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The Queensland Commitment

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The Queensland Commitment

  • UQ has recently launched an Indigenous Design Framework to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design values on UQ campuses, to better recognise and celebrate Indigenous connections and support.
  • There have been almost 300 mass shootings in the US this year, and many Australians have watched on asking the same old questions: why do some Americans feel so strongly about guns? Has anything changed? And how can the United States remain so divided about the path forward?
  • At the age of 26, UQ alum Anna Podolsky launched her fresh dog food startup, Lyka. She talks to Contact about how an experiment to improve her dog’s health inspired a successful entrepreneurial career.
  • Journalist and editor Harry Clarke (Bachelor of Journalism '13) reflects on founding a successful online news service for rural Queensland.
  • 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.

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  • Film critic Matt Toomey (Bachelor of Commerce ’98) shares his take on the must-see movies this awards season.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • Each year, UQ recognises exceptional individuals in our community through Honorary Awards, including Honorary Doctorates and UQ Fellowships.
  • The silly season is upon us, and in preparation for the celebrations to come, 'Contact' asked members of the UQ community to share their favourite festive recipes and the stories behind them.

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  • 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.
  • UQ PhD student Hannah Allan would like to help unite contemporary science with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural understanding and traditional knowledges, for effective and holistic management of Country.
  • UQ science lecturer Jim Walker says the best way to achieve a national collective database describing the health of Australia’s regional and remote ecosystems is to work alongside Indigenous peoples.
  • 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.

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