Rob Marshall, final year medical student and president of the Australian Medical Students' Association, won this year's Alan Charters Prize for his presentation following his elective in Haiti earlier this year.
Rob had taken a year off from his medical studies to spend a year in France and, on the way home in early 2010, he read about the earthquake that had devastated the French-speaking island. He organised his elective over the next 12 months. This is an edited version of his report.
Jen Inglis was a surfer on the Coca Cola world circuit. And when she took off her wetsuit, she used to write poetry.
"So when I finally got around to doing tertiary study, I knew that I wanted to study English and creative writing," said Ms Inglis, one of the first three graduates from UWA 's new Mature-age Access Program (MAP).
While you're away at work all day, your home computer could be put to work. theSkyNet is a new project, run by the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), which aims to use the spare computing power of personal desktop computers.
Communication across the spectrum - from academic discourse and international relationships, to student recruitment, marketing and development - has been the focus of much activity on campus in the past two weeks.
Akshay Venkatesh and Angel Yu might have felt they were looking into a mirror when they met at UWA recently.
It's not that they look alike, but the 30-year-old Professor Venkatesh, one of the world's most gifted mathematicians, was looking across the table at a 15-year-old mathematics whizz who had just won a bronze medal at the International Mathematics Olympiad in Amsterdam.
New rankings released recently indicate that our University continues to move positively towards its ambitious goal of being counted among the world's best 100 universities in 2013 - the year we celebrate our centenary.
The high regard in which the community holds our University - in no small measure because of our contribution to the social and economic wellbeing of the State - was evident again in the large numbers who attended our recent UWA Open Day.
Recently I went to see the movie Red Dog, which is set in the Pilbara, a place very close to my heart.
This gentle film captured not just the joys of living with a cheeky kelpie who does exactly as it pleases (also close to my heart) but how the shimmering horizon beckons, where blue sky sweeps across a red and yellow landscape and where the red dust gets under your skin - and just about everywhere else.