VLS Announcements 029 - 20 March 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 029 of our weekly announcements.

Professor Richard Harper and the School Office have been hard at work putting the finishing touches to the new Crop and Pasture Science major this week. It is now off to the Academic Courses and Admissions Committee for approval and then to Academic Council.

Warm wishes,

David Hampson

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Sarah Gillett by COB each Friday for publication the following Friday.

Note: items that require action are now marked with a red flag for action.   Click on [Expand All/Collapse All] below to view the entire stories.

Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Information about BSC100 Building Blocks for Science Students - Message from the Coordinators of BSC100  

    For those academic chairs and unit coordinators interested in the content of BSC100 and in linking their units into our transition unit the information summary can be found here.

  • Applications open for SHRAC Research Translation Projects 2015 (round 9) - Message from Sharyn Rodger, Research Development Unit, Department of Health

    Dear Research Directors and Administrators,

    SHRAC Research Translation Projects 2015 (Round 9) – Now open for applications - see flyer here.

    Applications are invited for the SHRAC Research Translation Projects 2015 (Round 9) grant program developed by the State Health Research Advisory Council (SHRAC).

    This funding program aligns with WA Health’s objective to make the best use of funds and resources for the State’s health system by providing funding for short-term projects that will investigate and evaluate efficiencies and cost savings that research can deliver to WA Health while maintaining or improving patient outcomes.

    Applications for projects that may be used as a basis for subsequent grant applications for externally funded programs such as the NHMRC are encouraged, as are applications from persons in the clinical service delivery environment with suitable multidisciplinary and cross-institution collaborations.

    Projects can be up to 24 months duration and up to $270,000 is available per project. Projects will be selected on competitive merit.

    The Application Form and Guidelines for Applicants can be found at the Research Development website:

    The Research Development Unit requests that you assist with promoting this funding opportunity via your institution's website and/or internal email. Information about the SHRAC Research Translation Projects 2014 grant round is attached and can be distributed for advertising purposes.

    Please note the Department of Health's closing date for applications is 1:00pm Wednesday 27 May 2015.

    If you would like the Research Development Unit to provide an information session about the funding program to interested applicants, please email to arrange a session.

    Kind regards


    Sharyn Rodger
    Snr Policy Officer
    Research Development Unit, Department of Health
    Level 2, Block C, 189 Royal Street EAST PERTH WA 6004
    PO Box 8172 Perth Business Centre PERTH WA 6849
    tel: 08 9222 4415 | fax: 08 9222 4051 | web:

  • Outstanding Unit Templates - Message from John Bailey for action

    Last Thursday unit coordinators were emailed re the outstanding unit templates that need to be returned to Emma and Coralie urgently. These are now three weeks overdue.

    Likewise academic chairs need to return the unit sets including an indication as to how the Breadth 3 requirement will be met; i.e. through a Breadth 3 unit chosen from a list of such University-wide units and/or through an internship or WiL experience.

  • Clashes and invalid enrolment issues - Message from John Bailey 

    At the last Learning and Teaching committee members discussed difficulties in students having clashes identified and then having invalid enrolments flagged. The ADLT was asked to take this the University Learning and Teaching committee. This has been done and it seems that the solution will be not too difficult. All that is required is for lectures to be labelled as not mandatory. A good result.

Staff News and Events [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • 4WD Course: Wednesday 22nd & Thursday 23 April

    The 4WD course will consist of 2 days and is on in Semester 1: April 22nd & 23rd, 2015 and Semester 2: August 26th & 27th, 2015.

    It will consist of some basic theory (such as videos, vehicle maintenance, equipment use, etc) on the Wednesday morning & in the afternoon the sand driving exercise at Tims Thicket. On Thursday will be east of Sawyers Valley for the whole day. Depending on numbers & demonstrators there may be an additional vehicle for this day.

    This course is recommended for any one going of a gazetted road (i.e. Tracks, beach work, etc), but is also highly recommended for boat recoveries (causes less damage to the vehicle, burnt out clutches, etc).

    If you wish to do the course, please check the attachments (Flyer, Program and Application form) for details, fill out the application form (with your supervisors’ approval) and return it to me.


    Steven GOYNICH
    Office Building #235 (Loneragan Bld), LB 4.034c
    Phone (08) 9360 2445
    Mobile 0403 174342
    Fax (08) 310 1711

  • VLS Professional Staff movements - Message from Fiona Feist

    From Monday, 16th March 2015, Frankie DeRousie will be permanently transferring back to her substantive role as Academic Support Officer. Tonya Parry will be moving roles to cover the gap left by Frankie in the Operations Team and we will begin recruiting for a new Receptionist in the Biological Sciences reception. In the meantime, Tonya will remain in the Biological Sciences reception office until we find a replacement for her.

