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Paradise for the arts in Surfers

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Paradise for the arts in Surfers

  • To celebrate the launch of The Queensland Commitment, 'Contact' spoke to Queenslanders across all stages of their educational journey about what their education and their state means to them.
  • From the Science Circus to the ‘circus’ we call healthcare, Dr Ben Bravery has seen it all: the traumas, the tricks, the wonders, the schtick (and the animals). And now he’s written a book about it, 'The Patient Doctor'.
  • 'Contact' sits down with UQ alum and journalist Rhianna Patrick, who is a driving force for Indigenous reporting and representation.
  • A new book by UQ's Adjunct Associate Professor Ian Kemish shares an insider's perspective of international crisis management.
  • Meet the craftworker behind UQ Glass – the only glassblowing workshop at an Australian university.
  • A UQ graduate's journey to reclaim Quandamooka weaving.
  • Around the world and in Australia, parents and teachers are alarmed about increasing youth vaping and e-cigarette use. News and media stories have labelled it as the ‘vaping epidemic’ that creates a cohort of nicotine-addicted youth. So, what do we know from the research so far?
  • Sister Gloria Collins was UQ Gatton's matron for 25 years before retiring in 1982. Here, she recalls some highlights of providing nursing care for her many student charges.
  • UQ is celebrating the extraordinary generosity of Chuck and Helga Feeney, honouring the couple's significant philanthropic impact by naming the thoroughfare outside the iconic Forgan Smith building ‘Feeney Way’.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meet the UQ alum reporting from the frontlines of the war in Ukraine.
  • Meet the alum behind a social enterprise that is raising funds for women facing domestic violence in Queensland – one fashionable hat at a time.
  • At our ChangeMakers event on 16 May – Leading through uncertainty in 2022 – we asked our expert UQ alumni about how uncertainty has affected leadership: what is most challenging and how can you navigate it? What do people expect and need from leaders in turbulent times? And how can leaders benefit from disruption and uncertainty?
  • Chris Croker is working to secure reliable energy supplies for remote Aboriginal communities.
  • The Andrew N. Liveris Building has been unveiled as the new home of UQ chemical engineering, alongside the Andrew N. Liveris Academy for Leadership and Innovation.

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  • Contact asked UQ experts: what is fuelling the conflict between Ukraine and Russia, and what does it mean for Australia?
  • Almost every aspect of our lives depends on nature, yet some of us are much more “into” spending time in nature than others. To try to understand why, researchers studied how much of our connection to nature might depend on our DNA.
  • Cases of the SARS-CoV-2 variant Omicron have escalated globally over the past two months, with many countries experiencing peaks higher than previous variants. Now we’re seeing cases of a sub-variant of Omicron, known as BA.2, emerge.
  • After saving millions lives around the world from cervical cancer, the UQ inventors of the HPV vaccine are investing in the next generation of researchers to fuel future discoveries.
  • Listen to the most engaging and inspiring stories from across the UQ community while you're on the go.
  • UQ disability rights legal academic and 2022 Blind Australian of the Year, Associate Professor Paul Harpur, explains why universities are in a unique position to create meaningful change when it comes to disability inclusion in the workplace.
  • After almost two years of snap lockdowns, travel bans and restricted freedoms, Australia is meeting the vaccination levels required to finally begin living with the COVID-19 virus. But now one burning question consumes people’s minds: what does ‘living with the virus’ actually mean, and just how ‘free’ will we be in the future?
  • 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.
  • How four dictionaries and two grammars of traditional Indigenous languages were co-compiled.

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  • UQ's vision is to become a global leader in disability inclusion. Contact spoke with Accessibility and Learning Support Assistant Manager Leonie Meyn about her job to ensure that all users – whatever their ability – can access the Library’s full range of facilities and resources.
  • UQ disability rights legal academic and 2022 Blind Australian of the Year, Associate Professor Paul Harpur, explains why universities are in a unique position to create meaningful change when it comes to disability inclusion in the workplace.
  • After decades in the Australian and international music scene, UQ student Cameron Callope is back in the spotlight as he pursues a new gig – a career in medicine.
  • In this instalment of 'UQ by design', we look at our magnificent museums, located across each campus. The University is home to several museums, of both historical and artistic significance, where you can while away an hour or a day.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's a blooming beautiful time of the year at UQ. Enjoy these stunning snaps showcasing our historic Jacaranda trees.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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  • Read more books, spend less money. Exercise more often, order Uber Eats less regularly. Decrease screen time, increase family time. Whatever your New Year’s resolution is, you’re less than 8 percent likely to stick to it...
  • The silly season is upon us, and in preparation for the celebrations to come, 'Contact' asked members of the UQ community to share their favourite festive recipes and the stories behind them.
  • Listen to the most engaging and inspiring stories from across the UQ community while you're on the go.
  • UQ disability rights legal academic and 2022 Blind Australian of the Year, Associate Professor Paul Harpur, explains why universities are in a unique position to create meaningful change when it comes to disability inclusion in the workplace.
  • After almost two years of snap lockdowns, travel bans and restricted freedoms, Australia is meeting the vaccination levels required to finally begin living with the COVID-19 virus. But now one burning question consumes people’s minds: what does ‘living with the virus’ actually mean, and just how ‘free’ will we be in the future?
  • 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?
  • Emeritus Professor Roland 'Roly' Sussex weighs in on Oxford English Dictionary's Word Of The Year or “WOTY” for 2021 – “vax”.
  • All eyes will be on Glasgow over the first two weeks of November as world leaders meet at the most important international climate summit in the past decade. We asked UQ experts across a range of disciplines what their thoughts were ahead of COP26.
  • Ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes to create a 'Contact' magazine feature article?

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