Update your reading lists in time for Trimester 1

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Conveners, it’s that time again! Check your reading lists are ready for the start of Trimester one, and ensure all the digitised readings that are still required have been re-requested.

The Reading List Service Help and Support pages have been recently updated and include new How to Guides and Key Dates.

The Getting Started Guide walks you through the log-in process, creating your profile and installing the bookmarklet tool. The tool enables you to quickly add print and electronic books, journal articles and websites to your Reading List.

The How-To-Guide on Digitisation shows the four easy steps required when requesting or re-requesting a digitised book chapter or journal article.

Key Dates have been updated. They confirm when Reading Lists will be available for review and updating and indicate when digitisation readings will expire.


A quick Q&A with Dr Adele Pavlidis

Dr Adele Pavlidis

Dr Adele Pavlidis

Griffith Centre for Social and Cultural Research, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Dr Adele Pavlidis discusses her career, the rise of roller derby and women’s AFL.

1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
I went through a few things: psychologist, chemist, sportswoman. Interestingly, my strongest desire was to do a PhD and study philosophy! So I’ve ended up not that far from that goal.

2. Tell us about a previous job (work experience/volunteer work) that you’ve had.
I worked for about three years as a drug and alcohol worker at a residential rehabilitation facility. That time in my life taught me so much about compassion, boundaries, and effective communication. I met so many wonderful people who I still sometimes bump into. It was a privilege to watch residents’ change from complete hopelessness and despair to excitement and happiness about life. There was plenty of grief, but mostly joy and satisfaction.

3. Which 3 apps do you use the most on your mobile device?
Instagram, Facebook, and email. I am doing some research at the moment looking at the use of social media by sportswomen so some of my time on these apps is justified as work.

4. Which 5 celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?

  • Madonna – childhood favourite. She symbolised freedom and female independence to me. And she’s an amazing dancer.
  • Rosi Braidotti – contemporary feminist theorist. Her work is so cutting edge, but without being ridiculously inaccessible.
  • Tina Fey – her comedy is brilliant.
  • Lili Tomlin – brilliant comedian and actress. She made a huge impression on me as an 8-year-old when I watched Big Business
  • Bette Midler – such a star. Also in the 1988 film Big Business!

5. What’s the best thing about your current role?
I have time to think carefully about the types of projects that fulfil my curiosity and deliver a broader social benefit. I also love the flexibility and autonomy. Even though academic work can be demanding and stressful, it really is one of the most privileged jobs I can think of. There are not many occupations where you get to decide what you will spend your intellectual energy on, as well as decide on start times, etc.

6. What sparked your interest in sociology?
Working in the drug and alcohol field certainly sparked my interest in sociology. The more I learnt about the discipline in my undergraduate degree, the more I wanted to delve deeper and develop concepts for myself.

7. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I would hope to be tenured, working on international collaborations, travelling between Australia and a couple of other countries where my collaborators are situated. I see myself still working in the sport and leisure field, hopefully contributing towards policy debates to support more inclusive and just societies.

8. What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
So many! Having my first book, Sport, Gender and Power: The Rise of Roller Derby, published just after finishing my PhD was pretty exciting. Securing funding to travel to Beijing, China to meet with academics working in the field of sport and gender, and talking with women playing roller derby over there was pretty amazing too. Also, traveling to Helsinki, Finland for an intensive summer school with the Finnish Youth Research Network was a highlight.

9. Tell us about your current research.
I am currently working on a suite of publications and data collection related to women in sport and feminism. Specifically, I am starting a one-year project focused on the AFL Women’s competition. It’s the very first year a professional women’s AFL competition is being held, and this means that there are lots of questions and challenges to overcome. Historically, AFL and many contact sports have been for men only. So, to have women play on network television (for some of the games), and get paid, is a huge change to the landscape of sport in Australia.

10. What wise advice do you have for new researchers?
Get great mentors. This doesn’t always mean the top researchers (though sometimes it does), but rather people who care about you and your career, people who have an ethics that they abide to, and people who maintain professionalism.

11. What’s the best resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith University Library?
I’ve always loved the library. I still love hardcopy books. Griffith library has a great collection of sociological, feminist and sport related books and I always have a pile of books checked out.

12. Can you give us your 3 best research tips?

  • Read a lot, but keep writing – don’t put off writing! Don’t wait until your ideas are ‘perfect’ before writing. Try out ideas in a research journal, take notes while you read.
  • Say yes to opportunities. It’s amazing what you can do with your time if you try. Organisation is one of my strongest skills, but do what you can to get organised and fit things in.
  • Collaborate. Working with others is one of the great things about academic work. When you meet people who are enthusiastic, whose work you really like, think about whether you could collaborate on something.

Get the inside scoop on Australian companies

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Do you need information on companies listed on the Australian Securities Exchange (ASX)?

Whether you are a researcher, financial planner, stockbroker or potential investor, you should check out Morningstar DatAnalyis Premium. It has company reports, corporate history, trading history, takeovers, floats, announcements and more.

Basically, if you want the inside scoop on any ASX company, this is the research tool for you. Let’s say, for example, you want the lowdown on your local grocery store – Woolworths.

You can search the Woolworths company report for corporate details, shareholder information, analyst forecasts, and ASX announcements. And that’s not even half of what’s available.

