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August 2017

USC stages scientific extravaganza on campus
15 Nov 2017

Hundreds of high school students will get a taste of life as a scientist tomorrow (16 August), as the University of the Sunshine Coast hosts a packed program of events to mark National Science Week.

Bushfire mitigation fieldwork in the 12-month trial at Collie, south of Perth, due to finish in October
USC leads bushfire risk trial in national research project
31 Aug 2017

Researchers from the University of the Sunshine Coast in Queensland are leading one of three major trials across Australia aimed at reducing the risk of bushfire damage to our built and natural environments.

Northpine Christian College student Kiah Vescovi, 16, is midway through her second Headstart subject.
Beachmere student gets Headstart to uni life
31 Aug 2017

A high school student from Beachmere has gained a running start to university life after completing two courses through USC’s award-winning Headstart program.

Tara Leong and students.
New nutrition course inspires sustainable menus
30 Aug 2017

A 2013 University of the Sunshine Coast Nutrition graduate who used her degree to establish a successful health business is delighted to be back at USC, teaching others how to turn sustainable food principles into careers.

Students at USC Library
USC among country’s best for student experience
28 Aug 2017

An annual guide for Australian universities has rated the University of the Sunshine Coast among the best in the country for the overall experience it provides to students.

USC Dr Nicholas Paul
Researcher seeks to grow new Qld seaweed industry
28 Aug 2017

A USC researcher has established a laboratory at Bribie Island to explore a potentially lucrative new aquaculture industry off the Queensland coastline – seaweed production.

USC student and Diamonds captain Caitlin Bassett at the USC training camp.
Camp at USC prepares Diamonds for Quad Series
25 Aug 2017

The Samsung Australian Diamonds netball side is set to shine after fine-tuning their preparations at a training camp hosted by the University of the Sunshine Coast this week.

Professor John Yeaman and his concept: ‘Vehicle leads wirelessly-connected convoys of up to eight autonomous trucks on new road constructed of innovative pipes.’
AM-honoured USC professor plans to transform road freight across eastern states
25 Aug 2017

Imagine a 150kmh road built on high-tech plastic pipes laid between Weipa and Melbourne to enable convoys of self-driving trucks to carry freight direct from the Cape to the city in 24 hours.

Kym Thompson and son Jai Thompson-Roach at USC’s Gympie campus
Mother and son team up to study at university
24 Aug 2017

A passion for criminal justice and a fascination for fantasy war games have inspired a Mary Valley mother and son to study together at USC.

Lecturer in Law Alex McKean in Back to the Crossroads.
USC students, staff take stage at Horizon Festival
24 Aug 2017

A USC Law lecturer and Law student playing blues music will be among dozens of USC staff, students and graduates showing their creative side in one of the Sunshine Coast’s largest ever festivals of art and culture.

Aboria Luminarium on campus
Monumental sculpture ready for crowds
23 Aug 2017

The Architects of Air’s world-famous Arboria luminarium – a monumental pneumatic walk-in sculpture – will go on display at USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs on Friday 25 August.

USC students Steven Elliott and James Hill, who will be leading some Reverse Inclusion sessions.
Public invited to spin out at USC wheelchair basketball workshop
23 Aug 2017

USC researchers are helping turn the concept of ‘inclusion’ on its head in a new program that invites able-bodied individuals to try their hands at wheelchair basketball.

Caboolture Arts/Science student Bridgette Wiechelt is in the midst of a two-month public relations internship with Experience Eumundi.
USC student gets arty as Horizon Festival intern
23 Aug 2017

USC student Bridgette Wiechelt is helping to coordinate an event mixing slam poetry, light projections, music and wearable art – and broadening her career horizons at the same time.

Jennie Chandler working in the lab at USC.
Student outlines lobster findings at Spanish showcase
22 Aug 2017

A University of the Sunshine Coast PhD student has told an international conference how her research identified a gene in the Eastern Spiny Lobster that could be the key to manipulating the sex of the commercially popular crustacean.

Michael Jefferies.
USC high-flyer is Law Student of the Year finalist
21 Aug 2017

A high-achieving USC student from Buderim has been named a finalist in the Law Student of the Year category of the annual Australian Law Awards.

Prescribed burn area 2017.
UPDATE: Planned burn of habitat on USC campus
21 Aug 2017

A prescribed burn of a section of the University of the Sunshine Coast’s compensatory habitat site is planned for Wednesday 23 August, weather permitting.

A previous Diversity Week at USC.
Fun and festivities for USC’s Diversity Week
18 Aug 2017

The USC campus at Sippy Downs will be abuzz with colourful community events as it celebrates Diversity Week 2017 from Monday 21 August.

