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University of Queensland

Monday 27 October 2014 

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Workshop for applicants for Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Fellowships

The OLT Teaching Fellowship scheme advances learning and teaching in higher education by supporting a group of leading educators to undertake strategic, high-profile activities in areas of importance to the sector. ITaLI is holding a workshop to explain the OLT Fellowship scheme and support applicants in writing effective submissions. 

Applicants should bring to the workshop a paragraph outlining the program of activities they propose to undertake during their Fellowship. Applicants should also read the Fellowship guidelines, available here.

The workshop will be held on Tuesday 4 November from 1.30pm–2.30pm in the Level 3 Conference Room, Learning Innovations Building. To register, email m.wirt@uq.edu.au.


Requiem – UQ Music at QPAC

The UQ Symphony Orchestra and The UQ Chorale will present their final performance for 2014 on Sunday. The program includes Mozart’s unfinished masterpiece 'Requiem in D Minor', George Butterworth’s 'A Shropshire Lad', and Elgar’s 'Enigma Variations'.

The concert will be held on Sunday 2 November, from 2pm–4pm at QPAC. Tickets are $25 for adults and $18 for concession (transaction fees may apply). To book, click here or call the QTIX Box Office on 136 246.

For more information, email concerts@uq.edu.au.



UQ News TV – Students fight for tenants' rights

The latest episode of UQ News TV features the new specialist Tenancy Law Clinic, the first of its kind in Queensland. The clinic is a joint project between the University of Queensland Pro Bono Centre and Tenants Queensland, made possible by $50,000 in funding from The Ian Potter Foundation. Read more

Faculty Review of Centre for Youth Substance Abuse Research (CYSAR)

The Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences is undertaking a review of CYSAR, in accordance with PPL 1.30.06. Submissions are now sought, and should be sent to habs.research@uq.edu.au by Friday 7 November.

UQ Latest News Statement to Senate

To read the UQ Latest News Statement presented to the Senate meeting of Thursday 23 October, click here

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Mental Health Awareness

October is Mental Health Month, a national event that aims to improve community awareness and knowledge about mental health illness and reduce the stigma and discrimination associated with mental health problems.

UQ is raising Mental Health Awareness with presentations about building good mental health, strategies to help during times of stress and early intervention. Throughout October and November there will be a series of Mental Health Awareness talks:

The Speed Breeding journey: from garbage bins to Bill Gates

Dr Lee Hickey from the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) will present a public lecture on UQ's Speed Breeding system, which allows up to seven plant generations of wheat to be grown annually. The seminar will be held on Tuesday 28 October, from 12pm–1pm, in the Large Seminar Room, Level 3, Queensland Brain Institute. For more information, click here.

Sustainable Minerals Iinstitute Seminar Series

Dr Tami Haase, Mining and Metals Environmental Manager with Bechtel, is presenting a seminar on 'Changing environmental performance culture in industry'. Dr Haase will discuss Bechtel's environmental program, E3arth Challenge, which aims to build on and improve environmental best practices across the company. The seminar will be held on Thursday 30 October, from 10am–11am in the Level 4 Seminar Room, Sir James Foots Building. For more information, contact Sandy Worden.

UQ Music Lunchtime Concert

In the last lunchtime concert for 2014, the White Halo Ensemble, UQ's new Ensemble in Residence, will perform piano quartets by Mahler and Schumann, and 'Epic Diva' by Australian composer Matthew Hindson. The concert will be held on Thursday 30 October, from 1pm–2pm in the Nickson Room, Zelman Cowan Building. For more information, click here or email concerts@uq.edu.au.

Elsevier Pure Roadshow

Elsevier Pure Roadshow to be presented by Bo Alro, Solution Sales Director of Pure and Amelia Forde Solution Sales Manager, Pure. Pure aggregates an organisation's research information from numerous internal and external sources, and ensures the data that drives strategic decisions is trusted, comprehensive and accessible in real time. The seminar will be held on Friday 31 October from 9am–11am in the Library Conference Room, Duhig Building. For more information, click here. RSVP to Mary-Anne Marrington by Wednesday 29 October.

SLCCS Literatures and Cultures Seminar Series

The School of Languages and Comparative Cultural Studies is presenting a seminar from Peter Cryle on "Why and how 'race' become a category in the scientific study of humans? Physical anthropology in France during the 1860s and 1870s". The seminar will be held on Friday 31 October, from 2pm–3pm in Room 209, Gordon Greenwood Building. For more information, click here or contact 
Dr Carles Gutierrez-Sanfeliu.

