QAAFI Science Seminar
Dr Emily McCallum from ETH Zurich in Switzerland will present 'Development of herbicide-tolerant cassava via a high-throughput chemical mutagenesis platform' on Tuesday 21 March from 12–1pm in the level three seminar room, building 80. For more information, click here or contact Hannah Hardy.
Text mining and analysis for research: establishing a community of users
Experienced users, novices and those interested in considering text analysis tools (e.g. Leximancer and nVivo) are invited to attend a networking session on Wednesday 22 April from 12–1.30pm in the Library's Centre for Digital Scholarship. The session will provide an opportunity to talk to Library staff and others who are using text analysis, find out what tools are available, see examples, and hear about training and support. Text analysis is a broad term covering various processes by which text and natural language documents can be modified so that they can be searched, organised to find patterns or occurrences, and described. A monthly 'community of users' session may be established, if there is interest. For more information, contact Bill Beach.
Machines that Read your Mind
All staff, students and members of the public are invited to a public event, 'Machines that Read your Mind', hosted by Dr Marta Garrido from QBI. See a demonstration of a device that reads your mind. Learn how brain-machine interfaces work. Discover what devices are currently available – and what’s coming. Hear how people outside of neuroscience feel about this work. Discuss the benefits of reading the mind, and the downsides. The event will be held on Wednesday 22 March from 6–7.30pm, with light refreshments available from 5.30pm. This is a free event, but please register as seats are limited. For more information, email email@example.com.
Big Data’s Checkered Past: Practices of Census Compilation in Nineteenth-Century Europe
Dr Christine von Oertzen from the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin, will be presenting in Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities’s Intellectual and Literary History Program public seminar series, The Future of History. Dr von Oertzen will present fresh perspectives on the dynamics of innovation at the historic crossroads of manual and machine data processing. The seminar will be held on Thursday 23 March from 4pm in room 402, level 4, Forgan Smith building. For more information, click here or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applied Linguistics seminar series
Bernadette Barker, Education Officer – Languages from Brisbane Catholic Education, will be present a seminar on 'Assessing Language through tasks in the classroom: A process for determining whether a student has additional needs to language learning in English'. The progress and rate of learning English can vary significantly between young English as an additional language or dialect (EAL/D) learners. This paper outlines a process of investigation used by Brisbane Catholic Education that utilises an action plan for teaching and learning in the classroom using task-based assessment before consideration of referral to another professional. This seminar will be held on Friday 31 March from 11am–12pm in room 116, Sir Llew Edwards building. For more information, visit the School of Languages and Cultures website.
Geriatric Medicine seminar series
The Centre for Research in Geriatric Medicine is pleased to host Dr Cindy Jones, a Research Fellow with the Menzies Health Institute Queensland, for her talk titled 'Sexualities and Dementia'. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 4 April from 12.30–1.30pm in the TRI seminar room 2007, PA Hospital. A videoconference link is available. To RSVP or find out more information email email@example.com.
The Conversation – how to pitch and become an author
The Conversation's Executive Editor, Liz Minchin, is holding a session for UQ researchers. Academic staff and PhD candidates with expertise to share are eligible to propose story ideas and potentially write for The Conversation. The Conversation is a public-good journalism project helping researchers share their knowledge with millions of readers around the world – averaging 35 million article views a month. UQ is a member of The Conversation – and in the past year alone, UQ academics and researchers have attracted 10 million article views for their work. The session will cover common mistakes people make when pitching, and how ABC News and other media work with The Conversation to find experts. The session will be held on Thursday 6 April from 12–1pm in room 213, Richards building. For more information, click here. Registration is essential.
Rotary Peace Fellows’ Seminar 2017 – Looking Back, Moving Forward: A Call to Action
The Annual Rotary Peace Fellows’ seminar is a platform for members of the Rotary and University communities to discover first hand the experiences and learning of Rotary Peace Fellows at UQ’s Rotary Peace Centre. Class XIV Fellows and the Graduate Centre at the School of Political Science and International Studies invite you to join them for this vital component of the Fellows’ activities at UQ. The event will be held on Saturday 8 April from 11am–6.30pm at the State Library. Register here and feel free to share this invitation to help celebrate the Centennial of the Rotary Foundation.
Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research public dementia forum
QBI Director Professor Pankaj Sah and the Director of the Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research (CJCADR), Professor Jürgen Götz, invite UQ staff to a half-day public dementia forum on Thursday 11 May. The forum will cover living well with dementia and updates on CJCADR research discoveries. This yearly public forum looks at living with dementia, its treatment, and Clem Jones Centre for Ageing Dementia Research discoveries. This is a free event but registration is essential for catering. Register at the event website.
Other upcoming events
Critical approaches to Museums and Heritage (23.03.2017)
Technology for Food Businesses (23.03.2017)
Ancient History Day 2017: Art in the Ancient Mediterranean World (25.03.2017)
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UQ in the media
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Stay cycle safe
A big thanks to the staff and students who took part in last week's free cycling in traffic workshop. Under the capable guidance of an accredited AustCycle trainer, participants picked up a range of handy tips, from biking basics such as appropriate clothing and correct seat height to road rules and safety advice – including the fact that it's not compulsory to indicate left, since this is the side of your bike that features the hand brake to the back wheel, and it's better to keep one hand on this brake if you're not an experienced cyclist. If you're keen to hit the road on two wheels instead of four, make sure you sign up for our free bicycle maintenance workshop on Tuesday 11 April.
New bike racks for the Hawken Building
Calling all campus cyclists: the bike racks outside the Hawken Building have recently been replaced. The racks are located in the parking area at the front of the Hawken Building, and are open for business following their upgrade last week. For more information about campus building works, visit the P&F Bulletin Board.
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Staff flu vaccination program
UQ Wellness is encouraging staff to stay on top of their health this year by registering for the annual UQ Staff Influenza Vaccination Program in March. Free influenza vaccinations are offered to all UQ staff including casual and continuing/fixed-term employees. The vaccination program will begin on Monday 20 March and will be held at a number of locations across all UQ campuses. Flu infection can be transmitted rapidly in a workplace and is a leading cause of increased sick leave and decreased productivity among employees. To see the full list of vaccination clinics and to book your appointment, click here. For more information, contact OHS enquiries on 336 52365.
Free lunchtime concert: string quartet
As part of UQ School of Music's Rising Stars Concert Series, we are excited to welcome a quartet of Australia's finest young string players to perform a concert of works by Webern and Beethoven at 1pm on Thursday 23 March in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowen building. Ike See, Caroline Hopson (UQ Alumnus), Lachlan O'Donnell and Rebecca Proietto have all performed with chamber and symphony orchestras and in festivals nationally and internationally. Visit the UQ music website for more informationabout this free concert, or subscribe to regular concert updates.
Go, weiqi, baduk players wanted for UQ go group
The Brisbane Go Club was founded at UQ in 1976 to play the ancient oriental game of go (weiqi in China, baduk in Korea, igo in Japan). The club would like to resume meeting on the St Lucia campus this semester. All staff and students who play the game are invited to join. For more information and to register your interest, email email@example.com, post on our Facebook group, or talk to Horatio Davis at the UQ Business School.
The ARC Centre for the Dynamics of language presents Rayella
The ARC Centre of Excellence for the Dynamics of Language is delighted to invite you to a short film and Q&A session with Rayella, Indigenous father and daughter music duo Raymond and Eleanor Dixon. The duo are from Marlinja Community in the Northern Territory and write songs that deliver a journey into the heartbeat of Australia's centre through lyrics that are filled with tales of life and history from the Mudburra people's homeland. The screening will be held on Thursday 30 March from 5–6pm at the Schonell Theatre. This event is free, but registration is necessary.
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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Open Course Scheme
Visit a class in the Open Course Scheme to see your colleagues in action and witness some of the great teaching that happens within UQ. A selection of courses have been opened for you to observe. Book a visit to see what others do well, pick up new ideas, see different strategies, re-discover old favourites and reflect on your own teaching. For more information, contact Peter Rutherford.
UQ offering free courses
Some of UQ’s most popular and free Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) in English grammar and style, tropical coastal ecosystems, making sense of climate science denial, the psychology of criminal justice, and the anthropology of current world issues are being re-run in Semester 1. For more information and to sign up, click here.
UQ staff discount on Designing Strategy for Results
Effective strategy creates value for an organisation’s customers and stakeholders and captures value for the organisation. This short course demonstrates how two disciplines, design and innovation, contribute to leading-edge strategy. It focuses on strategy execution and the use of design tools that enable a visual, experiential, cause and effect model of value creation and capture. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. The course will be held from Wednesday 19-Thursday 20 April. To learn more or to register, click here, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
UQ has launched Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters
UQ launched its pioneering Leadership in Global Development MicroMasters course in January this year, the first of its kind to be offered in Australia. The MicroMasters program is a new category of Masters-level online education, delivered on the edX online learning platform founded by Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The Science and Practice of Sustainable Development is the second of four online courses offered by UQx, which went live on Tuesday 14 March and teaches the science and policies that drive sustainable development and how leaders can work to achieve UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. For more information and to sign up, click here.
Resilience: Adapting to workplace change workshops
A series of resilience workshops is currently being offered to support staff through ongoing changes across the University. The workshop will look at strategies and insights to build personal resilience in dealing with workplace changes. Participants will understand common reactions to change, and identify strategies to maintain and grow their personal level of resilience and support themselves and their colleagues to navigate through workplace changes. Sessions are open to all UQ staff members. To see current dates and register, visit the Transition Support website. For further information contact Organisational Development.
eLearning solutions service
The eLearning Solutions Service is available to all UQ teaching staff that would like to receive a series of one-to-one consultations and assistance for the integration of eLearning into their courses. To organise an appointment with an eLearning Advisor please follow the steps as outlined on the eLearning Solutions Service website.
Online marking workshops for tutors
Custom workshops on online marking using Turnitin or the Blackboard assignment tool are available on request. ITS can provide laptops and course coordinators only need to book a meeting room. To organise a workshop for your tutors email email@example.com.
The eLearning team are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2017. A description of each workshop, dates and registration are available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.
- Virtual Meetings (Adobe Connect) – Wednesday 29 March, St Lucia
- Desktop Recording – Office Mix – Tuesday 4 April, St Lucia
- Checkbox – Thursday 4 May, St Lucia
- Basic Video Production – Thursday 11 May, St Lucia
MFSAS: statistics training workshops
The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner to advanced levels. For the full schedule, see the MFSAS (Methods for Social Analysis and Statistics) website. Upcoming workshops include:
18–25 year olds needed for online alcohol use study
Researchers from the School of Psychology are seeking young people aged 18–25 years who possess a sufficient level of English, to participate in a 30-minute online survey. The aim of the survey is to examine the relationship between personality, social influence, self efficacy and drinking among young adults. Participants will go into the draw to win one of four, $100 Coles-Myer gift cards. Participants also have the option to partake in a subsequent 1-hour in-lab session, where they will be reimbursed $20 for participating. Details: complete the survey or contact Nina Pocuca
Seeking volunteers with dry mouth
Seeking volunteers aged 18+ with dry mouth (xerostomia). The study will involve tasting five different flavoured lozenges and an orally dissolving tablet, and complete a questionnaire regarding opinions of the products, medical history and cause of xerostomia. The lozenges contain a low dose of pilocarpine (increases saliva production); some health conditions preclude participation so volunteers will be screened for eligibility via an inclusion and exclusion form given to everyone. Testing will take place at PACE, School of Pharmacy, 20 Cornwall Street, Woolloongabba. Details: Rose Estafanos
Do you have ideas about communication and technology?
Researchers are seeking people living with dementia and family members of people living with dementia to join a Lived Experience Expert Reference Group to guide a project. People in the reference group will be research consultants for the Florence Project. It focuses on communication needs of people with dementia and their families, and developing technologies to help. The reference group will provide guidance throughout the project to ensure, the important issues are tackled and the project is designed so people with dementia can participate without too much stress. Participants will be paid for their time. Details: click here or contact Jacki Liddle (3365 3988).
