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University of Queensland

Monday 21 July 2014

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Entries for G20 Global Business Challenge closing soon

Entries for the G20 Global Business Challenge, which will be held in conjunction with the G20 Leaders' Summit in November, close on Friday 25 July

More than 100 teams from 65 universities and business schools around the world have registered for the Challenge, which is hosted by UQ together with the Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University and the Queensland Government. Read more.


National Pain Week free public presentation

Researchers from the Centre for Pain Research at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience are holding a free presentation as part of National Pain Week. Scientists will discuss their research, which focuses on treating pain that is difficult to manage, such as neuropathic, diabetic, chemotherapy and cancer pain.

The presentation will be held on Tuesday 22 July, from 6pm at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience Auditorium, Queensland Bioscience Precinct. The presentation will be followed by a free reception. For more information, click here or email imbevents@uq.edu.au

UQ/USQ Ipswich campus update

Following a detailed planning and due diligence process, the UQ Senate has now given approval for the transfer for the Ipswich campus to the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). Subject to contractual negotiations and relevant approvals, the formal transfer of the UQ Ipswich Campus to USQ will occur on, or around 7 January 2015.

UQ and USQ are committed to ensuring that UQ students will not be unnecessarily disadvantaged by the transfer of the Ipswich Campus to USQ. This has been demonstrated by negotiating a two-year teach-out period whereby UQ will continue to have access to the Ipswich campus. This will enable most students currently enrolled in Ipswich-based programs to complete their study at the Ipswich campus.

During this period of change and transition, we will continue to work closely with affected staff to ensure they are fully supported and informed during the process and that opportunities for future job security are maximised. For more information, click here.

Mid-Year Graduations road closures

Road closures will be in place for the UQ Mid-Year Graduation Ceremonies taking place at the UQ Centre from Tuesday 22–Friday 25 July. Campbell Road will be closed from 6am–6pm each day, and Union Road will be closed at intervals between 9am–8pm each day. The ramp to the Great Court will also be closed from 7am–6pm each day for post-Ceremony functions. UQ Security will be on site for advice and to offer limited entry to Playhouse Child Care, Disability bays, Service and Maintenance bays, Clinic bays, UQ Sport, UQ Union, Rehabilitation Clinic, Health Services and the Graduation shuttle bus. Deliveries for the UQ Union can be made via the loading dock located off Staff House Road. For more information, contact Kate Cuddihy.

Global Change Institute photography competition

Have you taken a photo in the past two years that creatively captures change in your world? Enter your photos in the Global Change Institute's amateur photography competition by Monday 4 August and go in the draw to win great prizes, including a Go Pro HD. Entry is open to UQ staff, students and alumni. For more information, click here or email Krystle Henry.

ATSE Clunies Ross Awards open for nominations

The Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE) is now inviting nominations for the 2015 Clunies Ross Awards. The Awards recognise the outstanding application of science and technology that provides economic, social and/or environmental benefit to Australia. Nominations close on Friday 29 August. For more information, click here.

UQ Advantage Office expressions of interest for judges closing soon

The Student Engagement team in the UQ Advantage Office will host the annual Undergraduate Research Conference during Research Week from Tuesday 16–Wednesday 17 September. Student Engagement are seeking UQ academics, researchers, professional staff and alumni from a range of disciplines to assist with judging the best oral, poster and 3MT presentations. Interested staff or alumni are asked to complete an online expression of interest form. Entries close on Thursday 31 July. For more information, contact Student Engagement on ext. 52929.

Entries extended for The Australian Innovation Challenge

Entries for The Australian 2014 Innovation Challenge have been extended until Monday 11 August. Individuals or groups can enter five professional categories, ranging from community services to minerals and energy. The winner of each category wins $5000 toward further development, commercialisation or adoption of their innovation with an overall winner taking home an additional $25,000. There are also two support categories available to members of the general public and students under 21. For more information and to enter, click here.

Lecture recording system expansion

During Semester 2, UQ's lecture recording system will be expanded to cover an additional 42 centrally owned teaching spaces. This means all centrally owned teaching spaces with 40 seats and above will have lecture recording capability by 2015. View the Equipped venues guide for further information on which rooms are scheduled to be updated during the inter-semester recess.

