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VLS Announcements 165 - 8 December 2017

Dear Colleagues,

VLS students have been showcasing their research talents this week

Congratulations to two of our third-year Medical and Molecular students, Ms Samantha Gunasekera and Ms Mufaidha Raju this week. Ms Gunasekera and Raju were awarded the competitive Cancer Council Western Australia Summer Scholarships, specifically Abbie Basson Sarcoma Foundation Vacation Scholarships, worth $3,000 each, to undertake a summer research project on cancer at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.

The two successful students are both undertaking a double major in Biomedical Science and Genetics & Molecular Biology. Samantha’s research project is titled “Role of the AFAP1L1 gene in osteosarcoma metastasis”. Mufaifha’s research will be an “Investigation of metastasis of drug-resistant osteosarcoma”. Both projects will be supervised by academic staff member Dr Evan Ingley, who joined the school this year.

Likewise, we are celebrating the achievements from one of our Ecotourism Honours student, Jessica Patroni, who has had two first-author articles accepted for publication within the same week. The articles, which were written as part of her Honours research project, can be found below.

Congratulations to all three students on their achievements!

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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  • FameLab Australia 2018 applications are now open

    FameLab Australia 2018 applications are now open and we would like to invite your Early Career Researchers in STEM related fields to participate.

    All STEM PhD candidates and Post-docs who have received their PhD within 5 years who wish to take advantage of training in performance skills and hone scientific storytelling are now welcome to apply.

    FameLab is a way to help early career STEM researchers access training in science advocacy and research presentation – with the added opportunity to win cash prize and compete with researchers from 31 countries at the Cheltenham Science Festival in the UK!

    We are looking for Australian applications for the 2018 FameLab competition and would be delighted to see some more entries from Murdoch.

    Applicants are asked to submit a short video entry talking about their own research, and we then invite our science advisor to review their research. After the first round of selections, we hold semi-finals in four states (andprovide training before each from science communicators) and a national final in Fremantle, WA, where the Cheltenham Science Festival sends their trainer to work with the finalists. It is live-streamed from the WA Maritime Museum, through Australia’s Science Channel with podcasts available through the ABC. The winner then advances to compete in the FameLab International Final held in the UK in June ‘18 for what has become the world’s biggest science communications competition.

    Many applicants have tested their appetite for public performance through the Three Minute Thesis, but FameLab is as open as possible to anyone to test out their potential. Entries are open until February 16, 2018.

    We work with the Cheltenham Science Festival as a way of building a network of researchers around the world, and also to continue the focus on developing STEM scientists as confident intellectuals, whether in applying for research funds, or explaining why pure research can change the world.

    Further information can be found through these links:

    Australia’s Science Channel video of 2017 FameLab winner and International Joint Runner-Up, Nural Cokcetin speaking about her 2017 FameLab experience 

    The media release

    FameLab promo video

    Facebook, Twitter & Instagram channels to share with your Early Career Researcher networks

  • ARC Linkage Grant - Message from Giles Hardy

    We are very pleased to announce that Dr Peter Spencer was successful in obtaining a $356K ARC Linkage grant, in collaboration with partner organisations: Dept of Parks and Wildlife; Roy Hill Iron Ore Pty Ltd; CSIRO; WA Museum; Biological Environmental Survey Ptd Ltd; WABSI.

    The project "Building resilience to change for mammals in a multi-use landscape" will identify critical habitat and dispersal corridors for mammals by applying a novel, interdisciplinary landscape genetics approach to genetic and spatial data. It will generate new knowledge on the evolutionary significance of landscapes in the Pilbara that have facilitated species persistence. Significant benefits include alignment of conservation approaches with industry and government stakeholders, and implementation of best-practice conservation science in a biodiversity hotspot.

  • STEM - Message from Cassie Berry

    I was recently involved in organising a showcase a few weeks ago at Murdoch for Yr 8-10 girls in STEM (flyer attached). This collaborative project with VLS, School of Education, and Outreach was funded from our grant application to the Australian Government via their new Women in STEM and Entrepreneurship Program. We received $58K to run four showcase events over 2017-2018 years at Murdoch University for over 900 Perth High School girls.

    The aim of our funding proposal was to inform parents, teachers and school career advisors about job opportunities and career paths for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates so they can encourage their girls to pursue studies in STEM at University. The goal was to to demystify the career prospects for a STEM graduate and emphasise that studying STEM at University empowers girls to be capable of anything. We had invited female entrepreneurs in STEM as keynote speakers and for a Q&A panel session. There were plenty of hands-on activities and workshops around campus and prizes for the girls.

    We also filmed the speakers at the showcase event to make them available to Schools of Isolated and Distant Education (SIDE) students, combined with a live online Q&A session involving myself. The footage is currently being edited into a 20-min video and I am keen to speak to the SIDE students early in the 2018 school year. Stem Flyer

  • Rise Up, Roots Down

    The West Australian Landcare Network are proud to announce the launch of Rise Up, Roots Down where young people (16- 30 something) have the chance to submit an idea for $1000 in funding that will go towards an event incorporating conservation, culture and adventure.

    A key component is to team up with their local landcare group, so we kindly ask if any keen young people come to you for support and advice towards their event, please help them out! Even better, please share it through your group and networks to promote local submissions in your area and help to build and strengthen this age groups’ involvement and future leadership in landcare. Submissions close 20th December, with announcements in early January.

