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Perth Festival

2020 Impact Report confirms Perth Festival stimulates society on a grand scale

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Perth Festival is an annual boost to Western Australia’s social wellbeing, economy and hospitality industry, a new report reveals.

Professor Manfred Beilharz

UWA Expert Series - A few daily drops may have the potential to guard against COVID-19

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

Daily low-dose oral interferon in the form of nose drops, lozenges or mouth spray could have a key role to play in protecting pandemic frontline workers by triggering the immune system to constantly run in defence mode, says The University of Western Australia’s pioneering interferon researcher Associate Professor Manfred Beilharz.

Professor Barry Marshall

UWA Expert Series - Barry Marshall confident a COVID-19 vaccine will be developed

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

There is hope future pandemics could be controlled in as little as a few short months if current research projects working on experimental custom-made vaccine technologies are eventually successful, according to The University of Western Australia’s Nobel Laureate and Clinical Professor Barry Marshall.

Eleanor with UWA Albany Director

Scholarship recipient sets her sights on increasing knowledge through science

Wednesday, 3 June 2020

A University of Western Australia student who is passionate about studying the mysteries of the ocean and making science more accessible to the public has been awarded a Friends of UWA Albany Verna Rowbotham Scholarship.

Sean Hood

Awards and achivements - May 2020

Tuesday, 2 June 2020

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

Wave

New data reveals significance of Perth super storm

Monday, 1 June 2020

Two drifting wave buoys deployed along the coast of Western Australia by researchers at The University of Western Australia have highlighted the significance of Perth’s recent super storm, recording massive waves along 1000km of WA’s coastline. 

Health and medicine

Medical students get support to train in mental health first aid

Friday, 29 May 2020

Up to 8,000 medical students, including those from The University of Western Australia, will get access to mental health first aid training over the next two years under an agreement between the Australian government and Medical Deans Australia and New Zealand.

Galaxy

Astronomers see ‘cosmic ring of fire’, 11 billion years ago

Friday, 29 May 2020

A University of Western Australia scientist is part of a global team of astronomers that have captured an image of a super-rare type of galaxy – described as a “cosmic ring of fire” – as it existed 11 billion years ago.

Scott Reef

Powerful and large cyclones place distant coral reefs at risk

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Big and strong cyclones have the potential to damage coral reefs up to 1000km away from their paths, according to a new study by researchers at The University of Western Australia and the Australian Institute of Marine Science.

Professor Pat Dudgeon

UWA Expert Series - Crucial lessons from COVID-19 for Indigenous Australians

Thursday, 28 May 2020

Professor Patricia Dudgeon and Dr Kate Derry from the School of Indigenous Studies have spent recent weeks hard at work investigating the impact of COVID-19 on Indigenous Australians.

Job seeker

UWA Expert Series - Youth support critical to battle COVID-19-related employment challenges

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

Researchers from The University of Western Australia’s Centre for Social Impact say supporting young people is more important now than ever, highlighting the long-term impact on youth unemployment as the result of shutdowns and restrictions from COVID-19.

Katie Attwell

UWA Expert Series - New research prepares for COVID-19 vaccine roll-out

Wednesday, 27 May 2020

As the world waits for a COVID-19 vaccine, University of Western Australia researchers are part of a new study designed to prepare parents and government for a potential Australia-wide vaccination program.

Prof Jane Den Hollander

International students vital

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

This opinion piece by UWA Vice-Chancellor Professor Jane den Hollander was published in The West Australian on Thursday 22 May and is reprinted with the newspaper’s permission.

Like many sectors in WA, our universities are in crisis. But while so many others have received government help, we have received none and there is not yet any clear pathway to recovery.

Professor Ted Snell

Art needs funding and we need art

Tuesday, 26 May 2020

This opinion piece by UWA Professor Ted Snell was published in The West Australian on Saturday 23 May and is reprinted with the newspaper’s permission.

In times of crisis, we need the arts more than ever.

Three UWA scientists named Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science

Monday, 25 May 2020

Three top science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) researchers from The University of Western Australia have been elected as 2020 Fellows of the Australian Academy of Science.  They make up the total number of scientists representing WA from 24 Australians elected as Fellows this year.

UWA Accredited Exercise Physiologist Ben Kramer conducting a Telehealth sessio

Exercise physiology students use telehealth to help community

Monday, 25 May 2020

In response to physical distancing requirements imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, exercise physiology students from The University of Western Australia are now offering exercise fitness and rehabilitation consultations to the local community using online telehealth.

Fish in coral

Healthy coral reefs need fish mix to survive

Thursday, 21 May 2020

A new study from The University of Western Australia has revealed clear evidence highlighting the importance of fish biodiversity to the health of tropical coral reef ecosystems.

Jo McDonald

Three UWA projects receive $3.1 million in national research funding

Thursday, 21 May 2020

A project that aims to learn more about WA’s ancient past through rock art and climate change in the Dampier Archipelago, research into ways of enhancing wellbeing in Australians and scientists examining community experiences of urban development, have received a combined $3.1 million in research funding from the Federal Government’s Australian Research Council.

The dusty spiral galaxy NGC 4414.

Early disk galaxy puts formation models in a spin

Thursday, 21 May 2020

Published today in Nature, an international team of researchers has observed a massive, rotating disk galaxy just 1.5 billion years after the Big Bang—1.5 billion years earlier in cosmic history than astronomers had expected to find such a galaxy based on previous studies. The research has fuelled debate about how galaxies in the early Universe assembled. 

UWA

UWA health and medical research receives $2.7 million funding boost

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

Two University of Western Australia research projects looking to improve health and patient outcomes have received a combined $2.7 million from the National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC).