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VLS Announcements 54 - 11 September 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 54 of our weekly announcements.

We have had more staff news this week with Melissa Claus and Margaret Andrew who have both been awarded tenure with the School through the Probationary Review Process. Congratulations to Melissa and Margaret!

Professor Yonglin Ren has been appointed as Associate Dean International for VLS for a three year period. Dr Ren will establish an internationalisation committee in the school to develop strategies and work towards increasing the intake of overseas students into the School (undergraduate, postgraduate and HDR), as well as to increase research engagement. We are fortunately that we have a number of distinguished academics in the School who have strong international links, and Dr Ren will be drawing on this expertise to coordinate our efforts, and enhance our international profile, recruitment and collaborative opportunities.

There is an opportunity for a VLS Academic representative at level D or E to apply for a position on Academic Council. Female applicants are particularly encouraged to apply.


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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  • Missing water barrels- Message from A/Prof Belinda Robson 

    The Aquatic Ecosystems Research group has had two water barrels go missing.

    Please return our water barrels! The Aquatic Ecosystems Research Group keeps two blue plastic barrels of bore water on the veranda outside our lab on the ground floor of the Environmental Science building. These barrels are used to store water to top up our aquaria when we are doing experiments in the laboratory. It has come to our attention that the barrels have disappeared. As these are an important part of our experimental set-up, we would really like our barrels back.
    If you are the person who took our barrels, or you know who did, please put them back where they belong asap. As long as they are clean and in good condition, no questions will be asked! It is true that the barrels were not labelled, but it did not occur to us that they would be a desirable item for someone else to take (and full of water they are a challenge to lift!). I will make sure that they are labelled from now on to try to prevent their removal in future.
    Honours and PhD students are using this lab for their research, and do not have the funds to replace lost equipment – so please, if you have them bring them back, or contact Belinda Robson to let her know where they are.

  • Visit to Malaysia by the Nature Based Tourism Research Group

    In August 2015 David Newsome and Kate Rodger (from the Nature Based Tourism Research Group) had a very productive meeting at Universit Malaya Sabah and gave lectures on our research programme

    We met with Prof. Sharil Yusuf, DVC Research and Innovation. We tabled a number of Murdoch handouts profiling our post-graduate courses and VLS research bulletins. We discussed at length the range of research activities that we have undertaken, currently undertaking, and will be doing in the future. Besides the protected area work we are currently undertaking in Sabah, UMS is interested in other areas where Murdoch has expertise such as our Animal and Crop Science programmes. There was talk of signing a MOU with Murdoch.

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    On site ready to administer the survey       Meeting with Prof. Sharil Yusuf, DVC Research and Innovation

    In addition we met with Albert Teo (Borneo Ecotours), Prof Jennifer Chan and William Baya (Director of Sabah Wildlife). We are collaborating on the Kinabatangan Research Project and discussed the potential for further work relating to ecotourism and protected area management, which if successful, will give Murdoch a bigger presence in this part of Asia. Currently we are writing up the work (3 journal articles) and intend to return to Sabah in January 2016 in order to present our results and recommendations to the tourism industry and Ministry of Tourism.

  • E-book published by Professor Shashi Sharma & Dr John Wightman 

    Book Title: Vision Infinity for Food Security: Some Whys, Why Nots and Hows!

    I am pleased to share with you that Springer publisher has released e-book ‘Vision Infinity for Food Security: Some Whys, Why Nots and Hows!’. You may like to check the link for some more information about this publication.

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  • Congratulations to Dr Melissa Claus and Dr Margaret Andrew.

    The Lecturer Promotions and Probationary Review Committee recently considered applications for Probationary Review.

    The Committee recommended that positions of Dr Melissa Claus and Dr Margaret Andrew be confirmed with award of tenure.

    Congratulations to Melissa and Margaret.

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  • Challenges & Opportunities of Balancing Demands Placed On Urban Mixed-Use Natural Areas

    Associate Professor David Newsome will be the inaugural presenter for an exciting new community initiative - The Friends of Lake Claremont (FOLC) plan to host monthly talks about cultural, historical, environmental, and social aspects of Lake Claremont.

