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December 2015

High-performance Paralympic swimming coach Jan Cameron.
Coach awarded swimming’s top honour
22 Dec 2015

A high-performance swimming coach based at the University of the Sunshine Coast has become only the third woman in Australia to receive the sport’s highest coaching accolade.

Peter Schwammberger with his principal supervisor, Head of USC’s Stormwater Research Group Dr Terry Lucke.
PhD student joins world-first project
21 Dec 2015

A world-first research project into how floating wetland systems can be used to improve water quality in residential developments has attracted a postgraduate student from Germany to the University of the Sunshine Coast.

The USC Dementors at the 2015 Oceania Quidditch Championships.
Quidditch team pipped for ‘Golden Snitch’
21 Dec 2015

Several University of the Sunshine Coast quidditch players are eyeing off spots in the national squad after the USC team made its successful debut at the Australian championships.

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Tahni Roberts.
Graduate contributes to Indigenous health
18 Dec 2015

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Tahni Roberts is working to improve the health of Indigenous women after landing a professional role in Brisbane, supporting a nursing program.

USC Senior HR Consultant (Health, Safety and Wellbeing) Peter Gooding presenting the hampers to Salvation Army Maroochydore officer Daniel Ross (left).
USC staff donate to Salvos Christmas appeal
17 Dec 2015

Staff from the University of the Sunshine Coast have helped local families have a happier Christmas with the donation of about 20 food and gift hampers to the Salvation Army.

USC student Lachlan Haycock is presented with his New Colombo Plan Scholarship by Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop and Governor-General Sir Peter Cosgrove.
Scholarship students set for international success
17 Dec 2015

Two University of the Sunshine Coast students will help strengthen the region’s international ties after being awarded competitive scholarships to study overseas in 2016.

The Memorandum of Understanding between the University of the Sunshine Coast and the IRT Group being signed.
USC and IRT agree to research collaboration
17 Dec 2015

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and seniors' Lifestyle and Care provider, IRT Group, have answered the Prime Minister's call for more collaboration between researchers and industry, signing their first Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) today.

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Dr Maria Vartanyan.
Russian doctor receives USC Faculty medal
16 Dec 2015

To complete university with a near-perfect grade point average is no mean feat for any student – but University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Maria Vartanyan achieved it while also learning “Australian” English.

Paramedic Science students Janine Summons and Anthony McErvale.
Student paramedics win statewide award
15 Dec 2015

Four Paramedic Science students from the University of the Sunshine Coast have won a Paramedics Australasia Student Scientific Grant for their comprehensive research poster on seizure medications.

USC PhD candidate Katryna Starks.
Puzzles and Quests course in 2016
15 Dec 2015

Puzzles found in video games will be helping University of the Sunshine Coast students unlock the problem-solving skills needed to thrive in the digital workforce.

USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann presenting Dr Michele Verdonck with her award.
Award for teaching ‘future colleagues’
14 Dec 2015

Games of wheelchair basketball, inspiring guest speakers and even ice baths are all part of the teaching process for one University of the Sunshine Coast senior academic.

World-first technology that allows a simple numeric display to appear on a device that operates similarly to an at-home pregnancy test.
USC’s world-first disease-detecting technology
14 Dec 2015

University of the Sunshine Coast researchers have developed world-first technology that allows a simple numeric display to appear on a device that operates similarly to an at-home pregnancy test.

Dr Siavash Es’haghi, who is the Executive Managing Director of Imaging Queensland.
EMBA helps radiologist in business success
11 Dec 2015

The challenges of managing one of Queensland’s largest privately-owned radiology services have inspired a leading medical specialist to pursue a postgraduate business degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Lecturer in Motor Control and Motor Learning Dr Adam Gorman.
Sport scientists to share research insights
10 Dec 2015

Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast will provide insights into the day-to-day life of a sport scientist at a free public lecture tomorrow, Friday 11 December.

The USC team celebrates its win at the 2014 annual USC/Chancellor State College staff futsal challenge.
Excitement for annual futsal challenge
10 Dec 2015

Staff from the University of the Sunshine Coast and Chancellor State College will battle it out in their annual futsal challenge tomorrow, Friday 11 December.

USC student Ellen Bingham and Wildlife HQ CEO Jarrod Schenk with the new statue.
Sun bear statue finds home at USC
8 Dec 2015

The University of the Sunshine Coast campus will be home to a donation box with a difference after a presentation from Australian wildlife organisation Free the Bears (FTB).

USC Biomedical Science student and future doctor Keiran Davis in the USC library.
Keiran’s degree is just what the doctor ordered
7 Dec 2015

University of the Sunshine Coast student and former tradesperson Keiran Davis is one step closer to achieving his dream of becoming a doctor after receiving an offer to study medicine in 2016.

Associate Degree in Medical Laboratory Science graduands (from left) Angie Williams, Danielle Wilkes-Lawson and Jessica Bissell in a laboratory on campus
Science graduands offered competitive jobs
4 Dec 2015

Four University of the Sunshine Coast graduands have used their knowledge of medical laboratory science to gain highly competitive jobs in the industry.

USC students conducting scientific research.
USC research quality ranking rises
4 Dec 2015

A national report has today confirmed a significant improvement in the quality of research at the University of the Sunshine Coast, with 14 of USC’s 24 assessable fields rated at, above or well above world standard in 2015.

Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence winners (back from left) Dr Tristan Pearce, Dr Nicole Masters, Dr Terry Lucke, Dr Selvan Pather and (front from left) Dr Retha Scheepers, Amanda Boyes and Dr Bridie Scott-Parker.
Eight outstanding staff awarded for excellence
4 Dec 2015

The outstanding efforts of eight University of the Sunshine Coast staff in research, learning and teaching, engagement and service have been recognised with Vice-Chancellor’s Awards for Excellence.

USC Health Promotion student Xena Ene.
Xena aims to use Health Promotion skills in PNG
3 Dec 2015

A University of the Sunshine Coast student is planning to use the skills she’s gained from her Health Promotion degree to help some of Papua New Guinea’s most vulnerable children.

USC Research Fellow Dr Tristan Pearce in the field in Canada.
Arctic research is timely for climate summit
2 Dec 2015

As world leaders meet in Paris for the 2015 United Nations climate talks, new research co-authored by a University of the Sunshine Coast academic has suggested they look to the Arctic for inspiration on how to best respond to climate change.

USC graduate and award-winning author Candice Fox.
Killer collaboration for crime-writing graduate
2 Dec 2015

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate who is now an award-winning author is celebrating an upcoming collaboration with one of the world’s most popular crime writers.

USC’s Dr Lisa Chandler, artist Peter Hudson and Blue Sky View’s John Waldron accept the 2015 Gallery and Museum Achievement Award for East Coast Encounter from Museums & Galleries Queensland’s Executive Director Rebekah Butler.
East Coast Encounter earns award
2 Dec 2015

A national art exhibition co-curated by a University of the Sunshine Coast academic has been awarded Queensland’s highest industry accolade.

USC PhD candidate Luke Verstraten, Research Supervisor Dr Terry Lucke and USC Engineering’s Dominic Vrolijks.
USC leads sky-high research
1 Dec 2015

A new sky-high structure on the grounds of the University of the Sunshine Coast could change the way buildings are designed in Australia, and even the world.