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Rotary helps support fascinating USC research


Published on 20 May 2014

An environmental science researcher helping farmers crack the nut industry in the Pacific islands will be one of three University of the Sunshine Coast students to receive this year’s Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships.

Bruce Randall, whose PhD is on canarium nuts, will join psychology researcher Karina Rune (studying obesity) and analytical chemistry PhD student Daniel Meloncelli (studying honey) in receiving the $4,000 scholarships on Wednesday 21 May at the USC Innovation Centre auditorium.

The presentations will be part of the 2014 Rotary Annual Joint Committee event where the 16 Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast will present cheques to USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill to fund the scholarships.

Up to 200 guests are expected to attend the dinner event, which will feature speaker Sarah Maima Garap, Papua New Guinea’s only Rotary Peace Fellow.

Ms Garap is a specialist in human rights, gender and democratic governance with a Masters from the University of Sussex on participation, power and social change. In 2010, she spoke about violence against women to a UN Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women.

Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships were established at USC in 2001. So far more than $115,000 has been provided by the combined Rotary Clubs of the Sunshine Coast for USC students progressing from undergraduate to postgraduate degrees.

Details of the 2014 recipients’ studies are:

  • Karina Rune: attentional biases to food cues in the environment and how such cues may shape eating habits in overweight and obese individuals;
  • Bruce Randall: the nut quality characteristics and genetics of Canarium indicum in the Pacific Islands (also working on post-harvest techniques to process the nuts and develop the industry);
  • Daniel Meloncelli: profiling the chemical compounds found in high-quality honeys and investigating their wound healing, anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

— Julie Schomberg

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