Recently sprained your ankle?
Volunteers aged 18–40 who have sprained their ankle for the first time in past three weeks are needed for a study investigating hip and knee muscle strength. Testing will take approximately one hour and will be conducted at the St Lucia campus. Participants will be reimbursed with a $15 Coles-Myer gift card. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj
Recent low back pain sufferers
Researcher are seeking participants aged 18–50 who have hurt their back in the past week to be part of a study that aims to discover why some people keep hurting their back over and over again. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lower limb biomechanics in soccer players
Seeking volunteers aged 18–50 to participate in a study investigating normal muscle function and biomechanics in soccer players. To be eligible you must be currently playing soccer, be free from injury, and have no history of orthopaedic surgery involving the lower limb. Participants will be asked to undertake a three-hour physical testing session at the St Lucia campus, as well as complete questionnaires and undertake an MRI and x-rays of their hips. Eligible participants will be reimbursed for their time with a $50 Coles Group and Myer gift card and all radiological imaging will be performed free of charge. Details: click here or contact Peter Lawrenson on 0424 449 574.
Understanding memory development: MRI study
Seeking healthy volunteers aged 14–16 years with no history of neurological/developmental disorder for a study on the development of memory networking in the brain. Criteria for exclusion includes metal in or on the body, dental braces, use of anti-depressants/anti-psychotics, colour blindness and claustrophobia. The study involves a single two-hour session (45–60 minutes in scanner). Participants will be asked to complete three short memory tasks inside the MRI scanner and three questionnaires outside the scanner. The study will be held at the Centre for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia. Participants must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and will be reimbursed $30. Details: Sam Fynes-Clinton
Emotional intelligence and scent perception survey
Volunteers aged 18–39 and non-smokers are sought to participate in a study investigating consumer behaviour through Mayer-Salovey-Caruso Emotional Intelligence Test (MSCEIT). Step 1 of the survey can be completed online at home at your convenient time while Step 2 of the survey will take place in the sensory facility at Hartley Teakle building, St Lucia, during March and April. The entire survey will take up to 45–55 minutes. Participants will receive a reward of $15 Coles Group and Myer gift card upon completing the two parts of the entire survey. Details: Usha Pappu
Seeking volunteers with prostate cancer
Researchers at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences are seeking men with prostate cancer to complete a one-off online questionnaire, taking approximately 20–30 minutes. The study is investigating the nutrition engagement and expectations during and after prostate cancer treatment. The questionnaire can be accessed from any computer, tablet or phone. To complete the questionnaire, click here. Details: Brenton Baguley
Human-robot interaction study
Volunteers are wanted for a research project studying how people interact with robots on navigation tasks. Participants will control a small, wheeled robot using a joystick in a racing task with human and/or robot partners. The study takes about 90 minutes and will be held at the Axon building, St Lucia. Details: Scott Heath
Food constituents to activate heat production in brown fat
Healthy volunteers are sought to investigate the effects of food constituents on brown fat (BF) activity. BF is good because when activated it dissipates calories as heat. Activating BF with an optimal meal composition may therefore assist in prevention of weight gain. Participants will attend the Clinical Research Facility at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, and undergo a PET-CT scan to determine how much brown fat they have. They will then receive a test meal and undergo metabolic rate testing over three hours to measure the effects of the meal on brown fat activity. Participants will be reimbursed with gift cards. Details: Dr Veronique Chachay or Deborah Gilroy
How do thinking skills relate to emotion and language?
Researchers seeking adults aged 60–85 with English as their first language and no neurological history (e.g. stroke). Participation involves a 2–3 hour session with the experimenter, where you will be asked to do several simple tasks that look at thinking skills. This involves responding verbally or nonverbally to words, dots and pictures. The tasks are carried out with pen and paper or via computer. Participants’ travel will be compensated with a $10 Coles Group and Myer voucher and the study will take place at UQ St Lucia (or at your home if suitable). Details: click here or contact Amie Willi
Seeking volunteers with elbow pain
We are seeking volunteers aged 18–70 with tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of your elbow) to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in tennis elbow. If eligible you will be required to attend two sessions of testing (three hours total) at St Lucia where questionnaires and non-invasive sensory measurements will be collected. Parking is provided at St Lucia campus and volunteers will be compensated for their time with a $20 Coles Group and Myer Gift Card. Details: complete this survey to check your eligibility or contact Viana Vuvan
Interested in free supervised exercise sessions?
