VLS Announcements 042 - 18 June 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 042 of our weekly announcements.

I will be away in Japan next week speaking at a conference and during that time John Bailey will be Acting Deputy Dean.

If anyone has urgent queries during this period please contact John Bailey via Sarah Gillett in my absence.


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]

  • Call for Papers for the 2015 Learning and Teaching Conversation - Message from John Bailey

    Call for Papers for the 2015 Learning and Teaching Conversation at:

  • Reserve reminder for S2 - Message from Jean Coleman, Librarian, Veterinary & Life Sciences

    Dear Unit Coordinators,

    Please forward requests for reserve and eReserve (copyright protected materials) to for the start of the 2015 second semester teaching periods.

    Adding material to Reserve and eReserve

    Linking to articles and online resources via Moodle

    Copyright information

    If you want unit readings uploaded to eReserve please ring x6530 or email

    Please contact Jean Coleman for more information if required.

    This year the University acquired Talis Aspire Reading Lists and Talis Aspire Digitised Content (My Unit Readings) to replace the eReserve software. Trialling of this new system with selected academic staff commenced in first semester 2015, and we are in the process of transferring a number of first year units, which will be running in second semester, across with a more robust implementation in place for the start of 2016. If you’d like further information about My Unit Readings, please contact Jean Coleman.

  • How do YOU value the Kimberley coast? - Message from Jennifer Strickland-Munro

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    Researchers are exploring how people value the Kimberley coastline and marine environment. An online survey was recently launched seeking stakeholder input to help guide future management of the unique and beautiful region. The survey asks people to place markers on a Google maps interface to show where and how they value the coast, as well as what kind of management they wish to see in the future.

    The research aims to assist Government to make informed decisions about coastal management, now and into the future, and will provide spatially explicit data to inform planning and management. The survey is part of the WA government’s $30m Kimberley Marine Research Program (KMRP) administered by the WA Marine Science Institution (WAMSI).

    We want to hear from as many different people as possible through the survey. Every voice counts! Just click on the link:

    The survey will take around 25-30 minutes and all information given is anonymous. There is also a small thank you gift once you finish the survey but these are limited so get in quick.

    Have your say about how you would like to see the Kimberley coast managed in the future.

    Please contact Jennifer Strickland-Munro ( if you would like any more information.

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

  • Biosecurity training supported by the Crawford Fund’s NSW and WA Committees has recently wrapped up at Murdoch University - Message from Kirsty Bayliss
  • Partnering with Murdoch University, the Crawford Fund have recently supported training in postharvest grain storage - Message from Kirsty Bayliss
  • Appointment - University Risk Advisor - Message from Kerrynne Batten, Director Internal Audit and Risk Management

    I’m delighted to let you know that Internal Audit and Risk Management has been able to recruit a part time risk advisor to assist Offices and Schools in developing and managing their respective operational risk registers, over the next three or four months. Mario Del Fabbro joins us with a significant amount of experience, with over 30 years as a risk, audit and business process manager. Mario commences with IA&RM this week, and will be in touch with you in the near future to arrange an initial meet and greet, and to schedule an appropriate time with key people from your School or Office to start working through the risk register process.

    Mario will also be assisting in reviewing and updating our overarching risk management framework documentation with a view to tabling it at SLG in the near future.

    I hope you’ll welcome Mario as much as we do, and that you are able to benefit from his assistance in the coming months.


    Kerrynne Batten
    Director Internal Audit and Risk Management | Internal Audit and Risk Management Office, Murdoch University | Direct +61 8 9360 6167


  • Public Interest Disclosure Policy - Message from David Hampson

    Public Interest Disclosure Policy - The Public Interest Disclosure (PID) Act 2003 provides protection to individuals who come forward with information about wrong-doing without their identity being revealed or fear of reprisal. Click here for further information.

  • Welcome to Dr Jatin Kala our new Atmospheric Science Lecturer - Message from Neil Loneragan

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    Please join me in welcoming Dr Jatin Kala to our School. Jatin has just started with us in the Atmospheric Science Lecturer’s position. Jatin is interested in establishing collaborations and in his presentation to the School during his interview he demonstrated an understanding of how his research can contribution to biological and ecological and environmental understanding.


