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A sculptor’s legacy – in stone, and online

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A sculptor’s legacy – in stone, and online

  • 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.
  • The five countries that could make or break the planet’s future under climate change.
  • This Giving Day, we’re celebrating the power of diversity: with more unique and courageous voices, we have a richer story to tell. Meet Appolonia, Cameron and Olivia, who are sharing their story to inspire people to support more students like them.
  • As he prepares to hand over the keys to Government House after seven esteemed years in office, Contact sat down with His Excellency the Honourable Paul de Jersey AC CVO to reflect on the highlights of his term and the legacy he leaves.
  • October marks Indigenous Business Month, a time to celebrate the many forms of power that Indigenous economies generate as part of everyday business.
  • 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.
  • If you haven’t yet seen it, I can highly recommend the ChangeMakers event on the Science of Positivity.
  • '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.

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  • Dr Mark Deng has travelled a long road – from his childhood home in war-torn South Sudan, through refugee camps, and finally, to Australia – to get to his current position at the TC Beirne School of Law.
  • UQ welcomed senior high-school netballers from Ipswich, Darwin and Alice Springs as part of Netball Queensland’s Diamond Spirit program.
  • The University of Queensland pays tribute to one of the most influential figures in the history of the University and the State, the Honourable Sir Llew Edwards AC.
  • Find out how UQ is taking action during National Reconciliation Week, and read about many of UQ’s inspiring Indigenous graduates, staff and students.
  • 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.
  • On 17 May each year, LGBTIAQ+ communities and their allies celebrate International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Interphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT).
  • 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.

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  • While we may not all be able to get together on campus to celebrate Wear It Purple Day again this year, UQ encourages all alumni, staff and students to show their support for the LGBTQIA+ community – no matter where you are.
  • 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.
  • Looking for inspiration for both your weekend activities and your career? We spent a weekend in Brisbane with UQ graduates who are running their own businesses, and picked up some of their best advice and lessons along the way.
  • 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?
  • How does a university tackle the issue of freedom of speech on campus? By having a free discussion about speech ­– on campus.
  • UQ experts put our drinking habits under the microscope and discuss how our casual relationship with alcohol is impacting our health.
  • 'Contact' speaks to young UQ experts to gather their tips on how to approach your next networking event.

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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, it's our fabulous fountains.
  • Watch the video about Francis Nona to learn about how he is using the power of education as a tool to close the health gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. 
  • 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 it's bike racks, and the inspiration behind their intriguing designs.
  • 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.
  • Video: find out how Dr Michael Thai learned to step outside his comfort zone to become a celebrated lecturer and winner of the 2013 Three-Minute Thesis competition.
  • Signs of inclusion as UQ student Jamie Howell named AFLW Premiership Cup Ambassador.
  • 'Contact' heads to the photo archives to share some of the most remarkable images from the 2011 floods at UQ.
  • Inspired by her naturalist grandfather and scholarly father, UQ graduate Margaret Thurgood had no choice but to go to university, even though this was not usual for women in the 1930s.

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