QUT News & Events Wrap – March 27 edition

27 March 2017

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International entrepreneurs at QUT for MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp: The MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp is underway at QUT, offering some of the world’s brightest entrepreneurial thinkers the opportunity to transform their innovative ideas into burgeoning businesses.

Top Brisbane innovators picked for MIT Bootcamp scholarships: A Brisbane innovator determined to break down the digital divide between cities and remote regions is the first to receive an Indigenous scholarship to the prestigious MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp at QUT.

Young university leaders to gather in Brisbane for summit: Some of the world’s most innovative higher education minds will shortly gather in Brisbane for the Times Higher Education (THE) 2017 Young Universities Summit from 5-7 April at QUT, with an agenda geared towards the role universities can play in an increasingly challenging world.

What to do in a disaster: new must-have guide for health professionals: A world-first grass-roots guide for doctors, nurses, paramedics and other health professionals will give them a much-needed common language to deal with the growing number of natural and man-made disasters worldwide.

STEM disciplines pick up STEAM with collaboration between arts, design and science: When art, design and science research meet, exciting things happen.

QUT’s Prof Nunzio Motta is new ‘Knight of the Italian Star’: QUT physicist Professor Nunzio Motta (pictured) has been awarded the Order of the Star of Italy and the title of “Knight of the Italian Star” by the Italian Consul during an Italian Scientists Meeting in Brisbane.

President of Law Alumni QUT awarded Fulbright Scholarship: Judge Paul Howard, President of the Law Alumni QUT Chapter, will use his Fulbright Scholarship to research access to justice and the resourcing of federal trial courts spread across regional Australia.


Now – March 31: MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp @ QUT
March 28Queensland’s Chief Entrepreneur at the LPF Breakfast (sold out) @ Room Three Sixty
March 28 – April 11: Sounds of silence: Meditation in the Museum @ QUT Art Museum
March 30: Twilight Wedding Showcase (free) @ Old Government House and Room Three Sixty
March 31 – April 5: Stones in His Pockets @ Gardens Theatre
April 1: Drawing for Contemporary Fashion Design @ Creative Industries Precinct
April 3-7: 2017 High School Research Internships program @ QUT
April 5-7: 2017 Times Higher Education (THE) Young Universities Summit @ Gardens Point
April 7: IFE Grand Challenge Public Lecture by Prof Andrew Campbell @ Institute for Future Environments
April 12: Street Science @ The Cube
May 4: The 7 Stages of Grieving @ Gardens Theatre
May 16-18: High school students & parents information seminars @ Gardens Point, North Lakes & Caboolture
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’s involvement in the World Science Festival Brisbane (WSFB) received national coverage, with Nicole Robinson‘s health robot chatting to the Weekend Today hosts and featuring on ScienceAlert’s Facebook page, while Baxter was shown in an ABC TV promo.  Gizmodo reported on Dr Matthew Dunbabin’s COTSbot’s appearance at WSFB, Fairfax reported on the involvement of Associate Professors Mia Woodruff and Michael Milford and Quest interviewed QUT student Gretchen Bos for its promo story of the WSFB.
– Students journalist Natalie O’Brien spoke to Brett Lewis about his live reef display for an ABC Online story, while Annie Pullar covered the Automated Autos talk which involved Professors Belinda Bennett and Jonathan RobertsMelissa Mackay reported on QUT alumnus Steve Liddle’s explosive science show at the WSFB.
QUT student journalists also published video pieces to YouTube and the WSFB website, and articles on ABC Online including the health benefits of colouring in, how music can influence taste, Street Science, Australia’s energy security, World Water Day, the Queensland Museum taxidermy display, design activities for kids, reef twilight zones, turtle hatching, STEM careers , coral bleaching, water issues, and Professor Ian Frazer.
– QUT posted live to Facebook from the WSFB. For more videos of OUT Street Science activities visit QUT’s Facebook page.

