VLS Announcements 033 - 17 April 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 033 of our weekly announcements.

Thanks to those of you who went along to the Fremantle’s WA Maritime Museum to support Navid Moheimani in the WA state finals of the British Council’s Fame Lab Navid and the other scientists had three minutes to present their work to the diverse audience, with the panel judging on content, charisma and clarity. As you might expect, Navid was able to give a lively, dynamic, authentic and engaging account of his mission and passion, with memorable use of some home-made stage props to represent algal matrices! His presentation stimulated a good discussion from the audience and, although he didn’t win the evening, the School would like to thank Navid so much for taking the time to prepare for the event and present his talk. He was a fine ambassador for our School and the University. The finals of Fame Lab are also to be held here in WA, once again at the WA Maritime Museum in Fremantle, on 12-13 May, if you are looking for a science–themed event for yourself, family and friends.

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For those interested a more detailed account is available at the Exchange


David Hampson

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

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

  • Animal Welfare Trust Research Grant - Message from Dr Susan Hazel, Chair Australian Veterinary Assoc, Animal Welfare Trust   

    The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Animal Welfare Trust has some funds gained through subscriptions from AVA members and the wind up of the Australian Federation of the Welfare of Animals. The Trustees wish to make research grants available to progress two objectives of the Animal Welfare Trust, specifically:

    • to fund research into animal welfare issues
    • to promote and subsidise such research.

    As funds are limited, Animal Welfare Trust research grants are suitable for small, one-year projects associated with animal welfare. They can be used to assist postgraduate students working towards veterinary, honours and masters degrees or fellowships of the Australian College of Veterinary Scientists. The Trustees would extend this offer to other students undertaking studies that include animal welfare.

    The Trustees would welcome proposals for students to deliver papers at the AVA annual conference (in May each year) and/or to have suitable papers published in the Australian Veterinary Journal.

    The attached application form details requirements for the grants. Currently, the Animal Welfare Trust can support a single grant for a one-year project, up to the value of $10,000.

    Please note the closing date for applications for 2015 is 29th May 2015.

    Please make your students aware of the availability of these research grants and the requirements detailed in the application form. Further information can be obtained from Dr Melanie Latter, Executive Officer of the Animal Welfare Trust, on 02 6273 0064 or at

    Yours sincerely

    Dr Susan Hazel
    AVA Animal Welfare Trust

  • Learning and Teaching Updates - Message from Sara de Freitas

    Dear Colleagues,

    Just wanted to send you a quick update on learning and teaching at Murdoch University for your interest.

    The first news is that the Learning and Teaching Strategy was passed through Academic Council on 11th March unanimously! We expect to have a published version out by the end of April and the web version of the strategy will also be available at that time. We are currently working hard on a draft implementation plan to support the roll out of our strategic initiatives for the next five years – and will keep you updated as we have more to share with colleagues.

    The new Murdoch University Learning and Teaching Certificate is in its final stages of development, ready for commencement soon after Easter. Details of this very exciting course can be found here:, together with our general academic PD program available at Newly appointed academic staff from across Murdoch recently attended our very successful academic induction. You can watch a 60-second summary here:

    We have held two very successful Second Wednesday events already this year reflecting the main themes emerging from our strategy and bringing our staff together to network and share practices. The first was on how to bring more engagement into teaching practice and the second debated the role of assessment in higher education contexts. Watch out on Staff Announcements for the May Second Wednesday event on student retention or keep an eye on our web pages at:

    We also held the VC Learning and Teaching Awards workshop recently which was well attended and we hope to receive a good number of applications for the awards; for more information about the awards, see:

    In the LMS and Educational Technology space, the University’s Learning Analytics project has commenced with three analytics apps now available in the LMS. If any colleagues are interested in joining a trial of these, please contact

    We are also holding our first Business After Hours events for the year from May, and if colleagues are interested in co-organising them with me, do email me directly to discuss (

