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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 29 June 2015


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Collaborators sought to trial e-Exam system in Semester 2 courses

Academics who are willing to trial a new e-Exam system that allows students the choice to type their responses to exam questions are needed. 

Those willing to trial this approach will be requested to implement during mid-semester exams or in-class quizzes.

The new system securely makes use of students' own laptops within supervised on-campus settings.

Academics can prepare exams using Word for essay and short response questions.

Assistance will be provided for set-up, running and post-exam arrangements.

For more information, click here or contact Mathew Hillier.









Important changes to Casual Timekeeper deadlines

As part of the University’s process improvement initiatives, the deadline for the submission of Casual Timekeeper forms is being made consistent across all of UQ.

The new "lockout time" for Casual Timekeeper forms will be 5pm on the Tuesday of each non-pay week. This change is effective from tomorrow; Tuesday 30 June.

Timekeeper forms will not be able to be submitted following the lockout time, until the pay run is completed over the weekend.

Submission deadlines and pay dates are available on the UQ Timetable for Casual Claims

A short FAQ on this change is available here.

Enhancing Systems and Services (ESS) Program

ESS is a University wide transformational program, sponsored by the Vice-Chancellor, which aims to:

  • Improve administrative activity and processes which impact on the core academic purpose
  • Empower staff and build a continuous improvement culture and capability UQ wide

In support of the University’s Strategic Plan 2014–2017, this UQ-led program will strengthen the University's learning, discovery and engagement priorities by enhancing services and deploying systems effectively.

The current areas of focus in the development of the ESS strategy and roadmap are:

  1. Build process improvement capability
  2. Deliver service improvement
  3. Organise services

Thank you for suggestions and feedback received to date, which has contributed to the development of the ESS framework. We will be providing regular updates through UQ Update and the ESS website.

To find out more visit www.uq.edu.au/ess or email enhancingservices@uq.edu.au.

Travel End to End Review: Findings Update

Thank you all who have participated in the Travel End to End review. So far the review has been a successful endeavour thanks to the participation of the University community. Over 220 people participated in one-on-one interviews, workshops and questionnaires and over 300 travellers completed the UQ Traveller Survey. The ESS website provides a summary of the findings that have been collected during the review. We look forward to sharing further progress on the outcomes of the review with the UQ community.

Management of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Library

From Monday 6 July onwards, the management of the Princess Alexandra Hospital Library will be transferred from The University of Queensland to the Princess Alexandra Hospital. The UQ PACE Health Sciences Library will continue to assist UQ staff (including Academic Title Holders) and students with their teaching, learning and research information needs. For more information, click here

UQ Water Forum - Call for submissions

The Global Change Institute is hosting its second annual UQ Water Forum from Tuesday 18–Wednesday 19 August and is calling for abstract submissions for a short "lightening" presentation. This free, two-day forum brings together researchers across the University to engage with key invited external guests on current and emerging water impact issues, and sustainable and innovative responses. For more information, click here.

King’s College First VIII rowing at Henley Royal Regatta

The First VIII rowing crew from King’s College is competing in the 2015 Henley Royal Regatta, UK. Undefeated in the recent Intercollege Council competition, the crew is believed to be the first Residential College in Australia to compete at Henley. Competing for the Temple Challenge Cup, the crew has gained entry into main draw with racing held from Wednesday 1 JulySunday 5 July. To keep up with the crew, follow them on Facebook, or watch the YouTube live-stream of all the action from undoubtedly the best known regatta in the world.  

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SMI Seminar Series

Mr Alan Irving, from Alan Irving and Associates will present a seminar on "Integrating environmental and social aspects into the design of resource projects – a practitioner’s view". The seminar will be held on Thursday 2 July from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information contact Hannah Fry on ext. 64241.  

UQ EAIT Leaders of Influence Series

UQ staff, alumni and friends are invited to lunch with a difference at the EAIT Leaders of Influence event. ‘Leader of Influence’ and UQ alumnus Rod Duke, Vice President Downstream Santos GLNG, will deliver a special presentation addressing "Leadership challenges: Building Queensland's new LNG industry”. The event will be held on Thursday 9 July from 12pm–1.45pm at Customs House. Tickets are $25 per person and includes lunch. For more information and to register, click here.

