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University of Queensland

Monday 18 August 2014

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Brisbane Writers Festival ticket giveaway 

In conjunction with the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF), of which UQ is a premier partner, UQ Update has free tickets to give away to a variety of sessions during this year’s festival which will run between 3-7 September.

To register for your free tickets online click here. Please note the allocation is likely to be exhausted quickly and a maximum of two tickets can be ordered. Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email and tickets will be sent to successful ticket holders at a later date. 

The festival offers an extraordinary list of outstanding international, national and local authors who will delight and inspire audiences. To see what's on at this year's festival, check out the BWF website.



UQ Sustainability Week begins today

UQ Sustainability Week will run all week and includes 25 events across four campuses and sites.

The week officially launched today with a presentation on ‘Sustainability in Hard Times’ by Professor Andrew Griffiths and Mr Geoff Dennis.

On Tuesday and Wednesday the UQ Landcare Club will be serving kangaroo, emu and crocodile sausages cooked in a solar-powered native BBQ outside the Global Change Institute.

For all those wanting to give composting a go, the UQ Campus Community Garden Group will be hosting a workshop on Friday. Head down to the Global Change Institute all week to recharge your iPhone the emission-free way by pedalling a bike.

For details, and to register for these events and more, visit the sustainability website.

UQ News TV

The latest episode of UQ News TV features a team of researchers from the Advanced Water Management Centre, who have been working on a way to reduce sewer corrosion. Sewer systems are one of the most important infrastructure assets for urban societies, and this research could save water providers billions of dollars a year.

Nominations for Academic Board Elections closing soon

In accordance with the timetable approved by the Academic Board on Monday 11 November 2013, nominations are now being called for the election to the Academic Board for 2015–2017 of Professors and members of the non-professorial teaching or research staff (non-professorial members) employed under a contract with a term of employment of 12 months or more, requiring at least 18 hours of work each week at level A or above.

The official nomination form must be used and can be downloaded from the Academic Board website. Nominations close at 4pm on Wednesday 20 August 2014. Should you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Ms Tina Ferguson, Elections Officer, ext. 53360.

Senate Review of the Academic Board – call for submissions

Staff members are invited to make a submission to the Senate review of the Academic Board, which will be conducted from Monday 29 September–Wednesday 1 October 2014. The terms of reference for the review are available from John Montgomery. Submissions should also be sent to John Montgomery by Friday 5 September 2014.

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Excellence in psychology: How UQ is changing the world

UQ is home to one of the top psychology departments in the world. This special event showcases how UQ Psychology innovations have the potential to spark social change for the benefit of all. The event will feature displays and demonstrations of leading research teams within the School. Professor Matt Sanders, founder of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program, will give a special presentation highlighting the impact UQ Psychology is having on the world stage. The event will be held on Wednesday 20 August, from 5pm at the UQ Centre. For more information, email t.winch@uq.edu.au.

Critical approaches to museums and heritage

Dr Murray Phillips and Dr Gary Osmond will be presenting a seminar on "Cherbourg's Ration Shed Museum: New museology, heritage and indigenous sport". The seminar will be held on Thursday 21 August, from 4pm–5.30pm in the UQ Art Museum Board Room. For more information, contact Dr Graeme Were.

RCC Seminar: Dr Jurgen Schulze – Visual Analysis of Personal Health Data 

Modern analysis methods allow people to collect unprecedented amounts of information about the status of their health. This presentation will report on the quest of distilling information such as patterns and relations from one individual's personal health data, in comparison with available data from dozens of other people. The seminar will be held on Friday 22 August, from 9am–10am in Room 505A/B, Axon Building. For more information or to RSVP, email rcc-admin@uq.edu.au.

The Johnian Duo at the UQ Art Museum

The Johnian Duo – Baroque Organ and Recorder Ensemble (Ana Stevenson, recorder, and Howard Munro, organ) is holding a concert featuring pieces by JS Bach, Johann Schickhardt and Benedetto Marcello. The concert will be held on Friday 22 August, from 1pm–2pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information, click here.

Music in and Beyond Therapy: a public forum

The opening for the Australian Music Therapy Association National Conference will include a public forum evening. Hear from a panel of three speakers, including UQ music therapy clinician Rebecca Eagers, facilitated by Associate Professor Katrina Skewes McFerran from the University of Melbourne. The forum will be held on Friday 28 August, from 5.30pm–7.30pm at The Royal on the Park Hotel, Alice Street. Drinks and canapes will be provided. The event is free for those attending the conference, otherwise tickets are $25. For more information, click here.

