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UQ Update

University of Queensland

Monday 27 June 2016


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Fulbright Scholarships

Electronic Payment Summaries available in MyAurion 

Staff can now access their 2015/2016 Payment Summary via MyAurion. Printed Payment Summaries will only be available where staff have left the University, or have formally notified that they will soon be leaving UQ, or where staff, such as casuals, have not received a salary payment since Friday 1 April 2016. For instructions on how to access the Payment Summary in MyAurion, click here.









Required and recommended resources required by the Library now

If you have not emailed your resources list for semester two to the Library or your Electronic Course Profile (ECP) is not published yet, please email your list to the Library now. Please advise if your resources are required, recommended or further reading. Email your lists to learningresources@library.uq.edu.au or contact your Librarian for further information. Reading lists received in July may not be processed for the beginning of semester.

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) upgrade in July

Learn.UQ (Blackboard) will undergo an upgrade/maintenance outage from Monday 11–Tuesday 12 July. This is during the university vacation week in the inter-semester recess – the week before semester two orientation week. Staff and students will be unable to access Blackboard during this time. For more information about the scheduled outage, including how to preview the new version and participate in testing, please visit the upgrade information webpage or contact the eLearning support desk.

Final week to submit UQ Teaching and Learning Awards expressions of interest

UQ Teaching and Learning Awards Expression of Interest (EOI) must be submitted this week by Wednesday 29 June. UQ fosters and acknowledges excellence in learning and teaching by recognising and rewarding staff through three awards schemes – Awards for Teaching Excellence (ATE), Awards for Programs that Enhance Learning (APEL) and Citations for Outstanding Contributions to Student Learning (COCSL). Submit an EOI to have your contribution formally recognised. Application guidelines, templates and important dates are available on the ITaLI website. Please direct all queries to teaching.awards@uq.edu.au.

The Great Court: stormwater drainage upgrade works and landscape repairs

Properties and Facilities, in consultation with a landscape architect and the Department of Heritage, have been repairing the stormwater drainage system in the Great Court to solve the flooding issues affecting the southern buildings of the Great Court. The next stage of the works will be commencing shortly in front of the Richards, Steele and Parnell buildings, and are due to be completed by end of the year. As part of this project, and to facilitate the drainage repairs, there are also new native trees being planted, particularly in the gardens located at the building entrances. Refer to the P&F Bulletin Board for project updates. For more information or to raise any concerns you may have, contact Stephen Sandilands on ext. 67903.

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AIBN Seminar Series

Dr Simon Puttick, AIBN Research Fellow, Whittaker Group will present a talk on "Developing Image Driven Treatment Paradigms for Brain Cancer" and Dr Petri Turunen, Department of Molecular Materials, Institute for Molecules and Materials, Radboud University, Nijmegen, The Netherlands will present a talk on "Single-Enzyme Kinetics with Fluorogenic Substrates". The seminar will be held on Thursday 30 June from 12pm–1pm in the AIBN Seminar Room, Building 75. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information email aibnreception@uq.edu.au.

AIBN Seminar Series

Professor George Whitesides, Harvard University will present a seminar on "Dissipative Systems and Synthetic Complexity". The seminar will be held on Friday 1 July from 12pm–1pm in the AIBN Seminar Room, Building 75. Everyone is welcome to attend. For more information email reception@aibn.uq.edu.au.

Oceanic Conference on International Studies

It is the final week to register for the Oceanic Conference on International Studies (OCIS). Held every two years, OCIS is the premier conference in international studies held in Australasia. It brings together scholars working across all fields of international studies, and is known for its relaxed yet intellectually stimulating atmosphere. Attended by leading international scholars, it is also a wonderful venue for junior scholars to share their evolving ideas. The conference will be held at UQ, from Monday 4–Tuesday 6 July and includes keynotes by Professor Peter Katzenstein and Professor Anne Orford. For more information click here or email ocis2016@uq.edu.au.