Horseman's Forum at Gatton

The Vet School is holding a horseman's forum on Saturday 11 July from 7.45am–5.30pm. The educational sessions are designed to provide practical information for horse owners and equine industry professionals about horse health issues. Topics include Cushing's disease- diagnosis and new treatments; vaccines, first aid & bandaging. A treadmill demo and equine hospital tour will also be available. For more information and to register, click here.

Workshop on the Kepler scientific workflow system and its applications

Dr Ilkay Altintas, Director for the Center of Excellence in Workflows for Data Science at the San Diego Supercomputer Center at the University of California, San Diego, will share her expertise on Kepler at a workshop for UQ researchers. Learn how others have applied Kepler’s scientific workflow system to their research. The workshop will be held on Tuesday 14 July from 9am–4.30pm in Room 505, Axon Building. For more information, click here or email m.dinh1@uq.edu.au.

GCI Seminar

Professor Jonathan Fink, Vice President for Research and Strategic Partnerships at Portland State University will present a seminar on "The role of urban universities in promoting urban sustainability". This seminar will discuss such efforts in two U.S. cities whose reputations lie at opposite ends of the sustainability spectrum—Phoenix Arizona in the desert Southwest, and Portland Oregon in the temperate Pacific Northwest. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 14 July from 12pm–1pm in Seminar Room 275, GCI. For more information, click here.

Taking the lead in vascular access

The Australian Vascular Access Society and Cancer Nurses Society Australia invite all clinicians and researchers with an interest in vascular access to a seminar on Tuesday 14 July from 5.30pm–7.30pm at the Russell Strong Auditorium, PA Hospital. Registrations close Friday 3 July. For more information and to register, click here or contact Nicole Gavin or Julie Flynn.

Multivariate projection methodologies for big data

Multivariate projection approaches are useful exploratory tools to get a first understanding of large and complex data sets. The objective of this workshop is to introduce the fundamental concepts behind projection-based approaches and illustrate their application on some exemplar studies using the R package mixOmics. This workshop will be held from Thursday 23 JulyFriday 24 July at the QUT Gardens Point campus and is organised by the Statistical Society of Australia Inc (SSAI). Early bird registration closes on Wednesday 1 July. For more information and to register, click here

UQ Staff Discount on Advanced Presentation Skills

UQ Business School Executive Education will present the "Advanced Presentation Skills" course on Wednesday 22 July. The need to inform with clarity, to motivate and to inspire action permeates every aspect of a leader's world. This course combines cutting edge business skills with coaching and acting elements to create an in-depth learning experience. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. Spaces are limited. For more information and to register, click here or contact Selina Mules on ext. 67111.  

Other upcoming events 


QBI Seminar: Molecular Mechanisms of AMPA receptor trafficking (01.07.15)

Women In Maths Networking Event (02.07.15)

UQ Rugby Wallabies vs Springboks pre-test corporate luncheon (17.07.15)

More UQ events »


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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Green Labs’ Freezer Month

The latest Green Labs competition "Freezer Month" has started and is all about encouraging Green Labs to use cold storage as efficiently as possible. Freezers, refrigerators, and refrigerated equipment in UQ laboratories are collectively very large consumers of energy. Ultra‐low temperature (ULT) freezers (also commonly known as ‐80˚C freezers) are particularly energy intensive, consuming approximately as much energy as an average family home.

Green Labs will be taking part in various activities during ‘Freezer Month’ including, ‘chilling up’ (raising freezer temperatures by 10 degrees), cleaning out and defrosting, inventorying and retiring or upgrading freezers. For more information about the Green Labs Program and the Freezer Month competition, visit the Sustainability website.

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R U OK? Conversations

This year R U OK? Day is Thursday 10 September, and Human Resources would like to encourage UQ staff and work teams around the University to engage with staff and have a conversation that really matters. In the workplace, we need to be able to ask the question "are you okay?" Staff can create a culture where people feel confident asking and answering this important question.

These conversations can make a real difference to staff going through a tough time. UQ is offering a short training session to provide UQ staff with the basic skills required to start a conversation about how someone is coping. Training is based on the R U OK? conversation model. Training will be offered at St Lucia, Gatton and Herston. To book your spot, visit the Staff Development website. For more information, contact Felicity Couperthwaite

Customs House BYO Wednesday

Commencing in July, Customs House will be offering the option of bringing your own bottle of wine along for dinner bookings on Wednesday nights, with no corkage fee. Bookings for the restaurant can be made online or by phoning 3365 8921.

