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VLS Announcements 55 - 18 September 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 55 of our weekly announcements.

As most of you will know, John Bailey is taking early retirement this month. In view of John's exceptional contributions to the university over a 30 year period, and latterly to the School of VLS where he has been a major contributor in the development of the School, he has been conferred the title of Emeritus Professor. John is intending to continue his association with the University through his research.

One of our Veterinary and Life Sciences students, Laura Grubb (Animal Science student currently completing Honours), was recently recognised as an outstanding Youth Leader and was selected to attend the biannual Youth Ag Summit in Canberra. The theme of this year’s summit held in August was “Feeding a Hungry Planet” and Laura found it extremely satisfying and inspiring to be part of it. Only 100 youth leaders from around the globe are selected to attend the Youth Ag Summits. At the culmination of this year’s summit two attendees were selected to travel to the UN in Rome this October to present the declaration formulated over the course of the summit. Laura was one of the two selected, along with a young man from Kenya.


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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  • Lists of newly published books (discontinuation) 

    As part of the Library’s continued commitment to align our services to support your teaching and research needs, we have recently reviewed our book recommendation process which included providing lists of newly published books from our suppliers on a regular basis.

    The review revealed that overall few recommendations by academics for purchases were made via this process.

    The Library will now discontinue this process and focus its attention on responding to individual recommendations for purchase.

    Should you wish, the Library can also create and provide individual subject targeted lists of recent books or books published with a specific date range on request.

    Please contact Jean Coleman for more information if required.

  • Grant Opportunities from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

    The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is inviting applications that address specific challenges defined in the grant programs below. For details and application instructions, please visit the new Grand Challenges website. Please note that descriptions of the challenges will soon be available on the website in Chinese, French, Portuguese and Spanish.

    1) Grand Challenges Explorations is seeking innovative global health and development solutions and is now accepting proposals for its latest application round. Applicants can be at any experience level; in any discipline; and from any organization, including colleges and universities, government laboratories, research institutions, non-profit organizations, and for-profit companies. Initial grants will be US $100,000 each, and projects showing promise will have the opportunity to receive additional funding of up to US $1 million.

    Proposals are being accepted online until November 11, 2015 for the following challenges:

    • Novel Approaches to Characterizing and Tracking the Global Burden of Antimicrobial Resistance
    • Explore New Solutions in Global Health Priority Areas
    • Addressing Newborn and Infant Gut Health Through Bacteriophage-Mediated Microbiome Engineering
    • Explore New Ways to Measure Delivery and Use of Digital Financial Services Data

    2) New Interventions for Global Health: Vaccine Manufacturing. This challenge focuses on innovations in vaccine manufacturing platforms designed to lower production cost for vaccines that target diseases of great global burden and that are among the most costly to produce with current technologies.

    Letters of Intent will be accepted until November 5, 2015. Read more about this grant opportunity here.

    3) In addition, the African Academy of Sciences and the New Partnership for African Development have launched Grand Challenges Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This program joins others within the Grand Challenges family of grant programs supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and its partners. Grand Challenges Africa will build on the global success of Grand Challenges programs in India, Brazil, and South Africa, as well as the strong base of Africa Grand Challenges grantees already funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and USAID. For more information please visit AAS.

    We look forward to receiving innovative ideas from around the world and from all disciplines. If you have a great idea, please apply. If you know someone else who may have a great idea, please forward this message.

    Furthermore, as a forum for sharing ideas, pursuing new opportunities and keeping abreast of new developments in the field of global health, The Gates Foundation together with Grand Challenges Canada has set-up a LinkedIn group. All you need to join is a free LinkedIn account - go to Global Health Innovations and click "Join"

  • CSIRO Publishing has just produced a new book by John Huisman

    Algae of Australia: Marine Benthic Algae of North-western Australia, 1. Green and Brown Algae

    For more information see The second book in the series, describing the red algae, will be published in 2016.

  • Requests School to issue fire isolations.

    On an adhoc basis PDCSO receives requests from the schools to issue fire isolations. I understand that on occasion schools conducts various tasks, experiments and assessments that involve smoke/fire.

    It is now a requirement at Murdoch University that all fire isolations must be requested using the Fire Isolation form along with a JSA on the below link.
    Please also review the procedure instructions on this link

    In order for this process to be effective management have asked that only the School Managers and School Technicians complete the ‘Responsible Officer’ section of form. Lecturers are to complete the ‘Requestor’ section of form. Please can you provide me with a list of the technician/s in your school?

    If the school is unsure of the ‘Fire Alarm Zone’, this field can be left blank for Security to review (in the near future the updated fire alarm zone maps will be located on the PDSCO web page).

