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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 29 September 2014 

Events       Sustainability       Lifestyle       Development       Volunteers

Run, walk or ride in the Country Campus Challenge

The University of Queensland Gatton and Lockyer Valley Regional Council have partnered for the Country Campus Challenge on Wednesday 8 October from 3pm onwards at the Courtney Rugby Oval, Gatton Campus.

Staff, students and members of the community are invited to take part in a 5km or 10km walk, run or ride around the UQ Gatton Campus during Mental Health Week to raise funds to support Beyond Blue.

For more information, and to pre-register, click here


World Food Day: UQ Bush Food Garden Tour and Morning Tea

To celebrate World Food Day, the School of Agriculture and Food Science, the Global Change Institute and QAAFI have teamed up to present a special tour of the UQ Bush Food Garden followed by morning tea hosted by Indigenous chef Dale Chapman.

The event will be held on Thursday 16 October from 10am–11am at the Hartley Teakle Building south wing, facing towards the river. 

Registrations are appreciated. For more information, click here. 


UQ Ipswich Implementation

A considerable amount of work is underway to successfully transfer the UQ Ipswich campus to USQ on Wednesday 7 January 2015

A number of working groups have been formed to facilitate the successful transfer, and these working groups are now working through the detail of both the transfer, and ensuring a successful two year teach-out period. 

Staff are reminded to visit the website uq.edu.au/ipswich/update for more detailed information. 

UQ lunchtime presentation on resiliency–Matthew Ames

Mr Maurie McNarn, AO, Chief Operating Officer, invites staff to attend a lunchtime presentation by alumnus Matthew Ames (Bachelor of Engineering ’93) to hear his inspirational story about adjusting to life as a quadruple amputee.

Matthew will be speaking at the St Lucia Campus as part of National Mental Health Week. The presentation will be held on Thursday 9 October from 12pm–2pm in the Holt Room, UQ Union and seats are limited. A light lunch will be served following the presentation. To register your interest, click here

UniFi 9.2 Upgrade to go-live Monday 20 October

The Finance and Business Services Division is pleased to announce the go-live date for the UniFi upgrade has been confirmed as Monday 20 October. If you use UniFi to process or approve financial transactions or approve Travel Requests, you will be affected by this upgrade. For more details including upcoming information sessions and important transition details please go to the UniFi 9.2 Upgrade website or contact fbs.support@uq.edu.au

Major changes to visas for India

From December 2014, new arrangements will require all visa applicants to be physically present at a consulate in order to submit their applications for entry. The move will see biometric data including fingerprints and facial imagery collected at the consulates as part of the visa application process. More information is available here.

Want to Play at the Australian Open?

The Win a Wildcard Tournament is an Australia wide event where 32 mixed doubles teams will win the chance to compete in Melbourne for entry into the Australian Open 2015 and $5000 for their tennis club or a club of their choosing. The playoffs will be held at the UQ Sport Tennis Centre on Sunday 19 October. Registrations close Monday 13 October. For more information, click here or email tennis@uqsport.com.au.

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Centre for Advanced Imaging seminar 

Ilya Shadrivov and Alexey Slobozhanyuk from the Nonlinear Physics Centre, Research School of Physics and Engineering, Australian National University will present a seminar on "Metamaterials for electromagnetic wave manipulation". The seminar will be held on Tuesday 30 September from 9am–10am in the Level 2 Auditorium, CAI building. For more information, contact Chris Noble.

Global Change Institute: Food Security seminars

The Global Change Institute presents a multidisciplinary series of lectures addressing one of this century’s greatest challenges. On Tuesday 30 September from 1pm–2pm, Dr Glen Fox from QAAFI is presenting “Food nutrition and safety, the other two pillars in food security”.

On Wednesday 8 October from 1pm–2pm, Professor David Lamb is presenting “Is increasing forest cover compatible with future food security?” Both seminars will be held in room 275, GCI Building. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan.

Sustainable Minerals Institute seminar series

Emeritus Professor Ken Collerson is presenting a seminar on "Geopolitics, economic drivers and exploration science: A review of Australian rare earth and technology metals mineralisation". The seminar will be held on Thursday 2 October from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

17th AD Trendall Lecture in Classical Studies

Emeritus Professor Trevor Bryce delivers the 17th AD Trendall Lecture on "The Gleam Through The Arch: Homer's World Revisited". This lecture is organised by the Australian Academy of the Humanities and will be held on Thursday 9 October at 7pm in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building. Bookings are essential. For more information, click here, or email enquiries@humanities.org.au

Margaret Cribb Child Care Centre celebrates 20 years

The MCCCC invites all present, future and past families and staff to celebrate 20 years of early childhood education with us at a family fun day. Take a walk down memory lane, learn how the MCCCC can give your child a bright start or buy some art. The family fun day will be held on Saturday 11 October from 10am–2pm at the Margaret Cribb Child Care Centre, Coleridge Street. For more information, email 20yearcelebration@mcccc.org.au.

Engineering, Architecture and IT Leaders of Influence Lunch

Discover how engineering innovation is improving the health of society in a panel of presentations from: Professors Stuart Crozier, Darren Martin and Mark Kendall, and PhD Candidate Elliot Smith.
The seminar will be held on Wednesday 15 October from 12pm–1.45pm in The Long Room, Customs House and a buffet lunch will be provided. For more information and to register, click here, or contact Lara Pickering on ext. 67533.

Advanced Water Management Centre seminar

Emeritus Professor Gustaf Olsson, Lund University, Sweden will present a seminar on "The water-energy-food nexus–couplings and conflicts". He has devoted his research to control and automation in water systems, electrical power systems and industrial processes. The seminar will be held on Friday 17 October from 9am–10am in Level 1 Seminar Room, AIBN. For more information, contact Jessica Nott on ext. 54677.

Global Leadership Series

Three of UQ's leaders in skin cancer research, including Professor Ian Frazer AC, will present "Queensland: The Skin Cancer Capital of the World" at the next Global Leadership Series event. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 21 October from 6pm–8pm at the Translational Research Institute, Kent St, Woolloongabba. For more information, email uqalumni@uq.edu.au or register online.  

Other upcoming events

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

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  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary by emailing communications@uq.edu.au, or

  2. 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 communications@uq.edu.au.



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Nominate your Green Representative for an award

All UQ staff are invited to nominate their Green Office Representative or Green Labs Representative for an award to recognise their contribution to sustainability in the workplace. Awards are for Best New Area, Best Initiative and Most Motivated Representative/Team. To find out more and submit a nomination, visit Green Office Awards or Green Labs Awards

UQ Energy Efficiency Project Fund

Funds are available to support the implementation of energy efficiency projects across UQ’s campuses and sites. Applications are now being considered from all UQ entities that would like to apply for funding. The Property and Facilities Division may grant funds equivalent to 25–100 per cent of expected total cost, with the balance of funding contributed by the applicant business unit. Applications close at midnight on Tuesday 30 September. For more information and to apply, visit the Sustainability website.

Become a Green Labs Representative

Do you want to encourage sustainable lab practice but don’t know how? UQ’s Green Labs Program might be just what you’re looking for. The next New Green Labs Representative training is being held on Thursday 2 October from 9.30–11.30am. Participants will join a network of representatives to help promote good environmental practices across UQ laboratories and encourage more sustainable behaviours in their lab space. Participants are supported by UQ’s Green Labs Assistant. Enrol online

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Interactive Chinese cooking class

The Confucius Institute at UQ is offering sponsored places to UQ staff to attend an interactive Chinese cooking class facilitated by a prominent culinary school in Fortitude Valley. The one-off session will be held on Thursday 23 October from 6pm and will include hands-on food instruction followed by dining on the specialty Chinese dishes created in the class. Applications close Monday 13 October, and places are limited. For more information and to register, click here, or email business.manager@confucius.uq.edu.au

October food and drink specials at St Lucia

Throughout October a range of special offers are available at St Lucia:

  • Try the delicious Warm Thai Beef Salad for just $13.90 at Darwin's Cafe
  • Get a Mexican Chicken Burger with chips and a drink for only $10 at the Red Room. Choose from a pot of Carlton Dry, glass of house red or white wine, or a soft drink. 

