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UQ staff save cash and carbon with energy competition

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University of Queensland staff have collectively prevented 77 tonnes of carbon emissions and saved $7600 in electricity costs during a three-week competition aimed at reducing energy consumption in laboratories.

The Shut Your Sash Competition, run by UQ’s Property and Facilities Division as part of the Green Labs program, required participating labs to better manage the use of fume cupboards, which are one of the most energy intensive types of equipment found in scientific laboratories.

Sustainability Project Officer Christine McCallum, who coordinates the Green Labs program, said the competition provided a great opportunity for staff to improve their energy-saving habits in the lab.

“Ventilated fume cupboards provide a safety barrier for researchers working with chemicals that produce toxic fumes and vapours.

“Each cupboard has a moveable pane at the front called a sash that allows users to control the amount of air extracted from the cupboard to ensure a safe work environ…

Griffith Film School graduate asks people to mimic his accent

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They say laughter is the best medicine. While looking out the window often provides some relief from workday strain, the snow today isn’t cutting it. So we sent this video around the OzTREKK office, and from each desk came muffled chuckles to full-blown laughter. We’re used to the Aussie accent, but clearly other people around the globe are not so fortunate.

Griffith Film School graduate Kieran Murray has asked people all over the world to replicate the Aussie catchphrase “G’Day mate, how you going?” with hilarious results.

Since his graduate film The F Word screened in the Short Film Corner at the Cannes Film Festival last year, the 24-year-old has spent six months travelling nine countries and documenting the often failed attempts at the classic Aussie accent.

His YouTube video has since attracted more than 136,000 hits. Kieran, who studied a Bachelor of Film and Screen Media, is currently settled in Los Angeles where he is pursuing his career.


Griffith Film School The Gri…

University of Sydney Public Health webinar

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University of Sydney Public Health webinar on Wednesday, February 4 Professor Bob Cumming and Professor Tim Driscoll (Course Coordinators) will be hosting a Sydney Public Health School webinar to give prospective students the latest information about the Master of Public Health and Master of International Public Health.


This is your chance to ask questions and get answers about
what’s new and different in these programs;what you will learn;how to plan your studies;opportunities after you graduate;and much more! University of Sydney Public Health webinar detailsDate: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 8:30 p.m. (Ontario); 5:30 p.m. (BC)
Register: Be sure to register before Tuesday, Feb. 3. Contact OzTREKK’s Australian Public Health Schools Admissions Officer Rachel Brady at rachel@oztrekk.com or call toll free in Canada at 1-866-698-7355 for more information and to register.
Public Health at the University of Sydney The public health program at the University of Sydney Public Health School

Melbourne Doctor of Medicine Scholarly Selective

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In Scholarly Selective (SS), completed during the third and fourth year of the Melbourne Doctor of Medicine (MD) course, students have the opportunity to complete a research project in a field related to medicine. During this time students
explore an area of relevance to medicine in greater depth than is possible in the body of the curriculum;broaden their experience of health care and research, often in off-campus settings;learn the theory behind evidence and research, and experience it first hand and appreciate the challenges and limitations;have the opportunity to interact with researchers and better appreciate the background work and processes involved in the advancement of medicine; anddevelop skills in the acquisition, evaluation and application of information (evidence) by undertaking in-depth studies in an area of their choice related to medicine.





What do students do during scholarly selective? The primary purpose of SS is for students to obtain experience in conducting b…

UQ vets save tiny pony

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Veterinarians at the University of Queensland Equine Hospital have saved the life of a tiny pony that weighed in at a mere 10 kilograms.

Miniature horse Philomena arrived at the hospital when she was only four days old, with sepsis and acute renal failure.


Equine Internal Medicine specialist Dr Joan Norton said Philomena had made a full recovery, thanks to early recognition of the problem and round-the-clock treatment in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“Philomena was so tiny when she was brought in that we had to borrow a scale from the cat ward to weigh her,” Dr Norton said.

​“Unfortunately foals are susceptible to sepsis—a bacterial disease in the blood stream—as they don’t have a mature immune system when they’re born.

“Signs that your foal could be suffering from this condition include not nursing as well as they normally would and a lack of energy.

“We are very pleased that Philomena has made a full recovery and she is back with her owners running around the paddock.”

