Creative Industries


18 April 2017

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New class of medical robotics to make keyhole surgery safer

New class of medical robotics to make keyhole surgery safer: QUT is spearheading the development of a new class of medical robotics that can see soft tissue, to make keyhole surgeries simpler, safer and cheaper.

Distracted? Slowing down, not a safe option:  Drivers who slow down while using mobile phones have the potential to increase on-road conflicts, a new QUT study warns.


QUT CARRS-Q researcher Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios

Australian researchers map the way to a cancer-free future: Health experts have launched an Australian-first research study to understand national patterns in cancer incidence, survival and screening practices based on where people live.

Want to save the world? Apply here: Are you a young scientist of the future who’s passionate about improving our world (or the parent of one)?  Statewide applications are now open for the 2017 QUT Vice-Chancellor’s STEM Camp for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.

2016 QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM Camp video

New program launched to fast track medicines to market: A new program focused on translating cutting-edge Australian health research into the marketplace has been launched by QUT and the Medical Technologies and Pharmaceutical Growth Centre (MTPConnect).

Barcaldine student awarded Rural Bank scholarship: Barcaldine student Rhiannon Bennett has been selected as one of nine Rural Bank Scholarship recipients who will receive financial support to the value of $5,000, to help fund her degree in Behavioural Science at QUT.

Good fellows: UK Higher Education Academy CEO meets Australian fellows at QUT: Learning and teaching tertiary experts from Queensland and Canberra have met at QUT in Brisbane to gain some global insights from Professor Stephanie Marshall, the CEO of the UK-based Higher Education Academy.

Prof Stephanie Marshall and Prof Suzi Derbyshire with QUT QALT HEA Fellows

Sharing Knowledge in the Fast Fashion Industry: Have you ever browsed a rack of clothes for under $15 at your local Zara, H&M or Topshop, and thought, ‘what a deal!?’

Democratising the rising data tide: QUT Design Lab PhD candidate Daniel Filonik hopes his research project, DataChopin, will help people navigate a rising tide of data.

April 22: March for Science @ Brisbane CBD
April 27: Subject selection for STEM careers information evening @ Gardens Theatre
April 28:   IFE Grand Challenge Public Lecture by Assoc Prof Ruth BridgstockFuture Capable: Learning for Life and Work in the 21st Century (free) @ Institute for Future Environments
May 4: The 7 Stages of Grieving @ Gardens Theatre
May 7: QUT Classic fun run @ Brisbane CBD
May 12: Prestige Scholarships Information Seminar (free) @ Gardens Point
May 16-18: High school students & parents information seminars (free) @ Gardens Point, North Lakes & Caboolture
Now - May 21: Earth & fire: Ceramics from the QUT Art Collection (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now - May 21: Less than: Art and reductionism (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now - June 18: William Robinson: Genesis (free) @ William Robinson Gallery
Now - Sept 13: Season 2017 @ Gardens Theatre: Stories that connect  @ Gardens Theatre
Now - Nov 24STEM for Schools: What's on in  2017 @ QUT


QUT Professor Kerrie Mengersen

- The Courier-Mail reported on a project between the Cancer Council and QUT’s Distinguished Professor Kerrie Mengersen (pictured) to map national patterns of cancer incidence. The story also ran across the News Corp network, Channel 9Channel 10 and on 4ZZZ.
Campus Morning Mail, Get Healthier and Health Times reported a QUT project to develop medical robotics that can see soft tissue had been granted nearly $1 million from the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.
- The Daily TelegraphHerald Sun and other News Corp titles published a piece by Professor Erica McWilliam on schools and gender stereotypes.
Professor Jonathan Roberts explained to Cosmos Magazine why integrating driverless cars into society will be difficult.
- Research from Oscar Oviedo-Trespalacios on drivers who slow down while using mobile phones was covered by AutotalkScience Daily USA, the Townsville Bulletin, Queensland TimesToowoomba Chronical and 4CA.
Geraldine Donoghue was on Nine’s Today Show talking about happy retirees.
The Age (and other Fairfax titles) ran a stylish feature on QUT drama and psychology graduate Adrienne Pickering who stars as Eileen Bond in an upcoming TV miniseries House of Bond.
The Australian featured research on koalas’ mating calls that involves sound recordings being analysed by a QUT acoustics team headed by Professor Paul Roe.
The Australian also covered NHMRC chief executive Professor Anne Kelso’s talk at this month’s Times Higher Education Young Universities Summit at QUT.
- In other Summit coverage, Professor Timothy Tong’s address was on the front page of English-language paper The Seoul Times and Professor Carla Brodley’s address was in in Publicnow.
Professor Nicolas Suzor talked to The Daily Telegraph about piracy laws and site blocking, with the story also run by The Courier-Mail and Herald Sun.
The Courier-Mail’s Qweekend profiled QUT journalism graduate and ABC broadcaster Craig Zonka.
- QUT graduate, Studio 10 co-host and Logie Awards nominee Sarah Harris told Brisbane News about her career journey. The story also ran on
Brisbane News also profiled advertising graduate Ellen Powell who is the creative director of Blushing Confetti and has her products stocked in New York and the UK.
Associate Professor Wendy Scaife spoke to ABC North Coast NSW about philanthropic donations after natural disasters. ProBono Australia also interviewed her.
Associate Professor Gary Mortimer talked to Melbourne’s 3AW and Perth’s 6PR about Woolworths adopting ‘round number’ pricing, with the interviews also picked up by other stations. He was also interviewed by Nine News about Easter shopping.
ABC Radio Brisbane shared CARRS-Q’s ‘text driving’ research with listeners.
- The Noosa News wrote about Indonesian fashion designers and officials visiting Noosa and Brisbane as part of a training course hosted by QUT Creative Industries.
At the Barre highlighted Professor Gene Moyle (pictured) and her Adult Creative Health research project with Queensland Ballet.

Gene Moyle_4

Smart Company ran a story on QUT CEA-backed startup Bluethumb.
Brisbane Times’ Campus section ran a story by journalism student Jessica McGrath on being flu aware that also highlighted QUT’s staff vaccination program.
Stock and Land reported that nine Australian students had been awarded a Rural Bank scholarship including QUT psychology student Rhiannon Bennett.
South-East Advertiser and Redcliffe and Bayside Herald featured stories about QUT students who received a scholarship from The Smith Family.
All Daily News ran Higher Education Academy CEO Professor Stephanie Marshall’s visit to QUT that attracted learning and teaching experts from Queensland and Canberra.
OK!Magazine featured Professor Robert Schweitzer’s research looking at people emotional experience after sex.
Lawyers’ Weekly covered a new Shimizu Kokusai internship program that involves QUT students.
Publicnow promoted QUT’s upcoming Business Leaders’ Forum featuring former Rio Tinto CEO Sam Walsh.
Stephen Harrington spoke to ABC Newcastle about political satire and the death of John Clarke.
Susan Hethertington discussed family affairs with ABC Capricornia.
Release date: Tuesday, April 18, 2017
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