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VLS Announcements 052 - 21 August 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 052 of our weekly announcements.

We have some exciting news this week, the winners of the Australian Museum Eureka Prizes were announced, one of our staff technician Aileen Elliot, received second prize in the Science Photography Category.

Congratulations Aileen!

For more information and to see her video, please see the links below.

I would like to take this opportunity to remind staff that Expressions of Interest for ARC Linkage Projects are due to the Grants team by Thursday, 3rd September 2015. EOIs submitted after this deadline will only be accepted with DVC R&D approval. Forms and Deadlines can be downloaded here and here.


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]

  • Digital Lectures- Message from A/Prof John Baileyfor action

    Murdoch is trialing the development of high quality digital content in selected units.

    To ensure that we support this project can I ask that any replacement of live content with recorded content be of high quality and up-to-date. Thus, other than under unusual circumstances, avoid using lecture capture from a previous year.

  • Workload Management System- Message from A/Prof John Baileyfor action

    The School will need to repopulate the WMS for 2016 shortly. Prior to so doing the Cluster Leaders and Executive will review the metrics from this year and consider any proposed changes.

    This can include new items as well as changes to existing items. There is already a short list of matters raised during the year as below. Please let your Cluster Leader know of any additional items before 11th September. All suggestions will be considered on the 18th.

    Review of workload model 2016

    • How to manage those with >> 1725 points
    • How to manage teaching & research
    • Proportions 40 : 40 : 20
    • Increase ISC points
    • Increase HDR points for international students
    • Increase GC/GD/M points for supervision, and reading
    • Increase Honours points for supervision, and thesis reading
    • Hours for clinics (all schools) - more per day
    • Inclusion of in kind % committed under research grant
    • Marking – as specified and what about MCQ?
  • Australian Museum Eureka Prize Winner
  • Murdoch Technician, Aileen Elliot, has just been announced as second place winner in the Science Photography Category for the Australian Museum's 2015 Eureka Prizes.

    On Wednesday 26 August the winners of the 2015 Australian Museum Eureka Prizes were announced at the Eureka Prizes Award Dinner at Sydney Town Hall in front of the who’s who of Australian science.

    Queensland Museum photographer Gary Cranitch was awarded the New Scientist Eureka Prize for Science Photography for his image Soft Coral. Taking out second place was Murdoch University’s Aileen Elliot with her photograph Thorny-Headed Worm. Third was Saltwater Crocodile by NSW’s Justin Gilligan.

    For more information about all the winners visit

    Established in 1827, the Australian Museum is the nation’s first museum and one of its foremost scientific research, educational and cultural institutions. The Eureka Prizes are the most comprehensive national science awards, honouring excellence in Research and Innovation, Leadership, Science Communication and Journalism, and School Science.

    Ten images were highly commended by the judges, including the three above. All ten images are available at and are available for publication in connection with the Eureka Prizes. High‑resolution images are available on request.

  • Feedback on Timetabling Policy and Proceduresmessage from Sarah Etheringtonfor action

    Feedback on Timetabling Policy is required for the Timetabling Policy Working Party.

    I am currently representing the School on a Timetabling Policy Working Party, which is revising the Timetabling Policy and Procedures. I have been included in the group because there is recognition that our School has particular requirements for timetabling that need to be considered. Please email me ( if you have identified any issues with or potential improvements to the timetabling process that I can take to the working party.

    Murdoch’s Timetabling Policy -

    Many thanks, Sarah

  • Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) Database.

    The Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) has requested that interested researchers be listed in a centralised data base of health and medical researchers in Western Australia.

    If any researchers in your schools wish to be included in the database, please forward the information below by Monday 31st August 2015 to Jennifer Radford (MU’s Office of Research and Development,, who is collating the list centrally.

    As you may know, the Western Australian Health Translation Network (WAHTN) is a new initiative that brings together Western Australia’s major hospitals, medical research institutes and five universities to capitalise on the substantial State investment in new facilities for health research, patient care and population well-being, with an emphasis on translational medicine.

    The WA HTN office is currently developing a centralised data base of health and medical researchers in Western Australia. This will form an integral part of establishing the networks required for the WAHTN and will be a unique and invaluable resource for researches, providing up to date information in research advancements and opportunities across WA.