Sixteen-year-old Kaylee McKeown and USC students Leah Neale and Taylor McKeown – pictured in Budapest with Spartans coach Chris Mooney
USC’s silver Spartans return from world titles
16 Aug 2017

Star swimmers of the USC Spartans squad are set to return to training at the USC Pool this week after an impressive campaign at the FINA World Championships in Hungary.

USC Professor Jeanine Young  with a new mother discussing infant sleeping routines
USC research into baby sleep routines to save lives
16 Aug 2017

USC research team is conducting one of the largest studies ever into sudden and unexpected infant deaths in Queensland.

Dr Nina Pollak
Future Science Fellow seeks to solve toxic spills
16 Aug 2017

A USC researcher has been awarded a CSIRO Fellowship to explore the use of synthetic biology to develop multicellular organisms capable of detecting toxic spills in aquatic environments.

The 2016 Creative Generation exhibition at the USC Art Gallery.
Creative excellence on show at USC Art Gallery
15 Aug 2017

A stunning collection of visual art by secondary school students from across the North Coast education region (south zone) will open at USC Art Gallery on Thursday 24 August at 6.30pm.

USC Pool's water treatment plant
USC a finalist in national sustainability awards
14 Aug 2017

USC has been named one of 35 finalists in the 2017 Green Gown Awards Australasia for its ongoing efforts to make the 100-hectare Sippy Downs campus as sustainable as possible.

USC lecturer Dr Gayle Mayes
Whale talks add depth to Ocean Festival events
11 Aug 2017

Whale and dolphin conservation and the value of eco-tourism will be the key themes as USC presents a series of free public talks in association with the Hervey Bay Ocean Festival.

Bribie Island State High School students Brydon Crouch and Eloise Bullard with USC’s Daniel Meloncelli at a 2016 chemistry workshop at USC.
Exciting events planned for Science Week at USC
11 Aug 2017

School students will experience what it’s like to be scientists and roboticists next week as USC stages a range of exciting events to celebrate National Science Week.

The ellume:lab Flu A+B Test that is being trialled by USC and local GPs
Clinical trial for rapid detection of the flu
10 Aug 2017

With the flu season in full swing this winter, USC’s Clinical Trials Centre is working with doctors at Buddina and Morayfield to conduct a trial of a new rapid detection device for Influenza A and B.

USC-Buderim Cricket Club president Jeff Bradfield, club member and USC student Jake Spannagle (kneeling) and USC Sport Manager Nathan Gordon.
USC on a good wicket with impressive cricket oval
9 Aug 2017

USC has put more runs on the board as a high-performance sporting hub with the completion of a cricket facility worth $267,000.

Duncan Strauss, 21, of Yandina, was one of more than a thousand USC students who applied for financial assistance in 2016.
USC community to give back on G-Day
8 Aug 2017

A USC student who has been able to continue his studies thanks to the generosity of others is encouraging people to dig deep for the University’s annual giving day on Thursday 10 August.

Sir Angus Houston addresses the audience at his investiture.
Queensland Governor installs new USC Chancellor
8 Aug 2017

The Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey AC, has installed Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) as the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Chancellor.

Australian and Indigenous flags flying at USC.
USC students to run Indigenous community forum
7 Aug 2017

USC students hope to spark a community conversation on Wednesday 9 August when they hold a special forum at USC to hear the voices of local Indigenous people.

Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) is the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Chancellor.
Governor to install new USC Chancellor
4 Aug 2017

The Governor of Queensland, Paul de Jersey AC, will install Air Chief Marshal Sir Angus Houston AK, AFC (Ret’d) as the University of the Sunshine Coast’s new Chancellor at a formal investiture ceremony at USC on Monday 7 August.

Associate Professor in Nutrition and Dietetics Fiona Pelly speaks to catering staff in Taipei ahead of the World Uni Games.
USC dietitians help fuel 10,000 athletes at World Uni Games
3 Aug 2017

A team of USC Nutrition and Dietetics researchers will help fuel the performance of the world’s best student-athletes at the World University Games starting in Taiwan on Saturday 19 August.

USC Tourism, Leisure and Event Management students Lauren Burch and Kerri Hetherington with Fraser Coast mascot, Harvey the Whale.
Whale tales set to inspire at public USC lecture
2 Aug 2017

A group of USC Fraser Coast students planning careers in tourism will gain valuable insights into the industry from two pioneers of Australian whale watching at a free public lecture.

USC Communication student and Sunshine Coast Lightning player Kelsey Browne.
USC students use social media to help businesses
2 Aug 2017

A national champion netballer, an assistant seal trainer and an airline pilot are among the USC Social Media students who have helped 47 Sunshine Coast businesses and non-profit groups improve their communication strategies this year.

USC receives Human Rights Commission report
1 Aug 2017

The University of the Sunshine Coast has today received an Australian Human Rights Commission report into the incidence of sexual assault and sexual harassment at Australian universities.