Science Comes to the Fore; Coast Uni's Research Week Offers Insights

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A WORLD-class researcher who has had an asteroid named after him for his contribution to planetary science will be the opening keynote speaker at the University of the Sunshine Coast's 2012 Research Week, which begins tomorrow.

Formerly from Imperial College in the United Kingdom, Professor Phil Bland of Curtin University is an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow who is studying the oldest rocks in existence a meteorites a in order to trace the history of the solar system.

aMeteorites are the only surviving physical record of the formation and evolution of the solar system (but) meteorite researchers have no idea where their samples come from,a Professor Bland said.

He will discuss his work tomorrow in a presentation called Shooting stars and the secrets of our solar system.

Another highlight of the day will be the new USC Research Expo, a colourful and informative showcase of the university's research achievements.

The USC Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research, Professor Roland De Marco, said there was a buzz on campus about research following funding boosts, new collaborations and the recruitment of research fellows and doctoral students.

aIt is exciting to see the growth in our broad areas of research spanning the fields of journalism, history, human geography, computer-facilitated learning, education, forestry, aquaculture, biomedical science, medical microbiology and others,a he said. …