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Research Digest November edition


What's on

2, 4, 11 and 16 November: Academic Writing Month (#acwrimo) one-day retreat. Register here.

3 November: Write that journal article in 7 days. Register here.

5 November: Understanding research fellowships: the what, why and how. Register here.

10 November: How research is measured and what it means for your career. Register here.

10 and 17 November: NVivo training (cost $180). Register here.

17 November: How to raise your research profile, manage your data and make your work visible. Register here.

17 November: 'How to survive your PhD' MOOC – the after party! Register here.

28 November: How to run your own writing group. Register here.

From the Pro Vice-Chancellor Research and Research Training

Regular Australian Postgraduate Award (APA) applications (for Australian and NZ citizens and permanent residents) closed on 31 October, but there are four still available for study in 2016 under the joint PhD program between ANU and Charles Darwin University (CDU). If you and your supervisor have a collaborative project with CDU, apply by contacting Peter Francis with a statement from your supervisor about the collaboration. One re-entry scholarship is also available for a student returning to study after a career break.

There is still some funding left in the Vice-Chancellor's Higher Degree by Research travel fund if you need top-up funding for an international conference or research travel. This is not available for activities within Australia. Read more.

The long-awaited, revised Research Awards Rule and related policies are now available to be viewed: Submission and Examination Policy, Supervison and Candidature Policy and Research Awards Rule 2015. They all come into effect on 1 January 2016. Transition arrangements for current students are described in Part 9 of the Research Awards Rule.

SPARK Innovation Bootcamp

Take part in a hands-on bootcamp that will develop your innovation and commercialisation skills. Learn to use frameworks by exploring local case studies and find the innovation opportunities that are available to you.

Friday 13 November. Academics, HDR students and professional staff welcome.

The Spark Innovation Bootcamp is an initiative of the ANU Technology Transfer Office, featuring facilitation by business incubator ATP Innovations and the ANU Technology Transfer Office.

Key outcomes will include: understanding frameworks and how they apply to your academic career, using innovation frameworks to identify new and exciting career pathways and harnessing innovation and developing strategies to acquire alternative sources of funding.

Regsister now.

Statistics training online!

Don't hesitate to register for these free courses on statistical methods for researchers. The Statistical Consulting Unit moderates three online statistics courses designed for research students and ANU staff who would like to refresh their skills and knowledge of statistical analysis. These courses are: Introduction to Statistics, Experimental Design and Introduction to Statistical Modelling. Course registration is open throughout the academic year. The e-textbook is supplemented with hands-on examples, exercises and quizzes. Each course takes on average about 30 hours to complete. Register now. Once your registration request is received and noted, you will be given access via Wattle.

We also provide one-on-one statistical consulting advice for your research project. Request a booking.

From the Gender Institute

Data, data everywhere but not a drop to drink

Wednesday 11 November

Dr Lisa Frehill, National Science Foundation, US

What is the status of women in science and engineering (S&E) cross-nationally? With growing concerns about equity in S&E, there has been keen interest in cross-national analyses of women's status in S&E. The seemingly simple question, however, hides layers of complexity and inappropriately homogenises S&E. Dr Feehill will briefly speak about the social science methodological considerations associated with cross-national analysis with illustrations from her work with multiple datasets about human resources in S&E.

She will then lead a discussion with workshop participants about data challenges in participants' own projects. Read more and register online for this exciting event.


Research opportunities in Canada

Monday 16 November 10–11am, Allan Barton Forum, Level 2, College of Business and Economics, Building 26C, ANU.

This presentation will provide information on Canadian research grants in all disciplines available to academic staff and postgraduate students. All interested welcome.

For more information and to RSVP, email Research Services by Monday 9 November.

3MT final videos

All the ANU 3MT final videos are now live, including Professor Andrew Walker's knock-out intermission performance. Watch now!

From the Library

If you missed the Library's Open data and you session, both presentations are available for download via the Library website.

Keen to know more about data and its management? Check out the Library’s online Data Management guide.

Opening hours on levels 1, 3 and 4 and have been extended in Chifley Library during second semester exams. Level 2 (entry level) continues to be open 24/7! Check the opening hours page for the new hours.

Open Research at ANU website now live! Visit the new website – and follow the new ANUOpenAccess Twitter account – for all the latest open access at ANU info.

Current exhibitions

Commemorating the 40th anniversary of Papua New Guinea's Independence, 1975–2015, Menzies Library foyer
>> Event details

Upcoming Library training

NVivo workshops are happening 10 and 17 November (cost $180). Register online today!

Brush up on your IT Skills – including Access, Excel, OneNote, Outlook, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Word – with ANU Pulse online learning modules.

For other skills, like reference management with EndNote, check out the Library's how-to guides.

New ANU Press title

The Social Sciences in the Asian Century, edited by Carol Johnson, Vera Mackie and Tessa Morris-Suzuki.

From the Thesis Whisperer's blog

How Evernote can help you with your literature review

Know your limits

Why do doctoral students blog?

A half way through your PhD checklist

Please fit your oxygen mask before helping others


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