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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Tuesday 3 May 2016


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Fulbright Scholarships

Applications open for 2016 Teaching Innovation Grants

Want to be funded up to $200,000 for your student experience initiative? The Teaching Innovation Grants (TIG) scheme supports staff to investigate, develop and/or implement initiatives in teaching and learning that enhance the student experience. TIG projects should be aligned to UQ’s institutional priorities, identified during the UQ Student Strategy consultation, and general higher education priorities. The TEL Grants and Early Career – Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (EC-SoTL) Grants schemes have been consolidated into TIG.

Application guidelines are available on the TIG website. Applications close Friday 15 July









Cyprus Up Late

Join the Antiquities Museum for an evening of Cypriot food, music, and festivities. Ticket price includes exclusive access to the exhibition Cyprus: An Island and A People on its closing night, Cypriot canapes, and drinks. Guests will have the chance to handle objects from the Museum's Cypriot collection, view various cultural displays including traditional Cypriot dancing and music, and try their hand at popular Greek and Roman games. The event will be held on Friday 6 May at 6pm in the RD Milns Antiquities Museum.

Tickets are $25 per person, and $20 for students. For more information, click here or email antiquitiesmuseum@uq.edu.au

Non Communicable Diseases Free (NCDFREE) Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation Bootcamp Brisbane 

UQ students are invited to participate in the free NCDFREE Brisbane Bootcamp at UQ Herston on Friday 6 May–Saturday 7 May and learn how to undertake effective and engaging advocacy in Australia. This event is designed to equip young Australians with the knowledge and expertise they need to realise their vision for a brighter world. Emerging leaders and established change-makers will collide to build the skills, confidence and evidence you need to frame ideas, build a team and identify opportunities to drive meaningful change. Apply here to participate or contact Cassandra Ranatunga for more information.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect will host a public seminar commemorating Holocaust Remembrance Day on Wednesday 4 May from 6pm–8pm in room 208, Building 39A. The commemoration will focus on the unique story of William Cooper, a Yorta Yorta elder who in 1938 led a delegation of the Australian Aboriginal League to the German Consulate in Melbourne to deliver a petition that condemned the "cruel persecution of the Jewish people by the Nazi government of Germany". To RSVP, email r2pinfo@uq.edu.au.

School of Languages and Cultures Japanese Interpreting Forum

Associate Professor David Chapman from the School of Languages and Cultures will present a seminar "Managing ‘Strangers’, ‘Undecidables' and ‘Unimaginables': Family Registration in Japan" on Friday 6 May at 10am in Room 1-E217, Forgan Smith Building. Observe Master of Arts in Japanese Interpreting and Translation (MAJIT) students interpreting in a live and realistic situation. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, and a list of upcoming MAJIT forums, click here.

School of Languages and Cultures Research Seminar 

Professor Lesley Stirling, University of Melbourne, will present on the topic of "Storytelling within pretend play by children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing children". The seminar will be held on Friday 6 May at 12pm in Room 208, Gordon Greenwood Building. This is a free event, and all are welcome to attend. For more information, click here or email events@languages-cultures.uq.edu.au.

The National Exceptional Teachers for Disadvantaged Schools Project

This seminar will explain the program and its impact on initial teacher education programs in Australia and internationally. We will also engage in a conversation around some of the complexities of the program including negotiating support from the corporate and philanthropic sector, and resisting being drawn into debates about ATAR entry levels, alternative pathways into teaching and quality teaching. The seminar will be held on Friday 6 May from 12pm–1.30pm in Room 402, Social Science Building. For more information, click here.

IMB Seminar Series 

Professor John Mattick AO FAA FAHMS HonFRCPA, Director of the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, will present a seminar on "The reformation of molecular biology and evolution". All staff, students and members of the public are invited to attend this seminar where Professor Mattick will put forward compelling arguments to persuade us that molecular biology and evolution have been fundamentally misunderstood. The seminar will be held on Friday 6 May from 12.30pm –1.30pm in the QBP Auditorium, Building 80. For more information, click here or contact Professor Paul Alewood on ext. 62982.

UQ Leadership Community decision-making workshop

Ever have trouble making a decision? Get beyond pros and cons – explore what constitutes a "good" decision, the reasons they can be difficult, and strategies to help you make more of them. The workshop will be held on Thursday 12 May from 9am–12pm at the St Lucia campus. All UQ staff are welcome to participate, but RSVP is essential. For more information and to register, click here or email uqleadership@uq.edu.au.

