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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 28 November 2016


Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

UniFi UQ Travel outage

Please be reminded that due to UQ Travel enhancements, UQ Travel will be unavailable from 5pm on Friday 2 December until 9am on Monday 5 December.

All other UniFi modules will be available as usual. Further information regarding the changes, including training material, is available via the Travel Training Material "sneak peek" page within FBS latest news.

If you have any queries please don’t hesitate to contact fbs.support@uq.edu.au.  









Casual Timekeeper submission and approval over Christmas/New Year period

Due to the Christmas closure, the timeframes for the submission and approval of your Timekeeper claims will change in the month of December. 

Please ensure your Timekeeper claims are submitted and approved within these timeframes to ensure no disruption to your payment over the Christmas period as per the Christmas Timekeeper submission and approval schedule

If further information is required please contact your school in the first instance, or payroll@uq.edu.au

UQ memorial for Emeritus Professor John Hay AC

Former UQ Vice-Chancellor and President, Emeritus Professor John Hay AC, passed away on Thursday 3 November 2016. Emeritus Professor Hay had an exceptional and lasting influence on UQ, and although he will be missed by many, his legacy will be celebrated.

UQ will hold a memorial to celebrate the life of Emeritus Professor Hay on Monday 5 December at the UQ Centre, St Lucia at 6pm. For further details and to register attendance, click here.

If you would like to submit a condolence message or a tribute, please complete this form by close of business, Wednesday 7 December. All messages will be compiled into a book of tributes for the family. 

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education

No new cohorts will be accepted into the Graduate Certificate in Higher Education, as the program is being discontinued. The continuing cohort can complete the program in 2017 by enrolling in any remaining courses no later than Friday 3 February 2017. If your enrolment needs re-activating, contact the HASS Faculty with your student number at hass@uq.edu.au. For information on your username and password, contact ITS at help@uqconnect.net or ext. 56000.

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Five decades of leucaena R&D: is it time to move on?

Associate Professor Max Shelton from the Faculty of Science, School of Agriculture and Food Sciences, The University of Queensland will present "Five decades of leucaena R&D: is it time to move on?" in a special SAFS and QAAFI seminar. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 November from 12–1pm in the level 3 seminar room, Building 80. For more information, click here.

Gender equality: not only a woman's issue

All staff and students are welcome to join us for a seminar, Q&A session and networking event featuring guests Professor Bob Williamson AO, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and Fellow of Royal Society, and Dr Wafa El-Adhami, SAGE Executive Director. The event will be held on Thursday 1 December from 4–5pm in the TRI Auditorium, followed by networking drinks and canapés from 5–6pm in TRI Atrium. For more information, click here. RSVP to events@tri.edu.au by Tuesday 29 November

CRE in Telehealth forum

The CRE in Telehealth invites you to a presentation by Dr Sophie Cockcroft, Lecturer in Business Information Systems, UQ Business School. Dr Cockcroft‘s presentation will look at the role of the organisation as an actor in telemedicine adoption. The forum will be held on Friday 2 December from 11am–12pm in room 2007, TRI building, Princess Alexandra Hospital. Everyone is welcome and no registration is required. Videoconference details are available here

Geriatric Medicine seminar 

The Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine is pleased to host speech pathologists and PhD candidates Ashley Cameron and Victoria Jones for their presentations about communication partner training face to face and via telerehabilitation with health professionals, students and people with aphasia, along with the relationship between rtPA/clot retrieval and aphasia. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 6 December from 12.30–1.30pm at TRI seminar room 2007 at the PA Hospital. A videoconference link is available. To RSVP or find out more contact crgm@uq.edu.au.

UQEI Energy Express Seminar

The UQEI Energy Express Seminar Series is designed to provide a monthly forum to present and discuss a range of energy-related topics and themes. In the final seminar for 2016, Professor Eric Larson, Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment, Princeton, will share his views on "Deep Decarbonization: What Role for BECCS and Other Negative Emissions?" The seminar will be held on Wednesday 7 December from 6–7pm in the GHD Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building, followed by light refreshments until 8pm. Please RSVP with any dietary requirements by Monday 5 December. For more information, contact the UQ Energy Initiative.

Other upcoming events

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Neural coding in the visual system (30.11.2016) 

Brisbane Life Science ECR Symposium 2016–BLiSS (02.12.2016)

Trade Law Forum – 50 Years of UNCITRAL (02.12.2016)

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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Clean up for Christmas

With the Christmas holidays fast approaching, many of us are preparing to clean up our desks in readiness for the new year. This process can generate plenty of paper waste, but these handy tips will help you keep your clean up sustainable:

  • Paper waste is heavy, so should only be placed into 120-litre grey paper waste bins – not cardboard bins, general waste or recycle waste bins.
  • If you have excess books, brochures, etc. that you’d like moved, contact Campus Services.
  • Blue-lidded cardboard bins should only be used for cardboard, not paper.

