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VLS Announcements 133 - 13 April 2017

Dear Colleagues,

Congratulations to Peter Coulson, Norman Hall and Ian Potter for having their review paper, "Variations in biological characteristics of temperate gonochoristic species of Platycephalidae and their implications: A review" published in Estuarine, Coastal and Shelf Science. The paper is available to download here. Well done to David Morgan, Ruchira Somaweera, Adrian Gleiss, Stephen Beatty and Jeff Whitty, for their paper "An upstream migration fought with danger: freshwater sawfish fencing off sharks and crocodiles" which has taken off on social media. Within 2 days of being published, the paper reached up to 45,425 Twitter users (Altmetrics data). The paper is available here.

We have a photographer coming to the School on the 19th April, so there will be an opportunity to have a new headshot photograph taken between 1.30pm and 3.30pm in Biological Sciences 240.2.045. Please contact Mhairi Finlayson (m.finlayson@murdoch.edu.au) to book in a 10-minute time slot.

The 2016 Annual Report data collection is close to completion. Could you please check that your publications have been listed in the document attached.  If your publication has not been listed, please contact Giles Hardy. If you have any research highlight stories, please contact Mhairi Finlayson.

All VLS computers should have been upgraded to Office365 this week.  If your computer did not upgrade please log a job with the IT Service Desk.

I wish you a happy Easter and hope you enjoy the well-deserved long weekend.

Kind regards,

Phil Nicholls
Acting Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Mhairi Finlayson COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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Teaching and Research News [Expand All] | [Collapse All]

  • 8th Congress of IUFRO Group

    The Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management (http://www.cpsm-phytophthora.org), together with colleagues from the Vietnam Academy Forest Sciences, ran the 8th Congress of IUFRO Group 7.02.09 “Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems” between the 18th to 25th of March 2017 In Vietnam.

    The conference started with an opening ceremony in Hanoi on the 19th of March followed by a two day field trip ending in town of Sa Pa in the north of Vietnam where the conference was held. Participants at this conference had the opportunities to interact with researchers from around the globe (100 participants from 25 countries). Students from Murdoch University were well represented; Jamba Gyeltshen was awarded the prize for best student oral presentation and Rajah Belhaj was awarded the prize for best student poster.The Centre for Phytophthora Science and Management (http://www.cpsm-phytophthora.org/), together with colleagues from the Vietnam Academy Forest Sciences, ran the 8th Congress of IUFRO Group 7.02.09 “Phytophthora in Forests and Natural Ecosystems” between the 18th to 25th of March 2017 In Vietnam. The conference started with an opening ceremony in Hanoi on the 19th of March followed by a two day field trip ending in town of Sa Pa in the north of Vietnam where the conference was held. Participants at this conference had the opportunities to interact with researchers from around the globe (100 participants from 25 countries). Students from Murdoch University were well represented; Jamba Gyeltshen was awarded the prize for best student oral presentation and Rajah Belhaj was awarded the prize for best student poster.

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  • Dr Paola Magni's TedX Talk

    Dr Paola Magni's TedX talk is available here (Paola starts at about 60 minutes).

  • Discover Scholarly Journals and Stay Current in Your Reading

    We are pleased to announce that Murdoch University Library is the first of its kind in Western Australia to subscribe to the popular journal browsing service, BrowZine.

    Browzine allows academics, researchers and students to browse, read and follow thousands of journal titles subscribed to by the Library.

    With BrowZine you can:

    • Browse and read journals by subject, easily review tables of content and download full text articles
    • Stay current by creating a personal bookshelf of titles to follow and receiving new article notifications
    • Save complete articles to read off-line later or to export to services such as EndNote and DropBox
    • Easily access journals on the web or on any device using the Browzine app, staying up to date wherever you are.

    Browzine collections relevant to Veterinary and Life Sciences include:

    • Biological Sciences – agriculture, anatomy & physiology, biology, ecology & evolution, food science, forest science, genetics and genomics, microbiology, molecular & cellular biology, plant sciences & botany, zoology and animal sciences
    • Biomedical and Health Sciences – biomedicine, pharmacology, toxicology & environmental health, public health, veterinary medicine
    • Earth and Environmental Sciences – aquatic science, environmental health & protection, environmental science, natural resources management, oceanography & atmospheric science

    You can get started today by visiting BrowZine or downloading the app from the Apple App Store, Google Play Store or Amazon App Store.

  • Journal Trial

    The Library will be trialling full text access to The Medical Journal of Australia until the 13th of April.

    The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) covers issues affecting Australian health care, publishing the latest Australian clinical research, evidence-based reviews, clinical practice updates, authoritative medical opinion and debate, and developments within the humanities with respect to medicine.

    Contact serials@murdoch.edu.au for further information, feedback can be submitted via the feedback form.

  • The Animal Welfare Trust

    The Australian Veterinary Association (AVA) Animal Welfare Trust has some funds gained through subscriptions from AVA members and the wind up of the Australian Federation of the Welfare of Animals. Please see the attached information and application form.

  • 2016 Annual Report - message from Giles Hardy for action

    We are putting together the 2016 annual report for the School. Please can you check the attached list so confirm we have captured all of your publications. If there are additional publications we have missed. Please provide the details in the format of the attached. Can you provide by Monday 16th April 2017 to be included.

