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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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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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Poster

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.

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In Blog,Reflections on September 15, 2010 by Jim Tagged: , , , , , , ,

I am now nearing the end of my journey and it’s a pity that I wasn’t able to religiously document my journey. The challenge of conducting this research project was so big that I had to take extra care in consuming time. I’m supposed to be a trained writer and while I do love writing, I do not have the gift of a story-teller and occasionally slip into blocks and “minor” challenges.

This morning, however, I had the shock of my life. I am not sure what to say or feel.

The day began early as I dropped off my wife to work 4:30am in the morning. I was trying to finish a chapter yesterday and actually slept while writing the draft. Obviously I was tired than usual when I started this day. I tried to sleep again to recover and proceeded to do my chores after I woke up. I prepped the kids’ brekky and picked-up wifey again from the early morning work.  The day was normal, I think.

Ten to 8am, I dropped off wifey to her second job. Drove off. I was about a kilometer from my wife’s work when I realised that I was thinking about what I was going to write today, the arguments, etc. That’s fine, isn’t it? But then I had this feeling of having a bucket of cold water poured on me when I realised that I was driving to uni already! I totally blacked out in the 1km that I was driving and didn’t realise what was happening or what I was doing. I prayed so hard to compose myself and made sure I was back to reality. I wasn’t even prepared to go to school yet!

I drove back home. I thought of visiting the health service. Resorted to just posting what happened online and a nurse friend told me that I had an “automode” episode when the brain processed things faster than usual. He said it was “normal” during stressful episodes.

Bittersweet? Yes but thank God I’m still sane.

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Maturity

Maturity is:

  • the ability to stick with a job until it’s finished;
  • the ability to do a job without being supervised;
  • the ability to carry money without spending it; and,
  • the ability to bear an injustice without wanting to get even.

Abigail Van Buren

Posted August 18, 2010 by Jim