Schools as laboratories for democratic life with Tiziana Filippini

Join Reggio Emilia Australia Information Exchange (REAIE) for a special public lecture featuring Tiziana Filippini. Tiziana is a pedagogista and a collaborator with Reggio Children and was formerly responsible for the Documentation and Research Centre at the Malaguzzi International Centre in Reggio Emilia. Tickets are $65 for REAIE members, $80 for non-members and $50 for students. Students will need to provide a copy of their student card at the time of registration. The lecture will be held on Tuesday 17 May from 6pm–8.30pm in Room 304, Advanced Engineering Building. For more information and to purchase tickets, click here.

Other upcoming events 

CJCADR A+PD Symposium (04.05.2016)

Applying for New Colombo Plan (NCP) Funding (05.05.2016)

NCDFREE Brisbane Advocacy, Leadership and Innovation Bootcamp (06.05.2016–07.06.2016)

UQ Research Library Presentation (06.05.2016)

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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



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Reams of benefits with new printing system

UQ’s ITS department are rolling out a printing management system that’s saving paper, reducing emissions and cutting costs. PaperCut is a "print and release" system, which means that any jobs sent to a printer are held there until the job owner actually goes to the printer and releases them. Since PaperCut went live at ITS in late 2015, it has saved over 200,000 sheets of paper from being printed. Plans are in place for all schools supported by ITS to migrate to PaperCut by the end of this year. For more information, visit the Sustainability website.  

Back on your bike: free bicycle workshop

Refresh your basic bike-riding skills with the free "Back on your bike" workshop on Thursday 12 May at St Lucia from 11am–12pm. This workshop is designed for those who haven’t cycled in a while, and covers helmet and bike safety checks, basic bike handling, using gears effectively and bike etiquette. Bookings are essential, so reserve your place by calling Cycle Away on 0427 431 481. For more information, visit the event page.

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UQ Music presents Orava String Quartet

Praised by the Sydney Morning Herald for their "warmth of sound, sublime inner-voicing and spontaneity", The Orava Quartet will perform two concerts at UQ this week. They will perform string quartets by Mozart, Schubert, and Shostakovich on Thursday 5 May from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen Building. For more information click here. On Friday 8 May from 11am–12pm they will perform string quartets by Haydn, Erwin Schulhoff, and Rachmaninoff's unfinished Romance quartet. Entry is free, however seats are limited. RSVP here. For more information on either concert, email concerts@uq.edu.au.

The Johnian Duo perform at the UQ Art Museum

The Johnian Duo returns to Brisbane for their first concert in 2016, featuring Ana Stevenson on recorder and Howard Munro on the organ. They will perform a feature concert of G.F. Handel's sonatas for recorder and organ. The concert will be held on Friday 6 May from 1pm–2pm at the UQ Art Museum. Admission is free. For more information, click here.

Flow: Music by Argo

UQ composers Connor D’Netto and Ben Heim will perform in the dark expanses of Brisbane’s Spring Hill Reservoir. Lose yourself in a world of classical and contemporary guitars, strings and electronics dispersed throughout the space’s many maze-like chambers. The concert will be held on Friday 6 May from 7.30pm–10pm. Tickets are $20, including a post-concert function, and can be purchased here. The concert is part of the Anywhere Festival, and supported by Musica Viva. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

From Russia With Love concert

The next Brisbane City Pop Orchestra concert in 2016 will be an exciting celebration of music from Russia. You will be thrilled by the beautiful melodies of Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty by Tchaikovsky, and delight in the lively Dance of the Tumblers by Rimsky-Korsakov. The much-loved violin solo in Romance from the Gadfly will also be featured. The guest artist will be an amazing young soprano, Annika Hinrichs. The concert will be held on Saturday 22 May from 2pm–5pm in the Schonell Theatre. For more information, click here.

Have your say on Fitness Passport

UQ Wellness is preparing to launch Fitness Passport and is calling for UQ staff input. Fitness Passport is a corporate health and fitness program that provides members and their immediate families, with a “passport” to a variety of gyms and pools across Brisbane and south-east Queensland. Once registered, you can access participating gyms and pools as often as you like, for one low membership fee.

The gyms and pools that will be part of the program depend on preferences from staff. Click here to complete the survey and have your say. The survey will take about two minutes to complete. For more information, contact Vicki McNabb, UQ Wellness Program Manager on ext. 51516.