Men and women with a previous diagnosis of cancer are invited to participate in a free exercise program aimed at improving general health. This program involves once-weekly 60-minute exercise sessions at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences’ gym for six consecutive weeks, plus a follow up appointment. The sessions will run on Wednesday or Thursday mornings in April and May with free parking available. Details: Kirsten Adlard or Kylie Squelch
Seeking volunteers post-concussion and healthy volunteers for study
Volunteers aged 18–60 who have experienced a concussion, and healthy volunteers who have not experienced a concussion, are sought to participate in a study investigating the effects of concussion four weeks to six months following the injury. Participation involves up to three sessions (initial assessment and optional two follow-up assessments) spaced over 12 months at UQ, St Lucia. Participants will be assessed with non-invasive measurements and will receive a verbal report of test results. Parking will be provided. Details: click here or contact Olivia Galea
Free exercise training
Researchers are currently looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study here at UQ designed to improve your diabetic health. You will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: Trishan Gajanand
Do you work and have a child aged 5–12 years with diabetes, asthma or eczema?
Researchers are seeking parent volunteers to participate in a study about how work and family demands affect quality of life and wellbeing of both parents and children. Participation involves a 20–30 minute online questionnaire. Participants can go into the draw to win one of two iPad Minis or a $50 Coles Group and Myer gift card.
Lower back pain patients needed
Seeking volunteers aged 18–70 who have been diagnosed with lower back pain to participate in a new diagnostic technique study. The aim of the study is to use a new diagnostic technique called mechanomyography (MMG) to locate back pain in participants. This study will be held at the Otto Hirschfeld building (81), Room 314, St Lucia. The duration of the study will take two hours. All participants will be reimbursed with a $50 Coles Group and Myer Gift Card for their time. Details: Christian Than
Could exercise help you learn a new language?
Healthy volunteers aged 60–85 who have English as their primary language are sought to participate in a study. The aim of this study is to investigate if one session of exercise can improve language learning abilities in ageing. Participation will include a free fitness assessment with an accredited exercise physiologist, behavioural tasks and blood tests. This study will be held at the UQ School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences, St Lucia. Participants will be asked to attend three visits (of two hours each) and will be reimbursed up to $120 for their time and travel. Details: click here or contact Marie-Pier McSween
Motor training and brain plasticity
Seeking right-handed volunteers aged 18–35 to take part in this study investigating the effect of non-invasive brain stimulation on brain plasticity and motor learning. The study will include two sessions of 2.5–3 hours each, at St Lucia campus. Each session involves two types of brain stimulation (electrical and magnetic), motor training of the right hand and the recording of brain activity (EEG). Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour. Details: Claire Bradley
ENDIA study seeks families with Type 1 diabetes
The Environmental Determinants of Islet Autoimmunity (ENDIA) seeks men, women and children with type 1 diabetes who are about to welcome a new baby into their family. Babies under six months with a first degree relative with T1DM are also welcome to participate. ENDIA has a Regional Participation Program for those living in more remote settings to be able to participate from their home: call Dani on (08) 8161 8655. This study has ethical approval and current funding from JDRF Australia and the Helmsley Charitable Trust. Click here for more information. Details: Julianne on 3069 7510 or email email@example.com.
How the brain protects the body from pain
Healthy volunteers aged 18+ with no back pain or disability are sought for a research study to evaluate how the nervous system protects the body from nociceptive stimuli. Participation requires attending one session of approximately three hours that evaluates the automatic responses of trunk muscles following noxious and non-noxious stimuli. Testing will take place in the Therapies building, St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $75 for time and travel. Details: Dr Hugo Massé-Alarie
Low back pain? Earn a free Fitbit
Adults 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 surveyto see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits
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