MMM & MAC - MARCS Monday Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium 01 June 2020

Event Name MMM & MAC - MARCS Monday Meeting and MARCS Afternoon Colloquium 01 June 2020
Start Date 1st June 2020 12:00 pm
End Date 1st June 2020 2:00 pm
Duration 2 hours

Join us at the next MMM & MAC. Starting with Ria Hamblett and Karen Sheehy on Open Access publishing and Journal metrics.

Followed by a colloquium with invited speakers Professor Justin Marshal and Dr Samuel Powell on Animal Vision Underwater: from shrimps in space to prawn proctology.

NOTE: Both sessions will take place via Zoom ID 986 9057 6845.


12pm - MARCS Monday Meeting

Topic: Open Access publishing and Journal metrics
Speakers: Ria Hamblett and Karen Sheehy

Abstract: As the Open Access (OA) movement continues to gain momentum, we welcome you to a presentation from the Library that looks at the multifaceted benefits of OA and how to use it as an effective part of your publishing strategy. In addition, we will discuss journal metrics and other aspects of journal evaluation. This presentation will cover:

  • Benefits of Open Access – it’s more than just ‘free to read’!
  • Different OA publishing routes available to you, and how to meet funder mandates on OA
  • An introduction to journal metrics, and what else to look for when evaluating journals
  • How to avoid predatory publishers when assessing OA journals for quality

Biographies: Ria Hamblett is the Library’s Research Engagement Coordinator, Outreach. She is responsible for supporting the School Librarians’ research related activities, as well as initiating University-wide research engagement and training opportunities.
Karen Sheehy is the Acting School librarian for the MARCS Institute and the School of Science, and designated library contact for research, publication and teaching support.

1pm – MARCS Afternoon Colloquium

Topic:Animal Vision Underwater: from shrimps in space to prawn proctology.
Speakers: Professor Justin Marshall, ARC Laureate Professor and Research Professor at the Queensland Brain Institute, University of Queensland and Dr Samuel Powell, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Queensland Brain Institute

Abstract: Stomatopods love light. These violent shrimps detect more of the spectrum than any other animal and manipulate light through pigments, molecules and cuticular nanostructures in ways that have biologists reaching for physics books. As well as their twelve spectral sensitivities, they also sample polarised light with receptors arrayed at 0,45,90,135o for linear and with both left and right circular. This talk summarises our knowledge of stomatopod vision its use in their natural environment. Bio-inspired spin-offs include: cancer detection, data storage, satellite design and underwater navigation. Dr Sam Powell will wrap-up the talk with an engineer’s perspective on bio-inspired sensor design.

Biographies: Professor Marshall joined the Queensland Brain Institute in 2010. The recipient of many grants and awards, his research is funded by Australian and United States funding agencies, whose principle aim is to understand how other animals perceive their environment. Much of his work focuses on the marine environment, in particular reef systems and the deep-sea. He presently runs two projects/organisations: The Deep Australia Project, bringing research submersibles and high-tech deep-sea capability to Australia and CoralWatch, the world’s largest citizen-science-based coral health assessment program (60 countries, 10 languages).

Dr Powell is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow working with Professor Marshall at the Queensland Brain Institute. He has a PhD in Computer Engineering from Washington University in St Louis where his dissertation was titled, 'Underwater Celestial Navigation'. His research interests are in image sensors, polarization, and applications in image processing and machine learning.

MARCS staff and students are reminded that all meetings and workshops have an important role in building and maintaining the sense of community which is central to the success of MARCS as a cooperative and energetic research institute.  Your attendance is both welcomed and expected.

The zoom ID is: 986 9057 6845 . Link to zoom