UQ Sport Kids term three enrolments now open

UQ Sport Kids offers three before and after school activities to get kids excited about being active. Swimming lessonstennis coaching and athletics coaching are available for all ages and abilities. UQ Sport Kids term programs are a great way to get kids their weekly dose of exercise while they develop new skills and have fun with friends. All UQ Sport Kids term three programs run from Monday 13 July–Friday 18 September. Enrolments are open now.

Free Parenting Advice for Sibling Conflict

Professor Matt Sanders and the team from the Triple P – Positive Parenting Program are inviting parents for a final chance to participate in a free parenting group specifically targeting sibling conflict. For more information, click here or contact John Pickering on ext. 68743.

Physiotherapy for kids

Strength, flexibility, balance and coordination are all important foundations for the ongoing development and control of movement in the classroom and in the playground. If your child is having difficulty with any of these areas, appointments are available to provide an assessment and program that is specific to your child’s needs. No diagnosis or medical referral is required, and Enhanced Primary Care (EPC) plans are welcome. Private health fund rebates may apply. For more information or to book an appointment, contact UQ Health and Rehabilitation Clinics reception on 33652232 or at healthclinics@uq.edu.au Staff, students and the public welcome. Free parking available.

UQ Wellness 

  • Good Morning Yoga - seven-week course, Tuesday 7.30am-8.30am at the UQ Centre - contact Dr Vivek Mitter.

  • Feldenkrais­ Awareness through Movement ­- six-week course, Wednesday 5.15pm ­–6.15pm at the UQ Centre - contact Susie King.

For more information on current health and wellness opportunities, visit the UQ Wellness website or contact Vicki McNabb.

Adult Autism Spectrum Group

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

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eLearning solutions service

ITS are piloting an eLearning Solutions Service to help staff implement eLearning solutions for the most common teaching and learning problems, using centrally supported eLearning tools. Course coordinators can nominate to receive individual training on selecting and configuring an eLearning tool, followed by support to implement and launch the teaching and learning activity. For further information and to register refer to the eLearning Solutions Service webpage.

Desktop recording –iSpring workshop

ITS are helping pilot iSpring suite eLearning authoring software during 2015. iSpring integrates with PowerPoint and allows you to create video lectures, advanced quizzes with feedback, and interactive case studies. Licences are available for course coordinators who attend training. The next workshop will be held on Friday 17 July and staff can register on the Staff Development website.

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:

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/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Virtual Classroom (Adobe Connect) - Wednesday 15 July, Gatton
  • Learn.UQ Basics - Wednesday 15 July, St Lucia
  • Turnitin - Thursday 16 July, St Lucia
  • Desktop recording - iSpring - Friday 17 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ Basics - Monday 20 July, St Lucia
  • ResponseWare - Monday 20 July, St Lucia

Staff Development Update

OHS workshops and training

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

  • Managing OHS in the Laboratory - Thursday 2 July
  • OHS for Supervisors and Managers - Thursday 2 July
  • Storage, Placards and Labelling of Chemicals - Wednesday 15 July
  • Manual Tasks Risk Assessment and Control - Monday 20 July 
  • Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources - Intro - Tuesday 21 July
  • Provide CPR - Tuesday 21 July
  • Apply First Aid - Tuesday 21 July
  • Risk Management Database Training – Standard - Wednesday 22 July
  • Provide CPR - Monday 27 July
  • Anaphylaxis- Asthma - Monday 27 July
  • Radiation Safety with Unsealed Sources- Practical - Tuesday 28 July

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 Study about

Alcohol Research Study

Volunteers aged 18–21 are sought for a study on emotion, personality, and taste perception. Participation requires taking part in two experimental sessions, one week apart at UQ St Lucia or Herston Campus. Volunteers will receive a $40 JB Hi-Fi/Myer voucher. Details: click here or email m.gullo@uq.edu.au.

Neuroimaging of language, emotion, memory and learning

Healthy adults aged 55–70 years are sought to participate in a study focusing on language, emotion, memory and learning. Participants in this healthy group will constitute a reference group for data obtained from a group of people with Parkinson's disease. Assessments include two neuroimaging sessions at St Lucia (magnetic resonance imaging) and paper-and-pen tests, lasting approximately one and a half hours each. $45 travel reimbursement will be provided for each of the two sessions. Details: click here or contact Dr Christina Knuepffer.

