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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Tuesday 27 January 2015

Events   Sustainability   Lifestyle   Development   Volunteers

Intercampus Bus Service now free

As of January 2015 the Intercampus Bus service is available to all UQ staff and UQ students for travel between the St Lucia and Gatton campuses free of charge. The use of this service is restricted to UQ staff and UQ students–it is not a public service. UQ staff and students will need to show their UQ ID card as proof of eligibility to travel.

A booking system will be put into place in early 2015, to guarantee seating. The Intercampus Bus Timetable is available on the Property & Facilities Division website


UQ and Brisbane Diamantina Health Partners event

Dr Steven Wartman, MD PhD, President of the Association of Academic Health Centers (AAHC) along with other leading authorities will discuss how an Academic Health Science System (AHSS) can make a real difference to the health of our community.

The event entitled, "Marrying Universities and Hospitals to Harness the Power of Discovery: What the AHSS Means for You" will be held on Thursday 5 February from 6pm in The Long Room, Customs House. RSVPs close Friday 30 January. Drinks and canapes will be served following the event. For more information and to RSVP, click here

Fire Ants at St Lucia Campus Update

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF), having treated the fire ant nest on Oval 1, has completed follow-up fire ant surveillance on the rest of the St Lucia campus and no fire ants have been detected. As a result, the original Notice of Infestation for the whole of St Lucia campus has been revoked, and replaced with a Notice of Infestation just for Oval 1, as the site of the identified infestation. This means soil, granite, gravel, overburden, animal or plant material can now be freely moved from the greater campus as per normal processes while movement restrictions continue to apply for Oval 1. UQ grounds staff are working with DAFF to ensure these restrictions are followed.

MyLibrary update for coursework students

The Library is improving the MyLibrary site by creating a mobile-optimised version for coursework students with some new features. The new version will go live Monday 2 February at 12pm. Improvements for other Library member types will be rolled out during the year in staged releases. A new blog post summarises the home page features. If staff have any questions about the new MyLibrary features, contact your liaison librarian.

Humanities and Social Sciences Update

On Thursday 1 January, the new School of Communication and Arts came into existence. The school was formed from the previous Schools of English, Media Studies and Art History, and Journalism and Communication.

Two schools within the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences had name changes come into effect from Thursday 1 January:

  • The School of Languages and Cultures (formerly Languages, Linguistics and Comparative Cultural Studies)
  • The School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry (formerly History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics)

Blackboard Analytics now available to all Teaching Staff

In Semester 1, 2015, all teaching staff have the option of including Blackboard Analytics reports within their course sites. The reports are near real-time, and display both general and detailed data about activity within individual Learn.UQ sites, including course access, item access, interactions and performance comparisons. Training is recommended for staff choosing to use the reports in their courses.

Blackboard Analytics course reports were piloted in Semester 2, 2014, with positive feedback from the course instructors who participated. For more information, please visit the Overview of Course Analytics page. This page includes a link to the 2014 pilot information.

Practical ideas for using technology in teaching

Current and new staff are invited to drop in at a Teaching Technologies Showcase to be held from 9am–12pm on Tuesday 10 February, in the UQ Centre Boardroom (during the New Staff Expo). The showcase will focus on practical ideas for using technology to improve student engagement and learning. Interactive displays will cover a range of topics, including Flipped classroom, Using student response systems (web-based clickers) to support active learning, Video and audio content generation and integration (Echo360 and Kaltura), Virtual Classroom/Virtual Meeting (Adobe Connect), Course design and eAssessment (Online submission and marking).


managerAssist® is a free service for UQ staff, offered by UQ's EAP provider, Davidson Trahaire Corpsych. It is a confidential telephone advisory service for managers dealing with difficult or complex people issues. The managerAssist® service may be used as a stand-alone service for a manager seeking consultation for a particular issue, or to refer an employee to the EAP Counselling Service.

Some of the most common situations for which managers and supervisors seek assistance from managerAssist® include:

  • How do I refer an employee who has serious personal issues to the EAP?
  • What do I do about my concerns for one of my employees who is behaving out of character?
  • What do I do about information that one of my team members may be suicidal?
  • How do I handle a difficult performance discussion with an employee?
  • How do I advise my team about a major change that will affect them?

For more information on the EAP, visit davcorp.com.au or contact Felicity Couperthwaite on ext. 65 1146.

Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting

An Enabling Technologies Technical Exchange Meeting will be held in Arlington, Virginia from Monday 11 May–Thursday 14 May to explore and build basic research collaborations between the US and Australia in the areas of Materials Science, Physics, and Biomedical Sciences. Australian researchers are invited to submit abstracts for inclusion in the program. For more information, click here or contact Jane Fitzpatrick.

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Sustainable Minerals Institute Seminar Series

Dr Bethanna Jackson, Senior Lecturer from Victoria University of Wellington, will host a seminar on “Mapping Impacts of Land Management on Ecosystem Response”. The seminar will be held on Thursday 29 January from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Hannah Fry on ext. 64241.

Institute for Social Science Research seminar

Professor Harvey Goldstein, joint editor of the Royal Statistical Society's Journal, Series A will present a seminar on “New approaches for generalised linear multilevel models with missing covariate values”. The talk will look at different ways missing data have been handled and will discuss the shortcomings of many popular methods. The seminar will be held on Thursday 12 February from 12pm–1.15pm in General Purpose North 3. For more information, click here or contact Honor Morton on ext. 56072.

Telehealth Forum: Mobile health, a new health service delivery paradigm

The UQ Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) in Telehealth are hosting a forum presented by Dr David Hansen, CEO, and Dr Mohan Karunanithi, Research Team Leader, The Australian E-Health Research Centre (AEHRC), CSIRO. This presentation will outline the AEHRC's information and communication technology research and in particular, its mobile health program to support chronic disease self-management. This forms part of the CRE’s monthly forum series. The forum will be held on Friday 6 February from 11am–12pm in Room 2007, Translational Research Institute, PA Hospital. A light lunch will follow the forum. For more information, contact Dominique Bird.



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:

  1. Subscribe to the daily Media Summary, 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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Holiday energy savings

As part of a campaign to encourage staff to switch off electronics, the Property and Facilities Division shutdown the air conditioning of low occupancy buildings for three weeks over the Christmas and New Year holiday period for the second year in a row. Almost $35,000 in energy costs and approximately 240 tonnes of carbon emissions were saved over the period. The savings demonstrate how small actions like turning off computers at the end of each day can make a big difference. Read more on the Sustainability website.

Labs save cash and carbon with energy competition

UQ staff have prevented 77 tonnes of carbon emissions and saved $7600 in electricity costs during a three-week competition aimed at reducing energy consumption in laboratories. Run by the Green Labs program, the ‘Shut Your Sash’ competition was all about encouraging laboratory users to save energy by keeping the fume hood sash closed. Congratulations to the winning teams, which included the Translational Research Institute and the Centre for Advanced Imaging. Read the full story here.

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Did you just get engaged?

Customs House will be holding a bridal information evening on Thursday 29 January in the Long Room from 5.30pm–7.30pm. The Customs House events team and preferred wedding specialists will be there to assist with your wedding enquiries. Discover why Customs House is continually named Brisbane's best wedding venue. Canapes and refreshments will be served. For more information, or to RSVP click here

Problems with your child's co-ordination in sport?

Does your child experience difficulty in sports and arm-dominant activities such as tennis, cricket and throwing/catching a ball? The UQ Health and Rehabilitation Physiotherapy Clinic can help boost your child’s co-ordination and confidence through the Bullseye program, targeted at children aged five to seven years. Our specialist paediatric physiotherapists will work with your child in small groups (maximum of six children per group) to enhance their skills. The next eight–week Bullseye program starts on Wednesday 9 February. Sessions are held on Wednesdays at 4pm at the St Lucia campus. Free parking is available. Individual paediatric physiotherapy sessions are also available. Book now.

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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Training and Education (TAE) programs

UQ Gatton Vocational Education Centre (UQ-GVEC) is delivering three qualifications for training and assessment professionals.

  • TAE50211 Diploma of Training Design and Development
  • TAE50111 Diploma of Vocational Education and Training
  • TAE40110 Certificate IV in Training and Assessment

Flexible delivery options are available. For more information, or to enrol, click here or contact UQ-GVEC on ext. 50353.

The Flipped Classroom

The Flipped Classroom is a student centred method that explores ways to increase active learning and engagement, which some educators claim can result in significant gains in learning. The next workshop will be held on Friday 13 February from 1.30pm–4pm. Staff who are interested in learning more can register on the Staff Development website.

