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University of Queensland

Monday 23 November 2015


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Forgan Smith western wing refurbishment project

Senate has recently approved the refurbishment of the western wing of the Forgan Smith building. This project encompasses all spaces on levels 2, 3 and 4, between the Forgan Smith Tower and Michie buildings. The project will deliver a functional, state-of-the-art academic experience within the shell of a traditional heritage sandstone structure. 

Site establishment and early works will commence in January 2016, with the project expected to be completed for Semester 1 2017. Information sessions have been scheduled for Monday 23 November and Wednesday 2 December to inform all stakeholders in the precinct and event organisers who utilise the Great Court.









Applications for the Promoting Women Fellowships are now open

The Promoting Women Fellowships is a partnership arrangement between the University Staff Development Program and each successful applicant's organisational unit.

These Fellowships aim to increase the percentage of women at Senior Lecturer level and above, and to facilitate the career progression of academic women.

The program is flexible and aims to provide the most appropriate support to the successful applicants. Applications close 5pm Monday 7 December.

For the application form, Statement of Support form and more information, click here or contact Jordan Tredinnick.

UQ Update submission form changes

The submission process for UQ Update has changed. The new general submission form can be found here. Anyone who has the old form bookmarked is asked to use this new form. There is also a new dedicated form for volunteers, that can be found here

Both forms can also be found in the footer of every issue of UQ Update. All staff who submit to UQ Update are reminded that submissions are to be no longer than 100 words, and need to be sent by 12pm Thursday to be included in the following week’s edition.

Ergo launches online catalogue

Ergo Asia, UQ’s Print and Promotional Merchandise provider, will be launching an online ordering facility. UQ staff are encouraged to register so future orders can be placed and paid for online with either a credit card or on purchase order.

The new Ergo website can be accessed here. In the new year, Ergo intends to expand the facility to include commonly ordered promotional items, and more information will be available on this as it comes to hand.

For those who aren’t familiar with Ergo’s capabilities and are interested in discussing how they could benefit from them, contact Sam Cornish on ext. 52894, Shane Jensen on ext. 66219 or Nick Males on ext. 52448 or email uqprintmanager@uq.edu.au.

Nominations open for the ESS Animal Ethics Project Team

If you have an interest in improving animal ethics at UQ, this is your opportunity to get involved. As part of the Enhancing Systems and Services program in the Discovery portfolio, the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research) has called for nominations for the Enhancing Services and Systems Animal Ethics Project Team.

The call for nominations, draft terms of reference and online nomination form are available here. Nominations close on Friday 4 December.

White Ribbon Day

This Wednesday 25 November is White Ribbon Day, Australia's dedicated campaign for preventing violence against women.

UQ staff who wish to show a commitment to ending violence against women and who would like to support women who experience violence can donate to the White Ribbon organisation, or can purchase and wear a white ribbon or a white wrist band. Read more on the UQ Equity and Diversity website here

The University of Queensland supports the principle that domestic violence is unacceptable at home and in the workplace and is committed to providing a safe work environment for all staff, which is free from fear and abuse. More information about support available can be found in the Domestic Violence and the Workplace: Support Options Available for Staff guidelines.

CO-ADD Chemistry Prize on Thinkable

The Community for Open Antimicrobial Drug Discovery (CO-ADD) has announced a new online competition, the CO-ADD Chemistry Prize, which is open to all academic researchers and students worldwide through Thinkable.org

Entrants should submit an abstract and an optional video on how chemistry can fight the war on superbugs and help find the next antibiotic. There is a prize pool of US $5,500 for four winners. Entries will be judged by an international panel of chemists and microbiologists and there is also a people's choice category. Applications are open until Friday 15 January 2016. For more information and to enter the competition click here.

Would you like to nominate someone for an honorary award?

Staff and students are invited to submit nominations for Honorary Doctorates, UQ Fellowships or Distinguished Service Medals for consideration by the Honorary Degrees Committee. The Honorary Awards Policy is available here. The nomination process for all three categories is set out in the Policy. Nominations by email are preferred and the deadline for submissions is Friday 11 December at 4pm. For more information contact John Montgomery on 3365 1975.

