UQ becomes a member of The Conversation
UQ has been announced as a member of TheConversation.com, which publishes views and commentary from academics around the world. The Conversation attracts more than 1.6 million unique visitors each month, and through free republication now averages more than 6 million article views each month. This is a great opportunity for academics and researchers to contribute to The Conversation. Articles are regularly republished by media outlets including The Washington Post, Scientific American, Business Insider and the ABC. Find out more about The Conversation, register for the morning e-newsletter, or pitch your story idea here.
UQ News TV
The latest episode of UQ News TV features researchers and students from the School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, who are aiming to improve the quality of fresh produce with autonomous drones. The custom-made drones can provide farmers with real-time data about crop health, soil moisture levels and livestock numbers.
Brisbane Writers Festival ticket giveaway
Due to the overwhelming response to the previous ticket giveaway, UQ Update in conjunction with the Brisbane Writers Festival (BWF) has more free tickets to give away. There are tickets to a variety of sessions during this year’s festival, which will run between 3–7 September. To register for your free tickets, click here. Please note a maximum of two tickets can be ordered and the the allocation is likely to be exhausted quickly. Successful registrations will receive a confirmation email and tickets will be sent to successful ticket holders at a later date.
Voting is now open for Academic Board Elections
In accordance with the timetable approved by the Academic Board on Monday 11 November 2013, voting is now open for the election 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 to the Academic Board for 2015 – 2017.
To cast your vote, click here to access the ballot form. You will require your staff username and password to access the system. Instructions on how to cast your vote are set out in the system. Voting closes at 9am on Monday 8 September 2014. Elections will be conducted in accordance with Senate Rule – The Academic Board. If you have any questions about this process, please contact Ms Tina Ferguson, Elections Officer on ext. 53360 or at email@example.com.
IMB Research Advancement Award
The Institute for Molecular Bioscience (IMB) is seeking expressions of interest for its inaugural IMB Research Advancement Award. The award is open to students who are keen to pursue a PhD at IMB, commencing in early 2015. EOIs are sought from talented domestic students who demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, a capacity and passion for research, independence and leadership potential. Award recipients will receive a $30,000 career enrichment award, payable in annual installments of $10,000. Recipients must also secure an Australian Postgraduate Award or equivalent award to support living expenses. Expressions of Interest must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 5pm on Monday 15 September. For more information click here.
Australian Innovation Showcase in India
The Australian High Commission, India, has invited UQ to participate in the second Australian Innovation Showcase to be held in India from Monday 15 September–Wednesday 15 October. The showcase will involve a series of targeted events and meetings across major innovation hubs in India to promote Australia as a strategic partner for Indian corporates in research and development, innovation, and quality higher education. UQ Global Engagement can provide liaison support for academic staff interested in participating in this exciting event. For more details, contact Darren Wise.
Open Access Publishing and Article Processing Charges
The Library invites UQ researchers to complete a short survey about their management of article processing charges associated with publishing an open access article. Responses will be used to identify gaps in existing services and infrastructure with a view to providing future services that may benefit researchers. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Five Centuries of Melancholia
This year marks the 500th anniversary of Albrecht Dürer’s engraving Melencolia I (1514). This artwork forms the centrepiece of Five Centuries of Melancholia, a new exhibition at UQ Art Museum in partnership with the UQ Node, ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (Europe 1100–1800). The exhibition will run until Sunday 30 November at the UQ Art Museum. For more information, click here.
QAAFI Science Seminar
Dr Andrew Geering, Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Plant Science, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, will be presenting a seminar on “Ensuring the 'bent bananas' are rejected by applying novel virus diagnostic strategies”. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 2 September from 12pm–1pm in the Large Seminar Room, QBP. For more information, click here.
SMI Seminar Series
Professor Dieudonné Musibon is presenting a seminar on “Conducting an environmental & social impact assessment in the mining sector: Katanga DRC case study”. In this seminar Professor Musibon will focus on the environmental and social challenges faced by the communities surrounding the old Tshituru hydrometallurgical plant. This seminar will be held on Tuesday 2 September, from 10am–11am in the Level 7 Vis Lab, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.
