12 July 2012
New projects by early-career researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast will be presented with minimum words and maximum impact in a popular annual competition tomorrow, the final day of the 2012 USC Research Week.
This year, seven postgraduate research students have made it to the final of the USC Three Minute Thesis competition, to be held from 9am to 9.30am on Friday 13 July at the Innovation Centre Auditorium on campus at Sippy Downs.
USC Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research Professor Roland De Marco said the competition challenged students to extend their skills by explaining their projects in an engaging way to a general audience within three minutes.
The winner will get $1,000 towards their studies and compete in the 2012 Australian and New Zealand competition later this year.
Topics include: Nutrition at the Commonwealth Games; Jane Austen and the Elvis impersonator; the lived experience of disability in East Timor; My TERN (Take Emotional Responsibility Now); plus research into the Australian seafood industry, the effects of omega-3 fatty acids on human cells and the social representations of climate change.
Tomorrow’s (Friday’s) program also will feature more than a dozen new USC Research Fellows explaining their projects to the USC community. Their fields include aquaculture, forest sciences, water sciences and sustainability.
Professor De Marco said their work and appointments were made possible through a $5.45 million grant last year under the Commonwealth Government’s Collaborative Research Networks (CRN) Program, as well as via Australian Research Council (ARC) funding and strategic investments by the University.
The theme of USC Research Week is ‘Communicate, collaborate, connect’.
One of today’s highlights will be a keynote address by Professor Helen Berry, a psychiatric epidemiologist and Deputy Director of the Centre for Research and Action in Public Health at the University of Canberra.
Epidemiologists study the rates of disease in communities and environments and Professor Berry’s recent research examines links between climate change and rural mental health.
— Julie Schomberg