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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Tuesday 22 April 2014

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UQ wins international Jessup moot

A team of law students from UQ won the 2014 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition in Washington DC, USA, on Sunday 13 April.

Emily Chalk, Camille Boileau, Hugo Clark-Ryan, Abbey Mawby and Lisa Lee, from the TC Beirne School of Law, defeated the Singapore Management University School of Law in the final round of the competition.

UQ Dean of Law Professor Sarah Derrington said she was thrilled by the team’s “phenomenal” achievement in winning both the prestigious world title and awards for the Best Applicant Written Argument, and Best Speaker in the Final, presented to Emily Chalk. Read more.

Above (L–R): Associate Professor Anthony Cassimatis (faculty advisor), Emily Chalk, Lisa Lee, Camille Boileau, Hugo Clark-Ryan, Abbey Mawby and Catherine Drummond (team coach).


Ancient Attitudes – Classical Life Drawing

The Attitudes of Lady Emma Hamilton, a series of performances based on her husband’s collection of antique vases, captured the imagination of gossips and grand tourists alike, becoming an icon of feminine independence, survival and sexuality for Britain’s 18th century.

The RD Milns Antiquities Museum invites people to experience the appeal of the classical world in this series of events based on Lady Hamilton's Attitudes. Each evening will include life drawing sessions inspired by the Museum’s own collection of Greek vases. 

The series starts on Friday 9 May at 6pm. For more information, click here or email antiquitiesmuseum@uq.edu.au.

Pitch Drop touches down

Last week, after a wait of more than 13 years, the ninth drop of pitch in UQ’s famous Pitch Drop Experiment touched down onto the eight drop in the beaker. This momentous event occurred over the weekend, once again with no-one present to witness it. However, this time three webcams captured the moment and physicists from the School of Mathematics and Physics are currently using the data to calculate the exact moment of touch down. Check out the time-lapse video or join the ninth watch at www.theninthwatch.com to see what will happen next – will the stem break or slowly fall sideways?

2014 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes

Entries for the 2014 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes close at 7pm (AEST) on Friday 2 May. There are 15 prizes on offer in the fields of Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Communication and Journalism, and School Science. The finalists will be announced online on Friday 8 August, and the winners will be presented at an Award Dinner in Sydney on Wednesday 10 September.

POLSIS Photography Competition 2014

If you have an eye for photography and an interest in current affairs, politics, international relations and cross-cultural encounters, you are invited to enter the POLSIS 2014 Photography Competition. The competition is open to students, staff and alumni. Entries close on Monday 5 May. For more information, click here.

Rechargeable batteries available at Central Store 

Do you use batteries at UQ? Have you considered using rechargeable batteries to save money and reduce chemical waste? The UQ Store now sells rechargeable batteries and rechargers in AA and AAA sizes. Both rechargeable and disposable batteries can be recycled at the end of their life. For more information, click here.

Faculty of Science cover competition 

The Faculty of Science is holding a competition to give UQ staff the chance to have their design featured on the cover of the 2015 Science Undergraduate prospectus. Staff are invited to submit an image which depicts what science at UQ means to them. The winner will receive a Co-op Bookshop gift voucher to the value of $250 and recognition on the inside cover of the prospectus. The competition is open to all UQ staff, and entries are due by 9am (AEST) on Monday 12 May. The Science Undergraduate prospectus is used in Australia and overseas to promote the Faculty’s fourteen undergraduate programs to prospective students and their families. For more information, click here.

Universitas 21 Update

Upcoming U21 events for research graduates and educators:

For further information on UQ’s involvement with U21, contact UQ International at ieddirector@uq.edu.au.

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Explore possibilities with English language teaching certificate

UQ's Institute of Continuing and TESOL Education (ICTE–UQ) will present a free information session on its Cambridge Certificate of English Language Teaching to Speakers of Other Languages (CELTA). The session will be held on Tuesday 22 April, from 5.30pm–6.30pm in the Auditorium of the Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information, click here.

SMI Seminar Series

Professor Ciaran O’Faircheallaigh (Griffith University) is presenting a seminar on ‘Bougainville: Can copper mining be “socially sustainable” the second time round?’ This talk explores his work advising the Autonomous Bougainville Government on the possible reopening of the Bougainville copper mine in Papua New Guinea. The seminar will be held on Thursday 24 April, from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building, Sustainable Minerals Institute. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

UQ Music Sunday at Customs House

The UQ-based Hezar Ava Ensemble is holding a concert of Persian classical masterpieces and newly composed works on Sunday 27 April, from 11.30am–12.30pm at Customs House. The concert will feature superb musicians performing on santūr, tār, daf, tonbak, violin, double-bass, and percussion, as well as a Persian soprano. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Outward Student Mobility and Collaborative Research Opportunities in Thailand

His Excellency Mr James Wise, Australian Ambassador to Thailand, will give a presentation on the attractions that Thailand universities offer Australian students who may be seeking a study experience in Asia, especially under the New Colombo Plan (NCP). The Ambassador will be accompanied by Ms Watinee Kharnwong, Director, Australian Education International (AEI), at the Australian Embassy in Bangkok. Mr Wise will also discuss research collaboration opportunities in Thailand. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 30 April, from 9.15am–10.15am in the Seminar Room, AIBN Building. Please register your interest in attending by Monday 28 April at global.engagement@uq.edu.au, or for more information contact Liz Simmonds on ext. 51972.

