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  PhD 2018 πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸŽ“ πŸ”¬πŸŽ¨πŸΊ Organic Chemist in Cultural Heritage Conservation "The rest is unwritten" Writing my future one paper at a time

Happy Harmony Day from The EC. And as I found out at my recent conference, the EC also is the acronym for Emerging Conservator. πŸ˜›Guess that's me πŸ™‹πŸΌ#EveryoneBelongs

My favourite part about PhD so far is that exploring galleries and museums is considered research. ☺️
It's a great way to get out of the office too. Today I am really trying to narrow in on my research question and how does one do that!? By imagining the problem from the objects point of view. There are so many variables when it comes to the deteriorating effects of VOC emissions on museum objects. So I went to look at all the possible influences in context. I may be getting somewhere...😝Stay tuned.

Preparing for Honours Graduation. I still have my gown from undergrad graduation so I just had to update my hood to the maroon colour. Ahhh how it's all coming together. 😁

Late last year I attended a professional conference for my industry of conservation for the Australian Institute of Conservation for Cultural Material (AICCM), located in the Blue Mountains NSW. I've been wanting to reflect on my first professional conference and presentation for some time now. I am also aiming to get into blog writing more frequently since writing will also help develop my style for the PhD Thesis. So today I present to you my latest blog where I reflect on my first professional conference. I also give some tips on surviving your first presentation especially in the mist of finalising your thesis.
Check the link in the bio.

When pipettes multiply over the weekend... ☺️ πŸ‘©πŸΌβ€πŸ”¬ ☺️
(FYI: The little one is a pipette pen, the big one is an actual pipette). #HamiltonCompany

This is the second Lino cut from the National Centre of Australian Children's literature that I was sampling VOC emissions from this morning.
This is a Coucal Pheasant Bird also from Narelle Oliver's children's book Fox and Fine Feathers.
Checkout my previous post for the other Lino cut and my IG story for more detail.
You can follow the NCACL on twitter and Facebook. Just search NCACL or @NatCentAusChLit on twitter. (Sorry they don't do IG...yet)

Today I am at the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature. They have a huge collection of books and art work, >36,000 pieces. Today I am sampling Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from Lino cuts made by Narelle Oliver (1960-2016) who was an author/illustrator of Children's books.
This original Lino cut is of the nocturnal Nightjar bird from the book Fox and Fine Feathers by Natelle Oliver.
My contribution to this collection is to assist in the understanding of long term storage for preservation of Lino cuts.
Drop me a comment if you have any experience with Lino cuts πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ˜ƒ
Check the following post for the other Lino cut and my IG stories for close ups, the detail is impressive.

Setting myself up with a good plan. There may not be structured classes to attend for #PhDlife but there is plenty of opportunities to attend lectures to build your skills. So that is what I am doing and leaving nothing to chance.

I've been officially initiated as part of the team. πŸ˜…πŸ˜†πŸ˜„

And so it begins....
This week I begin reading all the literature on my research topic for Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions from museum display cases. I'm looking for the gap in knowledge and where my research can contribute to filling that gap.
If any other PhD students are interested, I found an Australian Post Grad Professor on YouTube Tara Brabazon who details so much great info on how to survive your PhD.
I am currently working through Tara's set up document for some guidance on how to commence a PhD. I'll take all the help I can get so if you have any advice leave me a comment πŸ‘‡πŸ»πŸ˜

It's a new semester with a new degree and I have a new study space. PhD Life has officially started today.
🎩 β˜•οΈ πŸ“
The future is unwritten...so I guess it's time to get writing (& reading & experimenting).

Experimenting with different solvents to see what will dissolve styrene (or polystyrene foam). An experiment I am doing with my 3 year old coz it's never too early to start learning chemistry πŸ˜†(Check our Insta Story to see what worked).

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