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March 2016

Murgon State High School graduate Briana Litzow, 17, was recently presented with a prestigious Tim Fairfax Regional Scholarship.
Murgon student gains $20,000 USC scholarship
31 Mar 2016

A South Burnett student has received a $20,000 boost from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Young scientist to receive Chancellor's Medal
31 Mar 2016

A young scientist who has conducted world-first research into the medical properties of a waxy substance produced by Australian bees has been awarded the University of the Sunshine Coast’s highest honour for a graduating student.

Sunshine Coast commercial lawyer John Gallagher will become an Honorary Senior Fellow of the University of the Sunshine Coast.
Respected lawyer to become Honorary Fellow
31 Mar 2016

Highly regarded commercial lawyer John Gallagher will become an Honorary Senior Fellow at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

PhD student Saira Ali.
Research to compare East vs West terror coverage
31 Mar 2016

In the rush of media coverage following a terror attack, panic can drown out the voices of reason in Western countries, says a University of the Sunshine Coast researcher.

An image taken by Jason Edwards of the Herald Sun, entitled
USC to host Nikon-Walkley Awards exhibition
30 Mar 2016

The touring Nikon-Walkley Awards for Excellence in Photojournalism exhibition will go on display at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery on Thursday 7 April at 6.30pm.

USC Professor of Horticulture Steven Underhill working with farmers in Fiji.
USC launches Centre for Pacific Islands Research
30 Mar 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is about to launch an Australian Centre for Pacific Islands Research (ACPIR) to help create a positive difference in the Pacific Islands region.

USC hosts innovative Outdoor Ed conference
29 Mar 2016

The impact of technology on how students experience the great outdoors will be on the agenda when the University of the Sunshine Coast hosts Australia’s largest outdoor education conference this week.

USC Lecturer in Biomedical Science Dr Ruth Newby
Body image link to low breastfeeding rates
29 Mar 2016

A survey of more than 250 first-time Queensland mothers has found poor body image may stop many larger women from continuing to breastfeed their newborn babies.

USC Occupational Therapy student Leah Griffin
Leah gains $12,000 scholarship from USC
24 Mar 2016

Morayfeld State High School graduate Leah Griffin has received a $12,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Former Gympie State High School captain Kelly Goatham who has received a $12,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship.
Gympie scholarship winner means business
24 Mar 2016

Taking a gap year has proved a valuable experience for former Gympie State High School captain Kelly Goatham who has been awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student Lisa Peberdy.
Student shares remote nursing stories
24 Mar 2016

From delivering babies in dinghies in the Torres Strait to treating patients during the East Timorese militia uprising, University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student Lisa Peberdy has some vivid memories of her nursing and midwifery career.

Ann Yardley and her daughter Shari Smith on the steps of the USC Library.
Graduate from ‘Struggle Street’ finds USC success
23 Mar 2016

When Ann Yardley studied information communications and technology after enrolling in the first cohort of students at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1996, she didn’t own a computer.

Dr Rob Erskine-Smith working with Fijians on the vegetable farming project in the Nanoco Highlands.
USC project helps Fijian farmers, tourism, economy
23 Mar 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast-led research project in the Pacific Islands has received another Australian Government grant to help Fijian vegetable farmers better supply their country’s tourist resorts and hotels.

USC takes action to 'Close the Gap'
22 Mar 2016

Close the Gap events at the Gympie and Fraser Coast campuses of the University of the Sunshine Coast will hear how alternate reality games could improve the health of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youths.

USC-based elite swimming squad
USC to farewell elite swimmers before Rio trials
22 Mar 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will stage a special breakfast tomorrow (Wednesday 23 March) to farewell its elite swimmers heading off to Olympic and Paralympic trials in Adelaide.