We took a really quick look at Morningstar to see what random (yet useful!) information we could dig up on Woolies. Here are the results:

  • Analysts recommend that you Hold, Moderate Sell or Hard Sell Woolworths shares. No analyst recommended that you Strong Buy or Moderate Buy.
  • Woolworths was listed on the ASX on 23/07/1993
  • The market value of Woolworth’s equity capital is $31,521m
  • Food sales increased by 1.7% to $9.3bn for the 14 weeks of the first quarter of FY16 compared to the previous year (First Quarter Sales Results, 28/09/2016).
  • The Total Shareholder Return (average annual rate) for one year is 4.25%
  • Perpetual Limited and subsidiaries is a substantial shareholder with 64,217,336 shares

For comprehensive, accurate information on all ASX listed and delisted companies, check out Morningstar DatAnalyis Premium today.


How Windows 10 will impact students

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Windows 10 is currently being deployed to all common use computer labs, library spaces, lecture theatres, seminar rooms, and school-based computer labs.

Windows 10 is the start of Windows-as-a-Service. Rather than new features being bundled into major new versions every few years, Windows 10 will deliver smaller feature updates two or three times per year, in addition to the usual security and bug updates.

The move to Windows 10 ensures you can provide state-of-the-art technology to students, enjoy significantly faster start-up/boot times, and take advantage of the much-improved security and management capabilities.

To assist with the change to Windows 10, we have updated the Lab Teaching Software web page. It now includes a list of all software applications ready for use with Windows 10 (and also MacOS).

If you require software to be added, updated or removed, please submit your request via the Lab Teaching Software web page.

We are still accepting software requests even though the deadline has passed. But you better quick! Submit your request today to ensure your software application is ready before teaching commences in Trimester 1.

If you have any questions, please contact the Student Computing team via email cts-computing@griffith.edu.au or phone extension 53985.


Do you know about the Research Storage Service?

Are you a researcher with a ton of data that you need to store somewhere?

Did you know that Griffith University offers various storage services to all researchers and research students affiliated with the university via the Research Storage Service.

These services include Research Space, Research Drive, and Research Vault. There’s even a nifty little questionnaire you can take, which tells you which service is best for you.

We tested it out, and we can tell you with certainty that it takes under one minute, and that our fictitious data is best suited to Research Space.

The service can help you store, share and synchronise the digital data generated during your research project. Your data is stored on Griffith systems, not off-shore.

You get access anytime and anywhere, and you can share files easily with collaborators at Griffith, in Australia and overseas.

But wait, there’s more! With the Research Storage Service, you get unlimited storage. So scrap those hard copies, USBs and CD’s and free up some hard drive space. It’s time to embrace – you guessed it – the Research Storage Service (it’s ace!).


Do you have a strategy to get your research published?

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Getting your manuscript published in the right academic journal requires strategic planning.

You can’t just send your research out into the publishing world, cross your fingers and hope for the best. You may very well get it published, but we can’t guarantee you’ll achieve maximum impact and visibility that way.

There’s a lot of information available to you on how to get published. But it can be overwhelming. It’s hard to keep track of all the tutorials, guidelines and web sites of all the processes you should follow.

So we’ve put it all in one place for you; a one-stop shop if you like. It’s all available on our newly designed Research and Publishing webpage. It links to everything you need as an academic author at Griffith University.

You can find Higher Degree Research workshops, Postgraduate Research Information Skills Modules, Open Scholarship and more.

Be sure to have a look at the new Strategic Publishing Guidelines for Authors. The online module outlines practical steps you can take to get your manuscript published.

It offers a planned approach to scholarly publishing. From identifying your overall goal and target audience to analyzing a publications relevance, quality and credibility. There is also a whole section dedicated to building an author profile.

Also, check out the Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers. It outlines your role in the research data management lifecycle – from your projects beginning to its very end.

Many topics are covered; from regulatory requirements, intellectual property and consent to repositories, licensing and exit planning. The online module offers best practice solutions to save you time and keep your data safe.

Did you know your data can work for you? Follow the Best Practice Data Guidelines for Researchers and increase your research profile by including data outputs as part of your dissemination strategy.

Research and Publishing is not the only new page on the library website. We’ve also given the Teaching page a makeover. You should check it out (once it goes live!)

And there’s more brand spanking newness to come. We’ve been working away over the summer to update the library website in line with student feedback. It’ll be efficient, streamlined, user-friendly, and all kinds of awesome.


Are you finished with your toothbrush? We want it

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Image from the Terracycle website.

Is your toothbrush looking worse for wear? No doubt it’s due to your amazing oral hygiene habits (you brush twice a day, for more than two minutes, right?).

But before you bin your old, manky-looking toothbrush, stop and think of your Griffith University library. Why on earth for, you ask? Well, we’ve partnered with Terracycle to recycle oral care product packaging.

We have special recycling bins at all our campus libraries for you to deposit oral care waste. And it’s not just toothbrushes. You can drop off toothpaste tubes and caps, toothbrush and toothpaste tube outer packaging and floss containers.

We do ask however, that you remove excess product from your items before you place them in the recycling bins. Is there still foamy paste clinging to the bristles of your brush? Is the cap crusted over with old toothpaste? Maybe give them a good rinse first. And don’t forget to dry. We can’t ship dripping packages.

TerraCycle recycles the vast majority of the waste that we collect. According to their website, ‘the tubes and brushes are separated by composition, shredded and melted into hard plastic that can be remolded to make new recycled products’.

Just think. Your humble little toothbrush could be melted down to become a brand new product. It could become a bench, a picnic table, or even a playground. Okay, so maybe it would take more than one toothbrush…