

Healing starts with play

Thursday, 19 April 2012

When their communities were devastated by tsunami and cyclone, local people in Sri Lanka and Papua New Guinea asked for help to establish kindergartens.

Roberto Busi wins the 2011 Bridges Fun Run

Speedy weed scientist on the run

Thursday, 19 April 2012

One of the biggest excuses for giving up exercise is not having enough time.

But when Roberto Busi found his life getting busier, he took up running - and 18 months later, won his first cross country race.

SIFE UWA students with women in the Mama Shujaa project in Kenya

Warrior Women a SIFE success story

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Cafes and shopping bags - trappings of the western world - are the latest projects for SIFE students to make a difference in the developing world.

Emily Harding & research assistant Marianne Romeo measure posture of a patient

Our scientists help clever teenagers onto the world stage

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Local high school students have impressed the world with their knowledge and skills, thanks to mentoring by UWA scientists.

Connie Bertram hopes tea tree oil is the answer for skin cancers

Combined assault on killer of our time

Thursday, 19 April 2012

UWA and the Cancer Council of WA have combined to present a united front in the fight against cancer.

Students Katja Gvozdenovic and Micah Kickett with Dan Butler from Lavan Legal

Law students book a future with Perth firm

Thursday, 19 April 2012

Five Indigenous law students have been welcomed into the ‘family' of major Perth law firm, Lavan Legal.

The Governor-General presents Robert McLaughlin with the NBCF award

Tracing cancer through the eye of a needle

Wednesday, 18 April 2012

There is no cure for breast cancer.

But a multi-disciplinary group at UWA is perfecting one of the best tools yet for ensuring the closest thing: the most effective surgery for the disease.

Louise Naylor helps Leteisha Warner with her exercise routine

Is exercise the answer?

Friday, 23 March 2012

Diabetes is one of the most common diseases of the 21st century in the western world, but preventing or treating it is far from simple.

Celeste Rodriuez Louro loves the way English is spoken in Australia

It’s not like any other language

Friday, 23 March 2012

"I dated this loser in high school and he was obsessed with lollies...and he'd just eat them. I'm just like: That's disgusting."

Philip Mead, trailblazer for new humanities research

New technologies can unlock humanities secrets

Friday, 23 March 2012

In the literary world, it was an accepted assumption that the 1970s was a time of unprecedented growth in homegrown Australian fiction. And everybody was reading and talking about books by young Australian women.

But it was not until recently that a researcher was able to measure just how many novels were published in that decade, and she found that there had been a decline in novels by Australian writers overall, but confirmed an increase in women's novels.

What makes a tick… tick?

Friday, 23 March 2012

What makes a ground-dwelling and disease-carrying tick decide to crawl up a grass stalk and launch itself onto a human or animal host?

Carolyn Oldham was the first woman to be made Winthrop Professor in Engineering

Gen Y offers us our best chance at excellence

Friday, 23 March 2012

Just as women used to sit in groups weaving together, more than 100 women (and men) at UWA sat together in the Tropical Grove, listening to Carolyn Oldham weave together the threads of her vision for a resilient and excellent university.

Performer wearing fern tree mask, Kainantu, PNG RM Berndt Collection 1951

Buried treasure under lights at last

Friday, 23 March 2012

It was like opening a treasure chest - a very prolonged opening that took four years.