    We also plan to host an event in October again this year to continue our Conversation and celebration of learning and teaching and any interested parties can contact me to join our organising committee. If you have any comments, feedback or ideas for 2015 events or activities, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

    Best wishes,


    Professor Sara de Freitas
    Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching
    Murdoch University
    90 South Street,
    Western Australia
    WA 6150

    Tel: +618 9360 2432
    Mobile: +618 (0) 481 438 715
    Skype name: saraisabelladefreitas
    Twitter: @saradefreitas

  • 2016 New Colombo Plan - applications open - Message from Jeanette Geesman

    Dear colleagues,

    The 2016 New Colombo Plan (NCP) round is now open for applications. Please circulate this email to your School and colleagues where appropriate. Please find below:

    a) Email from February with additional information
    b) Information to help your School submit an application
    c) Application to submit to the Student Mobility Team

    Some key points include:

    For the first time multi-year funding is available. DAFT prefers that we apply for multi-year funding for new created programs as opposed to long established programs, however you can still try and get multi-year funding if you have a program that has been running for some time. This funding shall encourage Schools to create new programs, with the goal to be sustainable.
    Still only undergraduate students are eligible for NCP funding. Students also need to be Australian citizens and have to be between 18 and 28 years of age by the time of program commencement, with 10% of the students allowed to be over 28.

    Please return the application to me by 15th May 2015 COB. Thank you.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

    Best regards,

    Jeannette Geesmann
    Student Mobility Officer (Outbound) | External Engagement | Academic Registrar's Office
    Phone +61 8 9360 7836 | * Email | :

  • Reminder: call for applications for FASIC Early Career Fellowships 2015 and ASPIRE 2015 closing soon - Message from Naomi Arbon

    See here for further information.

  • AAVMC/APTR One Health Case Studies: call for proposals - Message from Ted Y. Mashima, Associate Executive Director for Academic and Research Affairs, Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges

    The One Health Interprofessional Education Initiative seeks to integrate One Health concepts into the degree programs of health professions students through the case study method of instruction. To accomplish this goal the Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges (AAVMC) has convened a Working Group in collaboration with the Association for Prevention Teaching and Research (APTR) and the Healthy People Curriculum Task Force (HPCTF).

    The Working Group has developed a broad-based One Health Educational Framework designed for use in all health professions education. The One Health Case Study project aims to engage faculty in developing interprofessional teaching cases as well as case studies specific to an individual field of study.

    The AAVMC/APTR Working Group seeks proposals for new, previously unpublished case studies. Proposals are due by Friday, June 12, 2015. Case studies describing the participation of individuals from different professional disciplines and developed by faculty from more than one health profession are highly encouraged. The proposals will be reviewed and up to ten proposals will be selected for further development.

    The lead author of each published case study will be designated a "One Health Scholar" by the AAVMC and will receive a stipend of $1,000. The lead author of up to five exemplary case studies will be invited to present their case study at the 2016 AAVMC Annual Conference in Washington, DC.

    For more information, please see attached document or visit:
    Questions may be sent to

    Please distribute the call widely to your faculty members. Thank you very much.



    Ted Y. Mashima, DVM, DACZM, DACVPM
    Associate Executive Director for Academic and Research Affairs
    Association of American Veterinary Medical Colleges
    1101 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 301
    Washington, DC 20005-3536
    O: 202-371-9195, ext. 118
    M: 301-437-9291

  • Database trials - Message from Jean Coleman 

    Database trials

    1. Trial – EOLSS Online

    The Library currently has EOLSS Online on trial - this trial runs to April 28, 2015. EOLSS is a collection of twenty encyclopaedias focusing on the principles and practices that have been shown to be of value in the evolution of sustainable life support systems. Subjects covered include environmental, biological, health, physical and chemical sciences.

