Three USC professors inducted into academy

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Three USC professors inducted into academy


10 May 2013

Three professors who lead the University of the Sunshine Coast have been inducted as Fellows in the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, in a move that boosts USC’s eminence, influence and ability to share research and ideas.

Vice-Chancellor Professor Greg Hill, Deputy Vice-Chancellor Professor Birgit Lohmann and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research) Roland De Marco were among 19 leaders in their fields to receive Fellowship certificates from the academy’s patron, Queensland Governor Her Excellency Ms Penelope Wensley AC, in Brisbane recently.

After the ceremony the USC trio joined a reception hosted by Her Excellency and attended by Government Ministers and Opposition Shadow Ministers to honour academy members and new Fellows.

The academy is a multidisciplinary organisation launched 13 years ago to foster and promote activities, research and innovative practices that cross the arts and sciences within Queensland.

Academy Treasurer and Board Member Hamish Bain said it was pleased to have the involvement of the University of the Sunshine Coast.

“Nominees admitted to the Academy are recognised by their peers as having achieved eminence in the arts or sciences or both, and are therefore distinguished achievers in their chosen career,” he said.

The first Fellow of the academy in 2000 was Nobel Prize-winning Australian immunologist and Queenslander Professor Peter Doherty, of the University of Melbourne, and now the majority are leading academics in their field.

USC’s Professor Hill said the triple induction was prestigious for the University and reflected the institution’s growing reputation and involvement in promoting the arts and sciences in Queensland.

Benefits for USC include networking with top professionals in other disciplines, departments and institutions and gaining opportunities to present ideas and research to a wider audience.

— Julie Schomberg

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