Launch of the new CEF and updated PEF
UQ International and the UQ Planning Office are launching the new Country Engagement Framework (CEF) and updated Partner Engagement Framework (PEF). The launch will include a demonstration of both the CEF and PEF and showcase the institutional data and information available to support staff with extending and measuring the impact of international engagement initiatives. The launch will be held on Wednesday 3 September from 10am–12pm in the UQ Senate Room. Register online, or for more information, contact Geoff Bianchi.
The Australian Piano Duo Festival at UQ
The Australian Piano Duo Festival will be held in the Nickson Room, School of Music, Zelman Cowen Building from Thursday 4–Friday 5 September. The performances are:
- Thursday 4 September, 1pm–2pm: Jenny Roberts and Bracchi Tilles perform works by Brahms, Holst, Grainger, Piazolla. Free entry.
- Friday 5 September, 4pm–6pm: Therese Milanovic, Sonya Lifschitz and Colin Noble present a seminar and performace of Messiaen's 'Visions de l'amen'. Entry is free for UQ staff and students, or $15 for adults and $10 concession.
- Friday 5 September, 7pm–9pm: Russian and French masterpieces performed by Liam Viney and Anna Grinberg, as well as Anna Carson, Timothy Young and Stewart Kelly. Entry is $25 for adults and $15 concession.
Critical approaches to museums and heritage
Dr Chantal Knowles from the Queensland Museum will present a lecture on "Reviewing collections, research potential and succession planning: A review of Pacific Collections in Scotland". The presentation will be held on Thursday 4 September, from 4pm–5.30pm in the UQ Art Museum Board Room. For more information, contact Dr Graeme Were.
RCC Seminar: Elevating nanoHUB to the Next Level - Vision and Status 2014
Prof Gerhard Klimeck, Director of the Network for Computational Nanotechnology (nanoHUB), will be discussing the next level of advances of nanoHUB, an online meeting place used for research, education, and scientific collaboration. The seminar will be held on Friday 5 September from 9am–10am via high definition video link in Room 505A/B Axon Building. For more information or to RSVP, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Telehealth: A management and marketing perspective
The UQ Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth brings you a forum on "Telehealth: A management and marketing perspective", presented by Dr Nicole Gillespie, Dr Nicole Hartley, Teegan Green and Joanna Kho from the UQ Business School. This forms part of the Centre of Research Excellence's monthly forum series. The forum will be held on Friday 5 September, from 11am–12pm in Room 2004, Translational Research Institute, PA Hospital. A light lunch will follow the forum. For more information, contact Dominique Bird.
Hand Heart Pocket Gala Evening
The Hand Heart Pocket Gala Evening at Customs House will bring together some of the world's leading musical performances in support of Alzheimer's disease research and care. The evening will feature performances by the Cerebrum string quartet, and leading opera singers Zara Barrett, Cherylene Liew, David Hibbard, as well as the Conservatorium Chamber Choir. The event is supported by Hand Heart Pocket, the charity of Freemasons Queensland, with proceeds going towards the Queensland Brain Institute and Alzheimer's Australia. The gala will be held on Friday 5 September from 6pm. Tickets are $100 and include pre-concert canapés and a post-concert reception. To purchase tickets, click here, email email@example.com or call ext. 66412.
UQ Music Sunday at Customs House–White Halo and Friends
UQ's new ensemble White Halo, with Patrick Murphy, Patricia Pollett, Adam Chalabi, and Liam Viney, are joined by Nicole Tait, Irit Silver, Dusan Walkowicz, and Karen Chalabi to perform Mozart's Flute Quartet in D major and Aaron Copland's Appalachian Spring. The performance will be held at Customs House on Sunday 7 September from 11.30am–12.30pm. For more information, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
UQ Art Museum Concert
The UQ Chamber Singers perform their program “A Contemporary Response to Conflict” to mark the close of the exhibition “Conflict: Contemporary responses to war”. The program includes settings by Australian and international composers of modern and ancient war poetry. The performance will be held on Sunday 7 September from 2pm–3pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information click here, or contact email@example.com.
