Chair of Classics and Ancient History
Dr Alastair Blanchard has been announced as the inaugural Paul Eliadis Chair of Classics and Ancient History.
Dr Blanshard, who earned a Master of Arts from UQ in 1996, and a PhD from The University of Cambridge in 1999, is an internationally recognised leader in the field of classical tradition, and a series editor for the ‘Classics after Antiquity’ monograph series published by Cambridge University Press.
The Chair was established through a donation from UQ graduate and arts patron Dr Paul Eliadis.
UQ is the only university in Queensland to offer courses in the history, culture, language and literature of Ancient Greece and Rome. Read more.
Above (L-R): President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Peter Høj, Dr Alastair Blanchard, Dr Paul Eliadis
UQ News launch and update on CMS
Following a stringent selection process and pilot, UQ Drupal has been confirmed as the future enterprise web content management system for UQ. During the year-long project the team has redeveloped key student-facing websites such as Orientation, Scholarships and UQ News. This resulted in a significantly improved experience for current and prospective students.
The most recent transition was UQ News earlier this month. The new site has better connectivity between related articles, improved categorisation and search, targeted and automated distribution, and improves imagery and video. Changes can be made faster and all 9000 archived articles remain searchable on the new site. Congratulations and thanks to the staff involved.
ITS and OMC are now creating a roadmap for the transition from UQCMS to UQ Drupal over the next two years. For more information please visit the project website.
New Faculty Forum
Around 50 staff from the new Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences participated in an all-day forum last Monday, which was positively received by all. The forum helped initiate discussions on the new Faculty and allowed staff members to express their ideas, concerns and visions for the future. For more information please visit the New Faculties website.
New Faculty Acronyms
The Steering Group has approved the following acronyms for use as the shortened form of names for the new faculties: Health and Behavioural Sciences (HABS); Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS); and Medicine and Biomedical Sciences (MABS).
UQ Latest News Statement to Senate
To read the UQ Latest News Statement presented to the Senate meeting on 28 November 2013, please click here.
2014 Programs Information Handbooks
The Program Information Handbook provides a comprehensive listing and related information for programs of study offered at UQ. Two publications will be produced internally in spiral bound format – the 2014 Undergraduate Program Information Handbook and the 2014 Postgraduate Program Information Handbook.
In addition to a small number of complimentary copies that will be distributed, the limited release handbooks will be available for sale to University sections through the Academic Policy and Programs Unit in ASD. Prices are:
- Undergraduate Program Information Handbook – $15.00 each
- Postgraduate Program Information Handbook – $12.00 each
To order, please send a completed request for internal services quote (RISQ) form to the Academic Policy and Programs Unit by Friday 13 December. Copies will be distributed from mid December. For further information please contact the Academic Policy and Programs Unit on ext. 51986.
Do you know someone worthy of an honorary degree?
All staff and students are invited to nominate for the award of degrees honoris causa for the confidential consideration of the Honorary Degrees Committee. Further details are available from John Montgomery on ext. 51975 and nominations close at 4pm, Wednesday 4 December.
Intercampus bus timetable update
The 2013/2014 Intercampus Bus Timetable has been updated on the Property & Facilities Division website. The service is available to all UQ staff and students for travel between the St Lucia, Gatton and Ipswich campuses. The service is effective from now until Friday 20 December 2013, and then again from Monday 6 January until Friday 19 December 2014.
2013 Chancellor Awards
Nominations are now open for the 2013 Staff Awards. Three awards are on offer: the UQ Leadership Award, the Chancellor's Award for Individual Excellence, and the Chancellor's Award for Team Excellence. Nominations are to be prepared by sponsors, who can be either a supervisor or another member of staff. Staff are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have demonstrated outstanding performance throughout 2013.
Nominations for the awards close on Friday 6 December. For further information about the criteria, and nomination process, click here.
Chancellors Place road closure and temporary bus stop relocations
The large volume of bus and vehicle traffic into Chancellors Place has caused deterioration to the lower roundabout section of the road. To facilitate repairs, access to Chancellors Place roundabout including Therapies Road, Slip Road, Keyhole Road and Mansfield Place will be temporarily closed from Monday 2 December 2013 until mid-January 2014.
While the works are being undertaken, there will be disruption to bus services and general vehicle access. Temporary bus stops will be located in Upland Road and Hawken Drive. Click here for more information, maps and project updates. Property and Facilities Division apologise for the inconvenience this may cause, and thank you for your patience. For enquiries, please contact the PF Assist office on ext. 52222.
