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125 years at Gatton

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125 years at Gatton

  • Four years after suffering a spinal cord injury during a schoolboy rugby match, UQ student Conor Tweedy has helped Queensland claim a silver medal at the Wheelchair Rugby National Championships on the Gold Coast.
  • UQ researcher and physiotherapist Dr Megan Ross speaks to 'Contact' during Pride Month about her appointment as inaugural Chair of the LGBTQIA+ Advisory Committee for the Australian Physiotherapy Association.
  • UQ recently held a Get Finance Fit Q&A session on tax time with an expert panel, who provided their tips on the top deductions to claim – including work from home expenses – tax-wise investments, and joining the dots between tax and superannuation.
  • Hundreds of UQ community members attended dozens of events across the University during National Reconciliation Week, from 27 May to 3 June. Together, they celebrated the 2022 theme: Be Brave. Make Change.
  • UQ has recently launched an Indigenous Design Framework to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design values on UQ campuses, to better recognise and celebrate Indigenous connections and support.
  • There have been almost 300 mass shootings in the US this year, and many Australians have watched on asking the same old questions: why do some Americans feel so strongly about guns? Has anything changed? And how can the United States remain so divided about the path forward?
  • For thousands of years, humanity has looked to the stars and wondered: are we alone?
  • 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.

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  • UQ recently held a Get Finance Fit Q&A session on tax time with an expert panel, who provided their tips on the top deductions to claim – including work from home expenses – tax-wise investments, and joining the dots between tax and superannuation.
  • 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.

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  • 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.
  • The idea of corporate social responsibility (CSR) isn’t new – but in the age of informed and empowered consumers and shareholders, it’s no longer just a smart public relations move, but a fundamental business consideration.
  • 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.
  • Twenty fours years since the release of the ever-timely book Sister Girl, its author, Dr Jackie Huggins AM FAHA, and editor, Associate Professor Sandra Phillips, reflect on identity and reconciliation ahead of the book’s relaunch this month.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Exploring the environmental benefits of plant-based eating, plus a UQ dietician shares their top tips for eating green.
  • Emeritus Professor Roland 'Roly' Sussex weighs in on Oxford English Dictionary's Word Of The Year or “WOTY” for 2021 – “vax”.
  • Meet the innovative UQ lecturer helping students learn business management in less than 60 seconds.

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  • Hundreds of UQ community members attended dozens of events across the University during National Reconciliation Week, from 27 May to 3 June. Together, they celebrated the 2022 theme: Be Brave. Make Change.
  • UQ has recently launched an Indigenous Design Framework to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander design values on UQ campuses, to better recognise and celebrate Indigenous connections and support.
  • Celebrating almost 30 years of the Philip Dimmock Memorial Bursary at UQ
  • Siblings share Young Achievers Program journey to study at UQ.
  • UQ is currently ranked #2 in the world for sports-related subjects, a testament to our world-class sport facilities, research and training. But what is the definition of ‘sport’? You may be surprised at some of the more unusual activities on offer at and around the University.
  • 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.
  • The life of a donated book is a curious one. The annual UQ Alumni Book Fair is a community favourite for local book lovers, but what exactly is the process that books go through before they make it to the sales floor?
  • 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.
  • Besides the many 'people' statues, UQ campuses host several other sculptural works of significance.

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  • There have been almost 300 mass shootings in the US this year, and many Australians have watched on asking the same old questions: why do some Americans feel so strongly about guns? Has anything changed? And how can the United States remain so divided about the path forward?
  • 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?
  • Effie Zahos discusses three things you need to think about before you take advantage of the government's home deposit schemes – plus how the Budget’s pre-election sweeteners affect you.
  • UQ authors and fans on why you should try new book genres – and where to start.
  • Commentary and analysis from Madonna King and UQ experts
  • We have to pivot to a new insurance model for climate change before we go under, warns University of Queensland expert
  • UQ experts explain the soaring prices at the pump, the history of energy wars in Australia and options for a secure energy future.
  • Journalist and radio trailblazer Stephen Stockwell (Bachelor of Journalism ’08) shares his must-listen podcasts for 2022.
  • This International Women’s Day, UQ Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Deborah Terry AO reflects on a major roadblock in achieving true gender equity: the persisting biases around gender roles, and in particular, that child-rearing is predominantly a woman’s responsibility.

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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • It's a blooming beautiful time of the year at UQ. Enjoy these stunning snaps showcasing our historic Jacaranda trees.

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