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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan,
and why they won’t hold it

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Why the Taliban won Afghanistan, and why they won’t hold it

  • It’s hard enough as a researcher to be published. And, statistically, it’s at least doubly hard to be published if you’re female. Now consider the difficulty when your first language isn’t English.
  • 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 sandstone carvings 'hiding in plain sight' around the Great Court at UQ St Lucia.
  • A report from the US task force dedicated to investigating UFOs — or, in the official jargon, UAPs (Unidentified Aerial Phenomena) — has neither confirmed nor rejected the idea such sightings could indicate alien visits to Earth.
  • 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.
  • Are you looking for more meaningful work? Want to monetise a passion project? Or simply curious about starting your own business? Follow this advice from UQ graduates who have done exactly that!
  • At a time when the world is facing more uncertainty than ever, Contact stepped into the studio with professional artist and UQ PhD student Georgina Hooper to reflect on her mindful art practice and ask how to use art for enlightenment.
  • A champion for professional sportswomen and a pioneer for healthcare reform are among members of The University of Queensland community recognised with Queen’s Birthday Honours.
  • Don’t tell Australian water polo goalkeeper Gabi Palm that competing at the Olympics during a global pandemic means less than previous Games. If anything, success at Tokyo will be even more special.

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  • The keenly anticipated ES Meyers Memorial Lecture returns to UQ on 6 March this year with highly regarded gynaecologist Dr Vijay Roach confirmed as the guest speaker.
  • Meet the UQ graduate behind the first COVID-19 home diagnostic tool.
  • Amidst the re-assessments taking place as a result of COVID-19, there is an invaluable opportunity for businesses to rethink the purpose and nature of innovation.
  • While the UQ COVID-19 vaccine won’t to be rolled out to fight this global pandemic, the University’s researchers have made remarkable progress, and they are confident their powerful vaccine platform will be ready for when the world faces another health crisis. 
  • Australia’s renewable energy research capacity has been boosted with the completion of the UQ Warwick Solar Farm in 2020. UQ students are also gaining valuable experience that will help Queensland reach its renewable energy targets by 2030.
  • The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with the impacts expected to last well into 2021 and beyond. Professor Shaun Bond, UQ’s Frank Finn Professor of Finance, considers some specific steps.
  • How two friends banded together to launch a free screen reader and open up technology to the vision-impaired community.
  • How a UQ student swapped her farming life to help guide the UQ Space team towards a world record.
  • UQ final-year student Justin Clarke is bound for Oxford University.

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  • Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO reflects on 2020, the response of the UQ community to COVID-19, and the role of universities in pandemic recovery.
  • The economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, with the impacts expected to last well into 2021 and beyond. Professor Shaun Bond, UQ’s Frank Finn Professor of Finance, considers some specific steps.
  • UQ graduate Elliot Stein analyses what a Joe Biden presidency will mean for Australia.
  • Less than a week out from the US election, the world is waiting for an outcome that will have huge ramifications both in the US and across the globe.
  • With this year’s turbulent onset of COVID-19, we are reminded that life can change suddenly, along with assumptions about ‘jobs of the future’ or what constitutes a ‘safe’ career.
  • UQ graduate and award-winning journalist and author Madonna King shares key insights from her discussions with 2020 Alumni Award recipients.
  • UQ graduate and journalist Andrew Kidd Fraser reflects on his long career in print and sheds light on what he believes we can expect for the future of print media.
  • Queenslanders will vote in a state election on 31 October. In the midst of a global pandemic, it will be a campaign like never before.

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