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May 2021

USC medallist on quest to improve health mindsets
31 May

A lightbulb moment during a first-year lecture at USC convinced Christie Warner of Gympie to switch degrees and embark on a new career path in health promotion.

Ocean warning: declining seabird breeding success raises climate concerns
28 May

The world’s largest database on seabird breeding success indicates long-term, hemisphere-scale changes in ocean health that require immediate action, according to a USC researcher.

Sharlea follows ‘call of destiny’ into health care
26 May

Inspiring USC graduate Sharlea Nicholson believes it is her life’s purpose to help improve the health status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people

USC students rescue sea turtle in trouble
26 May

A field trip by two USC PhD students turned into a rescue mission for a sick green sea turtle today in waters off Hervey Bay.

Professor of Education Research Catherine Manathunga  (left) and graduate Dr Hope O'Chin
First Nations artist/elder earns doctorate from USC
26 May

An Aboriginal elder who grew up in Cherbourg has combined 40 years of dedication to art and education into a PhD – the first in her family.

Clinical trial of needle-free vaccine delivery technology
26 May

USC Clinical Trials is about to begin a study in collaboration with Australian biotechnology company Vaxxas, developers of a potential new needle-free vaccine delivery technology – the high-density microarray patch (HD-MAP).

Giving Day set to make positive impact
25 May

Whether they’re using koala-detecting dogs in conservation projects or disease-detecting MRI machines in mental health work, USC researchers will be able to boost their efforts as donations roll in for the University’s fifth annual Giving Day tomorrow, Wednesday 26 May.

Insect invasion expert wins Fulbright Scholarship to boost biosecurity
25 May

An insect invasion expert from USC Australia will soon travel to the United States on a prestigious Fulbright Future Scholarship to help boost biosecurity between the two countries.

Aspiring doctor seals pathway with perfect GPA
24 May

An occupational therapist who took a career break to have a family has used steely precision to achieve a perfect grade point average of 7 on her return to study, to become a doctor.

Rock-climbing graduate reaches out to help
20 May

USC Occupational Therapy graduate Elli Pukallus of Dalby has refused to let a painful, lifelong lower limb condition keep her from participating in the sport of rock climbing or from gaining her degree.

Giving Day to support mental health and conservation
20 May

An annual fundraising campaign across USC’s regions will help support more university students and assist researchers in making a positive impact on the world in areas from mental health to conservation.

Exhibition highlights significance of ‘country’
19 May

A stunning exhibition of art by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people from many Indigenous nations celebrating the concept of ‘country’ is now on show at the USC Art Gallery.

Bank manager gains Uni medal on path to medicine
18 May

An online story about a house painter who became a doctor provided former agribusiness manager Kasey Webb of Kin Kin with the inspiration she needed to enrol at USC as a pathway to studying medicine.

Graduate plans to use animal-assisted therapy to improve lives
13 May

Research to provide fresh insights into the benefits of animal-assisted therapy within the disability sector is the next career focus for new Fraser Coast graduate Caitlin Winen.

Passion for words leads Lexi to new career
12 May

A Gympie woman who set out after high school with a plan to ‘taste test’ as many different careers and experiences as possible is now working in a marketing role with a major automotive parts supplier after graduating from USC.

USC Spartans rugby league players
USC’s rugby league team to hold first home game
11 May

USC looks like it will be a force to be reckoned with after recently winning its first fixture in the Universities Rugby League Queensland (URLQ) competition.

Spotted gum plantation - image by David Lee
Scientists assemble genome of the bloodwoods
10 May

A new eucalypt genome has been assembled and publicly released following a decade-long international collaboration involving 22 scientists, including USC's Associate Professor David Lee.

Clinical trial of new treatment for acute myeloid leukaemia
7 May

USC Clinical Trials will soon start a clinical trial to determine the safety and effectiveness of investigational medications to treat acute myeloid leukaemia in patients who have relapsed or are not responsive to standard treatment options.

Academic to discuss book on women’s football at Brisbane Writers Festival
7 May

USC Senior Lecturer in Creative Writing Dr Lee McGowan will be a guest speaker at the Brisbane Writers Festival at the State Library of Queensland.

Two jobs plus study pays off for new engineer
5 May

As a 14-year-old adjusting to Australia after moving from the small Pacific island of Niue, Douglas Tukutama had never pictured his future as an engineer.

Game Design graduates use wisdom to create Folly
4 May

Nine tech-minded USC graduates are taking their Game Design degrees to the next level with research projects that aim to capture the imaginations of interactive theatre audiences.