Free counselling session

Adults concerned with work or personal problems are sought to participate in a free, confidential, one-hour counselling session with a supervised provisional psychologist in the Masters of Organisational Psychology. The goal of the session is for participants to gain greater understanding and leave with practical steps to move forward. Participants must not have an existing mental health diagnosis or be under workplace performance management at UQ. Sessions are available during business hours on Wednesday 4 May and Monday 9 May in the McElwain building, St Lucia. For more information, contact Corinna Burrows

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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Creative Music Making with Ableton Live

The School of Music is hosting a practical workshop exploring the role technology plays in creative music making. Presented by Dr Eve Klein, and Dr Chris Perren, the workshop will showcase music-making techniques with Ableton Live, Ableton Link and Push 2. The UQ iPad Ensemble will also demonstrate iPad-based performance. Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptops with Ableton, or their mobile phones. Everyone, of all ages and skill levels are welcome to attend. The workshop will be held on Monday 9 May from 3pm–5pm and registration is required. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au

Research Professional Workshop

Researchers, students and anyone interested in identifying research funding opportunities are invited to enrol in a workshop on the global database Research Professional. Learn how to find relevant funding opportunities and use time-saving tools to ensure you meet deadlines. The workshop will be held on Monday 16 May from 2.30pm–3.30pm in the eZone, PACE Health Sciences Library, Level 6, PACE Precinct. Register online. For more information, contact Fei Yu.

UQ Staff Discount on Advanced Commercial Negotiation

Negotiation is the dominant process for finalising contracts, reaching agreement on commercial terms and achieving settlement or resolution. However, despite its dominance as the preferred resolution mechanism, the competency level of practitioners varies. Advanced Commercial Negotiation is an innovative analysis of the causes of conflict and the uses of negotiation to assist resolution and will allow you develop your personal negotiation style through identifying key legal and psychological traps for negotiators and addressing the question "what process for what dispute?". The course will be held on Wednesday 1 June at the UQ Business School Executive Venue. UQ staff are eligible for a 20 per cent discount on this short course. For more information, click here or email execed@business.uq.edu.au.

Research Professional workshop

Researchers, students and anyone interested in identifying research funding opportunities are invited to enrol in a workshop on the global database, Research Professional. Learn how to find funding opportunities relevant to your interests and disciplines, set up email alerts to your inbox, and make use of other time-saving tools such as automatically creating your own online calendar to record your funding opportunities and deadlines. The workshop will be held on Monday 16 May from 12.30pm–1.30pm in eZone 2, Duhig Tower. Register here.

How to win that Teaching and Learning Award

Would you like recognition for your great teaching? ITaLI invites all staff to participate in the “Applying for a UQ Teaching and Learning Award” workshop from 1pm–3pm on Friday 20 May, in Room 202A, Learning Innovation Building. UQ recognises, encourages and rewards sustained excellence in teaching and learning through three Teaching and Learning Awards – Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE), Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL). Learn about the awards available, the application process and receive tips to help you structure a successful expression of interest. To register, please click here. For more information, contact Stefani Rooney on ext. 56351.

Open Course Scheme

Be inspired. Visit a class in the Open Course Scheme to see your colleagues in action and to witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ. A selection of courses has been opened for you to observe. Book a visit to see what others do well, pick up new ideas, see different strategies, rediscover old favourites and reflect on your own teaching. For more information contact Peter Rutherford on ext. 51916.

eLearning Solutions Service

The eLearning Solutions Service helps staff implement eLearning solutions for the most common teaching and learning problems, using centrally supported eLearning tools. Course coordinators can nominate to receive individual training on selecting and configuring an eLearning tool, followed by support to implement and launch the teaching and learning activity. For further information and to register, visit the eLearning Solutions Service website.

Staff development update

eLearning workshops

ITS is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2016. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

MFSAS: statistics training workshops

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

  • Two-day course: Longitudinal Data Analysis: Introduction and Panel Regression Methods, $1100 – Tuesday 17 MayWednesday 18 May, Long Pocket Precinct

  • One-day course: Stata: An Introduction, $660 – Tuesday 24 May, Long Pocket Precinct

  • One-day course: Stata: Code and Graphics, $660 – Tuesday 24 May, Long Pocket Precinct

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Brain rhythms and plasticity

Healthy right-handed participants aged 18–35 years with no history of neurological issues are sought for a study investigating the interaction between brain rhythms and plasticity. It involves two sessions, each about two-hours in duration at the Queensland Brain Institute. The study would involve painlessly and safely stimulating your brain with non-invasive brain stimulation and recording brain activity with EEG. Participants will receive $10 per hour reimbursement for their time. Details: Martin Sale.