Kids BESTest Balance Study

Children aged 8–18 years are sought to trial a new Physiotherapy Balance Test, called the BESTest. Children will have fun with our qualified Kids Physio Team testing their balance and coordination in a range of fun clinical tests, as well as a couple of cool tests on our balance platform. We hope that gathering this information with typically developing kids can provide a baseline from which Kids Physios can identify balance problems in children with disabilities. All kids are needed for one visit of two-hours and we hope that some kids might be able to come back for a follow up visit of one-hour. You can stay with your child, or they can stay with our qualified Kids Physios for the duration of the test. All testing is done at the St Lucia campus. For more information, contact Rosalee Dewar

Microfinance research

Researchers are seeking past participants from saver plus, AddsUp, or other matched savings programs for a microfinance study. Reseach involves interview of not more than 60 minutes at your chosen time and place, Participants will be reimbursed with a $30 giftcard. Details: Lynn Ling.

Healthy people over 40 needed

Volunteers aged 40 and over who have no back, hip, knee, foot or ankle problems are sought to serve as a healthy control subject in a study on knee arthritis. Participants will be required for two-hours to complete measures of foot and ankle flexibility and structure and muscle activity while walking up and down stairs. Details: Narelle Wyndow.

Educational experiences of refugee-background students

Volunteers aged 18 years and over who do not have English as their first language, have arrived in Australia as a refugee or asylum seeker, have completed at least two years of high school in Queensland, have received a Year 12 high school certificate and have finished high school within the past three years are sought to participate in a study. The study will investigate the educational experiences of refugee-background youth who have successfully completed high-school in Queensland. Participation will require partaking in three interviews, at a place of the participants choice, and each interview will take approximately one hour. Participation in this study is anonymous and confidential. Participants will receive a movie voucher and transport costs will be reimbursed. Details: Fabiane Ramos

Healthy Brain ageing 65 years and over

Healthy, right-handed adults aged 65–80 years are sought for a neuroimaging experiment. This study involves a one-hour fMRI scan and a 45-minute pen-and-paper session to assess age-related changes in brain activity underlying language and gesture production. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: click here.

Seeking participants for an eye movement study

Researchers are seeking right-handed volunteers aged 18–40 years old with normal vision, not requiring correction (glasses or contact lenses) for a study on how we perceive visual information when we make eye movements. Participants will be asked to attend two experimental sessions of around 45 minutes each on separate days. An infrared eye-tracker will be used to measure eye movements as you judge the identity of simple visual stimuli on a computer display. Participants will be reimbursed $10 per session. Details: Delphine Lévy-Bencheton.

Parents views about parenting support programs

Parents of children aged 2-10 years are sought to participate in a study on parents' view about parenting support programs. Participants will be asked to complete a 20-minute survey about their perceptions of parenting programs, their child, and themselves. This study aims to understand what influences whether parents take part in support programs and how we can encourage more participation. Details: click here or contact Genevieve Whybird.

Seeking pregnant mothers for newborn imitation 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 contact Siobhan Kennedy.

Is your child on medication for a diagnosis of ADHD and having trouble sleeping?

An international research team, including researchers from UQ and Lady Cilento Children’s Hospital, are undertaking a study to look at the effectiveness of melatonin in helping children who have a diagnosis of ADHD, are currently treated with stimulant medication, and are experiencing sleep difficulties, particularly getting to sleep. This study is designed in a way that it can help provide information for individuals, and also group information. This information could be useful in determining if melatonin has a significant effect on sleep for your child. Results from this study can be given to your doctor to help in treatment planning for your child. Details: Michael Bibo (3381 1232).

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).



People with ankle pain needed

Volunteers aged 18-75 who have ankle pain that has lasted more than 3 months are needed to complete a questionnaire. The questionnaire asks about your ankle function and general health, and takes about 20 minutes. Questionnaires can be emailed or sent by post. Details: email sirph@uq.edu.au.

Using Virtual Reality to Assess Cognition

Volunteers aged 35- 95 years who have no history of stroke or other neurological disease are sought for research on the use of virtual reality to assess cognition. No previous computer experience is needed. We have developed computer-based tasks to assess attention, memory and problem solving skills. This method of assessing cognition may be more meaningful and appropriate for stroke survivors than traditional methods. Details: Kylie Wall.

Do you have a child with a chronic illness? How are their brothers and sisters going?

