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November 2021

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USC plans major expansion to Moreton Bay campus
29 Nov

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) plans to expand its Moreton Bay campus at Petrie next year to provide more room for teaching, research, sporting activity and socialising.

USC applauds moves to boost international education
28 Nov

USC has applauded Federal Government announcements that will assist in the immediate return of international students and strengthen Australia’s longer-term approach to international education.

Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame inductee Jodie Kenny
Hockey player inducted into Sports Hall of Fame
26 Nov

Olympic and Commonwealth Games hockey legend Jodie Kenny (nee Schulz) has been inducted into the Sunshine Coast Sports Hall of Fame.

Noosa Arts Theatre presents Mammamia. Picture supplied
Regional theatres keep curtains open despite COVID
25 Nov

From driveway performances and reduced-capacity shows to hibernation – even turning off the back office fridge to save money, theatre groups of the Noosa, Sunshine Coast and Moreton Bay regions managed to survive COVID-19 lockdowns without folding for good.

Katja Dedekind
Paralympic medallist is USC’s top athlete for 2021
24 Nov

Triple Paralympic bronze medallist Katja Dedekind of Sippy Downs has been named the University of the Sunshine Coast’s Sportsperson of the Year for 2021.

Young students to be immersed in future careers
23 Nov

Stereotypes are expected to be broken down and career ambitions raised at a special expo for almost 450 Year 5 school students from Hervey Bay and Maryborough at USC’s Fraser Coast campus.

Someone Else's Problem by Alex Seton
Major sculpture exhibition opens at USC Art Gallery
23 Nov

A major touring exhibition of contemporary sculpture showcasing the works of 12 acclaimed Australian artists is now on show at the University of the Sunshine Coast Art Gallery.

Dr Greg Poulgrain
New details about JFK assassination in academic’s book
22 Nov

Machiavellian treachery on Australia’s doorstep played a key role in the assassination of a US president, according to a new book by historian Dr Greg Poulgrain.

High-achieving grandmother leads by example
18 Nov

Former Gympie Day Care operator Kathy Pitt not only had her sights set on gaining a new career by completing a USC Education degree – she was also aiming to inspire her children and grandchildren.

Kaylee McKeown
USC to recognise its elite student athletes
18 Nov

Triple Olympic gold medallist Kaylee McKeown will be the guest speaker at the annual University of the Sunshine Coast 2021 Sports Awards ceremony.

Quest for safety earns USC professor a place among nation’s best
17 Nov

Helping to make the world a safer place through understanding why accidents and injuries happen is a key factor that drives University of the Sunshine Coast Professor Paul Salmon, who was recently named one of Australia’s top researchers.

Innovation is strong in Queensland’s regions: report
17 Nov

A benchmark report released today on five key Queensland regions has found many regional firms were quick to adapt to the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic by embracing new ways to do business and introducing new services.

Kelli finds strength, new career focus after stroke
17 Nov

USC Fraser Coast student Kelli Berghofer considers herself one of the luckiest people alive and intends to ‘give back’ to those who helped her when she needed it most by dedicating her life to a career in nursing.

Animal Ecology graduate Katharine Needham working at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast. Picture: SEA LIFE
Animal ecology medallist seals career deal
15 Nov

Completing an Animal Ecology degree with a near-perfect grade point average has helped USC graduate Katharine Needham dive into a new role as assistant marine mammal trainer at SEA LIFE Sunshine Coast Aquarium.

It’s time to go on a frog hunt
11 Nov

USC Senior Lecturer in Animal Ecology Dr Dominique Potvin is urging Queenslanders to dedicate one week to getting outdoors to identify frogs in their area as part of FrogID week from 12-21 November

Madhav Anilkumar's noisy miner
Noisy miner takes the prize in photography contest
11 Nov

From a noisy miner to a water dragon to a soaring osprey – the winning entries of an annual University of the Sunshine Coast photographic competition have highlighted its students’ fascination with wildlife on campus.

Coastal impacts shown through eyes of a turtle
11 Nov

As Queensland’s turtle nesting season gets underway, USC students and academics have devised an immersive virtual reality environment that allows people to experience coastal flooding or light pollution on nesting beaches from a marine turtle’s perspective.

‘Judges Hotseat’ to address domestic violence
11 Nov

Two esteemed former presidents of the Queensland Court of Appeal and the Children’s Court of Queensland will present a public talk at USC on the crucial topics of domestic violence, coercive control and juvenile justice.

Engineering students Jordyn Krogh and Jackson Cameron
Winning GovHack apps help drivers, locals, visitors
10 Nov

USC students who created concepts for apps to help visitors organise Brisbane holidays for the 2032 Olympics, improve learner driving, and encourage community and business networking in the Moreton Bay region have won four awards at the 2021 GovHack event.

USC Design students exhibition. Photo by Maite Sajovic
Exhibition shows sustainability of student designs
10 Nov

From brightly coloured wall art to skeleton and skull props to bold branding on water bottles and T-shirts, a new exhibition at the USC Art Gallery displays the diverse work of final-year Design students.

Trinh Huynh - USC Sunshine Coast
Forest waste could help fight climate change
10 Nov

A University of the Sunshine Coast researcher is investigating how forest waste can help fight climate change and boost the incomes of farmers and landowners.

Laura Langman and Zoe Lewis
International netball star to coach USC Spartans
9 Nov

In a major coup, the USC Spartans netball team has secured New Zealand’s most-capped representative player Laura Langman as its coach for 2022.

USC to host Queensland Ballet creative immersion for teens
9 Nov

The University of the Sunshine Coast is partnering with Queensland Ballet (QB) to bring dance workshops for teenagers to Moreton Bay in mid-December.

New placenta model offers insights into pregnancy complications
8 Nov

A USC researcher who has designed a novel 3D system that can mimic the cellular architecture of a human placenta has been awarded a Federal Ideas grant to continue her innovative research.

Bianca finds bird call too strong to ignore
3 Nov

USC graduate Bianca Keys was so inspired by the wonders of ornithology she gave up her job in finance to chase a career in animal conservation and research

Brain tissue boosted after six-week treatment for chronic suicidality
2 Nov

Neuroscience researchers from USC Australia have found a link between low-dose ketamine treatment and increased grey matter volume in areas of the brain associated with depression and suicidality.

New app to tackle youth homelessness in Gympie
2 Nov

Young people at risk or experiencing homelessness in the Gympie region will soon be able to access services and support with the help of a new mobile phone app.

USC Senior Lecturer in Management Dr Wayne Graham
Businesses get a boost from free USC program
2 Nov

A free USC course has helped 120 business owners and managers from the Sunshine Coast, Caboolture and Fraser Coast regions learn new skills to strengthen their businesses.

First Nations people, researchers gather to plan for K’gari’s future
1 Nov

A USC-led symposium is aiming to develop a research strategy to help ‘future-proof’ K’gari, the world’s largest sand island, over the next three decades.