    Based on his experience in natural area tourism and as a member the IUCN Global Protected Areas Program for the UN, David will talk about the challenges and opportunities of balancing the demands placed on mixed-use natural areas such as Lake Claremont.
    This public lecture will be held on Tuesday September 22nd from 6:30 to 7:30pm at the Lake Claremont Golf Club, Lapsley Road, Claremont. 
    RSVP to for catering purposes by September 17th.  Additional information is available

  • 2015 Banksia Association Lecture

    Murdoch University Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart invites you and your guest to attend the 2015 Banksia Association Lecture, presented by Her Excellency The Honourable Kerry Sanderson AO, Governor of Western Australia

    Murdoch University Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart invites you and your guest to attend the 2015 Banksia Association Lecture, presented by

    The Governor will discuss changes in how Western Australia views itself in a world context. 
    Themes will include:

    • The benefits of our proximity to Asia
    • How our isolation and environment have helped us to be resilient and innovative and shape our culture and psyche
    • What Western Australians, particularly the younger generation, value about our environment and national parks
    • What needs to be preserved as our state continues to grow.

    Mrs Sanderson will draw upon her perspective as Agent General for Western Australia from 2008 - 2011 and co-chair of the First Murdoch Commission from 2012 - 2013.

    Date:        Wednesday 16th September 2015
    Time:        6.00pm - 7.00pm
    Venue:     Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre
                    Murdoch University                  
                    90 South St, Murdoch, WA, 6150
    RSVP:    Please email your RSVP by Friday 11th September 2015 on or telephone +61 8 9360 6176
    Parking: Free parking is available via South St - Entrance C - Cark Park 3

    Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the lecture from 7.00pm.

    Banksia Association
    This year we are celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Banksia Association and Murdoch University's 40th Anniversary.  It is an ideal time to reflect on the proud narrative of the University.
    The Banksia Association was established to maintain the strong bond between the many leaders who have helped to shape our past and who continue to contribute to our future. 
    Each year Murdoch University invites a Banksia Association member of national or international standing to deliver the Banksia Association Lecture on a topic of Interest.

  • Presentation by Professor Mike Wingfield, a Sir Walter Murdoch Distinguished Collaborator

    A world without trees and some lessons learned from establishing a world-class University Industry partnership

    Friday 25th September
    4 pm

    Mike Wingfield in an expert in global forest health, he has published widely in this field and received many awards and accolades for his tireless pursuit of ‘keeping trees healthy’. Mike is the founding and current Director of the Forestry and Agriculture Biotechnology institute at the University of Pretoria and has just commenced a 5yyear term as the predicted of IUFRO (International Union of Forestry Research Organisations). In his presentation he will capture both global tree health issues and his experiences building FABI.

  • Special issue call for Papers: Heroism and the Human Experience - Journal of Humanistic Psychology

    The Journal of Humanistic Psychology (JHP) is an interdisciplinary forum for contributions, controversies and diverse statements pertaining to humanistic psychology. It addresses personal growth, interpersonal encounters, social problems and philosophical issues.

    Download CFP as PDF:


    Over the past two decades, psychological research on optimal human functioning has grown dramatically. Scholars have shown new (or renewed) interest in topics such as morality, cooperation, altruism, wisdom, meaning, purpose, hope, flow, human growth and development, courage, empathy, spirituality, health, public service, self-control, emotional intelligence, and character strengths. The past decade especially has witnessed a surge in research on two types of exceptional individuals and groups who best exemplify these positive qualities: heroes and heroic leaders (1).

    The shift brought about by the humanistic movement in psychology in the mid-20th century, coupled with the increased momentum of positive psychology in this century has substantially changed the dialogue toward human strengths (2), signalling a move away from a deficits based view in clinical and non-clinical settings. This shift ultimately gave rise to a serious re-examination of heroism from an empirical perspective (3), and the extremes of human experience in (usually) positive activity undertaken for the betterment of others.

    Although humanistic, existential and positive psychology overlap when examining heroism, each bring distinct perspectives and methodological strengths. This special issue of JHP seeks papers drawing on a wide range of approaches to explore heroism, including quantitative studies, philosophical and theoretical inquiry, phenomenological approaches, qualitative research, and multi-method efforts. Papers integrating contemporary research and commentary, with perspectives drawn from humanistic, existential, transpersonal, narrative, spiritual, cultural or transrational psychology will be looked on favourably.

    While not representing an exhaustive list, the following topic areas highlight important research themes:

    -- Heroism as an authentic state and self-actualization.
    -- Phenomenological readings of heroism and the heroic state of consciousness, e.g. heroism and eudaimonia, synergy, creativity, holistic learning and healing, spirituality, fear (existential angst), tragedy, trauma, freedom, transcendence, love.
    -- The relationship between religion, spiritual traditions and heroism.
    -- Humanistic analyses of creative representations of heroism and hero archetypes in the popular media, new media (e.g. social media and blogs), gaming, digital humanities, creative arts.
    -- Heroic identity as personal and social empowerment.
    -- Shadow aspects of the heroic psyche.
    -- The synergies and tensions between humanistic, existential and positive psychological observations of heroism.
    -- Multidisciplinary psychological testing methods and empirical observations of heroic behaviour.