For more information, visit the UQU website.

The Arts UQ present Once Upon A Stage live theatre

The Arts UQ drama society will present its first showcase "Once Upon a Stage", featuring a collection of pieces from a range of genres including poetry slam, Greek tragedy, musical theatre, Shakespeare, comedy and burlesque. The showcase is on Friday 10 October from 7.30pm at the Schonell Theatre. Tickets are $8 for members, $10 for students and $12 for adults, and can be purchased online.

Free seminar on reducing family conflict

The Parenting Teenagers Research Group are partnering with the PCYC to offer parents of teenagers a new two hour seminar on reducing family conflict. The seminar is based on the successful Teen Triple P: Positive Parenting Program and is suitable for parents of teenagers aged 11–16 years. The seminar will be held from October to December at St Lucia and PCYC clubs at Carindale, Inala and the bayside area. Parents are able to nominate preferences for times and locations upon registering. For more information, click here or email parentingteens@uq.edu.au.

UQ Wellness seminars

UQ Wellness is hosting two seminars in October. "Keep the Beat" will be held on Wednesday 1 October at 12.15pm. For more information and to register, click here. "Supercharge Your Diet" will be held on Wednesday 22 October at 12.15pm. For more information and to register, click here.

UQ Wellness – yoga at St Lucia

Join a yoga class to find out yogic tips for fighting the common cold and flu. A regular yoga routine helps strengthen the immune system, can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. To find out about yoga courses held at St Lucia, contact Dr Vivek Mitter.

Adult Autism Spectrum Group

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

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Grow your business idea with the ilab Germinate 6 program

Budding entrepreneurs and innovators are invited to apply for the ilab Germinate 6 program for their chance to attend a 3 month intensive startup program. Successful applicants will receive up to $20,000 funding as well as training, mentorship, and support from experienced entrepreneurs and investor networks to help grow their idea into a start-up company. For more information, click here or phone ext. 54037.

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) basics for Professional Staff

This course will introduce professional staff to commonly used functions in Learn.UQ (Blackboard), UQ's eLearning management system. Participants will develop an understanding of how Blackboard is used at UQ and how sites are structured. Practical skills covered include adding course materials to a site, posting announcements, checking assignments, submissions, entering markings into Grade Centre and archiving courses. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course, which will be held on Tuesday 21 October

OHS workshops and training

The OHS Division are delivering a number of occupational health and safety workshops and training sessions during October. Course profiles and registration details are available on the Staff Development website

  • Working with Quarantine Material – Wednesday 8 October, St Lucia
  • Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources - Intro – Tuesday 7 October, St Lucia
  • Chemicals Management – Monday 20 October, St Lucia
  • PC3 Theory Training – Wednesday 22 October, St Lucia
  • Chemical Risk Assessment Database Training – Wednesday 22 October, St Lucia
  • Managing OHS in the Laboratory – Thursday 23 October, St Lucia
  • Risk Management Database Training – Friday 24 October, St Lucia
  • Chemwatch Database Training – Monday 27 October, St Lucia
  • Managing Noise in the Workplace - Tuesday 28 October, Gatton

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

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

Staff development update 

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How excitable is your brain?

Volunteers aged 18–45 are sought for a study investigating brain excitability. The study involves receiving non-invasive transcranial magnetic (brain) stimulation whilst undertaking a simple visual detection task. Volunteers will be reimbursed $20 for attending a two-hour session at the St Lucia campus. Details: m.kamke@uq.edu.au

Healthy controls for knee pain study

The SIRPH Research Unit requires female volunteers aged 20–25 and 30–36 who have no knee pain, no back, hip or lower leg pain, and no surgery/fracture to the lower limbs to participate as control subjects in a knee pain study which investigates neural mechanisms involved in anterior knee pain. You would be required for one 30 minute session, to test sensory thresholds. Details: contact Rebecca Mellor (3346 7485). 