School of Education Postgraduate Research Community Conference

Registrations are now open for the 2014 School of Education Postgraduate Research Community Conference, "Reimagining Research Methodologies for the 21st Century". The keynote address, "Maintaining the Self in the Collective: Reinscribing the PhD", will be presented by Professor Tracey Bunda from the University of Southern Queensland. The conference will be held on Saturday 16 August, from 9am–5pm at the School of Education, St Lucia. Registration is free for UQ staff and students. For more information, contact Kathleen McLeod on ext. 56227.

"Health and Autism across the Lifespan" conference

The AADDM-QCIDD Conference 2014, "Health and Autism across the Lifespan", is being held on Friday 22 August at the Mater Hospital. The conference is a collaboration between the Australian Association of Developmental Disability Medicine (AADDM) and the Queensland Centre for Intellectual and Developmental Disability (QCIDD). It is a practice-focused conference that would benefit medical practitioners, educators, allied health professionals and clinicians in providing better physical and mental healthcare to people with autism. For more information and to register, click here or contact Jenny Curtis.

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SMI Seminar Series

The Sustainable Minerals Institute is presenting two talks this week as part of the SMI Seminar Series. Massey University Senior Lecturer Dr Chris Anderson is presenting a seminar on "How a global system of training centres for artisanal miners is changing lives in developing countries". This seminar will be held on Wednesday 23 July, from 12pm–1pm in the Level 7 Vis Lab, Sir James Foots Building. Professor of Economics Chris O'Donnell is presenting a seminar on "An economic approach to identifying drivers of productivity change in the market sectors of the Australian economy". This seminar will be held on Thursday 24 July, from 10am–11am in the Level 7 Vis Lab, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

Talk by Professor Bruce Crosson, SHRS Honorary Professor

A talk on "The relevance of aging for rehabilitation of aging-related diseases" will be presented by Professor Bruce Crosson. Professor Crosson is the Executive Associate Director of the Rehabilitation Research and Development Centre of Excellence at the Atlanta VA Medical Center, Professor of Neurology at Emory University, Professor of Psychology at Georgia State University, and Honorary Professor of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences at UQ. The talk will be held on Thursday 24 July, from 4pm–5pm in Room 304, Level 3, Therapies Building. For more information, contact Justine Robins.

The Johnian Duo at the UQ Art Museum

The Johnian Duo – Baroque Organ and Recorder Ensemble (Ana Stevenson, recorder, and Howard Munro, organ) are holding a concert featuring recorder sonatas by Benedetto Marcello, Johann Schickhardt and J.S. Bach, and Organ Partita in G Minor by J.S. Bach. The concert will be held on Friday 25 July, from 1pm–2pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information, click here.

Confucius Institute Lecture

Harvey Dzodin was Director and Vice-President of ABC Television Network from 1982–2004 and is currently a columnist for China Daily and Senior Advisor to Tsinghua University. He will present a lecture on "Sino-American relations and the rebalancing: friends, enemies and frenemies". The lecture will be held on Friday 25 July, from 2pm–4pm in the Level 2 Seminar Room, Global Change Institute. Click here to register your attendance, or for more information, contact Sarah Armour on ext. 53159. 

Colleagues at UQ

The next Colleagues at UQ monthly social get-together, celebrating Christmas in July, will be held on Friday 25 July from 4.30pm onwards at St Lucy caffé e cucina. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Seminar: The World Food Programme as a Global Food Security Safety Net 

The Global Change Institute’s Food Security Seminar Series resumes for Semester 2, with speaker Malcolm Duthie, Adjunct Associate Professor for Food Security with the GCI. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 29 July, from 1pm–2pm in Room 275, GCI Building. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan.

Free public lecture with The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP

The School of Economics is hosting a free public lecture with The Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP, Federal Member for Fraser, Shadow Assistant Treasurer, and Shadow Minister for Competition. Andrew will be launching his new book, The Economics of Just About Everything, at the event. The lecture will be held on Thursday 31 July, from 4.45pm for a 5pm start, in the Auditorium, Level 2, Sir Llew Edwards Building. For more information, email events.economics@uq.edu.au or contact Alysha Hilevuo on ext. 54959.

PTSD and the Australian military: perspectives, puzzles and pathways forward

Post-traumatic stress affects many Australians including veterans, especially those exposed to trauma. This seminar, organised by UQ's Centre for Military and Veterans' Health and the Royal United Services Institute of Australia will look at post-traumatic stress and the Australian military. Speakers will discuss post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) from multiple perspectives (clinical, veteran, family and command), explore the divergent reports from academia and those "at the coal face", highlight the current state of affairs and discuss potential pathways forward. The seminar will be held on Saturday 2 August, from 8.30am–4.30pm in Room W 201, Kelvin Grove Campus, QUT. For more information, click here.