Univ…

University of Sydney information sessions in Canada

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The Sydney Medical School Dean of Medicine Professor Bruce Gregory Robinson and the Sydney Dental School Dean Professor Chris Peck will be visiting Canada in late February 2015, and OzTREKK is excited to be a part of this event! Everyone is welcome to attend these information sessions, where each University of Sydney Dean will speak about his respective faculty and about the popular programs offered, the Sydney MD and the Sydney DMD. Both Deans will be available for a question-and-answer period following the sessions. This is a great opportunity for future students to find out more about
the University of Sydney;the Medical School and the Dental School;admissions requirements;program structure;application deadlines;accreditation;life on campus;and much more! Wondering about what it’s like to study at Sydney Medical School or at Sydney Dental School? Don’t miss these information sessions!

University of Sydney Medicine and Dentistry Information Sessions

Toronto
Date: Thursday, Februar…

Monash receives Australia Day Honours

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Monash University is proud to congratulate members of the Monash community recognised in the Australia Day (January 26) Honours.

Medical researchers Professor John Funder and Professor Brendan Crabb have both been awarded Companions of the Order of Australia (AC).  An AC is awarded for eminent achievement and merit of the highest degree in service to Australia or humanity at large.

Professor Funder from the Department of Medicine was appointed an AC for eminent service to medicine, particularly to cardiovascular endocrinology, as a renowned researcher, author and educator, to the development of academic health science centres, and to mental illness, obesity, and Indigenous eye-health programs.

Professor Crabb from the Department of Immunology received his AC for eminent service to medical science as a prominent researcher of infectious diseases, particularly malaria, and their impact on population health in developing nations, as an advocate, mentor and administrator, and t…

University of Sydney announces new dean for Nursing and Midwifery

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Professor Donna Waters has commenced her role as the University of Sydney’s new Professor and Dean of the Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery.


University Vice-Chancellor and Principal Dr Michael Spence said he looked forward to working with Associate Professor Waters as she leads the faculty and joins the university’s Senior Executive Group.

“I am particularly pleased that, after conducting an international search, we have appointed an existing member of the faculty to the deanship. This is testament to the contribution Donna has made to the faculty, including as Associate Dean (Research), and underlines our commitment to promoting women leaders within the university.”

Professor Waters joined the University of Sydney in 2009, having previously worked at the Children’s Hospital, Westmead, the College of Nursing, and Justice Health NSW. She is a registered nurse with 25 years’ experience in the management of nursing, medical and health services research.

“In my first year as Dean,…

About Bond University Business School

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The Bond University Business School is Australia’s first and most dynamic private business school, dedicated to grooming individuals for executive-level management careers in the global marketplace.


With a clear charter to foster leadership skills and entrepreneurial vision, Bond University Business School's degree programs are distinguished by the application of the very latest academic theory to the complexities of real-life corporate case studies. The business school’s academic staff hold PhDs from top international universities and challenge students to learn the most forward-thinking business techniques.

The Faculty of Business at Bond University is separated into specialized departments:
Department of AccountingDepartment of Actuarial ScienceDepartment of Economics & StatisticsDepartment of FinanceDepartment of Global Strategy, Entrepreneurship & Family BusinessDepartment of Hotel & Tourism ManagementDepartment of InformaticsDepartment of ManagementDepartm…

See you at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UBC!

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OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at University of British Columbia Great news for all of you on the west coast: we will be visiting the University of British Columbia on Thursday, February 5, 2015 for our annual winter OzTREKK Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!
This OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair will take place in the Student Union Building, and will give students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Law Schools in Australia, and Australian Dental Schools in Australia—just to name a few!

OzTREKK’s Australian universities will be participating in this free event, sending staff from Australia to Canada to advise students (and their parents!) about their study options in Australia. This is a great opportunity for you to learn about your program options at the following Australian universities:
Bond UniversityGriffith UniversityJames Cook Unive…

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at SFU

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OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Simon Fraser University Heads up, SFU! OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be visiting Simon Fraser University in British Columbia on Thursday, February 5, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia Fair!
Australian university staff members will be at the event to provide interested students and parents with information about their study opportunities in Australia. This is a casual, free event—just drop by to say hello!

Speak to faculty staff directly about your area of interest and learn about
your program options;entry requirements;admissions statistics;how to apply;scholarships & student loan options;accreditation;student housing… …and much more!

Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Academic Quad, Simon Fraser University

At the fair, you will have the opportunity to meet representatives from the following Australian universities:
Bond University, Gold CoastGriffith University, Gold Coast/BrisbaneJam…

Don’t miss the upcoming University of Queensland info session in Toronto

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Wondering what it’s like to study in Australia? Here’s your chance!

If you live in the Toronto area, the University of Queensland will be hosting an information session on Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 12 – 2 p.m. at the Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre in Toronto. This UQ info session will give you the opportunity to learn more about life at University of Queensland and the great programs they offer.


University of Queensland international representatives will travel to Canada from Brisbane, and will outline the qualities that make the University of Queensland one of the most respected universities in Australia and around the world.

At this info session, you will learn more about UQ, the programs offered, entry requirements for your program of interest, student loans, accommodation options, and much more!

TorontoEvent: UQ Info Session
Date: Sunday, February 1, 2015
Time: 12 – 2 p.m.
Venue: King Room, Downtown Marriott Eaton Centre, Toronto
Map: http://tiny.cc/TorontoMarriott

No RSVP necessar…

Melbourne School of Chemistry studies solar panels and printed electronics

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New and improved solar panels could result from the discovery of a new liquid crystal material, making printable organic solar cells better performing.

Published recently in Nature CommunicationsUniversity of Melbourne researchers say their discovery of the highly sought-after ‘nematic liquid crystals’ can now lead to vastly improved organic solar cell performance.

Lead author Dr David Jones of the Melbourne School of Chemistry and Bio 21 Institute, said these cells will be easier to manufacture, with the new crystals now able to work in cells that are double in thickness on the previous limit of 200 nanometers.

“We have improved the performance of this type of solar cell from around 8 per cent efficient to 9.3 per cent, finally approaching the international benchmark of 10 per cent.”

It means that consumers can look forward to more competitive pricing in the solar energy sector, and according to Dr Jones, the discovery is a shot-in-the-arm for the whole organic material…

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at University of Calgary

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OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Calgary
Calling all Dinos! Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Maybe wondering about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia? We will be visiting the University of Calgary on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session, and you’re invited!Date: Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: MacEwan Student Centre, University of Calgary

OzTREKK will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university representatives to discuss the following:
programsentry requirementscampus lifestylesaccommodationstudent loans and financingAccreditation for your program of interest—coming back to Canada or staying on in Australia The following Australian universities will be at the OzTREKK Study in Australia Fairs:
Bond UniversityGriffith UniversityJames Cook UniversityMonash UniversityUniversity of Melbou…

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at McMaster

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OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University If you’re wondering about what it’s like to study in Australia, then you won’t want to miss the upcoming OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at McMaster University on Tuesday, February 3, 2015! Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give you the most information possible! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree—in one of the most beautiful places on the planet!

Curious about medical schools in Australia? How about Australian Dental Schools? Come to the fair and speak directly to Australian university reps to get all the details regarding your program of interest, including programs available to international students, entry requirements, campus lifestyles, accommodation options, student loans and financing options, and the accreditation process—coming back to Canada or staying in Australia!

Da…

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at UWaterloo

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OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at the University of Waterloo The OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair is coming to the University of Waterloo, giving Canadian students the opportunity to learn about their program options at Australian universities, including Australian Medical Schools in Australia, Australian Law Schools in Australia, Australian Dental Schools in Australia and Australian Pharmacy Schools in Australia—just to name a few!


OzTREKK will be visiting the University of Waterloo in Ontario of Tuesday, February 3, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session!Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: Student Life Centre (SLC), University of Waterloo

Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Come meet with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university.…

OzTREKK welcomes Griffith University!

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It’s official! All of us at OzTREKK are thrilled to announce that we have joined forces with Griffith University!


Since opening its doors in 1975, Griffith has come to be regarded as one of Australia’s most innovative post-secondary institutions and one of the most influential universities in the Asia-Pacific region. Located in one of Australia’s hotspots, Griffith University‘s five campuses span three cities between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, each with distinct areas of teaching and research strength and working closely with its local community.

Griffith University campus locations Location, location, location… can you say Gold Coast beaches and exciting Brisbane city life?
Gold Coast campus (Gold Coast, Queensland)Logan campus (suburb of Brisbane, Queensland)Mt Gravatt campus (suburb of Brisbane, Queensland)Nathan campus (suburb of Brisbane, Queensland)South Bank campus (Brisbane, Queensland)

Griffith study areas Canadians will now have more professional degree study options …

See you at the Study in Australia Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University

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OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Wilfrid Laurier University We are pleased to announce that the annual OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair will be at Wilfrid Laurier University on Monday, February 2, 2015. Our Australian university representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to answer your questions face to face! This is the place to find out how you can further your studies and expand upon your degree!


