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April 2020

Free suicide awareness training available
30 Apr

USC’s Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Sunshine Coast will offer free online training to help community members stay alert to the signs of known precursors to suicide, as many people struggle with additional life pressures due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

The vines are drying: USC scientist delivers warning
30 Apr

Following Australia’s recent bushfire crisis, a USC scientist working to preserve forests has warned that vines that once protected vegetation from fire may now be drying into fuel.

A former senior dux of Maryborough’s Riverside College is fast-tracking her way to a career in the rapidly evolving field of molecular microbiology at USC..
Mikaela speeds through USC science degree
29 Apr

A former senior dux of Maryborough’s Riverside Christian College is fast-tracking her way to a career in the rapidly evolving field of molecular microbiology.

Sounds of nature to soothe lockdown disconnect
29 Apr

A USC researcher who uses the sounds of nature to monitor the environment and boost people’s wellbeing is collaborating on an ambitious 24-hour global radio and web broadcast to follow sunrise around the Earth this weekend.

Ben Watson's photograph of Heather Strong cutting Bob Strong's hair at home.
Photography students capture unfolding crisis
28 Apr

USC photography students have found themselves documenting the evolution of a global health crisis first-hand, digging deep to create content while in confinement.

Bush to beach for Fairfax scholar
24 Apr

From the dry heat of Chinchilla to the humid conditions of the Sunshine Coast, Tim Fairfax Regional Scholarship recipient Nikita Densley says she’s loving her recent sea change to study a double degree at USC.

Radish fertiliser project earns top student award
23 Apr

A second-year USC Environmental Science student has won a statewide award for a project that found introducing a type of algae to fertilised soil could boost the growth of radishes.

MBA provides career boost for Pretorius
21 Apr

Gaining a Master of Business Administration (MBA) at USC while seeking admission to practise law in Queensland could prove a game-changer for Werner Pretorius of Buderim.

USC leads research on pandemic panic buying
21 Apr

USC psychology lecturers have launched a national research project investigating the behaviours that have led people to panic buy during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kindness crusade in the face of trying times
20 Apr

Nate L’Estrange says his involvement in student groups and the critical thinking skills he gained in lectures at USC have equipped him for his career path as an entrepreneur – and to help others in the middle of a pandemic.

USC students to connect with older people during isolation
16 Apr

Isolated older people facing visitor restrictions during the global pandemic are being invited to book a weekly chat with friendly USC Counselling students.

USC experts available to comment on COVID-19 and related topics
10 Apr

USC has a number of experts available to speak on COVID-19 and related topics.

Student dietitians offer free consults via Zoom
9 Apr

Telehealth technology is allowing final-year Nutrition and Dietetics students at USC to offer free consultations to clients in the comfort of their own homes.

USC appoints new Dean to lead graduate research
7 Apr

A world-leader in human movement and motor neuroscience research has been appointed as the Dean of Graduate Research at USC Australia.

Tradesman picks up new tools for university study
6 Apr

A Narangba apprentice carpenter who had applied to study at USC received the acceptance text while he was on the job – at the University’s new Moreton Bay campus.

Four top students share $96,000 in scholarships
3 Apr

A teenager from Brisbane’s southside who has just joined her older brother in USC’s Medical Science degree is one of four new students to receive this year’s Thompson Excellence Scholarships.

USC Marine biologist Dr Bonnie Holmes
Shark researcher brings expertise to USC
1 Apr

A USC marine biologist researching shark ecology along Australia’s east coast plans to expand her focus to address a gap in knowledge of shark movements and behaviours in the Wide Bay region.