Pressreader: Your one-stop-shop for healthy options this Silly Season

Ah Christmas. A time for obligatory family events, good (and bad) presents, and of course FOOD.

Yes, that’s right, I said food. Commence drooling.

Your Grandma will make her heavenly cheesecake, your visiting cousin will bring decadent chicken smothered in heavy sauce and Dad better make that Mars Bar slice you know and love from childhoods past.

But all of these yummy options are a liiiiittle likely to undo all your #gymselfie hard work. By all means, let’s indulge and enjoy ourselves. It’s Christmas! But maybe somewhere on that groaning table full of amazing treats, there might be just a little room for some ahem healthier options.

Through the wonderful library catalogue you have access to Pressreader. And in addition to giving you the daily news and all the goss you could possibly ask for about Harry and Meghan #royalwedding2.0, there are also magazines with recipes.

That’s right kids, recipes still come in hard copy…or the electronic version of a hard copy in this case.

Jump onto Pressreader and find a few recipes that will give you a healthy choice for at least one of your hopefully many Christmas meals, and above all, be safe and have fun this holiday season.


Free apps to help you give back

While we understand everyone goes through their own personal struggles, overall many of us are very lucky.

If you’ve got easy access to running water, a roof over your head, are attending an amazing university (that’s us, folks!), have food in your cupboard and money in your bank account (we know, you are students, this may be a stretch), you may want to take this opportunity to give back.

There are ample opportunities to volunteer. Though if you’re a commitment-phobe, and the idea of starting a new series on Netflix alone freaks you out, let alone committing to something more structured, it’s OK. Instead of opening up your Netflix, why not try another app?

The following three apps allow you to easily donate cash to a worthy cause. So if your pockets are feeling a bit heavy, and your hands are feeling a bit empty – grab your phone and get downloading!

GiveEasy – donate & give to your charity & cause

By GiveEasy
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
GiveEasy changes the future of giving. The App allows you to donate funds to appeals and charities directly from your credit card, anytime, anywhere. Your friends and colleagues are notified of your donations through Facebook and Twitter.

Good Thnx

By Good Thnx Pty Ltd
Cost: Free
Available: Google Play
When someone does good, say thnx! Good Thnx is a platform that rewards good behaviour by allowing people to say thank you, with the money going to charity in a contemporary new way. Write a message and add an amount for a charity or cause. It can be as little as 10c, or as much as you like. The thnx notifies your friend and they choose where the money goes.

Charity Miles

By Charity Miles
Cost: Free
Available: iTunes and Google Play
Strapped for cash but still want to give back? How about we throw in getting fitter at the same time? Simply open Charity Miles, choose a charity, and go! The app works like a walking meter, cycling meter, or running stopwatch, measuring the distance of your route. You earn money for the distance you travel, which goes to your elected charity (up to Charity Miles’ corporate sponsorship pool limit).

Open Research: four stories from Griffith

Have you heard of Open Access Week?

If so, you already know how marvellous this initiative it. However, if you haven’t, it’s time to get schooled!

Open Access: refers to research data that is free of all restrictions on access it, and free of many restrictions on its use. This means, you get freely available data that you can use without certain copyright or licence restrictions! So much glorious data that can help you with all aspect of study, research, work… the possibilities are endless!

Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share and listen to what researchers and academics have learned, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Of course, you want to know more. To celebrate Open Access Week, Griffith Library is hosting a panel discussion. It will focus on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”

Now, if you’re thinking ‘in order to what?’, then you obviously have to come along – as we’ve prepared a panel of experts to answer this question for you.

They’ll discuss their experience in open research, explore what tangible actions Griffith academics and HDR candidates can take to enhance their research and deliver social dividends, and examine how we can balance this with our research performance in ranking schemas.

You’ll also be invited to join the discussion too, as we want to hear your views and insight (hey, you are the future!).

Thursday 26 October 2017  |  11:00am – 12:30pm

Refreshments to follow

Environment 1 (N55), Lecture Theatre 0.06, Nathan Campus
Videoconference: Science Engineering and Architecture (G39), Room 4.27, Gold Coast campus
Videoconference: Webb Centre (S02), Room 7.16, South Bank campus

Register here. Registration is essential and will close on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Check out the full event website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there!

How far have we come in supporting LGBTIQA+ youth?

Griffith Library and ALLY Network join together!

Media has made scare tactics an artform with the marriage equality postal survey – from both sides!  Griffith Library and the ALLY Network present: Moral panic, media mayhem, and safety for our LGBTIQA+ youth: how far have we really come?

We have seen an increase in mainstream media representations of gender fluidity and sexual diversity.  Television such as the return of Will & Grace; a gay couple portrayed as a ‘heteronormative’ lifestyle in Modern Family; as well as transgender actress Laverne Cox on the cover of Time magazine.  Add to this, Caitlin Jenner sharing the journey of her transition, we can’t help but think times are changing.

But how far have we really come?

Our panel will discuss subjects such as moral panic, bullying, Safe Schools, and cultural change.

Tuesday 17 October 2017  |  noon – 1:00pm

QCA Lecture Theatre (S05), Room 2.04, South Bank campus

Registration is essential and will close on Monday 16 October 2017

Open Access Week

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Get involved in Open Access Week and register for the free Open for Collaboration seminar being held on 21 October 2015.

Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The Open for Collaboration seminar will feature leading Queensland academics who have embraced open access to achieve wide dissemination, impact for their research, and to develop collaborations.

Unsure what Open Access is, check out these videos:

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Update – myGriffith competition. Win a $200 Visa card.

myGriffithDon’t forget to log into myGriffith and enter the competition for your chance to win one of ten $200 Visa cards.

The competition is open weekdays (Monday to Friday) until 20th October 2015.

There were some technical teething issues but these have now been resolved and we apologise for any inconvenience. Make sure you log back in and don’t miss your chance to enter!

How to enter?

All you need to do is log on to and answer the daily poll question in the bottom right hand corner of the myGriffith homepage. The competition runs from the 7th – 20th October. Check out the terms and conditions.


Robotics for health and well-being

Interested in robotics as a tool for health and well-being?

Have a parent or grandparent or friend living with dementia?

Highly regarded researcher, Professor Wendy Moyle, will be presenting at a FREE event. To join us, please register at

You’re invited to come along to her seminar: Not just for the young at heart: social robots and older people.

The ageing of the population, alongside an increase in frailty and cognitive impairment, makes the use of robots in the care of older persons increasingly likely.

Despite the possible benefits of robots, issues are frequently raised such as, reduction in human contact; deception and infantilisation; and loss of control and privacy. While it is important to balance care benefits against the ethical costs, robots offer opportunities to reduce dependence and engage older people in social interaction that can improve their quality of life.

Recent developments in robot applications for assisting older people and their carers, and their potential benefits and limitations will be outlined. Ground breaking research in the evaluation of social robots in the care of older people with dementia at Griffith University will further demonstrate some of these benefits. For those who want to get up close and personal two social robots will also be on display.

Register now. 

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