Event DetailsDate: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 5 – 6 p.m.
Venue: Concourse, Fred Nichols Campus Centre, Wilfrid Laurier University
Come meet reps from the following Australian universities:
Bond UniversityGriffith UniversityJames Cook UniversityMonash UniversityUniversity of MelbourneUniversity of QueenslandUniversity of Sydney This is a fantastic opportunity to meet Australian university staff and learn more about their
universitiesprograms availableentry requirementscampus lifestylesaccommodation optionsstudent loans and financing opt…

JCU Pre-departure International Student Webinar

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James Cook University is providing a pre-departure webinar for international students who will be commencing their studies at JCU Townsville or Cairns in Semester 1, 2015!

JCU Pre-Departure WebinarThursday, January 29, 2015
7 – 8 p.m. (Ontario); 4 – 5 p.m. (BC
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This is a great opportunity for you to find out more about the following:
Documentation to organise prior to arrival in Australia What to bring to Australia Organising transport from the airport Organising accommodation in Townsville or Cairns Organising enrollment at JCU What to expect in the first few days Meet the JCU International Student Support TeamGet tips and advice from current JCU studentsThe webinars also give students a chance to ask the International Student Support Team any questions they may have about studying and living in Australia. Students who participate will go in the draw to win prizes including $20 bookshop vouchers and free meals on campus! If you did not receive your webinar log-in information fro…

OzTREKK winter Study in Australia Fair at Western

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OzTREKK Study In Australia Fair at Western What’s it like to study in Australia? Have you ever wondered about about dental programs, law programs, or physiotherapy programs in Australia?

Great news! Here’s your chance to find out more—OzTREKK and our Australian universities will be visiting Western University on Monday, February 2, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session!
Date: Monday, February 2, 2015
Time: 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Venue: University Community Centre (UCC), Western University
Our Australian representatives will  be flying to Canada to participate in this fair. OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Australian universities only visit a few times a year, so this is a must-not-miss event. Ask as many questions as you wish and get informed by attending the event!

The following Australian universities will be at this OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair:
Bond UniversityGriffith UniversityJames Cook UniversityMonash UniversityUni…

OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Toronto

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OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair at University of Toronto Are you in the Toronto area? Thinking about how you can study in Australia? Have you been thinking about studying medicine in Australia? Are you curious about Australian Dental Schools or Australian Law Schools? What about their entry requirements and the accreditation process for  your program of interest?


Get all your questions answered at the upcoming OzTREKK Study in Australia Fair in Toronto on Saturday, January 31, 2015 for our annual winter Study in Australia information session! Our Australian representatives fly to Canada to participate in these OzTREKK events in order to give  you the most information possible! Ditch the winter blahs and visit with Australian university representatives to find out about what it’s like to study your program of interest at an Australian university. This is a free event!

What? OzTREKK will be hosting the fair and you’ll get the opportunity to meet and speak with Australian university re…

University of Sydney opens doors for new students

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The University of Sydney will this year open its doors to more than 10,300 new undergraduate students. This includes 6960 offers made yesterday evening and 3380 offers made in earlier rounds.


The university has continued to see strong demand for top-tier courses in business, medicine and law, exemplifying the popularity of Sydney’s leading law school, ranked 13th in the world in the QS World University Rankings.

Arts and engineering courses also continue to be a very popular choice.

The University of Sydney received the highest number of first preferences and overall preferences among applicants in NSW once again this year, a trend that has been continuing for more than a decade.


About the Monash Juris Doctor

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The Monash Juris Doctor is a graduate law degree designed to teach the knowledge and skills required to practice law. This innovative law degree recognizes the needs of graduates who wish to study law, providing the transferable skills and knowledge only a law degree from one of Australia’s leading universities can provide.

The JD is taught on a trimester basis. Each trimester runs for approximately 12 teaching weeks. Attendance is three years full-time. Students have the opportunity to choose up to eight elective units from an extensive range of options.

Classes are held in the heart of Melbourne’s legal precinct at the Monash University Law Chambers at 555 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne. Small classes, interactive learning and innovative teaching bring together passionate and dedicated individuals with diverse professional experiences in a stimulating and challenging environment.