UQEI 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 this seminar Robert Bryce from the Centre for Energy Policy and the Environment at the Manhattan Institute will share his views on “Smaller Faster Lighter Denser Cheaper: how innovation keeps proving the catastrophists wrong”. The seminar will be held on Thursday 11 September from 5.30pm–6.30pm in the Advanced Engineering Building, GHD Auditorium followed by light refreshments until 7pm. Please RSVP with any dietary requirements by Monday 8 September. For more information, contact the UQ Energy Initiative.
Transforming Assessment and eAssessment Scotland 2014 Joint Online Conference
This year the free online e-Assessment conference features a series of ten presentations in line with the conference theme, "Final answer? The question of summative assessment". Ten experts from around the world will present and discuss a range of approaches to the computerisation of tests and high stakes examinations. The online conference will run between Monday 8 September–Friday 19 September. View the full session listing and register for free here.
GCI Food Security Discussion Series
Mark Gallagher will host a seminar on the “Impact of land grabs on food security in Africa”. The seminar will examine the effects of foreign takeover of Tanzanian farmland on food security and food sovereignty for local populations. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 10 September from 1pm–2pm in the GCI Building, room 273. For more information, please contact Jane O'Sullivan.
2014 Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture
Professor Patrick Sullivan from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will deliver the 2014 Peter Goodenough Memorial Lecture, "Progress in Schizophrenia: three stories". The lecture will look at the breakthroughs made in the past year in identifying the genetic basis of Schizophrenia, the research currently in progress, and the prospect for improved diagnosis, treatment and prevention. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 10 September, from 5pm–7pm at the Queensland Brain Institute. Please RSVP to Katherine Robbins on ext. 66412.
Life Drawing – Ancient Attitudes
For the third and final evening during 2014, the RD Milns Antiquities Museum invites modern audiences to experience the beauty and appeal of the classical world in The Attitudes of Lady Emma Hamilton. The Museum gallery will be transformed, taking visitors back to the antiquarian drawing rooms of 18th century Naples. The evening will include life drawing sessions with a professional artist, inspired by the Museum's collection of Greek vases. The evening will be held on Friday 12 September, from 6pm–9pm. To register, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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September is National Biodiversity Month
National Biodiversity Month is held in September each year. It aims to promote the importance of protecting, conserving and improving biodiversity both within Australia and across the world. Biodiversity encompasses every living thing that exists on our planet and the environment in which they live. Australia is home to over 600,000 species plus thousands of marine species, most of which are unique to our continent.
Celebrate National Biodiversity Month by caring for UQ’s beautiful campuses and following some of the EcoTips suggested below.
EcoTips – How can I help protect biodiversity?
- Always dispose of waste in the appropriate bin
- Do not feed wildlife, including ducks
- Be mindful of what you dispose of down the drain
- Pick up after your pet and don’t let them loose where they can devastate native fauna
- Create a natural habitat in your backyard by planting native species
To find out more about what Australia is doing to protect biodiversity and how you can help, visit the Department of Environment website.
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Free seminar on reducing family conflict
The Parenting Teenagers Research Group from the Parenting and Family Support Centre are partnering with the PCYC to offer parents of teenagers a new two hour seminar on reducing family conflict as part of a research project. The seminar is based on the successful Teen Triple P: Positive Parenting Program and is suitable for parents of teenagers aged 11–16 years. The seminar will be offered in September and October at St Lucia and PCYC clubs at Carindale, Inala and the bayside. For more information, click here or email email@example.com.
Events at the Schonell Theatre
The Schonell Theatre is hosting two special events this week:
Underground Productions presents Adding Machine: The Musical, an adaptation of a 1923 play by Elmer Rice. The show will be held from Thursday 4–Saturday 6 and Thursday 11–Saturday 13 September at 7.30pm. Tickets are $22.70 for adults, $16.40 for students and $14.70 for Underground members or groups of 10 or more, plus booking fee. Tickets can be booked online. For more information, click here or contact Matt McInally.
Brisbane City Pops Orchestra presents Score of the Century: Live Orchestra. This concert will take you through the decades, recalling some major historical events and remarkable social changes. The show will be held on Sunday 7 September at 2pm. Tickets are $26.00 for adults, $23 for concession $12 for students and free for children under 5. To book, call Maree on 3378 2384.
