UWA Forward is the University of Western Australia's weekly staff news bulletin. It is published every Wednesday via all-staff email.

Bianca Galipo, David Cooke and Paul Wright admire the latest acquisition

New instrument the key to ancient music

Thursday, 18 August 2011

The School of Music's new harpsichord looks more like a work of art than a musical instrument.

Photo by Julie Rutger

Western ways point to more preterm babies

Wednesday, 17 August 2011

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.

Nothing small about nano drug delivery ambitions

Thursday, 11 August 2011

An invention by a team of researchers at UWA is in the process of revolutionising the delivery of everyday drugs around the world.

Winthrop Professor Karol Miller

Brain power to transform the world’s operating theatres

Thursday, 11 August 2011

There is a fine line for surgeons between taking enough of a brain tumour out and leaving too much behind.

Professor Garry Lee tests his nose on a plate of freshly-dug truffles

Turning the heat up on a luxury industry

Thursday, 11 August 2011

Sweaty armpits and rotting seaweed are hardly the aromas that would entice you to eat something.

But that's how some people have described the smell of truffles, possibly the world's most expensive edible product.

Plaudits for New Courses

Thursday, 11 August 2011

It is pleasing to see how well our new course structure is being received in the broader community.

Dr Monica Gagliano

Plant research is all talk

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Talking to your plants or playing music to them might not be just a hippy pastime.

Dr Regina Belski

Cooking up a healthy option

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Most PhD students don't have much time to spend in the kitchen, instead focusing on their research, and eating as a necessity.

But Regina Belski spent a lot of time there, baking new foods.

Research Asst/Prof Hilary Wallace with Sister Nara Devi Bariya and patients

Winning burns treatments benefit Nepal

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

Last year 40 per cent of the burn patients admitted to the Bir Hospital Burns Unit in Kathmandu did not survive their injuries.

This contrasts sharply with the remarkable recovery rate of WA burns patients at Royal Perth Hospital.

Professor Alan Robson

Central in a world of scholars

Wednesday, 27 July 2011

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.

Professor Philippa Maddern

Night and day both covered

Thursday, 30 June 2011

Two new centres opened on our campus on the same day recently - and they address our sleeping and waking needs.

Spiral galaxy in the constellation Hydra for SPIRIT

Spirited stargazing unlimited

Thursday, 30 June 2011

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.

Clinical Professor Jack Goldblatt

Staff honoured in adopted country

Thursday, 30 June 2011

To be recognised by the Australian community has made Queen's Birthday honours even sweeter for two UWA staff members.

Professor Samina Yasmeen

High marks for our citizens

Thursday, 30 June 2011

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.

Winthrop Professor David Hunt

Clear-sighted, highly cited researcher

Thursday, 30 June 2011

David Hunt looks at the world through a variety of eyes - including birds' eyes and human eyes preserved for 150 years.

Professor Alan Robson

Opening doors of opportunity

Wednesday, 29 June 2011

Our International Centre's recent annual planning forum was an occasion to again consider the University's strategic direction.

Prof Dharmarajan (right) receives Rotary's highest acclaim for a non-Rotarian

Dharma recruits an army to combat disease

Thursday, 16 June 2011

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.

The new building is going up on the QEII campus

UWA keen to add SPICE to new medical facility

Thursday, 16 June 2011

Construction of the $112 million medical research facility at QE II has begun, along with a proposal by UWA's SPICE program to support its schools outreach program there.

Encouraging debate, leading by example

Thursday, 16 June 2011

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.

Stephen Daisley

Night-driving towards acclaim

Thursday, 16 June 2011

"Don't worry darling, you'll grow out of it," said Stephen Daisley's mother when, as a young man, he told her he wanted to be a writer.