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May 2016

Design student Leah Duncan at USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs.
Student gets cameras rolling on sun bear project
31 May 2016

Endangered bear cubs have taken the starring roles in a film project by a University of the Sunshine Coast student.

Drama graduate wins job at Kirribilli theatre
30 May 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast Arts student who “fell in love with stage management” during her Drama major has won a coveted role with the prestigious Ensemble Theatre in Kirribilli, Sydney.

Early taste of university life for young students
30 May 2016

Almost 250 Year 9 and 10 students will get to experience life as a university student for a day at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Fraser Coast campus next week.

Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP delivering the annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture at USC.
Julie Bishop delivers Memorial Lecture at USC
26 May 2016

Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop addressed an audience of more than 270 people at the University of the Sunshine Coast last night (Thursday 25 May) as she delivered the annual Geoff Shadforth Memorial Lecture.

USC seeks healthy older adults for brain training
26 May 2016

A search is underway for healthy adults aged over 60 to join a University of the Sunshine Coast research project to find a drug-free treatment for dementia – but there is a catch.

Screenwriter Shayne Armstrong
Hollywood screenwriter to provide USC lecture
26 May 2016

Aspiring screenwriters will have the opportunity to gain first-hand insights into the film industry from an international writer and producer at an open lecture at the University of the Sunshine Coast next week.

USC PhD student and renowned surfboard shaper Tom Wegener.
Festival to feature exciting USC research presentations
26 May 2016

Disappearing islands, cutting-edge koala vaccines and sustainable surfboards will be among the topics discussed by eight University of the Sunshine Coast researchers at the Sunshine Coast World Environment Day Festival on Sunday 5 June.

Professor Gary Crew, a prolific author who leads USC’s creative writing program.
USC academics join creative presenters at Voices
26 May 2016

Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016-7 Leigh Hobbs, best known for book characters such as Horrible Harriet and Fiona the Pig, will launch this year’s Voices on the Coast youth literature festival at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker of USC’s Adolescent Risk Research Unit.
USC academic at Fatality Free Friday event
25 May 2016

The leader of the Adolescent Risk Research Unit at the University of the Sunshine Coast will provide the latest road safety tips for the public at the Fatality Free Friday event this Friday 27 May.

USC Chancellor John Dobson presenting Social Science graduate Gillian Hall with her degree. Silver Rose Photography.
Degree helps banker become community worker
25 May 2016

A desire to effect social change in her hinterland community and to improve the health of people across the Sunshine Coast motivated former banking boss Gillian Hall’s recent graduation from the University of the Sunshine Coast.

USC Professor of Horticulture Steven Underhill.
$2.3 million grant for USC Pacific fruit project
24 May 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher hopes to improve the health of Pacific Islanders with the launch of a major research project into tropical fruit production.

Indigenous Engagement Assistant at USC Fraser Coast Dimity Shillingsworth
Young actress finds passion for youth work
24 May 2016

Indigenous performer Dimity Shillingsworth does not like to be called a role model, but that is the part the University of the Sunshine Coast student plays for scores of Indigenous university and high school students on the Fraser Coast.

USC PhD candidate Ben Harris.
USC study investigates ‘coercive diplomacy’ against terror groups
23 May 2016

Military action shouldn’t be considered the only solution to halting terrorist groups like ISIS, a University of the Sunshine Coast researcher says.

Priscilla McCullough, who used her Master of Financial Planning from the University of the Sunshine Coast in 2008 to expand her career.
Bank manager celebrates ‘priceless’ USC milestone
20 May 2016

A Sydney manager who leads a team of financial planners at the Commonwealth Bank has relished the opportunity to finally embrace her alma mater when she attended a 20-year anniversary celebration of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Lecturer in Education David Martin and Bachelor of Education student Chantell Arnold
Teachers to share success stories at USC meet
19 May 2016

Teachers from the Fraser Coast, Bundaberg and Sunshine Coast regions will take part in a fast and furious exchange of ideas and teaching practices at a forum hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Free USC workshops for lovers of language
19 May 2016

The evolution of Australia’s distinct dialect and the language differences between boys and girls are two of the topics to be discussed at a series of public seminars at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Sports journalist Dr Peter English will be the presenter of a USC Friday Night Sports Talk.
USC students help to cover federal election
18 May 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Journalism students have become part of Australia’s largest newsroom, reporting on the 2016 federal election campaign through the UniPollWatch website.

USC Lecturer in Psychology Dr Rachael Sharman
USC academics to present at personal safety forums
17 May 2016

Insights into the ways paedophiles groom children and the role of alcohol and drugs in youth sexual aggression will be among the topics covered by University of the Sunshine Coast academics at community forums on the Sunshine Coast this month.

Dr Joanne Macdonald working in local laboratories on the research mission.
Scientist’s Rio mission leads to Zika collaboration
16 May 2016

Plans are in place for a University of the Sunshine Coast scientist to lead an international collaboration of researchers to develop a rapid Zika virus diagnostic test.

USC holds events to celebrate day of diversity
16 May 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast will embrace diversity as it holds several events to mark the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) tomorrow, Tuesday 17 May.

