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University of Queensland

Monday 28 July 2014

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UQ Open Day 2014

UQ Open Day is being held at St Lucia this Sunday 3 August. Open Day is a perfect opportunity for prospective students, parents and members of the community to experience what it's like to be part of UQ. Visitors can explore the campus and facilities, experience uni life and learn about our wide range of programs. More than 20,000 people are expected to attend one of three Open Day events this year:

  • St Lucia – Sunday 3 August, 9am–3pm
  • Ipswich – Wednesday 6 August,
  • Gatton – Sunday 17 August, 9.30am–3pm

We encourage visitors to to plan their day online or download the free UQ Open Day mobile app from the App Store or Google Play to make the most of their day. For more information about the event, visit the UQ Open Day website.

Thank you to UQ staff and students assisting at this year’s events.


G20 Public Holiday, Friday 14 November 2014

Please be advised that Friday 14 November 2014 will be a public holiday for all UQ staff who work in the Brisbane local government area.

This public holiday is in the lead up to the Group of Twenty (G20) Leaders’ Summit, which takes place in Brisbane on the weekend of the 15th and 16th of November.

Please note this holiday will occur in 2014 only and does not apply to staff who work at a campus or facility outside of the Brisbane local government area.

Staff are reminded that transport and movement around Brisbane’s CBD in the days leading up to and during the Summit are likely to be significantly affected. An ‘exclusion zone’ will be in place around the South Bank area and in the CBD. Queensland Police have also advised that road closures and blockades will be put in place to ensure the safety of the G20 leaders during their movements around the city.

Frequently Asked Questions regarding the G20 Summit can be found here.

Semester 2 Market Day road closures

Please be advised that Campbell Road and University Drive will be closed due to Semester 2 Market Day activities. The following road closures will be in place from Tuesday 29–Wednesday 30 July:

  • Campbell Road from the intersection of Blair Drive to Campbell Plaza: 1am,Tuesday 29 July to 9pm, Wednesday 30 July
  • University Drive: 1am–10am, Wednesday 30 July
  • Great Court ramp via Chancellors Place: 1am–2.45pm, Wednesday 30 July

Please be advised that Disabled/Special Needs parking will be available at the top of Blair Drive, closest to the Campbell Road intersection. UQ Security will be on site for advice and to permit limited entry for deliveries before 5.30am; after this time deliveries will be redirected to alternative Loading Zones.

UQ Open Day road closures

Due to UQ Open Day at St Lucia campus on Sunday 3 August, road closures will be in place. Mill Road and Mill Road Car park will be closed from 10pm on Friday 1 August to 4pm on Sunday 3 August. The following roads will be closed from 8pm on Saturday 2 August to 3.30pm on Sunday 3 August: Campbell Road from the intersection with Blair Drive; Union Road after UQ Centre/Oval 4 Car park entry; Cooper Road from the intersection of College Road; Staff House Road; Great Court ramp and Mansfield Place car park; and the Library Laneway. 

Security Officers will be onsite for advice and assistance and to ensure the smooth flow of traffic on Campus. For advice on the event and times please go to http://youruq.com/openday for more information.

UQ News TV – Schizophrenia's Genetics Revealed

The latest episode of UQ News TV looks at  groundbreaking research by University of Queensland scientists into the genetic architecture of schizophrenia. As part of an international study, they have found dozens of sites across the human genome associated with a genetic predisposition to the disease, which they hope could help lead to new treatements.

Review of the Sustainable Minerals Institute 

Staff members are invited to make a submission to the review of the Sustainable Minerals Institute, which will be conducted by the Academic Board during September 2014. The terms of reference for the review are available via the Academic Board website. Submissions should be sent to the Review Coordinator, Academic Policy and Programs, at m.kancachian@uq.edu.au by Monday 25 August 2014.