Do you have acute low back pain?

People aged 18–50 who have experienced low back pain in the past week are needed to participate in a 12 month study. Volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. To determine your suitability please complete this intake questionnaire. Details: Email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com

Free nutrition and exercise training for overweight children and adolescents

Overweight children and adolescents aged 7–16 are needed for this study, which will include ten free sessions with an accredited dietitian, supervised exercise training and health assessments. The study will involve twice weekly exercise sessions for 12 weeks, as well as fitness testing, body composition scans, heart and blood vessel assessment. Participants will receive their health and fitness results. Sessions are held at the St Lucia campus and free parking is provided. Details: Click here or contact Katrin Dias 
(3346 7767). 

Do you have sore knees?

Participants aged 18–40 with pain at the front of the knee that is made worse walking on stairs or hills are needed for a study of two treatments that have been shown to be beneficial. Eligible participants will receive either hip exercises or foot orthoses at a physiotherapy clinic, and be measured on their outcomes over three months. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au.

ARC National Project: Making and challenging wills in contemporary Australia

Do you have substantial international assets? Do you have a mixture of assets such as multiple properties and shares valued over $3 million? Have you made a conscious choice not to make a will and are aged over 45 years? Participants are required for a study 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. Participation involves completing a face to face or telephone interview (up to an hour), at a time and location convenient for you. Details:Cheryl Tilse (3365 3341) or Rachel Feeney (3346 9090).

Alcohol Research Study

The Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research is looking at how emotion, personality, and taste perception influence alcohol use. People aged between 18–21 are sought to participate in two experimental sessions, one week apart, at UQ St Lucia or Herston campuses. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details:Click here or email Dr Matthew Gullo.


Positive parenting for healthy living with type 1 diabetes

Are you a parent of a child aged 2–10 with type 1 diabetes? Do you want to learn more about managing child behaviour, anxiety or illness? Positive Parenting for Healthy Living Triple P offers parents simple strategies in two group sessions, each two hours long. The program is offered free-of-charge to eligible participants as part of a research project in the PFSC. For more information, click here. Details: email diabetes.healthyliving@uq.edu.au (3346 7689).

Parkinson's neuroimaging project

Researchers are seeking individuals aged 45+ with mild/moderate Parkinson’s disease, who are right-handed, have English as their first language, and have no history of neurological disease or trauma prior to the onset of Parkinson's for a functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) study. Participation in this project is expected to involve two separate sessions of fMRI scans and questionnaires at St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed. Details: contact Ilvana Dzafic

Do you think you have strong neck muscles?

Office workers who are not research higher degree students, use a computer for more than 20 hours a week and are free of neck pain are needed for this study. Experts are investigating the impact of individual and workplace factors on the health of the neck and shoulders. Participants will receive free assessments of their workstation, physical capacity and work posture. All testing is conducted at UQ. Details: Deokhoon Jun.

Research on neck pain in older adults

Participants aged 60+, both with and without neck pain, are needed for a study investigating how neck pain affects balance in older adults. All participants are required to attend one session, which can be held at UQ or in the participant's home. Participants will be given a free report on their neck function, posture and balance. Details: June Quek.

Word selection in Parkinson's disease

Both healthy volunteers and individuals with Parkinson’s disease are needed to participate in an fMRI (functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging) study. This research will investigate how language production is affected by Parkinson’s disease. Researchers are seeking people aged 55+, who are right handed, have English as their first language, and have no history of neurological disease or trauma. They are also seeking right-handed individuals with Parkinson's disease who have English as their first language and are aged 55+. Participation in this project is expected to involve two separate sessions, lasting a total of up to five hours. Participants will be reimbursed. Details: Megan Isaacs (3346 5579).

Seeking pregnant mothers: newborn communication study

Researchers at the Early Cognitive Development Centre are undertaking a project to establish how parents influence the development of newborn imitation. Expectant parents are needed for the study, as the first test occurs one week after birth. All testing occurs in the home, at a time that suits the parents. Participants will receive a HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: Click here or email Siobhan Kennedy.

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