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4th September 2017

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Queensland’s own rapid response tool for monitoring coral bleaching: Queensland researchers are developing a new tool to ramp up rapid response efforts to coral bleaching on the Great Barrier Reef.

Bendable crystals tie current thinking in knots: Queensland researchers have shown that single crystals, typically thought of as brittle and inelastic, are flexible enough to be bent repeatedly and even tied in a knot.

Flexible Crystals

QUT eyes world of drones: QUT’s advances in drone and remote-sensing research have been showcased at the inaugural World of Drones Congress in Brisbane.

Summer is coming: hay fever & asthma sufferers beware: Thunderstorms are part and parcel of Queensland’s spring and summer.  In parts of Australia, thunderstorms can be deadly for people with hay fever and asthma, says QUT Faculty of Health expert Professor Janet Davies.

Janet Davies_3

3D printing revolution for us all: 3D car parts & clothes by 2020?: The 3D printing revolution will completely change the face of the car industry in the next two to five years, according to one of the experts who spoke at a free QUT forum on design laws and 3D printing last week.

Obama 3D printed car

Can ‘trauma-informed practice’ help turn things around and support kids?: A QUT school behaviour expert has found that students who present with challenging behaviours can be expressing a call for help and is working with education authorities to better identify and support these students.

QUT fashion students take to MBFF catwalk: The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival has shone a spotlight on the brightest up-and-coming design talent, including six QUT students.


Sept 5: IP Workshop - Climate Change, Capitalism and Corporations (free) @ Gardens Point
Sept 5: QUT Business Leaders' Forum with Lance Hockridge @ Hilton Brisbane
Sept 6-26: Pride Month 2017 (free) @ QUT
Sept 8: Grand Challenge Lecture by Hasan Bakhshi: The Future of Skills (free) @ Gardens Point
Sept 11-15: East West Fest 2017 (free) @ QUT
Sept 12-13: Return to Study Seminars (free) @ Gardens Point & North Lakes
Sept 12-30: Brisbane Festival Theatre Republic @ QUT Creative Industries Precinct

Theatre Republic

Sept 12: Start-Ups and Starting Out in Business @ Australia House, London
Sept 19: Future of Work Panel (free) @ QUT Gardens Point
Sept 22: QUT CEA's Creative3 @ Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre
Sept 22: School holiday campus tours (free) @ Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove
Sept 24-29: Australian University Games @ Gold Coast (Follow the journey on QUT Sport Facebook.)
Sept 30: QUT Learning Potential Fund Riverfire Celebration and Online Auction @ RoomThreeSixty
Oct 4: QUT Mid-Autumn Moon Festival (free) @ Gardens Point
Oct 8: Brisbane Open House festival (free) @ Old Government House
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


QUT Associate Professor John McMurtrie - Associate Professor John McMurtrie (pictured) and colleagues’ research developing single crystals that can bend made the news on Gizmodo, MSN, Breitbart USA, Global News Connect,  Xinuanet,  Newsline and Science Alert, and was explained on The Conversation and Australian Geographic.
- Associate Professor Felipe Gonzalez’s use of drones and hyperspectral cameras to monitor the Great Barrier Reef was on 7 News4pm and 6pm bulletins nationally, and on 4ZZZ and Business Insider. News Corp also spoke to him about the World of Drones Congress.
- ABC News  and ABC Radio Brisbane spoke to Professor Des Butler  about privacy laws and drones.
- Professor Peter Grace and PhD student Fabio Manca featured in an ABC Landline story about bioreactors and fighting fertiliser run-offs.
- ABC TV News covered the Next Tech Girl Superhero school students event at QUT.
- Associate Professor Janet Davies talked to the Sydney Morning Herald about thunderstorm asthma and AusPollen for a national Fairfax story, that also ran on Daily Mail Australia.
Dr Sue Keay (pictured) explored the scope of QUT and the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision’s robotics research in a future-focused story that ran across the News Corp network.

Dr Sue Keay

- Dr Kerry-Ann O’Grady and Dr Anne Chang’s study looking at kids developing a cough for weeks after a respiratory illness was published by Reuters Health across various networks including Your News USA, Reuters Health and Fitness and on
- The Courier-Mail spoke to Professor Laurie Buys about future retirement trends.
- 7 News Brisbane interviewed Dr Paula Dootson about next generation technology for commuters in place of Go Cards.
- Associate Professor Gary Mortimer told A Current Affair fresh produce quality was a key complaint from online shoppers, spoke to Smart Company about Woolworths toying with in-store street food, was quoted on shopping centre evolution in The Courier-Mail, and talked Billabong sales and Australian food export on ABC Radio in Brisbane and Perth. He also wrote a piece for The Conversation on click and collect shopping, which ran in Smart Company too.
- Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes talked to The Sunday Age about bequests.
- Professor Molly Dragiewicz talked to APN regional newspapers about domestic violence.
- ABC Radio Perth interviewed Associate Professor Amisha Mehta about warning systems for natural disasters.
- Dr Judith Howard was interviewed by ABC Radio Townsville about why some children behave badly at school.
- The Australian ran an opinion piece written by Annie Parker who is speaking at QUT CEA’s Creative3 Conference.
- Sydney Morning Herald Domain and Fairfax Regional Media carried Dr Andrea Blake’s comment on the differences in  mortgage and personal debt in Brisbane suburbs.
- Professor James Dale’s research into enhancing pro-vitamin A in bananas featured in Food Processing.

Emma Tothill-look 1- shot by Joseph Meldrum

- Fashion Weekly, Style Magazines and The Courier Mail featured the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Festival held at QUT with the backdrop of Old Government House.
- Technology Decisions, My Sunshine Coast and Public Now reported on the MIT Bootcamp returning to Brisbane.
- Professor Ian O’Hara’s research into turning a waste produce into renewable energy featured in Arena Wire.
- Campus Morning Mail mentioned funding for Dr Deanna Grant-Smith’s research into low SES participation in postgraduate study.
- Professor Daniel Johnston chatted about a wellbeing app his team created with the AFL Players’ Association on ABC Radio in Cairns and Townsville.
- The Courier Mail reported on QUT’s partnership with the Queensland Government for a new high school in Fortitude Valley.
- Professor Selena Bartlett’s research on how sugar affects the brain in Times of India, Mumbai Mirror and Pune Mirror.
- Scope TV spoke to Dr Erin Peterson about her virtual reef research, and road-tested a sensor for improving athletic performance with Professor Gene Moyle.
- Media Week announced journalism student Jessica Stewart had won a Clarion Award.
- Western Magazine profiled Farhad Hossain and his research into tyre recycling.
- ABC Radio Brisbane spoke to QUT alumni and Bangarra Dance Company member Dan Riley.
- ABC Radio Wagga Wagga and Tamworth mentioned QUT’s involvement in a project to record the distinctive sound of male koalas in mating season.
- Dr Kameron Dunn’s research on sugarcane waste for biofuels was covered in the Port Douglas and Mossman Gazette.
- Dr Mary Crawford joined ABC Radio Brisbane for her regular segment on state politics.
- Giuseppe Gangarossa wrote a piece of Plos Blogs referring to Professor Selina Bartlett’s research into the dangers of sugar.
- Carl Grodach contributed to The Conversation piece discussing the future of creative precincts amid the push for urban renewal.

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