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March 2020

Petrie Mill timber resurrected for USC board table
31 Mar

The brand-new USC Moreton Bay campus has a very old feature at its heart – with the campus boardroom centrepiece built from wood recycled from the site.

Student telehealth service to help parents, kids cope
30 Mar

As Queensland school children and their parents embark on their first week of official home schooling in response to the COVID-19 virus, USC’s clinical psychology student cohort are offering a new, free program to help families cope with the change in routine.

USC courses available via technology from 30 March
27 Mar

USC will deliver its courses via technology from Monday 30 March after ensuring that all learning and teaching materials are accessible to students online.

Free counselling service to support community
26 Mar

Counselling students from USC are using their final-year work placements to help the community through uncertain times, providing phone and online support at the USC Counselling and Wellbeing Clinic.

USC Fraser Coast student Olivia Hay
USC student’s research offers solution to festival drug use
23 Mar

Research by USC Fraser Coast Business student Olivia Hay on illicit drug use at music festivals has been showcased by one of Australia’s peak social marketing bodies.

Face-to-face teaching paused, but campuses open
20 Mar

USC will suspend classes at all of its Queensland campuses for one week to transition to technology-enabled learning and teaching; Course content is available via Blackboard.

Opioids, suicide, chronic pain in new research focus
19 Mar

A Sydney public health academic has joined USC to continue and expand her research into the physical and mental health problems of people prescribed opioids for chronic non-cancer pain.

Artists impression of Thompson Institute expansion project
Thompson Institute to double in size, launch PTSD research lab
18 Mar

USC’s Sunshine Coast Mind and Neuroscience – Thompson Institute is set to double its presence in the mental health sector with a multi-million dollar expansion project.

University cancels April graduation ceremonies
17 Mar

USC has decided to cancel its next round of graduation ceremonies following the introduction this week of new national rules regarding large gatherings.

PhD graduate Meegan Walker with a shot of beetroot juice
National award for exercise research into artery health
17 Mar

A USC researcher has won a national industry medal for her PhD thesis that examined why blood vessels function poorly as people age and how beetroot juice could boost blood flow and reduce arterial stiffness.

USC to restrict access to sporting facilities
17 Mar

USC will restrict access to its sport and fitness facilities from midnight Sunday 22 March.

Dr Jane Stephens walking with rescued elephant in Thailand
First book by Journalism lecturer reveals rescuer’s wild life
16 Mar

A USC Journalism academic has combined her twin passions for writing stories and saving wildlife in the release of her first book, A Wild Life: The Edwin Wiek Story.

John Dillon Fellows arrive on Sunshine Coast
13 Mar

USC’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation) Professor Roland De Marco has welcomed 14 agricultural scientists from across the Asia-Pacific region to the Sunshine Coast, where they will begin their John Dillon Fellowship.

Planning graduate helps shape Moreton Bay region
13 Mar

A prized job as an environmental planner is enabling a 2019 USC Urban Design and Town Planning Honours graduate to support the future sustainability of the Moreton Bay region.

Head start on uni while at high school
12 Mar

Year 12 school students Amy and Geena know first-hand what to expect from university studies on the Sunshine Coast – they’ve already completed a few USC subjects.

USC Journalism student Liam Bland from interning at the ABC studios in Maroochydore
Info evening about Headstart program
12 Mar

Senior high school students in the Fraser Coast region wanting an early start to their local university journey can get face-to-face advice from USC Fraser Coast staff and students on Thursday 19 March.

Koalas returning to burnt habitat face danger
12 Mar

A team of USC researchers have been confronted by heart-breaking scenes of dead and dying koalas in areas ravaged by the recent Australian bushfires.

Winner Brooke Wood celebrates as she crosses the finish line in the inaugural USC Fraser Coast Great Court Race
Brooke on a high after Great Court Race win
12 Mar

Second-year Social Work student Brooke Wood from Maryborough is the inaugural USC Fraser Coast Great Court Race women’s champion.

Fraser Coast students to compete in first Great Court Race
11 Mar

Students and staff at USC Fraser Coast are gearing up for the inaugural Great Court Race this Thursday.

Scholarship offers new chapter for aspiring author
10 Mar

After topping the class in English every year from Grade 8 to Grade 12, Cairns State High School graduate Jayda Franks has only ever had her heart set on one career path – to become a published writer.

Minister opens USC Moreton Bay's foundation building
9 Mar

The impressive foundation building of USC’s Moreton Bay campus at Petrie is now officially open.

USC students travel to high places for academic learning
6 Mar

An academic adventure has taken a group of USC Fraser Coast Education students from thinking outside the box in a Peruvian classroom to trekking high in the Andes mountains.

Top tips on how to study at uni while at high school
6 Mar

Senior high school students in the Moreton Bay Region wanting an early start to their local university journey can get face-to-face advice from USC Moreton Bay staff and students on Tuesday 17 March.

Tropical forests now struggling as ‘carbon sinks’
5 Mar

A conservation scientist from USC Australia has co-authored startling new research that shows the ability of the world’s tropical forests to remove carbon from the atmosphere is decreasing.

Global ambitions for new forest research group
4 Mar

The largest forestry research group in Australia officially opens at USC this week, banding together 80 experts eager to protect and restore the world’s precious forest resources.

USC researcher in global seawater quality project
3 Mar

USC Australia has joined an American-led project to develop a new way of testing oceans for levels of iron, a naturally occurring metal nutrient vital to the healthy functioning of marine ecosystems.