Using DNA to unlock the mysteries of cannabis and reduce the risk of dodgy ‘medical’ products

by Professor Graham King, director, Southern Cross Plant Science This article was originally published on The Conversation.  The federal government will now accept licence applications from groups wanting to grow cannabis locally for scientific and medical purposes. Cannabis remains an illegal drug in Australia for recreational use and there no plans to change that. But […]

In Print: Books by our Academics

Richard Braithwaite launches Sandakan book just before his death Fighting Monsters:  An Intimate Knowledge of the Sandakan Tragedy by Richard Braithwaite Published by Australian Scholarly Publishing Dr Brendan Nelson, director of the Australian War Memorial, launched Professor Richard ‘Dick’ Braithwaite’s book on 28 September at the Memorial in Canberra. Three days later, Professor Braithwaite died. […]

Bundjalung language revival earns Excellence in Engagement Award

An initiative revitalising the Bundjalung language and culture was one of the projects recognised at the 2016 Southern Cross University Excellence in Engagement Awards. The sixth annual Excellence in Engagement Awards acknowledged and celebrated the contribution of University staff and their collaborators who have enriched communities through active citizenship, engaged teaching and research. The Awards […]

Large scale artworks set to make an impression at annual visual arts exhibition

The wow factor will be on everyone’s lips at Southern Cross University’s annual visual arts exhibition by graduating students in November. Large scale artworks in painting, printmaking – including a four-metre high print by printmaker John Lockhart – sculpture and video will be on show at the 2016 Graduate Exhibition, opening on November 11 in […]

SCU alumnus elected mayor of Lismore City

Lismore City’s newest and youngest mayor is a Southern Cross University graduate who credits his arts degree for the communication and management skills that have proven invaluable across his career. Mayor Isaac Smith, 42, was popularly-elected last month during local government elections after serving two terms as a councillor. “Our former Mayor Jenny Dowell was […]

Areas with more poker machines have higher rates of domestic violence

The Conversation article by Francis Markham, Australian National University; Bruce Doran, Australian National University, and Martin Young from Southern Cross University Our recently published research suggests a link between the number of poker machines in an area and levels of domestic violence. We compared publicly available data on poker machine numbers with police-recorded domestic violence incidents […]

Postcard to home: Jakhongir Khayatov

By plane, bus and foot, Jakhongir Khayatov travelled more than 11,000 kilometres to attend the Southern Cross University graduation ceremony in Lismore last month. The 23-year-old business alumnus from Uzbekistan, in central Asia, said he was determined not to miss it. “I decided to participate in the graduation ceremony in Lismore because it is a […]

Graduation marks new beginnings and opportunities

For around 200 Southern Cross University graduates, the annual September spring graduation, held in Lismore, marked the start of new opportunities. After years of effort and sacrifice, they were ready to venture into the world proudly armed with their University awards from the Chancellor Nick Burton Taylor AM. A morning street procession through the Lismore […]

Re-imagining of Grimm’s Snow White fairytale as a dark opera

Jazz pianist and Southern Cross University music lecturer Steve Russell has just wrapped up directing the music for the international debut season of the Snow White opera. The adults-only fairytale presented by La Boite, Opera Queensland and Brisbane Festival, was faithful to the original – and darker – Brothers Grimm version, with the Queen as Snow […]

Southern Cross Football Centre welcomes Liverpool legend

Our young football talent can be confident they ‘will never walk alone’* after Liverpool legend John Barnes opened the club’s first training academy in Australia at Southern Cross University. But the Liverpool Football Club International Academy NSW, based out of the Southern Cross Football Centre in Lismore, is more than honing skills and developing talent, […]

Postcard to home: Sophie Backlund

Sophie Backlund is a singer who’s passionate about science, and also a budding scientist who loves creating music. Born in Kristinehamn, Sweden and growing up in Leksand, Sophie left her homeland in the middle of last year for a study abroad year in environmental science at Southern Cross University Lismore campus. “I started my studies […]

Business awards win for personal trainer seeking to set new industry benchmarks

David’s Health and Lifestyle Studios at Goonellabah, owned by Southern Cross University sport and exercise science student David Hoffmann, has taken out Business of the Year at the 2016 Lismore Business Excellence Awards. “I was really happy when we won the Health and Fitness category earlier in the night, given we were up against larger […]

A who’s who of Australian music at Songwriters’ Workshops

It reads like the line-up for the festival of the decade – Hiatus Kaiyote, Iva Davies, Jim Moginie and Rob Hirst (Midnight Oil), Katie Noonan, Blue King Brown, Husky, Lior, Rai Thistlethwayte, Tex Perkins, Vince Jones. All these artists and more have graced the stage at Southern Cross University since 2006, sharing their skills and […]

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all

Reimagining NSW: how a happy, healthy regional and rural citizenry helps us all Alison Gerard; Branka Krivokapic-Skoko; and Liz Reimer from Southern Cross University This article was originally published on The Conversation, as part of its Reimagining New South Wales (NSW) series. For this series, Vice Chancellors across NSW asked a select group of early and […]

Postgrad corner: Judi Lowe

As a dive instructor and commercial boat master, PhD candidate Judi Lowe has dived all over the world. For her PhD research, Judi returned to her lifelong passions for scuba diving, dive travel to the coral reefs of the tropics and the lives of local fishers who live in poverty along those coral reefs.  Judi […]

Enterprise Lab to be established at Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University has been awarded $1 million from the NSW Government, through the Boosting Business Innovation Program, to establish the Southern Cross Enterprise Lab at its Lismore campus. The Southern Cross Enterprise Lab will facilitate collaborative opportunities between small and medium enterprises (SME), students and researchers for mutual benefit in the context of supporting […]

Rising Stars Scholarships help students achieve their best

Each year Southern Cross University and its partners support new and continuing students via the Rising Stars Scholarship program. Among the new recipients for 2016 are rising swimming star and biomedical science student, Moesha Johnson, who was awarded the Summerland Credit Union scholarship, and Justin Leigh-Smith, a science Honours student, who received the Rowe Scientific […]

AIME’s SCU program leading the nation’s next generation of young Indigenous talent

Southern Cross University has the best AIME Year 12 transition rate of any university in the country, with 58 of the 59 Indigenous high school graduates last year going into university, formal training or fulltime work. The 2015 Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) annual report, released this month, shows Indigenous high school students who participated […]

A small town’s rich stories to light up the screen

In the heart of the Upper Clarence, west of the Richmond Range, lies the town of Bonalbo, population 500. On the face of it, Bonalbo’s quiet streets belies its rich history: a former booming gold town in the 1850s and home of the first cattle dog trials in Australia in 1950. And for award-winning media […]

University student health services in focus at national meeting in Ballina

The Southern Cross University Health Clinic is leading the trend among campus practitioners nationally in its provision of services to both students and the general community. “The SCU Health Clinic at the Lismore campus bulkbills and offers a range of general practice services,” said Mrs Marlene Assim, manager of the SCU Health Clinic. “Unlike other […]

News in brief: July 2016

In this issue: Research Week around the corner UniLife Award nominations now open Research Week around the corner World-class research will be showcased at Southern Cross University’s annual Research Week, from August 1 to 5, with more than 50 events planned across the Gold Coast, Lismore and Coffs Harbour campuses. The second annual series will […]