Distinguished Professor Stuart Cunningham’s comments about the Federal Government’s National Science Statement were reported on via SCIMEX, The Daily Bulletin, GizModo and The Conversation. Professor Peter Andrews also commented.
Professor Cunningham also talked to the Sydney Morning Herald about changing TV habits and why live sport is becoming more important to traditional television.
– QUT’s hosting of the MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp was in The Courier-Mail’s City Beat column.
Professor Selena Bartlett talked to ABC Radio’s AM about how childhood trauma affects the brain.
Associate Professor Gary Mortimer was part of a panel on Channel 7’s Weekend Sunrise on superstores and was quoted in a Smart Company Australia article on Amazon’s arrive in Australia.
Fairfax media including Brisbane Times, Nursing Review, Aged Cared Insite, Campus Morning Mail and the UK’s Medical Xpress reported on Professor Gerry FitzGerald’s new book on Disaster Health Management.
– Phil Brown from The Courier-Mail’s Qweekend visited Dame Quentin Bryce in her office at QUT’s Gardens Point campus to talk about the people who wrote to her when she was governor-general of Australia.
Dr Claire Ferguson spoke to News.com.au about infanticide killings for a story that ran across the News Corp network and was republished by Kidspot.
Dr Kate Letheren and Dr Charmaine Glavas wrote about how chatbots will change direct to consumer advertising for The Conversation. The piece was republished by Mumbrella.
– A study from researchers including Professor Stuart Parsons on New Zealand’s kea parrot’s laugh was covered by The Australian and New Scientist.
John Willsteed (pictured) was interviewed on ABC Radio Brisbane on Saturday about music nostalgia and put out a call for old concert posters and tickets from 1975 to 1999.

– The Physics World blog liked a paper on the ‘Quantum Theory of Humour’ co-authored by QUT’s Dr Kirsty Kitto.
The Western Times ran a pre-Easter road safety story that quoted Dr Chris Watling on the dangers of driving when tired.
7 News reported on QUT fashion designers taking part in a program to establish a brand and learn how to survive in the industry.
The Koori Mail ran a story on QUT engineering student Josh Loyd being named one of Australia’s top 100 future leaders.
Blue Curtains Brisbane reviewed Anna Karenina, which featured QUT acting students.
Dr Lucy Reading told The Guardian Australia about her research to study Tamborine Mountain’s aquifers and the impact of water extraction.
Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes wrote a piece for The Conversation urging charity boards to stamp out wrongdoing that damages trust.
– Research from The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies was referenced in a piece in Fundraising and Philanthropy Australasia Magazine.
– The QUT Kelvin Grove bush stone curlew hypnotised by its own reflection continued to generate coverage, in China’s Shenzhen Daily and a blog on the Huffington Post UK.
– A joint Cancer Council Queensland and QUT study examining medical decisions by and for people with terminal illnesses was reported by regional media including Warwick Daily News.
The Toowoomba Chronicle reported corset-maker Lorraine White had been accepted in the QUT Creative Enterprise Australia 2017 Fashion Accelerator Program.
– Research from Associate Professor Scott Read on outdoor light and short-sightedness in children was mentioned by Motherpedia.
Australian Ageing Agenda reported a study from QUT and the University of Adelaide found the lack of a clear national policy for retirement villages could hinder the sector.
– The appointment of police officer in residence Inspector Christopher Emzin to the School of Justice was covered by Campus Morning Mail.
Associate Professor Nicolas Suzor explained how copyright reform could make more books available for blind people in a piece for The Conversation. It was republished by Australasian Science.
QUT Creative Enterprise Australia’s Anna Rooke spoke to Australian Anthill about the great ideas showcased at QUT CEA’s Creative Tech Startup Weekend.
Dr Nicolas Pontes wrote a piece for Inside Retail about whether companies are using ‘sales’ too much.
Stock Journal reported Professor Ian O’Hara will present at the Next Gen cane conference.
Associate Professor Mark Lauchs spoke to ABC Radio about the illegal tobacco industry.
ABC Radio Canberra asked Professor Marilyn Campbell about how children respond to events like the terror attack on London.
Dr Edwina Luck spoke to ABC Central West NSW about incentives to develop and market products like health supplements.
Dr Allison Carey told Dairy News Australia about a research project to develop a vaccine for bovine mastitis.
Mathilde Desselle joined ABC Radio Brisbane to discuss biofabrication, tissue engineering and regenerative medicine.
ABC South East SA asked Professor Laurie Buys about the impacts of public spaces on the ageing community.

Release date: Monday, March 27, 2017
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