CCCS Public Lecture: Towards Global Security?

From global climate change to WMD proliferation, disease to poverty, key existential threats in modern global politics demand new perspectives and practices that challenge traditional international relations thought. In this lecture, Dr Matt McDonald from the School of Political Science and International Studies will make a case for a cosmopolitan and genuinely global approach to security. The lecture will be held on Thursday 7 August, from 5.30pm–6.30pm at the UQ Art Museum. For more information, click here or contact Rebecca Ralph on ext. 67407.

Carolyn D Baker Memorial Lecture

Professor Margaret Somerville from the University of Western Sydney will present this lecture on "Where are you in all of this? The ontologies of knowledge production." The lecture will be held on Friday 15 August, from 5pm–8pm at The Women's College, St Lucia. For more information, click here or contact Kathleen McLeod on ext. 56227.

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UQ Sustainability Week 2014

Sustainability Week is being held from Monday 18–Friday 22 August, with twenty-four events across four campuses and sites. The week will officially open on Monday 18 August with a presentation on "Sustainability in Hard Times" by Professor Andrew Griffiths, Academic Dean and Head of the UQ Business School. The presentation will be held from 12.30pm–1.30pm in Seminar Room 275, Level 2, Global Change Institute Building. To view the full program of events and register your attendance, visit the Sustainability website.

Waste Reduction Challenge

While we all love a cup of tea, coffee, hot chocolate or chai, more than 1 billion single-use coffee cups are consumed every year in Australia, using valuable resources. Most single-use coffee cups are coated in a plastic film, preventing them from being recyclable, which means over 7000 tonnes of coffee cups are sent to landfill each year. During Sustainability Week, take the School of Education and the Sustainability Office’s joint Waste Reduction Challenge to reduce the number of single-use coffee cups consumed. 

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Need assistance with your child or teenager?

The Child and Family Psychology Clinic is a specialist centre assisting parents concerned about their child or teenager. The types of difficulties we help with include behaviour management, anxiety and fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and teen issues. The Clinic are also specialists in conducting Triple P. Individual appointments are available for $25 per hour. For more information, click here or contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on ext. 57290 or cfpc@psy.uq.edu.au.

UQ Union special offers 

For a limited time only, the following special offers are available on the St Lucia campus:

  • The Lolly Shop is offering a 600ml Nu-Pure water and a medium Cadbury chocolate bar for just $4. Terms and conditions apply, see in store for details.
  • Secondhand Texts and Stationery are offering a lab coat and goggles for just $24.

Sunday breakfast at Customs House

Breakfast is available at Customs House every Sunday from 9am. Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere with seating on the terrace, or inside the elegant dining room. Click here to view the menu. If you dine at Customs House on the weekend, or on weeknights after 5pm, you can park for $5 at Wilson's Parking, Riverside Centre, Eagle Street. Click here for more information.

Focus on your health and wellbeing – UQ Wellness

Yoga is now available on Monday and Tuesday afternoons at St Lucia – email Dr Vivek Mitter for more information. To become a walking group leader and get a walker's pack (pedometer, water bottle and cap), email Vicki McNabb. For current health and wellness opportunities, visit the UQ Wellness website.

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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LabVIEW software – free, online, self-paced training 

As part of the UQ campus-wide LabVIEW licence, National Instruments offers free, self-paced online training to all UQ undergraduate and postgraduate students, PhD candidates, researchers, staff and academics. For more information, visit the EAIT Faculty Workshop Group website.

eLearning workshops

ITS are offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2014. A description of each workshop with dates and registration is available on the Staff Development website.

  • TurnItIn – 10am–12pm, Tuesday 22 July, Herston
  • Desktop Recording – 2pm–4pm, Tuesday 22 July, Herston
  • Learn.UQ: Basics – 9.30am–12pm, Wednesday 23 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Quizzes, Test and Exams – 1.30pm–4pm, Wednesday 23 July, St Lucia
  • TurnItIn – 10am–12pm, Thursday 24 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Grade Centre – 1.30pm–4pm, Thursday 24 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Basics – 1.30pm–12pm, Thursday 31 July, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Tests, Quizzes and Exams – 9.30am–12pm, Monday 4 August, St Lucia
  • Learn.UQ: Grade Centre – 9.30am–12pm, Wednesday 6 August, St Lucia
  • TurnItIn– 2pm–4pm, Thursday 14 August, St Lucia

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginners 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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Does your relationship with your child's school benefit their outcomes?