    TO BE CONSIDERED: authors MUST submit a 1-2 page (800 word maximum) preliminary article proposal. Authors with the most compelling proposals will be encouraged to submit full manuscripts. Details about the formal submission process will be provided at that time.

    Guidelines for authors can be found at:

    NOTE ABOUT RELATED CONFERENCE: This special issue of JHP aligns with the inaugural cross-disciplinary conference The Rise and Future of Heroism Science, 11-12 July 2016, Murdoch University, Perth, Australia ( Presenters of high quality papers will be invited to submit a revised version to the special issue; HOWEVER, presentation at the conference does not guarantee publication in the special issue. Proposals for this special issue can also be made directly without also submitting to the conference.

    GRADUATE STUDENTS: Graduate students are welcomed and encouraged to submit a paper proposal to the Special Issue.


    --Submission of 1-2 page proposal for consideration by the JHP special issue: November 30, 2015 to
    --Articles selected based on best fit with the theme of the special issue and originality, and successful authors invited to submit a full paper: By January 15, 2016
    --Submission of papers for peer review via JHP Scholar One system: May 15, 2016
    --Deadline for author submission of revised final papers following peer review comments via JHP Scholar One system: October 30, 2016


    The Rise and Future of Heroism Science: A Cross-Disciplinary Conference Important Dates:

    --Submission of abstract (approx. 300 words) and deadline to register: November 30, 2015 to
    --Deadline for submission of conference papers and consideration for edited volume with major academic publisher: May 15, 2016
    --Conference: July 11-12, 2016


    An international journal of human potential, self-actualization, the search for meaning and social change, the Journal of Humanistic Psychology was founded by Abraham Maslow and Anthony Sutich in 1961. It is the official journal of the Association for Humanistic Psychology, and maintains a close connection with the Saybrook Institute where Thomas Greening, JHP’s former editor, is a member of the faculty. You can visit the Saybrook Institute’s web site at

  • Coastal Connectivity: ­ Implications for marine management

    Our coastal environments are defined by the water that connects them. As that water moves from one place to another, it takes with it materials essential to keeping those ecosystems healthy – nutrients, plants, animals, genes.

    While we recognise the importance of this connectivity, there are many aspects we do not understand and many ways in which humans interfere with it. The mini-symposium will present some recent research in the area of material and genetic connectivity, with a focus on the implications for coastal management.

    Where: Building 7 room 103
    Joondalup Campus
    270 Joondalup Drive, Joondalup 6027
    When: Friday 18th September 2015 from 1.30PM to 4.00pm
    Details: 1.30pm Registration, Tea and Coffee

    Trophic Connectivity

    Glenn Hyndes, ECU- Pathways of trophic connectivity in coastal systems: an overview

    Thomas Schlacker, Uni Sunshine Coast - Large vertebrate beach scavengers: an under-appreciated vectors of land-ocean connectivity

    Thibaut de Bettignies, UWA - Supply of kelp wrack to coastal waters and implications of a changing climate

    Flavia Tarquinio, ECU - Prokaryotes in seagrass meadows: links to nutrient uptake

    Paul Lavery, ECU - The problem with disconnection: a case study of Port Geographe

    Genetic Connectivity

    Richard Evans, Dept Parks & Wildlife - Genetic connectivity – an ecologist’s tool for management

    Kathryn McMahon, ECU - What we know about seagrass connections? Long-distance dispersal and millennial movements in marine, clonal plants.

    Udhi Hernawan, ECU - Predictors of genetic structure in marine organisms in the Indo-Australian Archipelago: Generalisable patterns and a seagrass-case study

    If you are interested in attending, please register online at:

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  • PowerPoint Poster Workshop

    With Poster Day fast approaching it is time to brush up on your Poster creating skills.

    This workshop is about how to prepare a poster in PowerPoint. In developing this skill many drawing techniques, which are also applicable within Word and Excel, will be introduced. Topics include the use of grids and guides; how to draw, format, arrange and align objects; and how to insert and manage background pictures. In the process text boxes, themes, colour management and the use of tables and other objects will be considered. The convenience and power of the painter tool will be illustrated.

    PowerPoint 2010 will be used in the workshop, though the training is also applicable for users of PowerPoint 2007 or 2013 on a PC, and PowerPoint 2011 on a Mac

    Thursday 1st October 10.00am - 12.00pm in LB 3.032.

    To enrol -

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