News from the University of Queensland

Here are two of the University of Queensland latest projects…

Food Lab by Ben Milbourne

UQ is working with 2012 MasterChef finalist Ben Milbourne to produce an online series of food science resources that align with Australia’s STEM Strategy 2025 initiative and the national science curriculum.

Each episode of Food Lab by Ben Milbourne will be accompanied by supporting material and resources for teachers and students including lesson plans, student activities, experiments, investigations, discussion topics and research tasks. You can register your interest in receiving these materials at www.uq.edu.au/bens-food-lab/eform/submit/uqform-learning-resources.

Food Lab by Ben Milbourne premiered on Channel 10 on Saturday 4 February 2017. With help from some of UQ’s most engaging teachers and researchers, Ben will explain and demonstrate common scientific principles in a way that’s fun and easy to understand — through cooking! You can catch up on all episodes at www.uq.edu.au/bens-food-lab/watch-episodes

QUERY101x Question Everything: Scientific Thinking in Real Life

This is the first MOOC of its kind in Australia, designed for high school students by high school teachers, working in partnership with UQ. Do you want to know how you can apply math and science skills to real life? This course will advance your knowledge and spark enthusiasm for further study of STEM subjects. Find out more and enrol.

University of Queensland News – undergrad biomed/tsunami science/MOOCs

University of Queensland now offering more undergraduate program options in biomedical science

Biomedical scientists provide the foundation of modern healthcare, and in 2017 you will have more ways to study biomedical science at UQ than ever before. In addition to our flagship three-year Bachelor of Science program (majoring in Biomedical Science), UQ now offers three new biomedical study options:

  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science (3 years)
  • Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in Biomedical Science (4 years)
  • Bachelor of Biomedical Science/Bachelor of Science dual program (4 years).

The Bachelor of Science (majoring in Biomedical Science) and the Bachelor of Biomedical Science are ideal for those seeking a career in biomedical science, or a pathway to medicine and other allied health programs. The Bachelor of Advanced Science (Honours) majoring in Biomedical Science is a great choice for people considering a research career, and an excellent option for students interested in clinical research.

Visit the website for more details.

SCIENCE TEACHERS: Participate online in live events with earthquake and tsunami researchers

Does your school want to access leading scientific opinions about the earthquake and tsunami that devastated Indian Ocean communities in 2004, killing more than 250,000 people?

University of Queensland PhD candidate Sarah Kachovich from the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Management and scientific colleagues from around the world will take part in a live video broadcast about the Sumatra Seismogenic Zone with school teachers and their students over the next few months.

“We will take groups on tours via live video, and handle questions and answers about our work,” said Sarah.

“We will also be blogging our findings through the Joides Resolution website so students can individually follow our research in live time. This is also the portal for live chats if teachers are interested.”

School groups and teachers wishing to take part in live video broadcasts can fill out a request form or visit Joides Resolution website.

BrisScience: Is science any use for saving species and habitat?

 Watch our latest BrisScience recording about how optimisation can be used as a framework to make the tough decisions for environmental conservation.

You can subscribe to the BrisScience mailing list to be notified about upcoming events, or watch video recordings from past events through our website.

Immerse yourself in science with SPARQ-ed

Year 10, 11 and 12 students are invited to apply for the SPARQ-ed research immersion program. You can assist researchers at UQ’s Diamantina Institute on real research projects during the holiday break.  Find out more and apply at www.di.uq.edu.au/sparqed-rip

Students participating in the research immersion programs can opt to complete an additional assessment piece which can earn them a point under the University of Queensland’s Bonus Ranks Scheme.

Schools can also apply for a SPARQ-ed Cell and Molecular Biology Experience. These half to two day programs provide senior secondary students an opportunity to explore concepts and use techniques not normally covered in a school laboratory. Find out more and apply at www.di.uq.edu.au/sparqsingle

TROPIC101x Tropical Coastal Ecosystems MOOC

Do you want to develop the skills and knowledge needed to help preserve tropical coastal ecosystems? These habitats provide goods and services for hundreds of millions of people but human activities have led to their global decline. TROPIC101x will introduce you to the incredible plants and animals that create these unique ecosystems.

THINK101x The Science of Everyday Thinking MOOC

 Explore the psychology of our everyday thinking: why people believe weird things, how we form and change our opinions, why our expectations skew our judgments, and how we can make better decisions. You will use the scientific method to evaluate claims, make sense of evidence, and understand why we so often make irrational choices. You will begin to rely on slow, effortful, deliberative, analytic, and logical thinking rather than fast, automatic, instinctive, emotional, and stereotypical thinking.