Good morning. I hope you had a restful and enjoyable break.
Last week, UWA researchers, led by Boris Baer, helped to get Parliament buzzing with the installation of several bee hives in the Parliament House gardens. Honeybees have complex worldwide distribution networks and their agricultural importance as pollinators for major crops is crucial. In Western Australia we have one of the healthiest honeybee populations on the planet, yet the global populations are collapsing, making the innovative work of the Centre for Integrative Bee Research all the more important. If you want to know more, CIBER run weekly seminars on Tuesdays in meeting room 4.06 in the Bayliss Building.
Last Friday, I attended a marvellous free concert by Pinata Percussion, a contemporary percussion ensemble based at UWA, as part of the School of Music Fridays@Five series. These unique musical experiences are a superb way to start your weekend, and they take place every Friday during semester at 5pm in the Calloway Music Auditorium. They are free and open to all, as are the Lunchtime Concerts every Friday during semester at 1pm, also in the Calloway Auditorium. They present an ideal opportunity for you to invite your family and friends to campus to see some of our talented students and staff in action.
Professor Paul Johnson