Two Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Grants currently available

Two grants are currently available from OLT. Extension Grants provide $30,000 to disseminate or embed the outcomes of completed learning and teaching projects. Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects are larger projects of national interest, and are expected to receive proposals for funding of $220,000 and beyond. Applications are due to OLT by Friday 29 August for Strategic Priority Commissioned Projects, and Friday 5 September for Extension Grants. 

UQ Advantage Office expressions of interest for judges closing soon

The Student Engagement team in the UQ Advantage Office will host the annual Undergraduate Research Conference during Research Week from Tuesday 16–Wednesday 17 September. Student Engagement are seeking UQ academics, researchers, professional staff and alumni from a range of disciplines to assist with judging the best oral, poster and 3MT presentations. Interested staff or alumni are asked to complete an online expression of interest form. Entries close on Thursday 31 July. For more information, contact Student Engagement on ext. 52929.

School of Education Postgraduate Research Community Conference

Registrations are now open for the 2014 School of Education Postgraduate Research Community Conference, "Reimagining Research Methodologies for the 21st Century". The keynote address, "Maintaining the Self in the Collective: Reinscribing the PhD", will be presented by Professor Tracey Bunda from the University of Southern Queensland. The conference will be held on Saturday 16 August, from 9am–5pm at the School of Education, St Lucia. Registration is free for UQ staff and students. For more information, contact Kathleen McLeod on ext. 56227.

Deferred Exam Applications now online

The Deferred Examination Requests functionality in SI-net is now live, with submission of applications for deferral of mid-semester examinations open to students. Students will be able to submit applications for deferred examinations and view the status and decision through mySI-net, with applications reviewed and processed by authorised staff through SI-net. Applications for end of semester 2 examinations will be opened from the end of September, after finalisation and publication of the end of semester examination timetable. Information/demonstration sessions were held for staff over the past two weeks. The presentation and SI-net Reference Guide is available on the SI-net Support website. Updates to instructional materials will be distributed to staff once available.

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CAI Seminar: The Brainnetome Atlas and its applications

In this seminar, Professor Tianzi Jiang will be presenting his research on the brainnetome atlas. Professor Jiang is Professor of Neuroimaging and QBI and CAI, and Professor of Brain Imaging and Cognitive Disorders and Chinese Director of the Sino-French Laboratory for Computer Science, Automation and Applied Mathematics (LIAMA), at the Institute of Automation, Chinese Academy of Sciences. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 July, from 9am–10am in the Level 2 Seminar Room, Centre for Advanced Imaging, Building 57. For more information, contact Chris Noble

SMI Seminar Series 

Professor Dieudonne Musibon is presenting a seminar on 'Democratic Republic of Congo: Impressive mineral reserves but sustainable poverty - the Congolese paradox'. Professor Musibon is Head of the Department of Environment at the University of Kinshasa. He is at the Sustainable Minerals Institute to develop two new course syllabi as part of an IM4DC Distinguished Fellowship. The seminar will be held on Thursday 31 July, from 10am–11am in the Level 7 Vis Lab, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

Seminar: Inferring Biological Evolution from Fracture Patterns in Teeth

In this lecture, Dr Brian Lawn from the National Institute of Standards and Technology will discuss how tooth forms impact on evolutionary adaptation in fossil and living species, from the viewpoint of a biomaterials scientist. This seminar is the first in the School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series. It will be held on Thursday 31 July, from 12pm–1pm in the Level 1 Seminar Room, AIBN, Building 75. For more information, click here or contact Brianne Mackinnon on ext. 53714.

Managing the execution environment for scientific workflows

Dr Ewa Deelman, Research Associate Professor of Computer Science, University of Southern California, and Assistant Director Science Automation Technologies, USC Information Sciences Institute, will be presenting this seminar. The talk will examine issues related to the execution of scientific workflows in distributed environments, and will describe the characteristics of some applications in astronomy, earthquake science, and gravitational-wave physics, among others. The seminar will be held via high definition video link, on Friday 1 August from 9am–10am in Room 505A/B, Axon Building (47). For more information and to RSVP, contact Fran Moore.

