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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.