Meet, engage, collaborate – Health and Behavioural Science research link-up
This event is a research link-up for the new Health and Behavioural Sciences Faculty. It will be an opportunity for researchers to showcase their research interests and meet, engage and form potential collaborations with other researchers, particularly in related areas. The event will also showcase the diverse research conducted in the new faculty. It will be held from 1pm–5pm on Monday 9 December in Rooms 201–204, Level 2, McElwain Building (24A). For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
TEDI Seminar Series
Professor Sue Bloxham, Director of Education Research and Professor of Academic Practice at the University of Cumbria, wraps up the TEDI Semester 2 Seminar Series with her seminar, “Really useful information: the challenge of communicating assessment standards and requirements to students and between staff”. This seminar will build on what we know about helping students develop an holistic understanding of what they are trying to do in their writing. The seminar will be held from 10am–12pm on Tuesday 10 December in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building. To register your attendance, email email@example.com.
"One Health" – School of Population Health Seminar Series
The final of this year’s School of Population Health Seminars Series will feature Associate Professor Simon Reid – a recent grant recipient from Bill and Melinda Gates Grand Challenges Explorations. Simon’s seminar, 'One Health: Like it or love it, the concept is evolving', will outline his contemporary view of the “One Health” paradigm. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 10 December, from 1pm in the ES Meyers Lecture Theatre, Herston. All welcome, no RSVP required.
Book Launch – The Gap: The Science of What Separates us from Other Animals
In The Gap, Professor Thomas Suddendorf from the School of Psychology provides a definitive account of the mental qualities that separate humans from other animals, as well as how these differences arose. The book will be launched on Wednesday 11 December from 6pm–8pm at Avid Reader, Boundary Street, West End. To register your attendance, click here.
Public Lecture – Professor Marc Augé
Using one of his most famous concepts, namely the idea of the “non-place”, in this lecture Professor Augé will examine concepts such as globalisation, urbanisation, city-world and world-city and suggest, provocatively, that the very idea of world architecture alludes to a global society that does not exist and that we may then be condemned to find beauty in non-places.
Professor Marc Augé is one of France’s leading intellectuals and the author of dozens of books. His work has revolutionised his primary discipline of anthropology and serves as a key point of reference for work inside and outside of this field. Augé has spent much of his career at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, where he served as President and taught many leading seminars.
The lecture will run from 5pm–6pm on Thursday 12 December in the Abel Smith Lecture Theatre, with refreshments from 6pm–7pm. Please RSVP for catering by Monday 9 December to firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information, contact Associate Professor Greg Hainge on ext. 52282.
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UQ in the media
The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles where UQ is mentioned. This information is gathered and updated daily by the Office of Marketing and Communications. For more information:
- Subscribe to the daily Strategic Directions Media Summary by emailing email@example.com, or
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Recycling on campus
UQ is committed to minimising waste going to landfill. At present there are nearly 20 different types of waste streams that are collected across UQ’s campuses and sites. Since March 2011, over 40 recycling stations have been installed at the St Lucia campus, and the program increased with recycling station installations on the Gatton campus in 2013. If you are unsure about whether an item can be recycled, refer to UQ’s list of common wastes and appropriate waste disposal streams or contact email@example.com for advice. The Sustainability Waste and Recycling Poster Series is an excellent resource to help and encourage sustainable resource disposal in your office area.
Eco tips – What can I do to reduce waste to landfill?
- Buy less! Consider whether you really need to make that purchase.
- Promote any second hand furniture or equipment through the UQ resource exchange mailing list
- Send used ink and toner cartridges in a sealed bag or box via internal mail to P&F Central Store, Glasshouse Road, St Lucia Campus
- To recycle mobile phones, handsets and accessories, send to P&F Mailroom, St Lucia Campus
- P&F will collect polystyrene in larger quantities. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make a request.
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IML Summer Semester courses enrolling now
Study a language at the Institute of Modern Languages over summer! Our course engagement varies from as little as 12 hours for the Survival Course up to 42 hours for the Intensive Course. Most classes run at night during the week – perfect for after work.