If you complete a Monash Juris Doctor degree, you are eligible to apply to practice law in Cana…

UQ speech pathology expert receives international award

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A leading University of Queensland researcher has been awarded the prestigious Robin Tavistock Award in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of the language disorder aphasia.


UQ Centre for Clinical Research Excellence in Aphasia Rehabilitation Director Professor Linda Worrall was presented the award by Henrietta, the Dowager Duchess of Bedford, England, at UQ’s St Lucia campus.

The Duchess said the UQ Speech Pathology Professor had inspired and influenced practitioners through her teaching, research and example.

“It is not uncommon these days for science and research to lose touch with the human context, to ignore the impact of a condition on the patient and the family,” the Duchess said.

“Professor Worrall has done the opposite and has proved that this need not, and should not, be the case.

“Professor Worrall has developed and evaluated new integrated approaches to managing and improving not only the aphasic condition, but also its many associated consequ…

University of Melbourne welcomes 2015 student cohort

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The University of Melbourne has offered more than 7500 students a place in an undergraduate course for 2015.

According to VTAC data released Jan. 19, Melbourne is the only Victorian university to make more offers this year than the previous, with 7544 first-round offers sent out to students.

The Bachelor of Science remains the largest and most popular undergraduate course in the state, with 2518 students offered a place at Melbourne for 2015.

The university’s Bachelor of Arts (1869 total offers) and Bachelor of Commerce (1150) also saw growth in offer numbers.

Provost, Professor Margaret Sheil, said the university welcomed the results.  “We’re proud that we received such large numbers of quality applications for all of our courses, and as a result, more of these students were offered a place at the university in 2015.”

“We’re particularly pleased with the increase in offers for science—the university is absolutely committed to furthering research and study in the discipline, …

UQ occupational therapy program placements

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At UQ Occupational Therapy School, students’ fieldwork experiences are integrated throughout the entire academic program. In the first semesters of the occupational therapy program, clinical experiences are undertaken within course frameworks. In the final semesters of the graduate-entry, master’s program, more intensive placements are provided, with students required to complete block placements across a range of clinical settings.


Placement courses UQ Occupational Therapy students are required to complete 1020 hours of supervised placement throughout the duration of their program. Some clinic placements are outside the Brisbane metropolitan area and students are expected to fund their travel, accommodation and daily living expenses. Students submit their interest and preferred areas for placements. Accommodation may be at local nurses quarters for Queensland Health placements for a minimal cost. Full-time placements are of 5 or 10 weeks duration and occur in the summer …

OzTREKK Orientation at the University of Sydney

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On Sunday, January 18, we welcomed our OzTREKK students who just began their studies at Sydney Dental School or Sydney Medical School. As usual, the Aussie weather was phenomenal!


To start off the beautiful day, everyone enjoyed an OzTREKK welcome breakfast at St. John’s College on the University of Sydney campus, followed by a campus tour and the popular OzTREKK Shuttle. Need groceries? Need a cell phone? Need to look for an apartment? Need to find something? We are there to “shuttle” you around!

In 2009, OzTREKK began the popular and extremely helpful OzTREKK Orientations, which are held in Australia at your Australian university campus prior to the commencement of your studies, and your journey.

What are the OzTREKK Orientations, you may ask? Well, the Orientations are in place to make sure that you are well prepared, organized and ready to tackle your studies and get the most of your time in Australia and overseas.

Basic, right? Well, picture yourself arriving in a new count…

UQ engineers make robotic soccer ball for visually impaired

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A robotic soccer ball is set to improve social ball game participation for people with visual impairment, thanks to a team of University of Queensland engineers and Vision Australia.

The Interactive-Ball  (I-Ball), created by UQ Faculty of Engineering, Architecture, and Information Technology researchers, is a soccer ball that contains motion sensors, high-efficiency speakers and a small UQ-developed controller that can be programmed to suit the player.

It varies the sound based on motion and the environment, with the tone speeding or slowing depending on its movement.

Developed at the Robotics Design Laboratory by Dr Paul Pounds, Dr Surya Singh and Dr Hanna Kurniawati, it improves on existing technology to increase accessibility to sports.

“Traditionally, balls designed for people who are blind or have low vision have been very simple—they contain bells, or are even just a ball wrapped in a plastic bag to create some noise,” Dr Singh said.

“We wanted to create a ball that was …