Requests for the above services should be made to recycle@pf.uq.edu.au.

Energy team shines light on sustainability

Here’s some news to brighten your day: from 2011 to the end of 2016, the total number of lights that the Energy team has replaced at UQ will total a whopping 25,321 units. Over 6000 of those light were replaced in 2016 alone – that’s the highest number since the Energy Management unit started. Check out the graphic on the Sustainability website to see how the numbers have climbed over the last six years.

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Customs House New Year's Eve sunset spritz cocktail party

Chilled music, fresh flavours, cool cocktails and a warm breezy night – Brisbane has a new space to welcome in the New Year. Customs House’s all-new pop up bar designed exclusively for summer is the place for a celebration. Situated on the terrace overlooking the river and the Story Bridge, the sunset spritz cocktail party will be a great evening enjoying Aperol Spritz, cheeky Negronis, Prosecco, Peronis and more. Oscar Richardson will bring the party into the New Year on acoustic guitar. The kitchen will serve a range of our delicious cocktail food during the evening. To make a reservation, click here.  

A Perfect Christmas gift for your colleagues

After a gift for your friends or colleagues? Say “thank you” or “Merry Christmas” with a gift they will actually use. UQU gift vouchers are an ideal gift for friends, colleagues, lecturers, or anyone else who spends time on the UQ St Lucia campus. They can be redeemed at all UQU outlets, which means they can be used on food, coffee, stationery, lollies, a Red Room beverage, a standard cinema ticket – the list goes on. UQU gift vouchers are available from Darwin’s, Physiol, Red Room and UQU reception. Gift vouchers will expire on Friday 31 March 2017. For more information and to purchase, click here

Adult autism spectrum group

A group exists for adults on the Autism Spectrum in a non-threatening environment. This non-clinical group meets for adults to discuss and find friendship twice a month. Click here or phone Garry Burge on 0431 444 512.

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Enrolments open for adult English learners to Practice English classes at ICTE-UQ

The first course for 2017 will commence on Friday 6 January 2017 with classes held in the evenings from Monday–Friday from 3–5pm for four weeks. This course fee of $100 is offered at a reduced rate of $45 to adult English language learners and learners whose attendance rate is 80 percent or more. The course is taught by trainee teachers under supervision from experienced teacher-trainers, and focuses on speaking, listening, grammar, and vocabulary. Further course details and an application form are available on the ICTE-UQ website.

Free biomedical imaging course: it’s not what you see on TV

Learn about brain scans and other biomedical imaging tools in a free, self-paced, 10-week course delivered via the edX massive open online course (MOOC) platform. UQ's Centre for Advanced Imaging is offering the online Introduction to Biomedical Imaging BIOIMG101x course through UQx until May 2017. Find out more and enrol here.

eLearning workshops

ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2016. These workshops include Learn.UQ Grade Centre, Learn.UQ Basics, Turnitin, Video Production and more. A description of each workshop, dates and registration are available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Checkbox Survey tool – Thursday 1 December, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics – Thursday 8 December, St Lucia
  • Turnitin – Friday 9 December, St Lucia
  • UQ Active learning tools – Monday 12 December, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams – Wednesday 14 December, St Lucia

UQ Active learning tools workshop

This course will introduce participants to the student response systems UQpoll, UQwordcloud, UQwordstream and Padlet. Participants will develop their understanding on the different ways the tools can be used to engage students in lectures and tutorials. To register for the Monday 12 December workshop visit the Staff Development website.

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A clinical trial for the treatment of asthma

Researchers are seeking volunteers to participate in a clinical trial of an anti-inflammatory medication for asthma. Participants aged 18–65 who are mild asthmatic who only require reliever medication or had asthma when younger but no longer suffer from the condition, are generally healthy, a non-smoker and not pregnant or breastfeeding are sought. Participation will include 10 clinical appointments (including two full day visits) in a six-eight week period. Participants will be reimbursed up to $520 for time and inconvenience. Details: click here or email QIMR.Asthma@qimr.edu.au

Receive the benefits of exercise without exercising

Volunteers with type 2 diabetes are sought to participate in an exercise mimetic study. Clients will receive free sessions, in which they will gain the benefits of exercise while relaxing on a bed designed to stimulate the effects of exercise. Clients will be provided with free tests of functional capacity and vascular function. Free parking will be provided. Persons aged 18–75 years with interest in improving overall health, fitness and managing blood sugar levels without exercising, are invited to participate. Details: click here or contact either Ravin Lal or Kylie Squelch

Calling PhD supervisors and PhD students

We are conducting a project that aims to understand differences in the PhD relationship across different disciplines in UQ. PhD supervisors and PhD students are sought to participate in an informal interview about their research career and PhD supervisory experiences. The interview will be held on St Lucia campus at a time and location of your choosing and will last approximately 50 minutes. Participants will receive a summary of the major themes to emerge from this project. Details: click here or contact Kim Peters.