- Refresher courses (early bird $199): Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Japanese and Spanish
- Survival courses (early bird $199): Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin), Indonesian, Latin, Russian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish and Vietnamese
- Intensive courses (early bird $460): Brazilian Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean and Spanish
There is a 5% discount for all UQ staff, and a 10% discount when you enrol in two or more courses (must be claimed at time of enrolment via enrolment form). Click here to enrol today, or contact our friendly staff by email or on 3346 8200.
UQ Sport Summer Pass is back
With a UQ Sport Summer Pass you can turn your motivation into habit. For just $2 a day you can:
- Lift weights, tone up and feel good at the gym
- Stretch out and stay in shape with the cardio room and group fitness classes
- Make a splash, cool off and keep fit at the pool
- Grab some friends and have fun playing tennis
- Enjoy a healthy, balanced summer
Getting a Summer Pass is easy. You can visit uqsport.com.au for more details or to sign-up, drop into any UQ Sport venue, where one of our friendly staff will be happy to help you, or call us on 3365 6612 any time. For some fitness plans that will fit into your busy day, visit our website and click on any of the action words for plans to suit your goals and schedule.
Women's fitness opportunity
Keen to kick start 2014 by tackling your new fitness goals? If you are female, aged 18–40 and currently healthy and active, this post-Christmas fitness opportunity may be for you! You will undertake free gold-standard body composition analysis, hormone profiling and health and fitness testing before and after an individualised four-week (12-session) high-intensity interval training program. You will also be provided with one-month follow-up testing after the conclusion of the training program. All testing and training will take place at the School of Human Movement Studies, University of Queensland. For more information about this fantastic fitness opportunity, please contact Mia Schaumberg.
Focus on your health and wellbeing – UQ Wellness
For current health and wellbeing opportunities, including research participation opportunities, visit the UQ Wellness website. For yoga enquiries, contact Dr Vivek Mitter. For tai chi enquiries, contact Dr Xin Liu and the UQ SMILE Tai Chi and Qigong Team. Enquiries about Weight Watchers@Work should go to Robyn Oram. For website ideas and inclusions, contact Maryse Scott. Lunchbox seminars commence again in 2014, and we welcome your seminar ideas – please contact Vicki McNabb.
Adult Autism Spectrum Group
A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets for adults to discuss and find friendship every second and fourth Saturday of the month at the Toowong Uniting Church. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.
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Briefing session: Why and how to pursue your CPD idea
Find out how the Centre for Innovation in Professional Learning (CIPL) can help you pursue your Continuing Professional Development (CPD) idea. Briefing sessions are conducted by Professor Robert Hendy, Director and Allison Arnold, CPD Consultant. The briefing session will include a 30 minute presentation, followed by coffee and an informal chat about your idea. Please come along to find out more about the role of CIPL, what CPD is, and how to develop an approach to pitch your idea and design effectively for a CPD audience and their needs. The session will be held from 2pm–3pm on Tuesday 3 December, in Room 225, Level 2, Learning Innovation Building (17). For more information, click here or email email@example.com.
Retention Centre and Course Statistics workshop
This course will give you an overview of the new Blackboard Retention Centre tool that allows you to check on student progress within your course. This course will give staff hands-on practice in editing criteria to monitor student progress. To register for this course, to be held from 10am–12pm on Friday 13 December, visit the Staff Development website.
Virtual Classroom (Adobe Connect) workshop
This workshop is designed for staff new to teaching with Virtual Classroom software. This session will cover how virtual classrooms can be used in teaching and learning as well as practical skills. This course is jointly presented by ITS and TEDI, and will be held from 10am–12pm on Wednesday 11 December. To register, visit the Staff Development website.
eLearning Workshops ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during December. For a description of each workshop, dates and to register visit the Staff Development website. Upcoming workshops include:
- Blackboard Basics – 1.30pm–4pm, Tuesday 3 December, St Lucia
- Online Assignments – 10am–12pm, Wednesday 4 December, St Lucia
- Grade Centre – 1.30pm–4pm, Thursday 5 December, St Lucia
- What’s new in Blackboard? – 11am–12pm, Friday 6 December, St Lucia
- What’s new in Blackboard? – 2pm–3pm, Monday 9 December, St Lucia
- Blackboard: Quizzes, Tests and Exams – 1.30pm–4pm, Tuesday 10 December, St Lucia
- Virtual Classroom – 10am–12pm, Wednesday 11 December, St Lucia
- Retention Centre and Course Statistics – 10am–12pm, Friday 13 December, St Lucia
Pain and maximal knee force
We are investigating if pain affects your ability to produce maximal force. You may participate if you are aged 18-50 and you have a healthy knee, i.e. you do NOT have any painful disorders in the dominant knee or history of knee surgery. You will perform leg exercises while the muscles receive brief electrical stimulations. There will be 2 sessions of approx. 2 hours each. On each session, exercises will be repeated before and after you receive an injection of salty water. You will be compensated $50 for your time. Details: Megan McPhee.
