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Paradise for the arts in Surfers

  • 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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  • The UQ lecturer who grew up in a safe house for Chile's most-wanted political fugitives, and the graphic novel her life inspired.
  • 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.
  • 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?
  • 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.
  • The ‘blue ocean’ between banks and payday lenders is proving to be a golden pond for Brisbane-based personal lender Jacaranda Finance.
  • 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.
  • VIDEO: Find out how a UQ degree set Dave Donaghy on his path to leading one of Australia's biggest sports brands.
  • It's a blooming beautiful time of the year at UQ. Enjoy these stunning snaps showcasing our historic Jacaranda trees.
  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?

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  • 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.
  • Brisbane has won the bid to host the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. So, what now? Contact asked UQ experts what steps are needed to keep the momentum rolling.
  • 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.
  • UQ graduates working in development, sustainability and national security discuss why our Pacific neighbours are so important.
  • As the billionaires get ready to blast into space, who’s got the better plan?
  • Is a vaccine passport a fair and safe way forward? How would it work? Can the tourism industry and businesses survive without one? And can we expect one any time soon?
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people will benefit from the expansion of a UQ-led health project aimed at improving clinical care within primary health care services nationally.
  • 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.
  • Marine creatures can see their environment in ways that are beyond the natural limits of human perception. For them, it’s a matter of survival; for us, it’s a source of wonder and innovation.

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  • UQ student Chelsea Morrigan reflects on how transphobia – both from the world around her, and from within herself – shaped her identity on her journey to transition.
  • When Telegraph journalist F.J. Bryan penned a letter to the University of Queensland (UQ) Senate proposing “a scheme for the higher education of journalists”, little did he know it was the beginning of a long legacy of Australian journalism.
  • Graduate Certificate in Writing, Editing and Publishing student Sebastian Kirkpatrick shares his first-hand experience working as an intern for the UQ Alumni Book Fair and describes how volunteers like him are breathing new life into rare books.
  • 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!
  • It’s quite reasonable to expect that the outgoing head of the Uniting Church in Queensland would be a UQ graduate. But what degree?
  • A beloved cross-river ferry called Hamilton has permanently dropped anchor at UQ's St Lucia campus after almost 40 years of service, and half a decade in storage.
  • 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.
  • Brisbane bookworms can look forward to the return of the city’s oldest book fair – although, it might not be the one you think.

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