Inaugural Amanda Young Foundation Conference on Meningococcal Disease

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

The Amanda Young Foundation is a non-profit community organisation dedicated to reducing deaths in WA from meningococcal disease. It was established in March 1998 by the parents of Amanda Young, an 18 year old UWA student, who died from meningococcal septicaemia in 1997.


Wednesday, 21 November 2007

What is AIESEC?

Professor Dharmarajan

Potential disease treatment attracts pharmaceutical giant

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

A number of pharmaceutical companies are interested in a blood vessel growth inhibitor discovered by UWA Professor Arun Dharmarajan and collaborator Suvro Chatterjee. Their find has implications for the treatment of a range of diseases including cancer, arthritis and diabetic blindness.

Professor Jim Gates,Associate Professor Sergei Kuzenko and Ian McArthur

Supersymmetry down under

Wednesday, 21 November 2007

As physics students know, the subatomic world is described by the Standard Model of particle physics – the modern theory of elementary particles and their interactions. This theory is incredibly successful in the way it captures the structure of Nature.

The results of innumerable experiments, carried out at major particle accelerators world-wide, agree with the predictions of the Standard Model. However, as with other physical theories, the Standard Model has only a certain range of validity.

Professor Ian Small

New Centre will help grow UWA researchers' plant knowledge

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Discovering how plants capture, store and release energy will be the focus of research at the new ARC Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology, based at UWA. Globally, energy fluxes through plants dwarf humans' use of fossil fuels, but scientists are not sure how plants control their energy metabolism. The Australian Research Council Centre has a five-year budget of $25 million and its projects will include community education programs as well as research.

Physics FSM Group

Timely Pursuits

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Frequency Standards and Metrology (FSM) researchers are involved in exciting, timely projects ranging from fundamental tests of physics to commercial and space applications. Professor Michael Tobar said his group's microwave laboratories received one of the biggest Australian Research Council grants in 2005. "We are now expanding rapidly as well as consolidating our national and international research collaborations," he said.

Dr Plant

Hope for spinal cord injury victims

Tuesday, 20 November 2007

Although they have not yet achieved their goal, scientists are moving closer to offering tangible hope to victims of spinal cord injury. At Red's Spinal Cord Research Laboratory, part of the School of Anatomy and Human Biology, Giles Plant and his team of researchers are achieving encouraging results using a new cell type drawn from human bone marrow.

The case for and against HRT: free lecture at UWA

Monday, 12 November 2007
There is little benefit and high health risk with hormone replacement therapy (HRT), according to an American longitudinal study of the controversial treatment.

Dr Karen Ritchie, research director with the French National Institute of Medical Research, will examine the case for and against the prescribing of HRT in a free public lecture titled, HRT – Should We or Shouldn’t We?, in UWA’s Social Science Lecture Theatre at 6pm on Monday, November 19.

Law expert to probe Japanese 'scientific whaling' program

Monday, 12 November 2007
International law expert Donald Rothwell will explore the international legal options open to Australia to challenge Japan’s conduct of its scientific whaling project in a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia on Thursday, November 22, 2007, at 6pm, in UWA’s Social Sciences Lecture Theatre.

Professor Rothwell’s lecture is sponsored by UWA’s Faculty of Law and the Institute of Advanced Studies.

Quantum computing explained at UWA public lecture

Friday, 9 November 2007
Many of us started learning by counting on our fingers – and sometimes on our toes too. Today’s computers are very good at doing this simple counting very quickly.

But, as you can discover at The University of Western Australia next week, future computers are likely to use the strange properties of quantum mechanics – such as objects being in two places at once – to solve problems that are impossible with conventional computers.