VLS Announcements 039 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 039 of our weekly announcements.

Thank you to those staff who were able to attend the VLS School Meeting today, and special thanks to Tonya Parry (and her team of helpers) for arranging the BBQ. Even a relatively small event such as this takes lots of preparation. I hope as many staff as possible get to enjoy the chance to grab a bite to eat and have a chat with their colleagues in autumn sunshine.

For those not able to make the meeting please see here for a copy of the School presentation.


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]

  • InSPiRE for Supervisors - Tuesday 30 June 2015, University of Notre Dame - Message from David Hampson

    Hello Research Degree Supervisors

    The five WA universities are collaborating again to host a week-long summer school to provide expert research training for research degree students. I sent the first attachment out to all Murdoch research students last week so if you could please encourage your student/s to attend that would be great. They should be able to claim the registration fee out of their maintenance account.

    There will also be a day (incorporated into the Notre Dame program on 30 June) for supervisors from the five universities to network and share ideas on how to improve supervisor practice. The event will be fully catered and includes entry to the closing sundowner at Curtin on Friday 2 July.

    Supervisors can register now for only $40 (plus GST) at

    Hope to see you there!

    Ashleigh Roberts
    Graduate Research & Projects Officer and InSPiRE Co-ordinator| Research and Development | Murdoch University
    Phone 08 9360 2452 (Tues, Thurs & Fri) 08 9360 7115 (Mon & Wed) Email

  • Fulbright Scholarships Information 

    On behalf of the Australian-American Fulbright Commission I’d like to express our most sincere appreciation for all the support we received during our 2015 Fulbright Roadshow. We completed our final event in Canberra last week and have already received overwhelmingly positive responses to our new format. We could not have achieved such a successful result without your support, and for this we thank you.

    As a follow-up to these events we have developed a digital flyer (attached) containing useful information about our various programs for circulation through your university networks. We would be very grateful if you could forward this information to your students and faculty to maximise their scholarship opportunities.

    Thank you again for your continued support of the Fulbright Program.

    Yours faithfully,

    Alexander MacLaurin
    Communications & Events Officer

  • LMS Help for Staff: Introduction to LMS - Message from Rhonda Tillbrook

    Two workshops have been scheduled for staff who are new to using Murdoch's LMS or need a refresher.

    Introduction to LMS - Part 1 is scheduled for Tuesday 2 June 10 am - 12.30 pm
    Introduction to LMS - Part 2 is scheduled for Monday 8 June 1 - 3 pm

    to register go to

  • ARC Roadshow at Murdoch on 3rd June 2015: Centres of Excellence and Assessment Info sessions - Message from Jane Crier for action

    We are hosting representatives from the ARC on the 3rd of June to deliver two ARC information sessions and all are welcome to attend. The Centres of Excellence session will be held in the morning and the session on the ARC Assessment Process to be held in the afternoon.

    Please note separate registration is required for each session.

    1) ARC Centre of Excellence (places for this session are limited to 50):

    Location: McCusker Conference Room, IIID Building, Murdoch University
    Start Time: 10:00
    Finish Time: 12:00

    Centres of Excellence: Please register here

    2) ARC Assessment and Process (proposed Executive Director presenter from Engineering, Mathematics and Information Sciences):

    Location: Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre, Murdoch University
    Start Time: 14:00
    Finish Time: 16:00

    Assessment and Process: Please register here

    With thanks


    Jane Crier

    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services
    Research and Development Office

    Tel: (+618) 9360 2970

  • Special Issue Folklore and Sustainability - deadline extended to 30 June 2015 - Message from Dora Marinova, Professor, Director, Curtin University Sustainability Policy (CUSP) Institute

    Please be advised that the deadline for the Special Issue on Folklore and Sustainability of the International Journal of Information Systems and Social Change has been extended to 30 June 2015.

    More information is available on:

  • 2016 Short-term Mobility and AsiaBound Grants - Open for applications - Message from Jeanette Geesman

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

  • For Honours and Postgrad Student Supervisors - Message From Nathalie Kennedy

    to Honours and Postgrad Student Supervisors - Update your project opportunities advertised on VLS website:
    Could you please check the current list of Honours/Masters/PhD projects advertised on the School’s website below and advise Emma Thorp or Nathalie Kennedy if they need to be removed or updated with new information:

    Current Honours opportunities:

    Current Postgrad opportunities:

    Please also contact Emma or Nathalie with any new Honours, Masters or PhD projects that need to be added to the School website. (Masters and PhD opportunities can also be cross-advertised on the R&D website).
    Best regards,

    Nathalie Kennedy
    Academic Support Officer –School of Veterinary and Life Sciences – BS2.001
    Murdoch University - 90 South St - Murdoch WA 6150
    Ph: +61 8 9360 2784 - p-time: Monday, Wednesday + Thursday (am only)

  • Visitor Studies Association Outstanding Award Paper - Message from David Hampson

    One of the publications from our recently completed ARC linkage grant has received the inaugural outstanding paper award from the Visitor Studies journal. The paper was a collaboratively produced piece with statistician Prof Ross Taplin from Curtin University.