Finance and Business Services end of year preparation dates

FBS is pleased to advise that as in 2014, UniFi will remain open for processing much later than in previous years. Click here for further information. If you have any queries please contact fbs.support@uq.edu.au.




Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula Area Engagement (including Research Engagement)

The Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Indigenous Education) invites staff who are currently, planning to or interested in engaging with the communities in the Torres Strait Islands and Northern Peninsula Area to attend an informal workshop, followed by an informal discussion on our current and future engagement. The workshop will be held on Friday 27 November in Room 471, Global Change Institute, at 9am for a 9.30–11.30 workshop. RSVP by Monday 23 November to m.m.king@uq.edu.au.

QAAFI Science Seminar

Dr Deanne Whitworth, Lecturer in veterinary science, will present the seminar "A Stem Cell Zoo: basic and translational research on comparative mammalian species". This seminar will be held on Tuesday 24 November from 12pm–1pm in the Level 3 Auditorium, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. For more information, click here.

UQ Japanese Taiko Drumming Team End-of-Year Concert 「進」

UQ Taiko will be hosting its second annual End-of-Year Concert this Wednesday 25 November from 6.30pm in the Advanced Engineering Building auditorium. The concert will showcase the traditional Japanese artform of “taiko” drumming which combines powerful beats with dynamic movements and overflowing energy. The Japanese name of the concert, 「進」stands for “progress” or how UQ Taiko has evolved in its second year as a team. For more information and to register, click here.

SMI Seminar Series

Sholto Maud, PhD Candidate, Sustainable Minerals Institute, will present his confirmation seminar on "Data-driven systems for global risk governance of unconventional energy: visualising risk information with application to groundwater resources". The seminar will be held on Thursday 26 November from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Hannah Fry.

HMNS Seminar Series

This seminar, presented by Dr Darren Powell, University of Auckland, will discuss a particular type of global education reform movement (GERM) "invading" schools all over New Zealand: outsourcing. The seminar will be held on Thursday 26 November from 1pm–2pm in Room 127, Building 26. For more information, click here or contact Sandrine Kingston-Ducrot.

UQ Staff Discount on Advanced Presentation Skills course

UQ Business School Executive Education will present the "Advanced Presentation Skills" course on Friday 27 November. The need to inform with clarity, to motivate and to inspire action permeates every aspect of a leader's world. This course combines cutting edge business skills with coaching and acting elements to create an in-depth learning experience. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. For more information and to register, click here or contact Selina Mules on ext. 67111. 

School of Music hosts inaugural International Creative Colloquium

The Creative Collaboratorium at the School of Music will host the inaugural International Creative Colloquium on the topics of Creativity, Collaboration and Community from Wednesday 25–Saturday 28 November. Attendance is open to all. For more information and to register, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Cooperative Research Centres (CRCs): the current state of play

Dr Tony Peacock, CEO of the CRC Association, is holding a seminar at UQ to advise on the current state of play of the CRC Programme. Anyone interested in Cooperative Research Centres, the new CRC-Projects, or increasing collaboration between industry and research providers is welcome to attend. This seminar will be held at 3pm–4pm on Tuesday 1 December in the Seminar Room, Australian Institute for Bioengineering & Nanotechnology (AIBN). Tickets are limited, click here to register.  

Telehealth forum: Telehealth beyond talking heads

The UQ Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth will host a presentation by Dr Silvia Pfeiffer, Data 61, about Coviu, a web application for remote speech pathology and telehealth projects. This forum forms part of the CRE’s monthly forum series. All are welcome and no formal registration is required. The event will be held on Friday 4 December at 11am–12pm. A light lunch will be provided after the event. For more information, click here.