Reflections of a Female Engineer

The School of Civil Engineering is hosting Professor Sarah Springman as the 2014 Seymour Whyte Visiting Scholar for Women in Civil Engineering. Professor Springman will deliver a public lecture on understanding the challenges and opportunities associated with attracting and retaining women in the engineering profession. The lecture will be held on Friday 31 October from 3.30pm–5.30pm in the Advanced Engineering Building. A cocktail function will follow the lecture. For more information and to register, click here or contact Trent Leggatt.

Boeing/UQ Research Workshop

The University of Queensland and Boeing are hosting a research and development workshop on Monday 3 November from 9am–1pm in the QBI Auditorium, Building 79. For more information and to register, click here.

UQ Industry Briefing Series–Procter & Gamble

UniQuest is preparing to present UQ’s innovations and capabilities in the area of soft colloids, particulates and their applications to Procter & Gamble (P&G), which funds collaborative R&D and innovations. Professor Anton Middelberg, Acting Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), will host an information session for researchers whose research interests align with P&G’s needs. The briefing session will be held on Monday 3 November from 4pm–5pm in the Ground Floor Seminar Room, Building 75. To find more information on P&G's current capability and innovation needs, click here. To register, email p.harpur@uniquest.com.au

Morning tea for tutors

Tutors and sessional academic staff are critical to the student experience at UQ.  As part of the 2014 Teaching & Learning Week program, an event will be held specifically for tutors, to recognise their unique role. The morning tea will be held on Tuesday 4 November from 10.15am–11.15am in Seminar Room 202, Learning Innovation Building. Registration required. For more information, contact Kelly Matthews

Neural mechanisms underlying electrical brain stimulation effects

Associate Professor Marcus Meinzer will present a talk on the neural underpinnings of transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), a non-invasive brain stimulation technique. The talk will look at how tDCS is being combined with functional brain imaging techniques like functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) to study the underlying mechanisms of improved congition in health individuals and patient populations. The talk will be held on Tuesday 4 November, from 4pm–5pm in Room 623, Therapies Building. For more information, contact Justine Robins.

Working towards a Teaching and Learning Award – panel session

As part of UQ Teaching and Learning Week 2014, ITaLI will be hosting an awards panel. Hear from three past Australian Awards for University Teaching recipients, and an Office for Learning and Teaching Assessor. Find the agenda here. The panel will be held on Wednesday 5 November from 10am–11.15am, in Room 202A, Learning Innovation Building, St Lucia, and live streamed to Herston and Gatton. To register for the St Lucia event click here. To register or request the link for the virtual room to watch the panel session on a private computer and take part during the Q&A via instant messaging, email m.wirt@uq.edu.au

School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering Distinguished Lecture Series

Dr Eric Kerrigan, Imperial College London, is hosting a seminar entitled "Throw Yourself at the Ground and Miss: Models for Control and Estimation of Distributed Parameter Systems Without the Pain". The seminar will be held on Wednesday 5 November from 12pm–1pm in Room 49, Advanced Engineering Building. For more information, click here or contact Brianne Macinnon.

Oil depletion and biodiversity: is feeding humanity coming at the expense of nature?

In the Global Change Institute’s next Food Security Seminar, Rowan Eisner will address the oil dependence of agricultural intensification, which has reduced land clearing. The seminar will also look at impacts on land use and biodiversity of recent oil supply inelasticity. The seminar will be held on Wednesday 5 November, from 1pm–2pm in Room 275, GCI Building, and all are welcome. For more information, contact Jane O'Sullivan.

Corporate Liability and Compliance Seminar

The TC Beirne School of Law in conjunction with the Basel Institute on Governance and Transparency International–Australia presents a Corporate Liability and Compliance seminar addressing the past, present and future of corporate criminal liability law. The seminar will be held on Thursday 6 November from 8am–4pm at Customs House. For more information, click here or email events@law.uq.edu.au.

Forum: Scalable and sustainable telehealth in Queensland

The UQ Centre of Research Excellence in Telehealth is holding a forum presented by Andrew Bryett, Director of the Clinical Access and Redesign Unit, Queensland Health's Health Systems Innovation Branch, who will outline Queensland Health's current and future telehealth initiatives. This forms part of the CRE’s monthly forum series. The forum will be held on Friday 7 November from 11am–12pm in Room 2007, Translational Research Institute, PA Hospital Campus, with a light lunch to follow. For more information, contact Dominique Bird.

