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UQ's biggest Swiftie explains the Eras Tour

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UQ's biggest Swiftie explains the Eras Tour

  • UQ’s re-engineered clamp platform has produced a vaccine that is equally safe and virus-neutralising as an approved vaccine considered among the best in its class.
  • A major study of screen use found it’s not the screen itself that really matters but what’s on it and the way kids use it.
  • Adjunct Associate Professor Mary Graham's work as a community development leader, Elder, educator and philosopher were recognised recently with an Honorary Doctorate – UQ’s highest honour. 'Contact' spoke to UQ colleagues close to Aunty Mary about the impact of her career and what she means to them.
  • 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.
  • The UQ community is celebrating a half-century of graduations, music, concerts, exams, lectures, protests and exhibitions in Mayne Hall.
  • 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.

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  • Welcome to UQ Diaries, an anonymous 'Contact' magazine series that dives into the burning questions you've always wanted to ask. In September, we asked our UQ alumni if having a work-life balance is possible. Check out their responses!
  • The Bureau of Meteorology has declared that Australia is now in the grip of an El Niño climate pattern. 'Contact' spoke to Bureau of Meteorology CEO Dr Andrew Johnson to help you understand what El Niño means and what Australians should expect for the summer ahead.
  • 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.
  • Professor Victor Nurcombe has dedicated his professional life to understanding and improving repair processes within the human body. In a cruel twist, the pioneer stem-cell researcher now finds himself on the other end of the science as he undergoes treatment for terminal bone-marrow cancer. 'Contact' caught up with Professor Nurcombe as he reflects on his esteemed career and the remarkable UQ family legacy that paved the way before him.
  • Robin Levison CA FAICD has been a bright light in the business world for many years. But his latest venture will see him propelled even closer to the heavens – the Moon and Mars, actually.
  • UQ's award-winning publishing house, University of Queensland Press, has launched a new series showcasing classics of Indigenous Australian literature. We took a closer look at the new series, and why you should add these 8 beautiful new editions to your bedside stack.
  • Meet the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service ranger and UQ graduate walking the Thin Green Line in honour of fallen rangers.

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  • '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.
  • With the boom of technology like the metaverse, AI, and virtual reality, 'Contact' wanted to know what impact these technologies could have on the world’s sustainability goals.

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  • UQ's award-winning publishing house, University of Queensland Press, has launched a new series showcasing classics of Indigenous Australian literature. We took a closer look at the new series, and why you should add these 8 beautiful new editions to your bedside stack.
  • Welcome to The Real YouQ, the latest 'Contact' Q&A series offering a glimpse into the real lives of members of the UQ community. In this edition, we meet celebrated TEDx speaker, author and cult survivor Claire Ashman.
  • TEDxUQ turns 10 this year. To celebrate this milestone, Contact caught up with some of the UQ community members who have been part of TEDxUQ over the years.
  • Meet Associate Professor Jack Wang. In 2020 Jack was named Australian University Teacher of the Year, but who is he away from the classroom? Find out in the latest 'Contact' Q&A series, The Real YouQ.
  • 'Contact' chats to Indigenous artist Durriwiyn about the release of his debut single through UQ's Corella Recordings and the musical journey towards self-healing.
  • Pride Month (1–30 June) is about celebrating, and with good reason. But it’s also important to continue to reflect on the ongoing challenges facing LGBTQIA+ communities and to remember that there is still more to be done. Here are 5 tips on how to be an awesome ally.
  • Did you know there are over 20,700 different bee species in the world? UQ’s resident bee expert Dr Tobias Smith shares his top 7 most interesting facts about bees to help inform the public about the role the hard-working pollinators play in our delicate ecosystem.
  • 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.

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  • Welcome to UQ Diaries, an anonymous 'Contact' series that dives into the burning questions you've always wanted to ask. In July, we asked non-homeowners and homeowners: How realistic is home ownership to you? And, is owning a home everything you imagined it would be? Here's what the UQ community said.
  • Should we thank Barbie for encouraging the belief that girls can do anything, or ask her to please explain the perpetuation of exaggerated white femininity and excessive materialism?
  • The Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has kept interest rates on hold this month at 4.1%. But any reprieve could be short lived with the RBA Governor Philip Lowe warning more rate hikes could be coming. Is this in the best interests of the country when many Australians are already feeling the pinch?
  • Many jobs that were prevalent in 2013 have become obsolete, while new and exciting career opportunities have emerged. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering 'what do I actually want to do with my life?', here are 10 unconventional careers that you may not have considered.
  • UQ alum and private wealth adviser Shayne Sommer covers some of the foundational steps to consider when investing for the first time.
  • 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?
  • The Vision Pro is the first new product category Apple has introduced since the Apple Watch in 2014. It marks the company’s foray into spatial computing. Analysts, markets and consumers have been quick to react – and not all positively.
  • Claims the US government has secretly retrieved crashed alien spacecraft and their non-human occupants are hardly new. Now, however, journalists Leslie Kean and Ralph Blumenthal have injected fresh vigour into these ageing claims – apparently with the Pentagon’s approval.
  • 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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  • 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.
  • 'Contact' catches up with UQ graduate Laura Johansen from her Californian home to learn how she became the personal photographer for 'Mary Poppins' star Dick Van Dyke.
  • The UQ lecturer who grew up in a safe house for Chile's most-wanted political fugitives, and the graphic novel her life inspired.

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