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

Mohammed Bennamoun, Damien Pontifex, Roberto Togneri, Serajul Haque

Language preserved for posterity

Thursday, 16 June 2011

The Aussie accent is being captured and recorded all over the country this winter.

More than 30 scientists from 11 Australian universities, including UWA , will be recording the speech patterns of 1,000 adults from 17 different locations in all states and territories.

John Glover

This geological life rocked with characters

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Who would have thought a life-long career in geology would include a bushranger and a wrongly-identified spy?

Walu Tjurkurrpa (1943) by Tommy Mitchell from the Ngaanyatjarra people, WA

Art from desert country

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Stunning paintings from the desert people of Australia fill the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery for the next two months.

And against this dramatic background, another form of art will be created.

Jennie Officer

Best architects emerge from UWA

Thursday, 2 June 2011

When architect Jennie Officer talks about sustainable buildings, her ideas go beyond ecologically-sound building materials and processes.

Professor Alan Robson

Encouraging the experimental and the avant garde

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

It may be a case of being in the right place at the right time, but every so often, a pioneering individual in society sees a need and endeavours to address it. Our University honours several of our own innovators in many of our significant facilities.

Dr Cao Guangjing delivers the Hondros lecture

Power from a university education

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

As a child growing up in rural China in the 1960s Cao Guangjing often didn't have enough to eat although his mother was a wheat, corn and cotton farmer and his father a village schoolteacher.

Decades later, the hungry boy has become a globally-acclaimed engineer, responsible for the success of the world's biggest hydropower project with a workforce of more than 14,000 people.

Ruth Morgan

Water chronicles the past, constructs the future

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Water, as much as war or wealth, shapes our history.

PhD candidate Ruth Morgan is about to make history herself, presenting her environmental history research on Western Australian water issues at the prestigious Western History Dissertation Workshop in California in June.

Clint Bracknell with School of Indigenous Studies students: Photo Matt Galligan

New Courses explore Aboriginal knowledge

Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Indigenous knowledge, history and heritage will take a starring role in arts, law, science and business studies from next year.

The Trove team

New publication brings treasures together

Monday, 30 May 2011

Pods of creative writing, fine arts, music and digital media are spread out across the campus.

But they are all coming together under the banner of a new online publication, Trove.

Weif Kok discusses a teddy bear's X-ray

Teddy bears to the rescue

Thursday, 26 May 2011

While visiting the doctor can sometimes be a frightening prospect for young children, it can be just as scary for young, inexperienced doctors who treat them.

Tim Shanahan - Director, Energy and Minerals Institute

Let’s break the cycle of benign neglect

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

The American poet Robert Frost famously wrote about finding and taking the road less travelled. Increasingly the literal interpretation of these lines is becoming more challenging to find in our city.

UWA lawyers Tony Buiti and Kate Offer stretch before a training run

New walker takes on New Yorker

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Kate Offer is transforming herself from a person who couldn't even run for a bus to somebody who is running for a bus that is 42 kilometres away.

Kingsley Dixon

Plant doctor with a ‘can do’ attitude

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

A ‘Backyard Blitz' on a global scale to restore degraded landscapes and give humankind hope for the future of our planet may seem like a massive, unrealistic ambition.

Bonnie Furzer in the paediatric gym

Cancer survivors become thrivers

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

When young cancer patients are given the all-clear, it is not always a smooth transition back to their ‘normal' lives.

Jane Pillow with a preterm baby after using HFOV

Mathematics to the rescue of preterm babies

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Jane Pillow's father always wanted her to study mathematics. Now the Professor of Neonatology might be wishing that she had.

John Moore

Award puts the shine on telescope

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

When it's time to polish the mirror on the Zadko telescope, it's not simply a matter of getting out the Windex and a soft cloth.

Cleaning, polishing, maintaining and resurfacing the mirror on the one-metre Cassegrain optical telescope near the Gravity Discovery Centre at Gingin requires specialised technical skills that John Moore will develop in France later this year.

Professor Alan Robson

Seeking wisdom in an international era

Wednesday, 18 May 2011

Recent references in the national media to our University's introduction of curriculum changes from next year has helped to focus public attention on these reforms - the biggest changes to our curriculum since our University's inception.

Professor Robin Owens with Professor Fiona Bull (Population Health)

Researchers are on top of the world

Thursday, 5 May 2011

The University gave a ‘high five' to its ‘Hi Ci' staff and  students last month with a reception in the Lawrence Wilson Art Gallery.

Peter van Onselen

Giants of journalism for new course

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Author, academic and political commentator Peter van Onselen is the University's foundation Chair in Journalism.

Richard Higgott and Diane Stone

The zone is a magnet for political expertise

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Around the time Diane Stone and Richard Higgott left The University of Warwick to come to UWA, cuts in government funding for the humanities and social sciences in the UK were announced.