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Research Digest July edition


What's on

9 July: Making a beautiful thesis: a guide to laying out images and text. Register here.

10 July: Designing effective presentations. Register here.

14 July: Talk your way into a job. Register here.

15 July: Getting your research message into the mainstream media. Register here.

21 July: Speech writing: how to make every word count. Register here.

23 July: Three Minute Theatre (pitching and performance training). Register here.

28 July and 25 August: Start your research career with an ORCiD. Register here.

29 July: 3MT clinic (practice your pitch in front of a live audience). Register here.

4 August: The strategic researcher. Register here.

11 August: Five rules of grant club. Register here.

17 August: Speedy note taking for the literature review and beyond. Register here.

24 August: Official welcome to the ANU research community. Register here.

26 August: What do thesis examiners really want? Register here.

From the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training

Exciting opportunities are available this month. 3MT training is now on (see above), leading up to the ANU final in September. Take the chance to polish your presentation skills and increase the impact of your research. Whether you win or not, this is a great way to get over presentation nerves and learn to make a pitch about your research. This is a key skill for job search and for winning grants so don't underestimate the value.

Also keep an eye out for a call for applications to attend the PhD Forum run by the Group of Eight (Go8; Australia's top eight universities) and the China 9 (C9) expected to be held at Nanjing University in late October on the topic of 'Big Data'. One HASS and one STEM student will have the chance to present at the conference with 34 top students from Australia and China. Your Colleges will be sending out information shortly.

Stat chat

15 July: Introduction to statistical thinking in biological experiments. Enquiries here.

31 July: Data analysis workshop for biology honours students. Enquiries here.

Questions about statistical issues in your research? Consult a statistician at the SCU. Book a consultation here.

From the Counselling Centre

Ways to tame technologies and stop gaming getting in the way of your life

Tuesday 18 August 12.30–1.30pm, The Finkel Theatre, John Curtin School of Medical Research, Building 131, ANU.

Nowadays the internet and gaming feels like a very natural place for information and exchange with these technological mediums linking us to infinite sources, people and communities, including social media. However, when these are hard to turn down and contaminate productivity in work, study, personally and socially the impact can create overwhelm, stress and an uncomfortable mental state.

Giving up some valued technology time can be difficult – but the benefits, for your health, mental health and your relationships, can be tremendous! And it does not mean you can never be 'engrossed' in technology or get into the 'latest' game or device version!

Come along and find out how you might adopt a 'tamed' approach on your own technological life. No registration required.

Other opportunities

Closing 10 July: Endeavour mobility grants. More information here.

15 July: Understanding LGBTI and gender diversity workshop. Register here.

Student volunteers wanted! Agricultural Bioscience International Conference (ABIC) 2015 (7–9 September; Melbourne) and the AusBiotech 2015 national conference (7–9 October; Melbourne). More information here and here.

From the Library

Copyright multimedia guide now online! Are you using multimedia resources in your research? Make sure you are complying with Australian Copyright Law by reading this brief guide.

Resource spotlight – social sciences and humanities

> ANU Library's offical document collection includes parliamentary debates and papers as well as census and statistical material from a wide range of countries.

> Informit Business Collection is an essential reference tool for business studies and research, with a range of authoritative, unique data from and about Australia and New Zealand.

> Informit Indigenous Collection offers a multidisciplinary coverage of topical and historical issues in Australian and New Zealand Indigenous studies.

Start your research career with an ORCiD! Automatically link and attribute your research activities to you by registering for an ORCiD. If you'd like help, or have any questions about unique research identifiers, join one of our sign-up sessions.

Recent Asia and the Pacific resources. Download this short PDF guide for a list of recently acquired Asia and the Pacific resources.

Free training is a great way to start the semester. Why not consider attending a free course or two. Register from our online training calendar.

New ANU Press title: Timor-Leste's Bill of Rights A Preliminary History, by Annemarie Devereux.

From the Thesis Whisperer's blog

Managing the sluff

Transitioning out of academia

Book review: Writing Groups for Doctoral Education and Beyond

The curse of the absolutely astounding absract

Writing in the middle


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