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August 2021

COVID-19 advice for the USC community
28 Nov

For the latest information about COVID-19 restrictions and requirements in Queensland, please visit the Queensland Health website.

Study to find what drives post-sport success
31 Aug

Olympians and Paralympians returning from Tokyo will be among more than 400 elite Australian athletes to be surveyed as part of research to find factors that both facilitate and inhibit the successful transition into post-sport careers.

USC Spartan Ellie Cole
Former Spartan wins 16th Paralympic medal
31 Aug

Former USC Spartan Ellie Cole was awarded her 16th Paralympic swimming medal in unusual circumstances in Tokyo last night (Monday 30 August).

New diplomas add to study and career options
30 Aug

USC is expanding its online and on-campus university study options for students by offering a suite of new career-focused diplomas in 2022.

Spartans swimmers team up for mixed relay silver medal
29 Aug

USC Spartans team-mates Ben Hance and Ruby Storm have helped Australia secure a silver medal in the first-ever Paralympic Games S14 mixed 4x100m freestyle relay.

Pro Racing Sunshine Coast cyclist Alistair Donohoe
USC-based cyclist snares Paralympic silver medal
28 Aug

Pro Racing Sunshine Coast cyclist Alistair Donohoe has won silver in the C5 4km individual pursuit cycling event in the Izu Velodrome at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Spirited Spartans claim bronze medals in Tokyo
27 Aug

USC Spartans swimmers Katja Dedekind and Keira Stephens showed plenty of grit and determination to win bronze medals in Tokyo on Thursday night.

Researcher outlines exercise benefits
26 Aug

Sunshine Coast health professionals have heard from a USC academic about ongoing research into how brief bursts of high-intensity physical activity can help prevent the development of colon and breast cancers.

Awards and bursaries for Fraser Coast students
26 Aug

More than $115,000 in awards, bursaries and scholarships have been formally presented to USC Fraser Coast students and graduates at a special ceremony.

Bronze medals for two Spartans swimmers on debut
26 Aug

Two USC Spartans swimmers, Ben Hance and Ruby Storm, have won bronze on debut in the opening day of competition at the Tokyo Paralympics.

Scientists get Macquarie perch ‘in the mood’ for river restock
26 Aug

Aquaculture scientists from USC Australia have used a tailored hormone stimulant therapy to enable Macquarie perch to procreate in captivity, giving the endangered fish a much better chance of survival.

Creative Industries student Adam Brannigan. Photo by Helen Klaas
Nurse’s flair for writing wins $5,000 national award
24 Aug

Impressing a marriage celebrant with his well-worded wedding vows has played a hand in Sunshine Coast palliative care nurse Adam Brannigan winning a new national writing prize.

Next-generation coronavirus vaccine trials to begin soon
23 Aug

USC Clinical Trials will soon begin a study of a possible next-generation COVID-19 vaccine that is hoped to provide better protection against the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus.

Early USC offers can help Year 12s beat stress
19 Aug

Year 12 students have an opportunity to fast-track their university enrolment process with applications now open for USC’s Early Offer Guarantee.

USC Spartans swimmer Keira Stephens
Ten USC athletes are ready to impress at Paralympics
19 Aug

Ten athletes affiliated with USC are this week heading to Tokyo for the Paralympic Games, which will begin with an opening ceremony on Tuesday 24 August.

Student helps build device to reduce dam evaporation
19 Aug

A 23-year-old engineering student from USC Australia has begun testing a new device that could change the way farmers protect their water stocks from evaporation.

USC sea foam expert sought for Turkish outbreak
18 Aug

Eighteen years of USC research on the microbiology of sea foam – often seen along Sunshine Coast beaches after cyclonic rains and storms – have put researcher Dr Ipek Kurtböke in the global spotlight.

Savvy students organise their own seaweed science lesson
18 Aug

Suncoast Christian College students have sampled the science of seaweed as a food source after asking a USC nutrition expert to visit during National Science Week (14-22 August).

USC to host Australian section of Scholars at Risk
18 Aug

USC will host the launch of the Australian section of Scholars at Risk, an international network dedicated to protecting academic freedom.

Sawfish captured at Baffle Creek, Wide Bay in 1961. Image suppled to Sharks and Rays Australia.
Study seeks photos, sightings to save iconic sawfish
17 Aug

Researchers are seeking new and old photos of sawfish – one of the world’s most distinctive and endangered rays – in a bid to better understand how to protect them.

Clinical trial of treatment for ulcerative colitis
17 Aug

USC Clinical Trials is continuing early-phase research into an investigational treatment that aims to improve the lives of those with mild to moderate ulcerative colitis by reducing inflammation and improving the gut’s healing ability

Shannon Nestor wins soil science research award
Mooloolah River probe earns award for bright spark
16 Aug

Establishing why the Mooloolah River catchment has elevated electrical conductivity in its estuarine sediments has earned a USC student high recognition from the Queensland branch of Soil Science Australia.

Research into predator, climate change threats facing humpback whales
15 Aug

USC researchers are using advanced genetic sequencing and aerial drones in a study aimed at providing new insights into Australia’s humpback whales and the sharks that prey on them.

Science Week: USC scientists talk about impact
12 Aug

Exciting and impactful science is underway at USC Australia, with researchers available to speak ahead of and during National Science Week from 14 to 22 August.

Teen sleep can predict COVID worry levels: study
10 Aug

Teenagers who took longer to fall asleep before the COVID-19 pandemic could be more likely to report higher levels of pandemic-related worry now, a study from USC Australia’s Thompson Institute has found.

USC athletes help Australia reach record medal tally
6 Aug

USC’s athletes have certainly shone at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, contributing significantly to Australia's highest-ever Olympic medal tally.

USC keen to hear about outstanding graduates
6 Aug

With its graduates now numbering almost 30,000, USC Australia is keen to hear about the positive impact these former students are having close to home and across the world.

Free mental health program for those in lockdown
6 Aug

A free online program that has already helped hundreds improve their mental wellbeing is now available to people across South East Queensland during lockdown and beyond.

Distracted female frogs pick 'unattractive' males
5 Aug

A USC study has found that female frogs tend to choose ‘unattractive’ males when there is a lot of traffic noise.

USC asks: So why are Aussies really on Tinder?
4 Aug

Psychology researchers at USC Australia are aiming to find out why so many Australians on the popular dating app Tinder are not using it to find dates.

Graduate Kareena Lee wins bronze in 10km swim
4 Aug

USC graduate Kareena Lee has won an Olympic bronze medal in the gruelling 10km marathon swim event at Tokyo’s Odaiba Marine Park.

USC research finds insights into disability workforce
3 Aug

There is strong demand for locally trained support workers, managers and allied health professionals to help boost Queensland’s disability workforce, according to studies led by USC Pro-Vice Chancellor (Students) Professor Denise Wood AM.

USC earns five stars for student support
2 Aug

USC has received top marks for supporting its students when it mattered most – during a turbulent time that featured many disruptions caused by pandemic restrictions.

USC Spartans swimmer Kaylee McKeown
Olympic medal haul for USC’s Kaylee McKeown
1 Aug

In the space of a week, USC Spartans swimmer Kaylee McKeown has gone from making her Olympic debut to becoming one of Australia’s most successful Olympians.