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VLS Announcements 161 - 27 October 2017

Dear Colleagues,

I would like to congratulate the following staff whom have been successful in their applications for tenure and promotions.Mike Calver has been promoted to Professor, Charlotte Oskam has been promoted to Senior Lecturer. Melinda Bell, Michael Hughes, and James Speers have all achieved tenure.

From this week, the VLS announcements will be fortnightly,  the next announcements will be on the 10th November.

Kind regards,

Richard Harper
Acting Dean, School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

Submissions for the announcements can be made by emailing Emma Thorp COB each Tuesday for publication Thursday

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

  • Professor Ross Garnaut Public Lecture - Friday 3rd November - WA's Future in a low-carbon world economy

    Join us as we welcome one of Australia’s most eminent climate change economists, Professor Ross Garnaut AO, for a public lecture. 

    The Australian economy was well placed in the fossil fuel economy of the past. Its natural renewable energy resources give it the potential to be as well, or better placed, in the emerging low carbon world economy.  Western Australia is well endowed with solar, wind, tidal and other renewable energy resources as well as opportunities for balancing the intermittency of renewable energy. Success in utilising opportunity depends on wise and stable policy.  This lecture will discuss the opportunity, wisdom and stability in light of the Finkel Report and the Commonwealth Government’s response to it, and you will have the opportunity to ask questions following the lecture.  Professor Garnaut has had a distinguished career built around the analysis and practice of policy connected to development, economic policy and international relations in Australia, Asia and the Pacific.  Tickets for this event are free, but please RSVP by Thursday 2 November to secure your seat.  Friday 3 November 2017 Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm Venue: Perth Campus, ECL1 Parking: Free parking available in Car Parks 7 & 8 RSVP: Please see the attached Flyer for further information.

  • VLS researcher awarded NHMRC early career fellowship to study superbug transmission

    Congratulations to Mr Daniel Knight, Research Assistant in the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (VLS) on being awarded a prestigious Peter Doherty Early Career Fellowship from the National Health and Medical Research Council.

    The four-year fellowship (2018‐2021), valued at $322,952, will allow Daniel to develop his research into C. difficile infection (CDI), one of the most important healthcare-associated infections worldwide.

    His PhD research into the bacterium has shown that livestock in Australia are reservoirs for important strains of C. difficile, which are causing disease in humans in both the hospital and community. Mr Knight has also demonstrated, for the first time, inter-species transmission of C. difficile between livestock and humans. In his fellowship project, Daniel will study C. difficile genomes derived from diverse clinical, veterinary and environmental sources. He aims to identify factors contributing to the emergence, evolution and spread of C. difficile, in particular assessing the zoonotic potential of this important pathogen and its contribution to antimicrobial resistance. Daniel will soon be submitting his PhD thesis. Further details of Daniel’s research can be found here. The purpose of NHMRC Early Career Fellowship is to provide opportunities for Australian researchers to undertake research that is both of major importance in its field and of benefit to Australian health. Awards are highly competitive and offered to a limited number of persons of outstanding ability who wish to make research a significant component of their career. Further information on the NHMRC Early Career Fellowship scheme can be found here.

  • Funding | Partnerships | Opportunities for Researchers - Q & A Session - The Changing Research Environment

    Listen to our expert panel discuss influence, impact and opportunities in Australia's increasingly entrepreneurial environment

    For further information please see the flyer and program

  • ERA 2018 - Message from Giles Hardy

    It is critical all staff have on IRMA up-to-date input on all of their publications from 2014 – end of 2016. To include Volume and Page number details together with the FOR codes the paper best fits.

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  • 2017 Year End: Finance One unavailable from Saturday 30 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 (inclusive)

    The Finance One system administrators will be performing the 2017 End of Year process for Finance One at the end of December 2017/beginning of January 2018 and require Finance One to be unavailable for a few days during this period.

    As a result, all user access to Finance One will be disabled from Saturday 30 December 2017 to Monday 1 January 2018 (inclusive of these dates). If you are planning on using Finance One during the break, please note that the system will not be available on these dates. Please make the necessary arrangements to work around this system shutdown period. Finance One will be available again from Tuesday 2 January 2018. Should you have any queries, please contact the Finance One Helpdesk Finance One Helpdesk

  • Harvey Norman Credit

    “The College of Veterinary Medicine has a credit for $448 to be used at a Harvey Norman store. If you are purchasing anything for your office or workplace and could utilise and transfer this credit note please contact Carolyn Hilton

  • 4WD Course

    This course has been designed for inexperienced staff & students that need to use this type of vehicle as part of their studies, teaching and / or research whilst at the University. The 2 day course will run on Wednesday, Nov 8th & Thursday, Nov 9th.

