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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

  • UQ authors and fans on why you should try new book genres – and where to start.
  • Besides the many 'people' statues, UQ campuses host several other sculptural works of significance.
  • We have to pivot to a new insurance model for climate change before we go under, warns University of Queensland expert
  • UQ experts explain the soaring prices at the pump, the history of energy wars in Australia and options for a secure energy future.
  • 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.
  • What would you do with $10,000 equity-free funding? It’s a big question! And something the 2022 UQ Ventures ilab Accelerator participants have had the pleasure of pondering.
  • UQ graduate Will Davis OAM reflects on the importance of community to everything he does.
  • A major federal government review into how we train our teachers has just been released. This is part of the government’s push to improve Australia’s standing in the international education rankings.The first two recommendations focus on the important role of Indigenous teachers. Namely, specifically targeting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in a national recruitment campaign.
  • Journalist and radio trailblazer Stephen Stockwell (Bachelor of Journalism ’08) shares his must-listen podcasts for 2022.

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  • From cracking riddles to commiserating online, UQ experts explore the viral puzzle game, Wordle.
  • 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.

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  • 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?
  • Meet the innovative UQ lecturer helping students learn business management in less than 60 seconds.
  • 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.
  • The Australian government’s recent warning to Facebook over misinformation is just the latest salvo in the seemingly constant battle to hold the social media giant to account for the content posted on its platform.
  • Sustainable Minerals Institute Director Professor Neville Plint outlines the transformation required for the mining industry to help deliver a low-carbon future.

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  • Meet the UQ lecturer teaching students to develop mobile applications to help those in need.
  • 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.
  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Occupy your curious child’s mind this summer with these easy science experiments from UQ research institutes.
  • Listen to the most engaging and inspiring stories from across the UQ community while you're on the go.
  • 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.
  • 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 decades in the Australian and international music scene, UQ student Cameron Callope is back in the spotlight as he pursues a new gig – a career in medicine.
  • 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.
  • In the lead-up to Women's Entrepreneurship Day, UQ Ventures spoke with four female founders to discuss the barriers and challenges they've overcome while working in a male-dominated sector.

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  • Film critic Matt Toomey (Bachelor of Commerce ’98) shares his take on the must-see movies this awards season.
  • Contact asked UQ experts: what is fuelling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and what does it mean for Australia?
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Listen to the most engaging and inspiring stories from across the UQ community while you're on the go.

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  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?
  • 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.
  • 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.

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