UQ Industry Connect – GE Healthcare

Uniquest will host a presentation by GE Healthcare on Friday 4 December in the IMB Seminar Room 3.142. UQ staff are invited to meet members of the GE Healthcare Australia and New Zealand teams and hear their strategy for external innovation and partnerships, including around medical imaging and life sciences. RSVP here by Tuesday 1 December. For more information, click here or contact Pam Harpur


Other upcoming events 

Refugees, Asylum Seekers, and Perspectives on Identity (24.11.15)

2015 Henry Mayer Lecture: Re-inventing the media (24.11.15)

Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) Seminar: Young children's civic agency and capabilities (25.11.15)

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: I am therefore I think (25.11.15)

2015 Toshiya Yamada Memorial Lecture: Role of Tau and amyloid in Alzheimers disease - from basic mechanisms to therapeutic (25.11.15)

Ethical Dimensions of Research: Professional Development Workshop (27.11.15)

HMNS Seminar: Presentations from Researchers at the Te Oranga, University of Waikato (NZ) (27.11.15)


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UQ’s energy efficiency journey

The Senate Room and flags on top of the Forgan Smith Tower are the latest locations to receive lighting upgrades with energy efficient LEDs, reducing their ongoing energy consumption, cost and emissions by up to 80 per cent.

Lighting projects in 2015 have cut UQ’s annual energy bill by approximately $75,000 and prevented the release of more than 460 tonnes of carbon dioxide, equivalent to the average annual electricity consumption of about 100 typical Queensland households. Find out more on the Sustainability website

Riverbank restoration update

Stages one and two of a three-stage riverbank restoration at the St Lucia campus are complete, with almost 10,000 trees planted and 200kg of rubbish collected thanks to 150 volunteers.

Researchers from the Society for Conservation Biology – UQ Brisbane Chapter are now regularly monitoring bird species to help detect changes in the composition and abundance of species in the area. The project has been made possible with funding from the Queensland Government’s Everyone’s Environment grants program. Find out more and see progress images on the Sustainability website.

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Customs House Christmas group bookings

The three-course Christmas menu is now available for lunch or dinner group bookings at Customs House, for  6–25 people. Dates are available from now until Sunday 20 December (Customs House is not open on Christmas day). The Christmas menu is $85 per person, and UQ staff receive a 10 per cent discount off the bill. To view the menu click here. To make a reservation phone 07 3365 8921.

UQ Sport Kids Term 1 – enrolments now open

UQ Sport's kids’ term programs are a great way for your kids to stretch (or kick) their legs, develop new skills and have fun with friends during the school term. They can choose from swimming, tennis or athletics coaching programs that will run between Monday 25 January and Thursday 24 March. For more information click here

Having a baby? Go swimming for free

UQ Sport is offering pregnant women a free 14-month pass to the UQ Aquatic Centre. The free access is available on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8am–11am and Saturdays from 1pm–2.30pm. Please drop into the Aquatic Centre and speak to the friendly pool staff to sign up. For more information click here or contact the Aquatic Centre on 3365 6612.

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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Graduate Certificate in Higher Education for 2016

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education program begins on Saturday 27 February. University teachers and PhD students who would like to improve their educational practice should apply to the School of Education by the end of January. Eligible UQ staff are encouraged to approach the head of their organisational unit to apply for tuition-fee funding support. An application form and additional details can be found on the program website. For more information email education@uq.edu.au or phone 3365 6550. 

Turnitin workshop (online marking)

In this course, participants will be guided through the process of creating a Turnitin assignment, the student assignment submission process and setting up rubrics. Marking assignments online using the GradeMark tool on a computer and offline using the iPad GradeMark app will also be covered. The next workshops are on Tuesday 24 November and Wednesday 9 December at St Lucia. Visit the Staff Development website to register.

eLearning Workshops

ITS is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2015. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Learn.UQ Basics - Tuesday 24 November, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Tuesday 24 November, St Lucia
  • Desktop Recording - iSpring - Friday 1 December, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics - Wednesday 9 December, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Wednesday 9 December, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams - Tuesday 15 December, St Lucia

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 Study about

Ongoing childhood health conditions and the impact on families

Families with children who have one or more ongoing health condition (e.g. asthma, eczema, diabetes, epilepsy) are needed for a study exploring the impact of chronic childhood illness on siblings. Parents and healthy siblings (aged 6-12 years) are invited to participate in a brief face-to-face interview. Participants will go into a draw for a chance to win one of two $40 Coles and Myer gift cards. Details: Dr Amy Mitchell (3346 1202).

Why do people keep hurting their back?

