Researchers find age of South Africa’s ‘young’ hominid fossil

The age of a hominid fossil found in South Africa, which has been dated using state-of-the art techniques by Southern Cross University researchers, has led to an ‘astounding’ new look at human evolution. The University’s Geoarchaeology and Archaeometry Research Group (GARG) lead researcher Dr Renaud Joannes-Boyau was invited to collaborate in analysis of the fossil’s […]

‘Not all chemists wear white coats’: Dr Ellen Moon selected for Homeward Bound

Geochemist Dr Ellen Moon, a Southern Cross University early career researcher, has been selected for Homeward Bound, a 12-month international leadership initiative for women in STEMM. Homeward Bound aims to promote women with a science background into positions of leadership affecting policy around the sustainability of our planet. The virtual and on-ground program develops leadership, […]

Why does the Carmichael coal mine need to use so much water?

Coal mines, such as this one near Bowen, use water for everything from equipment cooling to dust management. CSIRO, CC BY Dr Ellen Moon is a Research Associate in Southern Cross GeoScience. In this article from The Conversation, Dr Moon explains the coal mining industry’s use of water for everything from equipment cooling to dust […]

Symposium honours first Aboriginal RN to train at Lismore hospital

Ena Williams broke new ground in the 1940s in Lismore as the first Aboriginal trainee nurse at the city’s hospital. Later in her career, Ena was the senior nurse at the Maningrida Clinic in what was then the largest Aboriginal remote community in the Northern Territory, and in 1974 was part of the Cyclone Tracy […]

Flood recovery inspires students to put their skills to good use

When Kym McMillan, a Southern Cross University Bachelor of Social Welfare student, was surrounded by flood water during the recent Murwillumbah deluge, she felt helpless as the media reported the events unfolding in her community. As floodwater prevented Kym from leaving home for three days, she and a friend started the ‘Flood Clean Up 2484’ […]

News in brief: May 2017

In this issue: Classical guitar meets a full Symphony Orchestra Health checks for farming families at Primex Classical guitar meets a full Symphony Orchestra World-renowned classical guitarist – and Southern Cross University Professor of Music – Matthew Marshall will be performing with the Lismore Symphony Orchestra as part of its 2017 concert series, bringing a […]

Awards recognise outstanding contributions

Four women making outstanding contributions in their fields of endeavour received awards at the Southern Cross University March graduations, including the former Mayor of Lismore City Jenny Dowell who was recognised with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University. The award recognises Jenny Dowell’s service to the Lismore and Northern Rivers communities and was conferred […]

Frogs are calling: restored waterways show results for amphibians

Native frogs appear to be thriving in restored waterways around Rocky Creek Dam after Whian Whian Landcare members and Southern Cross University researchers used automated recording devices to capture a diversity of amphibian calls. Now the community research partnership project’s protocol for the restoration of riparian areas, incorporating best management practice around frog consideration and […]

Music course hits high note

The music program at Southern Cross University is buzzing after The Voice sensation Darren Percival wowed audiences at the first songwriters’ workshop of the year, and new industry-standard recording facilities were unveiled. Runner-up in The Voice Australia 2012 and one of Australia’s most accomplished entertainers, Darren Percival showcased his incredible solo vocal looping at the […]

Singer Weaves equal measure of passion for her students – and her career

Equally passionate about exploring and honing her own professional singing career as she is teaching Southern Cross University students, award-winning music lecturer Leigh Carriage has been invited to play a key role in a new mentorship program for songstresses in regional Queensland. Katie Noonan, Australian singer-songwriter and artistic director of the Queensland Music Festival, said […]

Too hot to learn – why Australian schools need a national policy on coping with heatwaves

Dr Brendon Hyndman is an academic in Health & Physical Education (PDHPE) within the School of Education at Southern Cross University. His research has been focused on schools as a crucial setting to develop students’ physical activity participation, health and overall wellbeing. In this article, Dr Hyndman looks at the impact of heatwaves on children’s […]

In Print: Books by our Academics

Mermaids (and Mer-Men) in 20th and 21st Century Audiovisual Media By Philip Hayward, Published by John Libby Publishing Mermaids have been a feature of western cinema since its inception and the number of films, television series, and videos representing them has expanded exponentially since the 1980s. Making a Splash analyses texts produced within a variety of […]

Passion for maths: Bree Bailey named education student of the year

Being a mathematics teacher who inspires high school students to see the magic in numbers is the goal of Southern Cross University education student Bree Bailey, who has won the national 2016 Pearson Student of the Year Award. “I want to make maths interesting and relevant, showing students its contemporary uses,” Bree said. “Maths shapes […]

Scholarship inspires fledgling legal eagles

Solicitor Bruce Miles OAM mostly served the disadvantaged during his 50-year legal career. Now some of the best and brightest minds in the School of Law and Justice at Southern Cross University have received scholarships in his honour. The Bruce Miles Foundation encourages Aboriginal law students in their university studies by providing textbooks. Mr Miles […]

Drones and sharks, marine poaching, a post-flying world, and more: The Conversation

Southern Cross University researchers (and colleagues from other universities and institutions) have featured in The Conversation in recent months: How drones can help fight the war on shark attacks Life in a post-flying Australia, and why it might actually be ok How to tackle the rising tide of poaching in Australia’s tropical seas When it […]

Watch out, snakes about: student designs new campus safety poster

As the mercury rises, so too the number of snake sightings. But safety and respect is the message from Southern Cross University in a new snake information poster designed by media student Karlyn Major. Live Ideas, an initiative of Southern Cross University, provides real world opportunities for students and staff to work with community partners […]

In Print

Books by academics and researchers at Southern Cross University. In this issue: Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East by Rohan Price Relationships and Recognition: Photos about Working Together by the Centre for Children and Young People Reading Colonies: Property and Control of the British Far East By Rohan Price. Published by […]

News in brief: Inspiring lecturers

Teaching awards for academics who are enhancing the student learning experience Three Southern Cross University academics have received awards from the Vice Chancellor – and praise from students – for delivering inspirational first-year study units that help in the transition to University. The Vice Chancellor’s Citations for excellence in teaching and learning, awarded at a […]

Outstanding talent of Southern Cross University’s emerging artists acknowledged

Two NSW North Coast galleries have recognised the talent of Southern Cross University’s emerging artists, with both set to exhibit the work of visual arts graduates next year. The Lismore Regional Gallery Graduate Award and the Northern Rivers Community Gallery Award were presented to installation artist Sarah-Jane McGrath and ceramist Brooklyn Winter, respectively, at the […]

Spanish language music video on show in Buenos Aires

A horror cinema audio-visual ensemble, featuring Southern Cross University researchers, will have its music video ‘Dark Shadows’ screened at FIVA, a leading international video arts festival in Buenos Aires. The video shows time-lapse photography of x-ray imagery being chemically degraded. The Moviolas use musical and visual themes from horror cinema in broader contexts, such as […]

Before Hollywood … there was Bonnywood

West of the Great Dividing Range in the small town of Bonalbo, a plucky band of farmers, artists, engineers and the occasional schoolteacher have been taking on the scheming financial overlords of the film industry. Their tale will be told at the star-studded red carpet world premiere of Bonnywood Rising. Part melodrama, part Western, part […]