    We strongly encourage interested researchers to join the data base by filling in the columns below and forwarding their response to your representative for collation.
    First Name: Last Name:
    Post Nominal: Appointment:
    School/Department Organisation: e.g. Murdoch University
    Email Address: Postal Address Line 1: e.g. School of Health Professionals
    Postal Address Line 2: e.g. Murdoch University Postal Address Line 3: e.g. 90 South Street
    Postal Address Line 4: e.g. Murdoch, WA, 6150 Mobile:
    Phone: Fax:
    Please nominate up to three preferred research streams by placing an “x” in the relevant column
    Cardiometabolic: Respiratory: Ophthalmology:
    Cancer: Human development, child and youth health Neuroscience, mental health and ageing:
    Rural, Remote and Indigenous Health: Infection and immunity:
    Source of Contact:
  • Australian Academy of Science- Applications for HOPE 2016.
  • Call for applications for the 8th HOPE Meeting, Research Visits to Japan 2016-17 and JSPS Invitational and Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016-2017

    The Academy invites nominations from Australian early career researchers to attend the 8th HOPE Meeting with Nobel Laureates in the areas of Physics, Chemistry, Physiology/Medicine and related fields, to be held in Tsukuba, Japan from 7-11 March 2016. Deadline for nominations is 9am Monday 14 September 2015.

    Research Visits to Japan 2016-2017 - OPEN
    The Academy invites applications from professional researchers to collaborate with researchers in institutes affiliated with the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) between 1 April 2016 and 31 March 2017. Deadline for nominations is 9am Monday 19 October 2015.

    JSPS Invitational and Postdoctoral Fellowships 2016-17 - OPEN
    The Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS), in association with the Australian Academy of Science, offers Invitational and Postdoctoral Fellowships annually for Australian researchers to work in institutes affiliated with JSPS. Deadline for nominations is 9am Monday 19 October 2015.

    For information see the website -

  • AINSE Research Awards - CLOSING SOON.
  • Applications for Research Awards Round - 1, closing 31st August.

    Applications for Research Awards are now open for Academics, Postdocs and Fellows.

    ANISE research awards provide:

    • Access to the unique national facilities at ANSTO and other ANISE 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 and Engineering
    • For further information and applications - see the ANISE website.

  • Expression of Interests for the 2015 Australia-India Strategic Research Fund
  • Expression of Interest are invited for the 2015 Australia-India Strategic Research Fund.

    Please note only one application can be submitted by Murdoch University in this AISRF round. The deadline for EOI (please use the AISRF EOI form) submission to your Research Grants Team contact is 10am 7th September 2015.

    The priority areas for this round are: - Clean energy technologies - Food and agribusiness

    Scheme Information Full details on the Australia-India Strategic Research Fund (AISRF) and the program, including the submission process, can be found in the attachment or at

    This scheme will link Australian and Indian research institutions, as well as industry and/or other end-user partners, collaborating on a single substantial project or conducting a range of research-related activities in a specified field. The projects may be used as a catalyst to bring together leading institutions in Australia in a particular research field with Indian partners to help build research capacity and maximise the application, commercialisation and sustainability of research outcomes in support of economic growth and development in Australia and India.

    Funding of $500,000–$1,000,000 is available to each successful Australian applicant and the emphasis is on providing support for collaborative research projects so eligible Australian applicants must have an eligible Indian partner to apply. Funding is provided to support a number of activities including travel to India by Australian researchers, salaries for research assistants and PhD students, and bench fees.

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

  • September CareerConnect newsletter

    The Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre CareerConnect newsletter for the coming month is now available.

    The Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre CareerConnect newsletter for the coming month is now available. (Attached, below and via this link:
    Given not all Murdoch students are currently registered with the Careers and Employment Centre, in order to increase our reach and improve the employability of our students, we would appreciate if the September issue be promoted/distributed as you see fit.

    The CareerConnect September issue features:

    - Success Story: Final Year Psychology Student, Angelina Fernandez
    - Career Journey: Second year Education Student, Caitlin Cashman
    - New Service to all students: 15 min “Drop-in Career Sessions” Tues – Thurs between 12 – 2pm at the Careers and Employment Centre on Bush Court
    - Updated Job Search Resources
    - Career Events for the month of September
    - Part-time/casual jobs
    - Final year/graduate opportunities including joint multi-discipline Graduate Programs with the WA Dept. Regional Development (DRD), WA Dept. of Mines and Petroleum (DMP) and WA Dept. of State Development (DSD) - currently advertised on
    - Career Development links

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

  • Seminar - The Five Domains Model and Assessment of Animal Welfare Compromise and Enhancement
  • Prof David Mellor speaks about the Five Domains Model for Animal welfare.


    VBS 3.23

    Prof David Mellor is currently the Professor of Applied Physiology and Bioethics, and the Foundation Director or the Animal Welfare Science and Bioethics Centre at Massey University, NZ. He has more than 500 publications in his research and scholarly interest fields of fetal and neonatal physiology, stress physiology, pain assessment and management, humane livestock slaughter, conceptual frameworks in animal welfare science, and bioethics as it applies to animal welfare.