Retired or about to retire?

Adults who have retired or are approaching retirement are sought to take part in an online research study looking at the role that social networks make to retirement adjustment and well-being. Taking part will involve answering some questions about your workplace, retirement preparation, social relationships, and sources of support and well-being. For those approaching retirement, click here. For those already retired, click here. Details: Contact Polly Fong or Professor Catherine Haslam

Improving the wellbeing of people who have cared for someone with a blood cancer

Carers aged 18+ are invited to participate in a free wellbeing program. Evidence supports that walking, along with learning resilience and coping skills, assists people to improve psychological wellbeing and quality of life. Participation is free, and will include attending a resilience-training and supportive walking group for 12 weeks. The program starts in July, with two sessions per week. Details: Vanessa Allen.

Emotion processing study

Adults aged 18–40 are invited to take part in a research project looking at emotion processing. Participation involves some computer tasks related to emotion and language, as well as a short questionnaire to determine if emotion processing is related to social behaviours. The session will take approximately two hours, and all participants will go in the draw to win one of two $50 Westfield vouchers. Details: Melina West

Neck pain laterality study

Volunteers with neck pain as well as healthy volunteers aged 18–65 are sought to participate in a study into neck movement, control and sensations as well as factors associated with laterality judgement. The study will take approximately 45 minutes and will involve online and iPhone app tests of laterality in addition to a number of other non-invasive tests looking at factors such as balance, head and eye movement control and sensation. Details: Mikaela Lynch.

Have you always wanted to try a stand-up desk at work?

Healthy office workers aged 18+ with no prior experience using a stand-up desk are sought to participate in a study evaluating the health effects of using a sit-stand workstation. Eligible participants will receive a standing workstation and possible allocation to an exercise program for four weeks. An activity monitor will also be worn to measure physical activity. Details: click here or contact Sarah Robins.

Which do you prefer? The app or card-sort version?

Adults aged 18–64 are needed to trial an app version of a common assessment tool. Volunteers will be required to complete the assessment on two occasions, taking approximately 15 minutes each time. The assessment asks you to sort photos of everyday activities according to how often you do them. Details: email aleysha.martin@uq.net.au or l.gustafsson@uq.edu.au.

Memory and age

Healthy adults aged 60–90 are sought for a memory experiment at the Centre for Advanced Imaging. This study involves a 45-minute fMRI scan and a 30-minute pen-and-paper session to assess brain activity during memory retrieval. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Hana Burianova.

Memory and epilepsy

Healthy, right-handed men and women aged 30–50 are needed for a study investigating the ability to remember words and retrieve personal memories. The study involves completing two tasks in an MRI scanner. In the first task, you will be asked to retrieve memories from your personal past and relive them in your mind. In the second task, you will see a number of words and will have to try and recall as many as possible immediately after you have seen them, as well as 24 hours and seven days later. The two follow-up recall sessions are conducted via telephone. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: click here or contact Ilvana Dzafic.

Family history of heart disease

Men and women aged 40–70 who have a family member who was diagnosed with heart disease (heart attack, angina) before 60 years of age are sought for a study. Participants need to have no diagnosed heart disease themselves, and not be currently taking statin medication. Eligible participants will undergo free cardiac assessment, including calcium scoring CT (which normally costs around $150 and is not covered by Medicare) with all results being sent on to participant's GP. Study and testing will be carried out at Ipswich Hospital. Details: Sarah McLennan (3176 7500).

Want to improve your health and expand your social world?

If you are experiencing low mood, nervousness or just feel isolated and in need of developing new relationships, then the free program, Groups 4 Health, which is being run by the School of Psychology might be for you. The one-and-a-half hour workshops aim to help individuals better understand and manage social relationships. 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. Groups commence in April 2016 and will continue throughout the year. Details: click here, email info@groups4health.com or phone 3149 3946.

Experiences of major depressive disorder across the lifetime

Researchers from the sociology department at UQ are seeking participants aged 18 years and over who have been diagnosed with major depressive disorder to talk about their life and their thoughts on belief and recovery. This study involves a face-to-face interview that may be one–three hours long, depending on the participant. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Anne-Marie Snider.


