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Public lectures


Professor Ken Udas, USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor
(Academic Services) and Chief Information Officer 

USQ is privileged to host public lectures by experts in their fields.

Liberalizing the Corporate University

Public lecture delivered by Professor Ken Udas, USQ Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic Services) and Chief Information Officer.

Professor Udas said universities have adopted an increasingly corporatised position over the last 30 years which brings with it a range of new challenges and issues.
Characteristics of ‘corporatisation’ include the trend to adopt market logics structure and language, the growth of technology application and viewing higher education as a private rather than a public good.
Professor Udas discusses that this isn’t all bad and may actually be an inevitable phase of the contemporary universities but it is not an acceptable condition for any real length of time. He examines the role and principles of academic freedom looking towards the growing openness movement to reassert the value of a liberal education in a new modern context.

Professor Udas is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and management of the functions, centres and departments that comprise the Academic Services portfolio incorporating ICT Services, Learning, Teaching and Quality, and the University Library to enhance the University’s performance and innovation and ensure a clear strategy for the quality and support of teaching, learning and information access.

Funding University Research: Who, How and Why

Public lecture delivered by Professor Mark Harvey, USQ's Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation).

The lecture outlines the funding mechanisms and the motivation behind these investments.

It also provides insight into what funders or investors look for in university research projects.

In his role at USQ Professor Harvey is responsible for providing strategic direction, leadership and management of the functions, centres, institutes and offices that comprise the Research and Innovation portfolio.

He has a diverse background including research, technology transfer and venture capital, and has played major roles in securing research funding from industry and grant agencies, and commercialisation of university intellectual property assets.

Humans in Space - Sharing the Experience and the Future

Public lecture delivered by Colonel Robert S. Kimbrough and Mr Michael Lutomski, NASA.

Col. Kimbrough joined NASA at the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in September 2000. He was assigned to NASA's Aircraft Operations Division at Ellington Field in Houston, where he served as a Flight Simulation Engineer (FSE) on the Shuttle Training Aircraft (STA). Col. Kimbrough was selected as an astronaut candidate by NASA in May 2004. In February 2006, he completed Astronaut Candidate Training that included scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training, T-38 flight training and water and wilderness survival training. Completion of this initial training qualified him for various technical assignments within the Astronaut Office and future flight assignment as a mission specialist. Kimbrough completed his first spaceflight in 2008, logging a total of 15 days, 20 hours, 29 minutes and 37 seconds in space and 12 hours and 52 minutes of Extravehicular Activity (EVA) in two spacewalks. Kimbrough currently serves as the Robotics Branch Chief for the Astronaut Office.

Mr Lutomski is the Risk Manager for the International Space Station (ISS) Program. As the Risk Manager he is responsible for defining and implementing the Qualitative and Quantitative Risk Management processes across the organizations and participants of the ISS Program. These risk processes assist management in making the sound, risk-informed decisions to increase the probability of success of the ISS Program.

'Save Us! We Are Perishing' (Matt 8:25): Reading the Biblical Text in an Ecological Age

Concannon Oration presented by Professor Elaine Wainwright BA(Hons), BSS Pontifical Biblical Commission, Rome , Élève Diplomée École Biblique, Jerusalem , MTheol CTU, Chicago, PhD, University of Queensland.

Professor Wainwright is a native of Toowoomba, growing up on farmland in the Umbiram/Westbrook district and attending secondary school at St Saviour’s in Toowoomba.

She has a PhD from the University of Queensland, specialising in biblical studies. For many years, she taught biblical studies in the Brisbane College of Theology and supervised doctoral students in the School of Theology at Griffith University. Ten years ago, she took up the position of Professor of Theology and Head of the School of Theology at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

Professor Wainwright has published three sole authored books, the most recent (2006) being Women Healing/Healling Women: the Genderisation of Healing in Early Christianity, numerous articles, and six edited collections. One of her greatest loves, however, is exploring with groups how we might read the biblical story anew in dialogue with the events and challenges of our lives.

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