The Ove Arup Foundation Lecture

Professor Luke Bisby, Arup/Royal Academy of Engineering Chair of Structures and Fire, will present the Ove Arup Foundation Lecture on "How Integrating Constraints begets Innovation in Design: The Special Case of Fire Safety Engineering". The lecture will be held on Friday 7 November from 6pm–8pm in the Level 3 Auditorium, Advanced Engineering Building. For more information and to register, click here.   

Women in Technology–The Journey to Leadership

The UQ Business School and QBI are sponsoring the launch of the Life Sciences Breakfast Series organised by Women in Technology. The series will showcase highly successful women in the life sciences arena and their career journeys. The first speaker is recently appointed Women in Technology Life Science Ambassador, Anne-Marie Birkill. The first seminar will be held on Wednesday 3 December from 7.30am–9am in the QBI Auditorium, Building 79. For more information and to register, click here.

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Sustainable Commuting Competition

All UQ staff are invited to participate in the 2014 Sustainable Commuting Competition from Monday 3–Friday 7 November. Staff are encouraged to use sustainable transport methods, such as walking, cycling or videoconferencing, to reduce their carbon emissions, with prizes for the individual and office with the greatest reduction in emissions. All participants must be sponsored by a Green Office or Green Labs representative on their entry. To register, email greenoffice@pf.uq.edu.au.

Eco tips: How can I travel to UQ sustainably?

  1. If it’s only a short trip, take a walk
  2. Ride a bike - secure bicycle parking is available free on campus
  3. Utilise public transport–catch a bus, ferry or train
  4. Car–pool, you can save money and the environment
  5. Consider whether you really need to drive: each litre of petrol combusted emits 2.5kg of greenhouse gases.
  6. Find out more online

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Virgin Australia domestic holiday travel offer for UQ staff

Virgin Australia is offering UQ employees a special discount for domestic holiday travel. You can enjoy up to 10 per cent off all Virgin Australia operated Business, Flexi and Saver class fares across Virgin's domestic network.

This offer also extends to family and friends when they are travelling on the same booking as UQ staff. To be eligible, bookings must be made by Wednesday 31 December, for travel until Tuesday 30 June 2015. Simply visit the Virgin Australia website, enter the promo code “MTW67” and select your flights. Make sure you use your UQ email address in the booking to be eligible for these discounted fares. For more information, and to view the offer conditions, click here.

Beautiful new stock at the Anthropology Museum shop

To coincide with the exhibition Strong Women Strong Painting Strong Culture, the Anthropology Museum Gallery shop is selling a beautiful variety of jewellery and artwork from the Central Desert. Unique gifts include bold and bright necklaces from Ernabella Arts, hand painted mugs from Tangentyere Artists and small canvases from Bindi Art. The exhibition and the shop are open daily from 11am–4pm.

Melbourne Cup Luncheon

Customs House is hosting a Melbourne Cup Luncheon on Tuesday 4 November from 12pm. Canapés and a glass of Veuve Clicquot or a cocktail will be served on the grass on arrival and screens will show the races live. A three-course lunch is $110 per person and a prestige beverage package may be added for an additional $60 per person. A door prize valued at $500 will be drawn on the day. Book online or phone 3365 8999.

Colleagues at UQ

The next Colleagues at UQ monthly social get-together will be held on Friday 31 October from 4.30pm onwards at the Pizza Caffe. The theme will be Halloween. For more information, visit the Facebook page.

Child and Family Psychology appointments for children and teenagers 

The Child and Family Psychology Clinic is offering individual appointments for $25 per hour. The Clinic is a specialist centre assisting parents concerned about their child or teenager. The types of difficulties the clinic helps with include behaviour management, anxiety/fears, friendship issues, ADHD, Asperger’s Syndrome, assessments for learning difficulties, and teen issues. For more information, click here or contact the Child and Family Psychology Clinic on 3365 7290.

Physiotherapy for kids

The UQ Paediatric Physiotherapy Clinic manages a wide variety of conditions for babies, children and adolescents. Appointments are available to provide an assessment and program 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 on ext. 52232.

UQ Wellness – yoga at St Lucia

Join a yoga class to find out yogic tips for fighting the common cold and flu. A regular yoga routine helps strengthen the immune system, can help reduce stress, lower blood pressure and improve heart function. To find out about yoga courses held at St Lucia, contact Dr Vivek Mitter.

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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Learn.UQ (Blackboard ) basics workshop

This course is an introduction to Learn.UQ, UQ’s eLearning management system, and will familiarise participants with the commonly used functions. Participants will learn how to add course materials, upload videos, manage course files, add announcements, manage users and use discussion boards. Participants also will develop an understanding of eLearning tools available at UQ and how they can be used to support teaching and learning. Courses will be held on Wednesday 12 November and Wednesday 26 November, and staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol.

