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August 2016

Sexual Health Physician Dr Kuong Taing (left) and USC PhD student Noa Ziklo at the Sunshine Coast Sexual Health and HIV Service clinic.
Wishlist funding helps fight against chlamydia
31 Aug 2016

A research project combining the expertise of the University of the Sunshine Coast and the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service is working to better treat and prevent one of Australia’s most prevalent sexually transmitted infections in humans.

USC Indigenous student Ashleigh Alexander on campus at Sippy Downs.
USC student’s story filmed for major festival
31 Aug 2016

A story written by a 19-year-old Gympie student during her University of the Sunshine Coast degree has become the narration for a short film shot at Mooloolaba Beach and due to be performed at a major regional arts festival on Monday 5 September.

USC paramedic students training on Fraser Island
Paramedic students train on ‘Trauma Island’
30 Aug 2016

A series of ‘real life’ accident scenarios on Fraser Island has tested the skills and the resourcefulness of Paramedic Science students from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

A photograph taken from the summit of Seseleka hillfort in Fiji.
Geographer uncovers reason for Fiji’s ‘war towns’
29 Aug 2016

A new publication by a University of the Sunshine Coast geographer has detailed ground-breaking discoveries about the historic impacts of sea level change, which could contain lessons for today.

Dr Dean Jacobs is celebrating a London publishing deal for his latest book ‘Return to Whitechapel’.
Second novel for Doctor of Creative Arts graduate
29 Aug 2016

An author and illustrator who studied the creative arts from undergraduate to doctoral level at the University of the Sunshine Coast in the past decade is celebrating a London publishing deal and the launch of his second novel about 1880s English serial killer Jack the Ripper.

Students enjoying university life on campus at Sippy Downs.
USC top of the class for student experience
26 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is top of the class for student experience – again, according to an annual guide for Australian universities.

Students at the University of the Sunshine Coast's Fraser Coast campus
New tourism and events degree for Fraser Coast
25 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus is introducing a new Business degree designed for those planning to work in the dynamic, fast-paced industry of tourism, leisure and events.

USC Gympie student Christine Barbar
Christine opens mind to study and gets results
25 Aug 2016

A self-confessed underperformer at high school has achieved almost 100 percent in university bridging subjects at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Gympie campus and is now planning to pursue a career as a psychologist.

Academic Steven Boyd
USC property lecturer shares market insights
25 Aug 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast property expert will be among industry leaders sharing insights at the State of the Market public seminar on Tuesday 30 August at Maroochydore.

Students Thomas Nafzger (l-r), Ramona Winiger and Gian-Luca Reinhard get ready for Snow Unigames
First USC students to compete at Snow Unigames
25 Aug 2016

Three University of the Sunshine Coast business students from Switzerland will take their snow skills to Mt Buller next week to contest the winter sport version of the Unigames.

Wombat Warriors students giving their 4x4 a test run.
USC congratulates school team ‘best in the world’
25 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is celebrating with a team of outstanding Pine Rivers State High School students who won an innovative global competition that encourages young people to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

- Indian-born microbiologist Meghavi Shan, USC Student Welfare Officer Meredith Young and Indonesian-born mental health worker Kristiyanto at a Diversity Week event
Fraser Coast campus celebrates diversity
24 Aug 2016

Creative cultural conversations were on the menu today (Wednesday 24 August) as the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus celebrated USC Diversity Week.

tarting in 2017, the new Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies.
New degree on offer for outdoor enthusiasts
24 Aug 2016

A new degree starting at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2017 will enable students to turn their passion for the outdoors and an active lifestyle into a career.

USC Research Fellow Madaline Healey working with farmers in rural Laos.
Scholars boosting international agriculture
24 Aug 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher who is defending vital food crops in Laos has been invited to present at next week’s annual conference of the Crawford Fund, a not-for-profit organisation that uses agricultural research to enhance international development.

USC Law students using the University’s Moot Court to develop their skills.
New degree in Law and Environmental Management
23 Aug 2016

Aspiring lawyers with a passion for the environment can now apply for a new combined degree in Law and Environmental Management at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Senior Lecturer in Nursing at USC’s Fraser Coast campus Julie Martyn (centre) with 95-year-old Ivy Boxall and advanced personal care worker Louise Gay
USC study calls for improved aged care education
23 Aug 2016

A study by a University of the Sunshine Coast academic has found significant shortfalls in education programs for workers who provide the majority of care to the elderly in nursing homes.

