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September 2020

Research finds new way to help frail older people
30 Sep 2020

A $6.9 million global research project involving USC as the only Australian partner has developed a new monitoring and intervention system to slow or even reverse the progression of frailty among older adults.

USC Caboolture Head Dr Wayne Graham
USC helps small business owners plan for success
29 Sep 2020

A free USC workshop series will give small business owners and managers in the Moreton Bay region the chance to learn how to future-proof their success while earning credit towards a Business degree.

Business course to deliver high-performance results
28 Sep 2020

Fraser Coast business professionals keen to quickly upskill can take part in a fast-paced USC course to develop high-performance leadership skills and knowledge.

Report highlights USC’s financial benefit to regions
24 Sep 2020

The significant financial impact that USC is having on its communities has been highlighted in a new report released today by the Regional Universities Network (RUN).

Blue carbon focus for ocean-loving world champion
24 Sep 2020

The coronavirus pandemic may have upset world champion stand-up paddleboarder Brianna Orams’ plans to compete in the sport’s 2020 Euro Tour – but the USC Environmental Science student refuses to see it as a setback.

Funnel web spider: credit David Wilson at James Cook University
New research on funnel-web spider toxin
22 Sep 2020

While funnel-web spider bites in Australia can be deadly, a scientist from USC Australia has helped discover that human deaths are simply an unfortunate side-effect of the spider’s strong self-defence system.

Jess designs a career that’s dedicated to dogs
21 Sep 2020

Architectural designer Jess Johnson had a different career switch in mind when she decided to study Animal Ecology at USC Fraser Coast– until she met a koala-detection dog named Bear and his other canine companions

Time is right to explore uni options with free course
17 Sep 2020

With many people reassessing their career goals due to COVID-19, USC is offering a free course for those wanting to sample higher education and explore their study opportunities.

USC students gain early start to media careers
17 Sep 2020

Two USC Journalism students who recently secured full-time reporting jobs in a challenging media landscape say the secret to their success was embracing every opportunity to gain real-life skills through their degree.

PhD student Sam Van Holsbeeck
PhD student helps develop ‘bushfire scar’ model
16 Sep 2020

A USC researcher has helped develop a computer model that aims to predict how long a bushfire will burn and how much of the landscape it will consume.

Graduate Jennie Chandler presents research in Berlin
Zebrafish research could unlock key to genetic defect in people
15 Sep 2020

Genetic research by a USC PhD graduate in England has used laboratory modelling in zebrafish to identify a key feature of a rare kidney disease in humans.

New book promotes high-impact study techniques
14 Sep 2020

Study stress can be a good thing, and technology is creating a generation of students ‘wired for distraction’, according to a new book co-written by a USC expert in children’s brain development and one of his USC graduates.

Koala search team ready for bushfire season
13 Sep 2020

With Australia’s bushfire season fast approaching, a team that specialises in finding koalas in fire-ravaged locations is gearing up for another huge effort.

R U OK? Day: Expert says coping strategies are key
9 Sep 2020

The pressures and challenges of COVID-19 have made healthy coping strategies more important than ever, says USC Clinical Psychology Professor Helen Stallman.

Top young maths minds put kindness to the test
9 Sep 2020

Can kindness spread like a virus? Some of Queensland’s best young mathematicians recently took up the challenge of finding out by competing in USC’s Maths Modelling Challenge.

Philanthropist Laurie Cowled, left, with 2018 graduate Sally Watson. Photo Reed Graduation Services
Laurie, 91, to continue inspiring women in science
8 Sep 2020

A retired Noosaville banker-turned-philanthropist is donating a six-figure endowment to extend her annual USC scholarship that encourages regional and rural women to study science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) degrees.

Seagrass loss fuels carbon emissions: study
7 Sep 2020

Action is needed to protect and restore disappearing local seagrass meadows, according to a USC scientist involved in an international study that has highlighted the important role seagrass plays in absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

‘Virtual’ win motivates USC runner ahead of state championships
3 Sep 2020

When 18-year-old USC student athlete Ben Tacey lines up at Ipswich this Saturday for the 8km race in the Queensland Athletics Cross Country Championships, he’ll be able to see and hear the competitors he hopes to beat.

USC study finds skinks are protective parents
2 Sep 2020

USC researchers have shed new light on the way reptiles care for their young after capturing rare footage of skinks fighting off Eastern Brown snakes and chasing magpies.

USC starts rolling out early offers for Year 12 students
2 Sep 2020

Year 12 students can put some of the stress of the new ATAR system and COVID-19 learning disruptions behind them with USC fast-tracking its early offer guarantees for 2021.

Law graduate Michael Jefferies
USC law graduate named national Rising Star
1 Sep 2020

When COVID-19 restrictions closed the overseas study door on 25-year-old Sydney lawyer Michael Jefferies earlier this year, another two doors opened for the 2019 USC graduate.