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VLS Announcements 56 - 25 September 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 56 of our weekly announcements.

This is a big week for the School, with the departure of another three outstanding staff members who have taken early retirement. As I am sure you will know they are Karen Olkowski, Margaret Setter and John Bailey. I was going to say it was a sad week, but better to say a big week. We

should be happy that they are going to enjoy a well earned and productive retirement - and they can choose when to get up in the morning! They are all highly respected individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the School and University. I wanted to thank them personally for their work and companionship.

They will be missed by us all. Please try to make time to come along to the retirement celebrations to say goodbye and thanks.


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]

  • Vice Chancellor's Award for Teaching Excellence.

    Congratulations to Dr Natalie Warburton who has received a Vice Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Learning and Teaching.

    Natalie has received an award in the category of General Teaching Excellence. This award demonstrates that Dr Warburton is of the top teaching quality in the university and a leading teaching peer in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

  • Distinguished Service Award to the Australasian Plant Pathology Society - message from Prof Giles Hardy

    Congratulations to Dr Phil O'Brien on the receipt of a Distinguished Service Award to the Australasian Plant Pathology Society.

    He recently coordinated and oversaw the Australasian Plant Pathology Society Conference. Phil also organised the excellent APPS conference last week. It came together really well indeed, and Phil did an brilliant job coordinating and overseeing it all, it was particularly nice to see so many student talks.

  • WA University Learning and Teaching Summitfor action

    Our Second Wednesday event season completes this year with our first Murdoch University Learning and Teaching Summit on Online learning and MOOCs.

    Over the year we have discussed a wide range of L&T issues, including assessment, engagement, retention and social media, as well as considering the plan for our future learning spaces. Our forum on Retention was particularly well attended. The last in the 2015 series will bring senior learning and teaching executives from Western Australia to consider their views on future learning focusing upon the challenges and opportunities of online and blended learning. The event will be chaired by Professor Sara de Freitas.

    Panellists will include:

    Professor Ron Oliver: Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), Edith Cowan University.
    Professor Gilly Salmon: Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education Innovation), University of Western Australia.
    Professor Julianne Reid: Associate Deputy Vice Chancellor (Learning and Teaching), Curtin University.
    Professor Carole Steketee: Director Learning and Teaching & Associate Head of Fremantle Campus, University of Notre Dame.

    The event will be of interest to academic and professional staff, students and researchers, as well as industry and local community representatives.
    For information about the speakers, see:
    Information about the event schedule will be posted at:

    If you are able to join us we will be holding the event on Wednesday 14th October in ECL2.031 (post graduate suite), 12-2pm. The event will include a lunch and networking from 12-12.30pm, short panel presentations and a Q&A session.

    To register go to the TCMS link at:

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

    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 attached 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 attached summary table.

    PLEASE READ the attached 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 Murdochfor action

    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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  • Have your say on the Research Institutes and Centres Policy.for action

    Following a stakeholder consultation period, all feedback will be considered before the final policy is recommended to Academic Council for approval.

    Please view the new Research Institutes and Centres Policy and email your feedback to RnDPolicyFeedback.

    The feedback period ends COB on Monday, 28 September 2015.

  • New Staff - Message from Fiona Feist
  • This month new staff have arrived in the School.

    It gives me great pleasure to announce that we have appointed Jaqueline Dyer to the role of HDR and Honours Coordinator. Jaqueline commenced handover with Karen Olkowski on Monday and Tuesday this week and will officially take up the role on Monday, 28th September 2015.

    Carolyn Hilton will also be joining VLS in the role of Personal Assistant to the Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine. Carolyn will be taking over from Margaret Setter on on Monday 28th September.

    Justine Khoo will also be joining VLS in the role of Personal Assistant to theDean and the Executive Business Manager to cover Sarah Gillett's annual leave.

    Please join me in welcoming both Jaqueline, Justine and Carolyn.

  • RCD Testing
  • PDCSO are embarking on an RCD Testing programme of works.

    The notice, see here, lists the buildings, the dates and timing of the tests. Refer to the notice for further details of the testing. All queries relating to the tests should be directed to Malcolm Waltman on 0414 360 196.

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

  • 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.


  • 24th Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis

    The 24th Australian Conference on Microscopy and Microanalysis will be held in MELBOURNE from the 31st of Jan to the 4th of Feb in 2016.

    The conference covers far more than just microscopy, so please consider attending. Please visit the ACMM website for a list of plenary speakers and the program.
    The conference is not just for groups that run microscopy facilities it is all about microscopy applications and therefore of interest to all users of microscopy techniques.
    There are bursaries on offer for students, ECRs and junior tech staff. Details are on the conference web site. ACMM is an excellent forum for new students to present their work.
    It is cheaper to join AMMS and register than it is to register as a non-member. EARLY BIRD DEADLINE is 2nd of October!!!!

  • Australian Bioinformatics and Computational Biology Society Annual Conference 2015.

    Interested in Bioinformatics?

    BioInfoSummer, the annual bioinformatics summer school run by AMSI, will be held at the University of Sydney this year. Dr Nicola Armstrong from Engineering and IT at Murdoch is a co-organiser and may be able to organise discounted AMSI rates for Murdoch staff or students interested in attending. Check out the attached posters and information and contact Nicola ( if interested.
  • Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
  • Murdoch University is hosting the Discipline Day for the Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education on 2nd October this year

    The attached flyer provides details of the Discipline Day (which is free) and a draft program. Please consider attending this conference. It would be wonderful to have a strong turnout of Murdoch University staff, particularly on Discipline Day. You can register for the conference and/or the Discipline Day at

HDR Opportunities and Scholarships [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • PowerPoint Poster Workshopfor action

    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 -

  • RiAus TV Video Blog Competition.

    Have you got a great science story to tell the world and love making videos? Here’s your chance to highlight your talent on RiAus TV – Australia’s Science Channel.

    The RiAus video blog competition is now open and they're looking for science stories from media experts, journalists and scientists. The winning entries will be shown on RiAus TV and promoted through social media.

    Not sure where to start? Watch the ‘How to Videoblog’ clip for some great tips. 

    The competition is now open for entries and closes on Friday 16 October.

    To find out more, head to the RiAus webpage:

  • 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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