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  • 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.
  • '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.
  • Cultivating the perfect patch has become an obsession for some, with online communities of ‘lawn fanatics’ and ‘lawn porn’ enthusiasts turning up their excitement offline, as they vie for the title of best lawn in the street.
  • One day, someone will have to sort through all the ‘stuff’ we leave behind, both physical and virtual. So, who decides what happens to our online memories when we’re no longer here to curate them?
  • Three UQ researchers joined alumnus and ABC journalist Bern Young as part of UQ’s Regional Roadshow to discuss the Gold Coast’s roadmap to post-COVID recovery.
  • Learn about the dedicated UQ students volunteering with the Pro Bono Centre at the frontline of domestic and family violence law reform.

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  • UQ PhD student Hannah Allan would like to help unite contemporary science with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural understanding and traditional knowledges, for effective and holistic management of Country.
  • UQ graduates working in development, sustainability and national security discuss why our Pacific neighbours are so important.
  • Jeremy Hunt and his student colleagues wanted to do something to help the community. And it was the realisation that many homeless people still pay out of their own pocket for protection from the flu that sparked them into action.
  • How does a university tackle the issue of freedom of speech on campus? By having a free discussion about speech ­– on campus.
  • 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!
  • Meet some of the latest recipients of the UQ Firebirds Scholarship. Plus, enter the draw to WIN Queensland Firebirds tickets!
  • 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.
  • When Laura Stokes became the youngest person accepted into UQ's Master of Business Administration (MBA) program in 2014, she knew her studies would give her the tools overcome the challenges of being a woman in business.
  • What are they? How do they work? Are they here to stay? And are they bad for the environment?

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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, we take a look at the marvellous murals on the walls of particular buildings.
  • UQ PhD student Hannah Allan would like to help unite contemporary science with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural understanding and traditional knowledges, for effective and holistic management of Country.
  • UQ science lecturer Jim Walker says the best way to achieve a national collective database describing the health of Australia’s regional and remote ecosystems is to work alongside Indigenous peoples.
  • 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 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.
  • Meet some of the latest recipients of the UQ Firebirds Scholarship. Plus, enter the draw to WIN Queensland Firebirds tickets!
  • 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.

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  • Professor Peter Greste spent time in Afghanistan in the 1990s as a reporter for the BBC. In the wake of the crisis unfolding in the country, Professor Greste analyses the Taliban's beginnings and their eventual return to power.
  • Queensland MPs will cast a conscience vote on Voluntary Assisted Dying (VAD) in September. UQ experts discuss what is VAD? Do we need it? And how would it work?
  • As the Taliban takes back control of Afghanistan, UQ experts explain the impact on its people, the region and international relations?
  • Buying a house is not an impossible task – it just needs a little planning and a lot of discipline. Here are three things you should know before you jump in.
  • Deputy Director (Research) at UQ’s Parenting and Family Support Centre Associate Professor Alina Morawska shares her top tips for parents to help their children cope with the stress and anxiety of COVID-19.
  • 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.

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