VLS Announcements 63 - 13 November 2015

Dear Colleagues,

Welcome to issue 63 of our weekly announcements.

Last week our third Poster Day as the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences was held. I would like to extend my congratulations to the eight Poster prize winners: Chih-Hsien Lin, Diana Turpin, Sarah Bonny, Sarah Stewart, Hayley Abbiss, Stephanie Hing, Stuart Dawson, Agnes Simmamora and Sarah Sapsford, who's photograph was used for the invitations.


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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  • Face of Murdoch Campaign - message from Michelle Thompson

    I’m currently in the process of compiling student profiles for the 2017 undergraduate prospectus and would greatly appreciate your help in finding students to feature.

    We will be running the ‘Face of Murdoch’ campaign again this year (artwork attached) in order to attract students, but if you know of any stand out undergraduate students (domestic or international), could you please get them to apply to be a profile via this link

    Also, if you know of any notable alumni from your area who studied an undergraduate degree and who have an inspiring story to tell, could you please let me know their contact details so I can feature them in the prospectus?

    Thanks very much for your help.
  • Registration of interest: Flying Drones / UAV's for research and Teaching for action

    It has become apparent that there is a developing interest in the use of Remote Control Aircraft for Research and Teaching purposes within the University.

    Broadly we are talking about things like Quadcopters for carrying cameras and other sensors where the technology has developed to the extent that they are convenient to use, fairly robust, and affordable to purchase and run. Some research groups are already using this type of equipment so there is a developing experience base on Campus, and it’s something that some of us see as a technology we should be using for Teaching where appropriate (field data collection) to expose our students to the possibilities.

    To enable this we have to meet the regulatory requirements.

    As far as we know at the moment that means that the University should have an overarching UAV Operators Certificate issued by CASA. That would be the general authority under which anyone using this equipment for University Business would operate the UAV according to established procedures and protocols. The early thinking at the moment is that any operations would be overseen administratively by a “Chief Pilot” within the University. Along much the same lines as we have a “Diving Officer” for the diving operations we do.

    Individual operators would then need to be qualified with a UAV Controller Certificate.

    It seems that currently, the groups already using UAV’s are having to find other organisations with a UOC to operate under, which is pretty much an ad hoc and far from an ideal situation for users and the University.

    At the moment what we would like is for anyone with an interest to register that interest with me, Ian McKernan < > from VLS.

    Knowing the level and extent of interest we can then start to put together the business case to request support from the University to help meet the training and regulatory requirements needed for our staff to use this equipment. Also, as people do get into this we can and should be establishing a bit of a “community” on Campus who can share advice, experience, and lessons learned.

    Its early days with this and as far as we can tell it takes some months for applications for a UOC to be considered, much less approved. So, register your interest soonest and we will see where this goes. When you resiter your interest if you can include a short note with how you are, or how you would like to apply this tech to your activities that would be very helpful.

  • Poster Day Winners 2015

    The Annual Poster Day for the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences was held last Friday the 6th November.

    This years event was held in the Library, allowing for the greater exposure of the variety of research being conducted within the school. Our higher degree students submitted more than 50 posters across the four clusters, making the prize decision difficult for the judges.

    Eight prizes were awarded to the two best posters within each cluster.

    (Left: Professor Richard Harper and Sarah Stewart)(Right:Professor Neil Loneragan and Agnes Simmamora)

    063 Neil and Agnes063 Richard and Sarah

    The winning posters for 2015 are as follows:

    The College of Veterinary Medicine:

    Chih-Hsien Lin

    Diana Turpin

    Agricultural Sciences :

    Sarah Bonny

    Sarah Stewart

    Molecular and Biomedical Sciences :

    Hayley Abbiss

    Stephanie Hing

    Environment and Conservation :

    Stuart Dawson

    Agnes Simmamora

    To see the winning posters click here

    063 Chih Hsien and Peter063 David and Sarah063 Hayley and Wayne

    Left:Chih-Hsien Lin and Professor Peter Irwin)(Middle:Professor David Hampson and Sarah Sapsford)(Right: A/Prof Wayne Greene and Hayley Abbis)

  • Australian Companion Animal Health Foundation (ACAHF) - Application for Funds 2016

    Applications are now being sought for ACAHF research grants (which are unlikely to exceed $10,000.00 per year each), for research into the causes, prevention and cure of disease in animals and in particular in the canine, feline and other companion animal species and relevant to small animal veterinary practice.

    Applications for funds should be made using the attached application form and submitted to the Grants Office* by Monday 18 January as it is a requirement that these applications are submitted via the Grants Office.
    The Grants Office will then submit the application to ACAHF via email by the closing date of Monday 1st February 2016.
    For further information on ACAHF go to or the attached flyer.

