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

Stuart Pearse and Ricarda Jost work in the greenhouse

Searching for a solution to hot spot threat

Monday, 4 October 2010

Visitors to the South West will be familiar with big expanses of dead and dying trees and shrubs.

Most of us probably put this down to lack of rain or perhaps bushfire but it is actually a soil-borne pathogen, Phytophthora cinnamomi (Phytophthora dieback) which affects 40 per cent of the native plant species in the South West of Western Australia.

Andy Thomas with a captive audience in the Octagon theatre

Astronaut inspires students

Monday, 4 October 2010

Space will become militarised; humans may never colonise other planets; and Australia should have its own space program. 

These are some of the thoughts that Australia's only astronaut, Andy Thomas, left with UWA's Fogarty Scholars during his two-day visit to Perth last month. 

The go-to group for climate change questions

Forget the debate … it’s time for action

Monday, 4 October 2010

The current "debate" about whether the climate is changing seems to be a uniquely Australian phenomenon.

"There IS no debate about the fundamentals in Europe," said Professor Stephan Lewandowsky. "They are just getting on with reducing their carbon emissions. Debate is completely unnecessary in light of the overwhelming scientific evidence."

Linking two different worlds

Friday, 24 September 2010

The recent launch of our Energy and Minerals Institute was a reminder of our University's central position in the life of the community and beyond.

Ba-Tuong Vo and Ba-Ngu Vo

From living cells to space junk: Brothers keep track of it

Monday, 20 September 2010

Two brilliant brothers have won a Eureka Prize for their work on a monitoring and tracking system that could save lives and many millions of dollars.

Professor Luba Kalaydjieva and Professor David Mackey

Gypsies help glaucoma research

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Gypsies are helping medical researchers to pinpoint the cause of a disease that can blind babies and young children.

Behind biomedical research: the two-legged and four-legged support

Thursday, 9 September 2010

A cancer researcher has paid $25,000 for a custom-bred mouse for his work.

UWA Google champions

Young guns grab global Google award

Thursday, 9 September 2010

Sales of a children's book are likely to soar after a hugely successful online marketing campaign that won a UWA team a global competition.

Dr John Stanton supervises packing of the Marmarie man

Indigenous treasures in safe keeping

Thursday, 9 September 2010
The Berndt Museum of Anthropology is on the move.
Winthrop Professor Susan Broomhall and Professor Yasmin Haskell

Emotions have shaped our lives...now we find out how.

Thursday, 9 September 2010

The French Revolution, the end of World War II, the death of Princess Diana - all events in history characterised by towering emotion.

But are the same emotions felt by people across the globe and across the centuries? How do emotions change over time? To what extent do emotions influence social, political and economic development?

UWA Vice Chancellor Professor Alan Robson

Serving a growing community

Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Our University has always taken our mission of serving the community very seriously. Almost a century ago, that community was largely local - the people of Western Australia.

UWA Nedlands campus

Planning for a bright, sustainable future

Monday, 23 August 2010

As we move towards our centenary we are again considering the principles that have driven the growth and development of our physical campus.

Professor Barry Marshall

Some of the best ideas come out of left field

Monday, 23 August 2010

Nobel Laureate Barry Marshall is glad there were no cabbages at the meetings where he and fellow Laureate Robin Warren presented some of their early data.

Professor Peter Klinken

Nobody is safe from cancer

Monday, 23 August 2010

Peter Klinken's 30 years of research into cancer - recently into melanoma - could not prevent him from falling victim to the deadly disease he studies.

Some of the WAMBOT team: Thomas Braunl, Adrian Boeing and Aiden Morgan

Miniature military magic

Monday, 23 August 2010

Magic is how our great-grandparents might have described the idea of robots.

Now that they are becoming more and more a part of our lives, MAGIC is still the word used by an international consortium which is running a competition to find the best robots to do dangerous work for defence forces.

Dr Jeffrey Shragge in the Arctic Circle

Expensive technology could save the planet

Monday, 23 August 2010

They are the paparazzi of geophysics.

Winthrop Professor David Lumley, the Woodside-Chevron Chair in Petroleum Geoscience and CO2 Sequestration, and Research Fellow Dr Jeffrey Shragge take what they describe as ‘snapshots' of the earth that cost about $10 million each.

Kings Park dives deeper into seagrass genetics

Monday, 23 August 2010

Between 1967 and 1999, more than 3,000 hectares of seagrass were lost from Cockburn Sound.

Now, Siegy Kraus, Kingsley Dixon and Liz Sinclair from Kings Park, Gary Kendrick, Marion Cambridge and Renae Hovey from UWA's Oceans Institute, and PhD student John Statton are uncovering the best methods for restoring seagrasses through the Seagrass Research and Rehabilitation Plan (SRRP).

Leafy Seadragon (Phycodurus eques)

Punching above our weight

Monday, 9 August 2010

Outstanding UWA staff have attracted almost $100 million for research in the past few weeks - an excellent result.

Dr Marco Fiorentini, CET Research Fellow

Two sides of the same coin

Monday, 9 August 2010

In the minds of many academics pure science and applied research are worlds apart.

Yet an applied research centre last year produced a third of the university's publications in Nature and Science, all from industry co-funded projects, demonstrating that astute research project design can satisfy both academic and industry priorities.

Professor Don Robertson and audiology researchers

Did you hear? Tinnitus may be curable

Monday, 9 August 2010

Beethoven suffered from it. Soldiers are more likely to get it than any other group. And rock concerts and iPods could cause it.