Recently hurt your back? If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Adults aged 18-50 who have experienced back pain in the past week are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep hurting their back after suffering an initial episode of back pain. Participants will be reimbursed for their time and travel; the study will take place at St. Lucia. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: onglbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au

Asthma and Exercise Study

Do you have asthma? Are you interested in participating in research to examine how exercise affects your asthma? Researchers are seeking males aged 18-45 years and females aged 18-55 years, with asthma who are not current smokers and are currently exercising less than 90 minutes per week. Research will take place at the PA Hospital. Details: Dr Hayley Scott (3443 7126).

Health assessment for children and adolescents

Looking for children and adolescents aged 7-16 for free, comprehensive health assessments. Testing includes fitness testing, body composition measurements and cardiovascular health assessments. You will receive a report following completion of assessments. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: Click here or contact Katrin Dias.

Neuroimaging of visual processing

Seeking healthy participants aged 18-35 for a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study of visual processing in the brain at St Lucia. The study involves making judgments about coloured shapes whilst inside the MRI scanner. Volunteers must have normal vision or vision corrected with contact lenses, must not be colour-blind, and must not be taking any psychiatric medications. The study lasts two-hours and $20 reimbursement is provided. Details: Michelle Hall.

Evaluate Tourism commercials

Researchers from the UQ Business School are seeking 10 volunteers aged 18-45 to participate in an advertising project that involves evaluating a series of tourism advertisements. The participants need to live in Australia for all or most of their lives and speak English fluently. The participant is requested to attend two one-hour sessions and evaluate 30 advertisements in each. Participants must commit to both sessions and will be reimbursed with a $50 Coles and Myer gift card. Details: Stone Li.

Hitting a target at the right time

Healthy right-handed participants with no neurological or psychiatric problems are sought to participate in a reaching study. This study will take 60 minutes and participants will be reimbursed $10. Testing will take place at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Details: click here and sign up to the UQ Psychology SONA system, or contact Kim Aske.

Do you have or think you have ankle joint osteoarthritis?

UQ researchers are investigating the effects of ankle osteoarthritis (OA) on strength, posture, endurance, sensation and function. Volunteers aged 18+ who have ongoing ankle pain, for more than three months and/or suspected or known diagnosis of Ankle Joint Osteoarthritis and no previous lower limb joint surgery are required for this research study. Testing will take place at the University Laboratory, St Lucia campus. Free X-rays will be taken at a local radiology clinic in Brisbane. Details: click here or contact Munira Al Mahrouqi.

Participants needed for asthma study

Researchers are seeking both healthy and asthmatic men and women to participate in a study investigating how the immune system protects people from viruses. Researchers are interested in finding out if this is related to variations in certain genes and whether it is linked to having asthma or not. Participation takes place at PA hospital and takes less than 30 minutes, which includes a donation of 40ml blood and a simple questionnaire. All samples and information will be treated confidentially. Details: Click here or contact Liisa Murray (3443 7133).

Kava for the Treatment of Anxiety Study (KGAD)

Researchers are seeking participants aged 18-70, who are currently experiencing anxiety and not taking any antidepressants or mood stabilisers, for a study testing the effects of a natural medicine called kava on people with anxiety. This 18-week clinical trial is being conducted by UQ at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital in Herston where participants will need to attend 7 visits over the trial. Participants will be reimbursed $120 in the form of Coles Group and Myer vouchers for travel expenses. Details: visit www.kgadtrial.com or call Patricia Macdonald (3365 5098).

Free nutrition and exercise sessions for men with prostate cancer

The School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences is seeking men who have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, or who currently have prostate cancer, and men treated with androgen deprivation therapy (hormone replacement) for longer than three months. Eligible participants will receive free dietary analysis, exercise sessions and health assessments from an accredited practising dietitian and a clinical exercise physiologist. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking will be provided. Details: click here or contact Brenton Baguley.

Reaching and Brain Stimulation study

Healthy right-handed participants with no neurological or psychiatric problems are sought to participate in a reaching study as we pass a very weak current (maximum 2mA) from one area of your brain to another. The very weak currents do not evoke neural firing the way that using your brain (thinking, moving) does. This study will take 60 minutes and participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: click here or contact Li-Ann Leow.




