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July 2017

USC Spartans put pedal to the medal at World Champs
31 Jul 2017

Three USC Spartans swimmers who made a splash at the FINA World Championships in Hungary this week will come home with a clutch of medals and personal best times.

Ava Kerr, who manages the technical services at USC’s Health and Sports Sciences facilities, testing big wave surfer Mark Visser.
USC researcher is Exercise Scientist of the Year
27 Jul 2017

A USC researcher who helps push elite athletes to their limit has been named Exercise & Sports Science Australia’s (ESSA) Accredited Exercise Scientist of the Year.

Maryborough State High School Year 12 students Brittney Burgess and Ebony Hewitt
USC opens new pathways for high school students
26 Jul 2017

USC and Maryborough State High School have signed an agreement that will open new entry pathways into the University for Year 12 students.

PhD student Meaghan Smith, 26, will travel to the remote North Queensland community of Kowanyama to run National Science Week workshops.
USC’s ‘flying scientist’ to take science to the Cape
26 Jul 2017

A USC scientist will take her crown-of-thorns starfish research from the Sunshine Coast to Cape York after being chosen as a National Science Week ‘flying scientist’.

Master of Professional Practice (Performing Arts) student Hayley Condon.
USC students to perform with Japan’s best dancers
25 Jul 2017

USC Performing Arts Master student Hayley Condon is looking forward to attending an intensive training camp in Japan to learn the art of the exotic and physically demanding Butoh dance theatre.

USC Research Fellow Dr Ben Gilby
USC fish research casts doubt on estuarine reserves
25 Jul 2017

New USC-led research has gone beneath the surface of the Moreton Bay Marine Park, along the coastline from Pumicestone Passage to the Gold Coast, to find the preferred environments of estuarine fish species.

Business academic Dr Peter Baxter speaks with visitors to USC's Open Day
USC to hold annual Open Day on Sunday
20 Jul 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast will put out the welcome mat this Sunday 23 July for its annual Open Day.

Scott Hargreaves is a high-level marketing role for one of the world’s biggest surf wear companies in California.
USC graduate rides wave of success with Billabong
20 Jul 2017

A USC Business graduate has turned his passion for surfing into a high-level marketing role for one of the world’s biggest surf wear companies in California.

Participants check out USC's visualisation facilities.
Chemistry to bind Mountain Creek with USC
19 Jul 2017

An elaborate demonstration of chemistry in USC’s high-tech Cave2TM facility is expected to create some interesting reactions among the Mountain Creek State High School students attending.

USC Fraser Coast students Chloe Baker and Emily Allwood
USC Fraser Coast welcomes new students
19 Jul 2017

A fun mix of social and academic activities will help more than 150 new students get acquainted with university life at USC’s Fraser Coast campus this Friday.

Iesha McKinnon, Kelly Gonoude and Kara Rollock visiting the Market Day stalls during USC’s Orientation Week.
Orientation fun begins for new USC students
17 Jul 2017

Almost 2,100 new students, including 450 from overseas, had their first taste of academic and social life at USC today as the University kicked off its Semester 2 Orientation Week.

Professor Tim Flannery
USC brings world climate expert to Ocean Festival
17 Jul 2017

USC will host a free public lecture by internationally-acclaimed scientist, explorer and conservationist Professor Tim Flannery to officially launch next month’s Hervey Bay Ocean Festival.

Arboria luminarium
Tickets to see impressive sculpture available now
14 Jul 2017

Tickets are now available to experience the Architects of Air’s world-famous Arboria luminarium – a monumental pneumatic walk-in sculpture that USC in association with Insite Arts will present to the Sunshine Coast next month.

USC students Mikey Carter (left) and Jason Myers
Mateship and motivation help USC win Games gold
13 Jul 2017

Bringing home two gold medals from last week’s Northern University Games was an “awesome” way for boxer and USC high performance student athlete Mikey Carter to celebrate the completion of his Psychology studies.

Associate Professor of Aquaculture Nicholas Paul and USC Research Conference Chair Associate Professor Adam Polkinghorne
Rapid-fire research presentations pay dividends
13 Jul 2017

A Psychology PhD student examining how learner drivers visually scan for road hazards and an Associate Professor of Aquaculture who wants to turn algae into a superfood industry won today’s two rapid-fire USC research competitions.