    You can access the database at

    Please provide any feedback you may have regarding this resource via the feedback hyperlink on the page above or directly to Jean Coleman by email at

    2. Trial – Vetstream (on campus only)

    The Library currently has Vetstream on trial - this trial runs to May 26, 2015 and can only be accessed from on campus. Vetstream consists of four online veterinary clinical reference sources - Canis (dogs), Felis (cats), Lapis (rabbits) and Equis (horses). Updated weekly, content is presented in text, picture, video and audio format and has been submitted by over 800 of the world's leading veterinary clinicians.

    You can access the database at

    Please provide any feedback you may have regarding this resource via the feedback hyperlink on the page above or directly to Jean Coleman by email at

  • Funding opps to support EU collaboration: Pacific-Europe Network and Australia-Germany DAAD research scheme - Message from Jane Crier

    The Australia-Germany Joint Research Co-operation Scheme is a joint initiative (PDF 1.2MB) of Universities Australia and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD), Germany's national agency for the support of international academic co-operation. It aims to foster research collaboration of the highest quality between Australian researchers from Universities Australia member universities and German researchers from German universities and research institutes.

    The scheme will support exchanges for Australian researchers to spend time at partner institutions in Germany and for collaborating German researchers to spend time at Australian universities. The support of early career researchers and junior scholars is a significant focus of this scheme.

    Applications open on 9 April 2015 and close on 30 June 2015. Projects are funded for one or two years commencing in 2016. Further information including the application pack is now available here and application form here.

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

  • 4WD Course CANCELLED - April 22nd & 23rd - Message from Steven Goynich

    Hello Everyone,

    I am sorry to inform you, that the 4WD Course that has been offered for April 22nd and 23rd has been cancelled due to lack of numbers. If there is enough interest shown from staff & students, we may offer one later this Semester, but again it will be dependent on a minimum of six people. To register your interest in a possible course, including dates of your availability later this semester, please reply to

    If you need Certification for your research or work here at the University using a 4WD urgently, I suggest that you look at an external provider such as Eureka 4WD or similar.


    Steven GOYNICH
    Murdoch University
    School of Veterinary & Life Sciences

  • Attention - All  VLS Staff - Reviewing your leave balances, Leave Plan, Leave Application  for action

    Murdoch University has adopted an increased focus on the promotion of a healthy work-life balance, and it is important that we as individuals take time to consider our health and well-being. This commitment has been made by the Senior Leadership Group and we would like to align VLS with this vision.

    Annual Leave
    As you may already be aware, Murdoch provides the 4 weeks of Annual Leave entitlement (pro-rated for fractional appointments) in advance each year to employees on fixed term and continuous contracts. We encourage staff to book their annual leave entitlement for each year on MyHR. See here for the Leave Plan form. An information sheet has also been attached if you would like to find out what your 2015 annual leave entitlement is.

    Long Service Leave
    Actual long service leave is available to fixed term or continuous employees who have had continuous service at the University for 10 years or more. Staff who have an entitlement to long service leave are encouraged to apply using the Leave form as attached. 

    Finally, with the first semester well on its way, we would like to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of the staff within VLS.

  • Congratulations to Cristy Secombe - Message from Peter Irwin

    Hello everyone,

    I hope you all had a good break over Easter, and my thanks to everyone who was here working over the long weekend to keep the Hospital operating and animals treated.

    Please join me in congratulating Dr Cristy Secombe who is the successful recipient of a Murdoch Leadership Alumni Network Award for enrolment in the Emerging Leaders Program through the Australian Institute of Management WA!

    With best wishes


    Peter J. Irwin, BVetMed, PhD, FANZCVS, MRCVS | Professor
    PRINCIPAL | College of Veterinary Medicine
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    MURDOCH UNIVERSITY, 90 South Street, Western Australia, 6150
    Location: Veterinary Surgical Centre | Room 2.104
    Phone: (+61) 08 9360 2590
    E mail:

  • Congratulations to Carly Holyoake - Message from Kris Warren

    We are pleased to announce that Carly Holyoake recently gave birth to Evie Suzan Lily Holyoake on 7 April. Carly and Evie are both doing well.

