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Six USC staff awarded for excellence

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Published on 21 February 2013

21 February 2013

Six University of the Sunshine Coast staff have been recognised for their exceptional performances and achievements in 2012.

Three lecturers, two researchers and a program coordinator have received the annual USC Vice-Chancellor and President’s Awards for Excellence.

The awards are given for performances and achievements well beyond reasonable expectations in the key areas of learning and teaching; research; engagement and service.

The recipients in the area of learning and teaching were:

Dr Mark Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Nutritional Biochemistry and Discipline Leader for Biomedical Sciences. Dr Holmes was nominated for his innovative teaching and ground-breaking course development including liaising with industry for USC’s new Medical Laboratory Science degree.

Ginna Brock, Lecturer in Faculty of Arts and Business first-year courses. Ms Brock was nominated for her consistently high teaching standards and creation of positive learning environments, resulting in outstanding feedback from students.

Kendall George, Lecturer in Bachelor of Nursing Science and Master of Midwifery. Ms George was nominated for her work with the midwifery team in simulation and case-based learning, which was commended by the national accreditation panel, and other contributions in teaching innovation.

The recipients in the area of research were:

Dr Scott Cummins, an Australian Research Council (ARC) Future Fellow in USC’s GeneCology Research Group. Dr Cummins, who won two major grants in two years to study the chemical signalling of sea sponges, was nominated as one of the country’s leading mid-career academics in Biological Sciences. His contributions to USC’s research culture include publication in high-ranked journals and his work being applied to solve problems in aquaculture.

Dr Claudia Baldwin, Senior Lecturer in Environmental and Planning Studies. Dr Baldwin was nominated for her research achievements in regional and urban planning and sustainability, particularly their regional engagement and relevance. Her academic work has benefited communities ranging from the Sunshine Coast to Indonesia.

The recipient in the area of Service was:

Bruce Williams, International Partner Programs and Pathways Coordinator at USC, elected USC staff member on the University Council and member of the University Foundation Board. Mr Williams was nominated for his extraordinary leadership, tenacity and generosity in promoting USC’s Starfish program, which collects donations to support USC students in need.

USC Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Greg Hill presented five of the six winners with their awards at a recent ceremony.

Julie Schomberg

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