    FM Helpdesk can facilitate to obtain approvals from the MU Competent Officer and Security then log the approved permit in the register located at FM Helpdesk (on the behalf of the Responsible Officer).

  • Call for Expressions of Interest: ARC (DP, DI, DECRA) and NHMRC Schemes 2016

    The Office of Research and Development is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to ARC Discovery Programme (Discover Project, Discovery Indigenous, DECRA) and to the forthcoming NHMRC schemes (including Projects and Fellowships).

    Those required to submit an EOI must do so by the 20th October 2015 using the EOI form. EOIs submitted after this deadline will only be accepted with DVC R&D approval. Where you are only required to submit an IRMA coversheet please refer to the relevant deadline in the summary table.

    PLEASE READ the document “Guidelines for submissions to the ARC and NHMRC Major Grant Rounds” for important information about this process, when to submit an EOI or IRMA coversheet, requirements and the assessment of EOIs.

    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.

  • Implementing the new Animal Ethics module in the Integrated Research Management Applications (IRMA) System at Murdoch

    Murdoch is progressively implementing the IRMA System. The Grants and Publications modules are already serving as a tool to manage research and produce reports which meet researcher needs as well as government and funding agency requirements.

    In order to meet University-wide service requirements and R&D support needs we are planning to implement a major IRMA update from 30th Nov 2015. This update will introduce the new Animal Ethics module to complement existing features. As a part of the initial change animal users will be required to submit their 2015 annual animal use reports into the system.

    To facilitate the transition R&D will provide training (workshops, an information package, and drop-in sessions). The first workshop for all registered animal users in VLS will commence in October (details to come). Eight repeating sessions will be organised, and more if required. Workshop attendance is compulsory for at least one member and the Chief Investigator of any team who have current Animal Ethics approval. You can start register the first IRMA workshop here.

    If you have a problem opening this registration form, please use this link.

    Further workshops facilitating the IRMA application process will be offered from early 2016.
    For any queries please contact: IRMA Business Change Officer, Dr Rui Tian (Tina) ext 7279 or IRMA Systems Manager, Adrian Cheng ext 2954.

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  • The student advisors have prepared a retention report for weeks 0-4.

    For information please see the attached report.

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    Prof Peter Eastwood - “How a grant review panel works”
    Deputy Director, Institute for Respiratory Health
    Director, Centre for Sleep Research, School of Anatomy, Physiology & Human Biology, UWA

    Emeritus Prof Norbert Berend - “Tips for writing successful project grants”
    Head of Respiratory Research, George Institute for Global Health Australia

    Followed by panel discussion

    Thursday 17 September 2015

    12.00pm – 1.00pm followed by a light lunch

    McCusker Auditorium
    Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research
    QQ Block, QEII Medical Centre, 6 Verdun Street, Nedlands

    RSVP to register: control + click on the link below (RSVP link expired)

    or email RSVP to

  • 2015 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture

    Staff are invited to attend the 2015 Keith Roby Memorial Lecture “It's Time to Be Extraordinary. How ordinary people are addressing the climate crisis and how to be part of this extraordinary grassroots movement” presented by Kirsty Albion, National Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition

    The climate crisis represents the greatest challenge humanity has ever faced, but it's also our opportunity to create a more just and sustainable world. For decades vested interests have tried everything to slow global action on climate change - from misinformation campaigns to confuse the public, to bank-rolling politicians and corrupting public policy.

    In the face of this, a grassroots movement has emerged, in every corner of the globe. A grassroots movement that is leading solutions to the climate crisis. Ordinary citizens are coming together to stand up to fossil fuel projects, more than a million Australian houses have put solar on their roofs, and communities are transitioning from polluting energy sources to clean, renewable ones.

    This grassroots movement is not just revolutionising our energy system and reducing pollution, it's re-imagining the world we want to live in and creating a more just and sustainable future. Hear how ordinary people are creating extraordinary change.

    Event details

    Date: Tuesday 20 October 2015
    Time: 6.00pm – 7.30pm
    Venue: Kim Beazley Lecture Theatre, South St Campus

    RSVP: Essential by Wednesday 14 October 2015 to or on 08 9360 6176

    Sustainable refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the lecture.


  • 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.

  • Conocophillips Science Experience.

    The science camp is a non-residential experience, targeted towards Years 9/10. We hope by working with this younger age group, we can raise awareness of the Murdoch community, through our lecturers, researchers, students and professional staff, as well as our extensive range of STEM courses.