UQ inaugural Compassion Symposium 

This cross-disciplinary symposium is designed to bring together academics, clinicians, researchers and students from different disciplines within the University and the community to present on how compassion is or could be a part of their research, studies or practice. The symposium will begin on Friday 5 September at 6.15pm with a keynote address from Professor James R Doty. On Saturday 6 September there will be presentations by UQ academics and researchers from the disciplines of philosophy, religion, psychology, medicine, education, languages and business. All events will be held in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information and to register, click here.

Other upcoming events

More UQ events »


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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Free office furniture and equipment

Are you in need of a new pre-loved piece of furniture for your UQ office? What about 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 made via email. Removalists must be booked for the delivery of items. Subscribe to the Resource Exchange Mailing List  to receive notification of upcoming events. 

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IndOz Festival 2014

This year's IndOz Festival, sponsored by UQ International, will be held on Saturday 30 August, from 10am–4pm in King George Square. This year's free event, themed "Living in Harmony", is a celebration of the relationship between Indonesia and Australia, and will feature Indonesian art, cultural performances, crafts and cuisine. For more information, visit the IndOz Festival website.

Free parenting workshop with Professor Matt Sanders

Professor Matt Sanders and the team from the Triple P Positive Parenting Program are hosting a free, half-day parenting workshop for divorced or separated parents. The workshop targets concerns, such as how to improve personal coping skills, reduce conflict between parents, improve family relationships, and best support your child during this time. Parents are invited to participate in this workshop as part of a research study evaluating an intervention for divorced or separated parents in order to improve child and family outcomes. The first workshop will be held on Saturday 30 August at the School of Psychology, St Lucia. For more information, click here, email familytransitions@uq.edu.au or call ext. 57307.

Help for people who stutter

The UQ Health and Rehabilitation Speech Pathology Clinic is running a Fluency Booster Program for people aged 12 years and over who have a stutter. Participants will receive approximately 16 hours of individual and group therapy during the two-day program, which will be individually tailored to suit their current fluency needs. The program will involve learning and practising Smooth Speech, a highly effective treatment approach for people who stutter. The Fluency Booster Program will be held from 9am–5pm on Monday 29 September and Wednesday 1 October at St Lucia. For more information and to register, contact the UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics on ext. 52232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au.

Food and drink special offers at St Lucia

A range of special offers are available at St Lucia for a limited time only:

  • Get a hot dog, small chips and 375ml Coke for just $7 at Physiol
  • Get breakfast on the go at Physiol, with a toastie and large coffee for $6. Conditions apply – see in-store for details
  • Try the popular BBQ beef ribs with rice plus a drink for only $9 at Main Course, or substitute chips for an extra $1. Choose from 375ml Coke, Fanta, Lift or Sprite varieties, or 600ml Nu Pure water.

For more information, visit the UQU website.

Need assistance with your child or teenager? 

The Child and Family Psychology Clinic is offering individual appointments for $25 per hour. The Clinic is a specialist centre assisting parents concerned about their child or teenager, and are also specialists in conducting Triple P. The types of difficulties addressed include behaviour management, anxiety/fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and teen issues. For more information, click here or contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on 3365 7290 or cfpc@psy.uq.edu.au

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 – tai chi at St Lucia

A tai chi course is starting at St Lucia on Wednesday 27 August. The course will be held every Wednesday lunchtime for 10 weeks. For more information and to register, click here.

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.

Want to improve your health and expand your social world? 

If you are concerned with low mood, nervousness, or feeling isolated and you are interested in developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones, you are invited to participate in a free evidence-based workshop program being run by the School of psychology. Beginning on Friday 29 August and also occurring in September and October, the five one-hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships, with the goal of improving health and well-being. In the workshops, participants will learn why groups are good for health, discover and map their own social network, develop strategies for making better use of social connections, and learn how to build new connections. For further information click here or to register interest contact Melissa Chang (3149 3946). 

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SMI Seminar Series – chemical risk assessment workshop

The Sustainable Minerals Institute (SMI) Workplace Health and Safety Manager is presenting a hands-on workshop on chemical risk assessments for students and staff who use chemicals as part of their research or university work. Participants will work through a case study, including identifying risks and determining the appropriate control measures to ensure chemicals are used safely in laboratory experiments. The workshop will be held on Thursday 21 August, from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

Resilience workshop at Gatton Campus

Staff Development will be running a short resilience workshop at the Gatton Campus on Tuesday 2 September. This session will provide participants with some introductory strategies and insight into how to build personal resiliency in dealing with workplace challenges. Participants will also be provided with some mindful based practices that help individuals grow and flourish through life challenges. This is an introductory or ‘taster’ session only and will provide participants with some direction for action they may take to further develop and grow their personal level of resiliency. Places are limited. To book a spot, click here. For more information, contact Felicity Couperthwaite.

