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125 years at Gatton

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125 years at Gatton

  • University of Queensland professor and proud Wiradjuri woman Anita Heiss has been awarded the 2022 NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Indigenous Writers’ Prize.
  • After two years of disruption due to COVID-19, the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies (ATSIS) Unit’s Outreach and Engagement team is looking forward to a new era of InspireU camps at The University of Queensland.
  • An international leader in audiology and an Indigenous author and poet are among an extensive list of University of Queensland representatives who have been named on the Queen’s Birthday Honours List this year.
  • Celebrating almost 30 years of the Philip Dimmock Memorial Bursary at UQ
  • As Kev Carmody returns to UQ for the launch of the new student residence named in his honour, Kev Carmody House, he sits down with Contact to share his memories of a life lived through story and song.
  • Siblings share Young Achievers Program journey to study at UQ.
  • UQ is currently ranked #2 in the world for sports-related subjects, a testament to our world-class sport facilities, research and training. But what is the definition of ‘sport’? You may be surprised at some of the more unusual activities on offer at and around the University.
  • Meet the UQ alum reporting from the frontlines of the war in Ukraine.
  • Meet the alum behind a social enterprise that is raising funds for women facing domestic violence in Queensland – one fashionable hat at a time.

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  • The Andrew N. Liveris Building has been unveiled as the new home of UQ chemical engineering, alongside the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Leadership and Innovation.
  • UQ authors and fans on why you should try new book genres – and where to start.
  • Photographer and writer Jessica Howard (BJ ’03) is committed to sharing the spirit of rural Australia. Jessica writes for Contact about her most recent endeavour – to amplify the stories of outback Australia as the editor and publisher of Bush Journal.
  • UQ graduate Will Davis OAM reflects on the importance of community to everything he does.
  • Journalist and radio trailblazer Stephen Stockwell (Bachelor of Journalism ’08) shares his must-listen podcasts for 2022.
  • In celebration of 2022 International Women’s Day, Contact sat down with Jessie Sadler, a fashion innovator on a deeply personal mission to make clothing more inclusive.
  • Every year on 8 March, communities around the world celebrate International Women's Day (IWD). At UQ, we are incredibly proud of our brilliant, resilient, intelligent and inspiring women – students, staff, alumni, and in our broader community. Listen to or read a selection of the many stories from UQ women, and learn about some of the many UQ initiatives that support women's progress in their professional and personal lives.
  • From cracking riddles to commiserating online, UQ experts explore the viral puzzle game, Wordle.
  • Film critic Matt Toomey (Bachelor of Commerce ’98) shares his take on the must-see movies this awards season.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • After saving millions lives around the world from cervical cancer, the UQ inventors of the HPV vaccine are investing in the next generation of researchers to fuel future discoveries.
  • 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.
  • After almost two years of snap lockdowns, travel bans and restricted freedoms, Australia is meeting the vaccination levels required to finally begin living with the COVID-19 virus. But now one burning question consumes people’s minds: what does ‘living with the virus’ actually mean, and just how ‘free’ will we be in the future?
  • There's a resurgence of the great Australian road trip, but it's a new generation of happy campers who are hitting the highway. Contact speaks to the UQ experts about the latest off-track travel trend.
  • How four dictionaries and two grammars of traditional Indigenous languages were co-compiled.
  • As the global population continues to grow, our farms must produce more than ever. But we also know that human activity – including agriculture – is changing our climate, and we need to take action. So, how can we produce more without further damaging to the planet?

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  • Meet the UQ lecturer teaching students to develop mobile applications to help those in need.
  • 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.
  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?
  • Expert UQ alumni discuss how to commit to positivity: what's the negativity bias and how can we overcome it? How can we build resilience when we face tough hurdles in life? And how can we cultivate gratitude for ourselves and our lives?
  • We’re living in a digital age, and children need to learn how to be safe online and manage screen time and social media use. Associate Professor Karen Turner from UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre shares some tips for helping children develop healthy screen time habits.
  • 'Scientist. Journalist. Innovator.' That’s how science communicator and all-round passionate advocate for the natural world Kirsten Slemint (Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Journalism ’19) describes herself.
  • One day, someone will have to sort through all the ‘stuff’ we leave behind, both physical and virtual. So, who decides what happens to our online memories when we’re no longer here to curate them?
  • VIDEO: Did you know UQ is home to crocodile experts? Contact heads north to find out how UQ researchers are working with Australia Zoo to monitor the health of Australia’s crocodile population. Look out for some familiar faces.
  • Many Australians are looking forward to the time when 70 per cent of over-16s are fully vaccinated, and the freedoms this will bring.

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  • What would you do with $10,000 equity-free funding? It’s a big question! And something the 2022 UQ Ventures ilab Accelerator participants have had the pleasure of pondering.
  • This International Women’s Day, UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO reflects on a major roadblock in achieving true gender equity: the persisting biases around gender roles, and in particular, that child-rearing is predominantly a woman’s responsibility.
  • Every year on 8 March, communities around the world celebrate International Women's Day (IWD). At UQ, we are incredibly proud of our brilliant, resilient, intelligent and inspiring women – students, staff, alumni, and in our broader community. Listen to or read a selection of the many stories from UQ women, and learn about some of the many UQ initiatives that support women's progress in their professional and personal lives.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Every year on 8 March, communities around the world celebrate International Women's Day (IWD). At UQ, we are incredibly proud of our brilliant, resilient, intelligent and inspiring women – students, staff, alumni, and in our broader community. Listen to or read a selection of the many stories from UQ women, and learn about some of the many UQ initiatives that support women's progress in their professional and personal lives.
  • Australia has fallen back in love with tennis, but are we ready for a bold new era? UQ sports business and innovation specialist Dr Sarah Kelly OAM shares her insights on the next generation of tennis stars.
  • Film critic Matt Toomey (Bachelor of Commerce ’98) shares his take on the must-see movies this awards season.
  • 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...

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  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?
  • How we see light can bring great joy in life, whether looking through a stained-glass window, watching a colourfully illuminated building at night – or even crossing the road.
  • Whether looking for a place to sit or a light to read under, UQ features outdoor furniture and interior light fittings that incorporate unique recycled materials.
  • After acting in stage shows like 'The Lion King' and 'A Streetcar Named Desire', UQ PhD candidate Tim Richards has returned to his first love – dinosaurs – and has helped identify a major discovery in process.
  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month, we take a look at the marvellous murals on the walls of particular buildings.
  • From living with baboons in Ethiopia to surviving an encounter with polar bears in Canada. Find out how a chance meeting with Sir David Attenborough forever changed the life of UQ science graduate Dr Chadden Hunter.
  • Join 'Contact' each month as we take you on a virtual guided tour, providing a brief overview of UQ's design pieces and where you can find them. This month, we take a look at the sandstone carvings 'hiding in plain sight' around the Great Court at UQ St Lucia.
  • 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.
  • VIDEO: Watch as four UQ Chess Club members take on UQ’s own international chess grandmaster Dr David Smerdon, while grilling him on the secrets to his success.

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