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The Queensland Commitment

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The Queensland Commitment

  • Indonesia is building a new master-planned capital city to address the congestion and sinking challenges facing Jakarta. UQ urban planning expert Dr Dorina Pojani explains how Indonesia can avoid the mistakes of other planned capital cities around the world.
  • Cairngorm House, a ‘Queenslander’ older than UQ itself, has played a formative role as factory, family home and Alumni Friends’ base during 120 years at Walcott Street, St Lucia.
  • Contact asked UQ experts: what is fuelling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and what does it mean for Australia?
  • Sometimes, the best love stories begin in unexpected places. This Valentine's Day, Contact is sharing the stories of the alumni who found love at UQ.
  • Almost every aspect of our lives depends on nature, yet some of us are much more “into” spending time in nature than others. To try to understand why, researchers studied how much of our connection to nature might depend on our DNA.
  • 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.
  • Cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron have escalated globally over the past two months, with many countries experiencing peaks higher than previous variants. Now we’re seeing cases of a sub-variant of Omicron, known as BA.2, emerge.
  • 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.

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  • New data shows Aussies are embracing regional living more than ever. But how can you ensure your escape to the country is a smooth move? 
  • UQ graduate Dr Angela Williamson cracks cold cases, and in 2018 she helped to identify the most prolific serial killer in American history, Samuel Little.
  • To achieve any entrepreneurial vision, you’ll need a clear head – something UQ graduate Carl Hartmann can help you with.
  • Are you looking for more meaningful work? Want to monetise a passion project? Or simply curious about starting your own business? Follow this advice from UQ graduates who have done exactly that!
  • At a time when the world is facing more uncertainty than ever, Contact stepped into the studio with professional artist and UQ PhD student Georgina Hooper to reflect on her mindful art practice and ask how to use art for enlightenment.
  • A champion for professional sportswomen and a pioneer for healthcare reform are among members of The University of Queensland community recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Aboriginal Fulbright Scholar Graham Akhurst has been energised by witnessing a pivotal time in America’s history firsthand.
  • From the bakery to the ballet and back. UQ graduate has turned – or is that pirouetted? – full circle and has written a book about her hometown of Warwick, called 'Earning a crust'.
  • Recently retired Queensland Court of Appeal judge the Honourable Anthe Philippides believes the arts are absolutely vital for humanity – they bring us joy, they make us think, and they can help us understand the views of others in ways we may never otherwise consider.

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