2016 UQ Water Forum

The UQ Water Forum seeks to foster collaboration, interaction and integration of water research within and beyond The University of Queensland, past specific disciplines and towards interdisciplinary understanding. This free, two-day forum brings together researchers across the University to engage with key invited external guests from government and industry on current and emerging water impact issues and policies, and sustainable and innovative responses. The forum will be held from Monday 4–Tuesday 5 July in the Global Change Institute. For more information, click here.

Family-owned wineries and innovation

This interactive lecture uses case studies of Australian family-owned wineries that have preserved traditional values while successfully innovating across multiple generations. Tradition and innovation need not be mutually exclusive when values and "institutional logics" are managed carefully. Wine tastings are provided to demonstrate the lecture theme. The lecture will be held on Wednesday 6 July from 5.30pm–7pm in the Terrace Room, Sir Llew Edwards Building and costs $25 per person. For more information contact Dr Jonathan Staggs.

Think Club: performance conversations – turning pain into glory 

UQ has partnered with Pragmatic Thinking to launch Brisbane’s inaugural “Think Club”, a place for like-minded and innovative thinkers to come together, share insights and engage in positive discussions. The first event is on Wednesday 13 July at 7.30am for an 8am start, in Room 200, Advanced Engineering Building. The first event will be on the topic of “Performance Conversations: Turning pain into glory”. Gain insights into how to most effectively have positive and authentic performance conversations. This is a free event, but registration is required. For more information contact Nicky Spijkerman on ext. 67828. 

2017 UQL Cyberschool Seminar: from adolescent brain to entrepreneur

This year's seminar will focus on research into the adolescent brain, which will lead us to the knowledge and skills necessary for them to succeed in an innovative future economy. Speakers come from the Queensland Brain Institute, River City Labs, iLabs and UQ Library's Centre for Digital Scholarship. Practical and inspirational examples will be used. The seminar will be held on Friday 22 July from 8.30am–3.30pm. View the program here and register here

Second Joint Workshop on Synthetic Biology

The Second Joint Workshop on Synthetic Biology brings together researchers from Tianjin University and The University of Queensland to discuss research collaborations in synthetic biology. The focus areas are, Heterologous Natural Products, Biosafety/Vaccines, Geosystems Bioengineering, and Enabling Synthetic Biology. The workshop will be held on Monday 25 July from 9am–4pm at the QBI Auditorium. Register here. For more information, contact Alisa Becker on ext. 57594.

Other upcoming events 

English Teaching and Travel Opportunities (28.06.2016)

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Neural mechanisms of MK-801 induced sensitisation (29.06.2016)

Transforming Assessment online seminar: Central challenges in transforming assessment at departmental and institutional level [live stream] (30.06.2016)

QBI Neuroscience Seminar: Investigations of the effects of scanning focused ultrasound in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease (30.06.2016)

Innovative 3D printed multi-functional biomaterial solutions to musculoskeletal problems (01.07.2016)

More UQ events »


UQ in the media

The media monitoring service provides a broad collection of external media articles that mention UQ. 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 arrange access the Media Monitors portal directly by emailing communications@uq.edu.au.



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New bird boxes at Long Pocket

UQ's Biodiversity Research Group and Sustainability team installed 27 new bird boxes at UQ's Long Pocket site last week to help our campus feathered friends nest in comfort. The boxes are designed to attract the widest number of species, and the biodiversity team will start monitoring the boxes after two months. A number of bird boxes are currently being monitored at St Lucia and Gatton, and one St Lucia box has had eggs laid in it already–watch this space!

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$8 Lunch Deals

Main Course are offering a range of $8 Lunch Deals. All meals come with a drink including a 375ml Coke, Sprite, Lift, Fanta or 600ml Cool Ridge Spring Water. Choose from the following meals:

  • Katsu chicken
  • Chicken wrap and small chips
  • Fried rice
  • Chicken drumsticks with rice (or chips).