    The award was based on the following criteria: a) Quality of scholarship; b) Contributes significantly to the body of knowledge in the field of Visitor Studies – theory and/or practice; c) Innovation in approach to a problem and/or methods; d) Soundness and rigor of methodology, methods, and analysis; and e) Clear communication, logical organization, and excellent writing.

    Copy of paper attached

    Regards Sue

    Sue Moore | Professor, Environmental and Conservation Sciences
    Leader | Nature Based Tourism Research Group
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences | Murdoch University
    61(8) 9360 6484 -

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

  • The 2015 European Biopolymer Summit

    See flyer for further information.

  • Presentation at IIID on Wednesday 27 May 2015 by Professor Bruce Robinson - Message from Deborah Robertson

    I am delighted to announce our next presentation will be by Professor Bruce Robinson, School of Medicine and Pharmacology QEII Medical Centre Unit, University of Western Australia, on Wednesday 27th April at 11am. Professor Robinson’s talk is entitled “How the immune system engages with mutated proteins in tumours & implications for novel therapies”. Please see flyer here.

    Deborah Robertson
    Practice Manager
    Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases|Murdoch University
    IIID, Building 390, Discovery Way Murdoch University,
    Murdoch, Western Australia, 6150

  • Free Public Lecture by Australia's Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC - Message from David Hampson

    Free Public Lecture by Professor Ian Chubb AC

    “Building Momentum on STEM Policy”

    Addressing the declining proportion of students and workforce participants in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) is an important issue for Australia. It is a key opportunity, as highlighted in “A Science Statement for Western Australia”, if we are to continue building on our social and economic prosperity.

    Therefore, I am pleased to bring to your attention a free Public Lecture being presented by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Ian Chubb AC, titled “Building Momentum on STEM Policy”.

    The lecture is open to the public and all interested researchers, government agencies, companies, as well as research and higher education institutions.

    Arrangements are -

    Date: Wednesday, 24 June 2015
    Time: 5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Venue: McCusker Auditorium, Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research,
    2 Verdun Street, Nedlands.

    Additional details are on the attached invitation.

    Please RSVP to by Friday, 19 June 2015 to confirm your attendance.

    For more information please contact:
    Helen Hitchcock
    Senior Project Officer
    Office of Science
    Phone - (08) 6552 5834
    Email -

  • Save the Date for the Conversation 26-28th August 2015 - Message from Sara De Freitas

    Dear Colleagues,

    Following from the successes of last year’s Conversation, we are hosting the three-day event again this year in the non-teaching week: Wednesday 26th – Thursday 28th August (1-4pm) in the Nexus Theatre. The programme will include: an opening plenary event, themed panel discussions, the Murdoch Student and Staff Debates and a showcase day of best practice in L&T, including papers and presentations from Murdoch Staff. The theme of the Conversation will be: Students as partners in learning, as well as focusing debate around key university issues of the student experience, with a focus upon learner retention and engagement. The event will also bring alumni and current staff and students together as part of the 40th anniversary celebrations. You are invited to participate in the events, and feedback any additional ideas for the programme directly.

    A call for papers and presentations will be circulated shortly. For information about the L&T strategy and forthcoming L&T events, see our web site at:

    Many thanks,


    Professor Sara de Freitas
    Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching

  • Frog & Reptile Expo

    I'm organising an oral/poster presentation event with the Western Australian Herpetological Society on Sunday 26th July 2015 at the Cannington Showgrounds. It is open to all people conducting reptile/frog research in WA with the aim to get some public exposure for this kind of research.

    Registration is $10 through eventbrite (all information on the attached flyer), and prizes will be awarded for the best posters/talks. Alternatively, the Expo (and talks/posters) will be available to the public on the day. I think tickets are around the $4/$5 mark with family discounts. There will be lots to see and do, and it'll be a great day out.

    I'd really appreciate it if you could forward this on to staff members interested in herpetological research, and any students who are working with frogs/reptiles. I'm happy to answer any questions.

    Kind regards,

    Ashleigh Wolfe
    PhD Candidate (Environmental Biology)
    Department of Environment & Agriculture
    Curtin University
    Ph: 0450 337 633

VLS Announcements No. 039