VLS Announcements 037 - 15 May 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 037 of our weekly announcements.

In order to welcome in a successful start to Semester One I felt it fitting to hold a whole of School Meeting on Friday 29th May at 2:00pm in ECL4.

Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart will opening the meeting as he wishes to bring the school up to date with the whole of university happenings.

We will then continue with a whole of school meeting, ending proceedings with a social BBQ at the vet pergola at approximately 3:00pm.

A meeting request will be sent out shortly to all staff in the school and I would ask that everyone please RSVP for catering purposes and be sure to include any dietary requirements in your reply.


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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  • ARC College of Experts in 2016: Nominations are open - Message from Jane Crier, Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services, Research and Development Office

    Dear Deans, ADRs and colleagues,

    We are seeking nominations for appointment to the ARC College of Experts in 2016 from suitably qualified and experienced individuals in all disciplines, and strong emphasis will be placed on multi-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary expertise. Members to the ARC College play a critical role in the ARC funding allocation process however it also requires a significant commitment of time.

    The ARC requires that nominees employed by Murdoch University must be nominated by the Deputy Vice Chancellor (Research & Development). Nominations will be submitted electronically via the Office of Research & Development, the ARC will not accept nominations made directly from nominees (excepting those submitting as self-employed).

    Applications are due to by 16th June 2014 to provide time for review, obtain relevant approvals and submit the nominations to the ARC by their deadline on the 23rd June 2015 by 5pm (AEST). I am happy to support nominees with writing the application content.

    Please refer to the Nomination Kit and Nomination Form:

    Nominees to note,

    • Members of the ARC College of Experts are appointed for one year with annual extensions (subject to performance review) for a maximum appointment period of three years.
    • An induction workshop is scheduled for November 2015 in Canberra and successful nominees must be available to commence in November 2015, to assign and assess proposals for funding, as well as be available for one or two selection meetings held in Canberra each year.
    • Membership of the College requires a significant time commitment, including working to specified, non-negotiable timeframes. The College meet in Canberra for one week in April-May and one week in August-September each year to recommend proposals for funding under the NCGP funding schemes. Appointees must be available to attend at least one of these meetings each year and undertake assignments, assessments and moderations in preparation for the meetings.
    • The number of meetings per year and the volume of assignments and assessments per year are subject to negotiation.
    • Members of the ARC College will be remunerated sitting fees and reading rates. Sitting fees are determined by the Remuneration Tribunal and received per day for meetings attended. The reading rate is up to $100 per proposal.
    • There may be instances where additional assessments for proposals are required at short notice where insufficient assessments has been received through the normal external assessor process.
      The ARC will cover reasonable travel costs for the attendance of selection meetings in Canberra.

    If you have any questions regarding the ARC College of Experts Nominations, please contact me direct.

    Jane Crier
    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services
    Research and Development Office
    Tel: (+618) 9360 2970
    Mobile: 0417 415 694

  • New Reference Works and Journal - Message from Jean Coleman, Librarian, Veterinary & Life Sciences

    New Reference Works

    The Library has recently purchased the following titles in electronic format:

    The Encyclopedia of Atmospheric Sciences. 2nd edition 2015.
    The Encyclopedia of Toxicology. 3rd edition. 2014.

    New Journal

    The library also now subscribes to Advances in Agronomy (online) 2011+

    If you have any questions about these works, please contact Jean Coleman by email at or on x7278.

  • Survey - Management of feline hyperthyroidism - Message from Lucy Kopecny 

    Please see here link to information on Survey for Management of feline hyperthyroidism - prize draw for iPad and three $100 textbook vouchers (for those who complete the survey).

  • Call for applications - Research Studies Program 2015 - Message from David Hampson

    Dear Academic Staff

    The following notification (below) has been received from the DVC R&D’s office, in order to streamline the process within the School please note the timelines at the foot of this email:


    I would like to call for applications for this year’s Research Studies Program.

    Please see links below to the following documents:

    1. RSP Application (together with Leave Application Form). To be completed by the applicant and approved by the Dean and submitted by close of business, 15 July 2015 to Kim Culver (
    2. RSP Report. To be submitted to the Dean within a month of completing RSP.
    3. Dean’s Report Template. To be submitted to the DVC R&D by March 2017.


    School Timelines

    • Submission date to the DVC R&D is 15 July, 2015 – late applications will NOT be accepted;
    • Your application will need to be submitted to your cluster leader no later than c.o.b. Mon 6 July to ensure appropriate sign off by Cluster Leaders / School Dean and to adhere to the deadline of 15 July, 2015, if you are applying for RSP please advise your cluster leader in the first instant.

