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VLS Announcements 050 - 14 August 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 050 of our weekly announcements.

August and September are shaping up to be busy, with two significant promotional events for the School, presentations for National Science week and a Science Careers and Industry Evening.

For National Science Week (15th - 23rd August) Murdoch is holding presentations titled "Animal, human, environment - where is the next challenge coming from". Presenters for this event on the 17th of August include: Professor Peter Klinken, Dr Chris Smith, Ben Britton and Professor Trish Fleming.

Murdoch University is holding a Science Careers and Industry Evening on Wednesday the 16th September. Murdoch representatives will be available to talk about the courses on offer and how you can fit postgraduate study into your lifestyle.

I would also like to take this opportunity to congratulate Associate Professor Kris Warren. A/Prof Warren received the Barry Munday Award in recognition of her significant contribution to wildlife health at the recent International Wildlife Disease Association conference


David Hampson
Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences

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

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • 2016 Timetable - Feedback required by Wednesday 19th August for action.

    Timetabling Office to collect data for the 2015 teaching timetable. Academic Staff have been forwarded a spreadsheet with the information the Timetable Office currently has.

    Please contact Ryan Liang with your confirmation/correction on the teaching timetable requirements for your unit by Wednesday 19th August. If your unit is missing please add it providing the required timetable information.

  • Congratulations to Kris Warren

    Prof. Kristen Warren was awarded the Wildlife Disease Association Barry Munday Award at the recent International Wildlife Disease Association conference.

    Prof. Kristen Warren was awarded the Wildlife Disease Association Barry Munday Award at the recent International Wildlife Disease Association conference, on the Sunshine Coast (QLD) from 26th – 30th July 2015. The Barry Munday Recognition Award was established in honour of the late Dr. Barry Munday who contributed substantially to the study of wildlife diseases in Australia and was instrumental in the founding of the Australasian Section. The Award aims to recognise the significant contributions to wildlife health made by a member of the Australasian Section in the preceding 5 years, including not only research of wildlife disease but also communication, education, training and mentoring.

  • Call for expressions of interest: ARC LINKAGE 2016  for action.

    The Office of Research and Development is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit an ARC Linkage Project application in November 2015.

    Applicants should discuss their intention to submit with their Associate Dean of Research in the first instance. Applicants who are uncertain whether they are required to submit an EOI or an IRMA coversheet as per the attached guidelines should discuss this with the Grants team.

    Key deadlines for ARC Linkage are as follows (Please note these are subject to change once the ARC have opened the scheme):

    ARC Linkage EOI IRMA Coversheet Murdoch Contribution request Request to extend Full proposal deadline Grants Team Full Proposal Deadline ARC Deadline
    Deadline 3rd September 2015 23rd September 2015 23rd September 2015 19th October 2015 22nd October 2015 11th November 2015
  • Endangered WA black cockatoos fitted with solar-powered GPS trackers.
  • A new GPS tracking system developed in the Netherlands will provide an unprecedented amount of data about endangered cockatoos, West Australian researchers say.

    Nine rehabilitated Baudin's cockatoos are being be fitted with solar-powered GPS trackers before being released back into the wild over the next fortnight. Murdoch University Associate Professor Kris Warren said the 'Bird Tracking System' GPS trackers developed by the University of Amsterdam have never been trialled on an Australian parrot species before. "Previously we've had great success using satellite trackers on black cockatoos, but this is the first we are going to be using these GPS trackers," she said. "Not only do they enable us to track the movements of the birds, but they contain an accelerometer in them which is like the technology that exists in iPhones and iPads in terms of positioning, so we can get a further understanding of the bird's behaviour." The movements of the endangered birds around the south-west region will be monitored by researchers at Murdoch University and the Department of Parks and Wildlife. "We are going to be able to tell where they are flying, where they are feeding, whether they are roosting, and that very specific and detailed data has been lacked in previous studies," Ms Warren said. She said while team aimed to track these particular nine birds over a year, they hoped to track the Baudin's species annually for several years.

    "They are particular difficult to track ... really we know so little about this species in terms of the habitats required for breeding and critical feeding sites," she said.

    The project could also provide more insight into the threats facing the species. Baudin's cockatoos are under pressure from habitat loss, with factors including agricultural, forestry and mining development, illegal shooting and climate change.

    The research program is funded by the Department of Housing and WWF Australia, in collaboration with Parks and Wildlife, Perth Zoo, University of Amsterdam and the Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre.

  • NSW Environmental Trust Grant Programs Now Open!

    The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting Expressions of Interest for Round 2 of its Saving Our Species (SoS) Partnership Grants Program (Expressions of Interest close 28 September 2015).

    Grants are available for partnerships working to secure threatened species in the wild. Round 2 will target landscape-managed species as a priority. Partnerships can include government, the community, NGOs and industry. A total of $3.6 million is available for grants between $300,000 and $1,000,000 to fund and support coordinated partnerships that will run for 10 years.

    Program information
    Go to the Trust’s website for more information about SoS Partnership Grants and application materials:

    Restoration and Rehabilitation Program Grants
    The NSW Environmental Trust is inviting applications to the 2015/16 round of its Restoration and Rehabilitation Grants Program (Applications close 18 September 2015). A total of $5.3 million is available to the following organisations for projects working to protect, conserve and restore our natural environment: $2 million for projects by community organisations $2 million for projects by government entities $1.3 million for projects by owners and managers of NSW State Heritage Register-listed properties for environmental works and activities. Grants of between $5,000 and $100,000 are available.
    Program information Go to the Trust’s website for more information about the Restoration and Rehabilitation Grant Program and to access application materials:

    Questions? Contact the Trust P: 02 8837 6093 E:

  • State boost to preserve our natural resources

    The State Government today announced a $24 million investment that will help protect and enhance Western Australia’s natural resources through the State Natural Resource Management (NRM) program.

    Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the program supported many diverse projects, mostly carried out by volunteers who played a vital role in caring for our natural resources. “NRM funding assists with weed management, improving soil quality, protecting remnant bush, coastal protection, riverbank protection, water quality and marine surveys, across this vast State,” Mr Baston said. Local community groups can now apply for grants of between $5,000 and $55,000 from the 2015-16 Community Action Grant round to support important natural resource management activities. The Community Capability Grant round will open later in 2015.

    Online applications for the 2015-16 Community Action Grants are now open at Applications close at noon on Monday, August 24, 2015

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  • National Science Week Presentations

    Join us for an evening of science discovery and debate entitled: Animal, human, environment – where is the next challenge coming from

    Murdoch University is delighted to be hosting presentations from: Prof Peter Klinken WA Chief Scientist, Dr Chris Smith BBC Naked Scientist, Ben Britton
    Director of Wild Animal Encounters Prof Trish Fleming Wildlife Biologist for National Science Week 2015

    Following these insightful and thought provoking presentations, the audience will be invited to ask questions of our guest presenters through an exciting
    and interactive Q&A Panel. You will have the opportunity to meet our current scientific researchers, lecturers and students and hear
    about the excellent scientific research, teaching and learning that is happening at Murdoch.

    Venue: Murdoch University, 90 South Street, Murdoch - Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre
    Date: Monday 17 August 2015
    Time: 7.15pm - 8.30pm

  • Science Careers and Industry Evening.

    On the 16th of September, Murdoch will be presenting a Science Careers and Industry Evening.

    This evening is aimed at experienced professionals wanting to advance their career or recent graduates wishing continue academic development. All are welcome to come along and explore the range of postgraduate study opportunities in the field of veterinary and life sciences. Murdoch representatives will be available to offer advice about our courses and how you can fit postgraduate study into your lifestyle.

    Date: Wednesday, 16 September 2015
    Time: 6.00pm
    Venue: Economics, Commerce and Law Building (ECL) 2 and 4
    Free parking in car park 3

    Postgraduate courses covered will include:

    • Biosecurity (including Plant Biosecurity)
    • Environmental Assessment and Management
    • Environmental Science
    • Food Security
    • Forensic Science (Professional Practice)
    • Protected Area Management
    • Veterinary Studies in Conservation Medicine
    • Veterinary Studies in Veterinary Surveillance
    • Wildlife Health and Conservation

    For more information and to register visit

  • Safety in Research and Teaching Policy for action.

    The Safety in Research and Teaching Policy is out for university-wide consultation. The feedback period ends COB on 17 August 2015 (Monday).

  • Murdoch University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP) Questionnaire. for action.

    As part of Murdoch University’s Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP), which can be found at the url below, the University must participate in the annual RAP Impact Measurement Questionnaire.

    This questionnaire is completed by all organisations with a RAP and contributes to Reconciliation Australia’s RAP Impact Measurement Report which outlines the collective impact of the Reconciliation Action Plan Program by providing an overview of outcomes in areas such as the number of Australians working or studying in an organisation with a RAP, the amount of pro bono support provided to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organizations and communities and the number of jobs committed to and filled by or for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

    Please send responses to Sarah Gillett by COB 11th September.

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

  • Public Lecture - ATSE Eminent Speaker Series
  • Dr Vanessa Guthrie will discuss the role of uranium to provide energy for the future and will reflect on her long career in the mining industry.

    Dr Vanessa Guthrie is Managing Director/CEO of Toro Energy Limited, responsible for delivering Toro’s maiden uranium product from the Wiluna Project. She has over 25 years of experience in mining operations, company strategy, sustainability, indigenous affairs and environment. She as a former mine manager for WA’s Huntly bauxite mine at Dwellingup, and was head of Sustainable Development for Alcoa World Alumina Australia and then Woodside Energy for over 8 years. Dr Guthrie was the winner of the 2013 Outstanding Professional Woman award from the WA Chamber of Minerals and Energy and was also recognised in 2013 in the world’s Top 100 list of inspirational women in mining globally. Dr Vanessa Guthrie was appointed by the Prime Minister, the Hon Tony Abbott, MP to the Australia-India Prime Ministers’ CEO Forum in January 2015, to help drive the bilateral economic relationship between Australia and India.

    10.30am – 12.00pm Murdoch University Kim E Beazley Lecture Theatre

    Monday 24 August 2015

    Everyone welcome, especially students from Years 11-12 Please contact Emma Tristham at Murdoch by email: to book a spot for your students

  • Welcome to New staff

    Professor Peter Irwin would like to welcome two new staff members to the College, Dr Kathrin Langner and Dr Khama Kelman.

    Dr Kathrin Langner started this week as a locum senior registrar in small animal medicine, assisting with the medicine referral case load through the hospital. Kathrin is a German veterinary graduate and boarded by the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. She will be with us until the end of the year while we continue the search for permanent SA Medicine staff. I’m also very pleased to announce that Dr Khama Kelman has accepted a position of Lecturer in Veterinary Anatomy, to start in early 2016. Khama is currently finishing up her PhD with the Meat Science group.

  • Welcome Connie Mollica to the Office of Continuing Veterinary Education – message from Chelsea Little

    Please join me in welcoming Connie Mollica to the role Administration Officer, Office of Continuing Veterinary Education

    Picture of Connie MollicaConnie will commence next Monday the 17th of August 2015.

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