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VLS Announcements 57 - 2nd October 2015

aDear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 57 of our weekly announcements.

Last week was a big week with five retiring staff leaving. This week, being a study break, has been somewhat quieter in some respects, there has still been plenty of activity within the School with many Unit Coordinators hosting on campus sessions for external students.


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.

Note: items that require action are marked with a red flag for action.   Click on [Expand All/Collapse All] below to view the entire stories.

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  • Professor Giles Hardy made a Fellow of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society

    At the recent biennial meeting of the Australasian Plant Pathology Society meeting in Fremantle (Sept 14th – 16th) Prof. G Hardy was made a Fellow of the Society.

    This is in recognition of his excellent contribution to research in plant pathology over 25 years. At the conference Prof. Hardy was also invited to deliver the prestigious McAlpine address to the Conference. This is a great honour for Giles.

  • 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.

  • Expressions of interest invited for use of the AIMS National Sea Simulator (SeaSim)

    Expressions of interest are invited for the use of the AIMS National Sea Simulator (SeaSim) located at the Australian Institute of Marine Science in Townsville.

    Further information can be found at: along with the supporting information about the capabilities of the SeaSim and the proposal process. The closing date for this round of proposals is Monday, 2 November 2015.

  • Sharps in Recycling collections - Message from Mark Aurisch - General Manager, Campus Services and Operations

    Given the recent identification of used syringes in general and recycling waste streams by our contract cleaners and now the waste contractor can I please request that both EIT and VLS Schools communicate internally about correct practice of sharps disposal (used or unused) and maybe consider an auditing process or similar to ensure quality control.

    Sealed, used or unused syringes are not to be disposed of into the general or recycle waste streams; staff/students should be using only the existing sharps containers located within building labs and corridors.

    Happy to discuss further and or assist where needed. I really appreciate your support to drive behaviour change, ensure best practice and mitigate risk to 3rd party contractors who handle and remove MU waste on our behalf.

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  • New Careers In...... Handouts - Message from Suzanne Knuiman
  • Please find attached the latest additions to our suite of Careers In… handouts for Murdoch students. Thank you for your continued support of this endeavour and particular thanks to the Academic Chairs who graciously reviewed our drafts.

    Feel free to reproduce these documents and distribute as you see appropriate. We will have copies on display and for students in the Careers and Employment Centre and soft copies will be downloadable from both our website and from our jobs and resources portal CareerConnect ( .

    Our next batch in production and coming soon to a theatre near you will be: Careers in Games Design, Careers in Criminology, Careers in Biomedical Sciences, Careers in Mathematics and Statistics, Careers in Sports and Exercise Science and Careers in Education. Eventually we will do them all! For your information, we have also prepared a job toolkit for Engineering, Science and Education.

  • Requests for Teaching Surveys for Semester 2 are now openfor action
  • Unit Coordinators will receive an email asking for names of those staff who want surveys so please indicate that you want to order a teaching survey.

    Please be aware that requests are only available until 25 September, 2015.

    Units are surveyed automatically however you will need to put in a request if you want a teaching survey. Unit and Teaching Surveys open to the students in week 11. 

    This gives you the opportunity to talk to the students in class and let them know that you appreciate their feedback and encourage them to fill in the surveys. You can also let them fill in the survey in class. The surveys are compatible with small screens such as phones and tablets as well as computers.

    Please note that only coursework units with 10 or more students enrolled are eligible for survey.

    For more information about the surveys go the OSQA webpage:

  • Staff Farewells
  • Five staff were farewelled last week, Karen Olkowski, Margaret Setter, John Bailey, Erica Taylor and Scott Munro.

    Many Veterinary and Life Sciences staff attended these functions to say goodbye and thanks.

    057 Karen Olkowski Retirement

    John Bailey Retirement.jpg

  • Changes within Recruitment Team - Message from the Human Resources Office
  • We’re very excited to announce recent changes within the Recruitment Team.

    In order to further enhance our recruitment process and continue to attract and retain the workforce we need for the future, the Recruitment Team together with the HR Advisors, will now have portfolios to administer their end to end recruitment process from initiation to appointment.

