Southern Cross University

Southern Cross University is a contemporary and connected regional research university, with remarkable campus locations - Coffs Harbour and Lismore in New South Wales and the uniquely situated Gold Coast Airport campus in southern Queensland. Our regional environs provide living laboratories for learning and research and creative hubs for artistic endeavour. Southern Cross University has a growing research profile, with 24 research areas identified ‘at or above world standard’ in the most recent Excellence in Research Australia (ERA) national evaluation. Our research strengths include disciplines as diverse as plant genetics, zoology, geoscience, oceanography, engineering, nursing, and complementary and alternative medicine.

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Peter Norfolk GBR.

It’s deja vu (all over again)!

As I write this, the Paralympic opening ceremony is in full throes with the athletes streaming into the stadium in the traditional march-on. This year will see 4,200 athletes and 166 national Paralympic…
Australian Paralympian Kurt Fearnley has unparalleled exposure as a Paralympic athlete. AAP

Brand power: why sponsoring Paralympians allows everyone to strike gold

When triple Paralympic gold mediallist Evan O'Hanlon steps up to the track for the 100m this week, you might notice something odd about his racing apparel. The 24-year-old, who is Australia’s fastest disabled…

Flags of convenience

Some of the celebrations witnessed at these Olympics have been sensational. The bewildered surprise of Mo Farah as he took gold for the second time in the 5 000 metres; Sally Pearson’s shrieking relief…

You learn something new every day …

The past twelve days have seen me happy as the proverbial “pig in mud”. I’ve gone nocturnal, camped on the couch desperately trying to stay awake in the midst of an onslaught of sporting fare the like…

When ‘super’ is an understatement…

I’ve taken a few hours to write this blog piece as I am still recovering with gobsmacked astonishment at the Olympic sport of the last 24 hours. ‘Super Saturday’s’ often become oxymoronic but with 25 gold…

How wine gums explain the world …

While the Australian public and the media that feeds them continue to lament a lack of medals, the celebration of victory will be all the more meaningful in the context of the hard work and tremendous…
Twitter Feed from NBC Delayed.

Delaying the inevitable

The London Olympic Games has been dubbed the Socialympics by many. It is the first to be held under the microscopic deconstruction provided particularly by Twitter but also by Face book and others. The…
No simple matter: logging and conservation are not polar opposites, and controlled harvesting can fund the protection of forests. AAP/Greenpeace/Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Can forest conservation and logging be reconciled?

Is there a role for logging in ensuring the future of the world’s tropical forests and their rich diversity of plants and animals? For many this idea is absurd, because timber production achieving conservation…

Birging and Corfing

Well that’s the opening ceremony done and dusted! We can now get on with the real business of the next fortnight or so. Oh yes the birging and corfing! Although you may never heard of these terms, let…

Leopard changes spots!

Yesterday I wrote a blog that panned opening ceremonies as a jingoistic waste of money that left me cold. Please ignore it! The one I have just watched was life affirming, a celebration of everything…

Where sport and culture meet… unfortunately

From the outset let me say I am no real fan of the opening ceremony genre. I can stomach the lighting of the cauldron by an athletic legend of yesteryear via harebrained method but the rest of the nationalistic…
It would be smarter to use perennial native grasses for cereal grains instead of relying on a handful of farming-intensive annual crops. Shown here is Curly Mitchell grass (Astrebla lappacea), common in northern Australia. Ian Chivers

Splendour in the grass: new approaches to cereal production

Any investment manager will tell an investor to spread risks, to have a diverse portfolio, to engage with many sectors of the local economy, to invest in other parts of the globe, to hedge your bets, a…

We know better

We are really rather fickle about our Olympic athletes. Stirred by the feeling that it is our hard earned that funds their pursuits as if it’s pinched from our pocket on pay day, we have an expert opinion…

Love to have a beer with Johnson…

You’ve got to love London’s Mayor and chief Olympic booster boy Boris Johnson. Foppish, Oxford educated, Conservative types with dodgy haircuts do not normally resonate with the Australian egalitarian…

Glossylympics

This Olympic Games has been touted as the Socialympics where social media will reign supreme and medals will be earned for tweets per second. However it should be renamed the glossylympics as it is from…

Flag Furore

It’s one of the most intriguing questions asked prior to the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony. Who will carry the country’s flag? Whilst some countries have already chosen their bearer for the ‘Parade of…

Put a sock in it!

Forget the medal count. It seems the real competition for London is the amount of whingeing that can be achieved even before the flame has been lit. In deference to stereotypical norms, my adopted country…
illegal rings Tom Magliery.

Would you like priorities with that?

Amid concerns that security around the London Olympics was compromised following the admission by contactor G4S that they were unable to supply the majority of the personnel they promised, there remains…
“Blade Runner’s” selection for the London Olympics has made sporting history. RAINER JENSEN/EPA

Oscar Pistorius and the Olympics: good news or bad for sport?

Oscar Pistorius – the South African double amputee athlete known as Blade Runner – will run at the at the London Olympics. Until a week ago, his hopes of inclusion in the South African Olympic team looked…

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