Father's Day at Customs House
This year, Customs House will be hosting a special day of dining to celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday 7 September. Enjoy breakfast or lunch on the terrace by the river with a view of the Story Bridge, or in the elegant inside dining room. The breakfast menu will be offered from 9am at $48 per person. The lunch menu, offered from 12pm, consists of either 2 courses for $66 per person or 3 courses for $83 per person. Bookings are essential Phone 3365 8921 or click here to book online.
$3 Thursdays @ The Lolly Shop
Every Thursday at The Lolly Shop, you can grab a selection of products available for just $3. This Thursday, choose from a 600ml Powerade, Chi Mineral Water, 250ml Red Bull, Mrs May's Crunch Snacks, a Superfoodie Bar and Cobs Nacho Cheese Popcorn.
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. A regular yoga routine helps strengthen the immune system, can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. To find out about yoga courses held at St Lucia, contact Dr Vivek 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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Transforming Assessment online seminar
Richard Lobb from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, will present an online seminar on "CodeRunner: authentic e-assessment for computer programming". This session will explore the features of CodeRunner, an online tool in which student-submitted program code is automatically evaluated against a range of test criteria and assigned a grade. The seminar, hosted by Dr Matthew Hillier, will be held on Wednesday 3 September from 5pm–6pm. For more details and to RSVP and receive joining instructions, click here.
Learn.UQ (Blackboard) basics for professional staff
This course will introduce professional staff to commonly-used functions in Learn.UQ (Blackboard), UQ's eLearning management system. Participants will develop an understanding of how Blackboard is used at UQ and how sites are structured. Practical skills covered include adding course materials to a site, posting announcements, checking assignments, submissions, entering markings into Grade Centre and archiving courses. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course which will be held on Monday 8 September.
Free Chinese course for UQ Staff
UQ’s Institute of Modern Languages (IML) and Confucius Institute (CI) are offering a free Chinese course commencing on Tuesday 7 October and running for four weeks. The classes will be held between 11am–1pm on Tuesdays and Fridays. This staff development opportunity is intended for staff new to Mandarin and is part of the CI’s commitment to nurturing stronger pathways to China for UQ staff. Applications close Wednesday 10 September. For more information, click here.
OHS workshops and training
The UQ OHS Division are delivering a number of occupational health and safety workshops and training sessions during September. Course profiles and registration details are available on the Staff Development website.
- Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources - Intro – Monday 1 September, St Lucia
- Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources - Practical – Friday 5 September, St Lucia
- OH&S for Senior Managers – Friday 5 September, St Lucia
- Managing OH&S in the Workshops – Wednesday 10 September, St Lucia
- QLD Health and Safety Representatives Training – Monday 15 September, St Lucia
- Personal Protective Equipment (select, use, maintain) – Monday 22 September, St Lucia
- Managing OHS in the Laboratory – Tuesday 23 September, Gatton
- Apply First Aid (HLTFA311A) – Friday 26 September, St Lucia
- OH&S for Supervisors & Managers – Monday 29 September, St Lucia
R Clinic every Thursday
Dr Peter Baker hosts an "R Clinic" every Thursday at Herston, for research students and staff using R. "R" is a freely available open-source environment for statistical computing and graphics. The drop-in clinic is open to researchers who are new to R, and also to longer term R users who wish to share their experiences. Interested staff and students are welcome to bring their laptop and data to the clinic, which is held every Thursday from 2pm–3pm in Room 422, Public Health Building, Herston. For more information, please click here or contact Dr Peter Baker on ext. 64747.