    Many thanks

    Sue Urbaniak (On behalf of the School Dean, Professor David Hampson)
    Personal Assistant to Professor David Hampson, Dean, School Veterinary and Life Sciences, Murdoch University
    Room: 3.036, Loneragan Bldg, South Street, Murdoch WA 6150,Tel +61 8 9360 7465, Email

  • Funding Available: Last chance for funding - Skyrail Rainforest Foundation - Message from Liana Nixon on behalf of the
    Skyrail Rainforest Foundation

    The Skyrail Rainforest Foundation has been established with the primary objective of raising and distributing funds to support tropical rainforest research and education projects. Monies raised are paid into the Skyrail Rainforest Research Fund, which is administered by a Public Fund Management Committee, consisting of representatives with environmental management, research, education and business experience.

    We ask that you please make your students aware of the funding we currently have available. Eligible students can now apply for access to up to $5,000 for PhD and Research Masters projects and up to $2,000 for Honours projects, Graduate Diploma in Research Methods projects and other Masters Course work where there is a strong research component. Attached is the funding guidelines and project proposal form which contains this years funding theme and intent. For more information please see the attached media release or direct your students to our website:

    Please see Guidelines, Proposal form and Media Release.

    You are able to interact with the Skyrail Rainforest Foundation on Twitter @skyrailresearch and Facebook.

    If you have any questions please contact me at any time.

    Kind regards,
    Liana Nixon | on behalf of the
    Skyrail Rainforest Foundation
    Ph: (07) 40422 222 | Fax: (07) 4038 1888 | PO Box 888, Cairns, Queensland, 4870

  • Safety reminder - Occupational Safety and Health in the Laboratory - Message from Marilyn Davies, Technical Resources Manager

    Safety reminder - Occupational Safety and Health in the Laboratory

    It is everyone’s responsibility when working in laboratories to uphold the need for lab safety and compliance.
    In particular within the quarantine and PC2 laboratories.
    The use of PPE and waste management compliance are not negotiable.
    Laboratory induction and training is available through your supervisor and technical staff.


    Mariyn Davies
    Technical Resources Manager | School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Loneragan Building 3.036
    90 South St
    MURDOCH WA 6150
    Ph: +618 9360 2365

  • WA Naturalists' Club starting a Young Professionals group on Facebook - Message from Maureen Gardner, WA Naturalists’ Club 

    The WA Naturalists’ Club is now setting up a Young Professionals Facebook group. The idea behind this is to link with other students studying Natural Sciences, get into the bush with local wildlife experts, hear about latest research from each other, get involved in the Nat's’ Club, connect with mentors or use your expertise to help others.

    Please spread the word if you know of any lecturers/staff who are keen for their students to experience more of the bush and get to understand more of the flora and fauna there.

    Many thanks

    Maureen Gardner

    WA Naturalists’ Club

  • $1 million in AMP grants; Fresh Science opens; and your baby's genome - Message from David Hampson

    See here for link to information.

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  • Centrifuge wanted for short term loan - Message from Professor David Macey

    A couple of medical honours students are doing some blood work in the cardiology section at The Mount Hospital and are in need a refrigerated centrifuge for a short term loan. Ideally it needs to be on site at The Mount due to the time constraints on sample processing (i.e. asap). The requirements are: chilled to 4 deg, able to handle standard phlebotomy vacutainers (3ml-6ml) and up to 10,000 rpm. They would take good care of it! If you have one you can spare (or just two buckets for an IEC), and I appreciate we don’t have many, please can you contact me!

    Professor David Macey ph. 9360 2725

  • Human Resources new web page with HR 'quick reference' guides - Message from Human Resources

    Please see below link to the new Human Resources 'quick reference' guides.

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  • Presentation - Inclusive Educational Communities - Message from Abigayle Carmody, Equity Projects Officer, Equity and Social Inclusion, Student Life and Learning, Academic Registrar's Office

    Murdoch is hosting the following special presentation.

    Developing Inclusive Educational Communities: Supporting Diversity in Gender and Sexuality, Literacy and Use of Technology
    Thursday, May 28, 12.30-1.30pm, Murdoch University, The Senate Room.
    Presented by Associate Professor Wendy Cumming-Potvin
    Followed by Q & A

    Tea/coffee & cakes provided. RSVP’s to

    For further details please find see flyer.

VLS Announcements No. 037