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Australia Votes 2022: commentary and analysis from Madonna King and UQ experts

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Australia Votes 2022: Commentary and analysis from Madonna King and UQ Experts

  • 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.
  • Exploring the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, plus a UQ dietician shares their top tips for eating green.
  • Congratulations to UQ PhD Candidate Sasha Purcell on being named the National NAIDOC 2021 Scholar of the Year for her work connecting her alma mater, The University of Queensland, and the Torres Strait Islands.
  • Anna Kelly loves the alchemy of art and science which goes into quality dental care and credits The University of Queensland with providing plenty of support and hands-on experience during her degree.
  • His famous drover grandfather could spend a year in the saddle to reach his destination, but Dean Morrison has set his sights on video-chats connecting people in milliseconds.
  • How four dictionaries and two grammars of traditional Indigenous languages were co-compiled.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • Deputy Director (Research) at UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre Associate Professor Alina Morawska shares her top tips for parents to help their children cope with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19.
  • Get the inside story behind the heroics of UQ’s Olympic athletes.
  • Meet the UQ graduate who flew the farming coop, only to return with a whole new approach to agriculture.
  • Retiring Toowoomba State High School Principal Tony Kennedy has supported thousands of local kids through the region’s schools during his career, but he didn’t always want to be a teacher.
  • Daryl Mears has had enough of gardening. It’s a fair admission for a man who has devoted his life to preserving and protecting one of Australia’s finest gardens and along with it, the legacy of the Darling Downs couple who created the horticultural prize more than 90 years ago.
  • Looking for inspiration for both your weekend activities and your career? We spent a weekend in Brisbane with UQ graduates who are running their own businesses, and picked up some of their best advice and lessons along the way.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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