    Professor Neil Loneragan
    Professor of Marine Ecology and Conservation, Councillor Asian Fisheries Society
    Leader, Environmental and Conservation Sciences, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

  • Do you have any tweeters in your school? Murdoch University's First [Un]Official Tweet-Up - 23 June 2015 - Message from Karen Thompson, Engagement Manager, School of Management and Governance

    Invitation – Murdoch University’s First [Un]Official Tweet-Up

    We’d like bring together all Murdoch University’s active tweeters for an informal get together. Let’s bring the online offline. Let's get to know our colleagues from across the campus(es). Find out what others are tweeting about and how, as a community, we can support each other.

    We’ll meet at the Murdoch Guild Tavern
    4.00 – 5.30 pm
    Tuesday 23rd June 2015

    It’s a ‘buy your own drinks’ event and we’ll provide some nibbles.

    You may manage one of Murdoch’s official twitter accounts or you may use twitter for just fun. Everyone is welcome!

    Please feel free to share this invitation with fellow tweeters (we’re sure there’s more than we know about).

    RSVP: Karen Thompson – by Friday 19th June

    Looking forward to seeing you there.

    Sara de Freitas – Paula Barrow - Karen Thompson
    @Saradefreitas - @PaulaEBarrow - @kaz747

  • Post doc after work drinks  - 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. The next happy Fridays are listed below so pencil them in your diary!

    - 26/06/2015
    - 31/07/2015
    - 28/08/2015
    - 25/09/2015
    - 30/10/2015
    - 27/11/2015

    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]

  • Come along to a new and exciting event, Murdoch University Wildlife Day, on campus Monday September 28, 2015 - Message from Stephanie Hing

    We would love to take you to the deepest oceans and densest forests and show you what is being done at Murdoch University to save some of the world’s rarest animals as well as the wild creatures in our backyard.
    Come along to a new and exciting event, Murdoch University Wildlife Day, on campus Monday September 28, 2015.
    The event is FREE and open to all.
    If you love animals…
    If you’d like to learn more about wildlife you see every day in your garden…
    If you dream of getting to know wildlife you’ve never seen before…
    If you watch David Attenborough documentaries and want to know what it’s really like…
    If you’re interested in working with wildlife…
    Come along to Wildlife Day!
    Wildlife Day will showcase the latest exciting breakthroughs and discoveries in wildlife research. Come meet the scientists working on the conservation front line. If that’s not enough to entice you, there’ll be morning tea and lunch provided!
    Registration opens July 1 follow @murdochwildlife on Twitter for updates

  • Lunchtime seminar by Dr Eric Hoberg (US Department of Agriculture) - Climate Cascades & Dynamic Perturbation: Implications for Host-Parasite Diversity in Space and Time - Message from Dr Stephanie Godfrey, Postdoctoral Fellow, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

    Lunchtime seminar by Dr Eric Hoberg (US Department of Agriculture)
    Climate Cascades & Dynamic Perturbation: Implications for Host-Parasite Diversity in Space and Time
    Wednesday 8th July, 12:30-1:30 pm,
    VBS 3.024, School of Veterinary & Life Sciences, Murdoch University

    Dr. Eric Hoberg serves as a senior Research Zoologist and Curator of the US National Parasite Collection for the US Department of Agriculture in Maryland. In this seminar, he will explore drivers and outcomes of invasion biology (in the broadest sense linking evolutionary and ecology time), faunal assembly and emergent disease. Transboundary approaches are central in revealing interrelationships of parasitic helminths, host-parasite biology, and distribution within a broader context of episodic global change.

    The seminar is open to all, and a free lunch will be provided afterwards, sponsored by the Australian Society for Parasitology.

  • 2015 Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology - Early Bird registration closing soon - Message from Nick Hamilton, Chair, Winter School Organising Committee

    ** 2015 Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology **

    Winter School Early Bird Registration closing soon. Day Registrations available.
    Register now to avoid disappointment!

    The premier and largest bioinformatics training event in Australia, the 12th Annual Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology will be held 6 to 10 July 2015 at the Institute for Molecular Science, The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus. Only $235 for the whole week for early bird students!