    It covers, Theory of a 4WD vehicle Vehicle part identification, minor repairs, recovery methods Things to carry for off road safety Plus 1.5 days of practical off road driving We require at least 6 and up to a maximum of 10 – 12 participants to confirm the running of this course. Your supervisor’s permission is a must! If interested, please contact: Steven Goynich, Building #235, Room 4.034c, Ext # 2445 or s.goynich@murdoch.edu.au for a course flyer and application form.

  • Academic Registrar's Office (ARO) Newsletter #38

    Please see the attached ARO Newsletter for week beginning 23 October.

  • RCD Testing

    Please see the attached RCD Testing information and Schedule

  • UPH Multi-Function Device Tender - Ricoh Due Diligence

    Ricoh will be conducting a due diligence/assessment of the University’s current document production and management procedures, requirements and challenges.

    Ricoh will conduct on-site assessment during standard business hours and the proposed dates for assessment are as below:

    · October – 26th, 27th, 30th, 31st · November – 1st, 6th and 7th

    The on-site assessment will include; · On-site document production volume and utilisation · Audit of all document output equipment · Costs including labour, supplies and equipment · Interviews to examine workflow and process related activities within identified areas · Surveys may be conducted to determine current user satisfaction levels · Identify any other requirements.

  • Nepalese Plant Pathology - Steve Wylie

    Steve Wylie decided to use some of his accumulated leave by walking in Nepal for three weeks. Going from sea level in Perth to Kathmandu at 1400 m left him feeling breathless, but the track he followed after that went 4 km higher. After walking, and often staggering, around the Annapurna range for two weeks, on September 27 he eventually ascended to the mountain pass called Thorong La, 5416 m, where the air has only half the oxygen we enjoy in Perth.

    While walking through villages in the Mustang region, he noticed both familiar and novel diseases in their small crops of barley, buckwheat, potato, beans and cucurbits. Back in Kathmandu he contacted one of a handful of Nepalese plant pathologists, and both agreed there is an urgent need to understand and control the plant diseases that affect the crops relied on by remote subsistence farmers. They are discussing options for doing this, including the possibility of training Nepalese plant pathologists at Murdoch.161SteveWylie

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  • The Keiran McNamara scholarship

    It is open to PhD students undertaking research at any WA university in a World Heritage zone. Attached is a flyer which provides further details about Applications are currently open and close on 31 October. Contact: Ashleigh Roberts

  • National Landcare Program Smart Farming Partnerships

    Potential funding ‘National Landcare Program Smart Farming Partnerships are available, Further information available here

  • Research Professional Workshops Update- Message from Jane Crier

    Research Professional Staff will be visiting Murdoch on the 31st October to deliver half hour training sessions to get you started using Research Professional. We are at full capacity for the Research Professional workshops and so we have added another timeslot from 08:30-09:00 - Doodle poll here Please can you let your colleagues know in case they were unable to register.

  • Short Course - Health Economics and Finance

    This course can be taken fully online from anywhere in the world or face-to-face at Murdoch University (Perth, Western Australia). This course can be completed for credit towards eligible postgraduate Murdoch programs ( 4 days plus assessments) or as a non-award course ( up to 4 days). Course information We would appreciate your help to please circulate the information within your organisation to anyone who you feel may be interested, or would benefit from enrolling in this course.

  • The Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants (WA) Inc. - David Bedbrook Bursary.

    The Australian Association of Agricultural Consultants is a professional association that actively promotes agricultural consultants and provides a voice for its members.

    In honour of AAAC(WA) member David Bedbrook who died last year we have established two $1500 Bursary’s for Agriculture Students in 2018. Please find attached the Bursary outline and eligibility details.

    We have also instigated a ‘Student Membership’ level to AAAC which may be of interest to students. Attached is the program and registration for our annual Outlook 2017 Conference which is being held on Friday 24th November at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.