Leading for Innovation workshop

Communication and cognition expert Dr Irena Yashin-Shaw will present a one-day professional development workshop entitled "Leading for Innovation". This workshop provides valuable insight into how to make innovation a part of the organisational culture, and will be valuable for managers and leaders at all levels, as well as staff who are keen to lead innovation. The workshop will be held on Thursday 2 October, from 9am–4.30pm in Room 216, Building 9, St Lucia. The cost of the workshop is $275, and your supervisor may be able to cover this as part of your professional staff development. For more details and to register, email l.forest1@uq.edu.au as places are limited.

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

ITS are providing one-on-one tutorials for staff on creating online assignment submission links, creating rubrics and online marking. The tutorials will be conducted over the phone and using screen sharing software. This service will be provided during weeks 4–9 during Semester 2. To organise a tutorial staff can email helpdesk noting their availability for the session.Visit the One-on-one tutorials eLearning page for further information.

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner's 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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Parents of children aged 6–18 needed 

Parents of children aged 6–18, with or without disabilities, are invited to be part of a research project. Researchers are investigating the extent to which parental well-being and support, and child characteristics contribute to positive parenting experiences. This study is being conducted in collaboration with a team of researchers from the University of Queensland and RMIT University in Melbourne. Participation consists of a 30 minute online questionnaire (see link below). The password to access this questionnaire is "profiles". Paper copies of the questionnaire are also available. Participants will go into a raffle to win one of four $100 Coles Myer gift cards. Details: Click here or contact Maria Vassos (3247 5080).

How strong is your big toe? 

Healthy male volunteers are needed for a study to test the reliability of the Wii Balance Board to measure big toe strength. Participants are required to attend two sessions of 15 minutes each at St Lucia. Details: June Quek.

Word selection in Parkinson's disease

Both healthy volunteers and individuals with Parkinson’s disease are needed to participate in an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) study. This research will investigate how language production is affected by Parkinson’s disease. Researchers are seeking people aged 55+, who are right handed, have English as their first language, and have no history of neurological disease or trauma. They are also seeking right-handed individuals with Parkinson's disease who have English as their first language and are aged 55+. Participation in this project is expected to involve two separate sessions, lasting a total of up to five hours. Participants will be reimbursed. Details: Megan Isaacs (3346 5579).

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 ten free sessions with an accredited dietitian, 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).

Neck pain and motor control

Researchers are seeking healthy male volunteers aged 18–40 for a study investigating the effect of neck pain on muscle function in the neck/shoulder area during an arm movement. Short-lasting, experimental neck pain will be induced with a salt water injection. Measurements will be conducted using surface electromyography, intramuscular fine-wire electrodes and kinematic recordings. The duration of the experiment is approximately five hours and will be carried out in one session. Participants will be compensated $70. Details: Email s.christensen1@uq.edu.au.


Nutrients for depression study

Researchers are seeking people who are currently taking an antidepressant but still have some ongoing symptoms such as low mood, fatigue, irritability or sleep issues. Psychiatry researchers are conducting an 8-week study testing a combination of nutrient-based supplements, such as omega 3 and zinc, for depression. Details: Laura Adams (3365 5572).

Are you a parent of siblings who fight?

Parents of siblings who fight are invited to participate in a trial of the Triple P Positive Parenting Program for sibling conflict. Researchers are seeking parents of siblings aged between 3–10 years, with no more than four ears separating the children, who experience sibling conflict. Participation will involve a two-hour parent group, a series of online measures and, for some participants, a series of observation sessions. Details: Click here or contact John Pickering (3346 8743).

Brain plasticity study

Participants aged 18–35 and not taking any prescription medication other than the contraceptive pill are needed for a study on brain plasticity. The study will involve a two-hour session at the Queensland Brain Institute, St Lucia. Participants will receive non-invasive brain stimulation using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) in conjunction with peripheral nerve stimulation. The session will involve 15 minutes of TMS brain stimulation, which is used to induce plasticity in the motor network. Participants will be reimbursed $20. Details: Abbey Nydam.

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.

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. A comparison of the way people plan and think during daily tasks will improve the understanding of potential cognitive problems in MS. Details: Click here or email c_shokar@hotmail.com.

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.

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