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It is finished

In Worthy links on June 21, 2013 by Jim Tagged: , ,

Examined, revised and approved. Finally submitted the digital copy of my thesis.

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Submitted

In Announcements, Blog on July 2, 2012 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

The last fortnight was the most nerve-wracking episode of my PhD journey. My main supervisor “ditched” me as I can’t contact him through any means and I’m not sure why. It was out of his character to just do that without saying any reason. But the last definite plan we agreed on was to submit it last week.

The good news was that I was able to find a way to ask the School Dean to delegate the co-supervisors to sign off my thesis for submission. Another good news was that I found through a former colleague that my main supervisor is still alive but I still wasn’t sure why he has not contacted me. Finally, ready or not, I submitted my thesis last Friday. I suppose I can never please everyone even myself. I’m just glad I submitted. Now on to the long episode of waiting for the examiners’ report.

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Animal Health Communication in South East Asia

In Worthy links on May 24, 2012 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , , , , ,

My paper, Animal Health Communication in South East Asia, was included in one of the major publications of ACIAR. The Animal biosecurity in the Mekong: future directions for research and development is one of the series of publications of ACIAR. This latest series includes the full proceedings of an international workshop held in Siem Reap, Cambodia last 10-13 August 2010. The papers in ACIAR Proceedings are peer-reviewed.

It is the first article related to my thesis published in a major publication here in Australia. A photo I took during my field study also landed the cover! 🙂

Another photo I took ages ago on one of my field missions in Cambodia. I miss working for #FAO #d40x #dslr #Cambodia #FMD #serosurveillance #pig #vet #kids #children #igersperth #igerswestoz #pinoy #pinoyexpat #b&w

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Communication on Transboundary Animal Diseases: Lessons from Human Health

In Announcements, Blog, Current Events, DevCom, Updates on May 6, 2012 by Jim Tagged: , , , ,

PERTH, AUSTRALIA—What lessons can animal health specialists learn from public health programs? A Murdoch University Partnership scholar will discuss part of the results of his research during a free seminar at Murdoch University’s School of Biomedical and Veterinary Sciences.

Domingo “Jim” Caro III of Manila, Philippines, an Australian Biosecurity Centre for Research Cooperation scholarship recipient will discuss “Communicating on Transboundary Animal Diseases: Lessons from Human Health” on 17 May at Rm. VB3.023 from 12:30pm. He conducted his research in three Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries, Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam. He combined quantitative and qualitative approaches to investigate and evaluate communication on TADs and confirmed previous findings that there was some awareness on TADs among study participants. However, he also found that there was no true knowledge among the study participants and identified a number of factors affecting the communication on TADs.

Caro, a development communication specialist, hopes that results from his research will guide the design and implementation of communication programs in developing countries, particularly in the selected GMS countries.

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Writing Pains

In Blog, Reflections, Updates on January 6, 2011 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , , ,

As a development communicator, one of the most basic rules of writing that my mentors taught me was to think about your reader (this also applies to presenting anything whether orally or visually). In doing so, you’ll save time in explaining things or writing something that might sound alien to your readers.

As I’ve started writing my dissertation, I’ve always been guided by this principle, however, I’ve started to doubt myself completely as I’ve submitted drafts after drafts and my supervisors read it as vague. I was clear with what I wanted to do, I was clear with what I did and I was clear with what I wanted to say. However, it just came out off.

There were some concepts that I have mentioned and have explained briefly but I was asked to expound on them. Agreed. The next draft, it’s another story, any mention of the concepts had to be dropped and/or was asked to just explain briefly. I’ve documented the flow of discussions on the drafts but I just don’t feel that it is worth following some inconsistent recommendations. I felt it was my fault so I had to fix it. It literally feels like a roller-coaster ride.

I have stopped writing this month to reignite my passion also my body warranted to me to rest after I hurt my back seriously. I thought the rest will give me a fresh motivation and inspiration. I think I’m wrong, it just aggravated my anxiety.

On a positive note, I think I have learned to look at the big picture and be as detailed as possible. Oh and yes, read your draft before clicking that send button—you might be submitting an older draft instead of the new one. 🙂

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As my PhD journey draws to an end, I joined this year’s Poster Day of the School of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences. This is my third and last Poster Day appearance. My first poster earned me the first ever Geoff Griffits Prize for best designed poster.

The Poster Day will be held tomorrow, 12 November. Entitled Cirque Du Science, it will be participated by masters and PhD students of the School. A number of guests from various industries are also expected to attend. The students will be available to answer questions and explain their research between 12 noon and 2:oopm. Posters will be displayed at Vet School Courtyard with the formal program starting from 3:00pm.

2010 SVBS Poster Day

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12th Annual Postgraduate Symposium

In Worthy links on September 17, 2010 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , ,

The Royal Society of Western Australia will hold its annual postgraduate symposium on 18th September 2010 at Murdoch University.