Creative Industries


29 August 2017

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MIT Bootcamp

Applications open for next MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp: Some of the best and brightest minds from across the globe can now apply for spots at the prestigious MIT Innovation and Entrepreneurship Bootcamp which will return to QUT next February under the Palaszczuk Government’s Advance Queensland initiative.

Netflix, Uber Eats, Trivago – online window-shopping is a feel-good experience: A QUT study has challenged a marketing maxim that too many product offerings such as those offered on aggregate sites cause choice overload and decrease purchases.

Dr Frank Mathmann

Grassroots programs honoured at the 2017 Queensland Road Safety Awards: Grassroots programs aimed at protecting Queenslanders on our roads have been named winners of the 2017 Queensland Road Safety Awards.

Science and sport combine in app to maximise fit minds: An innovative new app to help maximise wellbeing and resilience has been developed using QUT research and expertise in partnership with the AFL Players’ Association and funded by the Movember Foundation.

Professor Daniel Johnson

Improving access to hospital in the home: AusHSI launches recommendations paper: The Australian Centre for Health Services Innovation (AusHSI) has identified a number of ways to improve access to quality at-home care with the publication of its report: Taking Healthcare Home Forum: Overview of findings and recommendations.

QUT-Queensland Poetry Festival partnership a perfect match: A partnership between the Queensland Poetry Festival and QUT has given poetry students the chance to get up close to Australian greats and international guests.

QUT Creative Writing academic and award-winning poet Sarah Holland-Batt

Australia’s screen future is online: time to support our new content creators: Ever heard of Mighty Car Mods? Or maybe RackaRacka? Or perhaps Veritasium? These are a few of the most famous Australian screen creators you might never have heard of.

Personifying places can boost travel intentions: People who see animals as people and assign human traits to non-human objects are more likely to travel to destinations that are presented as being human-like, according to QUT research.


Aug 28: Public lecture by Mark Dreyfus: Terrorism, Law Enforcement and the Challenges of Countering Violent Extremism @ Gardens Point
Aug 30: Elder abuse: Free public forum on power of attorney & financial abuse @ Gardens Point
Aug 30: IP Symposium - The Third Industrial Revolution: Designs Law and 3D Printing @ Gardens Point
Sept 1: QUT Public Lecture: The Delicate Tension of Digital Technology (free) @ Gardens Point
Sept 5: IP Workshop - Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations @ Gardens Point
Sept 6-26: Pride Month 2017 @ QUT

Ally Network Training at QUT

Sept 8: Grand Challenge Lecture by Hasan Bakhshi: The Future of Skills @ Gardens Point
Sept 5: QUT Business Leaders' Forum with Lance Hockridge @ Hilton Brisbane
Sept 12-30: Brisbane Festival Theatre Republic @ QUT Creative Industries Precinct
Sept 19: Future of Work Panel @ QUT Gardens Point
Sept 22: QUT CEA's Creative3 @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sept 30: QUT Learning Potential Fund Riverfire Celebration @ RoomThreeSixty
Now-Oct 29: Machination (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now-Oct 29: Why future still needs us: AI and humanity (free) @ QUT Art Museum
Now-Nov 24: STEM for Schools: What's on in  2017 @ QUT
Now-June 25, 2018: Eternal Present: The Still Life paintings of William Robinson (free) @ William Robinson Gallery, Old Government House

- Professor Narelle Haworth spoke with ABC North Queensland, ABC Wide Bay about speeding and Queensland Road Safety Week. She also featured on 4BC Brisbane, 4RO Rockhampton, River FM Ipswich and 2GB Sydney. Other coverage included Car Advice, Sunshine Coast Daily and other News Corp regional Queensland papers.
- Dr Mark King spoke with ABC Radio Brisbane about road safety including seatbelts, new in-vehicle technologies and how we can become better drivers.
- Dr Mark Ryan was quoted in an ABC News story on why the outback is the go-to setting for Australian horror films.

