27/12/2017Read more The tragic sequence of events that led to the drowning of Ravneet Singh Gill on Christmas Day reminds all of us how dangerous Australian ocean beaches can be at this time of year. The entire University family pays tribute to Ravneet as a Southern Cross student and as a proud member of his Indian community.
Holy Smoke! Evidence that the controversial fourth ingredient in sacred incense comes from a sea snailRead more Since biblical times incense has been used in religious ceremonies and purification rituals, with its fragrant smoke evoking reverence and reflection. For much of that time this holy incense has also been shrouded in secrecy and controversy because of uncertainty over the identity of its major ingredients, onycha. Scientific evidence now supports the identification of onycha as the opercula, or trapdoor, from the sea snail Muricidae (murex whelks). In biblical times these sea snails were also used to produce purple and blue dyes of religious significance.
26/11/2017Play video Read more For the first time, researchers have accelerated the formation of new coral colonies on small areas in the Great Barrier Reef using ‘baby corals’ conceived and successfully settled directly on the Reef through a pioneering pilot project funded by the Great Barrier Reef Foundation.
15/11/2017Read more In response to the overwhelmingly positive result of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey—announced at 10am NSW time today—Southern Cross University reaffirms its unqualified support for legal and parliamentary change in this important area.
06/11/2017Read more Despite enormous resources, the United States now experiences the highest rates of maternal mortality in the developed world. While a decrease in maternal deaths occurred in virtually every other country in the world over the past 15 years, the rates of maternal mortality dramatically increased in the US.
27/10/2017Read more An Australian sea snail is proving to be a powerhouse of medicinal compounds, with its anti-inflammatory properties the latest to be discovered by researchers at Southern Cross University and the University of Southern Queensland.
16/10/2017Read more A photography project aimed at increasing awareness about sexual violence is set to evolve into a social enterprise after its founder and Southern Cross University media student Rory Banwell graduated from the Sydney School of Entrepreneurship this month.
04/10/2017Read more From birds and turtles with stomachs full of plastic to beaches littered with drink containers: the problem of plastic marine waste is not only an eyesore, it’s lethal. Right on our doorstep is Indonesia, the world’s second largest contributor to marine debris.
27/09/2017Read more Campers have long been using streets to park their vans, much to the anguish of local residents – but it seems they are simply following in their grandparents’ footsteps. And as the popularity of ‘freedom camping’ ramps up across Australia, new research from Southern Cross University shows policy regulators are failing to catch up with current practice.
05/09/2017Read more From modest beginnings as the daughter of a Richmond River dairy farmer, Ellen Riordan was awarded seven medals for her service in the ANZAC Nursing Corps in both World Wars. Now Southern Cross University will honour the local nurse’s legacy with an annual lecture series.
05/09/2017Read more A leading Australian expert in Personal Development, Health and Physical Education (PDHPE) based at Southern Cross University says school children are opting not to use outdated outdoor spaces like empty grassed areas, courts and fixed facilities because the play areas have not been updated or modified with new activity options.
04/09/2017Read more Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers from different nations - including the Bundjalung Nation, the Australian continent and the Pacific - have gathered this week on the NSW North Coast to further develop and articulate the Sovereignty of Indigenous Knowledge.
01/09/2017Read more Students rate Southern Cross University’s personalised and engaging support as one of the best reasons to study here. That’s been reflected in the latest Good Universities Guide ratings released this week, with the University being awarded top marks in student support.
31/08/2017Read more Southern Cross University in partnership with the University of Sydney and global interior design firm Cachet Group will undertake a collaborative research project to assess the impact of activity-based working in Australian offices.
13/08/2017Read more After years of attracting students via word-of-mouth, Southern Cross University has decided to hold its first Open Days in more than a decade - and the first at its Gold Coast campus; lifting a veil on one of the best-kept secrets in Australian higher education.
10/08/2017Read more The sea cucumber export industry in the Pacific Islands is experiencing improved weekly income, with the potential to significantly improve the lives of thousands of village fishers, thanks to a Southern Cross University research project funded by the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research.
08/08/2017Read more Harry Angus (The Cat Empire and Jackson Jackson) and Emily Lubitz (Tinpan Orange) are the feature panelists at the Careers in Music Symposium being hosted by the Southern Cross University School of Arts and Social Sciences at the Lismore campus on Friday 1 September.
01/08/2017Read more This morning the Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) released its report Change the Course: National Report on Sexual Assault and Harassment at Australian Universities. The report presents the results of the largest-ever national survey of Australian university students on sexual harassment and sexual assault.
29/06/2017Read more When Vice Chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker fires the Gold Coast Airport Marathon starting pistol for the Southern Cross University 10km Run this weekend, the University will proudly celebrate 10 years of sponsoring the iconic event.
19/06/2017Read more When does a refugee start to identify as a local? A series of posters explores that question in a new Lismore-based initiative for national Refugee Week (June 19 to 25), led by the St Vincent de Paul Society and Southern Cross University.
08/06/2017Read more New finds from the archaeological site of Jebel Irhoud in Morocco push back the origins of our species by 100,000 years and show that by about 300,000 years ago important changes in our biology and behaviour had taken place across most of Africa. Once again, state-of-the art techniques by Southern Cross University researchers has played a key role in direct-dating the human remains.
09/05/2017Read more 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.
09/05/2017Read more Native frogs appear to be thriving in restored waterways around Rocky Creek Dam, on the NSW North Coast, after Landcare members and Southern Cross University researchers used automated recording devices to capture a diversity of amphibian calls.
03/05/2017Read more Southern Cross University researchers have established baseline coal seam gas datasets for the Richmond River catchment on the NSW North Coast. In the process the team found no large methane seeps in water as has been observed near active CSG fields in Queensland.
28/04/2017Read more Shelley Watts has represented Australia at the highest level, but the Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist says graduating with two degrees from Southern Cross University tomorrow (Saturday April 29) in Sydney is the achievement her family is most looking forward to.
23/03/2017Read more Four women making outstanding contributions in their fields of endeavour will receive awards at the Southern Cross University graduations this weekend (Saturday March 25), including the former Mayor of Lismore City Jenny Dowell who will be recognised with the award of Honorary Doctor of the University.
20/03/2017Read more A new international volunteer program to enhance marine conservation on the island of Bangkaru, home to the largest nesting site for green sea turtles in western Indonesia, has been established by a group of Southern Cross University students.
09/03/2017Read more Colonial memories, untold mission stories, and insights into the passage of time: new perspectives on the Flinders Ranges and the ghost town of Beltana are explored in UNSETTLED, a multimedia exhibition opening at the State Library of South Australia on March 24. Test