    The camp will run on Monday 14th, Tuesday 15th and Wednesday 17th December 2015 on the South Street campus. We will be offering 50 places, of which, 26 have been kindly sponsored by the following programs/organisations:

    Murdoch MAP4U program – 10 places
    Kwinana Industries Council – iSCIENCE program – 6 places
    Conocophillips – 10 places

    The remaining 24 places are available for students to book through the Conocophillips on-line portal. The cost per student is $120 for the 3 days. I have been in touch with the Murdoch Student Village who have spaces available in the short-stay accommodation for any regional/country students/parents that would like to attend. Marketing materials promoting all of the camps on offer, including ECU, Curtin and UWA, has been sent to ALL high schools, libraries and rotary clubs across WA. Word of mouth promotion was also active during national science week.

    I am writing to you all today to ask for your help in raising awareness of the camp, spread the word amongst colleagues/friends and family and of course potential students who may like to be included. And also, in your role as school managers, to share with your academic, research staff and students, to ascertain if they would like to run an activity as part of our 3-day program. This could be a lecture, hands-on activity or lab. As the students are in years 9/10, we just ask that it be appropriate for this age group please.

    Please can you direct any willing volunteers to me, Michelle Austin – p: 9360 7319, as I will happily liaise directly with any interested parties.

    Finally, if you have any other portals that I could use to ascertain interest in delivering a session, I would love to hear from you.

    Thank you in advance for any assistance in shaping and developing this new and exciting outreach offer

  • International Conference in Oligonucleotide Therapy

    The Centre for Comparative Genomics is organising an International Conference in Oligonucleotide Therapy on 26-27 November this year (

    The Centre would like to invite VLS Staff and students to take part of this unique opportunity. Find attached a flyer and a near final program. There are opportunities for some students/staff to have their registrations fees waived. Please contact Dr Rakesh Veedu for more details.

  • Sir Walter Murdoch Lecture

    Acting Vice Chancellor Professor Andrew Taggart cordially invites you and your guest to attend the 2015 Sir Walter Murdoch Public Lecture. "Would Sir Walter have wanted a Veterinary School? "

    Date Thursday 24 September 2015
    Time 6.00pm
    Venue Kim E. Beazley Lecture Theatre
    Murdoch University
    South Street Campus, Murdoch
    RSVP Friday 18 September 2015 to
    Parking Free parking is available in the University’s car park 3
    Refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the lecture

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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 -

  • EIANZ student scholarships

    Environmental Institute of Australia and New Zealand to advise of a scholarship we are offering to our Annual conference. This is available to both undergraduate and post graduate students studying environmental fields. Details of the scholarship are shown in our flyer.

    You can also find further information at the link : If you can kindly pass this information on to students who are studying environmental fields, that will be greatly appreciated. If this isn’t possible, I would greatly appreciate if you might recommend an appropriate contact. Currently the scholarship closing date is the 14th of September, however we may extend this to allow students more time to apply. Should you have any questions please don't hesitate to contact me via email, or on my mobile 0433469200.

    Thank you for the assistance, Kind regards and Jessica Crosthwaite.

  • Forrest Research Foundation Scholarships

    Forrest Foundation Scholarships are being offered for Postgraduate students this year with applications closing on Friday the 30th of October.

    Further information can be found at and

    Applications close on Friday 30 October

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  • Seeking an Employment Opportunity

    I am Deepani , a senior lecturer attached to Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and Animal Science University of Peradeniya Sri Lanka. I am looking for a suitable employment / opportunity to start my career in Australia.

    I have been granted permanent residency in Australia under skill migration .
    I am a veterinary surgeon by training .I have long years of clinical experience including clinical teaching in small animal Surgery and Medicine ( from year 2000 – 2005) at Teaching Veterinary Hospital attached to my university n Sri Lanka and then I worked in the Department and Hospital for farm Animal Health and Production at University of Peradeniya from 2005 up to date.
    I completed a masters degree ( course work) in bio statistics as it is useful for research/teaching and then completed my PhD in Animal Genetics and Breeding in Australia. In addition, I completed a post graduate certificate in Veterinary Education at Royal Veterinary College, UK .
    My strengths are in veterinary clinical studies, genetics and breeding, cell culture, statistics and epidemiology, Veterinary Education, Veterinary Anatomy and research( clinical or laboratory) in general.
    I am hoping to complete my Australian Veterinary Licence examination as soon as possible, while I am in Australia.
    Please let me know if you or any of your staff members have a post doc position, research assistant position, research/academic coordinator position or a suitable teaching/teaching assistant or any other suitable position for me.
    I appreciate and Thank you in advance for helping me . I have attached my CV for your consideration please.

VLS Announcements No. 55