    *Please advise Michelle Chen, Grants Office, if you intend to submit an application (

  • Short Workshop: Research Professional - A Data Base for Current Funding Opportunities

    We have asked Research Professional to come to Murdoch and provide training sessions on how to create and personalise your account to ensure you receive relevant opportunities direct to your inbox.

    Any staff or students that may be interested in learning more about Research Professional and how it can help them in identifying funding opportunities may wish to attend. To enrol click this link -

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  •  Extension of Limited Service Period: Monday 21 December 2015 to 1 January 2016 inclusive. - message from Mr Darren McKee for action

    The University is scheduled to be closed from 23 December 2015 to 1 January 2016 comprising public holidays and days in lieu of holidays worked. In accordance with the Enterprise Agreement, the extended Limited Service Period will be from Monday 21 December 2015 to Friday 1 January 2016 inclusive.

    Therefore staff working in non-essential areas during the Limited Service Period are strongly encouraged to book annual leave for Monday 21st and Tuesday 22nd December (unless already booked). This allows staff to take advantage of a complete two week rest period. Your efforts in clearing leave also assist the University financially.

    It is understood that for some areas and individuals the Christmas period can be exceptionally busy and for others it may be a quieter time. For this reason you will need to go through the normal approval process with your supervisor. Supervisors are to coordinate absences with their staff prior to Friday 4 December.

    The University is committed to ensuring that all staff are able to maximise their health and wellbeing. An important component of this is being able to take adequate leave from work on a regular basis in order to ‘rest and recharge’. For this reason staff are encouraged to take a longer break over the festive period to recharge their batteries.

  • Alesco Upgrade - Important informationfor action

    Please be advised there is a planned outage of the University’s HR System, meaning Alesco and all associated applications

    Alesco will be unavailable from 16:00 hrs on Thursday 12th November.

    This includes Alesco core (Power User Interface) and all related applications including (but not limited to):

    · MyHR
    · Online Timesheets
    · ORA
    · Careers at Murdoch
    · Casual Contracts (Academic and Professional)
    · MUIRS
    · TCMS

    It is planned for Alesco and all associated applications to be available for the start of business Monday 16th November.
    This outage is required to allow Alesco to be upgraded to Version 13 - Minor Release 3- Critical Patch 6 which introduces important new features and functionality.

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

  • Seminar - Botanic Gardens & Parks Authority

    Kings Park – Biodiversity Conservation Centre is holding two seminars in the near future: Fire intensity, seasonal variation and seed traits may influence seed fates in Banksia woodlands on the 12th of November and Oxidative stress during the cryopreservation process in plants, particularly in native Australian species on the 26th November.

    For further information see the attached flyers - 12th November and 26th November.
  • Australian Tropical Medicine Commercialisation Grants Programme Webinar

    On 8 November 2015, Minister Andrew Robb, Minister for Trade and Investment announced the opening of the Australian Tropical Medicine Commercialisation Grants Programme.

    The new Programme will provide $7.1 million direct to Australian researchers to develop pathways to commercialise Australian research on new tropical therapeutics, vaccines and diagnostics in a global market in partnership with international companies. Applications will open on 25 November 2015 and close 5:00pm, 19 February 2016. Information sessions will be held shortly, in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane, to help applicants applying for grant funding to provide higher quality applications. Dates for the information sessions, application forms, program guidelines, fact sheet and frequently asked questions will be available on from early next week. Further information is available for applicants on 13 28 46.

  • Higher Education Women¹s Leadership Summit 2016

    Higher Education is a sector which, world-wide, suffers from a startling imbalance within its senior ranks.

    In Australia, less than a third of staff at or above Senior Lecturer level are women, despite making up a majority of faculty positions up to this level. The Higher Education Women’s Leadership Western Australia Summit will look at the common challenges facing women in the industry, and how they can be overcome. It will use personal experiences to explore the issues at the heart of this issue and the skills necessary to break the glass ceiling. Hear from a host of inspirational women bucking the trend and the leadership techniques they developed to break through to the top of the game. With inspirational stories from Australia and abroad, coupled with in-depth looks into evidence based leadership traits, this promises to be the premier leadership development event for women working in Higher Education.
    For further information -

  • Workshop: An introduction to flexible regression for environmental data by Visiting Professor Adrian Bowman, University of Glasgow.

    Professor Adrian Bowman is visiting Perth as the recipient of the Frank Hansford-Miller Fellowship from the WA Branch of the Statistical Society of Australia, (SSAI WA) from November 14-28, 2015.

    Professor Bowman is a visitor to Murdoch University (Dr Brenton Clarke). After that, he will be attending as an invited speaker the bi-ennial conference of the Australasian Region of the International Biometric Society (IBS) to be held in Hobart, Tasmania from November 29 - December 3, 2015. His travel to and from Hobart is being sponsored by the IBS society. For further information, see the attached flyer.

VLS Announcements No. 63