    There will be no changes to contact points for work requests and all work for VLS Operations should still be sent to and any academic support officer work can be sent to

  • Paid Student Ambassador Program - Message from External Engagement

    Hello All

    Just wanted to share with you the new scheme I am about to launch here at Murdoch. Following the review, we are going to relaunch the STAR volunteer scheme to offer a Paid student ambassador/alongside volunteering, specifically targeted at Science/math/IT and education students (including undergrad, postgrad and Phd).

    See attached flyer which I am handing to student advisors to help me spread the word, as well as posters within the schools and a presence on the big screen in the library and the students centre. I have also had permission to send a targeted email to the above student cohorts.

    I have worked with HR to develop an on-line application which appears on the careers page of the Murdoch website.

    If you could also spread the word that will be very much appreciated. Applications close on Friday 27th March. I, along with Sam in External Engagement will interview the students, and then invite the successful candidates to a full-day training session.

    For those students in schools outside of science and education, Sam has recently advertised for marketing ambassadors and we also have the volunteering hub, so hopefully we are not disadvantaging any students.

    I will be visiting all the schools today to see if ok to pin-up the posters and also hand the flyers to the student advisors.

    Kind regards

    Michelle Austin
    Science Outreach Coordinator
    Academic Registrar's Office| External Engagement
    Murdoch University
    90 South Street, Murdoch - ph: 08 9360 7319 e:

  • Acting Continuing Education Coordinator - Message from Fiona Feist

    Kelly Hall is taking extended leave up until her maternity leave commences. Nathalie Kennedy is currently acting in the role of Continuing Education Coordinator and will continue to do so until a maternity leave replacement is found.

  • Power interrupt - Building 250 Vet Biology - 21st and 22nd March 2015 - Message from Property, Development & Commercial Services Office for action

    **Power Interrupt**
    Building 250 vet Biology north west — LEVEL 3

    029 - Vet Biology Level 3 north west.jpg

    This affects general power and lighting of 250 Vet Biology on LEVEL 3 north west.

    Please be advised that there will be essential electrical works being carried out on Saturday 21st from 0500hrs through till Sunday 22nd March 2015 2100hrs. If anyone needs to discuss this further or has concerns, please contact me directly on 0419 501 169.

    Please be aware that LEVEL 3 north west will not be usable during this period.

    Greg Bickerdike BEng (Hons)
    Project Manager
    Property, Development & Commercial Services | Murdoch University | WA 6155 | Australia
    t. 08 9360 7247 | e.

  • Welcome Dr Mark Newman to the Veterinary Hospital Surgery Team - Message from the College of Veterinary Medicine

    029 - Dr Mark Newman.png The staff from the Small Animal Surgery department in the Veterinary Hospital would like to welcome Dr Mark Newman to the Hospital and to the College of Veterinary Medicine and are pleased to have Mark as part of their team.

Seminars, Conferences and Workshops [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • Invitation: WA BioBriefing - '50 Shades of GM' - Message from Michael Jones

    See here for invitation to WA Bio Briefing '50 Shades of GM' which will be a discussion about the national and international harmonisation of GM policy and organic standards and the increasingly blurred lines between what is and is not considered 'genetically modified'.

  • Seminar by Dr Rakesh Veedu - Message from Deb Robertson

    Please see here for flyer for an upcoming Seminar by Dr Rakesh Veedu 25 March 2015 ‘Novel Functional Nucleic Acids for Target Specific Therapy’.

  • Seminar by Dr Christophe von Garnier 'Lung Microbiome and Translational Research', Consultant Respiratory Physician, University of Bern, Switzerland - Message from Phil Stumbles

    The seminar is by Dr Christophe von Garnier, Consultant Respiratory Physician, University of Bern, Switzerland, and who is a visiting Sir Walter Murdoch Adjunct Professor collaborator.

    Title: "Lung Microbiome and Translational Research”

    Venue: Biological Science Lecture Theatre.

    Date: Thursday, 26th March

    Time: 10:30 a.m.

    Thank you.

    Dr Phil Stumbles, Ph.D.

    Senior Lecturer in Pathology
    Molecular & Biomedical Sciences | School of Veterinary & Life Sciences | Murdoch University | Perth, Australia
    T: +61 8 9360 6201 | Building 250, Rm 2.004 |

  • Change of dates for Australian Ornithological Conference now 25-27 November, 2015 - Message from Kathryn Napier

    The dates for the Australasian Ornithological Conference in Adelaide have been changed to November 25-27, 2015.

    Please find the updated sponsorship form for students here.

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