Did you hear about the CURFs guide to support VU researchers?

December 5, 2013 at 2:07 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

To support researchers, Victoria University Library has created a new guide to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs) and other microdata.

The LibGuide CURFs and Other Sources of Data & Statistics’  includes:

  • a definition of Confidentialised Unit Record Files (CURFs)
  • the application process for CURFs
  • a link to the Microdata webpages of the Australian Bureau of Statistics
  • access to Census data
  • other sources of research data and statistics

The existing LibGuide Statistical and Mathematical Software, which draws together information sources on statistical analysis software such as SPSS & NVivo, has also been updated to include the information as listed above.



October 31, 2013 at 12:04 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

How do you get involved?

  1. Set some out of this world writing goals – papers, ethics applications, thesis chapters, book chapters… you name it!
  2. Commit to blocking out time to meet them
  3. Share them with the AcWriMo community so that you have accountability and people to encourage you
  4. Get writing and have the most productive month you’ve ever had!

There are hundreds of academics on twitter using #AcWriMo…. So join in!

You can find out more information here: http://www.phd2published.com/2013/10/09/announcing-acwrimo-2013/

And you can log your goals here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=tVBu5ErmQ5lqly5KIFK-1sw#gid=11


Join in and get productive!

As part of AcWriMo, the VU ECR committee will be holding 2 two-hour writing sessions at FP – Tuesday November 12th at 10am and Thursday November 21st at 10am. Put them in your diary and we’ll send out the room numbers soon!

Hoaxsters submitted dummy papers – weakness in the peer-review process!

September 26, 2013 at 9:22 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

The paper, published in the Elsevier journal Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications (BBRC), is not the kind of prank that journals have encountered before, in which hoaxsters have submitted dummy papers to highlight weaknesses in the peer-review process. The paper’s reported findings — that overexpression of two novel proteins in fat cells leads to improvements in metabolic processes related to diabetes and obesity in mice — are, in fact, true.

Too true, in the opinion of Bruce Spiegelman, a cell biologist at Harvard Medical School’s Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. He says that he has presented similar findings at about six research meetings, and is preparing to submit them to a journal. He suspects that the BBRC paper was intended as a spoiler of his own lab’s work.

Click here to read more.

Postdoc Plan B – The elephant in the lab!

September 13, 2013 at 2:26 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

Wonder if the fellow ECRs are going through the same scenarios as you? Click here for an interesting article by a fellow ECR Kathryn Lougheed on the difficult career choices facing postdoctoral scientists.

Are you on twitter? Do you know about #ECRchat?

September 3, 2013 at 10:30 am | Posted in ECR resources | Leave a comment

#ECRchat is a global fortnightly discussion for the early career researcher community via Twitter. The chat is intended mainly for the discussion of post-PhD career issues and they welcome anyone who is interested, who has questions, or who has advice to share. The PhD students, postdocs, and junior faculty can all benefit from the advice and resources collected here. #ECRchat is also open to hear advice and questions from those who have left (or are considering leaving) academia, and from senior faculty, including those who advise PhD students and other ECRs.

Check out their blog here and learn more!

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