Dr Joanne Macdonald (at right) with a member of her research team.
USC scientist is a Women in Technology finalist
23 Aug 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast researcher Joanne Macdonald has been named as a finalist in the prestigious 2016 Women in Technology (WiT) Awards.

USC library.
USC partners on national ‘Respect. Now. Always.’ student survey
23 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will partner with other universities across Australia in a ground-breaking national student survey on sexual assault and harassment that was officially launched today.

Staff and invited members of the community receive a guided tour of the Engineering Learning Hub.
Engineering students to receive scholarships
23 Aug 2016

More than $40,000 of bursaries, prizes and scholarships will be presented to some of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s best and brightest Engineering students at a special ceremony tomorrow (Wednesday, 24 August).

Biloela-born author Christine Bongers.
Australian novelists to inspire USC Master students
22 Aug 2016

Australian author Patrick Holland, whose work has been recognised by the Miles Franklin Award, the Scott Prize and the Commonwealth Writers Prize, is set to inspire students and the public at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Wednesday 31 August.

USC SEEDS Scholarship recipient James Hill and SEEDS program manager Bridie Kean at the Diversity Week Breakfast.
Equity and diversity awards to be announced
21 Aug 2016

An Australian-first para-athlete study program and a society for Law students will be announced as the winners of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 2016 Equity and Diversity Awards on Monday 22 August.

USC SouthBank student Kaitlin Greenough
Supermodel connection inspires events degree
19 Aug 2016

The opportunity to work on a small product event for international supermodel Miranda Kerr’s skincare line was a defining moment for University of the Sunshine Coast student Kaitlin Greenough.

2015 Science Research Award winner Emily Korrum.
School-age scientists to present research
18 Aug 2016

The next generation of researchers will have the chance to show off their scientific skills at a special competition at the University of the Sunshine Coast this afternoon (Thursday 18 August).

Detail from Mia Johnstone’s work ‘The Unknown’.
Creative Excellence on show at USC Gallery
18 Aug 2016

A stunning collection of visual art by regional secondary school students will open at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 25 August at 6.30pm.

Diversity Week 2015.
Public invited to join in USC’s Diversity Week
18 Aug 2016

The wide variety of people who make up the University of the Sunshine Coast community will be celebrated at USC Diversity Week from 22-26 August.

Sunshine Coast Lightning’s recently appointed head coach Noeline Taurua.
Lightning strikes on the Sunshine Coast
17 Aug 2016

Australia’s newest sports franchise is set to strike into netball’s elite national competition in 2017 with the Sunshine Coast Lightning, to be based at USC, officially unveiled today.

A USC staff member and student working with an expectant mother at USC’s Midwifery Clinic.
USC introduces dedicated Midwifery degree
16 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will offer a dedicated Bachelor of Midwifery, starting Semester 1, 2017.

USC Fraser Coast student ambassadors Katie Brown, Peta Reader and Mitchell Brunke
Fraser Coast students take on ambassador roles
15 Aug 2016

Hervey Bay’s Peta Reader has had many different experiences of university life and now wants to share what she knows to help other prospective students and their parents.

USC Spartans swimmers, from left, Leah Neale, Jake Packard, coach Chris Mooney and Taylor McKeown. Photo credit: Carly Head.
Three USC Spartans win Olympic medals
15 Aug 2016

All three University of the Sunshine Coast swimmers competing for Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro have now won medals.

Shariq Ghaznavi (far right) with fellow USC SouthBank students during an orientation event.
Shariq finds success in the city at USC SouthBank
11 Aug 2016

A random internet search has taken Shariq Ghaznavi from working as a junior accountant in Karachi, Pakistan, to a study adventure in the heart of Brisbane.

USC staff member Corey Collins (left) and student Joseph Davies
USC caters for 60% rise in students with disabilities
11 Aug 2016

A 60 percent increase in the number of students with disabilities at the University of the Sunshine Coast since 2011 has prompted ongoing innovations to improve access for everyone seeking a USC degree.