The new University of the Sunshine Coast campus at 399 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne.
Minister to officially open USC Melbourne
13 May 2016

More than 70 students from six countries have started classes at the new University of the Sunshine Coast Melbourne campus, which will be officially opened on Monday 16 May.

USC graduate Scott Roy with a prototype of his floating wall on campus at USC.
‘Floating wall’ designer claims national prize
12 May 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Engineering graduate Scott Roy has won the Australian Water Association’s Undergraduate Water Prize for his ground-breaking flood mitigation project.

USC Lecturer in Animal Ecophysiology Dr Christofer Clemente
Muscle morphing helps answer ancient mystery
12 May 2016

Would a person have been able to outrun a prehistoric 600kg, meat-eating goanna? That is the mystery that a University of the Sunshine Coast academic has helped solve by building a dragon from scratch as part of an international research collaboration.

A USC student using the University’s gym.
Scientist to share tips on youth strength training
12 May 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast sport scientist will share his expert advice on weight training for young athletes at a free public lecture on Friday 20 May at 5.30pm.

USC Associate Professor of Education Michael Nagel
USC seminar: A user’s guide to the brain
12 May 2016

Fraser Coast teachers will be urged to consider the brain of a teenager as a “work in progress” at a special professional development seminar run by the University of the Sunshine Coast next week.

Student athletes Steven Elliott (left) and James Hill (right) with Senior Lecturer in Public Health Dr Florin Oprescu and SEED Stream manager Bridie Kean.
Australia’s first para-athlete study stream
12 May 2016

Paralympians of the future will have the chance to excel in both the sporting arena and the classroom when the University of the Sunshine Coast launches a program called the Sports Elite and Education Dual (SEED) stream in Semester 2.

Detail from Ellen Appleby's 'Box of Random Memories'.
USC Gallery celebrates art of printmaking
12 May 2016

An upcoming exhibition at the University of the Sunshine Coast Gallery will attract leading artists and industry representatives from across Australia to debate the art of printmaking.

USC Midwifery student Tamara Spackman of Palmwoods (in blue shirt) with two of the mothers that she assisted Annelise Goodger (with son Ashton) and Lisa Dyer (with son Nix).
One thousand mothers join USC midwife program
12 May 2016

An innovative program that pairs expectant women with student midwives from the University of the Sunshine Coast recently signed up its 1000th mother-to-be as a participant.

USC Property graduate Hannah Williams of Maleny.
Property graduate gains job in prime location
11 May 2016

A University of the Sunshine Coast graduate with a passion for property has landed a position with one of Australia’s largest developers.

Johann and Heinrich Engelbrecht on their USC graduation day. Credit Silver Rose Photography.
Brothers celebrate business, science degrees
11 May 2016

Graduating from the University of the Sunshine Coast was a special moment for the Engelbrecht brothers.

High-flying students receive Rotary scholarships
10 May 2016

A researcher investigating how habitat fragmentation affects native bees will be one of three outstanding students to be awarded Rotary Postgraduate Scholarships at an annual presentation dinner at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow (Wednesday 11 May).

Students at the USC Sippy Downs campus.
USC ranked No.1 for quality of student experience
10 May 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast was today ranked as the best public university in Australia for the overall quality of its educational experience for undergraduate students.

USC microbiologists Associate Professor Adam Polkinghorne and Professor Peter Timms
USC koala health research gains national grant
9 May 2016

The University of the Sunshine Coast has won a national grant for a major research project aimed at developing a chlamydial vaccine for koalas.

USC Gympie Bachelor of Busines and Commerce student Bronte Newcombe
Gympie student shines at business awards event
6 May 2016

The combination of a passion for finance and a love of learning has led to outstanding success for Gympie’s Bronte Newcombe as a Business and Commerce student at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Bachelor of Nurisng Science graduate Tash Spiers
Nursing graduate enjoys medical centre work
5 May 2016

University of the Sunshine Coast Nursing Science graduate Tash Spiers strongly believes that general practice medicine plays a crucial role in preventing chronic illnesses and promoting mental and physical wellbeing.

USC Associate Professor Chris Askew
Hearty research discussion planned for U3A
5 May 2016

The power of exercise to reduce ‘blockages, blowouts and rusty pipes’ in the body will soon be discussed at a University of the Sunshine Coast public lecture series for the Noosa branch of the University of the Third Age (U3A).

Second-year Psychology student Tayla Dokonal promoting Active Minds on campus at USC
Students urged to open up about mental health
5 May 2016

A group of University of the Sunshine Coast students is working to empower fellow students to speak openly about their mental health.

Human rights advocate to give free USC lecture
4 May 2016

The future of hundreds of asylum seekers on Manus Island will be one of the topics discussed at a free public lecture by a leading human rights academic at the University of the Sunshine Coast tomorrow morning (10-11am Thursday 5 May).

TPP student Darren Smith from Burrum Heads
USC program sets Darren on path to engineering
3 May 2016

Burrum Heads' Darren Smith is swapping building homes and drilling for gold for university study as he pursues his goal of becoming an engineer.

Award-winning author Dr Sarah Kanake who is a program coordinator for the new Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing).
Award-winning creative writer joins USC
3 May 2016

An award-winning author who has recently celebrated the launch of her first novel is helping to shape the next generation of creative writers at the University of the Sunshine Coast.