Researchers are seeking parents of primary school aged children to complete a survey on their partnership with their child's school. The survey takes approximately 20 minutes and responses are anonymous. Participants will go in the draw to win a $50 gift voucher. Details: Click here or contact Grace Kirby.

Driving and Parkinson's disease

People with Parkinson's disease, as well as their family members and health professionals, are sought for a study aiming to understand the unique needs and experiences of people with Parkinson's disease related to driving, disruptions to driving and stopping driving. The study will involve a one-hour interview at a location of the participant's choice (e.g. at home or at a local cafe). Researchers are particularly seeking current drivers or retired drivers with Parkinson's disease, family members or carers of someone with Parkinson's disease who has experienced challenges related to driving or life without driving, and health care professionals who work with people with Parkinson's disease. Details: Laura Turner or Dr Jacki Liddle (3346 5583). 

Healthy adults sought for neuroimaging study

Researchers from UQ Centre for Clinical Research and the Centre for Advanced Imaging are seeking healthy adults aged 40–65 for a neuroimaging research project. The study aims to investigate memory, learning, emotion and language processing in people with Parkinson's disease and healthy adults. Testing involves two MRI scan sessions of 1 hour each at St Lucia, as well as completing some questionnaires. Participants will be reimbursed $30 per visit to cover travel and parking expenses. Details: Click here or contact Ilvana Dzafic.

Do you have kneecap pain?

People 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 (3365 4587).

Are your knees free of pain?

The SIRPH Research Unit is looking for volunteers to participate as control subjects in a knee pain study which investigates neural mechanisms involved in anterior knee pain. Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–40  who have no knee pain, no back, hip or lower leg pain, and no surgery or fracture to the lower limbs. The study will involve one 30-minute session to test sensory thresholds. Details: Rebecca Mellor (3365 7485).

Participants needed for auditory study

Participants aged 18–35 who have had a previous brain MRI at St Lucia, are right-handed and have no history of hearing impairment or injury are needed for a study on auditory attention. The study involves three sessions of approximately 90 minutes each at the School of Psychology. Participants will receive 20 minutes of non-invasive brain stimulation using Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS). Participants will be reimbursed $10 per hour. Details: Corinne Bareham.

Are you suffering from neck pain?

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–55 who are suffering from neck pain. Specific neck exercise training will be provided for three months for free. Accuracy of the exercise will be followed up by a specialist physiotherapist in weekly 10-minute sessions. Improvement of neck muscle control will be assessed every month for four months, with a $50 reimbursement per session. Details: Edith Elgueta.


Do you know someone who suffers from breast or chest lymphoedema?

Breast swelling (lymphoedema) and discomfort can occur following treatment for breast cancer. Researchers are conducting a study to determine whether a 12 week exercise program reduces symptoms associated with this condition. Participation involves two assessments at St Lucia and, for those placed in the intervention group, a free 12-week supervised exercise program in the participant's local gym. Successful participants are able to begin the program anytime. Details: Bridget Abell.

Survey on raising teens in the technology generation

Parents of children aged 11–18 are needed for a study on the effect of technology on families. Participants will be required to complete a 30-minute anonymous survey about in influence of technology on parent–teenager relationships, parenting practices and teenager wellbeing. Participants' teenage children can also take part in a similar anonymous survey. This research is completely voluntary and confidential. All participants will be eligible to enter a draw to win a $50 Coles/Myer gift card. Details: Click here or email parentingteens@uq.edu.au.

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. Details: Click here or email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com.

Do you think you have good neck posture?

Office workers who 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.

Do you suffer from lateral hip pain?

Volunteers aged 35–70 with pain and tenderness on the outside of the hip are needed for an investigation into outcomes of treatment approaches for lateral hip pain. Participation will involve X-ray/MRI and undergoing an 8-week physiotherapy programme, or a corticosteroid injection to the hip, or advice on tendon management. Details: Rebecca Mellor (3346 7485).

Seeking pregnant mothers for 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 parents and their baby. Participants will receive an HD video of all footage taken of them and their baby. Details: Click here or contact Siobhan Kennedy.

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 free nutrition sessions, 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).

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