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UWA News has moved to Impact

Monday, 17 August 2020

All UWA news content, including media releases, are now available on Impact.

Global hunt to detect collisions in space

Monday, 20 July 2020

The results of a long-term observation campaign to detect the collision of compact objects in the Universe has been announced by a global collaboration including The University of Western Australia.

Riley Dolman and Nothando Ngwenya

McCusker Centre celebrates 1000 student internships

Monday, 6 July 2020

A unique internship program that provides students from The University of Western Australia with an opportunity to give back to their communities has surpassed a milestone of more than 1000 internships, contributing more than 100,000 hours’ service to the community.

Carl Blair

Scientists discover how to smash quantum limits

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Scientists from The University of Western Australia’s Centre of Excellence for Gravitational Wave Discovery (OzGrav) are part of a global team of researchers that has made a surprising discovery, working out how to break quantum limits. The research was published today in the prestigious Nature journal.

Noisy Gut

UWA Noisy Guts project selected for spinoff prize

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The University of Western Australia’s ‘Noisy Guts Project’ that uses acoustic sensing technology to detect gut disorders has been selected as ‘one to watch’ in the inaugural Nature Spinoff Prize Nature Research.

Offshore energy installation

New wave of Federal funding to transform offshore energy industry

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The University of Western Australia has been awarded $5 million in Federal Government funding to establish a new research hub which will focus on harnessing data and physics-based science to better understand offshore energy environments and improve future infrastructure design.

Professor Jo McDonald

First Aboriginal cultural sites discovered underwater 50,000 years later

Thursday, 2 July 2020

Australia’s first Aboriginal cultural sites that were submerged under the sea after the last ice age have been discovered by a research team including scientists from The University of Western Australia. The research findings will be published in PLOS ONE.

UWA campus during sunrise

Awards and Achievements - June 2020

Thursday, 2 July 2020

The University of Western Australia has a continual roll call of awards, scholarships and prizes presented to staff and students.

UWA

UWA ranked top in Australia in five STEM subjects

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

The University of Western Australia has achieved the highest ranking among all Australian universities for five STEM subjects, according to the 2020 Academic Ranking of World Universities (ARWU) by Subject.

Carcharhinus Limbatus (Centre for Marine Futures)

Underwater cameras reveal biodiversity hotspot in tropical marine park

Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia have found an area of tropical ocean protected under law is a hotspot for iconic marine life but does not provide enough defence from human activities.

Synat Keam in a lab

Researcher aims to find better way to treat deadly asbestos disease

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A medical researcher from The University of Western Australia’s National Centre for Asbestos Related Diseases who is passionate about advancing research into mesothelioma has been awarded the Douglas Peter Swift Scholarship.

Future tailings

UWA partners with BHP and Rio Tinto to improve mining tailings management

Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A new initiative that aims to improve global tailings management has been launched through a partnership between The University of Western Australia, Rio Tinto and BHP.

Pat Dudgeon

COVID-19 puts extra strain on wellbeing of Indigenous Australians

Friday, 26 June 2020

Indigenous communities must be empowered to address the social and emotional wellbeing needs of Aboriginals and Torres Strait Islanders, with COVID-19 putting an additional strain on mental health, a national consensus report led by The University of Western Australia has revealed.

Wendy Erber

Ground-breaking research uncovers genetic causes of rare diseases

Friday, 26 June 2020

A research program pioneering the use of whole genome sequencing has diagnosed hundreds of patients with rare diseases and discovered new genetic causes of disease.

Roadmap to address dementia in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities

Friday, 26 June 2020

The NHMRC National Institute of Dementia Research has launched the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Roadmap for Dementia Research and Translation, which was developed through the leadership of Dr Kate Smith and Professor Dawn Bessarab from The University of Western Australia.

Dolphin

Shelling out for dinner - dolphins learn foraging skills from peers

Friday, 26 June 2020

A new study by an international team of researchers including The University of Western Australia demonstrates for the first time that dolphins can learn foraging techniques outside the mother-calf bond – showing that they have a similar cultural nature to great apes.

Erosion

We need to adapt fast to erosion and rising sea levels to manage coastal risks

Thursday, 25 June 2020

The impact of rising sea levels and coastal erosion will see shorelines retreat steadily and provide major challenges for planning authorities, according to a research that involved The University of Western Australia, and was contracted to GHD consultancy firm.

Sean Hood

Researchers awarded $1 million to advance COVID-19 projects

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

The University of Western Australia has been awarded $1 million in funding from the State Government to progress research important for improving knowledge and understanding of COVID-19 and its impact.

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Inexplicable cosmic event leaves astronomers puzzled

Wednesday, 24 June 2020

A mysterious astrophysical object that could potentially break all theoretical understanding of matter under extreme densities has been detected by a large international team of astronomers including researchers at The University of Western Australia.

Dr Yinglong Chen, Tsubasa Kawai and Prof Kadambot Siddique

First crop of agriculture students from Japan join UWA

Friday, 19 June 2020

The University of Western Australia has welcomed a group of agriculture students from Nagoya University in Japan as part of a joint Doctor of Philosophy program in which students simultaneously enrol and complete part of their degree at both UWA and Nagoya University.