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. 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. This service will be provided during weeks 4–9 of Semester 2. 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
- Bullying and discrimination prevention & resolution – Monday 8 September, St Lucia
- Understanding Responsible Conduct of Research – Tuesday 9 September, St Lucia
- Google and Google Scholar: what it can do for you - Wednesday 10 September, St Lucia
- Research integrity in RHD training - Thursday 11 September, St Lucia
- Legislation Admissions and Student Services – Thursday 11 September, St Lucia
- Mid-term and final review for continuing appointment - Friday 12 September, St Lucia
- Grant and Contract Administration - Friday 12 September, St Lucia
- Recognition and Development Refresher - Monday 15 September, St Lucia
- Minute Writing and Role of the Committee Secretary - Tuesday 16 September, St Lucia
- Managing Time - Tuesday 16 September, St Lucia
- Managing Performance - Wednesday 17 September, St Lucia
- UQPN Basic Information for Admin Staff New to UQ - Wednesday 17 September, St Lucia
Brain plasticity study
People aged 18–35 are required for a study investigating brain plasticity in the motor system. The study will use non-invasive brain stimulation to both quantify and induce plasticity in the human brain. The procedures used are safe and have received ethical clearance. Participants will be required to attend three experimental sessions at the Queensland Brain Institute, St Lucia, each lasting approximately 2.5 hours. Compensation of $10 per hour will be offered. Details: Nicholas Bland.
Study into acquired brain injury
Researchers are seeking adults aged 65 and under living with an acquired brain injury, and their family members who are living with them at home. This is for a study into how families negotiate day-to-day family life and activities, and how they utilise their social support and financial resources. Participation involves two family group interviews at the family home, at a time that is convenient to the family. The family member who provides the majority of the support will also be asked to record their daily activities over one week. Details: Contact Dr Michele Foster or Danielle Ferndale.
Want to improve your health and expand your social world?
Researchers are seeking people who are concerned with low mood, nervousness or feeling isolated, and are interested in developing new relationships and strengthening existing ones. Eligible participants will have the opportunity to take part in a free evidence-based workshop program being run by the School of Psychology. Beginning in September, the five one-hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships, as well as developing strategies for making better use of social connections and building new connections. Details: Click here, email firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Melissa Chang (3149 3946).
Alcohol Research Study
The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is looking at how emotion, personality, and taste perception influence alcohol use. People aged between 18–21 are sought to participate in two experimental sessions, one week apart, at UQ St Lucia or Herston campuses. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: Click here or email Dr Matthew Gullo.
Are you suffering from neck pain?
Researchers seek 18–55 year olds suffering from neck pain. Specific neck exercise training will be provided for three months for free. Accuracy of exercise will be followed up by a specialist physiotherapist every week in 10 minutes sessions. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month up to four months, with $50 reimbursement per session. Details: Edith Elgueta.
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. To determine your suitability please take this intake questionnaire. Details: Email email@example.com.
Preventing gestational diabetes
A study at the RBWH, Redcliffe and Mater hospitals is investigating whether probiotics can help prevent gestational diabetes. Researchers are seeking women who are size 14+ (BMI >25) and are currently less than 15 weeks pregnant to participate in the study. Details: Contact Katie Foxcroft at RBWH (3646 5164), Anne Tremellen at Mater (3163 6312) or Sharney Grant at Redcliffe (3883 7552).
Going away in September?
Researchers are seeking people who are planning a holiday or weekend away for a study on the restorative effects of short breaks and vacations. Each participant will receive two movie tickets. Details: Click here or contact Jan Packer.
Do you or someone you know have neck pain from a car accident?
The CONROD Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine is investigating early treatment of and recovery following a whiplash injury. Researchers are seeking people aged 18–65 who have neck pain from a car accident which occurred within the past four weeks. Volunteers are eligible for a free, six-week treatment program of physiotherapy-led exercise and stress management techniques. Assessments will be conducted at a physiotherapy clinic convenient to the participant. Details: Kerry Mellifont (5678 0361).
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).
Do you think you have strong neck muscles?
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.
Seeking pregnant mothers: 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 the parents. Participants will receive an HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: Click here or email Siobhan Kennedy.
Looking for mothers of 6.5 to 9.5 month old infants
Mothers of 6.5–9.5 month olds are needed for a study. Your infant's heart rate and ear temperature will be measured as they listen to short, emotional and non-emotional recordings. In between the short recordings, you will be invited to freely interact and play with your infant. Participation will involve a 50-minute session at UQ St Lucia. Details: Anna Clarke (0417033159).
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