USC Vice-Chancellor's Scholarship winner Josie Jamieson-Bews of Tiaro.
Food on the farm inspires scholarship winner
21 Mar 2016

A passion for food nurtured while growing up on the family farm and a keen interest in science have inspired Tiaro’s Josie Jamieson-Bews to study the science behind food at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Bachelor of Nutrition and Dietetics Honours student Nina Meloncelli
Healthy children’s foods hard to find: USC study
21 Mar 2016

More than 60 percent of children’s food products marketed as “healthier” choices should fall into the same category as cakes, sweet biscuits and soft drinks, according to researchers at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC PhD student Timo Klein conducting a brain blood flow test in Germany for a research project into dementia.
Research to assess how exercise combats dementia
21 Mar 2016

A team of University of the Sunshine Coast researchers has received funding to investigate how exercise might slow the progression of dementia.

USC’s International Relations Society president Michael Jefferies.
Diplomatic students to debate refugee intakes
17 Mar 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast students will experience what it is like to be international diplomats at a Model United Nations (MUN) event at USC tomorrow (Friday 18 March).

Sarah Best, Benjamin Murphy, Caitlin Mullane, Cory McMeekan and Zoe Biggar at the USC campus at Sippy Downs.
Scholarships to five Mountain Creek graduates
17 Mar 2016

Five graduates from one Sunshine Coast high school have received prestigious scholarships for academic excellence from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Professor of Geography Patrick Nunn.
Indigenous history research breaks records
17 Mar 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast research paper on Indigenous oral histories has set a new readership record for articles published by the prestigious academic journal Australian Geographer.

University of the Sunshine Coast academic Shelley Davidow with her book in front of Konstantin Dimopoulos’s sculpture ‘Pulse’ on the USC campus.
New memoir brings immigrant journeys to life
16 Mar 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast academic Shelley Davidow had to revisit some of humanity’s darkest moments to write her new memoir, which will be officially launched tomorrow.

Eminent architect Hal Guida, who master-planned the USC campus.
Book reveals twists and turns of USC’s growth
16 Mar 2016

“Paul Thomas knew the figures didn’t add up…” As more than 12,000 students and 1,000 staff settle into USC for Semester 1, 2016, this paragraph from an early chapter of new book, ‘Visions’, reflects the incredible growth of a greenfield public university that first opened to 524 students in 1996.

Caitlyn Heathwood, 17, of Dayboro received a Vice-Chancellor's Merit Scholarship.
Pine Rivers graduate gains $12,000 scholarship
16 Mar 2016

A Moreton Bay Region student has received a prestigious $12,000 Vice-Chancellor’s Merit Scholarship from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Chancellor's Scholarship winner Monica Boulton
$20,000 scholarship for USC Fraser Coast student
15 Mar 2016

Former Hervey Bay State High School captain Monica Boulton has been awarded a prestigious University of the Sunshine Coast Chancellor’s Scholarship.

USC’s Associate Professor of Neuropsychology and Mental Health Mathew Summers.
Minds and technology meet in $496,000 study
15 Mar 2016

Two University of the Sunshine Coast academics renowned for their work in neuropsychology and interactive health technology have won a prestigious Australian Government grant worth $496,000 to find new ways to help older people stay in their homes rather than care facilities.

USC Research Fellow Dr Romane Cristescu with detection dog Maya.
Business gives big bikkies to Detection Dogs
15 Mar 2016

The clever canines who staff USC’s Detection Dogs for Conservation program will soon be enjoying their work even more, thanks to a donation of delicious dog treats from Sunshine Coast-based business Huds and Toke.

2007 University of the Sunshine Coast Science graduate Dr Laura Bray.
USC science graduate to research prostate cancer
14 Mar 2016

A 2007 University of the Sunshine Coast Science graduate who has just completed three years of tissue engineering research work in Germany has won a Cure Cancer Australia grant to develop a 3D model for laboratory analyses of prostate cancer.

PhD student Cate MacMillan is investigating independent housing.
Researcher explores housing for adults with a disability
14 Mar 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast academic is conducting research to help tackle the region’s pressing need for independent housing for adults with an intellectual disability.

PhD researcher Gavin Buzza and study participant Jodie Burton during a test.
Exercisers sweat it out for USC study
10 Mar 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher is investigating whether recent converts to physical activity can hold their own against veteran exercisers.

