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UQ's biggest Swiftie explains the Eras Tour

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UQ's biggest Swiftie explains the Eras Tour

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  • Three former UQ physiotherapy lecturers took on a special project in retirement: recording the history of training conducted at UQ and of the profession generally.
  • The University of Queensland will help mark a milestone for the world’s longest running sci-fi television show, hosting Doctor Who’s 60th Anniversary Symposium on Friday 24 November.
  • Introducing the 2023 UQ Alumni Award recipients.
  • UQ’s Fryer Library is home to a rare 200-year-old first edition of John Polidori’s 'The vampyre'. The tale of how this book was written and how it came to be in a university library in Brisbane more than 200 years later is the perfect Halloween story.
  • Looking for some scary movie recommendations to set the mood this Halloween? Contact has enlisted the help of UQ alum and co-curator of GOMA’s Australian Cinémathèque Robert Hughes to take us through some of the most chilling classic films being shown free of charge at the Cinémathèque this summer.
  • Your skin prickles, your palms sweat, and your breath gets caught in your chest. But why can't you tear your eyes away from the latest horror film or fiction? UQ experts explain the art and science behind our fascination with fear.
  • The story of UQ jacarandas is the story of Ernest Walter Bick, the man who raised and planted more than 130 jacarandas across the St Lucia campus in the 1940s.
  • To celebrate Grandparent's Day (29 October 2023), we asked you – our alumni and community audience – to share your thoughts on the importance of the grandchild-grandparent relationship in your own lives. And boy, did you deliver!
  • Welcome back to UQ Diaries. This edition, 'Contact' wanted to know whether it's more expensive to be single or in a relationship? Here's what the UQ community had to say.

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  • 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.
  • COVID-19 is reasserting itself, with the Delta variant posing a serious threat to young people. The pandemic has made physical distancing an inescapable new reality of post-secondary education as universities continue to deliver courses online.
  • 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.
  • UQ PhD student Hannah Allan would like to help unite contemporary science with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural understanding and traditional knowledges, for effective and holistic management of Country.

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  • If you’ve spent any time at UQ’s Gatton campus, chances are you’ve purchased a coffee or a bite to eat from Regie Narara at the Coffee Pod. And chances are you’ve left feeling brighter and more energetic – and not just because of the coffee.
  • Phoebe Robinson lives 2 very different lives. During the day, she’s a Bachelor of Agribusiness student, gaining hands-on experience at UQ’s Gatton campus. But before that day starts, she’s pushing her body to its limits on the Brisbane River as she edges closer to her goal of representing Australia at the 2024 Paris Olympics.
  • UQ has achieved great success at both the 2023 Australian Institute of Architects Awards and the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects Awards.
  • Have you ever wondered how life might have been had you chosen a different career path? Well, current UQ student and former public relations executive Yasmine Gray won’t be left wondering. At the grand age of 60, she has just enrolled in the Bachelor of Veterinary Technology and aims to become an animal paramedic, specialising in large animals such as horses and cows.
  • In this edition of The Real YouQ, we meet internationally acclaimed archaeologist, heritage consultant and author Dr Andrew Sneddon. His new memoir "charts the often frightening and sometimes farcical journey of his teenage years" while living in the criminal underbelly of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
  • Meet the current UQ Liveris Academy Executive in Residence, Leigh Staines, who reveals her passion for her new role and how she believes she can make a difference.
  • In this edition of the The Real YouQ, we meet the UQ Art Museum's Senior Team Leader, Engagement and Training, Danielle Harvey. Danielle is passionate about making the UQ Art Museum a welcome space for all, and her team is focused on considering issues from the visitor’s perspective.
  • At just 10 years old, Elijah Richardson has made some serious waves in ocean conservation. Here at UQ, we were thrilled to hear that Elijah was recently interviewed for the ABC television series, War On Waste.
  • Ahead of the International Blind Sport Federation World Games in Birmingham this month, Contact sat down with UQ student Sidney Whipp to find out how he’s balancing first-year studies and representing Australia in goalball – with his best friend Quarry by his side.

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