    Currently the Recruitment Team consists of:

    Recruitment Team Leader (Nina Graziano) to develop and implement the University’s recruitment and talent sourcing strategy and senior recruitment services. This position works to provide expert advice and consultancy services to internal clients and candidates
    regarding the attraction and retention of staff.

    The Recruitment Team Leader will administer on-boarding processes for new senior appointments, (refer to table below) including contract preparation and execution, visa documentation, travel and relocation arrangements

    Nina Graziano’s portfolio (Ext. 6138) –
    Professional Appointments Academic Appointments
    Senior Appointments Level D-E
      Senior Academics

    Recruitment Officers (Genene Ringelstein and Andrea Zile) to administer an end to end recruitment process, from initiation to appointment.

    The Recruitment Officer will liaise with the creator to follow through with drafting the advertisement and continue end to end recruitment process including contract preparation and execution, visa documentation, travel and relocation arrangements.

    Professional Appointments Academic Appointments
    Level 1 -10 Level A-C

    Genene Ringelstein’s portfolio (Ext. 2279) -

    Human Resources Advisor

    Area Responsible for:
    Rachel Murphy
    Ext. 1391
    Academic Registrar’s Office (ARO):
    - ARO
    - Kulbardi
    - External Engagement
    - Singapore/Dubai
    - Centre for University Teaching and Learning
    · School of Education
    · Property Development & Commercial Services Office
    · Internal Audit & Risk Management
    · Domestic Regional Campuses
    Melissa Koh
    Ext. 2601

    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences:
    - College of Veterinary Medicine
    - Veterinary Hospital
    - Operations
    · Human Resources Office
    Dan Griffiths
    Ext. 7457
    School of Veterinary and Life Sciences:
    -Environmental & Conservation
    -Agricultural & Fisheries
    - Molecular & Biomedical
    · Development & Communications

    Andrea Zile’s portfolio (Ext.7834) -

    Human Resources Advisor
    Area Responsible for:
    Deb Crouche

    School of Health Professions
    · Chiropractic Clinic (ICL)
    · University Secretary
    · School of Psychology & Exercise Science
    · Academic Registrar Office (ARO):
    - Student Services
    - Student Registry
    - Strategy, Quality & Analytics
    -Academic Policy Coordination
    Stephanie Green
    Ext. 6130


    School of Management and Governance

    · Research and Development

    · School of Engineering & Information

    · CCG

    · IIID

    · Sir Walter’s School of Public and International Affairs

    Hannah Begg

    School of Arts

    · Library

    · IT

    · School of Law

    · Finance Office

    · Student Advisory Network

  • Murdoch Careers and Employment Centre: 2015 Oct CareerConnect Newsletter

    The latest Career Connect Newsletter is now available.

    Please see the links on the Careers and Employment website for the October newsletter.

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

  • The Royal Society of Western Australia Postgraduate Symposium.

    This multi-discipline science symposium provides an opportunity for postgraduate students to present their work in a public forum and network with other postgraduates from different disciplines and institutions

    The Royal Society of Western Australia Postgraduate Symposium will be held on Saturday 10th October in the Robertson LT, Murdoch University, 9.00 am – 4.30 pm For further information and to register click here.

  • 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 contact Nicola ( if interested.

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

  • 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:

  • Poster Day 2015
  • The School of Veterinary & Life Sciences Annual Postgraduate Poster Day will be held on Friday 6th November

    Poster day is an opportunity for you to present your work to the School via a poster and socially mix with invited guests from the university and external collaborative organisations. Additionally, there will be prizes on offer for best presentations in each cluster. In addition to the financial bonus, winning a prize looks fantastic on your CV!

    If you have been enrolled for >6 months then you can submit a poster. If you are in your third/final year it is compulsory for you to participate.

    You will be required to send a PDF of your poster by the 30th of October to

    This is to enable assessors to look at the posters in advance of poster day.

    Further information regarding the day will be advertised in the VLS announcements and on the Poster Day webpage -

VLS Announcements No. 57