25 April is World Malaria Day. The World Health Organization reports 219 million new cases of malaria as recently as 2017. You can find papers on malaria research being conducted by Griffith Institute for Drug Discovery (GRIDD) on Griffith Research Online and get to know our Griffith researchers. Today we are featuring Eva Hesping, a PhD candidate, at GRIDD.
We’re coming up to week 9 already, and if you already don’t know about course readings, here is your chance to learn all you need to know!
It’s crucial to stay on top of your readings when they’re assigned, and we are here to help make sure they’re all in one easily accessible location. It’s super easy, so no excuses!
Just head over to Learning@Griffith and click on your desired course; you will find a Readings link on the left-hand menu. From here you’ll go to the readings you’ve been assigned and the links which will take you directly to them.
If your assigned reading is an online resource, you will see the View Online button. All you need to do is click on the button and it’ll take you directly to the resource you need. eBook, website, video – you’ll be ready to read or watch.
If it’s not an online resource, don’t stress, you should be able to find it in our library! Just click on the resource title to expand and see the availability and location of the book in our libraries.
You can even personalise your Reading Lists by assigning a read status to resources such as will read, reading now, have read, and won’t read (although we know you won’t be using that one!). You can also add handy little study notes.
If you want to know more, check out our FAQs for Reading Lists.
Did you ‘borrow’ a human book?
As we celebrated Harmony Week across the University, we held our annual Human Library on March 20. This event provided an opportunity to converse with someone about their lives, what makes them who they are, and most importantly, creates a safe place for open communication and ideas. The Human Library hopes to break down barriers, challenge beliefs and create a more tolerant society.
This year we had 14 wonderful human ‘books’, brave enough to share their stories with our readers. The books on offer included Sexually Abused Child, Lesbian Priest, Alcoholic, Prisoner of War, Jewish, along with representatives of our First People and many more. The Readers and Books asked questions and listened, in turn recognising the Human Book is not just a label, but they also had a story to tell.
Head over to our YouTube channel and take a look at the final product that raps up the day perfectly.
This year we held our first ever ‘Griffith: Then & Now’ competition. We did our best at creating Then & Now photos, then we asked you guys to come up with your own.
And we have to say, we loved seeing your take on a ‘Then & Now’ photo – you guys sure are a talented bunch.
We’ve had some amazing entries, and, after a week of voting, we have a winner!
Congratulations @md_mahdi11, you’ve scored yourself a $100 visa card!
Thanks to everyone who entered, voted or simply watched from afar.
We’d like to give a special mention to @trentellis11 – check out his image (below) of when he was a student at QCA’s sculpture studio in 1990, back when QCA was located at Morningside – compared to the derelict old Morningside site in 2015.
*Gasp* yes – group assignments can actually be good for you.
Even though sometimes they can seem like a major pain, group assignments expose you to some transferrable real-world skills that your future employer will jump at.
Yes, I can see you rolling your eyes, but hear me out. Maybe it’ll help you see the light at the end of the tunnel when you’re hating on your next group assignment.
So, why are they good?
1. They teach you how to communicate
There are many different communication styles and personality types, and this will influence the group dynamics (want to procrastinate? Why not take a DISC personality test and learn a bit about your style?). Group assignments give you exposure to working with different types of people. People may be dominant, or like to be led, or full of intelligent ideas but too introverted to speak up.
2. You’ll become a pro at conflict resolution
Unless you’re living in some fantastical dream land (can I come visit?), you’re probably not going to get along with everyone in your group. You know what though? That’s OK. The important thing is how you approach conflicts. Remember to always stay level headed, try and see your other members’ points of view, there may be things of a personal nature going on that you are unaware of. It is important to always communicate with respect, every person deserves that. One strategy is to talk and listen, decide what the real issue is, identify what actions or non-actions are contributing to it, then develop options based on what is best for the group.
3. Hands-on experience managing project schedules
Who’s gonna do what, when? Maybe you simply started a Facebook chat and assigned a few tasks. Guess what? That’s delegation. If you’re super organised, maybe you’ve even created a timeline with due dates for drafts and final edits for different sections of your assignment. Make sure you take notes of your meetings, so you know who attended, what was discussed, who agreed and disagreed and what actions people agreed to do. Finish your assignment to schedule, and you won’t be stressed, pulling an all-nighter the day before your assignment’s due. Nope; you’ll be hitting the town having a grand old time (why are so many assignments due on a Friday night?!) – cheers to that submitted assignment!
4. Employers will love it
Chances are, you’re at uni with the aim of scoring your dream job? (or you’re a career student who just. loves. learning). If it’s the former, well then, heed this advice to love group work! Because you can add all the aforementioned skills to your resume. You could even highlight how these skills are transferrable to the job you’re applying for in your cover letter, during your interview or *fingers crossed* when you start (and ace!) your new job.
Want to learn how to ace group assignments? Head on over to our Study Smart webpage and check out our Group Assignments section—chock full of helpful tips.
Sunday 17 March is Saint Patrick’s Day.
The day celebrates the traditional death date of Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
However, over time, the day has evolved into a greater celebration of all things Ireland.
Celebrations usually include public parades, festivals, shamrocks, wearing green and the consumption of alcohol (this was encouraged from, historically, the Lent restrictions on drinking alcohol and eating being removed for the day).
Want to learn more about Ireland, Irish history and Irish culture? Check out our research on Griffith Research Online.
Some interesting titles include:
- The quick and the dead: Sexuality and the Irish merry wake
- Madwoman, Banshee, Seaman: Gender, changing performance contexts and the Irish Wake Ritual
- Echoes of the Banshee: The changing voice of Irish women
- Re-making an ‘old tradition’s magic’: The Irish strain in early Queensland writing
- The rise of Celtic cyber-diaspora: The influence of the “New Age” on internet Pagan communities and the dissemination of “Celtic” music.