‘Tis the season to eat lollies (and enter competitions)

It's time for a Christmas break here at the Whisperer. This short pause is a good time to take stock of the year. Far from slowing down with age, the statistics show that the Whisperer is still going strong. This year there has been 1,320,287 page views, more than a third of the over 3 … Continue reading ‘Tis the season to eat lollies (and enter competitions)

Is academia really worth it?

This post was written Dr Kathy McKay,a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of New England. Her work revolves around listening to stories of suicide, healing and resilience within communities and within literature. It's a sobering reflection on this academic life - but I thought it articulated views and feelings that need an airing in … Continue reading Is academia really worth it?

What’s your back up plan?

Let me tell you a story about my PhD. I studied how architects and students gestured when they talked to each other. I was trying to find out what role gesture played in classroom communication and what implications this might have architectural education. Gesture is a visual medium, so I decided to use participant observation … Continue reading What’s your back up plan?

Ever thought of publishing your data?

PhD students can make a bigger impact by sharing their data, but this requires more mature data management practices. You have an oppotunity that other's before you haven't: to be focus on data alongside publications as a valuable output of research. Richard Ferrars and Amir Aryani of the Australian National Data Service tell us how … Continue reading Ever thought of publishing your data?