Student at USC's Sippy Downs campus
Open Day ideal for those still deciding what to study
13 Jul 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast is encouraging those who are not quite sure what they’d like to study next year to make a beeline for USC’s Open Day on Sunday 23 July.

Researchers compete to win $1,000 in 1 minute
12 Jul 2017

USC academics who have spent years investigating topics as diverse as food quality, algae, human error, antibiotic resistance and road safety will condense their work into 60-second talks to entertain the audience tomorrow, Thursday 13 July, at USC’s Research Showcase.

Nuclear science opportunity for aspiring engineer
12 Jul 2017

A USC Mechanical Engineering Honours student has won a prestigious scholarship to see nuclear science in action at a leading Australian research facility.

USC Lecturer in Marketing Dr Rory Mulcahy
Play games for serious results, says USC academic
11 Jul 2017

Playing digital games together could motivate whole households to adopt better lifestyle choices, according to a USC Marketing academic who recently helped create an app to assist people to cut their electricity use.

Dr Bridie Scott-Parker, Leader of USC’s Adolescent Risk Research Unit
Researcher stars in bite-sized road safety videos
11 Jul 2017

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher has joined forces with Sunshine Coast based insurance company Youi to produce a series of short online videos aimed at promoting road safety.

Mountains to the Sea Exhibition
Exhibition celebrates spirit of the Sunshine Coast
10 Jul 2017

An exhibition that helps mark the 50th anniversary of the naming of the Sunshine Coast and celebrates the spirit of the region will be on display at the USC Art Gallery until 19 August.

Associate Professor Adam Polkinghorne with Three Minute Thesis competition runner-up Jacqueline Burgess and winner Paula Loveday
USC research event outlines hot topics in health
10 Jul 2017

Research aimed at helping acutely ill seniors, reducing infant mortality, determining links between vitamin D and melanoma, and combating cardiovascular disease will be among 20 projects presented at USC’s Research Showcase on Wednesday 12 July.

USC Serious Games students Cailean Congedo and David Page
USC stages 48-hour jam for anyone who’s game
10 Jul 2017

Game developers will be gathering in numbers on the Sunshine Coast this weekend for a 48-hour ‘game jam’ that has been organised by USC.

Explore study options at USC Open Day
6 Jul 2017

Degrees ranging from Animal Ecology to Sports Studies will be in the spotlight when USC Fraser Coast opens its doors to prospective students and their families this Saturday.

Senior Lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics Dr Hattie Wright chatting with a prospective student at USC Open Day.
Plan for a productive gap year at USC Open Day
6 Jul 2017

Year 12 students who are considering taking a break from study in 2018 can find out how to make the most of their gap year during a special session at USC’s Open Day on Sunday 23 July.

Danielle Rietberg, Roger Kitson, Mikayla Cover, Matthew Brown, Renee Currenti and Dr Tristan Pearce
Drone research meets traditional knowledge
6 Jul 2017

A USC researcher has been flying drones over a major river in Fiji as part of an innovative project that is combining conventional science with traditional ecological knowledge.

Head of USC Indigenous Services Dr Keane Wheeler
Indigenous culture the catalyst for USC programs
5 Jul 2017

USC has received a NAIDOC Award for its involvement in school-based initiatives in Fraser Coast schools to promote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture though language, song and dance.

Mother and daughter USC students Kirsty and Paige Potts
Mother and daughter team up for USC study
4 Jul 2017

Final-year USC Criminology student Paige Potts had been the only person in her family to have studied at university – that was until her mother Kirsty followed her example by enrolling at USC this year.

USC Senior Research Fellow Dr Celine Frere
USC researcher helps smash science stereotypes
4 Jul 2017

USC Senior Research Fellow Dr Celine Frere has been named one of Australia’s first “Superstars of STEM”, in a world-first campaign to appoint national role models for young women in science, technology, engineering and maths.

USC Psychology Honours student Clare Farley
USC study looks at bullying and job burnout
3 Jul 2017

USC study hopes to gain greater insight into the role that bullying plays in workplace stress and burnout.