TurnItIn workshop

In this course, participants will be guided through the process of creating a TurnItIn assignment, the student assignment submission process and setting up rubrics. Marking assignments online using the GradeMark tool on a computer and offline using the iPad GradeMark app will also be covered. Participants will develop an understanding of the text matching (plagiarism detection) function available in TurnItIn, how it can be used as both a formative and summative tool and the basics of interpreting Originality reports. Courses will be held on Thursday 13 November and Wednesday 26 November and staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol.

Learn.UQ Tests, Quizzes and Exams workshop

This course will cover how to create, deploy and manage online self-marking quizzes, tests and exams. Participants will learn how to set up a variety of question types including multiple choice, multiple answer, true/false, matching, fill in the blank and calculated formula questions. Using question pools and random question blocks also will be covered. Participants will learn to use the test log and item analysis features to analyse test results. Tips and strategies for managing both invigilated and non-invigilated exams will be discussed. Staff can use the Staff Development website to enrol in the next course, which will be held on Tuesday 18 November.

MFSAS – Statistics Training Workshops

The Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) offers professional development courses in statistics, Leximancer and qualitative research, from beginner's 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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Do you work with traumatised clients?

The School of Nursing and Midwifery is seeking professionals currently working with traumatised clients in an organisational context to participate in a 20–minute online survey. Details: Contact Kylie Hickey.

Brain plasticity study

Volunteers aged 18–35 who are right-handed are required for a study on brain plasticity. The study will use non-invasive brain stimulation to induce oscillations in the motor region of your brain. The effect of these oscillations on a motor training paradigm will be investigated using EEG. The study involves three experimental sessions, each lasting two and a half hours, separated by at least one week. Participants are reimbursed $10 per hour. Details: Contact Nicholas Bland.

Brazil nut study

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

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).

Prostate cancer study

Healthy men aged 40–60 with no history of prostate cancer are required to assist with ground- breaking research to help men who are experiencing incontinence after prostate surgery. This study involves one session of ultrasound imaging of the pelvic floor muscles and is conducted at UQ's St Lucia campus. Parking and reimbursement provided. Details: Dr Ryan Stafford.

Do you have acute low back pain?

People aged 18–50 who have experienced low back pain in the past week are needed to participate in a 12 month study. Volunteers will be required to attend four sessions at the St Lucia campus, and will be reimbursed for their participation. To determine your suitability please complete this intake questionnaire. Details: Email longlbp.ccrespine@gmail.com

Do you think you have strong neck muscles?

Office workers who are not research higher degree students, 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.


Whiplash Research

Volunteers aged 18–65 who are suffering neck pain from a car accident that has occurred within the past four weeks are invited to participate in a six–week treatment program of physiotherapy led exercise and stress management techniques at no financial cost. The Centre of National Research on Disability and Rehabilitation Medicine in collaboration with Griffith University and the University of Queensland is investigating early treatment of and recovery following a whiplash injury. Treatments will be conducted at a physiotherapy clinic convenient to your location. Details: Contact the Whiplash Research Team (07 5678 0361).

Traumatic brain injury or stroke study

Researchers are seeking family members of people with traumatic brain injury or stroke who are currently not driving to share their stories. Collected stories could help guide future interventions to help family members in similar situations. Conversations can be arranged to suit volunteers, either in person or via phone or Skype. Details: Contact phyllis.liang@uqconnect.edu.au.

Neuroimaging study

Participants are sought for a neuroimaging study at the MR scanner, Center for Advanced Imaging, St Lucia. The full experiment consists of one initial session of 30 minutes and two sessions of one hour. The last two sessions will need to be separated by at least one week. In each session, you will be asked to relax and rest in the MR scanner for 10 minutes, undertake a 40 second period of non-invasive brain stimulation, and re-enter in the MR scanner again for 10 minutes. Due to the nature of the study, the one-hour sessions will need to take place on the weekend. You will be paid $10 per hour for your participation. Details: Contact Dr Luca Cocchi.

Do you have sore knees?

Participants 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.

Are you worried about how many words your child says?

The UQ School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences Early Language Therapy Program is run by experienced UQ speech pathologists and supported by speech pathology students. The program includes individual therapy, group therapy and strategies to encourage your child’s talking at home. The outcomes of the program will be evaluated as part of a research project. There is no cost to families. The program will run Monday to Friday across two weeks in January 2015. The child and parent/caregiver will need to attend all 10 days. Details: click here or contact Dr Tanya Rose on ext. 52830.

Are you suffering from neck pain?

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


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