Free instructed strength training

Researchers are seeking male participants aged 18–35, who are currently uninjured, to take part in a strength training study. Both novice and trained individuals are required. Participants will receive three one-hour sessions per week over 10 weeks of instructed resistance training, including detailed coaching on various Olympic weightlifting and jumping exercises. Participants can expect improvements in athletic performance. All training is conducted in UQ’s world-class newly renovated strength and conditioning facility. Also included is high-performance testing of strength and power attributes. Details: Lachlan James

Investigating hip arthritis

Volunteers aged 65+ with hip osteoarthritis are sought to participate in a study investigating balance. Participation involves questionnaires and performing physical and balance tests. Eligible participants will be asked to undertake one testing session at the Therapies Building, St Lucia, and one testing session at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Parking or transportation will be provided. Details: Alexandra Picorelli

Memory and ageing

Volunteers aged 65–85 years are sought to participate in an experiment about memory and ageing. Participation involves behavioural tasks that will take approximately two hours to complete, and participants will be reimbursed $40 for their time. The study will take place in the McElwain Building. Details: Aya Uchida

Is your child raised in a bilingual home?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking infants aged 15–19 months who have been raised in a bilingual home to participate in a study on the development of counting principles. The study takes place in the Psychology building and lasts about 15–30 minutes. During the session, guardians will not be separated from their child, and will receive a certificate and a small gift for participation at the end of the session. Details: Jonathan Redshaw

Physical performance following concussion

Volunteers aged 18–60 who have experienced a concussion in the last six months, and healthy volunteers who have not experienced a concussion, are sought for a study investigating physical effects of concussion injury. Participation involves visiting our lab at St Lucia's Therapies building for approximately three hours where measures of neck function, balance and exercise performance will be assessed. A further follow-up session will also be conducted after 12 months. Participation in the follow-up session is optional. On campus parking will be provided. Details: Olivia Galea



Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study. Participants will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: click here or contact Trishan Gajanand

Healthy volunteers needed to fill an online survey

Healthy volunteers aged 50+ who have never had ankle pain, stiffness or injury are needed to complete a 30-minute online survey. Participants will receive a $10 Merlo coffee voucher. Details: complete the survey or email munira.almahrouqi@uq.net.au

Current and former school teachers – have your say about interactions with parents

Seeking current and former school teachers of all year levels to complete an online survey to better understand your interactions with parents. Participants can elect to go into the draw to win one of four $100 vouchers. Completing the online survey will take around 20–25 minutes. To complete the survey click here. Details: Grace Kirby.

Do you have tennis elbow?

Volunteers aged 18–70 with tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of the elbow) are sought for a study investigating different types of sensation in people with tennis elbow. Participants will be required to attend two sessions of testing (three hours in total), where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Testing will take place at the School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed reasonable expenses. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Viana Vuvan

Healthy volunteers needed for brown fat research

Healthy volunteers aged 18–40, with a BMI <30, not on any medications (except contraception) and not pregnant are needed for a study investigating regulators of brown fat in humans. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and is protective against obesity. Active brown fat lights up on special scans. Participants will need to take two doses of study medication (which is usually used for asthma, shown to stimulate energy expenditure) and placebo (sugar pill), and have scans, thermal photos and blood tests. The study will be conducted over two four-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement, snacks and drinks will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar

Low back pain? Earn a free Fitbit

Volunteers aged 18–50 who have low back pain are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep experiencing back pain after suffering an initial episode of low back pain. The study consists of monitoring daily variation in pain, sleep and body movement for 28 consecutive days. For successful completion of the study the participants will receive a Fitbit activity and sleep wristband. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits

Have you recently suffered back pain?

Volunteers aged 18–50 who suffer back pain and have hurt their back in the last week, are wanted for a ground-breaking study that aims to discover why some people keep hurting their back. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. To see if you are eligible to participate, please complete this survey. Details: longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au

Neck pain laterality study

Volunteers aged 18–65 with neck pain 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. To participate in the study please make an appointment. Details: Courtney Carter

EEG study of visual processing

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 18–35 for an electroencephalography (EEG) study of visual processing in the brain. The study involves making judgements about coloured shapes. Participants will wear an EEG cap consisting of electrodes that safely record electrical activity produced by the brain during the task. Participants must have normal vision (specifically, not require glasses or contact lenses when using a computer for an extended time), and must not be colour-blind. The study consists of two sessions at St Lucia, approximately 90 minutes each. $60 reimbursement is provided. Details:Michelle Hall

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