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  • E-scooters offer commuters and tourists a way to cover shorter distances quickly – and without breaking a sweat. But one question previously unanswered is: what about the weather? If the skies open, do e-scooter users switch to cars or public transport? What about intense summer heat? 
  • Contact asked experts from across UQ about why certain diseases – like monkeypox attract stigma, what impact this stigma has on various communities, and what we can do to stop it?
  • Australia is bracing for another wet spring and summer, but it’s not just the landscape and catchment areas that will struggle to cope with 1 million Australian households already facing extreme levels of insurance stress.
  • Meet the UQ graduate and children's author diving into the world of Sir David Attenborough.
  • UQ staff members share their inspiring and, at times, distressing stories of living with ADHD, and how they have learned to embrace the challenges and positives in their adult lives.
  • Introducing the 2022 UQ Alumni Award winners.
  • At a recent UQ ChangeMakers event – Necessity is the mother of invention – a panel of experts discussed the different roles we can play in advancing innovation for the greater good.
  • After 40 years as an archaeologist, Professor Marshall Weisler has a treasure trove of stories from the field – from life on an uninhabited island to discovering the longest ocean voyage in prehistory.
  • As the cost of living continues to climb, Editor-at-Large at Canstar.com.au, 'Today Show' money expert and UQ alum Effie Zahos shares her tips on how to set up an inflation-proof budget.

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  • UQ is celebrating the extraordinary generosity of Chuck and Helga Feeney, honouring the couple's significant philanthropic impact by naming the thoroughfare outside the iconic Forgan Smith building ‘Feeney Way’.
  • After making her debut for Hockeyroos and helping Australia claim bronze at the World Cup this month, UQ student Claire Colwill has also been named among a group of UQ athletes to compete at the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
  • UQ conferred 5400 students in July, including students who were unable to attend graduation ceremonies in 2020 and 2021. Get to know some of UQ's outstanding mid-year graduates.
  • Meet UQ's latest Honorary Doctorate recipient Bob Christiansen – a pioneer in Australian technology venture capital, proud father of twin daughters and an avid scuba diver.
  • After 11 years of juggling the demands of an elite sporting career with study, Queensland Firebird Gabi Simpson has been acknowledged for her hard work and success, graduating from The University of Queensland as valedictorian.
  • How the first female Rhodes Scholar became a champion for the agricultural industry.
  • This year marks the 125-year commemoration of UQ’s Gatton campus, including its long and storied history as the Queensland Agricultural College (QAC) before amalgamating with UQ in 1990.
  • UQ recently held a Get Finance Fit Q&A session on tax time with an expert panel, who provided their tips on the top deductions to claim – including work from home expenses – tax-wise investments, and joining the dots between tax and superannuation.
  • At the age of 26, UQ alum Anna Podolsky launched her fresh dog food startup, Lyka. She talks to Contact about how an experiment to improve her dog’s health inspired a successful entrepreneurial career.

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  • In this instalment of 'UQ by design', we look at some of the interesting pieces that are 'here today, gone tomorrow' – literally popping out of nowhere.
  • Occupy your curious child’s mind this summer with these easy science experiments from UQ research institutes.
  • Listen to the most engaging and inspiring stories from across the UQ community while you're on the go.
  • UQ's vision is to become a global leader in disability inclusion. Contact spoke with Accessibility and Learning Support Assistant Manager Leonie Meyn about her job to ensure that all users – whatever their ability – can access the Library’s full range of facilities and resources.
  • UQ disability rights legal academic and 2022 Blind Australian of the Year, Associate Professor Paul Harpur, explains why universities are in a unique position to create meaningful change when it comes to disability inclusion in the workplace.
  • After decades in the Australian and international music scene, UQ student Cameron Callope is back in the spotlight as he pursues a new gig – a career in medicine.
  • In this instalment of 'UQ by design', we look at our magnificent museums, located across each campus. The University is home to several museums, of both historical and artistic significance, where you can while away an hour or a day.
  • In the lead-up to Women's Entrepreneurship Day, UQ Ventures spoke with four female founders to discuss the barriers and challenges they've overcome while working in a male-dominated sector.
  • Claire Ashman spent 36 years cut off from the outside world in two repressive religious sects, following a strict form of Tridentine Catholicism. It was only by interrogating the status quo that she was able forge a new life for herself and her eight children.

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  • Contact asked UQ experts: what is fuelling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and what does it mean for Australia?
  • The idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR) isn’t new – but in the age of informed and empowered consumers and shareholders, it’s no longer just a smart public relations move, but a fundamental business consideration.
  • Children aged five to 12 are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccination. So, how can we help our children manage their anxiety about needles?
  • Twenty fours years since the release of the ever-timely book Sister Girl, its author, Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, and editor, Associate Professor Sandra Phillips, reflect on identity and reconciliation ahead of the book’s relaunch this month.
  • From world news and expert opinion to feel-good community stories and alumni success, there’s plenty to gain from reading Contact’s 10 most-read stories of 2021.
  • Read more books, spend less money. Exercise more often, order Uber Eats less regularly. Decrease screen time, increase family time. Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, you’re less than 8 percent likely to stick to it...
  • The silly season is upon us, and in preparation for the celebrations to come, 'Contact' asked members of the UQ community to share their favourite festive recipes and the stories behind them.
  • Listen to the most engaging and inspiring stories from across the UQ community while you're on the go.
  • UQ disability rights legal academic and 2022 Blind Australian of the Year, Associate Professor Paul Harpur, explains why universities are in a unique position to create meaningful change when it comes to disability inclusion in the workplace.

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