A yarn about telehealth in Indigenous communities

Join Associate Professor Noel Hayman, Clinical Director of the Inala Indigenous Health Service, and UQ's School of Medicine for a discussion on telehealth in Indigenous communities. This forms part of the "Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth" monthly forum series. The discussion will be held on Friday 1 August, from 11am–12pm in the TRI seminar room 2007, PA Hospital Campus, and will be followed by a light lunch. Staff who are unable to attend in person can join in via a standards based video conference system such as Jabber, with the dial-in details available by emailing meet.forum@uq.edu.au. For more information, contact David Anderson.

Transforming Assessment online seminar

Mary Jacob from Aberystwyth University will present a seminar on "Designing e-Assessment Activities for Online Courses". This seminar will cover what factors can make assessment in an online course succeed and fail, and examine both good and improvable practice across the types of assessment currently used in MOOCs. The online seminar will be held on Wednesday 6 August, from 5pm–6pm. For more information and to RSVP and receive joining instructions, click here.

UQ Energy Express Seminar Series

The Energy Express seminar series is designed to provide a monthly forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. In the first seminar, Professor Andrew Garnett from the UQ Centre for Coal Seam Gas will discuss the modern energy landscape and scenarios – the trends, frameworks and choices that drive our energy future. The seminar will be held on Monday 11 August, from 5.30pm–6.30pm in the Sir Llew Edwards Building Auditorium, followed by light refreshments. Seating is limited, so please RSVP online with any dietary requirements by Monday 4 August. For more information, contact the
UQ Energy Initiative.

Carolyn D Baker Memorial Lecture

Professor Margaret Somerville from the University of Western Sydney will present this lecture on "Where are you in all of this? The ontologies of knowledge production." The lecture will be held on Friday 15 August, from 5pm–8pm at The Women's College, St Lucia. For more information, click here or contact Kathleen McLeod on ext. 56227.

Other upcoming events

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UQ in the media

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  2. If you are a Marketing or Communications staff member, you may be able to make arrangements to access the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.

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Free office furniture and equipment available

Are you in need of a new pre-loved piece of furniture for your UQ office, or some additional office equipment? Second-hand furniture and equipment has become available for reuse in UQ offices following an off-campus building refurbishment. Items can be viewed online, with all requests to be made via email. Removalists must be booked for the delivery of items. Subscribe to the Resource Exchange Mailing List to receive notification of other upcoming events.

Sustainability merchandise 

UQ Sustainability backpacks and reusable coffee cups are now available for purchase through the UQ Stores catalogue at cost price. Use a reusable cup just 15 times to break even with paper cups in terms of energy manufacture and just 35 times to pay it off (with a 10–20 cent rebate at most UQ coffee outlets).

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Ticket to Bollywood: En-Route Australia – live musical theatre

DanceDezire (Dsquared) in collaboration with the UQ Indian Student Society present Brisbane's biggest Bollywood production, Ticket to Bollywood: En-Route Australia. The show will be held on Saturday 2 August, from 6pm at the Schonell Theatre. Tickets are $20 for silver seating, $25 for gold seating and $30 for platinum seating. Tickets can be purchased online, from Mirchh Masala, Impex 3/110 Logan Road, Wolloongabba, or by contacting Nisha Mehrotra on 0403 325 861. For more information, click here.

Riverfire at Customs House

Customs House has one of the best vantage spots for the spectacular Sunsuper Riverfire on Saturday 27 September. You will be served delicious canapés during the fireworks, followed by a three course dinner. Deluxe beverages will complement the menu, with wines by Ninth Island and Leeuwin Estate. The evening will start at 6.30pm, and the menu is available online. Tickets are $165 per person, with no discounts, and full payment is required on reservation. Click here to book.

