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VLS Announcements 164 - 24 November 2017

Dear Colleagues,

We have had several successes this month. Rachel Standish and her colleagues Megan Ryan (UWA), Ian Dickie (University of Canterbury New Zealand) and Gary Bending (University of Warwick, UK) were successfully awarded an Australian Research Council Discovery Project.

I would like to congratulate Garth Maker and his co-authors, who were awarded Best Literature Review 2017 by the ANZPAA National Institute of Forensic Science, for their paper ‘What risks do herbal medicines pose to the Australian community?’, published in the Medical Journal of Australia.

A delegation from the Jiangsu Academy of Agricultural Sciences delegation, visited Murdoch on 17 November and signed a joint laboratory agreement, covering wheat research, biosecurity and food safety and security. There will be joint research opportunities in these areas.

With the upcoming Christmas/New Year break we strongly encourage staff to take leave, particularly on 4 and 5 January, but on additional days if possible. Please discuss this with your immediate supervisor. We particularly encourage those with excessive leave balances to take a break.

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]

  • Industry Based Practicum for Students in 2nd and 3rd year in all the majors in Environmental and Conservation Sciences - Message from Carol Warren

    An Industry Based Practicum is available for Students in 2nd and 3rd year in all the majors in Environmental and Conservation Sciences – Environmental Science, Environmental Management and Sustainability, Conservation and Wildlife Biology, Marine Science and Marine Biology.

    It is a 4 week practicum on community development in northern Bali to be completed for credit in 2018 and provides $3000 towards the costs of travel, food and accommodation as part of the Colombo plan. It has a pre-requisite unit in Asian Studies (AST350) to be completed in semester 1 and the practicum gains 3 credit points in S2 as part of Asian Studies Project. Attached is the circular and application form for the 2018 round of the New Colombo Plan Sustainable Community Development Practicum grants that will enable 8 students to be funded for a month’s practical work with one of two NGOs based in the coastal community of Les Village, North Bali.

    I would appreciate it if you could post this on your LMS sites for Part II students and bring it to the attention of any particular students who you think may have a strong interest in taking their Conservation/Marine Science studies into a developing country context.

    The unit description and topic outline for AST350 Society Culture and Ecology in Asia which runs 1st semester and is prerequisite to the Practicum.

    Expressions of interest are due to be submitted to Associate Professor Carol Warren by November 30, 2017. Further details of the requirements and unit credits are provided in the attachments.

  • Reminder:ARC and NHMRC Deadlines 2018 - message from Jane Crier

    Please refer to the attached document for the 2018 ARC and NHMRC round deadlines and requirements.

    If you are involved in any application led by another organisation, please inform the Grants Team, as this requires an IRMA coversheet and School/University approval of the application before the application can be submitted.

    Please note that your “submission ready” proposal must be submitted via RMS or RGMS to the Grants Office by the specified scheme. Late submissions will not be accepted after this date.“Submission ready” means all required online sections are completed and the required documentation/attachments are final versions and uploaded. This will ensure that the Grants Team have adequate capacity to carefully review each application for accuracy, completeness, and compliance with Funder guidelines and University policies, that required University approvals are obtained, and that you have time to make the necessary revisions. This also ensures that all university applicants receive the same level of support during this very busy period.

  • ARC Discovery Project Success

    Rachel Standish and colleagues Megan Ryan (UWA), Ian Dickie (University of Canterbury New Zealand) and Gary Bending (University of Warwick, UK) were successfully awarded funding from the Australian Research Council on November 10 for their Discovery Project. The project will research the ecology of fine root endophytes in native and agricultural ecosystems in Australia.

    The project builds on research by Suzanne Orchard, who recently completed her PhD thesis under the supervision of Megan, Rachel and Ian.

    There is increasing recognition of the importance of soil biota in the functioning of ecosystems and this is particularly the case for fine root endophytes. Suzanne’s research highlighted taxonomic, physiological and ecological differences between fine root endophytes and their more well-studied cousins the coarse root endophytes, commonly known as arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi.

    The new discovery project will provide funding for a post-doctoral researcher, MSc student and two honours students to complete a comprehensive field survey, novel molecular analyses and innovative glasshouse experiments. Outcomes will include globally significant insights into fine root endophytes and their role in plant growth. The project will strengthen capacity to predict impacts of global environmental change on ecosystem functions driven by the soil rhizosphere.

  • Calls for Expressions of Interest: ARC LIEF for funding in 2019

    Murdoch University runs an internal Expression of Interest (EOI) process for applications to the ARC and NHMRC schemes. The Office of Research and Innovation is now calling for EOIs from researchers who are intending to submit to the ARC: Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment and Facilities scheme for funding commencing in 2019. Please note the relevant deadlines in the < attached document.

    The internal EOI deadline is lunchtime, 12 January 2018 using the attached EOI form and submitted to Research Support

  • 4Y DVM Badge Ceremony

    The Principal of the College of Veterinary Medicine invites you to the 4Y DVM Badge Ceremony, should you wish to attend.

  • Black Cockatoo Conservation Project update for 2017. Please find attached the Black Cockatoo Conservation Project Update.

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  • Finance Deadlines for 2017

    As you may be aware Finance have released their deadlines for 2017, see below. If you require any paperwork to go through the VLS Operations team for checking, please ensure documents are handed in by the dates below.