    This project has been developed in partnership with Intrepid Landcare, they’re a bunch of committed and very onto-it young go-getters who are leading the way in bringing the next generation back into the forefront of landcare in Australia. We’re very glad to help bring their energy, enthusiasm and fresh ideas to WA, and in turn very thankful they’re helping us connect with young people in ways that work for them.

    So check out the ‘deets’ on the Rise Up, Roots Down webpage and please share widely through your networks.

  • Australian Research Council - Request for Peer Review Assessor Nominations

    The Australian Research Council are currently seeking expressions of interest from academic professionals who wish to participate in the Peer Review process by becoming Detailed Assessors for research project proposals received by the ARC.

    Interested persons need to submit their expressions of interest, including a current academic CV and a list of their top 5 publications to the Peer Review team at ARC-Peer_Review@arc.gov.au by Friday 14 December 2017. Any questions may be submitted to the same address.

    Information regarding what being an assessor entails, and how to become one are available on the ARC website Peer Review pages.

    Your assistance in this matter is greatly appreciated, please do not hesitate to contact ARC-Peer_Review@arc.gov.auif you have any queries or concerns.

  • Sharks evolved aircraft-like attributes to suit habitats

    In a paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society, researchers report that shark species have evolved diverse physical attributes to help them thrive in different ocean ecosystems.

    Jean Potvin, Ph.D., professor of physics at Saint Louis University, together with biologists Adrian Gleiss, Ph.D. at Murdoch University Centre for Fish and Fisheries Research and Jeremy Goldbogen, Ph.D. at Stanford University-Hopkins Marine Station, have investigated the body composition of 32 shark species to understand their buoyancy control. Read the full article.

  • Big Week in Ecotourism Research

    Most Honours students are pleased to publish one article from their research project. But a month before her fieldwork begins, ecotourism Honours student Jessica Patroni had two first author articles accepted for publication in the same week!

    Jessica wasn’t deterred by logistical difficulties that changed her visitor survey from researching fish feeding in Coral Bay to a dolphin tourism project with Murdoch’s research partners at the Dolphin Discovery Centre in Bunbury.

    Working with her supervisors David Newsome and Greg Simpson, Jessica converted the literature review for her fish feeding project into an article for the highly ranked International Journal of Tourism Research. Jessica’s Feeding wild fish for tourism – A systematic quantitative literature review of impacts and management will be one of the first online offerings from that journal in 2018.

    In preparing the experimental design for her dolphin tourism project, Jessica reviewed data from a related visitor survey by former Murdoch Honours alumni Alicia Day as a pilot study. Jessica analysed the data from Alicia’s study to investigate if place attachment and/or experimental norms influenced attitudes to feeding wild dolphins among the domestic and international visitors to Koombana Beach. Written in collaboration with Alicia and industry and international authors, Looking for evidence that place of residence influenced visitor attitudes to feeding wild dolphins will be published open access in Tourism and Hospitality Management in January 2018.

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  • Library Updates

    Mailbox Decommissioned

    From January 4, 2018, the generic mailbox for the Subject Librarian for the School of Veterinary and Life Sciences (Vetlifelibrarians@murdoch.edu.au) will no longer be in operation.

    Please send all email to J.Coleman@murdoch.edu.au or via the Ask a Librarian link on the University Library’s Contact Us page.

    My Unit Readings and High Demand Collection

    This is to remind all unit coordinators to place items in the Library High Demand collection and on My Unit Readings lists for Semester 1 2018. Reading Lists from the Bookshop are used to identify new High Demand Collection items. If you have any additional items which are not on the Reading Lists, but you want to be added to the High Demand collection, please complete a High Demand request form You will need to provide the details of the item, unit name, unit co-ordinator and teaching period.

    My Unit Readings

    If you would like a new My Unit Readings list constructed by library staff, or if there are changes you would like made to an existing My Unit Readings list - please fill out the My Unit Readings request formon our web pages by 15/1/2018.

    Requests received after 15/1/2018 may not be processed in time for the beginning of Semester 1.

    If require further information, please contact us via our enquiry form. Further information about My Unit Readings is available here More information about copyright and My Unit Readings is available here: Quick Guide to Unit Readings page.

    My Unit Readings and High Demand Collection

    This is to remind all unit coordinators to place items in the Library High Demand collection and on My Unit Readings lists for Semester 1 2018.

    High Demand Collection

    Reading Lists from the Bookshop are used to identify new High Demand Collection items. If you have any additional items which are not on the Reading Lists, but you want to be added to the High Demand collection, please complete a High Demand request form. You will need to provide the details of the item, unit name, unit co-ordinator and teaching period. My Unit Readings If you would like a new My Unit Readings list constructed by library staff, or if there are changes you would like made to an existing My Unit Readings list - please fill out the My Unit Readings request form on our web pagesby 15/1/2018. Requests received after 15/1/2018 may not be processed in time for the beginning of Semester 1. If require further information, please contact us via our enquiry form. Further information about My Unit Readings is available here

  • 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).

    Once 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 in MyHR , 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 #43 and #44

    Attached are the ARO Newsletters for weeks beginning 27th November and for the 4th December

  • OGTR newsletter

    Please find attached the Office of the Gene Technology Regulator Newsletter.

  • It Services End of Year Refresh.

    Please find attached information regarding the IT end of year refresh

  • 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

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  • Seminar: Rethinking Capstones and final year projects, Professor Mick Healey

    Capstone and Final Year Projects Seminar

    This interactive presentation will explore ways in which we can rethink capstone and final year projects