Growing up milk – “LITE” (GUMLi trial)

Parents of healthy babies who will turn 12 months old before Thursday 31 December are invited to participate in a "growing up milk" (toddler formula) study. The study aims to determine if "growing up milk" can improve body composition, nutrition and general health. All milk will be supplied for the study. Details: click here or contact Misa Matsuyama (0428 093 998).

Office workers without neck pain needed

Workers who use a computer for more than 20 hours per week and currently do not have neck pain are sought for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of posture at computer on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive $50 plus free assessments of their workstation and work posture guide. Testing is conducted at your workstation while you work. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Volunteers without pain required for Spine and Shoulder Posture Study

Volunteers aged 30-60 who have no neck or shoulder pain are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate normal spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or

Volunteers with pain required for spine and shoulder posture study

Volunteers aged 18-60 who have had neck pain in the last three months or more are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate spinal and shoulder posture under low load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Quit smoking and get fit with free exercise sessions

Researchers are seeking female volunteers aged 18-55 who are thinking about quitting smoking. The project will compare the effects of two types of exercise: high-intensity interval training and lifestyle physical activity over 12 weeks, to see how well exercise helps with a quit attempt. Participants receive free supervised exercise sessions for 12 weeks, and will also receive free health and fitness tests at the St Lucia campus. Travel costs for testing will be reimbursed. Details: click here or email hiit2quit@uq.edu.au.

Seeking pregnant mothers for newborn imitation 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 a HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: click here or contact Siobhan Kennedy.

Asthma prevention trial

Researchers are seeking women who are pregnant or parents who have a child younger than nine months old, where the parents have allergies or a family history of asthma. Their children may be eligible for this trial. The Queensland Children's Medical Research Institute is conducting a trial using a medicine called OM-85 to prevent asthma in children. OM-85 are oral drops that prime the immune system so that the body can respond quickly to infections and reduce damage to the lungs, thus helping to prevent asthma. Details: Julie Varghese (3069 7444).

Seeking healthy adults for a study on thinking and language

Volunteers aged 25+, with no history of brain injury and English as their first language, are sought to participate in a neuropsychology study. The study will look at how different aspects of cognition are related to language. Participation will include responding verbally (i.e. speaking) or nonverbally (e.g. pointing) to words, dots and pictures. The testing will take place at UQ St Lucia and will take two-three hours in total. Details: Megan Barker (0423 871 923).

Hypertensive panellists needed for sensory trial

Volunteers who do not smoke are wanted to taste vegetable soup for a study related to salty taste and salt-taste sensitivity. Trials will commence Monday 9 November and participants will be reimbursed with a $55 gift voucher at the end of the trial. Details: Anja Winkelbach.

Volunteers wanted for field work in a subtropical rainforest

Volunteers who are interested in contributing to the long-term ecological monitoring of subtropical rainforest dynamics are sought to help measure trees in the Main Range National Park. Your help will continue a 52-year monitoring program and will provide baseline information to a diverse range of projects. Field trips will run 23–27 November, 11–13 January, 15–19 February, depending on weather. We will be camping at Killarney. Food and equipment will be supplied. Details: Steven Howell.

Volunteers aged approximately 50 with or without neck pain sought

Volunteers aged approximately 50 and above with or without neck pain are sought to test the reliability of neck and shoulder strength and movement measuring instruments at UQ St Lucia. Assessments are done in two sessions over two consecutive weeks, at a maximum of 30 minutes per session. Upon completion of testing, eligible participants receive a BPA-free PackIt® insulated, freezable lunch bag, valued at $35, as reimbursement. Eligible participants need to have no mobility issues and be able to lift weights. Details: Xiaoqi Chen.

Seeking healthy controls

Healthy adults aged 18–50 who have been pain-free for the last six months are sought to participate in a study aiming to find out why people keep hurting their back again and again. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Details: click here or email longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au.

Neural correlates of spelling performance in year two students

Researchers from the Centre for Advanced Imaging at UQ are seeking children who are currently enrolled in grade two of primary school (aged 7–8 years) to participate in a study that examines different forms of spelling assessment. This study involves an functional MRI scan of the brain during spelling tests and the completion of two brief cognitive tasks. Participants will be reimbursed $30. Details: Alysha Calleia.

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