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July 2016

People meeting the USC Spartans mascot at a previous Imaginarium.
USC’s Open Day unlike any other in Australia
28 Jul 2016

A university open day unlike any other in Australia will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast at Sippy Downs on Sunday 7 August from 10am to 2pm.

Cast from OperaQ's production of The Barber of Seville
USC to open young minds to opera
28 Jul 2016

'Hilarious, modern fun’ is not how many school children would describe opera — but that looks set to change thanks to a collaboration by the University of the Sunshine Coast and Opera Queensland.

USC student and rugby sevens player Emma Sykes.
Student represents Australia in rugby sevens
28 Jul 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast student Emma Sykes has returned to the Coast after representing Australia at the World University Championships for rugby sevens in Swansea, Wales, during her semester break.

A koala enjoying a dwarf gum tree leaf.
Dwarf gum tree plantings to help safeguard koalas
28 Jul 2016

A project to plant hundreds of dwarf gum trees across the Moreton Bay Region has begun in a bid to help safeguard the region’s koala population in more ways than one.

USC Midwifery student Megan Grisman
Cancer inspires mother’s midwifery ambitions
27 Jul 2016

Battling breast cancer twice in less than five years was a key motivating factor for mother of three Megan Grisman to take the first steps towards gaining a combined degree in Nursing Science and Midwifery at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC students help deliver a rainwater tank in Vanuatu.
Students make world of difference in Vanuatu
26 Jul 2016

Six University of the Sunshine Coast students have returned from a work placement in Vanuatu where their efforts have helped improve the life of a teenager with a disability.

University of the Sunshine Coast student and superhero Cian Yang, of Landsborough.
Cian transformed from super shy to superhero
26 Jul 2016

In just five months, University of the Sunshine Coast student Cian Yang has gone from almost “chickening out” of university to becoming a superhero.

USC researcher Meaghan Smith with a crown-of-thorns starfish she is studying.
Crown-of-thorns researcher joins science roadshow
25 Jul 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast researcher Meaghan Smith is taking a thorny issue to the people.

Professor Sohail Inayatullah from ‘The Next Big Things’ chapter of the USC 20-year anniversary book, ‘Visions’, out now.
UNESCO appoints USC academic to envision future
25 Jul 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast adjunct professor whose job is to analyse future scenarios across countries and industries has been appointed Chair on Future Studies with UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation).

University of the Sunshine Coast Business student Andre Ali, 25, who has undergone a superhero transformation.
Andre harnesses super power with USC degree
21 Jul 2016

To reach the peak of the business world you have to be able to adapt quickly to any situation, says University of the Sunshine Coast Business student Andre Ali.

Fire fighters stage a controlled burn of USC's compensatory habitat
Planned burn of habitat on USC campus
21 Jul 2016

A planned burn of a section of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s compensatory habitat site is planned for Saturday 23 July, weather permitting.

Sophie McCulloch competing at the Los Cabos Open of Surf in Mexico, where she won the junior title.
Science gives surfer edge for Supergirl Pro
21 Jul 2016

Alexandra Headland surfer Sophie McCulloch believes her study of biomedical science at the University of the Sunshine Coast will give her an edge when she competes at the Supergirl Pro in California this weekend.

USC Law student Callum Lee
The force of law is strong in USC superhero
21 Jul 2016

The city of Gympie has a new superhero under the guise of mild-mannered University of the Sunshine Coast Law student Callum Lee.

Students at Orientation Day at USC Fraser Coast
New students boost numbers at USC Fraser Coast
20 Jul 2016

Urangan pastry chef Dee-Anne Hoffman,43,is among 160 new students who have enrolled to start studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus this semester.

USC Senior Lecturer in Molecular Engineering Dr Joanne Macdonald and OzMozeCo’s Dave Piggot inspecting one of the new mosquito traps.
Students are ‘citizen scientists’ for mozzie project
20 Jul 2016

School students from across the region are helping to fight dangerous mosquito-borne diseases in a new ‘citizen science’ program led by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Chloe Johnston and Emily Allward and Nicolas Gerrard relaxing over lunch at USC Gympie’s Orientation Day.
Orientation fun for new students at USC Gympie
19 Jul 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will welcome more than 70 new students to its Gympie campus with a special Orientation Day tomorrow (Wednesday 20 July).

niversity of the Sunshine Coast graduate midwife Kate Jones
Graduate midwife finds dream job in FNQ
19 Jul 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast graduate Kate Jones has embarked on an exciting adventure working as a midwife in remote communities in the Torres Strait and Cape York Peninsula.

New students join in orientation fun at USC
18 Jul 2016

Almost 2,000 students, including 500 from overseas, will discover the serious and not-so-serious side of academic life at the University of the Sunshine Coast this week.

USC PhD student Alayna Cole aims to take part in the Pokemon GO walk
Academic organises Pokemon GO walk at USC
18 Jul 2016

The phenomenal interest in the Pokemon GO game has attracted some serious attention from academics.