Offer available for a limited time only. For more information, click here

Do you have communication difficulties?

Did you know that one in five Australians will experience communication difficulties during their lifetime? The UQHRC Speech Pathology Clinic provides communication assessment and therapy services to UQ Staff, their families and the wider community. We offer services for: 

  • kids whose speech is difficult to understand 
  • kids who are having difficulty with reading 
  • adults who have suffered strokes 
  • adults with voice problems 
  • a wide variety of other communication difficulties.

To arrange an appointment, or to enquire about the services we offer, please contact the clinic on 3365 2232.  

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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"Fin-tastic" new online course arrives in time for Shark Week

A new online course on sharks created by UQx in partnership with Cornell University will launch on Tuesday 28 June during the annual Discovery Channel Shark Week. "SHARKS! Global Biodiversity, Biology, and Conservation" is the first international MOOC partnership for UQx. The course explores the fascinating world of sharks, providing insights into their sophisticated senses, evolution and behaviour. Participants will learn how shark scientists are using advances in technology to study and track sharks, and of the ecological implications of human interactions. To learn more about these mysterious sea dwellers for free click here.

Developing New Student Mobility Programs

This workshop will provide an overview of mobility programs managed by Global Engagement, including New Colombo Plan (NCP), Endeavour Mobility Grants and the Short-Term Mobility Program (STMP). The workshop will provide participants with an understanding of the benefits of having students participate in these programs as well as advice on ways to market the programs to potential applicants. The workshop will be held on Wednesday 6 July from 2pm–4pm in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building.

Global Strategy: supporting collaborative engagement 

This course is designed to provide an overview of UQ Global Strategy and to showcase tools that will assist your school, faculty or institute in building new and existing strategic partnerships. It will provide an overview of the UQ Global Strategy Framework, current global priorities and partners, and resources to support engagement such as the Global Strategy and Partnerships Seed Funding Scheme. The Country and Partner Engagement Frameworks will also be presented. A list will be provided of the online resources that you will be able to access and demonstrations of how to you can utilise them to support your decision-making. The course will be held on Monday 11 July from 9am–12pm in Room 202, Learning Innovation Building.

Advanced Presentation Skills course

Advanced Presentation Skills is designed to transform fearful presenters into fear-free presenters. Facilitator Barry O'Sullivan draws on 22 years of industry experience, combined with leadership coaching and acting techniques - without any on-the-spot role plays – to assist participants to enhance their personal presentation skills. The course will be held on Monday 18 July from 9am–5pm at the UQ Executive Venue. UQ staff receive a 20 per cent discount on UQ Business School Executive Education short courses. For more information and to register, click here or contact Alex Guichard on ext. 67111.

Rainmaker: Building Client Relationships short course

Like it or not, we're all in sales now. Whether you're a seasoned professional, a wily entrepreneur, or a researcher pitching for a grant, this short course will arm you with the pragmatic skills and theory you need to attract and cultivate new clients and bolster existing relationships, to generate revenue opportunities for you and your business. With industry rivalry and competition increasing, and business confidence and investment stalling, there's never been a greater need to identify, cultivate and realise business relationships. The short course will be held from Monday 8–Tuesday 9 August. To learn more or register, click here.

Staff development update

eLearning workshops

ITS is offering a range of practical workshops on eLearning tools during 2016. A description of each workshop, dates and registration is available on the Staff Development/Teaching and Learning Technologies website.

  • Learn.UQ Quizzes, Tests and Exams – Tuesday 21 June, St Lucia
  • Desktop Recording, Office Mix – Wednesday 22 June, St Lucia
  • Turnitin – Friday 24 June, 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:

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Free exercise training

Researchers are looking for volunteers aged 18–75 with type 2 diabetes to participate in an exercise training study. Participants will receive free training sessions with an accredited exercise physiologist and free health checks. Free parking will also be provided. Details: Click here or contact Trishan Gajanand.

