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My moment has come

  • A team of scientists on location with a film crew in the remote Amazon has uncovered a previously undocumented species of giant anaconda.
  • Western Australia has introduced a limit on ham in school canteens. Find out what has changed and the evidence it’s based on, plus what are some healthier alternatives for kids’ lunches?
  • We're back with another edition of Love at UQ. From bench seats in Forgan Smith, to years spent on Heron Island, join us as we celebrate the special bonds that university life creates.
  • Emma Johnson was in the global top 0.5% of Taylor Swift’s listeners in 2023. 'Contact' asked the UQ alum to explain the level of unbridled dedication and devotion Swifties have for the pop icon, why the Era’s Tour means everything, and why being a ‘Swiftie’ will never go out of style.
  • On an average day, you’ll find Ellie Sursara outdoors. Planting native trees, trying to attract more blue banded bees to her garden, or playing ‘frogmum’ to a Tawny Frogmouth bird. It’s part of everyday life for the keen environmentalist, who shares these moments with her community of more than 115,000 followers on social media.
  • Have you ever wondered why some people are mosquito magnets, while others go unbitten? Is it your blood type, or are they attracted to the food and drinks you consume? We spoke to a UQ mosquito expert to find out.
  • UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Deborah Terry and leading criminologist and educator Professor Lorraine Mazerolle are among the UQ community recognised with 2024 Australia Day Honours.
  • UQ Cricket Club players will get to follow in their heroes’ footsteps this year when the club embarks on a tour of India – its first international tour in 3 decades.
  • In this edition of The Real YouQ, we catch up with UQ alum and Brisbane Lions AFLW star Natalie Grider, fresh off the back of celebrating the club’s second AFLW premiership last month.

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  • The latest UQ Talks panel discuss the fundamentals of why our brains make the decisions they do and offer insights into how to make better choices.
  • 'Contact' delves into the fascinating world of memory with Professor Frederic Meunier from UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute to debunk common myths surrounding this complex cognitive process, and find out what the science has to say about memory-boosting trends.
  • How does it feel to have no home? What does it look like from ‘outside the inside’? And how do people cope? Engage with how housing instability impacts health and wellbeing, from the point of view of those actually living it in Brisbane, at Health Home Hope – a photographic exhibition on housing instability and health.
  • From IV treatments to immunity bombs and ice baths, it seems our social media and newsfeeds are flooded with alternative treatments to boost our immune systems – often endorsed by celebrities and other influencers. But should we be placing our trust in these alternative treatments, and what impact are they actually having on our health?
  • Research using venom from a rare tarantula is one of two UQ projects which have received funding to develop treatments for motor neurone disease (MND).
  • Biologist Dr Wilma Hart explains how growing cocoa to make chocolate is having a negative impact on the world's environment and that African farmers are living below the poverty line to produce it.
  • Researchers at UQ have discovered viruses such as SARS-CoV-2 can cause brain cells to fuse, initiating malfunctions that lead to chronic neurological symptoms.
  • UQ researchers have shown for the first time that some of the world’s most painful ant stings target nerves, like snake and scorpion venom.
  • Australia’s housing crisis is no secret. What many people don’t realise is that there’s another, less visible housing crisis. Australia’s urban cemeteries are running out of space to house the dead.

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  • Thanks to a recent gift of several photo albums to the Fryer Library by his widow Nina, Bruce Green's contribution to UQ can be remembered now and into the future.
  • After 27 years at the helm, Professor Matthew Sanders, founder of Triple P – Positive Parenting Program, has retired from his role as the Parenting and Family Support Centre’s Foundation Director.
  • The Queensland University Regiment (QUR) is committed to educating future generations about the importance of Anzac Day. QUR will be providing the catafalque party at dawn service at Toowong Memorial Park again this Anzac Day, as the Regiment celebrates its 75th anniversary.
  • What's the story behind the hundreds of thousands of books donated to UQ Alumni Book Fair each year? Did the previous reader enjoy it the way you did. Did they like the same characters and did they lend it to a loved one? Follow the incredible journey of a donated book.
  • As UQ prepares for the annual Alumni Book Fair and Rare Book Auction, 'Contact' stumbled upon some centuries-old cookbooks and decided to recreate some classic recipes. Do these delicacies still hold up today? We’ve got the scoop.
  • The Queensland Government and The University of Queensland have each committed $44 million funding to establish a world-leading Paralympic Centre of Excellence at UQ’s St Lucia campus.
  • Gloria, a beloved pet green tree python, bit off more than she could chew and ingested a puppy pee pad along with her dinner. Luckily, her owners noticed something was amiss, and took the snake to the UQ VETS clinic at Gatton for treatment.
  • 8 March is International Women's Day and UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO explains that innovations linked to digitisation and automation have the potential to exacerbate existing inequalities and reinforce systems of discriminatory practices.
  • Welcome to Love at UQ – our annual celebration of all the connections that university life brings. This Valentine's Day, Contact is sharing the stories of alumni who came to UQ for an education and found love as well.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 what a load of bull exists at the University!
  • Representatives of the UQ Senate, staff and students gathered at short notice in March 1954 to catch a glimpse of Prince Philip, as the Duke of Edinburgh made a whirlwind tour of the St Lucia campus.
  • Professor Kim Wilkins has always been happiest when immersed in a good story. Watch the video to find out how she starred in her own story of self-discovery and success.

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