Lecturer in Accounting at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus Ratna Paudyal
USC academic to present at Harvard conference
15 Jul 2016

A USC Fraser Coast lecturer will present a paper on his research into alleviating poverty at an international conference at Harvard University

Expo to show students a world of opportunity
15 Jul 2016

Hundreds of Year 5 students from Gympie will discover that their future holds the possibility of many exciting careers and experiences at a special expo on Thursday 21 July.

USC student Chayse, who received a superhero makeover ahead of Imaginarium.
Spotlight on super powers at USC’s Open Day
14 Jul 2016

To highlight the transformative power of higher education, the University of the Sunshine Coast is encouraging people to ponder what their ‘super powers’ might be in the lead up to its annual Imaginarium and Open Day on Sunday 7 August.

USC's 2016 Three Minute Thesis runner-up Jacqueline Burgess and winner Paula Loveday
Happy app developer wins research contest
14 Jul 2016

A PhD student who has developed an app to help people become happier has won USC’s 2016 Three Minute Thesis competition.

USC Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland de Marco
USC gains $660,000 contract for Pacific scholarship scheme
14 Jul 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has strengthened its presence in the Pacific Islands with the launch of a major scholarship program funded by a $660,000 Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research contract.

Rachele Wilson conducting genetic analysis in a USC laboratory.
Pollen ‘meta-barcoding’ to give bees a chance
13 Jul 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student is using cutting-edge genetic analysis in research that could help safeguard native bee populations.

USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland De Marco presenting awards to the 2015 Three Minute Thesis winners Megan Marks and Tetyana Rocks.
Hot topics to feature in USC research contests
13 Jul 2016

The pros and cons of young children using digital technologies for learning and the ability of video game fans to influence the future of gaming will be two of the hot topics presented in bite-sized talks on the final day of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Research Conference tomorrow.

USC athletes' breakfast before Rio Games
How USC sports research is helping Rio athletes
12 Jul 2016

Six leading sports researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast will tomorrow (Wednesday 13 July) offer insights into the research used by local, national and international athletes, including Aussies preparing for the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics.

USC Senior Research Fellow Dr David Lacey
Research on cybercrime in conference spotlight
11 Jul 2016

The experiences of Australians who have become victims of cybercrime will be outlined at a free public seminar tomorrow, Tuesday 12 July as part of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Research Conference.

Deborah Barry and her 17-year-old daughter Sarah will both begin USC's Tertiary Preparation Pathway program later this month.
Mother and daughter start pathway to university
8 Jul 2016

Kilkivan farmer Deborah Barry has followed her 17-year-old daughter’s lead in signing up for a free tertiary education bridging program starting at the University of the Sunshine’s Gympie campus later this month.

USC Spartans basketball players on the sidelines at the Northern Unigames.
USC wins Spirit of the Games award at Unigames
8 Jul 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast Spartans have finished this week’s Northern University Games on a high, taking out the Spirit of the Games award for sportsmanship.

University of the Sunshine Coast Business student Chelsea Gubecka has been selected for the Rio Olympics.
Business student in the swim for Rio Olympics
7 Jul 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Business student Chelsea Gubecka will swap flowcharts for maps of ocean currents as she prepares to represent Australia at the Olympic Games in Rio.

USC surfer Sophie McCulloch displaying her gold medal.
Golden glow for Sunshine Coast at Unigames
7 Jul 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast Spartans have stormed home at the Northern Unigames, winning three gold, one silver and two bronze medals on home soil.

USC Professor Brendan Burkett who will be among six sports researchers presenting a public seminar about USC's Rio Olympics athletes.
USC to showcase latest ‘real-world’ research
7 Jul 2016

With the Rio Olympics fast approaching, Sunshine Coast people have the opportunity to get an insider’s look at what is involved in preparing athletes to compete at the highest level of sport.

USC researcher Joanna Kristoffersen in a science laboratory at USC’s Sippy Downs campus.
USC researcher gets Fresh at science comp finals
6 Jul 2016

Explaining the complexities of molecular virology is no easy task, says USC researcher Joanna Kristoffersen, especially when it’s attempted in the time it takes for a party sparkler to burn.

The USC Spartans women’s hockey team in action against USQ at Ballinger Park on Tuesday.
USC teams to contest finals at Unigames
6 Jul 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast futsal teams have dominated competition at the Northern Unigames this week and head into tomorrow’s (Thursday 7 July) finals as favourites.

A German autobahn. Photo credit: Federal German Highway Research Institute.
Seminar to showcase German and Aussie drivers
5 Jul 2016

Latest research on young driver road safety in Australia and Germany will be highlighted at a University of the Sunshine Coast-presented international seminar on Friday 29 July.

USC graduate Emma Kill
USC graduate on Qld mental health, drug council
4 Jul 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast associate lecturer and graduate who won top awards for both her work and her studies has been appointed to the Queensland Mental Health and Drug Advisory Council.

Registration is open for short courses in seven languages – Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Japanese and Spanish.
USC offers short courses in seven languages
4 Jul 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is about to offer beginner courses for people wanting to learn a new language – a process that has been shown to improve brain function.

USC Spartans captains Angela Johnson and Yoel Jogiono.
USC Spartans set to host Northern Unigames
1 Jul 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast student athletes plan to make the most of their home ground advantage when USC hosts the 2016 Northern Unigames from 3-7 July.