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May 2019

PhD student Amanda Clacy
Families urged to develop skills to assist with mental health concerns
31 May 2019

A USC survey has found that most Sunshine Coast residents would discuss their mental health concerns with family and friends, despite knowing that these people might not have the skills to help them, while one in five would not tell anyone if they had depression.

Expert comment: Whale season due soon
29 May 2019

Queensland’s spectacular whale season is on the horizon, and USC experts are available to comment on the annual phenomenon.

Grey matter research could be blueprint for new stress treatments
29 May 2019

A new book based on 10 years of collaborative brain research by two professors from the University of Sydney and the University of the Sunshine Coast aims to become a blueprint for improving the treatment of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Students band together for original music compilation
29 May 2019

A compilation of original songs produced by USC students for an assessment project has been digitally released and will be performed live on campus on Thursday 30 May.

Medallist’s PhD seeks diet data for healthier ageing
29 May 2019

After eight years and two medal-winning degrees at USC, a receptionist-turned-researcher has started a PhD to continue her quest to improve muscle health and physical function in older people.

Clinical trial may help older Australians breathe easy
28 May 2019

USC Clinical Trials is taking part in research of an investigational medication that could help protect older Australians from illness associated with respiratory tract infections.

Fraser  Coast Mayor George Seymour is one of USC's newest graduates after completing a Graduate Certificate in Management.
Mayor among Fraser Coast’s newest USC graduates
28 May 2019

After juggling the demands of his job as Fraser Coast Mayor with postgraduate study, Cr George Seymour has graduated from USC with a Graduate Certificate in Management.

Ghost crab burrow research by Dr Javier Leon
Drones help ghost crab researchers ditch the legwork
28 May 2019

USC researchers have found a new way to measure the health of sandy beach ecosystems – highly specialised drone imagery capable of mapping tiny ghost crab burrows.

Changing the way children think about careers
27 May 2019

Focusing on careers in primary school might seem early, however more than 500 Moreton Bay students will soon discover it is the perfect time to explore their future job options.

Spectators in the new eastern stand of USC Stadium enjoy the netball action on court.
Minister for Sport opens new-look USC Stadium
27 May 2019

Queensland’s Minister for Sport Mick de Brenni declared the impressive, new-look USC Stadium open on Saturday 25 May.

USC lecturer raises threatened species awareness
24 May 2019

Ahead of World Environment Day (June 5), Dr Ventura will deliver a special presentation on the highly threatened priority species on Sunday 2 June as part of the Moreton Bay Regional Council’s free Wild About Wildlife workshop series.

Free course helps adults take first steps to university
23 May 2019

A free USC course is offering the chance for adults to upgrade their academic skills, get a taste of university life and even start planning for a new career.

Graduate examines foetal alcohol spectrum disorder
23 May 2019

New USC Psychology graduate Jessica Doak is now using her knowledge of brain mechanics to help assess children with Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Gympie event offers fast track to business success
23 May 2019

Budding entrepreneurs in the Gympie region will get the chance to learn how to grow new businesses from the ground up over the course of one intense weekend on 7-9 June.

First roles advertised for USC Moreton Bay campus
22 May 2019

As Moreton Bay’s new university campus takes shape, USC is placing job advertisements to fill the first 13 academic positions to begin at the Petrie site, starting in 2020.

Science graduate and University Medallist Alistair Kerr
Perfect GPA points Alistair to brain research project
22 May 2019

A maths major who coded his own games on his first computer in the 1980s scored a perfect grade point average of 7 out of 7 when he recently graduated from USC with a Bachelor of Science.

Plastic recovered from the stomach of a dead petrel
Plastics study finds age, size does matter for marine life
21 May 2019

A study measuring the size of plastic rubbish ingested by seabirds in Australia and New Zealand has found 90 percent fall within the “danger zone” of getting trapped in the bird’s gut.

No objections for Beth as Judge’s Associate
21 May 2019

A front row seat to justice in action and high-level advocacy is all in a day’s work for recent USC graduate Beth McKenna in her new role as a Judge’s Associate.

Aspiring doctor hits the ground running at USC
20 May 2019

A long-distance runner from Brisbane has made the Sunshine Coast his new training base as he embarks on a Medical Science degree with the help of a $5,000 USC SportSmart Scholarship.

USC Fraser Coast Nursing Science graduate Emma McCarthy
Hospital stint sets Emma on new career path
20 May 2019

Her initial plan was to become a teacher but, after her fiancé suffered a serious eye condition, USC graduate Emma McCarthy decided to swap the classroom for the hospital ward.

Expert comment: International Clinical Trials Day
17 May 2019

Experts from the University of the Sunshine Coast Clinical Trials Centre are available to comment ahead of International Clinical Trials Day on Monday 20 May.

Engineering Honours leads to role with Brisbane firm
17 May 2019

Studying Mechanical Engineering with Honours at USC has landed former Morayfield student Jack Norman an exciting role at a Brisbane engineering consultancy.

Mangroves drone research turns tide for graduate
16 May 2019

A 30-year-old Peregian Beach resident is planning a new career in conserving coastal ecosystems after he graduated with a USC Environmental Science degree in the same week his study into the mangroves of Weyba Creek Conservation Park was published.

Brains and beers unite for national science talks
16 May 2019

Two USC academics will represent the Sunshine Coast as part of the Pint of Science community research talks that will be held at pubs and breweries throughout Australia next week.