HIV testing experiences and preferences

Researchers are seeking gay, bisexual or trans men, or other men who have sex with men, aged 18+ and living in Queensland, to participate in a T2TQ study exploring the experiences of people testing for HIV in Queensland. Complete our online anonymous survey and/or join a two-hour group discussion in Brisbane, Toowoomba, Rockhampton or Cairns where participants will be reimbursed with a $50 gift card. Details: Kate Bath (3346 5244).

How do we respond to emotion and social cues across the life span?

Healthy older adults aged 65–80 who are right handed are sought for a study investigating emotion recognition ability in ageing. The research involves identifying emotional expressions from faces and doing a couple of easy background measures. Testing will take two hours to complete at St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed $30 for their time and travel costs. Details: Charlotte Arnold.

University–Business Cooperation (UBC) Survey

The EU Center for Global Affairs at The University of Adelaide is seeking input from experts around the world and particularly in responses from Australia and Europe, as this research forms part of "The state of UBC in Europe" study. You have the opportunity to comment on topics relating to policy, practitioner and research directions, and focus on questions that are most relevant to you. No identifying information is collected, so it will not be possible to identify any individual or organisation in the results. As a token of appreciation a copy of the project results can be provided to an optional email address at the end of the survey. Details: click here or contact Associate Professor Carolin Plewa.

Have you recently suffered back pain?

If so, you're likely to experience future back pain. Adults aged 18–50 who have experienced back pain in the past week are sought for a study that aims to discover why people keep hurting their backs again and again. Participants will be reimbursed for their time. Complete this survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: click here or email longlbp.ccrespine@uq.edu.au.

Demonstrate your driving skills using fun computer-based activities

Australian drivers' licence holders aged 18–24 are sought for a study looking at how to make Australian roads safer. The 60-minute session at UQ involves watching and responding to various video clips of real driving footage, as well as a short questionnaire. Responses will be video-recorded. Participants will be reimbursed $10. Details: Francine Smith.

Have you always wanted to try a stand-up desk at work?

Healthy office workers aged 18+ with no prior experience of using a stand-up desk are sought to participate in a study evaluating the health effects of using a sit-stand workstation. Eligible participants will receive a standing workstation and possible allocation to an exercise program for four weeks. An activity monitor will also be worn to measure physical activity. Details: Alyssa Welch

Interested in how the brain and motor-control system work together

Volunteers who are right-handed, and have corrected to normal vision and hearing, are sought to participate in a study investigating factors that help and hinder our ability to acquire movements. The study will take place in the Human Movement Building, St Lucia campus, and takes a little under an hour. The task involves the use of a custom-made motor sensing cursor to hit targets on a screen. Details: Aya Uchida.

Reaching and learning EEG study

Healthy, right-handed adults aged 65–85 are sought to take part in an experimental study on age-related differences of learning a reaching task. Participants will be fitted with an electrode cap that measures their brain waves while performing a reaching task for about one hour. Including preparation time, the session will take two hours. Participants will be reimbursed $20 and receive free parking at UQ St Lucia during the study. Details: Dr Eva Reuter (3365 6240).

Are physical activity monitors accurate in people with Parkinson’s disease?

Adult volunteers who have Parkinson’s disease, and are able to walk without physical help from another person are sought to participate in research investigating the accuracy of commercially available physical activity monitoring devices (e.g. Fitbit, Garmin Vivosmart) in people with Parkinson’s disease. Participation will include a two-hour assessment session with a physiotherapist at the St Lucia campus. Details: Dr Robyn Lamont (3365 3299).

Brain imaging study

Researchers are seeking healthy males aged 30–45 with English as their first language and no history of brain injury for a brain imaging study. Participation will involve an MRI scan of the brain, a blood sample and two one-on-one sessions of cognitive testing (2–3 hours). The study will take place at UQ St Lucia. Participants will be reimbursed with a $50 Coles-Myer gift voucher. Details: Megan Barker.

How does depression affect the processing of another’s emotion?

Researchers from the School of Psychology are looking for volunteers aged 18–45 who have been diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder to participate in a brain-imaging study on emotions. This two-session study is conducted at the St Lucia campus, with the first session consisting of a one-hour interview, and the second session involving watching videos while your brain activity is recorded by the MRI scanner (approximately one hour inside scanner, one hour for preparation and debriefing). Participants will be reimbursed $20 per hour and can get a copy of images of their brain scan. Details: Yuan Cao.

Work–family conflict: the influence of parental guilt and self-compassion

Parents of children aged 2–12, who work outside of the family home at least one day per week, are sought to complete an anonymous online survey exploring the association between work–family conflict, parental guilt and self-compassion. The survey will take approximately 10–15 minutes to complete. Details: complete the survey or contact Katrina O'Connor.

People with low back pain needed for brain and back pain study

Volunteers aged 18–65 years with a current episode of low back pain of at least one week's duration are sought for a study. Participation will involve visiting our laboratory at St Lucia Therapies Building on two occasions. The laboratory visit will take approximately three hours and will involve a series of experiments designed to measure your back muscle and brain activity. Participants will be eligible for reimbursement of their time. Details: Liba Sheeran.

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 survey to see if you are eligible to participate. Details: Esther Smits.

Neck pain volunteers for spine and shoulder posture study

Male volunteers aged 18–70 who have had neck pain in the last three months or more are sought for a study using 3D motion capture technology to investigate 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.


Does money drive or drain you? 

Researchers are seeking working adults to be involved in a short two-part survey study to investigate how pay-for-performance incentives impact you. Part one will take 20 minutes to complete, and part two (which participants will be invited to complete one month later) will take just five minutes. All participants receive a handy tip sheet, a copy of the research findings, and go in the draw to win one of three $200 gift cards. Please note that part one of this survey will remain open for two weeks only, closing on Thursday 7 July). Details: complete the survey or contact Marina Dawson or Katrina Bell.

How do your muscles and tendons respond to exercise?

Seeking healthy volunteers aged 18–45 who do not engage in regular resistance exercise for a study examining the effects of maximal eccentric exercise on muscle and tendon behaviour. Participants must not have any history of injury to the lower limb or back. Participation includes two experimental sessions separated by 48 hours (three hours total) consisting of questionnaires, two blood samples, EMG recording, ultrasound of your quadriceps muscle and patellar tendon and a single bout of maximal eccentric exercise of one leg. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift card upon completion of both sessions. Details: Rohitha Badya.

Have your leg strength and balance tested

Volunteers aged 18–40 with no history of lower limb injury, are sought for a study to test leg muscle strength and balance. Testing will take approximately 2.5 hours and will be conducted in the Therapies Building. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj

Down syndrome research

Adults aged 35–45 with Down syndrome, and their family/carers, are sought to participate in a new phase of longstanding research to increase understanding of the development of adults with intellectual disability as they continue through adulthood. Participants will complete assessments of language and cognition. Family members or carers will be asked to answer questions about the adult’s daily life. The assessment will take about 1.5 hours, undertaken at UQ or in the adult’s home. Participants will receive a movie ticket for their time. Details: Jan Lloyd (3365 7383).

What impact do long-term child health problems have on families?

One in three Australian children has an ongoing, long-term health condition (asthma, eczema, diabetes, epilepsy and others). Researchers are seeking families of children with a long-term health condition to take part a research study exploring the impact of chronic childhood illness on well siblings. Parents and siblings (aged 6–12 years) will be invited to participate in a brief (<60 mins) face-to-face interview. Participants will go into a draw for a chance to win one of two $40 Coles and Myer gift cards. Details: Dr Amy Mitchell (3346 1202).

