UWA celebrates 300th birthday of biology giant

Tuesday, 18 September 2007

The birthday of one of the giants of biological science will be celebrated this week at The University of Western Australia and around the world.

Carl von Linne, or Linnaeus as he is better known, was born 300 years ago in Sweden. He invented the system of classification and naming of life forms from which sprang the discipline of systematics, a core activity in these days of threatened biodiversity.

UWA awards bigger percentage of PhD candidates

Monday, 17 September 2007

A higher than usual percentage of PhD candidates will be among almost 1,200 students graduating during the spring series of graduation ceremonies starting at The University of Western Australia tonight.

More than 90 PhD candidates will graduate having completed research which impacts on areas ranging from health and education to environmental sustainability. They will be joined by three candidates graduating with professional doctorates – two in Education and one in Business Administration.

New research unlocks the role of plant colour in environmental and human health

Thursday, 13 September 2007

Have you ever found yourself wondering about the bright colours in flowers, and where those colours come from and why?

Yes, they are important in attracting insects to pollinate them – and attractive to the human eye - but that’s only a tiny part of the story.

UWA and WA government withdraw from Sunset project

Wednesday, 12 September 2007

The University of Western Australia and the State Government have agreed to withdraw plans to develop the Dalkeith site of a former aged men’s home.

UWA Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson said the University had been invited in 2004 to consider options for the Sunset site in consultation with the State Government. This had led to plans to redevelop the site as an arts precinct incorporating the Berndt Museum of Anthropology.

New student places welcomed: UWA Vice-Chancellor

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

Many more high-quality students will have the opportunity to undertake higher education at their preferred institution thanks to the allocation of new Commonwealth-funded places to The University of Western Australia, according to UWA’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Alan Robson.

Professor Robson said he was delighted that the Federal Government, and particularly the Minister for Education, Science and Training, Julie Bishop, had acknowledged the need for additional places in areas of high demand at UWA.

Insider to reveal China's future in UWA public lecture

Tuesday, 11 September 2007

As the pace of change in China amazes even the most seasoned watchers, China commentator Chris Gill will offer an insight into what future holds for China at a public lecture at The University of Western Australia next week.

Mr Gill’s lecture - ‘Reading China through the Tea Leaves: Knowing the Present to See the Future’ - will provide a broad overview of the major economic and social trends in China and projections, based on extensive research, as to how things may develop in the next 20 years.

UWA astrophysicists predict most dangerous explosions

Monday, 10 September 2007
A team of astrophysicists at The University of Western Australia today announced results from a new computer program that predicts when potentially dangerous bursts of gamma radiation may hit our planet.

The results of the work from the team, consisting of PhD student Eric Howell, research fellow Dr David Coward, and academics Dr Ron Burman and Professor David Blair, from UWA’s School of Physics are published today in the prestigious journal, Astrophysical Journal Letters (vol. 666 n2).

Medical Research Institute celebrates 10 year milestone

Friday, 7 September 2007

Now a central part of the State's scientific community and the leader of a new project changing the landscape of medical research in WA, the Western Australian Institute for Medical Research (WAIMR) has much to celebrate in its 10th anniversary year.

WAIMR Director Professor Peter Klinken said while the Institute would be reflecting on its important history throughout 2008, it was also keeping more than a keen eye on the future.

UWA professor in quest for dawn of creation

Thursday, 6 September 2007

Detecting the very first light from the first star will enable us to witness the dawn of creation according to Peter Quinn, Professor of Astronomy at The University of Western Australia, who will present a fascinating insight into the most recent advances in his field at the 2007 Ian Constable Lecture next week.

This development is thanks to a new telescope, the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). WA is the front-runner in an international competition to host the SKA.

New media transforms creativity, says UWA-visiting critic

Thursday, 6 September 2007
Creativity has undergone a transformation, according to one of Australia’s most innovative cultural critics who will discuss the role of creativity at a free public lecture at The University of Western Australia next week.

Writer, teacher, editor, film-maker, curator and multi-media producer Professor Ross Gibson credits developments in digital technology with changing his own art.