Learn.UQ Blogs and Journals workshop

This course will cover designing, creating and implementing collaborative and reflective activities using blogs (online journals). Hands-on skills in setting up and assessing blogs in Blackboard are also covered. The next course will be held on Friday 20 February and staff can register on the Staff Development website.

Career Advancement for Professional Women

The Career Advancement for Professional Women program (previously known as New Horizons) is designed for UQ women HEW levels 1 to 7 (including research-only). The program requires a commitment from participants to attend 6 half-day sessions over a period of 4 months from February–June. To apply, select register and download the Expression of Interest Form. Complete the form and ask your supervisor to add their support. Once signed by both, scan and email to Avalon Kent. Applications must be received by Thursday 5 February.

Graduate Certificate in Higher Education for 2015

The Graduate Certificate in Higher Education begins on Saturday 28 February. Eligible UQ staff are encouraged to approach the head of their organisational unit for tuition-fee funding support. An application form and additional details can be found on the program website, and applications must be submitted to the School of Education by the end of January. For enquiries, phone 3365 6550 or email education@uq.edu.au.

Staff Management for Professional Staff Senior Managers

The aim of the workshop is to assist professional staff senior managers to lead and manage staff effectively in compliance with relevant workplace agreements. This course is mandatory training for Professional Staff Senior Managers at HEW 8 and above. There will be two sessions of the course, Thursday 5 March and Tuesday 17 March, from 9am–4.30pm in the River Room, Emmanuel College. For more information and to register, click here.

OHS workshops and training

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

  • Apply First Aid (HLTAID300) - Thursday 12 February, St Lucia
  • OHS for Supervisors and Managers - Wednesday 18 February, St Lucia
  • Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources - Intro - Thursday 19 February, St Lucia
  • Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources - Practical - Tuesday 24 February, St Lucia
  • Working with Quarantine Material - Wednesday 25 February, St Lucia
  • OHS for Senior Managers - Wednesday 25 February, St Lucia
  • Computer Workstation Assessments - Thursday 26 February, St Lucia

eLearning workshops

ITS are 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 website.

  • Learn.UQ Basics - Thursday 29 January, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Tuesday 3 February, St Lucia
  • UQ Active learning tools - UQpoll – Padlet - Wednesday 4 February, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Grade Centre - Thursday 5 February, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Course Analytics - Monday 9 February, St Lucia
  • Course site design - Thursday 12 February, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics - Thursday 12 February, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams - Tuesday 17 February, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Wednesday 18 February, St Lucia

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 Study about

Quit smoking and get fit with free exercise sessions

Researchers are seeking female volunteers aged 18–35 who are thinking about quitting smoking. The aim of this project is to 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 may receive free supervised exercise sessions for 12 weeks, and will also receive free health and fitness tests, which take place at the St. Lucia Campus. Travel costs for testing will be reimbursed. Details: Dr Toby Pavey.

Sweet taste sensitivity study

Volunteers aged 18-55 who do not smoke, are not taking chronic medication, have no dental injuries, and no taste disorders are sought for a sweet taste sensitivity study. The study will comprise of 12 sessions, each 20-30 minutes long, over 6 days. The taste compounds will be food grade and free of allergens. Gift voucher will be rewarded at the end of the study. Details: Galih Kusuma Aji.

The Neuroscience of Risk Taking

Males aged 18–55, with no history of mental illness, not currently on any medication, and with no metal implants are sought for a new study. The aim of this study is to explore the neural networks involved in risky decision making and how these networks can be influenced by different forms of visual media. It will involve completing a five minute online questionnaire to assess eligibility and an fMRI brain scan, which will take approximately one hour. Participants will be reimbursed $40. Details: Samuel Fynes-Clinton.

Brazil nut study

Researchers are seeking healthy male volunteers aged 65+ to participate in a 30-day study that involves eating Brazil nuts. The Brazil nut is one of the best sources of selenium, an antioxidant that strengthens the immune system. This study’s findings will help provide new information on how this dietary source of selenium is processed in the body. All participants will be required to attend three sessions at the St Lucia campus at no cost to participants. Details: Contact Vanessa Getliffe.

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@uq.edu.au.

Friend and family sharing in social media

Volunteer groups of family and/or friends are sought for focus groups on sharing in social media. The sessions will run for approximately 90 minutes, and will explore topics such as social sharing and social privacy. Participants will be reimbursed $20 each. Details: Liam Pomfret.