Making and challenging wills in contemporary Australia
Are you part of a blended family? Do you have substantial international assets? Have you made a conscious choice not to make a will and are aged over 45 years? If any of these questions apply to you we are seeking your participation in an ARC National Project aiming to enhance understanding of the processes involved in will making, the basis of inheritance, principles behind asset distribution in wills and knowledge of intestacy (dying without a valid will). Participation involves completing a face to face or telephone interview (up to an hour), at a time and location convenient for you. Details: Contact Cheryl Tilse on 3365 3341 or Rachel Feeney on 3346 9090.
Are you pregnant for the first time?
Participants with English as their first language are sought for a PhD study investigating empathy in new mothers. Participation involves two 90-minute sessions of computer games and tasks, and brief survey forms. The first session, when you are between 25 to 35 weeks gestation, is held at the St Lucia campus. The second is done at your home when your baby is 2 months old. Details: Contact Rhonda Boorman on 0408 081 083.
Are you suffering from neck pain?
We are seeking research participants aged 18–55 who are suffering from neck pain (with and without scapular or arm 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-minute sessions. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month for four months, with $50 reimbursement/session. Details: Hiroshi Takasaki.
Volunteers needed for functional-MRI study
A group of researchers at the Centre for Advanced Imaging is investigating how ageing affects memory function and why this occurs. Healthy volunteers aged 60-80 years are sought for this functional-MRI study. You should be right-handed, with no pacemakers or brain clips, and no history of neurological disorders. The study will take 1.5 hours, which includes a 30-minute initial recruitment interview and training on the task, followed by one hour in the MRI scanner, completing two working memory tasks and resting. The experiment will take place at the Gehrmann Laboratories at the St Lucia campus. You will be compensated $30 for your time and can also opt to receive an image of your brain at a later date. Details: Contact Jeiran Choupan on 0410 216 698.
Free exercise training sessions for people with CKD
Volunteers with stage 3-4 chronic kidney disease (eGFR 25–60) are needed to participate in a study aimed at developing a new exercise training approach. If eligible, you will be required to participate in three training sessions/week for 12 weeks supervised by an exercise physiologist at the St Lucia campus. Details: Kassia Weston.
Preventing gestational diabetes
We are currently conducting a study at the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital and the Mater Mother’s Hospital called “Probiotics to prevent gestational diabetes”. We are very keen to prevent diabetes developing during pregnancy (GDM) and we are interested to know if women who take tablets with “good bugs” (probiotics) from early in pregnancy can help. If you are size 14 + (BMI >25) and currently less than 15 weeks pregnant, we invite you to participate in our study. Details: Contact Katie Foxcroft on 3646 5164 at RBWH or Anne Tremellen on 3163 6312 at Mater.
Do you want to trial a new smart phone health app?
Are you a female university student aged 18–25, iPhone owner, and interested in trialling a new app that can track your alcohol consumption? Come to a workshop to find out more. When you download the app (and complete a short survey) you will receive a $20 gift voucher; and a $30 gift voucher for each interview completed telling us about your app experience. Details: Dr Jo Previte.
Do you suffer from tennis elbow?
Do you have pain over your outer elbow and want a free physio assessment and exercise training? We are currently studying the effects of acute exercise on pain perception in people with tennis elbow. Eligible participants will be required to attend three sessions (each 60–90 minutes long).
Details: Click here, email or phone 3365 4587.
Saliva – the future of diagnostics
Volunteers who are smokers and aged over 40, not on any prescription except oral contraceptives, and are in good general health are sought to participate in a study to investigate the potential diagnostic value of saliva to detect head and neck cancers. The study will be conducted at UQ or the Translational Research Institute. Details: Lim Yen Kai on 0404 232 325.
Alcohol and genetics
The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is looking at how taste perception, emotions, and genetics influence alcohol use. 18–21 year-olds are sought to participate in two experimental sessions (1 week apart) at UQ St Lucia or Herston Campus. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: Contact Dr Matthew Gullo or click here.
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