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VLS Announcements 048 - 30 July 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 048 of our weekly announcements.

This year’s Open Day very successfully showcased our wide range of courses, the variety of our disciplines and our staff’s commitment to the university. The feedback from prospective students and their families was very positive and they often commented on the enthusiasm of staff and volunteer students on campus. Our double majors as well as the focus of our courses on real-world experience also generated a lot of interest. The School of VLS had a full schedule of hotspots across campus which featured some exciting activities such as: identifying human skeletal remains, going on a Wetlands safari field trip, blood pattern and splatters analysis, learning about microbes for healthy soils or common parasites infecting you or your pets.

I would like to acknowledge Katherine Cresey and her team for the organisation of this very important day and extend a big thank you to our volunteer students, professional and academic staff who gave their free time on Sunday and shared their expertise and passion with prospective students.


David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Nathalie Kennedy by COB each Tuesday for publication on Friday.

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

    Please note change of venue for the ARC Discovery information session to be held on 4th August, now in ECL LT 3...

    Dear All

    Further to my invitation below to the ARC Discovery and Linkage information sessions with Dr Fiona Cameron on the 4th August at Murdoch.

    Due to demand, I have moved the ARC Discovery information session to ECL LT3.  If you have not done so already, I strongly encourage you to register as soon as possible as places run out fast!




    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:                   Tuesday 4th August
    Location:             Change of location - now in ECL LT3 (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

  • 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... reminder message, make sure you book your place...

    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.

    - 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:

    If tutors are unable to enrol on TCMS, please contact

    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

  • 2017-18 Call for applications for sea time on RV Investigator - message from Marine National Facility  for action

    This email is a reminder that the call for Pre-proposals for sea time on RV Investigator in 2017-18 closes this Friday, 31 July 2015...

    Please note this first stage Pre-proposal document is a tool to facilitate collaboration between scientific parties and will not be assessed.  However, it is a pre-requisite to submitting the full application, which is due on Friday, 4 September 2015.

    Further details on applying for use of Investigator and application forms are available through the MNF website:

    Linda Gaskell

    E | T +61 3 6232 5596 | M +61 438 300 512
    GPO Box 1538 Hobart TAS 7001 |

  • Learning and Teaching event poster - message from Carli Eckersley

    Interactive events over 3 days will include active staff and students panel sessions from 26th August to 28th August...

    Hi all,

    I hope you are well…

    We have our second Learning and Teaching Conversations event coming up in August and would love it if our promotion poster can be circulated to students and staff for their information. This poster has been displayed in schools noticeboards around campus for students to see.
    I have attached the PDF copy of the poster in this email for you all.

    If any issues please just email me.

    Kind Regards,

    Carli Eckersley | Event Assistant Pro Vice Chancellor Learning and Teaching|
     Tel +618 9360 6563 |

  • Request to academic staff to deliver Acknowledgement of Country 

    School staff are encouraged to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country (an example of which is provided on the webpage), in their teaching activities for Semester 2 and beyond...

    To all staff,

    The Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre and the Centre for University Teaching and Learning (CUTL) have worked together to develop a web page providing guidelines for Acknowledgement of Country.

    As a starting point it would be appropriate to deliver an Acknowledgement of Country at the commencing lecture of any unit taught at the University. This is a way that non-Aboriginal people can show respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander heritage and the ongoing relationship of traditional custodians with the land. The Kulbardi Aboriginal Centre would like to encourage all academic staff to acknowledge the country on which they teach as part of their professional practice and commitment to reconciliation.

    The url below will take you to the webpage where more information and guidance is available:

    If you could please circulate this as widely as possible across your areas and actively encourage teaching staff to deliver Acknowledgements of Country in line with the attached guidelines it would be greatly appreciated.

    Kind regards,


    Tamara Martin
    Administrative Officer| University Secretary's Office
    Tel: 9360 6333 | Facsimile 61 8 9360 6847 | Email:

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  • Welcome to Dr Mary Thompson to the College of Veterinary Medicine - message from Prof Peter Irwin

    I’m very pleased to welcome Dr Mary Thompson to join the College of Veterinary Medicine and Murdoch University – Mary started on Monday 27th July as Associate Professor in Small Animal Medicine... 

    She will be located in the Veterinary Surgical Centre, Room 2.114.

    Mary graduated from the University of Sydney in 1995 and worked in companion animal practice in Sydney before completing an internship at Washington State University and a residency in small animal internal medicine at Purdue University. She is board certified in internal medicine, having successfully gained Diplomate status with the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine in 2001. Mary has been on faculty at the University of Queensland for the last ten years. Her major area of research interest (and her PhD) is in recurrent urinary tract infection and antimicrobial resistance in dogs and cats, but she also has a keen interest in nutritional toxicities in companion animals and vector-borne diseases of cats and dogs. Mary is active in the Australian and New Zealand College of Veterinary Scientists and is currently President of the Small Animal Medicine Chapter and Vice-president of the Feline Chapter.

    We are very fortunate to have Mary come to Murdoch so please say hi when you see her! She knows her way around a bit – she did a locum for us here in 2008!

    Best wishes


    Peter J. Irwin, BVetMed, PhD, FANZCVS, MRCVS  |  Professor
    PRINCIPAL | College of Veterinary Medicine

  • Evening Lecture Series Professional Development for Staff - message from Chelsea Little, CVE Coordinator

    Evening Lecture Series Part 2: ‘Synthetic Colloids - risks and rewards’ with Dr Corrin Boyd

    Dear Staff,

    Evening Lecture Series: Part 2 ‘Synthetic Colloids - risks and rewards’ with Dr Corrin Boyd
    Proudly sponsored by Hills Pet Nutrition

    The series is a complimentary event for staff, providing professional development and networking opportunities with like-minded individuals and industry engagement.

    I invite you to register your attendance via the link below and support Corrin  Boyd (MPEC) who will be presenting “Synthetic Colloids – risks and rewards” on Wednesday 5th August (VCS 2.008)








    Tuesday 21st July

    Dr Shona Reese

    Classic Radiographic Cases – the ones to recognise to increase your accuracy and efficiency in practice

     Wed 5th August

     Dr Corrin Boyd

     Synthetic colloids – risks and rewards

    Wed 2nd September

    Dr Gabby Musk

    Anaesthesia for geriatric patients

    Tuesday 6th October

    Dr Mary Thompson

    Trick or Treat: An update on toxicities associated with pet foods

    Wed 25th November

    Dr Tim Hyndman &
    Dr Sam Abraham

    Pharmacology FAQ’s and Super Bugs in Veterinary Practice

    You are welcome to register for one or all of the five part series.
    Please see the attached flyer  for more information.

    Although complimentary, please register below for catering purposes and remember to bring your Murdoch Name Badge. The RSVP below is for the second of the 5 part series, scheduled to take place on Wednesday 5th August.  You will be invited via email to the rest of the series closer to the event dates.
    Practising veterinarians will also be in attendance at this event.  Please RSVP by Monday 3rd August.

    Register here

    Please note: make your way to the Vet Staff Common Room at 7pm for registration confirmation and light refreshments.
    We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday 5th August. 

    Chelsea Little
    Continuing Education Coordinator
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Phone 08 9360 6279

  • Australian Museum Eureka Science - all fingers crossed for Aileen Elliot - message from Louise Pallant  

    Congratulations to Aileen Elliot who has been selected as one of three finalists in this years Australian Museum Eureka Science Prizes in the category of Science Photography...

    Thorny headed worm by Aileen ElliotAileen will be attending the Awards Dinner in Sydney on the 26th of August to find out if her image is the winner for 2015. You can look at Aileen's image of a Thorny-Headed Worm as well as the other two finalists and several highly commended entrants on the Eureka prize website

    Aileen has been assisting the Parasitology area with the identification of parasites from a wide array of host species for over 25 years. This prize is an acknowledgement of her significant skills and expertise. So if you see any Parasitologists walking strangely around the campus in the coming weeks it is because we all have everything firmly crossed in the hope that Aileen will receive the success she deserves at the dinner next month.

    Thanks for everything you do Aileen!

  • Changes to Science Stores Hours of Operation - message from Michelle Paul Davie, Manager Finance Support & Procurement 

    Commencing Monday 3rd August 2015 the Science Stores hours of operation will be changing, see below...

    Please make note of the Science Stores new hours of operation:

    Front Counter Service
    Currently available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.00am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm – 4.00pm
    From Monday, 3rd August available Monday to Friday between the hours of 9.30am – 12.00pm and 1.00pm – 3.30pm

    Deliveries remain unchanged and are between the hours of 8.30am – 4.30pm.

    Can I please ask that you communicate this change to members of your School.


    Michelle Paul Davie | Manager, Finance Support & Procurement
    Aus 2 Room 1.007 |
    P: +61 8 9360 2391 | M: +61 406 628 896

  • Latest CareerConnect newsletter - message from Jane Foster, Careers and Employment Centre

    Please find the latest CareerConnect August issue which features:...

    Dear Colleagues

    Please find in various formats our latest CareerConnect Newsletter from the Careers and Employment Team.


    Our CareerConnect August issue features:

    Access Experience Fair Exhibitor details (all students welcome to attend  - Aug 5, 2015 @ 11 – 1pm on Bush Court);
    Legal Graduate, Kim Borg Internship Experience
    New Careers and Employment Facebook page and Career Resources
    Student / Graduate job opportunities and events for August and;
    Useful career development links.

    Feel free to promote/distribute as you see fit.
    Warm regards

    Jane Foster
    Careers Development Advisor (Tues, Wed, Fri) | Academic Registrar’s Office | Careers & Employment
    Phone 08 9360 6959 | Email

  • Introducing baby Sylvie Fletcher-Nicholls - message from Sherry Fletcher, Student Advisor 

    Congratulations to Sherry Fletcher...

    Hi everyone,

    Baby Sylvie Fletcher-NichollsI hope Orientation and Open Day went well :-) 

    I thought I'd introduce you to Sylvie Agatha Fletcher-Nicholls.  She was born 16 July 2015 at 4.07pm weighing 3.26kg. She is a sweetie and Mabel is enjoying (for the most part!) being a big sister.

    I'll hopefully come in for a visit in the not too distant future.



  • Voice Survey closing on 7th August - message from Melissa Koh 

    A friendly reminder to those who haven’t already done so, to complete the Murdoch Voice Survey 2015 which closes on the 7th of August...

    As of the 27th of July, VLS has gotten a 9% response rate. The Survey is an avenue to provide feedback, and allow the University to have an honest measure of our current culture and help identify how and where we need to improve.

    A final report will be returned in October and findings will be shared with the University community later this year.

    Thank you!

    Many thanks

    Melissa Koh

    Human Resources Advisor Advisory & Recruitment Human Resources Office
    Phone: (08) 9360 2601 | Email:  

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  • Invitation to attend a session with the Premier WA - 28th August - message from Prof Benjamin Reilly 

    Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs invites you to a special seminar with The Honourable Colin Barnett MLA, Premier of Western Australia...

    Dear colleagues,

    The WA Premier, Colin Barnett, will be presenting a special Sir Walter Murdoch School seminar next month on 28 August in KBLT from 12.30-1.30pm – details attached.

    His office has advised that the Premier is particularly keen to meet and take questions from students, so I would be grateful if you could circulate the attached invitation to your entire student body and encourage them to attend.

    Jade Lim, ( is our contact officer for this.

    Many thanks


    Professor Benjamin Reilly
    Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
    T: (08) 9360 6464

  • Combined Biological Sciences meeting 2015 

    This year's 25th annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting (CBSM) conference will be held at the University Club, the University of Western Australia...

    Dear WA Life Scientists,  

    The 25th annual Combined Biological Sciences Meeting is just around the corner, how will your lab participate in 2015?  This year’s conference, will once again be held at the University Club, The University of Western Australia, on

    Friday the 28th of August!

    Invited plenary speaker positions for 2015 have now been filled and information about our guests and their presentations can be found at This year’s conference will also feature a number of specialist area symposia with each featuring a prominent keynote speaker and numerous invited local speakers.  As they are confirmed details of these keynote speakers and their presentations can be found at

    Registrations are now open so please visit to book your place. Refer to our poster for further information.

    Abstract submission is also open at and the submission deadline has been extended until the COB Friday the 31st of July.  Details of the various awards on offer can be found at

    You can now keep up to date with CBSM by “liking” our Facebook page and have the latest updates and developments delivered straight to your news feed. Otherwise check out our website at and find out what CBSM has to offer in 2015.  Please find attached a flyer advertising the meeting (ignore the superseded abstract submission date) and an appointment file that can be dragged directly into your calendar!

    We hope to see you all there.

    Yours sincerely,

  • Telethon Kids Institute Prospective Postgraduate Student Evening - message from Telethon Kids Institute 

    Make sure you do not miss this special evening on Thursday 13th August for potential MD, Honours and Postgraduate students...

    The evening includes the opportunity to speak with project leaders and current students about the unique opportunities for postgraduate research at the Telethon Kids Institute, School of Paediatrics and Child Health and Princess Margaret Hospital. The 2016 project booklet  gives examples of the types of projects available. If you are interested in any of the projects, we suggest you attend the prospective student evening or contact the relevant researcher indicated in the booklet.

    The listed projects are a guide only and not a definitive list (see attached pdf for further information).

    Date: Thursday13th August from 4-6pmin the Telethon Kids Institute Atrium
    Address: 100 Roberts Road, Subiaco (corner of Roberts Road and Hamilton Street)
    RSVP: Face book or Student Admin SMB

    Kind regards

    Kathy Vial

    Telethon Kids Institute
    Manager, Learning and Development
    ph: +61 8 9489 7799

  • Professor Ian Frazer's seminar at the Telethon Kids Institute - now available online 

    Prof Ian Frazer's seminar at the Telethon Kids Institute entitled “Prospects for Global Eradication of HPV Infection” is now available online...


    Last month, I forwarded you a flyer for Prof Ian Frazer’s seminar at the Telethon Kids Institute entitled “Prospects for Global Eradication of HPV Infection”.

    For those who missed it and/or are interested in viewing it, the video is now available on our website:

    Thank you!

    Marie Nadal-Sims | Support Officer

    Telethon Kids Institute
    Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines & Infectious Diseases
    +61 8 9489 7781

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  • Careers and Access Experience Fair on 5th August - message from Kristin Gaerisch 

    As you may be aware the Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre is hosting the Access Experience Fair on Wednesday, 5 August 2015 from 11am to 1pm on Bush Court (in front of the Careers and Employment Centre).   

    The purpose of this event is to promote the value of work experience, volunteering and professional engagement as an essential employability activity during tertiary studies.

     For the event itself we have a number of employers with various opportunities for Veterinary and Life Science students to gain experience, such as:

    … and for more go to Access Experience Fair 2015

    For further information regarding Access Experience, please don't hesitate to contact the Careers and Employment Centre on 08 9360 2596 or

    Warm regards

    Kristin Gaerisch
    Careers and Employment Officer | Careers & Employment Centre| Academic Registrar's Office
    Phone 08 9360 2596 | Email

VLS Announcements No. 048