Journalism students go live for election coverage
16 May 2019

USC journalism students have had their first taste of life as media on the political trail as part of a national reporting project in the lead up to this weekend’s federal election.

USC Fraser Coast graduate teacher Stefanie Csonka
School captain returns to classroom as teacher
16 May 2019

Seeing the positive impact teachers can make in children’s lives has inspired former Riverside Christian College co-captain Stefanie Csonka to begin a career in education.

Clinical trial of treatment for heart failure patients
16 May 2019

USC Clinical Trials is about to begin stage three of research into an experimental treatment that aims to improve the lives of those with diagnosed heart failure.

Website to combat child exploitation material
15 May 2019

USC researchers are working to build a website to help police, professionals and the public reduce child exploitation material on a global scale.

G-Day to help those in need continue studies
15 May 2019

Generous people have already started digging deep to help students facing financial pressure to stay on track with their studies, with over $80,000 already donated to USC’s G-Day fundraiser.

Peace passes winnings to Caboolture Netball
15 May 2019

Sunshine Coast Lightning goal shooter Peace Proscovia will donate to Caboolture Netball Association the $500 she received for being named the Most Valuable Player in the recent Queensland derby of the Suncorp Super Netball league.

USC Spartans swimmer Kaylee McKeown
McKeown sets records at Unisport national titles
15 May 2019

First-year Education student and USC Spartans swimmer Kaylee McKeown has set four new records at the 2019 UniSport Nationals swimming championships.

Margate graduate happy to join care sector
14 May 2019

A USC Nursing graduate from Margate is thrilled to have found a job caring for the older generation that she says has contributed so much to her community.

USC Artistic Director in vote of a different kind
14 May 2019

As the nation readies to head to the ballot box this weekend, USC’s Artistic Director of Music is seeking a vote of a different kind.

Cooinda Aged Care Centre near USC Gympie
Trial project to accommodate uni students in aged care
13 May 2019

A project proposed by USC Gympie and Cooinda Aged Care Centre aims to give university students a novel opportunity to live in renovated accommodation at the centre while completing their degrees next door.

Hervey Bay music teacher Caleb Rostedt graduates from USC with a Master of Professional Practice (Creative Writing)
Music teacher hits right notes with USC Master
10 May 2019

With his creativity flowing from postgraduate study in writing, Hervey Bay music teacher Caleb Rostedt is composing a debut book series about a teenage angel preparing for an apocalyptic future.

Chance for residents to meet USC Moreton Bay
10 May 2019

With USC’s new university campus opening in Moreton Bay next year, residents will have the chance to find out what to expect at one of four public meetings from May 23 to 30.

Indigenous soccer player ready to inspire in the classroom
9 May 2019

Competing as part of Australia’s first Indigenous women’s football (soccer) team has motivated USC’s Samara Christmas to work towards becoming a mentor for the next generation of Indigenous students.

North Lakes graduate focuses on global charity work
9 May 2019

A USC Bachelor of International Studies has prompted a North Lakes graduate to do more work for charities.

Business graduate finds niche with eco company
9 May 2019

Georgia Gywn is passionate about toxin-free and eco-conscious products, so her first job after graduation was the perfect fit.

Canada, Coast, Korea and now Canberra for tech graduate
9 May 2019

Globetrotting USC Information and Communications Technology graduate Joseph Davies has settled in the nation’s capital to begin a sought-after role with the defence sector.

USC introduces bursary for LGBTIQ leadership
9 May 2019

A $1,500 bursary is now on offer at USC to recognise the efforts of students contributing to an inclusive culture on campus and awareness of issues affecting people of diverse genders and sexualities.

Beetroot juice a bloody good boost for arteries
8 May 2019

A shot of beetroot juice can boost blood flow, reduce arterial stiffness and boost nitrate absorption nine-fold, a study from the University of the Sunshine Coast has found.

Family inspiration for Gympie nursing graduate
7 May 2019

The opening of USC’s Gympie campus was a defining moment for 30-year-old mother of two Laura Keldoulis, giving her the opportunity to pursue a career in health care.

Former USC Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Thomas outside the USC Library that is now named after him
USC library named after founding Vice-Chancellor
3 May 2019

USC has named one of its most iconic buildings in honour of founding Vice-Chancellor, Emeritus Professor Paul Thomas AM.

Woorim graduate enjoys education in action
2 May 2019

A Woorim resident passionate about the power of education to assist communities locally and globally has graduated with a USC Master of International Development.

Petrie graduate to chase dream in the UK
2 May 2019

A degree from USC has given Bray Park graduate Jennah Murray the confidence to book a one-way ticket to the United Kingdom to work at a zoo.

Nursing students to provide free health checks to Gympie Indigenous community
2 May 2019

Forty Nursing Science and Midwifery students from USC have eagerly volunteered to work at the North Coast Aboriginal Corporation for Community Health’s annual Well Persons Health Check Day on Saturday 11 May.

USC graduates to make splash at theatre festival
2 May 2019

A humorous and honest play called ‘Fish out of Water’ is one of the ways USC alumni will be reflecting their creativity and expertise at the upcoming Anywhere Festival.

Ratna Paudyal receives his PhD from USC Chancellor Sir Angus Houston at a USC graduation ceremony in Hervey Bay.
PhD a high point of inspiring global education journey
2 May 2019

Growing up in a poor Nepalese village, Dr Ratna Paudyal never expected to one day gain the highest university degree possible while living a world away in the Fraser Coast.