2016 in news: top stories from QUT Media
Thanks for keeping up with news from QUT throughout 2016. We’ve enjoyed sharing QUT’s innovative research and activities, including new technologies to boost conservation, colourful events celebrating creativity and world-leading studies that reveal new insights into our brains and behaviours.
Here's our pick of the QUT stories that piqued the interest of journalists all over the globe.
A special mention goes to Associate Professor Gary Mortimer for his extensive public engagement throughout the year, including his research around unit pricing. He’s in high demand with journalists around the country, regularly helping them unpack a wide range of issues in the retail sector. Watch a video.
It was a huge year for Dr Matthew Dunbabin and Dr Feras Dayoub and their COTSbot. The pair proved COTSbot can autonomously detect and inject crown-of-thorns starfish, they were Eureka Prize finalists and they won a $750,000 Google Impact Challenge grant to transform their robot into an all-purpose RangerBot. Watch them on Catalyst. Read the WIRED coverage.
The Creative Industries Faculty’s spectacular housewarming party, CreateX, attracted thousands of people to our newly-opened precinct expansion and sparked a storm of media interest in CIF’s research including Dean Brough and Dr Alice Payne’s kombucha clothing, (video) Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham’s ‘communitainment’ and Dr Deb Polson’s Museum of Colliding Dimensions. Watch a video.
Professor Richard Brown and Farhad Hossain proved that a fuel reclaimed from old tyres provides a cleaner diesel blend. This was our outstanding social media story of the year. Read Gizmodo’s coverage.
Professor Matthew Brown led a global study that found genetic links for five common inflammatory diseases. Read ABC Online’s coverage.
Dr Cassandra Cross’s research into online dating scams headlined the QUT Crime and Justice Research Centre’s Tainted Love symposium. Read Women’s Weekly coverage.
Stephen Whyte and Professor Benno Torgler’s world-first behavioural economics study revealed that younger, educated men were in demand as sperm donors. Read Huffington Post Australia’s coverage.
Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen led a jaguar conservation project into the Amazon, using statistics, mathematical modelling, virtual technology and local knowledge to protect jaguar habitats. Watch a video.
Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez, Dr Sandra Johnson, Dr Grant Hamilton and the IFE’s Flight Operations team worked with local councils using drones, AI and statistical analyses to better manage koala populations. Watch a video.
Sean Druitt and the Cube Studio team let 10 artificially intelligent prehistoric beasts loose into Dino Zoo - a world first in combining large-scale interaction and the latest scientific understanding about dinosaurs. Watch a video.
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Our CreateX festival attracted thousands of people to the newly-opened Creative Industries Precinct expansion.
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