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Paradise for the arts in Surfers

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Paradise for the arts in Surfers

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  • Each year, the United Nations celebrates the International Day of Rural Women – acknowledging the integral role rural women and girls play in society. In honour of the day, 'Contact' is revisiting the stories of some of UQ’s remarkable rural women.
  • Among the many questions raised by the Optus data leak is why the company was storing so much personal information for so long. UQ Senior Research Fellow Dr Brendan Walker-Munro explains.
  • By 2050, experts predict that climate change could kill off the 2 main coffee varieties we drink daily while also jeopardising 60 per cent of the planet’s 124 wild coffee plants.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It’s been dubbed “quiet quitting”; a concept that encourages people to stop going above and beyond for their employers and instead do the bare minimum at work for the sake of their mental health. But how healthy is such an approach to work, and what else can people do to ensure they find balance in their lives?

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  • Emeritus Professor Roland 'Roly' Sussex weighs in on Oxford English Dictionary's Word Of The Year or “WOTY” for 2021 – “vax”.
  • Meet the innovative UQ lecturer helping students learn business management in less than 60 seconds.
  • 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?

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  • Dr Gilbert Price is part of a long line of UQ researchers who have hunted for megafauna fossils near the rural Queensland town of Chinchilla, some of which are over 3.5 million years old!
  • The Atrium at UQ Brisbane City is open for business. It’s your new home in the CBD – opening doors to professional development, networking and events for the global UQ community of ChangeMakers.
  • To celebrate the launch of The Queensland Commitment, 'Contact' spoke to Queenslanders across all stages of their educational journey about what their education and their state means to them.
  • Meet the craftworker behind UQ Glass – the only glassblowing workshop at an Australian university.
  • Sister Gloria Collins was UQ Gatton's matron for 25 years before retiring in 1982. Here, she recalls some highlights of providing nursing care for her many student charges.
  • 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’.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It’s been dubbed “quiet quitting”; a concept that encourages people to stop going above and beyond for their employers and instead do the bare minimum at work for the sake of their mental health. But how healthy is such an approach to work, and what else can people do to ensure they find balance in their lives?
  • The recently announced mandate of phasing out fossil fuel vehicle sales in the ACT by 2035 is certainly a welcome decision, and it is hoped that other states and territories – like Queensland – will follow its lead.
  • To celebrate the launch of The Queensland Commitment, 'Contact' spoke to Queenslanders across all stages of their educational journey about what their education and their state means to them.
  • 'Contact' sits down with UQ alum and journalist Rhianna Patrick, who is a driving force for Indigenous reporting and representation.
  • Around the world and in Australia, parents and teachers are alarmed about increasing youth vaping and e-cigarette use. News and media stories have labelled it as the ‘vaping epidemic’ that creates a cohort of nicotine-addicted youth. So, what do we know from the research so far?
  • Tourists travelling to Bali have been warned to avoid farm stays and traditional Balinese cooking classes, as authorities ready for a possible incursion of foot and mouth disease in Australia.

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  • Welcome to the final instalment of 'UQ by design', a 12-part Contact series celebrating the beauty and abundance of UQ's cultural assets. In this final episode, we look at UQ's stunning signage and some other decorative features of interest.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 'Contact' catches up with UQ graduate Laura Johansen from her Californian home to learn how she became the personal photographer for 'Mary Poppins' star Dick Van Dyke.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's a blooming beautiful time of the year at UQ. Enjoy these stunning snaps showcasing our historic Jacaranda trees.

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