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VLS Announcements 047 - 23 July 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 047 of our weekly announcements.

downloadable slide - Reconciliation Action PlanAs you may know, the University's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015 – 2018 has set a range of targets in the areas of governance, teaching and learning, research, external engagement and human resources to assist in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The RAP document, which sets out strategies for including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related content in teaching is available at the website below:
http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Committees/_document/Academic-Council/Murdoch-University-RAP-2015-2018-Endorsed.pdf

The Schools have been asked to ensure that we include consideration of the RAP in our operational plans. The intent is that students leaving Murdoch have a reasonable understanding of indigenous issues as part of their broader education.

As a first step we are mapping the general indigenous content currently covered in the various units offered across VLS.  Angus Morrison-Saunders and Michael Hughes, with the assistance of Natalie Callan, will be undertaking this mapping exercise over the 2015 second semester period.

To facilitate this, you will be asked a few quick questions in person regarding the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related content in your area of teaching responsibility.  

Natalie Callan will be in touch during semester 2 to arrange a convenient time for a five minute discussion.  If you would like to embed acknowledgement to your lectures or presentations, a pre-designed slide is available for download at: http://our.murdoch.edu.au/CUTL/Academic-development/Guidelines-for-Acknowledgement-of-Country/. Your support is most appreciated.

Please join me in congratulating Professor Giles Hardy who has recently been offered the award of Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. The APPS award is in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the field of plant pathology as a researcher, teacher and mentor to many students.  Congratulations on this significant achievement. The award will be presented to Prof Hardy at the APPS Biennial Conference in Fremantle -  14th to 16th September 2015.

Further below, you can also see important information about the upcoming sessions for ARC Discovery Projects and ARC Linkage Projects. Please make sure you register by 29th July.

Regards,

David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Nathalie Kennedy n.kennedy@murdoch.edu.au by COB each Tuesday for publication on Friday.

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  • ARC information sessions for ARC Discovery Projects and ARC Linkage Projects - message from Jane Crier  for action

    The next information sessions for ARC Linkage Projects and ARC Discovery Projects will be held on 4th August...

    We are hosting Dr Fiona Cameron, Executive Director, Biological Sciences and Biotechnology on the 4th August to deliver two ARC information sessions and all are welcome to attend.    The ARC Discovery Projects session will be held in the morning and the session on ARC Linkage Projects will be held in the afternoon.   Partners are also invited to the ARC Linkage Projects session.

    Please note separate registration is required for each session.  

    Please RSVP by 29th July 2015. I look forward to seeing you there.

    1) ARC Discovery Projects:

    Please register here

    Date:                    4th August
    Location:             VCS 1.064 (see map link)
    Start Time:          10:00
    Finish Time:        12:00

    2) ARC Linkage Projects:

    Please register here

    Date:                    4th August
    Location:             Loneragan Lecture Theatre (LBLT), Murdoch University - (see map link)
    Start Time:          14:00
    Finish Time:        16:00

    With thanks

    Jane Crier

    Manager, Research Grants and Contract Services
    Research and Development Office
    Tel:        (+618) 9360 2970
    Email:    j.crier@murdoch.edu.au

  • University's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015 - - message from Prof David Hampson for action

    Check Murdoch's Reconciliation Action Plan which outlines the University's vision towards reconciliation and equity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples, guided by the notions of relationships, respect and opportunities. You can now use the downloadable slide which can be included in your lectures at the beginning of semester...

    Dear Colleagues,

    As you may know, the University's Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) 2015 – 2018 has set a range of targets in the areas of governance, teaching and learning, research, external engagement and human resources to assist in closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.

    The RAP document, which sets out strategies for including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related content in teaching is available at the website below:

    http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Committees/_document/Academic-Council/Murdoch-University-RAP-2015-2018-Endorsed.pdf

    The Schools have been asked to ensure that we include consideration of the RAP in our operational plans. The intent is that students leaving Murdoch have a reasonable understanding of indigenous issues as part of their broader education.

    As a first step we are mapping the general indigenous content currently covered in the various units offered across VLS.

    Angus Morrison-Saunders and Michael Hughes, with the assistance of Natalie Callan, will be undertaking this mapping exercise over the 2015 second semester period. To facilitate this, you will be asked a few quick questions in person regarding the inclusion of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander related content in your area of teaching responsibility.

    Natalie Callan will be in touch during semester 2 to arrange a convenient time for a five minute discussion. Your support is most appreciated.

    If you would like to embed acknowledgement to your lectures or presentations, a pre-designed slide is available for download at: http://our.murdoch.edu.au/CUTL/Academic-development/Guidelines-for-Acknowledgement-of-Country/

    Regards

    David Hampson

  • Disability Services 1st slide of semester - message from Dr Erica Lewin, Manager Equity and Social Inclusion

    You can now use the slide below to inform students of the services offered by the Equity and Social Inclusion office...

    Hi all,
    Equity slideI would appreciate it if this slide was forwarded to relevant academics so that it can be used as the first slide of the semester at their first lecture. There is no need for the academic to speak to the slide if they do not wish to do so. At least having it up there may be a prompt for students to contact our office if necessary. And of course you are welcome to use the slide at other times during the year. Thank you so much.

    Please also bear in mind that we are keen to communicate with all staff about the work we do and our processes. This can occur at your staff meetings, coffee mornings, your Learning and Teaching Ctee or any other meetings. So, please let me know if this is possible during the coming weeks and we will be pleased to come along, share information, answer questions or discuss any concerns you may have.

    Also note that training is available on Disability Services for Students on Campus on 29 July, next week, 12.30 – 2pm through the Organisational Capability Unit. To register go to:
    https://goto.murdoch.edu.au/TrainingCourseManagementSystem

    Kind regards,
    Erica

    Erica Lewin, PhD
    Manager | Equity and Social Inclusion | Academic Registrar's Office
    (  Phone 08 9360 6146 |( Phone 08 9360 6084 |  *   Email: E.Lewin@murdoch.edu.au

  • Call for Papers: The Conversation - message from Prof Sara de Freitas, PVC Learning and Teaching for action

    You are encouraged to participate in The Conversation through full or short papers, posters or rapid fire presentations. The third day of the Conversation will provide a great opportunity to share best practice, tips and research in learning and teaching...

    The Conversation: Learning and Teaching Showcase

    Call for Papers

    Last updated: 29.5.15

    As part of the 2015 2nd Conversation three-day event, which will be held 26-28th August 2015, we are inviting staff and students to submit proposals for full and short papers, rapid fire presentations and posters.

    The Conversation about Learning and Teaching this year will focus upon the themes of:

    • ‘Students as Partners in Learning’
    • Retaining our students in the Digital Age
    • Innovating learning and teaching practices
    • Sharing our Educational Resources
    • Building communities around Learning at Murdoch

    We invite submissions that link into these themes as part of our work around the implementation of the Learning and Teaching Strategy: Changing Minds and Lives. The short working papers will be published on our L&T strategy web pages. The Full papers will be supported into peer reviewed high impact journals. Posters, Rapid Fire and Video presentations will be made available, to support sharing practices between the Schools.

    Prizes will be awarded for Best Full Paper, Best Short Paper, Best Rapid Fire Presentation, Best Video Presentation and Best Poster on 28th August.

    You are cordially invited to submit your research proposal for presentation at the Learning and Teaching Showcase on 28th August 2015.

    Proposal Guidelines

    Full papers (3-5,000 words, including references) should describe completed work addressing new innovations and insights with a focus on significant project outcomes; and be material suited to an oral presentation (of between 15-20 minutes).  Proposals should include:

    • Name, School/Department affiliation and contact details of Presenter
    • Abstract (200 words)
    • Equipment requirements (if any)

    Short Working papers (2-3,000 words, including references) should describe interesting ongoing work, new innovations and insights, or summaries of significant projects, and be material that is suited to a poster presentation rather than oral presentation. Proposals should include:

    • Name, School/Department affiliation and contact details of Presenter
    • Abstract (200 words)
    • Posters will be of a maximum size of 100cm x 140cm (portrait).
    • A dedicated space will be set aside for display of posters at the venue, with designated times for discussion with poster authors.

    Rapid Fire Presentations (short presentation using a maximum of 10 slides to be presented within 5-8 mins).  Proposals should include:

    • Name, School/Department affiliation and contact details of Presenter
    • Abstract (200 words)

    Visual Posters (no presentation)

    A dedicated space will be set aside for display of posters on the day. Here will not be any designated times for discussion with poster authors for this session, although authors are encouraged to be present.
    Proposals should include:

    • Name, School/Department affiliation and contact details of Presenter
    • Abstract (200 words)
    • Posters will be of a maximum size of 100cm x 140cm (portrait).

    Video presentations (8 minutes in duration) should describe ideas in progress, outline innovations in learning and teaching -  in particular student engagement.  Proposals should include:

    • Name, School/Department affiliation and contact details of Presenter
    • Abstract (200 words)
    • Equipment requirements (if any)

    A dedicated space will be set aside for display of videos, with designated times for discussion with authors.

    Further details are also available at: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Learning-and-Teaching/_document/Events/Call_for_Papers_LT_Seminar_2015.pdf. Information about the event is available at: http://www.murdoch.edu.au/Learning-and-Teaching/Events/The-Conversation/.

    ELIGIBILITY

    All current Murdoch university staff, especially early career researchers and postgraduate students are encouraged to apply. Applications from external parties will also be welcomed in line with the themes of the Conversation.

    IMPORTANT INFORMATION

    All submissions should be sent to:
    Ms Annie Yeo (A.Yeo@murdoch.edu.au) and will be assessed by a review panel including
    Professor Sara de Freitas (Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching)
    Professor Dominic Gasbarro
    Dr Victor Alvarez
    Dr Janice Dudley
    Dr Kenneth Young

    Proposal Submission Due: 7 August 2015
    Acceptance of Proposal: 17 August 2015
    Showcase Date: 28th August 2015 (1pm-4pm Nexus Theatre)

    Thanks,

    Sara
    Professor Sara de Freitas
    Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching
    Tel: +618 9360 2432
    Mobile: +618 (0) 481 438 715

    Skype name: saraisabelladefreitas
    Twitter: @saradefreitas
    Email: S.deFreitas@murdoch.edu.au

  • Congratulations to Drs Lisa Smart and Anthea Raisis - message from Prof Peter Irwin

    Congratulations to Drs Lisa Smart and Anthea Raisis as Chief Investigators for two research grants recently awarded by the Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation (ACAHF)... 

    Lisa’s projects is titled: The effect of artificial colloid fluids on total plasma protein and colloid osmotic pressure in vitro and Anthea’s is for: Investigation of new biomarkers for detection of early acute kidney injury. Research funding is increasingly hard to come by, especially for companion animal studies, and these are great achievements!

    Best wishes

    Peter Irwin

  • Dr Sofie De Meyer needs your vote! - reminder for action

    Watch Sofie's video and support her application at the Inspiring Australia Research Competition for Early to Mid-Career Researchers. Make sure you vote before 31 July...

    CRS post-doc Sofie De Meyer is participating in the Inspiring Australia Research Competition. With government funding cuts to science, success rates and job security for Australia's early to mid career researchers are at an all time low. The Australian Early to Mid-Career Researcher Forum of the Australian Academy of Science has launched an 'Inspire Australia' video research competition to showcase innovative research being performed in laboratories and universities across Australia.

    Check out Sofie’s entry and vote for her research! https://www.thinkable.org/

    The voting period is open between July 15 - July 31.

  • AMSA awards 

    As announced in last week's VLS announcements, the last AMSA conference was very successful for Murdoch University...

    AMSA awardsAMSA awards recognise outstanding contributions to marine science in Australia. You can view our award recipients on the night.

    Photo – Frank Salleo with Murdoch staff, students and former students he has assisted during his career.
    Front row L to R: Professor Lynnath Beckley, Shona Jennings ( MSc student), Frank Salleo ( recipient of AMSA Technical Award), Dr Halina Kobryn, Prof Gary Kendrick (UWA), Prof Paul Lavery (ECU)
    Second row L to R: Harriet Davies ( Honours student), Alicia Sutton ( PhD student and recipient of AMSA Allen Travel award), Max Wellington (Hons student)
    Back row l to R: Chis Johnson ( former MSc student), Hugh Kirkman ( ex CSIRO).

    AMSA members are encouraged to submit nominations for the following awards:

      AMSA Jubilee Award AMSA
      Technical Award AMSA Allen Award -
      Student International Travel Scholarship 
      Annual Conference Student Prizes

    The annual Call for Nominations usually close on 28th February each year.

  • LMS Workshops for Tutors and Unit Coordinators - message from Rhondda Tillbrook, CUTL

    To unit coordinators and tutors - if you have not used LMS before, you can enrol in the next LMS course...

    Can you please let tutors in your School know that there will be a workshop for tutors who have not used Murdoch's LMS previously or need a refresher on
    Tuesday 11 August at 9.30 am in 4.040 Library NW. Tutors will participate in a unit as a student and then will use the different functions needed as a tutor.

    WORKSHOP CONTENT
    - general navigation
    - edit profile
    - access files
    - edit text
    - using discussion and dialogue
    - using Turnitin
    - assignment submission
    - quiz submission
    - marking assignments
    - viewing quiz results

    Date: Tuesday, 11th August 2015
    Time: 9.30am - 12pm
    Venue: Flexible Teaching & Learning Room - Lib NW 4.040
    To enrol, go to: https://goto.murdoch.edu.au/TrainingCourseManagementSystem

    If tutors are unable to enrol on TCMS, please contact lms@murdoch.edu.au

    The Centre for University Teaching and Learning also offers LMS Drop in Sessions as well as introduction workshops and specific workshops on Assignment Tools.

    Rhondda Tilbrook
    Senior Educational Development Officer
    Centre for University Teaching and Learning

  • Students 'meat judging honours' - message from Dr Peter McGilchrist

    Read about our successful students at the 2015 Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging (ICMJ) Association Competition...

    The competition was held on 11th July at the Charles Sturt University and Teys Australia in Wagga Wagga and the Murdoch team took out reserve champion team for beef judging, lamb judging, retail cut and primal identification. Reuben Welke was awarded reserve champion individual for beef judging and Chad Averill was awarded reserve champion individual for retail cut and primal identification.

    + read more

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  • Congratulations to Prof Giles Hardy - message from Prof David Hampson

    Professor Giles Hardy received the Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society (APPS) Award...

    Please join me in congratulating Professor Giles Hardy who has recently been offered the award of Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society. The APPS award is in recognition of his exceptional contribution to the field of plant pathology as a researcher, teacher and mentor to many students.

    Congratulations on this significant achievement. The award will be presented to Prof Hardy at the APPS Biennial Conference in Fremantle 14th to 16th September 2015.

  • Prof Treena Burgess - Adjunct Professor 'Extraordinary' visits FABI

    Professor Burgess visited the Forestry & Agricultural Biotechnology Institute at the University of Pretoria for three weeks...

    She is an Extraordinary Professor (which is the equivalent to our 'Adjunct Professor' positions) at FABI/University of Pretoria and has overseen numerous collaborative projects between Murdoch University's Programme for Australian Tree Health (PATH) and FABI as well as co-supervision of numerous postgraduate students.

    + read more

  • Post doc after work drinks  - Message from Dr Sofie De Meyer

    Post Doc After Work drinks - each month on the last Friday in the BSB common room...

    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!

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

    Hope to see you all there!
    Cheers
    Sofie
    Dr Sofie De Meyer
    Post-doctoral researcher and Re* Team Rep
    Centre for Rhizobium studies
    Tel +61 8 9360 2439 | Mob +61 451 50 54 56

  • Baby news

    Congratulations to Dr Kelly Hall...

    Baby announcement:

    Kelly Hall delighted to announce that their  baby boy, Daniel arrived on 16th July, weighing 4.39kg, length 55cm. Daniel has an extremely proud big sister Jemma.  

    All the family doing well.

  • Runaway Tortoise - message from Perth Zoo

    You can view the Sunrise clip ...

    Tortoise having an x-rayRunaway tortoise…well not quite, but resident Galapagos Tortoise, ‘Cerro’ certainly got some speed up on a walk through Perth Zoo’s African Savannah.

    If you’ve ever wondered just how fast a tortoise can move, that would be 237 metres per hour! The tortoise marathon enabled us to move Cerro through the Zoo grounds and into a waiting horse float for a road trip to Murdoch University Veterinary Hospital for a full body x-ray.

    The very food motivated tortoise who tips the scale past 200 kilograms was enticed by pawpaw, capsicum and an assortment of his favourite foods. He’s lived at Perth Zoo with his brother, Sierra since 2006 but this was the first time he had taken a stroll through the Zoo grounds. Powered by encouragement from his keepers and due to his fixation on his food he didn’t seem to notice the reactions of his Zoo neighbours as he passed by. But the hyenas didn’t think it was any laughing matter, ‘Shinyanga’ the lioness certainly was unimpressed, staring intently as Cerro sauntered past and the baboons made quite a commotion when they saw what looked like a large walking rock!

    Given Galapagos Tortoise can live well into their hundreds, at 49 years of age Cerro is a relative youngster.  The trip to the vets allowed us to get a full body x-ray of him whilst he is young and sprightly so if he does experience any health difficulties later in life we have a good picture of what ‘normal’ is for him to compare and contrast against.

    Although it was one small step for man, the morning’s activities was one giant leap for a tortoise.  After a massive morning for a massive tortoise, Cerro returned to Perth Zoo and went eagerly into his heated hut for a well-earned rest. We can only imagine the conversation he had with his brother about his adventures.

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