Articles

    2019

    • We sat down with the Chair of Australian Citizen Science Association’s Queensland Chapter, James Gullison, to find out why Queenslanders should get involved with citizen science.

    • Associate Professor Chamindie Punyadeera is a research leader in cancer and heart disease at QUT’s school of Biomedical Sciences and the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation, she heads up a research team who use human saliva and blood as diagnostic fluids to detect a number of cancer types and heart diseases early.

    • Cécile Godde is passionate about the challenges relating to agriculture, food security and global change, at the farm level as well as in a national and global context. Through her research at CSIRO and UQ, she wants to have an impact on decision making so that we feed the world more sustainably and equitably.

    2018

    • The Artist in Residence Science program promotes the role and value of arts and science as key drivers of discovery and growth across Queensland.

    • “When I was a teenager there were very few STEM activities to do outside of school. Today, in North Queensland, there are significantly more opportunities. However, in comparison to capital cities in Australia and overseas we can do better to provide resources, events and spaces that elevate STEM and promote engagement across the community. The melting pot of talent and expertise in North Queensland can be harnessed and grown.”

    • 5 Jun 2018

      Appy swimming!

      Has this year’s Commonwealth Games sparked an interest in swimming and winning? Tom Barton, Director of The Health Collab, gives insight into his new project — an app for swimmers and coaches.

    • Dr Fernanda Adame from Griffith University shares her insight into her research about mangroves and their ability to store carbon.

    • QUT’s research into our decision-making processes is helping to develop greater trust for machines. Novella Moncrieff spends five minutes explaining our thinking.

    • One year on from winning the 2017 Queensland Women in STEM Prize People’s Choice Award, UQ PhD student Jordan Debono talks about how the award has opened many doors and allowed her to share her passion for snakes and science to the wider community. Jordan was awarded $5000 towards professional development activities of her choice.

    • Researcher Development and Training (ReDTrain) Manager, Marisa Parker from the University of Southern Queensland explores the importance of professional development and non-technical skills training.

    • Georgianna Oguis, a PhD student and up and coming scientist at The University of Queensland takes us under the microscope to learn how plants can treat people.

    • On this International Women’s Day, we celebrate Queensland women who are working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) jobs. We have some amazing role models — read their thoughts on how women can progress this sector.

    • Lynn Nazareth, PhD Candidate from Griffith University offers some tips for science introverts.

    • 16 Feb 2018

      Slowing the flow

      Matt Damon in “The Martian” was testament to the importance of water, and ingenuity, for survival with limited resources. But how can thinking of cities as a human with a fast metabolic rate help find better solutions here on earth?

    • Have you heard the words ‘citizen science’ being used more lately but are unsure what it’s all about? The phrase is not new. In fact, the term citizen science, as we know it today was coined by Rick Bonney, an ornithologist at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York in 1995. However, the act of citizens (or non‑scientists) participating in science has been around much longer.

    • Senior research officer Dr Jady Li from CQUniversity explains how she is researching non-toxic methods to benefit ginger crops.

    • Griffith University’s PhD student Heidi Walkden provides three good reasons to invest in science outreach.

    • Our solar system has been officially visited by an alien. Okay, not a green-skinned one but an 800-metre-long, cigar-shaped asteroid named Oumuamua [ou-moo-ah-moo-ah]. Aptly named after a Hawaiian deity, this ‘messenger from afar arriving first’ has the astronomy community abuzz. How do we know Oumuamua is an interstellar visitor? And how can we work out its origin?

    • James Cook University computer scientist, Dr Mangalam Sankupellay gives us the low down on her project to connect school students to the environment.

    2017

    • One recipient of the Advance Queensland Engaging Science Grants, the Atherton Tablelands-based Tree Kangaroo and Mammal Group will use its $10,000 grant to develop the world’s first 3D virtual reality tree-kangaroo.

    • We spend 5 minutes with QUT’s Dr Kerry Manton who is looking to change people’s perceptions that participating in clinical trials are an opportunity for all Australians to contribute to science.