Mark Ryan

- 7 News Adelaide ran a story featuring Professor Ross Young and Dr Divya Mehta on a new QUT study of Vietnam vets with PTSD. The story was also picked up by Brisbane Times.
- The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age profiled QUT graduate Sarah Moran, CEO of Girl Geek Academy, in their Good Weekend Magazine.
- The Australian talked to QUT’s director of genomics, Professor Matt Brown, about a new personalised genomic medicine initiative involving QUT that will sequence more than 2000 cancer patients a year.
- The Courier-Mail talked to QUT students Emily Wiltshire and Brianna Anderson who will tackle the Kokoda Track this week – Legacy Week – in memory of their fathers who served in the Australian Defence Force.
- Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham's piece for The Conversation on how Australia’s screen future is online was reprinted by Mumbrella, Inside Film and others. He also spoke with ABC Brisbane Afternoons and ABC Mid North Coast.
- QUT CEA’s Mark Gustowski featured on ABC’s Lateline in a story about fashion startups.
- Associate Professor Gary Mortimer spoke with 7 News about Coles and Woolworths’ plans to counter a roll-out of new Aldi stores, to 9 News about being overcharged at the checkout, to A Current Affair about butter prices, to The Mercury about Amazon and Tasmania, to SmartCompany about Costco opening online, to Newcastle ABC about the re-emergence of shopping hubs, and to ABC Radio Hobart about supermarkets.
- The Daily Mail, TravelandTourWorld and Real Estate + Tourism ran Dr Kate Letheren, Professor Brett Martin and Dr Hyun Seung Jin, research about personifying of travel destinations.
- The Brisbane Times interviewed fashion student Joeli Kabu for a story on the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival Brisbane.
- The Brisbane Times covered the “Robo-cops” public lecture at QUT and quoted criminologist Dr Monique Mann on robots already in use in the USA.
- Dr Nicolas Suzor and Dr Matthew Rimmer spoke to The New Daily about legal action over illegal downloads. Dr Rimmer also discussed pirate websites with Trevor Long and Nick Bennett on Talking Lifestyle Radio.
- Dr Amanda Mergler was interviewed by The New Daily about a report of boys being behind a year academically than classroom peers.
- Axel Bruns spoke to ABC Sydney’s The Business about a decade of hashtags.
- Professor Brian McNair was quoted in an SBS online article about how to spot fake news.
- Rollercoaster expert Malcolm Burt spoke to ABC Radio Brisbane (at 7 mins) about the results of a review into thrill rides.
- Professor Michael Milford and Soh Yeong Roh were interviewed by ABC Brisbane Afternoons on the difference between AI and machine learning.
- Professor Marcus Foth joined a panel of experts on ABC Radio Brisbane talking about living in smart cities.
- Dr Michael Klaehn joined ABC Radio Brisbane  for his weekly segment on social media, Dr Mary Crawford did her segment on state politics, and Dr Edwina Luck joined the weekly panel discussion on retail.
- Dr Rebecca English told the Cairns Post schools mightn’t like parents taking their kids out of class for family holidays, but they couldn’t actually stop it.

Rebecca English_Home Schooling_9

- The Sunday Mail mentioned QUT and Dreamworld’s koala breeding program in an article about severe habitat loss on the Gold Coast threatening the local dwindling population.
- Robert King spoke with True Viral News about QUT research showing that stressed teens can respond better to apps than human touch. The story also appeared on the UK’s The Debrief.
- Adjunct Associate Professor John Mickel told the ABC too many negative ads during election campaigns could backfire.
- Optometry Australia covered Emeritus Professor Nathan Efron being awarded the Ruben Medal for outstanding contributions to contact lens research.
- The Australian Journal of Pharmacy reported on a prescriptions toolkit created by QUT’s Lynda Cardiff and developed with three other universities.
- ArchitectureAU ran a feature profiling the expansion of the QUT Creative Industries Precinct at Kelvin Grove.
- EducationHQ ran a story about a QUT project with Iona College marine students on corals in Moreton Bay.
- ABC News Sydney interviewed Associate Professor Janet Davies about allergy season.
- The Sunraysia Daily previewed a local growers’ fruit fly workshop involving entomologist Professor Anthony Clarke.
- The Australian ran a piece about the Machination exhibition presented by Cake Industries at the QUT Art Museum.
- Natalie Smith’s Conversation piece on the lack of support by employers to offer part-time jobs, was republished on ABC Online and in the Daily Bulletin.
 - Susan Hetherington joined ABC Radio Capricornia for her regular segment Family Matters talking babies eating habits, when kids stop believing in magic and more.
- Dr Mark Gibbs welcomed the collaboration and launch of the agriculture and infrastructure climate plans in Get Farming and the Goondiwindi Argus.
- Professor Michael Milford wrote a piece for The Conversation on how Terminator 2 in 3D reminds us what we’ve still to learn about AI and robotics.

Media release date: Monday, August 28, 2017
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