  • Welcome to new staff member Dr Penghao Wang - Message from Wayne Greene

    It is a pleasure to announce that Dr Penghao Wang will be starting with us as Lecturer in Biostatistics on Monday, 20 April.

    Penghao is a biostatistician/bioinformatician whose work has spanned transcriptomics, proteomics and genomics across fields as diverse as biomedicine and agriculture. He has developed bioinformatic software for a range of applications including NGS, and has particular strength in dealing with mass spectrometry data for protein identification and quantitation, having written a book chapter on that subject. He joins us from Plant Industry, CSIRO in Canberra where he was Bioinformatics Research Projects Officer. Penghao completed his Ph.D in Information Technology (specifically in Bioinformatics and Distributed Computing) at the University of Sydney.

    We look forward to Penghao joining us – please make him feel welcome to Murdoch and to the School of VLS.

  • Autoclave training - Message from Rhonda Loxley, Scientific Officer 

    We have received some inquiries regarding training in the use of autoclaves in the Biological Sciences and Science & Computing buildings. If you are
    interested in attending, or you have new personnel in your lab requiring training, please forward your details to, indicating which autoclave you intend to use.

    A reminder that it is necessary to have attended these training sessions to be eligible to use the autoclaves.

  • Post doc after work drink Friday - 24/04/2015 - Message from Sofie De Meyer

    Dear early career researchers,

    Our Post Doc After Work drinks will happen each month on the last Friday in the BSB common room (building 240, room 2.020) starting at 4pm. It is a great opportunity to get to know each other and enjoy some nibbles and drinks for a very economic price!
    The next happy Fridays are listed below so pencil them in your diary!
    - 24/04/2015
    - 29/05/2015
    - 26/06/2015
    - 31/07/2015
    - 28/08/2015

    Hope to see you all there!

    Dr Sofie De Meyer
    Post-doctoral researcher and Re* Team Rep
    Centre for Rhizobium studies
    90 South Street, Murdoch WA 6150
    Tel +61 8 9360 2439 | Mob +61 451 50 54 56

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

  • ACSME 2015: Call for discipline day workshops - Message from  Helen Middleton

    Hi Everyone

    Murdoch University is hosting the Discipline Day for the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education on 2nd October this year with a focus on education in different science disciplines. See here for full details of the full conference and a call for submissions to run workshops on Discipline Day.

    Please consider attending this conference. It would be wonderful to have a strong turnout of Murdoch University staff as presenters and attendees, particularly on Discipline Day.

    Kind regards,

    Dr Helen Middleton
    Mathematics and Statistics
    School of Engineering and Information Technology
    Murdoch University
    Phone: +61 8 9360 2200 Room: SC3.005

  • Seminar 22nd April - Startup Xchange - Idea to Venture - Message from Sam Dymond, Knowledge Transfer, Research and Development Office

    Hi All,

    Please find here an invitation for Startup Xchange Seminar – Idea to Venture, 22nd April 5:30pm-7:30pm ECL2.

    All staff and students are welcome and it is highly recommended that Early Career Researchers attend.

    Please note that the Innovation Centre WA is handling registrations –see (link expired) to register for attendance. This seminar is the first in a series of four at Murdoch, Curtin, UWA and ECU, all are welcome to attend any or all of the seminars.

    Can I also get your assistance in circulating throughout the schools and placing a printout of the poster on a noticeboard in the schools?.

    Thanks for your help,

    Sam Dymond
    General Manager – Knowledge Transfer
    Research and Development Office
    Murdoch University South Street Murdoch, WA 6150
    email: Tel: (+61 8) 9360 7481 Mob: 0439 912 093 Fax: (+61 8) 9360 6686

VLS Announcements No. 033