    The series of winter schools is designed to introduce bioinformatics, mathematical and computational biology to advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students, postdoctoral researchers and others working in the fields of biology, mathematics, statistics, computer science, information technology, complex systems analysis, and chemical and medical sciences and engineering.

    I would strongly encourage all biologists even without any mathematical background to attend the Winter School of Mathematical and Computational Biology.”- 2014 Winter School attendee

    – Next generation sequencing & bioinformatics
    – Biological inference from sequence data
    – Big data, statistics and bio-applications
    – K-mers: the engine of bioinformatics

    PRESENTERS at Winter School are world leaders in their field, the 35 international and national speakers this year include:
    [The full program and speaker list can be found at ]

    Prof John Quackenbush (Harvard, USA). Big data in healthcare and biomedical research.
    Prof Stephen Montgomery (Stanford, USA). Rare regulatory variation in individuals, families and populations.
    Dr Christine O'Keefe (CSIRO, Sydney). Biological data privacy and confidentiality.
    Dr Kathy Ruggiero (Auckland). A web-based personal assistant for designing statistically sound experiments.
    Dr Paul Gardner (Canterbury, NZ). Introduction to RNA-seq.
    Prof Graham Taylor (Melbourne). Clinical applications of NGS and Human Variome Project and data sharing.
    Dr Sean O'Donoghue (CSIRO, Sydney). Visualising the future of bioinformatics.
    Dr Jen Taylor (CSIRO). Crop bioinformatics - fertile ground for challenges and opportunities to understand complex genomes.
    Dr Timo Lassmann (Perth). Towards large scale integration of sequencing data.
    A/Prof Torsten Seemann (University of Melbourne). De novo genome assembly.
    Dr David Humphreys (Victor Chang). Obstacles and challenges in the analysis of microRna sequencing data.
    Dr Alec Zwart (CSIRO). Statistical experiment design – basic principles for biological studies.
    Prof Nadia Rosenthal (Monash). Immune regulation of tissue regeneration.
    Assoc Prof Aaron Darling (UTS, Sydney). Understanding microbes through the lens of comparative genomics
    Dr Alicia Oshlack (Murdoch Children's Hospital). Analysing RNZ-seq data: differential expression and beyond.
    Dr Conrad Burden (ANU). The distribution of the D2 statistic and its close relatives: A review
    Mr Paul Greenfield (CSIRO). Blue: correcting sequencing errors using K-Mers.
    A/Prof Mik Black (Otago). Genomic infrastructure for NGS.
    A Genomics Virtual Laboratory training workshop (limited places) will be run during the Winter School on Wednesday 8th July. A Software Carpentry Bootcamp (2-3 July) is also being run in conjunction with the Winter School prior to its commencement.

    FEEDBACK from previous Winter Schools:

    “Gave me the confidence I need to talk to other people and bioinformaticians about the analysis of my NGS data. Thanks.”
    “Fantastic speakers.”
    “Great networking opportunities.”
    “It takes special talent to pull off a conference people actually enjoy attending and it was thanks to some of the more charismatic orators, that I was able to enjoy the Winter School so much.”

    VENUE: Auditorium, Queensland Bioscience Precinct (Building #80), Institute for Molecular Bioscience, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Qld 4072

    REGISTRATION: Early bird registration is only $235 (student) and $345 (other) for the whole week and includes morning/afternoon tea and lunches. Day registrations also available. Online registration is now open - register early to avoid disappointment!

    Nick Hamilton, Chair, Winter School Organising Committee

  • Prof Ian Frazer Seminar at the Telethon Kids Institute - Message from Marie Nadal-Sims | Support Officer, Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases

    Please see flyer for further information.

  • Presentation by Dr Ann-Maree Vallence Wednesday 24 June at 11am - Message from Deborah Robertson, Practice Manager, Institute for Immunology and Infectious Diseases

    Please see flyer for information on presentation by Dr Ann-Maree Vallence, NHMRC Peter Doherty Research Fellow, School of Psychology and Exercise Science, Murdoch University, on Wednesday 24 June at 11am. The title of Dr Vallence’s presentation is “Plasticity and functional connectivity in the human motor cortex”.

HDR Opportunities [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • PhD Scholarship in Crop nutrition and Water repellence - Message from Dr Richard Bell, Professor of Sustainable Land Management

    See here for further information on this Scholarship.

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