Open Access and PLOS: The Future of Scholarly Publishing

The recent establishment of The University of Queensland policies on Research Data Management and Open Access for UQ Research Outputs herald a timely lecture by Dr Virginia Barbour, who was at the forefront of the establishment of the successful open access PLOS journals. During her visit to UQ, Dr Barbour will hold a seminar on open access and the reasons for establishing PLOS, the evolution of PLOS Medicine, trends in medical publishing and future plans. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 30 April, from 2pm–3pm in the QBI Auditorium, Level 7, Queensland Brain Institute. For more information, click here.

UQ IndustryConnect event – PepsiCo

UniQuest invites you to attend a UQ IndustryConnect seminar to hear Dr Stefan Baier, Principal Scientist, PepsiCo Long Term Research. Dr Baier leads global research projects around oral processing/material science of reduced fat, sodium and sugar food and beverage products to increase consumer acceptability and implement reduction strategies. He will share his insights and experiences on innovation and university collaborations, which includes current projects with Associate Professor Jason Stokes of the School of Chemical Engineering. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 30 April, from 11am–12pm in the AIBN Seminar Room, Ground Floor, AIBN. For more information, contact Pam Harpur, Uniquest, or Associate Professor Jason Stokes.

Colleagues at UQ

The next Colleagues at UQ monthly social get-together will be held on Friday 2 May from 4.30pm onwards at St Lucy caffé e cucina. Members receive a free house wine, local beer or cider, soft drink or coffee with any meal purchase over $16.50. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Other upcoming events

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UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles where UQ is mentioned. This information is gathered and updated daily by the Office of Marketing and Communications. For more information:

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary by emailing communications@uq.edu.au, or
  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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Sustainability photo competition winner announced

Congratulations to Green Office Representative, Roz Bannan from the UQ Centre, for winning the Green Office Water and Energy Photo Competition. Her winning photo is featured in this week's Sustainability banner (above). The aim of the competition was to promote the sustainability themes of water and energy conservation. Roz received a hamper containing a range of water and energy saving devices. Thank you to all Green Offices that participated. The five finalists can be viewed on the UQ Sustainability Office Facebook page.

Shut down and switch off before take off 

To save energy, reduce environmental impact and minimise costs, the Property and Facilities Division has programmed a partial shutdown of air conditioning to selected buildings over the Anzac Day long weekend. UQ Sustainability is asking staff to get involved by switching off all non-essential electrical equipment before taking off for the Anzac Day long weekend. Visit the Sustainability website for an action list and resources on how to implement a ‘Shut down and switch off before take off’ campaign in your office area.

Eco tips – How to switch off before take off 

  1. Shut down your computer and monitor and switch off at the power point
  2. Turn off all non-essential lighting and shared office equipment, including printers, photocopiers, fax machines, microwaves, hot water boilers and manual air conditioning systems
  3. Turn off all non-essential laboratory equipment
  4. Take the opportunity to clean out the office fridge and turn it off for the break. Leave some newspaper or a towel on the floor to collect any water
  5. Close and lock all windows and doors

Tour of AEB through Green Labs 

On Thursday 1 May, Green Labs Representatives are invited to join Peter Sampson, Manager Special Construction Projects P&F, for a tour of UQ's Advanced Engineering Building (AEB). The AEB has been designed and constructed to achieve certified 5 Star Green ratings representing "Australian Excellence" in environmental design. More information on the AEB can be found here. Register here or by emailing Green Labs at greenlabs@pf.uq.edu.au. Places are limited, so registration by Monday 28 April is essential.

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Pots of tea now available at Darwin's

Darwin's are now serving pots of loose leaf tea, available to dine-in customers only. For a limited time only, enjoy a pot of tea for just $4. Choose from green tea, Earl Grey or English breakfast.

Physiotherapy for sports injuries 

The UQ Musculoskeletal and Sports Injury Clinic manages a wide variety of sporting injuries sustained by athletes of all levels. From Monday 5 MayMonday 2 June, a sports speciality clinic is being offered in conjunction with the postgraduate Sports Physiotherapy program. Sports physiotherapy covers the diagnostic and intervention aspects of injured athletes at elite, competitive or recreational levels. Specific rehabilitation and return to sport after injury programs are designed for each individual, based on latest evidence-based practice research. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on ext. 52232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au.