    Finance Deadline VLS Operations/ VLS Technical Deadline
    Asset acquisition & disposal forms 30 November 2017 27 November 2017
    Purchasing Card Acquittals 08 December 2017 01 December 2017
    Invoices to be paid 11 December 2017 07 December 2017
    Staff/ Student Reimbursements 11 December 2017 04 December 2017
    Invoices to be issued 12 December 2017 08 December 2017
    Cash for banking 21 December 2017 19 December 2017
    Journals 22 December 2017 20 December 2017
    Concur & Finance One approvals As soon as possible As soon as possible
  • Process and Application Form for Adjunct, Honorary and Emeriti Appointments 2017/18

    Please see information below for staff wanting to nominate someone for an Honorary/Adjunct Position with Murdoch University and the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences.

    Attached here is ‘Application Form for Adjunct, Honorary and Emeriti Appointments 2017’ as well as links to the three formal policy documents that support this process. · Honorary Titles and Appointments Guidelines · Honorary Titles and Appointments Policy · Honorary Titles and Appointments Procedure

    Staff need to ensure they complete the attached application form (just up to the section where the Dean must sign) then the form needs to be sent back to Sarah Grundy (details below) in word format, along with a full CV for the person you are nominating (please ensure the CV includes all publications if relevant). The process is the same if staff want to nominating someone for their first Adjunct Appointment or if this is a reapplication for a further term as an Adjunct (standard term is three years for most appointments).

    One the completed form and CV are received, the Dean will review the application. Once approved it will then be sent to the DVC R&I Professor David Morrison for final review or to the VC if it is a Professor Level appointment. If authorised it will then be forwarded to the Office of People and Culture, where the application will be processed and offer/appointment documentation will be sent via email to the person who was nominated. This process takes approximately four weeks from the time the application is received, so please bear this in mind when completing the application form.
  • Updating Personal Details with My HR

    It’s important that the University is able to effectively respond to emergencies and communicate with you. People and Culture Office regularly request that you view and update your personal details and emergency contact details.

    Could you please take time over the coming days to review and update your current personal details including:

    • Home address
    • Postal address
    • Mobile Number
    • Emergency Contact(s)

    Please ensure that we have your current mobile number to allow us to alert all staff via a bulk SMS notification should an emergency occur on campus.

    To view your personal details, please log in MyHR, on the staff page of the Murdoch website. Once logged in, select My HR (top left hand corner), My Personal Information, Personal Contacts and click on Contact Details to update or Personal Contacts on left hand menu once logged in.

    To update your Emergency contact(s), please click back on MyHR (top left hand corner), Personal Information, Personal Contacts to add or amend contact(s).

    If you have any queries please contact the Employee Services Team via the new Murdoch Support Portal by lodging a general enquiry.

  • ARO Newsletters #41 and #42

    Attached are the ARO Newsletters for weeks beginning 13 November and for the 20th November Also attached is the documentation for Tertiary Teaching in Focus mentioned in the newsletter.

  • 2018 Australian Weather Calendar - message from Jatin Kala

    The Australian Weather Calendar is out and can be purchased via Jatin Kala ($14) if anyone is interested. The pictures are stunning. We use it for fund raising for the AMOS society.

  • Movember message from Jatin Kala

    I am participating in Movember this year (fund raising for men’s health issues) can people consider donating via this link

  • VLS Friday After Work Drinks and BBQ

    Information is attached here.

  • Room audits - Message from Rachel Marshall

    Room audits of all general teaching space will commence next week. We thought you may like to let teaching staff know to retrieve any belongings they may have left behind. We will be organising for cleaners to remove any rubbish and will forward any personal belongings to lost property in the Security Office.

  • Annual Campus Clean Up 4-8 December, 2017

    The Property, Development & Commercial Services Office (PDCSO) is coordinating its annual Murdoch Campus Clean Up. Large drop-down fronted skip bins will be placed around the Campus from Monday, 4 December through to Friday, 8 December 2017. All staff are encouraged to dispose of any unwanted items into the dedicated skip bins throughout the week. PDCSO Logistics staff will be available to assist with the removal of larger and heavier items but will require at least two days’ notice via the PDCSO Helpdesk. for further information see the announcements

  • House Sitter Wanted

    ‘Mature, capable couple are available to house sit during February and March 2018. They are good with gardens, pools and pets. If you need someone during this time please contact Louise

  • United Nations Association Australian WA Environment Committee.

    The United Nations Association Australian WA Environment Committee will be holding an event on Sunday the 26th of November that might be of interest to some.

    Our Agricultural Portfolio will be holding a lovely sit down lunch in the South Perth Foreshore Scented Gardens to help promote the WA agricultural industry. The event aims to promote sourcing produce locally, supporting our local farmers and community as a stepping stone toward sustainability.

    We will be serving lunch from some of WA's finest produce, with produce coming up from the Margaret River and also several regional producers. It should be a lovely afternoon, with seating, food and light entertainment included in the price of the ticket ($25pp).

    Please see flyer attached.

Employment Opportunities [Expand All] | [Collapse All

  • Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute.

    A job advertisement has just been announced for a new director of the Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute (EMAI). Please see the link if you are interested.

  • Employment Opportunities - Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

    The following 3 recruitment pools within the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

    Technical Officer; Research Officer; and Development Officer

  • Faculty position: Professor in Parasitology

    Please see the attached documentation for this position.