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The Queensland Commitment

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The Queensland Commitment

  • 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.
  • Meet the UQ graduate and children's author diving into the world of Sir David Attenborough.
  • 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.
  • Introducing the 2022 UQ Alumni Award winners.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet the UQ graduate and children's author diving into the world of Sir David Attenborough.
  • 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.
  • Introducing the 2022 UQ Alumni Award winners.
  • 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.
  • '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?
  • 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!

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  • 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?
  • 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!

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  • 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.
  • Almost every aspect of our lives depends on nature, yet some of us are much more “into” spending time in nature than others. To try to understand why, researchers studied how much of our connection to nature might depend on our DNA.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • UQ's vision is to become a global leader in disability inclusion. Contact spoke with Accessibility and Learning Support Assistant Manager Leonie Meyn about her job to ensure that all users – whatever their ability – can access the Library’s full range of facilities and resources.
  • Exploring the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, plus a UQ dietician shares their top tips for eating green.
  • Emeritus Professor Roland 'Roly' Sussex weighs in on Oxford English Dictionary's Word Of The Year or “WOTY” for 2021 – “vax”.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Hundreds of UQ community members attended dozens of events across the University during National Reconciliation Week, from 27 May to 3 June. Together, they celebrated the 2022 theme: Be Brave. Make Change.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • '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?

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  • Meet the UQ graduate and children's author diving into the world of Sir David Attenborough.
  • 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.
  • UQ experts explain why camels could be the next big Aussie export.
  • 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.

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