  • New Colombo Plan – Applications now open

    This is just a reminder that the applications for the 2018 New Colombo Plan round close in 5 weeks, 12th May.

    If you’re interested in a project in Malaysia however you don’t have any valuable contacts, please feel free to email Abdul Hadi Mustaffa, Cultural Attaché at the Consulate General of Malaysia at hadi@ema.org.au. Jeannette Geesmann, Student Mobility Officer, spoke to him last week and he is very keen to support any of your project and can get you in touch with necessary mobility partners. You can email him directly and seek assistance.

    You can also find a summary of previous NCP projects across Australia here: http://dfat.gov.au/people-to-people/new-colombo-plan/mobility-program/Pages/previous-rounds.aspx 

    Please see the attached:

    Applications close on Friday 12th Mary COB, applications received after the deadline unfortunately can’t be considered. Please email your application to j.geesmann@murdoch.edu.au.

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  • Murdoch University's New Employee Orientation 19th April

    To continue to support new staff, in 2017 a one-day combined Welcome and Orientation will be offered to all new employees (and any Academic staff who are yet to complete the Academic Induction). This is the core of the University’s induction for new staff, and is organised by OCU (Organisational Capability Unit) and CUTL (Centre for University Teaching and Learning).

    The Welcome and Orientation offers an enjoyable and informal opportunity to join a range of presentations and to meet key contacts across the University. (Please note that Welcome and Orientation replaces the previous separate ‘Orientation’ and ‘Academic Induction’ with a single day event)

    The next New Employee Orientation will be held on Wednesday 19th April in Learning Link rooms 2.004 and 2.005 from 8.35am to 4pm.

    Further dates are as follows;
    Tuesday June 27th
    Wednesday August 30th
    Tuesday November 7th

    The format of the day is designed for both Professional and Academic staff to attend the morning session. The afternoon session is designed mainly for Academic Staff as it focuses on their particular needs, and although Professional Staff are very welcome to attend, it is not a requirement.

    Further information can be found here and staff can enrol here.

    Accompanying resources for new staff are available on the Learning Management System here.

    If you have any queries, please contact CUTL (CUTL@Murdoch.edu.au) or OCU (orgcapability@murdoch.edu.au)

  • March for Science

    On Earth Day (22 April) this year there will be marches held across the world in support of evidence and reason in the political process. Please see https://www.marchforscience.com/satellite-marches for general information about the March for Science and https://marchforscienceaustralia.org for the Perth March.

    March for Science is happening in in Perth, Western Australia on April 22, 2017 at 11 am in Forrest Place. This is a global event bringing together people from all walks of life who believe we need more evidence and reason in our political process. This is important for educators, researchers and anyone who wants to go beyond false truths. We all should be supporting this event.

  • Re-Team Update and Recycling on Campus

    Re-team announcement:
    1. Change of team for BSB building. After two years of great work, Sofie De Meyer is passing on the Re-team tasks to Talitha Rogers (PhD student in the CRS). You can contact Talitha via T.Rogers@murdoch.edu.au She is now your go-to person for all sustainability related matters in the building.

    2. New recycling bin rules!
    The following is now accepted in the yellow top bins:

    • Alu and steel cans
    • Paper including newspaper
    • Cardboard
    • Glass bottles and jars with lids removed
    • Plastics: PET (Soft drink and juice bottles), HDPE (Milk, detergent, shampoo), PVC (Cordial and squeeze bottles), LDPE (bread bags and frozen veggie bags), PP (Ice cream and takeaway container, pipet tip boxes) , PS (Foam trays and cups and plastic cutlery), Other (plastic bags, cling wrap). For laboratory plastics check the item to see if the numbers 1 to 7 is on them, if so then they can go in the recycling bin.
    • Styrofoam: All packaging and laboratory related styrofoam should go in recycling bin and not in normal bin!

    See attachment for more information.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Weekly Newsletter #11 - April 13 2017

    Please see the attached ARO Weekly Newsletter from week beginning 13 April 2017 (staff access only).

  • School of Business and Governance Staff Newsletter

    Please see the attached School of Business and Governance Newsletter.

  • Veterinary and Life Sciences Award Ceremony 2017 - DATE CHANGE

    The date of the VLS Awards Ceremony 2017 has changed to the 9th May from 6pm. Please note: there is a formal University RSVP process for this event and information will be available approximately 6 weeks prior to the event via the Main University Staff Announcements: http://announcements.murdoch.edu.au/staff/ as well as in the VLS Staff Announcements http://www.murdoch.edu.au/School-of-Veterinary-and-Life-Sciences/Staff-Announcements/ 

    So if you would like to attend, please ensure that you monitor both sets of announcements to see further information on how and when to RSVP.

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

  • Australian Society for Fish Biology - 2017 Annual Conference

    The 2017 Australian Society for Fish Biology Annual Conference will be held from 22-24 July at the Albany Entertainment Centre in Albany, Western Australia.

    The 2017 Conference Committee has developed a diverse and exciting program that will attract leading national and local industry groups, fisheries scientists and managers, academics and students. THe overarching theme will be ‘Turning Points in Fish and Fisheries’.

    For further information please go to the conference web site: http://www.asfbconference.org