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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan,
and why they won’t hold it

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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan, and why they won’t hold it

  • This Giving Day, we’re celebrating the power of diversity: with more unique and courageous voices, we have a richer story to tell. Meet Appolonia, Cameron and Oliva, who are sharing their story to inspire people to support more students like them.
  • As he prepares to hand over the keys to Government House after seven esteemed years in office, Contact sat down with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO to reflect on the highlights of his term and the legacy he leaves.
  • 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.
  • October marks Indigenous Business Month, a time to celebrate the many forms of power that Indigenous economies generate as part of everyday business.
  • 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.
  • Cultivating the perfect patch has become an obsession for some, with online communities of ‘lawn fanatics’ and ‘lawn porn’ enthusiasts turning up their excitement offline, as they vie for the title of best lawn in the street.

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  • As he prepares to hand over the keys to Government House after seven esteemed years in office, Contact sat down with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO to reflect on the highlights of his term and the legacy he leaves.
  • 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.
  • October marks Indigenous Business Month, a time to celebrate the many forms of power that Indigenous economies generate as part of everyday business.
  • 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?
  • '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.
  • Cultivating the perfect patch has become an obsession for some, with online communities of ‘lawn fanatics’ and ‘lawn porn’ enthusiasts turning up their excitement offline, as they vie for the title of best lawn in the street.
  • Three UQ researchers joined alumnus and ABC journalist Bern Young as part of UQ’s Regional Roadshow to discuss the Gold Coast’s roadmap to post-COVID recovery.
  • Learn about the dedicated UQ students volunteering with the Pro Bono Centre at the frontline of domestic and family violence law reform.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • COVID-19 is reasserting itself, with the Delta variant posing a serious threat to young people. The pandemic has made physical distancing an inescapable new reality of post-secondary education as universities continue to deliver courses online.
  • 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.

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  • This Giving Day, we’re celebrating the power of diversity: with more unique and courageous voices, we have a richer story to tell. Meet Appolonia, Cameron and Oliva, who are sharing their story to inspire people to support more students like them.
  • 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.
  • '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.
  • Learn about the dedicated UQ students volunteering with the Pro Bono Centre at the frontline of domestic and family violence law reform.
  • UQ has paid tribute to Emeritus Professor Dr Mary Mahoney AO, a long-serving UQ Senator and first woman to hold the position of Deputy Chancellor.
  • 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.
  • While we may not all be able to get together on campus to celebrate Wear It Purple Day again this year, UQ encourages all alumni, staff and students to show their support for the LGBTQIA+ community – no matter where you are.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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 sentinel statues dotted across the campuses to honour significant people in history.
  • VIDEO: 'Contact' speaks to UQ Archivist Bruce Ibsen about his role in finding missing names from UQ Roll of Honour plaques and why it’s important to always remember the sacrifices made by soldiers who had so much to live for.

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