As China continues on its path of economic and social reform, it may pay the price in premature babies.
Winthrop Professor John Newnham, Head of the School of Women's and Infants' Health, and colleagues have recently published a paper comparing the rates of preterm births among women in rural and urban China with those of Chinese-born women in Hong Kong and Western Australia.
If anyone wanted confirmation of Vice-Chancellor our University's central place in global scholarship, they need only look at a list of events for the first few days of this month organised or hosted by staff of the University.
Forget Facebook and uploading snaps of friends and family - all around WA, school students are getting involved in an out-of-this world project that could see more young people enrolling in science at UWA.
Two members of our University community were recently recognised as outstanding citizens of our State.
Professor Samina Yasmeen, Director of the UWA Centre for Muslim States and Societies, was honoured with the Sir Ronald Wilson Leadership Award in the 39th annual WA Citizen of the Year Awards while Bachelor of Commerce graduate Rick Newnham was named WA Youth Citizen of the Year.
A highly respected academic in our School of Anatomy and Human Biology is not only leading the fight against cancer, he is also recruiting an army of some of India's top young students to join UWA medical researchers battling disease on several fronts.
Throughout the year, the role of our University in the world beyond the campus is emphasised by a huge range of events and activities. There are many aspects to this, but a number of recent events stand out.