Focus on your health and wellbeing – UQ Wellness

For current health and wellbeing opportunities, including research participation opportunities, visit the UQ Wellness website. To join yoga, contact Dr Vivek Mitter. For tai chi and qigong enquiries, contact Dr Xin Liu and the UQ SMILE Tai Chi and Qigong Team. To become a walking group leader and get a walker’s pack (pedometer, water bottle and cap), contact Vicki McNabb. For website inclusions and health and wellbeing options, contact Vicki McNabb.

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 every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the Toowong Uniting Church. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Social media for engagement and information literacy

Information literacy is a critical skill for all students. In this course we will explore ways in which social media can be utilised to support the development of information literacy. In this course you will explore how media curation tools ScoopIt and Pinterest can be used for teaching and learning. Technical aspects of ScoopIt and Pinterest will also be covered and you will develop a learning activity using the tools. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course which will be held on Monday 28 April.

Global Strategy – international engagement workshop 

This workshop will provide an overview of the UQ Global Strategy, an understanding of UQ Global Engagement’s role within the global strategy and how teams within UQ Global Engagement support engagement across the UQ community. The course will enable participants to identify UQ's priority countries, understand the Country and Partner Engagement Frameworks, align internal strengths with external priorities, and identify the services provided by the Global Engagement Office teams. The workshop will be held on Tuesday 6 May, from 9am–1pm in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building. Register for this workshop on the Staff Development website.

Introduction to statistics for biologists

Refresh your statistical skills with this lecture-based introductory guide to statistics, illustrated with examples of real biological applications. Learn about statistical modelling, inference and data mining, and how to apply common statistical tests and methodologies in the analysis of your own research data. The workshop will be held on Monday 12 May and Monday 19 May in the Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information, click here or contact Mark Crowe on ext. 62095.

One-on-one tutorials trial – online assignment submission and marking

ITS are trialling a new service to provide one-on-one tutorials for staff on creating online assignment submission links, creating rubrics, and online marking. To organise a tutorial, staff can email helpdesk noting their availability for the session. The tutorials will be conducted over the phone and using screen sharing software. The trial will run during weeks 5–9 in Semester 1. Visit the One-on-one tutorials eLearning page for further information.

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

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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Have you had or are planning a hysterectomy?

Clinicians and researchers from UQ and QUT wish to recruit women who have either had a hysterectomy in the last two years, or are planning to have a hysterectomy in the next two years. Interested volunteers will receive a short telephone call to determine suitability for the study. If suitable, volunteers will be asked a short series of questions. The researchers would then ask for any additional comments regarding the improvement of the questions. The study seeks to explore the suitability of the questions which may be used in a larger study. Details: Fiona Menzies (3646 2141).

Client experiences of physiotherapy

Have you ever been to a physiotherapist? We are seeking volunteers aged 18+ to discuss their experiences. This study involves two short interviews two weeks apart. The first will be held in a physiotherapy clinic and the second by telephone. Details: Jennifer Setchell.

Are you suffering from neck pain?

We are seeking research participants who are aged 18–55 and suffering from neck pain. We are investigating changes of neck muscle control over gradual reduction of neck pain for three months. The study will involve two sessions, one baseline and one after three months. Participants will be reimbursed $50 for each session. Details: Edith Elgueta.

Fat mass analysis 

Are you overweight and interested in knowing your fat mass percentage? Adult volunteers with a BMI greater than 25kg/m2 are needed. You will participate in a study to assess body fat by two non-invasive methods (dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry and bioimpedance analyser). This will require one visit to St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed for their participation. Details: Talia Palacios (3443 7924).

Alcohol research

The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is looking at how emotion, personality, and taste perception influence alcohol use. People aged 18–21 are sought to participate in two experimental sessions (one week apart) at St Lucia or Herston campuses. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: Click here or contact Dr Matthew Gullo.


Fathers invited to participate in Triple P for Sibling Conflict 

Researchers from the Triple P - Positive Parenting Program are seeking parents (especially dads) to be part of the world’s first trial of Triple P aimed at reducing sibling conflict. The team at Triple P are seeking parents who have at least two children aged 3–10 who experience sibling conflict. The trial will involve participation in a one-off, two-hour Triple P group specifically targeting sibling fighting and aggression. Details: Click here or email John Pickering

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 on a 12-month study. All volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. Details: Email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com.

Are your knees free of pain?

The SIRPH Research Unit is looking for volunteers to participate as control subjects in a knee pain study which investigates neural mechanisms involved in anterior knee pain. We require volunteers aged 18–40 who have no knee pain, no back, hip or lower leg pain, and no surgery or fracture to the lower limbs. You will be required for one 30-minute session, to test sensory thresholds. Details: Rebecca Mellor (3346 7485).

Free nutrition and exercise session for children and adolescents

Overweight participants aged 7–16 have the opportunity to receive free nutrition sessions, supervised exercise training sessions and health assessments. This will consist of ten individual sessions with an accredited dietitian, twice weekly exercise sessions for 12 weeks, and fitness testing, body composition scans, and 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).

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