Participants needed for asthma study

Researchers seek non-asthmatic and asthmatic men and women for a research project on antiviral immunity in asthmatic people to understand why asthmatic people suffer from worse colds and flus. Participants will be required to donate 40ml of blood. Participation takes place at the PA Hospital and takes only 15 minutes, which includes blood donation and a simple questionnaire. All samples and information will be treated confidentially. This study has ethics approval from the Metro South and UQ Research Ethics Committees. Details: Click here or contact Liisa Murray (3443 7133).

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 10 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).

Are you suffering from anterior knee pain?

Participants aged 18-55, and have either a history of anterior knee pain (but without current pain), or current anterior knee pain that is aggravated by things like walking down stairs, down a hill, squatting etc. are sought to participate in a new study. It is ok if participants have had previous treatment, but are not currently being treated. People who have other neurological or musculoskeletal conditions that might affect their walking are ineligible. The experiment involves placing reflective markers on the participants feet, legs, hips and back. Participants are asked to wear shorts and a t-shirt (that may need to be partially lifted to place reflective markers appropriately). Participants will be asked to walk on a treadmill in flat and downhill mode for less than 10 minutes in total. The whole experiment is expected to take less than an hour. Participants will be reimbursed $20. Details: Rosemary Macdonald.


Growing up milk – “LITE” (GUMLi trial)

Parents of healthy babies who are turning 12 months of age between Sunday 1 February–Tuesday 1 September are invited to participate in a 'growing up milk' (todler 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 Rebecca Hill on 0428 093 998. 

Do you have a baby between 4 and 18 months of age?

It’s never too early. Baby Healthy Living is a new seminar of the successful Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, offering parents practical ideas and support in using healthy feeding practices and positive habits to give their babies the best start in life. For a limited time only, Brisbane-based parents of 4-18 month old babies are able to access Baby Healthy Living – Triple P free of charge as part of a University of Queensland research project. It’s never too early to promote our babies’ health. Details: Click here or contact Agnes Gelmini on ext. 67689. 

Are you suffering from neck pain?

People aged 18-55 years who are suffering from neck pain are sought. 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. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month up to four months. Participants will be reimbursed $50 per session. Details: Edith Elgueta.  

Do you suffer from lateral hip pain?

Volunteers aged 35-70 years with pain and tenderness on the outside of their hip are needed for an investigation into outcomes of treatment approaches for lateral hip pain. Participation will involve x-ray and MRI and undergoing an 8-week physiotherapy program, or a corticosteroid injection to the hip, or advice on tendon management. Details: Email sirph@uq.edu.au

Developing a website for people with low back pain

People who have experienced low back pain in the past three months are needed to participate in a focus group study. Volunteers will be required to participate in an asynchronous online focus group, which means you can participate at a time that suits you. Details: Mandy Nielsen.

Collaborators sought to trial e-Exam system in semester 1 courses

A new e-Exam system that gives students the option to type their responses to exam questions is available. The system securely makes use of student's own laptops within supervised on-campus settings. Academics can prepare exams using Word for essay and short response questions. Academics willing to trial this approach in mid-semester or in-class quizzes are sought. Assistance will be provided for set-up, running and post-exam arrangements. Details: click here or contact Mathew Hillier.

Language and conversation in older adults

Researchers are seeking participants aged 60+ who are right-handed and neurologically healthy for a study investigating the potential benefits of non-invasive brain stimulation for executive language function in healthy older adults. Results from this study are expected to add to our understanding of how executive language processes work in healthy older adults and contribute to developing effective rehabilitation strategies for individuals with impaired language abilities. The study involves a single one-hour session of non-invasive brain stimulation at the Queensland Brain Institute, UQ. Details: Daniel Madden.

Preventing gestational diabetes

A study at the RBWH, Redcliffe and Mater hospitals is investigating whether probiotics can help prevent gestational diabetes. Researchers are seeking women who are size 14+ (BMI >25) and are currently less than 15 weeks pregnant to participate in the study. Details: Contact Katie Foxcroft at RBWH (3646 5164), Anne Tremellen at Mater (3163 6312) or Sharney Grant at Redcliffe (3883 7552).

Food allergy and taste sensitivity study

Volunteers aged 18–55 with a clinically diagnosed food anaphylaxis (milk, peanut, tree nut, egg, wheat, soy, fish, shellfish, etc.) are sought for a food allergy study. The study will comprise of eight sessions, each 15 minutes long, over four days. The taste compounds will be food grade and free of allergens. Participants will be rewarded at the end. Details: Yun Liu.


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