UQ Staff Tennis Championships

Entries are closing soon for the 2014 University of Queensland Student and Staff Tennis Championships. Staff singles events will be played using round-robin formats on Sunday 10 August for women and Sunday 17 August for men. Student events will be played on Sunday 10, Wednesday 13 and Sunday 17 August. Entries close on Thursday 31 July. For more information, click here or email admin@uqtc.org.au.

Special offers at St Lucia

The following special offers are available at the St Lucia campus for a limited time only:

  • Warm up with the August Chef's Monthly Special at Darwin's. For a limited time only, get a blue cheese, pumpkin and bacon risotto for just $11.90.
  • Get katsu chicken with rice and a drink for just $9 from Main Course. Choose from a 600ml Nu Pure Water or 375ml Pepsi or Pepsi Max.
  • Get a roast roll or sandwich and drink for just $8.50 from Physiol. Choose from 350ml Coke varieties or 600ml Nu Pure Water.
  • Get any two sushi and a drink for just $7 at U-Sushi. Chose from 375ml Coke varieties or 600ml Mount Franklin water.
  • Get a beef ranch burger, chips and a drink for just $10 at the Red Room Bar and Grill. Choose from a pot of Carlton Dry, glass of house red or white wine or soft drink. Conditions apply, see in store or online for details.
For more information, visit the UQ Union website.

Musculoskeletal and sports physiotherapy at St Lucia

Many people have been inspired by recent sporting events such as Wimbledon, Tour de France and the Commonwealth Games. If sport has left you with an injury, a consultation with a physiotherapist could help get you back on track. The UQHRC Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic offers comprehensive physiotherapy consultations, with no referral necessary. Between Monday 28 July and Wednesday 15 October, postgraduate sports physiotherapists will be offering consultations on Mondays and Wednesdays from 2pm–6pm. For more information or to book an appointment, click here or contact the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception at healthclinics@uq.edu.au or on ext. 52232.

UQ Wellness – quitting smoking seminar

UQ Wellness is hosting a seminar on quitting smoking. Tobacco smoking is a major avoidable cause of early death and disability. If you are a smoker and thinking of quitting, this seminar will overview current methods for quitting, help available, and the topic of tobacco harm reduction. Presented by Dr Coral Gartner from UQCCR, the seminar will be held on Wednesday 17 September, at 12.10pm and again at 1.10pm. For more information and to register, click here.

UQ Wellness – yoga at St Lucia

Join a yoga class to find out yogic tips for fighting the common cold and flu. Regular yoga routine helps strengthen the immune system, and can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. To find out about yoga courses held at St Lucia, contact Dr Mitter.

Adult Autism Spectrum Group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets for adults to discuss and find friendship twice a month. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Collaborators sought to trial an e-Exam system in semester 2

TEDI are seeking academics will to trial the e-Exam system. The e-system securely makes use of student's own laptops within supervised on-campus settings to allow students to type their responses to exam questions. Following initial trials in semester 1, we are now seeking to extend trials for semester 2. Trials are for 'school based' mid-semester exams, or for in-class quizzes where the assessment component included in the trial is worth no more then 25 per cent of the course grade. A per diem and assistance will be provided for set-up, running and post-exam arrangements. Please contact Mathew Hillier for further information and to discuss options.

eLearning workshops

ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2014. A description of each workshop with dates and registration is available on the Staff Development website.

  • Learn.UQ: Basics – 1.30pm–12pm, Thursday 31 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Tests, Quizzes and Exams – 9.30am–12pm, Monday 4 August, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Grade Centre – 9.30am–12pm, Wednesday 6 August, St Lucia
  • TurnItIn– 2pm–4pm, Thursday 14 August, St Lucia

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginners to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:

Staff development update 

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Effects of neck pain on head movement and postural balance

Volunteers who both have and do not have neck pain are needed for research into the effects of neck pain on precision of head movement and postural balance. Participants are required to perform two components, using a head-mounted laser to track head movement precision, and using a force plate to measure balance. Testing will last approximately 45 minutes at the St Lucia campus, and will be conducted from Monday 25–Thursday 28 August. Details: Lauren Williams or Ahmad Bukhari.

