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March 2021

Robot lizard mimics best moves for all terrain
31 Mar

While a Mars rover can explore where no person has gone before, a smaller robot at the University of the Sunshine Coast in Australia could climb to new heights by mimicking the movements of a lizard.

Passion for Moreton Bay region leads to civil engineering study
29 Mar

Having grown up in Caboolture, Lincoln Nass holds such a deep appreciation for Moreton Bay that he plans to channel his engineering studies at USC into improving the region.

Clinical trial of new treatment for lymphoedema
24 Mar

USC Clinical Trials will soon start a clinical trial for an investigational new medication to treat lymphoedema in patients who have previously had breast cancer.

Environmental Science graduate Jess Appel at work in Townsville
Passion for environment reverberates through graduate career
23 Mar

When surf lifesaver Jessica Appel decided to pursue Environmental Science as a degree and a career, the USC graduate was listening to her heart.

Passerby inspectors Chatterbox, installation co-created by Design Lecturer David Harris
‘Chatterbox’ artist inspires USC Design students
22 Mar

A 3m-tall interactive installation co-created by new USC Lecturer in Design David Harris is setting tongues wagging – and ears listening – at Brisbane’s South Bank.

Biomedical Science student Sarah Bette-Bennett, left, and daughter Elise who has enrolled in Headstart
Never too early, never too late to study
22 Mar

A 45-year-old Biomedical Science student who “always wanted to go to university and always had an interest in medicine” has been joined on USC’s Moreton Bay campus this year by her 16-year-old daughter.

USC to finally fly flag for Queensland in the UBL
19 Mar

USC will be the only Queensland university competing in the inaugural national University Basketball League (UBL) tournament that will begin in April after a year-long postponement due to COVID-19.

Aspiring scientist sails the seas in search of birds
19 Mar

USC Animal Ecology student Bianca Keys has completed a voyage of a lifetime, helping to map the abundance and distribution of seabirds in the North Tasman and South Coral seas.

Healthy ageing research has global potential
17 Mar

USC’s increased research focus on healthy ageing could help the Sunshine Coast region become a key test environment for strategies that improve the lives of elderly people around the world.

Research shows impact of COVID-related waste
17 Mar

Images of a sea lion playing with a face mask in the Galapagos Islands and of a dead sea turtle found off Queensland with a mask in its gut will be entered into an archaeological record of the environmental impact of COVID-19.

Teachers shine research focus on regional issues
16 Mar

PhD candidate Amelia Olsen is determined to help improve outcomes for regional, rural and remote school students across Australia by identifying key strategies used by school principals.

Jazmin plans to turn love of writing into many careers
11 Mar

Novelist, publisher and editor are just some of the career goals that aspiring young Gympie writer Jazmin Benkendorff has set her sights on achieving with the help of a Creative Industries degree from USC.

Children enjoy robotics immersion day at Talara Primary College
Robots to duel at Murrumba Downs school
10 Mar

Preservice teachers studying at USC will share a high-tech education experience with students from 10 schools in the Moreton Bay region tomorrow, Thursday 11 March.

USC-led study finds ways to help veterans into jobs
9 Mar

Australian military veterans face difficulties adjusting to civilian workplaces even when they don’t have physical or psychological support needs, according to new research led by USC in conjunction with UNSW Canberra at the Australian Defence Force Academy.

Study seeks Australians’ views on COVID vaccines
9 Mar

As Australia rolls out COVID-19 vaccines, psychology researchers at USC Australia are inviting the public to share their views on how they feel about receiving them or not.

Moreton Bay Regional Council scholarship recipients for 2021
Moreton Bay Regional Council awards scholarships
5 Mar

Eight school leavers starting degrees at USC’s Moreton Bay campus this semester have received Moreton Bay Regional Council Scholarships worth $8,000 for each year of study.

Weightlifting USC student raises the bar for equity
4 Mar

Yolandie Weir is a shining example of both USC’s High Performance Student Athlete (HPSA) program and the 2021 International Women’s Day theme of “Choose to Challenge”.

Moreton Bay duo makes the cut for medical study
1 Mar

Two aspiring doctors from Moreton Bay are thrilled to have been accepted into USC’s Bachelor of Medical Science, among this year’s intake of just 20 students.

Study finds surprising sex change secrets of giant grouper
1 Mar

USC researchers say new findings about the sex-changing behaviour of the giant grouper could provide vital insights into captive breeding and help to protect vulnerable wild stocks.