Do pregnant women and mothers of young infants process faces differently?

The Early Cognitive Development Centre is running a study looking at how pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers perceive faces and how this might differ to women who have never had children. Participants will be required to complete a short questionnaire, which will take approximately 15 minutes. Details: complete the questionnaire or contact Siobhan Kennedy

Healthy volunteers needed for brown fat research

Healthy volunteers aged 18–40 years, with BMI of less than 30, who are not taking any medications (except for the contraceptive pill) and are not pregnant are needed for a study that investigates regulators of brown fat in humans. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and is protective against obesity. Active brown fat lights up “hot” on special scans. Participants will need to take study medication (which has effect on a hormone) and a placebo (sugar pill) for two weeks each, and have scans, metabolic studies and blood tests. The study will be conducted over four, four-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement of $160, snacks and drinks will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar or Venita Bali.

Cross-cultural study of media and deception detection

Volunteers aged 18+ are sought for a study investigating the differences in deceptive behaviour and deception detection for people of different cultures, in different modes of computer-mediated communication. The study looks at how well university students are able to detect deceptive behaviour. The study takes approximatly 45 minutes and participants will receive a $20 gift card. Details: Alastair Robb.

Pain and motor learning

Healthy volunteers aged 18–50 who do not have any painful disorders in their dominant arm or shoulder are sought to participate in a study investigating the impact of pain in the ability to learn a new motor task. Participants will perform arm-reaching movements using a robotic device, and may have pain temporarily induced in the shoulder muscle for approximately five minutes. The study will take approximately one hour at the St Lucia campus, and you will be compensated $15 for your time. Details: Sauro Salomoni.

Recent whiplash injury? Take part in Recover's MRI study

Recover Injury Research Centre (formerly known as CONROD) is conducting a study that aims to better understand the development of structural and functional brain changes in the transition from acute to chronic pain following whiplash injury. The research team would like to speak to people who have experienced a whiplash injury approximately three months ago, who have recovered, or are still experiencing pain. Participants will be required to undergo a brain MRI. Details: click here or contact Dr Ashley Smith.

Free SMILE tai chi program for people with type 1 diabetes

The School of Medicine is seeking people aged 18–70 who have type 1 diabetes with HbA1c of 7.5–10 per cent on stable insulin therapy, and who live in the Brisbane area. Eligible participants will attend the specially tailored tai chi sessions twice a week for 12 weeks, and "self-led" training for a further 12 weeks at no cost. Details: smileprogram@uq.edu.au (3443 7483).

People with and without low back pain needed

Researchers are looking for people aged 18+ to participate in a study investigating standing posture and comfort when using a standing work station. Volunteers will perform computer work at a standing work station in the Therapies Building, St Lucia campus for a two-hour assessment. Details: elaine.chow@uq.net.au.

Investigating the link between dietary patterns, dietary intake and cognitive function in older adults

Healthy men and women aged 50+ are sought for a study which aims to determine a link between dietary patterns and cognitive function. Participation includes one drop-in session of approximately one hour at St Lucia, where participants will complete a range of questionnaires. Participants will receive general feedback on their current dietary intake and information sheets relating to diet. Free parking will be available. Details: Oliver Canfell.

Improving the wellbeing of blood cancer survivors

Blood cancer survivors aged 18 years and over are invited to participate in a free wellbeing program. Evidence supports that walking, along with learning resilience and coping skills, assists people after treatment to improve psychological wellbeing and quality of life, and reducess fatigue and the risk of recurrence. Participation is free, and will include attending a resilience-training and supportive walking group for 12 weeks. The program starts in May, with two sessions per week. Details: Ness Allen.

Seeking volunteers with tennis elbow and healthy volunteers for study

Volunteers over the age of 18 with tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of the elbow), and healthy volunteers aged 35–70 who have not had any pain or injuries in the last six months are sought to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in tennis elbow. Participation involves two sessions at St Lucia, where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Parking will be provided and reasonable expenses will be covered. Details: email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Low back muscle analysis

Healthy participants aged 18–70 with no history of diagnosed low back pain are needed for a control study. The study involves having the muscles of the lower back analysed via a diagnostic technique called mechanomyography (MMG). Two sessions will be required, with the second session conducted within a week or so of the first, depending on a negotiated date. Both sessions are expected to take three hours each, and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles Myer gift card. Details: Christian Than.

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