Healthy adults sought for neuroimaging study

Researchers from UQ Centre for Clinical Research and the Centre for Advanced Imaging are seeking healthy adults aged 40–65 for a neuroimaging research project. The study aims to investigate memory, learning, emotion and language processing in people with Parkinson's disease and healthy adults. Testing involves two MRI scan sessions of 1 hour each at St Lucia, as well as completing some questionnaires. Participants will be reimbursed $30 per visit to cover travel and parking expenses. Details: Click here or contact Ilvana Dzafic.

Do you have kneecap pain?

People aged 18–40 with pain at the front of the knee that is made worse walking on stairs or hills are needed for a study of two treatments that have been shown to be beneficial. Eligible participants will receive either hip exercises or foot orthoses at a physiotherapy clinic, and be measured on their outcomes over three months. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au (3365 4587).

Do you think you have good neck posture?

Office workers who are not research higher degree students, use a computer for more than 20 hours a week and are free of neck pain are needed for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of individual and workplace factors on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive free assessments of their workstation, physical capacity and work posture. All testing is conducted at UQ. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Are you suffering from neck pain?

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–55 who are suffering from neck pain. Specific neck exercise training will be provided for three months for free. Accuracy of the exercise will be followed up by a specialist physiotherapist in weekly 10-minute sessions. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month for four months, with a $50 reimbursement per session. Details: Edith Elgueta.

Free nutrition and exercise training for overweight children and adolescents

Overweight children and adolescents aged 7–16 are needed for this study, which will include free nutrition sessions, supervised exercise training and health assessments. The study will involve twice weekly exercise sessions for 12 weeks, as well as fitness testing, body composition scans, heart and blood vessel assessment. Participants will receive their health and fitness results. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: Click here or contact Katrin Dias (3346 7767).


Pregnant women between weeks 12 and 26 sought for survey

PhD researchers are seeking to better understand how women feel throughout their pregnancy and shortly after their baby is born. Pregnant women between 12 and 26 weeks of pregnancy, who live in Australia or New Zealand and have access to the internet and email are needed to complete three online surveys. The surveys will take place twice during pregnancy, and one shortly after the baby is born. Participant are also able to talk directly to researchers in a face-to-face or Skype interview. Participants will have to chance to win a $35 Coles/Myer gift card. Details: Click here.

Do you have acute low back pain?

People aged 18–50 who have experienced low back pain in the past week are needed to participate in a 12 month study. Volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. Details: Click here or email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com.

Healthy participants required for study on planning and thinking

Researchers from the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences are looking at how suitable a test of everyday executive function is for use in multiple sclerosis (MS). Healthy people aged 18–80 are needed for a one hour session at St Lucia. Comparison of the way people plan and think during daily tasks will improve understanding of potential cognitive problems in MS. Details: Click here or email c_shokar@hotmail.com.

Asthma prevention trial

Are you pregnant or have a child younger than 9 months old? Do you or your partner have allergies? Do you have asthma in your family? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions your child may be able to participate in a study to try and prevent asthma. The Queensland Children’s Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called OM-85 to prevent asthma in children. OM-85 are oral drops that prime the immune system so that the body can respond quickly to infections and reduce damage to the lungs to prevent asthma from developing. Details: Contact Julie Varghese (3636 1283), or visit the study website and follow the Quick Links.

Seeking pregnant mothers for newborn communication study

Researchers at the Early Cognitive Development Centre are undertaking a project to establish how parents influence the development of newborn imitation. Expectant parents are needed for the study, as the first test occurs one week after birth. All testing occurs in the home, at a time that suits parents and their baby. Participants will receive an HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: Click here or contact Siobhan Kennedy.

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