Researchers are seeking parents with at least one child with any chronic illness (for example; Asthma, Diabetes, Eczema, Epilepsy or Cystic Fibrosis) and at least one child without any chronic illnesses, aged 6–12 years. The researcher will be conducting home visits and performing interviews with one parent and one sibling of the child who has the chronic illness. Total duration will be less than 60 minutes. Topics of discussion will be based around the impact of the chronic illness on the well children within the family home. The findings of this study will help inform future parenting interventions for children and siblings living within a home with chronic illness. Participants will go into a draw for a chance to win one of two $50 Coles Group and Myer gift cards. Details: Kathryn Hales.

Seeking travellers who are familiar with peer-to-peer (PtoP) accommodation

Volunteers who have at least a basic familiarity with PtoP accommodation (for example Airbnb) are sought to complete a 10-minute online survey about consumer perceptions of PtoP accommodation services. Details: click here or contact Fulya Calik Toker.

Do you own poultry? Antibiotic resistance in backyard chickens

Researchers are looking for access to people who own healthy backyard flocks (4–99 birds) of any kind in south-east Queensland. The study involves the collection of an environmental sample of avian faecal material. A short questionnaire will also be provided either electronically or via post. Details: David Wakeham (5460 1090).

Brown fat study

Participants aged 18–40 who are a healthy weight, not on regular medications (except the oral contraceptive pill) and not pregnant are needed for a study into brown fat – a potential treatment for obesity. Brown fat burns energy, produces heat, and will light up on special scans. Participants will be required to attend four three-hour sessions at the Princess Alexandra Hospital. Reimbursement will be available and a light meal will be provided. Details: Dr Moe Thuzar (3443 7944).

Parents of teenagers needed to help with questionnaire feedback

Parents of teenagers aged 11–18 are sought to provide feedback on various questionnaires. The questionnaires look at behaviour and emotional problems and social competencies among teenagers; and parenting and the parent-teenager relationship. Guidelines for giving feedback on the suitability and relevance of the questions in the survey will be provided upon contact. The feedback process will be conducted via Word and should take no longer than 30 minutes. Volunteers will go into the draw to win a double movie pass. Details: email parentingteens@uq.edu.au.

Is Parenting Different Across Cultures?

Researchers at the Parenting and Family Support Centre are looking for parents of children aged 2-10 for a study examining potential differences and similarities in child rearing practices across individualistic and collectivist cultures. Participants will be asked to complete an anonymous 20-minute online survey and will have the opportunity to win a $100 gift card. Details: click here or contact Chrislyne Poniman.

Dealing with Work Stress Project

Volunteers who work a minimum of eight hours per week are sought to complete a survey on attachment and work stress. The survey will take about 20 minutes to complete, and participants have the opportunity to win one of three $50 book vouchers. Details: click here or contact Joelle O'Neill.

Spine and Shoulder Posture Study

Volunteers aged 30–60 who have no neck or shoulder pain are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate normal spinal and shoulder posture under low-load activities of the arm and neck. Participants will receive a free posture assessment and postural advice. Details: Yaheli Bet-Or.

Brain imaging study on emotions

Healthy caucasian adults aged 18-45 are sought for a two-part study. Part one involves completing questionnaires. Part two involves making judgments about videos inside the MRI scanner. Reimbursement of $30 will be available for participants. Details: Yuan Cao.

Exercise and Asthma

Males aged 18–45 and females aged 18–55 years who have asthma, are currently a non-smoker and exercise for less than 90 minutes a week are sought for a study examining how exercise affects asthma. Details: Hayley Scott (3443 7126).

Growing up milk – “LITE” (GUMLi trial)

Parents of healthy babies who will turn 12 months old before Thursday 31 December are invited to participate in a "growing up milk" (toddler 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 Misa Matsuyama on 0428 093 998.

Parenting and Self-Compassion

Researchers are interested in the views of parents with a child aged 2–12 years. Participants will be asked to complete questionnaires about your parenting, child behaviour, and stress, as well as complete an audio-guided meditation. It will take approximately 60 minutes to complete. The study is conducted at UQ, St Lucia. Details: Sarah Baldwin.

Virtual reality training for neck pain

Volunteers aged 18 and over and who have had at least two months of neck pain and disability are sought for a study to investigate the effect of this home-based training for people with neck pain. A virtual reality device has been developed for assessment and training of neck movement. It provides games designed to improve the smoothness, speed and accuracy of neck movement. It is interactive, motivating, pain distracting and functional. Details: Kate Croft

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