Nutrition and Dietetics graduate Amy Thompson at work
Ex swim champ becomes paediatric dietitian
11 Aug 2016

A Nutrition and Dietetics degree has enabled a University of the Sunshine Coast graduate and former Australian open water swimming champion to glide into a career helping sick children improve their health through diet.

Kate Eagles of Kureelpa, Linda Morse of Beerwah, Kiarna Triggs of Currimundi and Jade Dor of Mountain Creek have received $1,000 bursaries from a new locally-based literary festival.
New literary festival opens doors for USC writers
10 Aug 2016

Four University of the Sunshine Coast Creative Writing students will be honing their craft and building contacts at a renowned cultural event in Bali after receiving $1,000 bursaries from a new locally-based literary festival.

USC Careers and Graduate Employment Adviser Tracy-Madonna Wylie.
USC students put hands up to help
9 Aug 2016

While the rate of young adults volunteering is lower than most other age groups across Australia, an innovative campaign by the University of the Sunshine Coast could see this change significantly on the Fraser Coast.

l-r Alexis Levengood, Dr Celine Frere, Allison Galezo, Kate (Yi Kyung) Jin
WA’s Shark Bay dolphin samples analysed at USC
9 Aug 2016

Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast and America’s Georgetown University have returned to USC’s Sippy Downs campus to analyse tissue samples taken during exciting fieldwork with bottlenose dolphins off the coast of Western Australia.

SEEDS Scholarship recipients Rio-bound swimmer Braedan Jason, wheelchair basketballer Steven Elliott and wheelchair basketball coach James Hill.
Elite para-athletes awarded USC scholarships
8 Aug 2016

A talented wheelchair basketballer, a para-swimmer preparing for Rio and a dedicated coach have received the first para-athlete scholarships awarded by the University of the Sunshine Coast’s groundbreaking Sports Elite and Education Dual Stream (SEEDS) program

Lecturer in Physical Geography Dr Javier Leon
Drone research at two Coast beaches
8 Aug 2016

From the air to the sea, Mooloolaba and Maroochydore beaches are this week in the sights of University of the Sunshine Coast researchers working in collaboration with Sunshine Coast Council on a project to map the ocean floor to improve coastal zone management.

Visitors to USC's Imaginarium have been encouraged to dress as superheroes
Coast’s biggest superhero snap … plus some bam and kapow
5 Aug 2016

Thousands of superheroes of all shapes and sizes will join forces at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Sunday 7 August for USC’s annual Imaginarium and Open Day.

New Storm/USC netball team head coach Noeline Taurua
USC courts new era in Sunshine Coast netball
5 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has welcomed the exciting next step in attracting champion players to a new national netball team expected to be based at USC’s Sports Stadium at Sippy Downs in 2017.

USC Senior Lecturer in Education Dr Sharon Louth, Butchulla elder Aunty Joyce Bonner and Aunty Harriet Vea Vea.
Indigenous study asks ‘where are the children?’
4 Aug 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast research team is investigating the long-term benefits of a program conducted five years ago to raise the aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students in Fraser Coast high schools.

Robbie Miller
Great music line-up for USC’s Imaginarium
4 Aug 2016

Music lovers are in for a real treat at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s massive free community festival, its annual Imaginarium and Open Day, on Sunday 7 August.

New degrees to be showcased at USC’s Open Day
4 Aug 2016

New degrees will be among more than 120 programs to be showcased at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s 2016 Imaginarium and Open Day this Sunday 7 August on campus at Sippy Downs.

USC PhD researcher Jess Stephens working with athletes at the Australian Institute of Sport.
Ice bath research floats new approach to recovery
3 Aug 2016

While taking a post-match ice bath has become a ritual for many elite sporting teams, a University of the Sunshine Coast researcher has found that unless the practice is personalised, it has the potential to do more harm than good.

USC Spartans swimmer Jake Packard.
USC athletes to make a splash in Rio
2 Aug 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will have plenty of athletes to cheer for at the 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro over the next two months.

Lydia Jahnke working with USC Spartans Paralympic coach Jan Cameron at the USC Pool.
USC student helps swimmers on road to Rio
1 Aug 2016

When Australia’s elite swimmers start racing in Rio, University of the Sunshine Coast student Lydia Jahnke will have a privileged insight into what it took to get them there.