Hot water immersion and exercise performance

Male volunteers aged 18–30 who are currently completing weights training are being sought to investigate the use of hot water immersion on recovery from exercise and subsequent exercise performance. Participants will complete three familiarisation sessions of 1.5 hours each and two test days of 10 hours, five hours of which can be spent reading or working on a laptop, over the course of three weeks. All procedures will be conducted at the School of Human Movement and Nutrition Sciences. Participants who complete the study in full will be reimbursed $100. Details: Hamish McGorm.

Brain networks

Healthy volunteers aged 18–65 years are sought for a study investigating structural and functional brain networks using EEG and MRI. This study involves two parts that are held on different days at the St Lucia campus. The first part is an EEG experiment, which will take 1.5 hours. The second part is an MRI study, and will take one hour. Volunteers will be sent a pre-screening questionnaire to determine their eligibility for the study, which will take approximately 30 minutes to complete. Volunteers will be reimbursed $30. Details: Lena Oestreich.

Seeking volunteers with tennis elbow and healthy volunteers for study

Volunteers aged 18+ with tennis elbow (pain over the outer side of the elbow), and healthy volunteers aged 35–70 who have not had any pain or injuries in the last six months are sought to participate in a study investigating different types of sensation in tennis elbow. Participation involves two sessions at St Lucia, where non-invasive sensory measurements will be taken. Parking will be provided and reasonable expenses will be covered. Details: sirph@uq.edu.au.

Study on ankle osteoarthritis

Volunteers aged 18+ who have ankle osteoarthritis are sought to participate in an online questionnaire that takes approximately 20–30 minutes. Participants will be reimbursed with a Merlo coffee voucher. Details: complete the survey or contact Munira Al Mahrouqi.

Memory and epilepsy study

Healthy adults aged 30–50 who are right-handed are sought to investigate the ability to remember words and to retrieve personal memories. The study involves two tasks in an MRI scanner. The first consists of retrieving memories from your past and reliving them in your mind. The second involves being shown a number of words and recalling as many as possible immediately after you see them, 24 hours and seven days later. The two follow-up recall sessions are conducted via telephone. Participants will be reimbursed $60. Details: click here or contact Ilvana Dzafic.

People without low back pain needed

Healthy adults aged 18–60 without low back pain are urgently needed for a control study. Study involves participants lying down for an hour and then sitting up for an hour whilst receiving mild electrotherapy for analysis. Two separate sessions are needed, with the first session taking approximately three hours and the second session taking two hours. Session times are flexible. Participants will be reimbursed with a $20 Coles/Myer gift card. Details: Christian Than.

Seeking volunteers with knee pain

Researchers are seeking volunteers aged 18–40 who have experienced pain around the front of their knee for at least six weeks. This study will investigate balance performance, and the immediate effects of different shoe inserts on balance. Participants will be required to attend one testing session of approximately two hours at St Lucia. Questionnaires will be completed, as well as tests of foot and ankle mobility. Various balance tests will be performed under different shoe and insert conditions. Details: Dr Natalie Collins (3346 7751).

Healthy volunteers for muscles strength and balance test

Volunteers aged 18–35 years with no history of lower limb injury are needed for a study investigating lower limb strength and balance. Testing will take approximately two and a half hours and will be conducted in Building 84A, St Lucia. Parking will be provided and participants will be reimbursed with a $20 gift voucher. Details: Nafiseh Khalaj.  

Relationships between vision and neck complaints

Volunteers suffering from neck pain or a whiplash injury are sought for a study to understand more about the relationship between neck pain, vision and eye movement control. This research involves filling out simple questionnaires and participating in two non-invasive tests analysing your eye movements when following different objects. The whole testing procedure will take a maximum of 45 minutes. Participants will receive a gift and feedback on their performance. Details: email phoebe.giffard@uqconnect.edu.au or laura.daly@uqconnect.edu.au.


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