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LSS Research Bulletin- October 2012

Greetings all,

Welcome to the October 2012 edition of Life and Social Sciences Research Bulletin.

These bulletins contain information on current and upcoming events within the Faculty, external scholarship/grant opportunities and important information for researchers and is best viewed in HTML.


Prof Michael Gilding will soon begin his new endeavour with the Faculty of Business and Enterprise as the Executive Dean. We'd like to wish him all the best for his future role and thank him for his eight years as Associate Dean Research (ADR) in the Faculty.

In this capacity, he has also been Chair of the Higher Degrees Research Committee and the Higher Degrees Research Executive Committee, and secured more than $1 million in National Competitive Grant funding.

Michael will be missed not only for his research leadership, but also his fair and calm approach to matters concerning the research environment.

The staff of the research office would especially like to thank him for his leadership and guidance through the vast activities of the annual research business cycle.

Michael's last day with LSS is Thursday, November 1, 2012.


Congratulations to our students who have recently completed their research degrees! The students and their supervisors are:

Geraldine Lockley, Prof Doc- Roger Cook
Trieu Pham, PhD- Rodney Croft & Peter Cadusch
Kemran Mestan, PhD- Kathleen Hulse & Brian Costar


Luke Downey has been awarded $324,940 for a CJ Martin - Overseas Biomedical Fellowship for his project 'Assessing the health effects of acute use and cumulative use of Ecstacy in illicit drug use'.

Recent PhD graduate Abirami Ramalingam has recently been awarded an Australia-India Early Career Fellowship to work with Dr Rajeev Varshney from the International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics on 'Validation of drought tolerance related genes in chickpea'.

Christina Kure has won a Heart Foundation Travel PhD Scholarship for 2K. Christina will use the money to give an oral presentation to the US Heart Association meeting in Los Angeles later this year.

Con Stough along with Jerome Sarris, Issac Schweitzer and Chad Bousman are the recipients of an NHMRC grant worth $768,098. The study is called 'The Efficacy of Adjunctive S-Adenosyl Methionine (SAMe) versus a Combination Nutraceutical in Clinical Depression: A Double-Blind,Randomised, Placebo-Controlled Trial'.

Katie Wood has recently had an article accepted in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Katie's former Honours student, Monique Seymour, is lead author of the article which is called 'Fatigue, stress and coping in mothers of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder'.


Dates for the end of year progress review seminars for Higher Degree by Research students are as follows:

Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences - Wednesday 7th November in EN201 and EN202
Psychological Sciences and Statistics - Monday 26th November in EN307 and EN308
Biosciences - Monday 3rd December in EN307 and EN308

Students who are not presenting are welcome to attend as audience members. Please contact the LSS Research Office if you would like a program.


At the Research Advisory Group meeting on 31 August 2012, it was agreed that Swinburne Research will fund all scholarship extensions for students receiving APA, CRS, SUPRA and VCRS stipend scholarships.

Swinburne Research is keen to ensure that extensions are only provided to students who have made satisfactory progress and who are likely to achieve a timely completion, and that extensions are not awarded to students whose research is unlikely to result in a quality PhD.

To that end, the "Application for Stipend Scholarship Extension Guidelines" have been developed and are now available on the web ( The guidelines have been approved by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development) and apply to all applications for scholarship extension.

In addition to the guidelines, a new scholarship extension application form has been developed and added to the web. The new form has been designed to closely align with the scholarship extension guidelines and is available at


The 2012 Main Scholarship Round opened on 3 September and closes on October 31 at 5pm.

Current students are eligible to apply if they have been enrolled less than two years as of October 31, 2012 and have not applied during a previous Main Round.

Any staff member wishing to supervise students should appear on the Register of Accredited Supervisors at the level which they intend to supervise.


The Swinburne Research Information Services team is currently setting up software that will allow the annual publications collection to begin months sooner than usual. This will allow more time to go through the collection and verifying process. To take advantage of this extension, please begin sending your published 2012 research outputs to Research Bank at More information will be distributed once all processes are in place.


Please note any queries regarding external opportunities should be directed to the awarding parties.

Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) - Powder Diffraction Workshop

The powder diffraction team at OPAL in conjunction with the powder diffraction beamline at the Australian Synchrotron is hosting a powder diffraction data analysis workshop aimed at PhD students and early career researchers.

The workshop seeks to provide current and potential users of these powder diffraction facilities with a well-rounded overview of powder diffraction techniques and software, including: basic crystallography; advice on experiment planning and applying for neutron or synchrotron beamtime; understanding the information contained within PD data; and an overview of data analysis software..

The workshop will run from 12 November - 14 November 2012 outside the ANSTO facility in Lucas Heights, New South Wales.

Participants travelling from interstate will be provided with accommodation at the Lucas Heights motel, supported by AINSE.

If interested in attending, please e-mail with your name, institution, supervisor(s) if you are a student, and a short description of your current or planned research using powder diffraction.

Swinburne Research 2012 Student Conference: Living Research

Swinburne Research Graduate Studies invites all Higher Degree by Research Students at Swinburne to attend and participate in the inaugural HDR student conference to be held on 8-9 November 2012 .

The 'Living Research' theme will focus on strategies for successful and timely completion, building professional and scholarly networks, doctoral thesis writing and writing for publication.

The conference will be held at Swinburne's CBD Building - 196 Flinders St, Melbourne. For further details, please see


Datablitz is the academic equivalent of speed dating - a fast track vehicle to understand academics' research and possible synergies with others. Each session involves a theme, three speakers for 10 minutes each, and 30 minutes for questions, comments and discussion. Light refreshments are served and all are welcome.

Upcoming event details are:

Title: Social Media
Date: 30 November 2012
Time: 12.30-1.30pm
Location: EN213



The LSS Research Office will be closed November 5-8, 2012 for scholarship ranking purposes. Students are advised to submit early any forms that require Faculty approval before going to Swinburne Research.

During the closure, students may contact us on or see staff at Swinburne Research at level one, Swinburne Place South.


We would like to acknowledge your publication and grant accomplishments. If you have recently had your research included in a prestigious scholarly publication, please send us the authors name(s), the name of the journal and issue number so we can tell the entire faculty. Also, if you have been successful with a grant application, let us know!

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