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QUT News & Events Wrap - May 15 edition

Date: 15 May 2017

Welcome to QUT's weekly round-up of news and events. For more updates as they happen, join 15,987 followers of @QUTmedia on Twitter.  To subscribe to this wrap, please email


QUT research team from the faculties of Business, Health and Creative Industries

Augmented reality app to help people manage type 2 diabetes & high blood pressure: Augmented reality will be incorporated into a new customised app for people with high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes to improve their understanding of the multiple medications they must use to manage their condition.

Wireless system to power heart pumps could save lives currently lost to infection: A new wireless system to power heart pumps could save lives by reducing deadly infections caused by current forms of the device.

Wireless Powered Ventricular Assist Device_horiz

Augment my ride – the future of e-bikes in Queensland: Cars are not the only electric vehicles set to embrace connected and automated technology, with QUT researchers looking at augmented reality for e-bikes to make them safer and provide a more enjoyable ride.

Family traits, anxiety & depression: national survey seeks keys to boosting our mental health: An Australian-first QUT study on family traits that can ‘protect’ against developing mental health issues is calling on young people aged 16 to 25 and their parents to take part in a national survey.

Olivia Fisher

Too little, too late: 'ghost house' tax won't solve housing affordability: property economist: An estimated 300,000 vacant dwellings across Australia will be unaffected by the Budget’s new ‘ghost house’ tax on foreign investors which will do nothing to increase housing affordability.

Fly in, fly out? City arts not always the ticket for regional Qld: Do regional Queenslanders really want arts programs developed by their city cousins?

Donna Wilcox regional arts

Road trauma: stop counting the dead: Australia needs to stop counting the dead and start counting the injured if road safety is to be improved, said QUT Professor Narelle Haworth.

Helmet-wearing rates high except for boys: CARRS-Q study: Boys are more likely than girls or adults to ride a bicycle without a helmet, according to a new QUT report into compliance with bicycle helmet laws in Queensland.


Preserving Ancient Language in Song with the Yamani project: Imagine you have an idea to compose, sing, perform and record songs in the diverse languages of your ancestors.

Young film makers shine at QUT Film Competition: A team of year 11 students from Grace Lutheran College Rothwell have stunned their more senior rivals to win the 2017 Student Film Competition, taking home more than $5,000 in cash and prizes.


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
May 24: Business Leaders’ Forum with Sam Walsh @ Hilton Brisbane
May 26: IFE Grand Challenge Public Lecture with John Gunn @ Institute for Future Environments
June 2-3: Careers and Employment Expo @ Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre
June 12-13: Shirley Valentine @ Gardens Theatre
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


 - The Weekend Australian previewed GOMA’s MARVEL: CREATING THE CINEMATIC UNIVERSE exhibition which will include 11 interactive features produced by QUT.

(Ryan Meinerding / Keyframe for Marvel’s The Avengers 2012 / © 2017 MARVEL)

- CEO of QUT Creative Enterprise Australia Anna Rooke told the Financial Review the Federal Budget was disappointing for startups and told Business Insider Australia it seemed to abandon the Government’s ideas boom in favour of traditional industries.
- Business Acumen and Property Observer featured Dr Andrea Blake on why the 'Ghost house' tax won't solve housing affordability in Australia.
- A Conversation piece on flying cars by Professor Jon Roberts and Associate Professor Michael Milford made, ABC Online and the Canberra Times.  Professor Roberts also talked to 2UE.
- Professor Robert Schweitzer was quoted in The Australian on addiction and his research into extreme sport enthusiasts, with Melbourne’s Leader newspaper network and Brazil Business Today also running the research by him and Adjunct Professor Eric Brymer.
- Brisbane Times talked to Dr Ronald Schroeter about electric bikes, with the story running across Fairfax.
- News that QUT’s Robotic Vision team had made the finals of the Amazon Robotics Challenge ran on the Morningstar business wire and Fox Network.
- The Courier-Mail and reported how home educated children are outperforming their mainstream counterparts and quoted Dr Rebecca English.
- Associate Professor Gary Mortimer (pictured) commented on the retail sector ahead of the Budget in Smart Company. He featured in a national Nine News story on new online shopping apps, spoke to Nine about property owners generating a passive income from their homes, and told The Courier Mail the Budget might entice consumers to open their wallets more.

Dr Gary Mortimer

- Professor Tristan Perez talked to the ABC’s Rural Report for a national story on the progress of a two-year trial of robotic hand pickers for capsicum crops.
- Law lecturer Alastair MacAdam was interviewed on ABC Brisbane mornings about how unpaid tolls equate to a criminal offence, unlike missing an electricity bill or lawyer's bill.
- The Gold Coast Bulletin and Daily Telegraph loved Malcolm Burt’s virtual reality waterslide.
- The Courier-Mail’s Qweekend interviewed Dr Dipanwita Sarkar about declining rates of child-bearing, with the story also running across News Corp regional papers and metro sites.
- Professor Narelle Haworth talked to ABC Radio Brisbane’s breakfast show about boys not wearing helmets.
- The Western Star, The Village Pump and the Dalby Herald ran stories on how the injured should be added to the road toll, as advocated by Professor Haworth.
- Professor Jeremy Davey spoke to Seven News about latest drink and drug driving statistics.
- Research by a team including Dr Sonia White on Year 3 children with poor eyesight featured on 4BC, 2MCE, National Radio News, and Education Today.
- The Mail on Sunday and Melbourne’s Leader papers mentioned QUT research which found eating high-fat, high-carb meals can cause joint problems and arthritis.
- Brisbane Times ran a ‘where are they now’ on former Labor ministers, which included John Mickel who is now a sessional lecturer and tutor at QUT.
- Professor Elizabeth Beattie will be one of two Australian researchers to be inducted into the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame, as reported by Health Times.
- Dr Esther Lau and Tony Hall co-wrote an article for the Australian Journal of Pharmacy on the need for a paradigm shift in the approach to persistent pain management.
- Campus Morning Mail liked QUT’s Smarties research experiment by Professor Philip Baker (but also wanted to know if we eat the red ones last).
- CARRS-Q research into compliance with the cyclist one-metre rule was quoted across the APN network as part of a story on a new bike safety campaign.
- Associate Professor Linda Graham's feature about the way schools cope with learning difficulties ran in Western Sydney Business Access (p.58).
- Professor Tommy Chan commented on a piece in the Iran Daily about the role robots have in bridge inspections.
- Associate Professor Michael Milford and Research Fellow Juxi Leitner assessed the science in Alien Convenant in a Conversation piece which also ran the DailyBulletin.
- Associate Professor Mia Woodruff was interviewed for a podcast on The Conversation about 3D printing body parts, which also appeared on The Daily Bulletin and View Magazine.
- Quest Newspapers noted QUT graduate Richard Causer stars in Expressions Dance Company’s latest work, Behind Closed Doors.
- Susan Hetherington did her usual families affairs spot with ABC Rockhampton and discussed the lack of Australian voices on television and injuries caused by cotton buds.
- Dr Mary Crawford did her regular segment with ABC Radio Brisbane’s Steve Austin, which included Millenials’ budgeting, two truck operators and our reliance on cars.
- The MIT Global Entrepreneurship Bootcamp held at QUT featured on Taiwan television.

Release date: Monday, May 15, 2017
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