New head of the USC Law School Professor Pamela O'Connor.
USC has new Head of Law School
10 Mar 2016

A property law expert who arrived at the University of the Sunshine Coast 18 months ago from Melbourne’s Monash University is the new Head of the USC Law School.

USC players at the Northern Uni Games.
Focus on sports photography at free lecture
10 Mar 2016

The skills involved in capturing sporting glory with a camera will be the focus of a free public lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Friday 18 March.

Extreme adventurer and USC graduate John Cantor.
Sunshine Coast schools to hear from adventurer
9 Mar 2016

School leaders from across the Sunshine Coast will be empowered tomorrow (Thursday 10 March) to inspire and help others through an exciting leadership initiative offered by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC graduate Scott Barker attending a Brisbane Broncos training session.
Graduate helps Broncos aim for 2016 win
9 Mar 2016

One of the first Sport and Exercise Science students at the University of the Sunshine Coast in 1999 is in the thick of the National Rugby League action this season as he feeds state-of-the-art analysis to legendary Broncos coach Wayne Bennett.

Harvard University Professor Aaron Ellison, a Senior Research Fellow in Ecology.
Harvard Professor to speak about forest ecology
9 Mar 2016

An ecology expert from Harvard University will give a special public lecture about the future of forests on Monday 14 March at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Masters student Valmae Rose on campus.
Research to help the transition to NDIS
8 Mar 2016

Transitioning to the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) by 2019 will require a huge shift in mindset for people with a disability and the wider community, says a University of the Sunshine Coast researcher.

Study seeks Gympie men for answers
8 Mar 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast is seeking Gympie men aged from 20 to 34 years to help solve a higher education mystery.

USC’s Senior Lecturer in History and Futures Dr Marcus Bussey.
USC expert to speak at World Science Festival
7 Mar 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast academic will share his views on the future of urban transport at the World Science Festival starting in Brisbane on Wednesday 9 March.

Extreme adventurer John Cantor
Extreme adventurer to inspire school leaders
7 Mar 2016

School leaders from across the Fraser Coast will be empowered to inspire and help others through an exciting leadership initiative offered by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Fraser Coast student Hayden Herson
New campus gives Hayden more time for study
4 Mar 2016

Less travel time and more study time is on the books for University of the Sunshine Coast student Hayden Herson of Hervey Bay who will now attend USC’s new Fraser Coast campus instead of commuting to the Sunshine Coast.

Lecturer in Paramedic Science Belinda Flanagan at USC’s Paramedic Science simulation facility.
Study examines paramedic care of childbirth
3 Mar 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast academic who has been a midwife for five years and paramedic/nurse for 22 years is researching the experiences of Queensland women who required an ambulance at the time of giving birth to their babies.

Dr Lee Kannis-Dymand with his book on campus at Sippy Downs.
USC psychologist releases first book, no worries
3 Mar 2016

A new self-help book co-authored by a University of the Sunshine Coast academic and clinical psychologist of 13 years is designed to help take the worry out of life.

Harlequins batsman Owen Dugdale of Southside, Gympie.
Cricketer opens innings as USC science student
3 Mar 2016

Top order Harlequins batsman Owen Dugdale of Southside, Gympie, clearly feels just as comfortable in a study hall as he does out on the sports field.

USC Professor of Human Factors Paul Salmon and Dr Guy Walker brandishing lightsabers as they consider risk assessment research.
USC research taking on the Death Star
2 Mar 2016

Innovative risk assessment tools developed at the University of the Sunshine Coast have been applied in a galaxy far, far away.

New USC student Paige Hadfield
Paige to experience uni life at home and away
2 Mar 2016

While most university students have to weigh up whether to study close to home or move away, Maryborough’s Paige Hadfield has found she can do both after enrolling at the University of the Sunshine Coast

USC Fraser Coast students Alex Strano, Hayley Coyne and Courtney Wallace
Students keen for careers in health care
1 Mar 2016

Nursing Science is the most popular undergraduate degree on the Fraser Coast as Semester 1 gets underway this week for more than 350 students at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus.