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VLS Announcements 049 - 6 August 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 049 of our weekly announcements.

Our School is currently hosting a group of students from the Chinese North West Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) from 17th July to 14th August. Murdoch University and NWAFU have been developing a strategic partnership over the last four years and establishing joint research projects and interdisciplinary collaboration. This is the fourth time we are hosting students from NWAFU.

During their visit, the students will be exposed to various aspects of our work, through lectures, lab demonstrations and WA Government Departments, Industry and Farm visits. Dr Wei Xu and Ms Linda Wu (R&D Office) are coordinating the study program this year. Both Wei and Linda are likely to contact several of you to invite participation in this year’s exercise. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

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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  • AINSE Research Awards 2016 now open - message from Kellie O'Toole, Manager Graduate Research 

    Funding opportunity now open at the Australian Institute of Nuclear Science and Engineering - applications close 31st August 2016...

    AINSE logoAINSE Research Awards 2016 - Round 1 (1 January 2016 - 31 December 2016)

    Applications for Research Awards are now open. Research awards are for Academics, Postdocs and Fellows. Applications close 31st August 2015.

    AINSE Research Awards provide:

    - Access to the unique national facilities at the ANSTO and other AINSE supported facilities
    - Funding for 1 year
    - Travel and accommodation funded to visit ANSTO

    There are opportunities in the fields of:
    - Archaeology and Geosciences
    - Biotechnology and Biomedical Sciences
    - Environmental Sciences
    - Materials Science and Engineering

    Want to apply?
    Go to the AINSE website, request a PIN and complete the online application process.

    For further questions or comments, please email us at ainse@ainse.edu.au or call +61 2 9717 3376.

  • 2016/17 round of the ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grants Program NOW OPEN 

    The 2016-17 round of the Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) National Taxonomy Research Grants Program - Research and Capacity-Building Grants streams is NOW OPEN for applications...

    Dear Administrator/Scholarship Officer

    The Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS) provides grants to Australian institutions to support Honours, Masters and PhD students to undertake taxonomic research.  The ABRS also provides research grants to established researchers for taxonomic projects. 

    The 2016-17 round of the ABRS National Taxonomy Research Grants Program - Research and Capacity-Building Grants streams is NOW OPEN for applications (see attached flyer). 

    The ABRS provides online delivery of taxonomic and biological information on taxa known to occur in Australia. Grants can be awarded to research projects where the primary aim is to undertake taxonomic research on the Australian biota or to develop products that aid in the dissemination of taxonomic information.

    The ABRS and the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria have partnered with the Atlas of Living Australia to develop an online Australasian eFlora platform to support collaborative and more flexible creation and delivery of online floras. The ABRS is seeking to support projects that will assist it to develop content, fill gaps and maintain the currency of the Flora of Australia, consistent with its curation and delivery on the Australasian eFlora platform.

    The ABRS is also seeking to support projects that update and expand the data held in the Australian Faunal Directory.

    Please find attached a flier for the ABRS Grants containing details for distribution amongst prospective applicants, early career and established researchers.  We would be grateful if you could please place this on Departmental notice boards and in institution newsletters.

    All applications close at 2:00pm AEDT on 28 October 2015.

    For more information, please don't hesitate to contact the ABRS or check out our websites: http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/funding-and-research/grants/index.html

    Kind regards
    Australian Biological Resources Study (ABRS)

  • New links for Scholarship and Academic Excellence - message from Sandra de Freitas, Student Financial Support Coordinator

    See our new sections on Scholarships and Academic Excellence as well as School specific scholarships...

    Hi Everyone,

    With the hard work and dedication from:

    • Ian Poleykett with the webpage look and feel
    •  Malcolm for setting up the pages for each scholarship for the Academic Excellence Awards & School specific scholarships

    It has now gone ‘live’.

    Main landing page http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Student-life/Finances/

    Then click on Scholarship updates or just type in the address below to go directly

    Please see the http://goto.murdoch.edu.au/AcademicExcellenceAwards

    We have replaced the News & Events page with ‘Scholarship Updates’

    Here we will publish the:

    • Academic Excellence Awards ($3000 Murdoch University Academic Excellence Awards) for year 12 students
    • School Specific scholarships
    • And all other semester specific scholarship open for application

    It has been a mad dash to get all this up for Open Day.

    I do appreciate the help and support to get this ready for Sunday.

    Thanks again.

    Regards,

    Sandra De Freitas
    Student Financial Support Coordinator |Student Services|Student Support |Academic Registrar's Office
    Phone +61 8 9360 7433 | Email sandra.defreitas@murdoch.edu.au

  • Congratulations to Karuru Wamahiu - message from AMOS

    Great achievement by Karuru for winning best student poster at the Australian Meteorological & Oceanographic Society Conference...

    Congratulations to Karuru Wamahiu for winning the Best Poster Award at the Australian Meteorological and Oceanographic Society (AMOS) 2015 annual conference held in Brisbane 15-17 July. His poster was titled:‘Influence of domain location, spatial extent, and resolution in resolving coastal precipitation from cold-fronts in the southwest of Western Australia’.

    Well done Karuru.

  • Students from the Chinese North West Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) - message from Dr Wei Xu 

    VLS is again hosting a group of students from the Chinese North West Agriculture and Forestry University (NWAFU) from 17 July to 14 August...

    This is the fourth time this visit has been hosted and is part of a series of activities that is building a strategic relationship with NWAFU.

    During their visit, the students will be exposed to various aspects of our work, through lectures, lab demonstrations and WA Government Departments, Industry and Farm visits. Dr Wei Xu and Ms Linda Wu (R&D Office) are coordinating the study program this year. Both Wei and Linda are likely to contact several of you to invite participation in this year’s exercise.

    Students from NWAFUvisit from NWAFU students

    Wei Xu, PhD
    Lecturer in Entomology|School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Phone +61 08 93606772 | Email W.Xu@Murdoch.edu.au

  • Dr Hugh Wirth resigns as RSPCA President and a new award is created in recognition of his contribution - message from RSPCA Australia

    New award created to recognise Dr Hugh Wirth's contribution to animal welfare...

    Please see below media release to let you know Dr Hugh Wirth resigned as President over the weekend after an incredible 43 years in the role. He’s certainly an icon in the vet and animal welfare space and thought it might be something of interest to your audience.

    http://www.rspca.org.au/media-centre/news/2015/dr-hugh-j-wirth-am-steps-aside-president-rspca-victoria

    To honour Dr Wirth's contribution to animal welfare, the RSPCA Australia has created the Hugh Wirth Future Leader in Animal Welfare Award. This award recognises the contribution, achievement and vision of a future leader in the field of animal welfare.

    Have a great day,

    Cheers
    Elise

    Elise Meakin
    Communications & Campaigns Manager
    RSPCA Australia

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  • Revised purchasing card policy - message from Michael Conry, Chief Financial Officer

    The University Purchasing card policy and associated procedures have recently been revised to remove identified ambiguities and inconsistencies to enable operational effectiveness while maintaining appropriate internal controls... 

    Dear purchasing cardholders

    The revised policy and associated procedures can be accessed on the Policy and Procedure Manager (PPM) system https://goto.murdoch.edu.au/PolicyProcedureManager.

    All purchasing cardholders are reminded that it is your responsibility to ensure you are in compliance with the University Purchasing card policy and associated procedures which include the following requirements but not limited to:

    • Purchasing cardholder is personally responsible and accountable for the safe keeping of the purchasing card and its use. 
    • Purchasing cardholder is responsible for providing correct supporting documentation and business purpose for all transactions on the purchasing card to the nominated delegate on a timely basis.  Please refer to section 4 of the Purchasing Card Policy (517) and Purchasing Card Acquittal Procedure (517c).
    • Improper use of the purchasing card may result in the purchasing card being suspended or cancelled immediately and render the purchasing cardholder liable to disciplinary action.

    Please refer to  http://our.murdoch.edu.au/Finance/Purchasing-Cards/?aa for further information and assistance.

    Kind regards, 
    Michael Conry
    Chief Financial Officer
    Finance Office 
    Phone:  (08) 9360 2164 | Email:  m.conry@murdoch.edu.au

  • Dog N Jog Fun Run  - message from Margo Darbyshire, Executive Officer Veterinary Trust

    Reminder - This year's Dog N Jog Fun Run will start at 8 am on 16th August - registrations close on 14th August 2015...

    The Murdoch University Dog n Jog Fun Run is on again for our 5th year. The event is a 4km or 8km fun run AND you can bring along your best friend - your dog (dog is optional). This is a FREE community event and anyone can register.

    This year, the event is being supported by the College of Veterinary Medicine and Veterinary Trust and we will now be starting/finishing the run from the Vet hospital on campus.
    The course is all on campus and run along the internal ring road of the University. Participants can run or walk the course.

    You can register for this FREE event by visiting Dog n Jog on the Murdoch Website.

  • Congratulations to Murray Lindau 

    For over 30 years, Murray Lindau has broken, trained and driven standardbred harness race horses aka as pacing.

    On Tuesday evening, Murray’s 5 year old mare Besos Baci won at Gloucester Park by an outstanding 27 metres; this is her second win this season. Since Murray has owned & trained Bes, this is her 7th win along with a further 14 placings of 2nd or 3rd .

    Well done Murray!

  • Visiting Vet from Taiwan looking for accommodation - message from Gill Faller

    A former Vet graduate is looking for rental accommodation for two weeks...

    A vet from Taiwan who has recently completed her Masters through Murdoch will be coming to Perth for graduation next month. She is seeking accommodation to rent for two weeks from 7th to 19th September.

    If you know of accommodation that could be offered, please contact Gill Faller. G.Faller@murdoch.edu.au

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  • Invitation to attend a session with the Premier WA - 28th August - reminder - 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, (Jade.Lim@murdoch.edu.au) is our contact officer for this.

    Many thanks

    Ben

    Professor Benjamin Reilly
    Dean, Sir Walter Murdoch School of Public Policy and International Affairs
    E: ben.reilly@murdoch.edu.au
    W: www.murdoch.edu.au/Sirwalterschool/Academic-profiles/
    T: (08) 9360 6464

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

    Reminder on upcoming Wildlife Day - make sure you mark this date in your diaries...

    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 but check it out now http://murdochwildlife.com/ and follow @murdochwildlife on Twitter for updates

  • Pawsey Super Computing Training in August/September 

    The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has a range of training sessions coming up in August-September. See below for further information...

    Dear Colleague,

    The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre has a range of training sessions coming up in August-September. If you are interested in learning how to apply advanced computing to solve research problems, please register for the training sessions below:

    • 13-14th August: focusing on developing, optimising and parallelising code
    • 7-8 September: introductory supercomputing sessions (7th), technology and intermediate supercomputing sessions (8th). 

    Descriptions of the courses are available at https://portal.pawsey.org.au/docs/Training/Courses.  
    Developer supercomputing courses, aimed at experienced programmers:

    Introductory and intermediate supercomputing sessions:

    • Introduction to Pawsey:  9:30 – 10:30am Mon 7th September
    • Introduction to Linux:  10:45 – 12:00pm Mon 7th September
    • Introductory Supercomputing: 1:00 – 4:00pm Mon 7th September
    • Introduction to Supercomputing Technology: 9:30am – 12:00pm Tues 8th September
    • Intermediate Supercomputing: 1:00pm – 4:00pm Tues 8th September
    • Registration: http://www.pawsey.org.au/event/september-introductory-supercomputing-training

    Courses are delivered in a face to face classroom style. Attendees are expected to bring and work on their own laptops. Staff from Pawsey will be facilitating so you can meet and chat with them.

    Venue

    • Pod B, 20 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington (next door to the ARRC building).
    • Free parking available on-site.

    Additional Information

    • Courses are free of charge and open to all, however places are limited.
    • Light refreshments will be provided on each day.
    • Lunch can be purchased at near by cafeterias.

    The forward calendar of Pawsey training is available at http://www.pawsey.org.au/training/
    If you have any queries, please contact Dr Valerie Maxville at education@pawsey.org.au
    Regards,
    Valerie Maxville

    Dr Valerie Maxville
    User Support Manager

    Pawsey Supercomputing Centre
    ARRC Building, 26 Dick Perry Ave
    Kensington  WA  6151
    Australia

    Tel  +61 8 6436 8633
    Email  valerie.maxville@pawsey.org.au      Web  www.pawsey.org.au    

  • Presentation by Professor Umesh Varshney, a Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Collaborator - message from Dr Ravi Tiwari

    Professor Umesh Varshney, a Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Collaborator from Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore (INDIA) will be at the Centre for Rhizobium Studies next week.

    Umesh is a world leader in DNA repair and Protein Synthesis. He will present his work on protein synthesis  on Monday 10th August. If you are interested in his topic, you can organize a meeting with Umesh by contacting Ravi (r.tiwari@murdoch.edu.au;  ext 2202).

    Venue:             BSLT (Biological Science Lecture Theatre) - see map location
    Date/Time:      10th August, 12.30-1.30 pm

    Title: Mechanism of initiation of protein synthesis in Escherichia coli: Roles of the two highly conserved features of the formylation, and the three consecutive G-C base pairs in the anticodon stem of the initiator tRNAs.

    Abstract: to follow

    All are welcome for this presentation.

    Regards,

    Ravi
    Dr. Ravi P. Tiwari
    Centre for Rhizobium Studies
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences
    Phone: 61-8-93602202

VLS Announcements No. 049