SILVIA TAVARES

Month in review: June 2020

We are already half way through 2020! While it was looking like things were starting to feel a bit more normal – we have been talking about going back to campus, for example – Australia has just had a new outbreak. Although it is not close to where I live, everyone is again watching closely to see what happens next.

Nevertheless, I have been woking on some important projects, classes and documents; while striving to find some sort of normality and time for myself. I’ve become a member of a pilates studio and am trying to practive twice a week. I also walk or run at least once every weekend. This is far less than the amound of exercise I am used to practice, but it is something at least.

I’ve finalised this month my Probation Plan at USC. In Australia the probation plan is a three year document that guides objectives and aspirations, and develops a plan to achieve those.

My son – who also turned 2 in June! – is back in childcare three days a week and I am lucky that my husband is flexible to look after him twice a week, but it is about to change. While it doesn’t, this is what happened in June…

 

Research

I have been working on a research in Portuguese related to the project Urban Design and Town Planning in response to COVID-19. In addition, my contribution to the wider research community was a review of a book chapter.

 

Writing

I have a goal of publishing one journal article in Portuguese per year, and this is what I have been working on this month – related to the research above.

 

Presentations

Along with my colleague Dr Nicholas Stevens, I presented a seminar entitled Embedding safety values into urban design for resilient public spaces as part of the Webinar Series 2020: A Year without Public Space under the COVID-19 Pandemic.  The presentation was also related to our current project on Urban Design and Town Planning in response to COVID-19.

 

Teaching

While we are in the semester break at USC and I finalised the marking and the grades, one of my HDR students presented his research and handed in his final report at JCU.

 

Learning

In the process of preparing my probation plan, I decided to invite my PhD co-supervisor to officially be my mentor during these next years. Emma Stewart is a person whom I’ve admired for years and it is great to know I will be able to be in touch and learn more with her.

I am also still investing in my drawing practice. As my struggle has always been time, I am considering setting up a challenge for myself for the month of July: drawing everyday for 30 days. Let’s see how it goes.

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