    The Five Domains model, originally devised to assess animal welfare, has been extended to include positive experiences that may enhance welfare. As originally configured, the model provided a systematic method for identifying compromise in four physical/functional domains (nutrition, environment, health, behaviour) and in one mental domain. The model attempts to reflect the animal’s overall welfare state and provide understanding of the animal’s subjective experiences.
    The modifications now facilitate assessment of positive effects that can enhance animal welfare. The model can be applied both to individual animals and to groups of animals. The grading scale and indices for evaluating welfare compromise necessarily differ from those for assessing welfare enhancement. Ultimately, it is possible to combine the compromise and enhancement scales to provide a single informative symbol, the scaled use of which covers the range from severe welfare compromise and no enhancement to no compromise and high-level enhancement.

    Contact Dr Teresa Collins for further information.

  • 2015 Australasian Wildlife Management Symposium
  • Murdoch University is sponsoring the 2015 Australasian Wildlife Management Symposium meeting here in Perth in November.

    Every year, 100 to 200 wildlife biologists from around Australia and New Zealand get together to discuss better ways of managing our wildlife. The annual meetings of the Australasian Wildlife Management Society are a lively exchange of ideas and practical solutions amongst scientists, community, and government organisations.

    Murdoch University is sponsoring the 2015 Australasian Wildlife Management Symposium meeting here in Perth in November ( The theme for AWMS2015 is EWildlife Management in a Changing Environment¹. This theme was chosen to reflect the rapid anthropogenic changes caused by urbanisation, the extraction industries, and clearing, topics that are extremely relevant for Western Australian environments. Our environment is extremely dynamic, and therefore our tools and approaches to wildlife management necessarily have to adapt to our changing environment. Climatic, biological, and social challenges need to be met to ensure the future of our fauna.

    In addition to student and open sessions, we have identified six key symposia for this conference:

    · From management to stewardship. To ensure ecosystem resilience in an uncertain world, we need to recognise their role as complex adaptive systems. This symposium will include current and future forest management, restoration programs, the role of urban environments as conservation hubs, environmental impact assessment, and the political realm of wildlife management in extraction industries.

    · Engineering ecosystems. Much of how we manage wildlife is through habitat interventions, e.g. fencing, creating nest hollows, road underpasses, adding coarse woody debris, waterhole access, fire management. In this symposium, we discuss results of management tools
    and approaches to improving habitat for wildlife

    · Managing feral cats and canids in complex systems ­ tools, techniques, and tensions. Management of wild dogs, dingoes, foxes and feral cats occurs within complex ecological, social, and production systems. This symposium considers canid management in the context of the systems in which they occur and examines the new opportunities for conservation success in the presence of feral cats.

    · Conservation genetics. Genetic tools play key roles in how we manage wildlife ­ through the recognition of taxonomic groups that warrant conservation status, identifying diet, or screening individuals to guide translocations. This symposium is open to researchers using molecular tools for wildlife management.

    · Wildlife management education and engagement. Management of wildlife can be a Œwicked¹ problem, where there are many parties and issues to consider. This symposium considers social challenges such as whether simply developing management tools ensures their use, how
    science guides policy, and whether adaptive management is sufficiently dynamic to match our changing environment.

    · Remote surveillance ­ Technology is changing rapidly; does the science keep up? We have a gamut of tricks in our toolbox to eavesdrop on fauna: tracking collars, remote cameras, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), song meters etc. We would like to hear from researchers who have been using novel approaches to wildlife surveillance.

    AWMS2015 promises to be an exciting and informative opportunity to present research findings and discuss ways of managing wildlife. There are excellent prizes for students, relevant exhibitors from around the world, and the conference is a perfect networking opportunity for you to establish links that will help you further your careers. We look forward to seeing you here!

  • Building Chinese-Australian Relations through Digital Technologies
  • In this free public lecture, Associate Professors Grace Oakley and Mark Pegrum will discuss a research project funded by the Australia-China Council (ACC), where school students aged 13 – 15 years living in Australia and China produced and exchanged digital stories about their everyday lives.

    The project was undertaken to help improve teaching and learning about language and culture through the use of technology, while also building research relations between academics in Australia and China. In this presentation, particular emphasis will be placed on the Chinese students and teachers and their experiences during this project, with many valuing the opportunity to connect with students in Australia through the digital stories. Join Grace and Mark to learn about the successes and challenges that arose along the way, and how many of their findings can be implemented to help us better understand and improve our relations with China.

    9th September 2015

    13:00 - 13:45

    Room G.08, Ground Floor, Education Building, UWA.

    For further information -

VLS Announcements No. 052