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  • 'Contact' catches up with UQ’s medal-winning athletes after their Commonwealth Games heroics in Birmingham.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • From the Science Circus to the ‘circus’ we call healthcare, Dr Ben Bravery has seen it all: the traumas, the tricks, the wonders, the schtick (and the animals). And now he’s written a book about it, 'The Patient Doctor'.
  • 'Contact' sits down with UQ alum and journalist Rhianna Patrick, who is a driving force for Indigenous reporting and representation.
  • A new book by UQ's Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Kemish shares an insider's perspective of international crisis management.

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  • Journalist and editor Harry Clarke (Bachelor of Journalism '13) reflects on founding a successful online news service for rural 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • At our ChangeMakers event on 16 May – Leading through uncertainty in 2022 – we asked our expert UQ alumni about how uncertainty has affected leadership: what is most challenging and how can you navigate it? What do people expect and need from leaders in turbulent times? And how can leaders benefit from disruption and uncertainty?
  • Chris Croker is working to secure reliable energy supplies for remote Aboriginal communities.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • The UQ lecturer who grew up in a safe house for Chile's most-wanted political fugitives, and the graphic novel her life inspired.
  • 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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  • Two Indigenous brothers set to study medicine at UQ will draw on their cultural knowledge and life experiences with one shared goal – improving health outcomes in their communities.
  • UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO urges everyone to choose to challenge the status quo as we celebrate International Women's Day.
  • Listen to or read a selection of stories from inspirational UQ women, and learn about some of the many UQ initiatives that support women's progress in their professional and personal lives.
  • Signs of inclusion as UQ student Jamie Howell named AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador.
  • The benefits of mentoring are indisputable – from increasing confidence and providing perspective to creating opportunities and building networks.
  • As UQ’s Chief Student Entrepreneur and successful founder, Rachael Dagge is no stranger to launching startups.
  • For UQ graduate, ex-Army engineer and medico Dr Chris Jeffery, everything in his life so far has pointed to this moment.
  • Contact sits down with UQ Emeritus Professor and author Roland ‘Roly’ Sussex to talk about the ever-evolving English language and his new book, Word for Today.
  • COVID-19 restrictions have impacted everyday lives, including those of our children.

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  • It's a blooming beautiful time of the year at UQ. Enjoy these stunning snaps showcasing our historic Jacaranda trees.
  • 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.
  • 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 Olivia, who are sharing their story to inspire people to support more students like them.
  • '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.

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  • 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?
  • 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?
  • Emeritus Professor Roland 'Roly' Sussex weighs in on Oxford English Dictionary's Word Of The Year or “WOTY” for 2021 – “vax”.
  • All eyes will be on Glasgow over the first two weeks of November as world leaders meet at the most important international climate summit in the past decade. We asked UQ experts across a range of disciplines what their thoughts were ahead of COP26.
  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?
  • Sustainable Minerals Institute Director Professor Neville Plint outlines the transformation required for the mining industry to help deliver a low-carbon future.
  • The five countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change.
  • 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 Olivia, who are sharing their story to inspire people to support more students like them.
  • 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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